I would like to thank Suzanna Parker, Andrew Spring, Ben Watkins, and Tyler Lindsay for their support and friendship during some very pivotal turning points in my life and the life of my story. I would like to thank all my friends from Scout Camp and my mission who listened to my oral tale, Dark Fang, and helped me realize the potential for my story. This work would not have been published without the content editing from Ben Watkins and my wife. Cassandra has helped and supported this work from the first day we met. The illustration used on the cover was created by my friend Kollin Murphy, and while it may not be what I had envisioned, it is perfect for the published cover. And finally this work would not have been possible without my team at Tate Publishing.
I am pleased to announce the Pre-Market Release sale of The United through the Tate Publishing Website.
It will shortly be available on-line as an ebook, and unlike the self-published version it will be available on multiple platforms, not just Kindle. I will keep you posted as to the e-book and market release date.
I recently had the opportunity to see my favorite musical artist, Garth Brooks, perform in concert at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, formerly and always in my heart known as the Delta Center. During the performance he sang, “Beaches of Cheyenne,” and the song brought me to tears. Not because I love that song, but because I was thinking about the first time I heard it.
I was alone in my bedroom and it was playing on the radio when I had the single most profound spiritual experience. I do not wish to go into detail, but let it suffice to say that the first time I heard that song my life changed. Not so much because of the song itself, or that fact that is was at the time Garth Brook’s latest release, but because it was playing in the background at a pivotal moment in my life.
Suffice it to say that my life’s soundtrack would be incomplete without the inclusion of Beaches of Cheyenne.
I apologize for my lack of recent activity. I have been working with Tate Publishing to get The United ready for publication. As part of that process I have spent a great deal of time this week reviewing the final edits of The United, and during that process I was talking with my wife about my book and telling her that my friend Ben was right, that Year the Next reads like a chic flick. And I was floored by her response, she told me very matter of factly that “Of course it reads like a chic flick, you are a living rom-com hero.”
I never thought of myself in movie terms, but I am still attempting to adjust to the thought that my best friend thinks of me as Sandra Bullock’s cheesy co-star.
I remember the first time I ever entered this cave, it was with my father when I was a child, I do not recall my exact age, but I believe it was the summer before I entered the fifth grade, and I recall being very scared, and I felt like I was being watched by a demon or demons. Then later in life, again I believe it was the autumn of that same year (but may be mistaken on the timing) when my 5th grade teacher assigned the class to write a Halloween themed short story, I created a mythical wolf, whose name was Dark Fang, that had the power to hypnotize any who gaze into his eye, and whose sole purpose was to collect human souls. I thought where such a creature might dwell, and I knew that he had to live among the crevices and caves at Rick Spring and was the chief demon of those who dwelt within that cliff-face.
Fast forward some twenty years and what started as the original short story titled “Dark Fang,” has now become a novel titled “The United,” a title which is in the process of being published by Tate Publishing, the location where the demon lives originally inspired by Rick Spring is now known as Cave Spring, and Dark Fang’s name has changed to Lord Yrimwaque
I had the opportunity to return to spot that served as the original inspiration for the location Cave Spring from my first novel, The United in August of 2015, and upon entering this little cave (or crevice might be a better word for it) for the first time in about 10 years, I was a little hesitant and nervous, then I laughed aloud and said, “of course I am scared, I know what lives because I created it.”
This location on the side of US-89 in Logan Canyon served as the original inspiration for what is know known as Cave Spring in “The United.”
After some hard thought, fasting, and prayers, my wife and I have decided to sign a contract with Tate Publishing this week. My book is not yet traditionally published, but I have signed a contract with a publisher. I hope it is a step in the right direction.
Tyann Wyss asked me back in May if I would be willing to buy her book, “Ghostwriter,” and I finally finished it this week, and posted a review. I highly recommend this read, I found it very intriguing, and despite it taking me a couple of months to get to, I found it very difficult to put down. Check it out and let me know what you think.
I just finished this novel, and highly recommend it to everyone looking for a murder mystery, I found it very engaging, here is my review of it.