Mark R Hunter
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Ian Grant rocks ... no, wrecks an interview with DM Yates

DM Yates interviews the titular character from “The Notorious Ian Grant” … and things quickly spiral out of control:  “How about you, me, and my publicist go off and make beautiful money together?” “She (Ian’s sister) lost her best sunglasses in a volcano. A volcano. I lost my best sunglasses in a bar fight with Shia LaBeouf.”See More
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Sep 10
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The Notorious Unknown Release Date

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              People may think I brag too much about having written five books (some people think I don’t brag enough, but they’re other writers). If I do, there are two good reasons: First, hey—I wrote five books. It takes some effort, even to write a bad one.             Writing a good one is harder, of course. What I don’t often mention is that I didn’t write five books—I’ve finished lots more. The others are the bad ones. In the business they’re called “trunk books”,…See More
Sep 4
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Guest blogging: a glimpse of Ian Grant's past

Want to know why I went funny with “The Notorious Ian Grant”, and uncover a little of Ian’s notorious background? Then step over to my guest blog at Jana Denardo’s LiveJournal: complete with snippet, bio, and ordering info, but especially silliness.See More
Sep 3
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Lost In The Amazon … Rankings

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              Like many published authors, I’ve developed a psychological disorder known as OCA: Obsessively Checking Amazon.             This happens when you get a book listed on, and find yourself waking up in the middle of the night just to check the book’s ranking. When you don’t sell many copies (that would be most writers) your entire day can be made with one sale, or broken by the precipitous ranking drop that comes after that one sale.             My…See More
Aug 27
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Doctor Who/Harry Potter fanfiction: "The Headmaster's Doctor"

I promised myself that with every major writing milestone I'd have some fanfiction fun as a reward, so this is to celebrate the release of my novel, "The Notorious Ian Grant". It's also, of course, a nice way to mark the first TV appearance of the 12th Doctor--even though what I'm giving you is the 10th, for reasons that will become obvious. ###  The fun part is looking, and while looking Luna Lovegood discovers a strange blue box in Hogwarts - and an even stranger man inside, with a simple…See More
Aug 24
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Singing Opera In Space

            In all the fuss over the early release of The Notorious Ian Grant, I forgot to update you about work on the rough draft of my “space opera” story. I’m happy to say that, after the much-needed stress relief of a few marathon writing sessions, the initial draft of Beowulf: In Harm’s Way is finished.             It’s 55,000 words of pure … roughness, and I’m sure it’ll be at least a few thousand words longer by the time I’m finished. Just for the heck of it, I thought I’d share the…See More
Aug 23
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Reality: A Little Less Funny Concept

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              The other night my wife asked me to hand her a bottle of water. I reached for it and said, “When I blow a dollar on a bottle of water …”             And then I stopped. I’d just learned of the death of Robin Williams, and that’s a line stolen from him. (It ends with, “I buy Perrier.”)             “Reality … what a concept.”             Celebrities are people, no matter how much we’re tempted to think otherwise. They often abuse their bodies with everything…See More
Aug 21
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About that “The Notorious Ian Grant” after-the-fact cover reveal …

            Emily updated the website at 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
Aug 18
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Aug 16
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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: “… 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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The Wizard of Oz
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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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Ian Grant rocks ... no, wrecks an interview with DM Yates

DM Yates interviews the titular character from “The Notorious Ian Grant” … and things quickly spiral out of control:



“How about you, me, and my publicist go off and make beautiful money together?”


“She (Ian’s sister) lost her best sunglasses in a volcano. A…


Posted on September 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Book Review: "The Unicorn's Daughter"

My review of “The Unicorn’s Daughter”, by Norma Beishir:


“Jaime is a headstrong journalist, and an orphan … or so she’s told.”…


Posted on September 14, 2014 at 9:47am

fanfiction crossover: Tony Stark & Ian Grant in "Party Crasher"

            As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to post a new story every week or so about Ian Grant’s journey to Indiana, where the events of The Notorious Ian Grant take place. The first one I posted some time ago, and it records the moment he made that life-changing decision:



Posted on September 13, 2014 at 4:23pm

Making Fun Of Terrorists (And Other Bad Ideas)




            I made a promise that I would attempt to go back to humor when I wrote my September 11th column. The reasoning: This is a humor column.


            Still, it’s hard to forget that we’re at war.


            Ha, see what I did there? I made a joke already! Lots of people have forgotten we’re at war. Extremists are cutting a swath across the Arab world, gaining power by…


Posted on September 10, 2014 at 4:30pm

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

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:

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

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

At 2:17pm on September 20, 2012,

Hey there..! :)
Welcome to bookblogs..! I just stumbled upon your profile..! 
I would really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog @
    P.S: Please do leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back :)
thanks <3

At 11:34am on September 23, 2011,
Samantha Jillian Bayarr

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.

Good Luck!

Have a great day,

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 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 - - I'm always happy to get comments or new followers!

Best of luck to you - 


At 7:58am on September 5, 2011, The Coffee Bar said…
You're welcome for the welcome, Mark! :-)
At 9:21am on September 4, 2011,
Mary (BookHounds)
Hello Mark
Welcome to Book Blogs. Let me know if you have any questions. Be sure to check out Network Your Blog if you are looking for new followers! Please stop by my blog at & my YA blog: when you have a chance!
Thanks, Mary

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