I’ve been up since 4:30 because my dogs decided to wake up and act like dopes, so it’s usually just a good idea for me to get up so their dopiness doesn’t spread to the rest of the house. typically I don’t mind getting up this early. My normal wake up time is around 5:00, but there are certain days I let myself sleep until 5:30 or 6:00, and I had planned today to be one of those days. But the boys weren’t having it.

So I’ve been up since 4:30 working. I’m waiting on my second pot of coffee to finish brewing, my office is finally starting to cool down (During the summer months—and yes, April is a summer month here is Phoenix—my office is 10 or so degrees hotter than the rest of the house, and it’s particularly uncomfortable between the hours between 8-to-11, which also just happened to be my prime work hours), but I’ve still got a few trickles of sweat running down my back. I’m staring at my current writing project, which I’m actually having a lot of fun with, but at the moment, I’m sick of looking at it.

At this moment, I am the middle-aged equivalent of a cranky toddler.

Despite my crankiness, it’s been a good week, and I’m in a fine mood overall. I got a bit of news yesterday that is wonderful and life changing, but it’s a little too soon to talk about it,so mum’s the word on it until later. But the other reasons it’s been a good week is that I had two books come out.

First up is Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked & Loaded, Both Barrels Vol. 3. This is the second Shotgun Honey anthology I’ve been in, and I’m in some fine company. Here’s the full table of contents:

“A Boy Like Billy” by Patti Nase Abbottshotgun2

“Border Crossing” by Michael McGlade

“Looking for the Death Trick” by Bracken MacLeod

“Maybelle’s Last Stand” by Travis Richardson

“Predators” by Marie Solange Crosswell

“Twenty to Life” by Frank Byrns

“So Much Love” by Keith Rawson

“Running Late” by Tess Makovesky

“Last Supper” by Katanie Duarte

“Danny” by Michael Bracken

“The Plot” by Jedidiah Ayres

“What Alva Wants” by Timothy Friend

“Time Enough to Kill” by Kent Gowran

“Copas” by Hector Acosta

“Yellow Car Punch” by Nigel Bird

“Love at First Fight” by Angel Colón

“Traps” by Owen Laukkanen

“Down the Rickety Stairs” by Alan S. Orloff

“Blackmailer’s Pep Talk” by Chris Rhatigan

“With a Little bit of Luck” by Bill Baber

“As Cute as a Speckled Pup Under a Red Wagon” by Tony Conaway

“Chipping off the Old Block” by Nick Kolakowski

“Young Turks and Old Wives” by Shane Simmons

“The Hangover Cure” by Seth Lynch

“Highway Six” by John Thompson

hungry mouthsI dig working with Shotgun Honey head-honcho, Ron Earl Phillips, because he kind of reminds me of a bedraggled newspaper editor. He’s a bit grumpy and gruff, but nice. Plus, Ron works his ass off, and I respect that.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked & Loaded, Both Barrels Vol. 3 you can do so right here.

Next up is my debut poetry collection, All Those Hungry Mouths. The collection is probably my most personal book and the one I’m proudest of. The reason being is that along with the poems, it includes a selection of my paintings and drawings from a decade ago. I have to thank my good friend and editor, David Cranmer of Beat to a Pulp, for putting the book together. He really did a beautiful job of it.

You can pick up a copy of All Those Hungry Mouths right here.

Anyway, coffee’s done, and I have to get back to work.