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Happy Friday, reader!

You might remember a little award-winning story that I published last year entitled "Skeleton Dance." Well, thanks to the tremendous work of Lisa Kovanda (see below) and a whole slew of insanely gifted people, "Skeleton Dance" is now...Skeleton Dance, the short film.

Skeleton Dance had its world premiere this month and it was phenomenal. Just to refresh your memory, the story is about a young girl who must survive the eccentricities of her grandmother. Seeing the story brought to life on the big screen was surreal, and I wanted to let you know that the film will be included in a charity event November 23 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in La Vista, Nebraska. The viewings will start around 7 pm, and several films will be included. I hope to see you there!

Drop me a line at or visit me on Twitter or Google+ to let me know you're attending the November showing and I might bring you some goodies :)


Meet Lisa Kovanda

I was thrilled and honored when Lisa Kovanda, award-winning writer, screenwriter, and filmmaker, asked to turn "Skeleton Dance" into a screenplay, and having seen the final outcome, I can say that she truly is an amazing talent. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, but is also a paranormal investigator who was interviewed for Ghost Stalkers. Seeing as it is the witching month, she has the perfect reading material to satisfy any Halloween sweet tooth. Check out her books below, and visit her Facebook page for more information about her latest projects.

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If you like true crime, read Walk Me Home

Russ Kildare faces the harsh realities of a life turned on end after his college sweetheart—the woman who taught him to overcome the dyslexia that got him kicked out of seminary—is murdered. His grief and anger dictate his decision process and destroy his family. In this true story, Russ must confront the murderer, Robert Williams, and decide whether to forgive, condemn, or to minister. The clock is ticking, as Williams is scheduled to die in Nebraska’s electric chair. His decision will force him to face the demons of his own past, and the resulting inner journey will either destroy him or leave him forever changed.

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If you like gruesome thrillers, read
"Cedar in Seattle"

Haley Lancaster has the perfect suburban life. A successful husband, two kids, a dog, and a wonderful home overlooking Puget Sound in a Seattle suburb. Until a secret threatens to destroy her world. All Haley wants is to protect her comfortable existence. But how far is she willing to go to make it happen?

If you want to skip all the Halloween hubbub, read Modified Flight Plan

Most sixteen year-old kids joyride in Daddy's pickup. Not Brian Thomas. Instead, you find him out buzzing the football team in Daddy's airplane. Flying is his life—it's in his blood. Both of his parents are pilots. His older brother is in the Air Force. And he can't imagine himself as anything but an aviator. That is, until the bleeding disorder he's battled since he was two years old sidelines him. After several failed chemotherapy treatments, Brian opts for a potentially disease-curing, but risky spleen removal. After more chemotherapy, he regains his flight status, but now he's left with an altered immune system. 

In April of 2009, Brian leaves his job at Duncan Aviation, where he is an aviation mechanic, to go home with what he thinks is the flu. Four hours later, he is comatose and on life-support. His hands, feet, and face develop gangrene. Ten days later when he wakes up, he must face the prospect of becoming a quadruple amputee. Surgeons save his left hand, but he faces a long road to recovery, and regaining his life.


A final word...

I will be at the Columbus Public Library in Columbus, Nebraska, for an author fair event on November 12 from 2 to 5 pm. Stop by if you're in the neighborhood~

Thank you so much for reading my work. If you know anyone who might enjoy my writing, please feel free to forward this newsletter to them.

Thank you for sharing in this exciting ride with me!