If MY vampires drove Volvos…

Volvo 122 wagon rod

1960’s Volvo 122 wagon

If you want to read about a cool vampire with a cool Volvo, look no further than Dark Road to Paradise (Tales of the Night-Kind)

Man with Down Syndrome runs N.M. restaurant

ABC News: Man with Down Syndrome runs N.M. restaurant

Tim’s Place

CBS News: Tim’s Place restaurant takes unique approach thanks to special owner

I dedicate this post to the reviewer who said my character Jack Wendell was too cognizant to have Down Syndrome. I’d be only too happy to invite them to share a lunch with me at Tim’s Place.


The Twilight Saga: Just The Stares

Finally, Honest Trailers takes us straight to the true essence of the Twilight saga! 😈

(yes, it is a bit surrealist to watch 24+ minutes of staring!)

I got smacked!

Emily Guido smacked me!

The Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you.
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

Daven Anderson

I don’t see any new questions there, so why not answer other people’s?
Serendipity: Smack I’m It And So Are You

1. Snow, rain, or Sun? Sunlight in general, although I love watching lightning storms!
2. What is your favourite genre of literature/film? Science Fiction/Fantasy, Historical Epics.
3. Do you snore when you sleep? Never.
4. Who hogs the covers in your house? My cat.
5. If you could be a movie character, who would it be? I’d prefer to have created a movie character!
6. Do you watch sub-titled movies? Foreign movies in the theatre, or disc captions in English? Both, in my case.
7. Who is your favourite movie director? Tie between Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino.
8. What is your “guilty pleasure?” Twilight. Then again, it inspired me to create my own novel, so who needs guilt?
9. Seaside, mountains, or desert? Mountains! My vacations in NW Washington state have mountains and seaside together, a great combination.
10. Would you crash your car to avoid hitting an animal in the road?  In the first draft of my novel, Damien was going to hit a deer during the climactic car chase. While I was researching on Highway 74, I almost hit a full-grown doe in the location where Damien was going to hit the deer! She was in the middle divide, striding toward my lane, and I was driving off the shoulder in the grass for a couple of seconds. After that, I changed the location of the chase scene to Highway 285.
My old Plymouth station wagon turned one deer into venison years ago. In modern cars with better brakes and quicker steering, I’ve been lucky.
11. Do you prefer mornings or afternoons? Evenings.

Marilyns 11 Questions for Emily Guido (with my answers)

1. What is your favourite genre of literature? Nowadays, Paranormal.
2. What is your favourite genre of film? Science Fiction/Fantasy
3. Do you read in bed? Not really.
4. How do you take your coffee in the morning? Mickey D’s.
5. Do you consider yourself fashionable? I was a hipster 20 years ago, before that term was codified. Nowadays, no.
6. If you could live anywhere on earth, where would it be? Right here in Colorado, although I’d want several dwellings (ie: a Downtown Denver loft, a ski-resort condo, and a mountain cabin)
7. Have you retained any evil habits? Hoarding. If not, with what will you bargain when you’re marooned at sea in a lifeboat? All the stuff I’ve hoarded. 😈
8. What is the worst TV show that you love anyway? Gilligan’s Island
9. When you vacation, do you want to be in an urban or rural environment? Mountains
10. Where did you go on your all-time favorite vacation? Denver to Seattle round trip in my 1960 Plymouth station wagon, last year.
11. Are you a morning person? Not in the classic sense. Has anyone ever punched you for being cheerful before coffee? No, but some wonder how I can be so functional at 6AM (but all business).

It appears all the bloggers I know have been tagged, so I get to stay “it.”

The Gearhead Litmus Test

When you see a Facebook post asking what model is in the picture, your answer is for the car:

What Model Is That

The Next Big Thing

Thank you so much for all your support, Emily! 😀

How to blow a customer’s mind

Today at work, a middle-age male customer had a Breaking Dawn Part 2 Blu-Ray in his shopping cart.

Obviously for his two adolescent daughters, who were with him.

When I finished ringing up the order, I said: “There’s a million people out there who said they could write something better than Twilight. Meet the one who did.”

I handed him a copy of Vampire Syndrome.

They were studying my novel, going “cool”.

The kicker was, they didn’t seem to realize it was my creation until I pointed to my “Daven” name tag, and said “Not too many guys out there with my first name, and as you can see it’s not just a pen name.”

Another copy of my novel, sold! 😀