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About that “The Notorious Ian Grant” after-the-fact cover reveal …

            Emily updated the website at www.markrhunter.com with links to get The Notorious Ian Grant in the Kindle, Nook, PDF, and EPUB formats. The cover blurb is also there, and of course you can read the first chapter for free. Meanwhile, although it’s already been on some of my social media and it’s way late for this to be a reveal, here’s a better quality version of the book’s cover, done by Gemini Judson:…See More
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Camping: By The Light Of The Laptop

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              My concept of camping is a great example of wanting to have things both ways. I like being away from home for a day or two … but I want to bring home with me.             When my wife the Girl Scout went camping, she’d take a square of canvas, fifty feet of rope, and a pocket knife. For a week. To her, it’s not really camping if you can get there by car. No, you have to hike, and preferably climb a cliff, to get to the perfect site. Once there, you dig a pit…See More
Aug 14
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Book Review: "Secondhand Shoes"

My review of Secondhand Shoes, (Lila’s Journey Series, Book 1), by Shelly Arkon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1W8J5O0S5OOQJ “… And her husband-to-be doesn’t fit, either.”See More
Aug 12
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It's A Wet Dog's Life

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             Sometimes I wish my dog could talk. Other times I realize how very, very good it is that he can’t.            Bae—we named him Beowulf, although for all I know he thinks of himself as Mxyplictic—must think we’re crazy. We cut our nails without complaint. We put perfectly good food in the trash can and then don’t let him sample. Worst of all, we get wet on purpose.            “Wait – you’re going in there again? But that’s the room where all the water sprays…See More
Aug 6
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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

            Am I so much of a geek that I care when actors from some of my favorite shows come together in one movie?            Yes. Still, this movie doesn’t need the help.The consensus was that Guardians of the Galaxy, based on a comic book that most people who don’t read comics have never heard of, would be blockbuster or complete bust. Chris Pratt, the guy from “Parks and Recreation”, as a leading man action hero? Marvel going into space? A raccoon with a gun? Disaster looms.           …See More
Aug 5
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Romancing The Feds

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              I’ve spent a lot of time looking into what the US government spends money on. In fact, you could say I’ve spent so much time on their spending that nothing surprises me.             You could say that, but you’d be wrong.             Now they’re getting into my territory, dropping a million dollars into a project studying romance novels. Your taxpayer dollars are also going into a documentary on superheroes, a zombie video game, and promoting a ninja who’s…See More
Jul 31
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Celebrate camp by -- reading about camping

My wife’s Girl Scout camp, Missouri’s Camp Latonka, just finished another successful camping season. Help keep them in business by buying a copy of The No-Campfire Girls, a humorous adventure set in summer camp. As chapter two opens, the campers officially get the bad news from Captain Quinn of the local fire department, that all fires are banned because of a drought: “Getting fire trucks here isn’t easy or fast. It would only take a spark to burn down this entire camp, which would end your fun…See More
Jul 28
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My scruffy main character is definitely not a Nerf herder

Today I got to see the proposed cover for The Notorious Ian Grant, done by Gemini Judson. I’ll reveal it when it’s official, but she found a likeness for Ian that perfectly conveys how I imagine him at the opening of the book: A handsome but scruffy guy, full of mischief and reminiscent of Sawyer from the TV show “Lost”.The stormy background (It’s the sequel to Storm Chaser) brought to mind a possible tagline for the book:“There’s a new whirlwind in town.”With it coming out in October, that…See More
Jul 26
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A Simple Look At Passwords

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             I have a bad habit of being optimistic about humanity.            Oh, in theory that’s a good thing. Let’s all think the best of people! Shouldn’t it be that way? Sure it should. Chamberlain thought the best of Hitler. So did Stalin, who was certain Hitler wouldn’t be dumb enough to invade Russia and stick around through winter. Come to think of it, just the word “Hitler” is a good hint that thinking the best of people might be a mistake.            But this…See More
Jul 24
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Splash Pad: The Safest Place To Freeze

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             I had a chance to watch my grandkids playing in Albion’s splash pad the other day, and it took me back to my childhood: Jumping in the water, splashing around, screaming …            Freezing.            A splash pad is a really cool place for kids, because you get the splash part, but not the worries of going into water too deep. Plus, it’s clean water. There’s no such thing as a play area where you absolutely can’t get hurt at all (and what a boring place…See More
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How The First World War Led To American Independence

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              Ever since Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World and hid all the Viking artifacts, America has been a land of opportunity, independence, and smallpox.             Eventually the British colonists decided to go off and form their own country. (Except for Canadians, who were just too polite to leave.) Since our schools don’t teach enough history these days (there’s so much more of it now), I thought I’d give you a quick timeline of how we, the…See More
Jul 3

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"Thanks for the friendship Mark!  I am sooo slow here on Book Blogs, but I'm really happy to meet you.  I just received my first newspaper review from The Bismarck Tribune so I'm pretty happy right now!  Here is the link if…"
Jul 3
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Move review: “Edge Of Tomorrow Tomorrow Tomorrow …”

            I love a good time travel movie.             Wait, didn’t I already say that in a previous review?             “Edge Of Tomorrow” sounds like a daytime soap opera, but it’s actually a rollicking fun science fiction about a cowardly military officer (Tom Cruise, at his better), who’s forced to participate in a battle against aliens taking over Europe. After saying the wrong thing to a general, Major Cage finds himself a private in a techno battle suit, crossing the English Channel to…See More
Jul 1
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Graduating From The Doghouse

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             My wife has a lot of good qualities. Of  course, if she had bad qualities I wouldn’t write about them here, would I? That’s called “preserving the evidence”. I didn’t read all those mysteries for nothin’, bub.            I, on the other hand … well, my qualities are only so-so.            Which leaves me here, in the doghouse, which I guarantee the dog doesn’t appreciate at all. You see, in May Emily became a college graduate, one of the first ever in either of…See More
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My novel, Storm Chaser, was released by Whiskey Creek Press in June, 2012. Next May I have a short story collection coming out, and I have a humor column, Slightly Off the Mark, published in three northeast Indiana newspapers.
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About that “The Notorious Ian Grant” after-the-fact cover reveal …

            Emily updated the website at www.markrhunter.com with links to get The Notorious Ian Grant in the Kindle, Nook, PDF, and EPUB formats. The cover blurb is also there, and of course you can read the first chapter for free. Meanwhile, although it’s already been on some of my social media and it’s way late for this to be a reveal, here’s a better quality version of the book’s cover, done by Gemini Judson:…

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Posted on August 18, 2014 at 6:18pm

My new book is out! … much to my surprise.

            As all fourteen of my regular readers know, my newest and funniest book, The Notorious Ian Grant, comes out in October. (Yes, I’m aware it’s a little early to make that claim. I’m working on my self-confidence.)

 

Almost nine of those fourteen readers are also aware that my publisher, Whiskey Creek Press, has been acquired by a larger publisher, Start Publishing. (Incidentally, if you Google Start Publishing, you have to wade through a lot of…

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Posted on August 16, 2014 at 4:00pm

Crossing Over For New Stories

Between now and its October release, I’m posting a series of short stories featuring the title character of my novel, The Notorious Ian Grant. Since the book starts just as he finishes a road trip from California to Indiana, I thought I’d tell some fun tales about whom and what he encounters along the way.

 

My idea to do something similar before the release of Storm Chaser led instead to my publisher collecting the tales as Storm Chaser Shorts. But this…

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Posted on August 15, 2014 at 4:30pm

Camping: By The Light Of The Laptop

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            My concept of camping is a great example of wanting to have things both ways. I like being away from home for a day or two … but I want to bring home with me.

 

            When my wife the Girl Scout went camping, she’d take a square of canvas, fifty feet of rope, and a pocket knife. For a week. To her, it’s not really camping if you can get there by car. No, you have to hike, and…

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Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:30pm

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At 4:33pm on July 3, 2014,
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Brenda Sorrels
said…

Thanks for the friendship Mark!  I am sooo slow here on Book Blogs, but I'm really happy to meet you.  I just received my first newspaper review from The Bismarck Tribune so I'm pretty happy right now!  Here is the link if you want to check it out:

http://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/review-n-d-native-s-the-bachelor-farmers-a-good/article_4ca470e0-ff47-11e3-9726-001a4bcf887a.html

At 3:54pm on July 18, 2013, Maria Behar said…

You're very welcome, Mark!!  Great stuff!!  : )

At 2:17pm on September 20, 2012,
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Hey there..! :)
Welcome to bookblogs..! I just stumbled upon your profile..! 
I would really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog @http://readingwithanacrasia.blogspot.in
    P.S: Please do leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back :)
thanks <3

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Samantha Jillian Bayarr
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Welcome to Book Blogs!

Please visit my blog to enter my latest giveaway for my one year Blogoversary!

I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and 10 kindle copies of my new ebook, The Anniversary.

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Good Luck!

Have a great day,

Samantha
At 4:33pm on September 10, 2011, violet barton said…
I'm violet welcome to book blogs, I would love to follow you, hope you follow me too...
I know your going to enjoy this site so much.  And if your interested you can check me out at:

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At 7:37am on September 9, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…
I hear you on pictures, believe me - which is why mine is a goofy one rather than an attempt at serious!  :)
At 12:08am on September 7, 2011, Intoxicated by Books said…
Hi! Welcome to book blogs! I hope you enjoy the site and all of the AWESOME people here! I would like to invite you to visit my blog at http://intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com/ I have a giveaway going on right now as well as some tours available for readers. I also have a promotion page available for authors.Christina
At 11:10am on September 6, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…
Someone else just told me they had trouble with that too - mine worked pretty predictably, but I did it a while ago so am not sure I know how to help...  Sorry!
At 11:25am on September 5, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…

Welcome to Book Blogs!  I'm rather new myself - still figuring things out, but so far have been quite pleased with how much support/feedback/help are available...  If there's anything I can help with just let me know - I can't promise answers (well, I can technically promise answers, just not that they are correct/useful - teehee), but I've managed to pick up a trick or two that I'm happy to share!

And if you have a second, please stop by my blog - www.Jill-Elizabeth.com - I'm always happy to get comments or new followers!

Best of luck to you - 

jill-elizabeth

At 7:58am on September 5, 2011, The Coffee Bar said…
You're welcome for the welcome, Mark! :-)
 
 
 

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