Signed Copies

IMG_20180927_213752Have you ever gotten a book signed by the author? I’ve managed it once when Kevin Hearne was doing a book signing tour to promote A Plague of Giants. I also have a signed copy of Cold Days by Jim Butcher my mom managed to find at a used bookstore.

Well if you want to get a book thats been signed and written a customized message for you, I’m now accepting orders for my book Agents of the Third Party: The Beginning. I just got a bunch of copies delivered, and I’m selling them for the same price as from Amazon, for $10. Just hit the button below and you’ll get to have a signed copy right from the author!


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The House with a Clock in its Walls: Review

the-house-with-a-clock-in-its-wallsIt’s a Kimono! Such is the setup for the comedic vibes of The House with a Clock in its Walls starring Jack Black. But is it just a comedic romp through a Halloween home filled with exploding malicious pumpkins or is there more to this movie? The short answer is yes. But let me back up and give you some more of the story.  Continue reading “The House with a Clock in its Walls: Review”

Cracks in the Tapestry: Coming Soon

cov front only 5 x 8 - names fixedWhat if a bunch of authors got together and wrote a bunch of short stories and published them together into one volume? You get an anthology, not exactly an uncommon thing.  About a year ago, I woke up and thought why don’t indie authors do this? Apparently indie authors do this all the time, but actually researching this idea was too much for my just awoken brain to comprehend and instead, it moved full steam ahead.

Wake up my phone, throw my monumental idea into the ether that is Facebook author groups and then go have breakfast and hang out with my family on my day off. I mean it’s not like anyone was really going to bite at this right? Continue reading “Cracks in the Tapestry: Coming Soon”

Review: Iron Fist Season 2

Iron-Fist-Season-2-PosterDid you watch the first season of Iron Fist? It was pretty bad. There was this whole subplot with Joy and Ward that really didn’t matter. Their dad, who did kinda matter, but not much. and some stuff with The Hand, and yeah. It was kinda boring, and Finn Jones, while being a decent enough actor, was a terrible martial artist. His fight scenes were boring and slow and made it hard to believe him as the Iron Fist, the greatest warrior of Kun-Lun. By far the best reason to watch it was Colleen Wing played by Jessica Henwick. Her fights are fast, fun, and very believable.

Finn Jones improved in The Defenders, and we see more of that here. His fights are much more believable, faster paced and I can believe this guy can do martial arts. He’s still nowhere close to Colleen Wing, (she actually has to retrain him at one point in the series). All the same, the improvements are greatly appreciated and bring some excitement to the fight scenes. If you’re thinking that Season 1 was really bad (and seriously it’s got its faults, like a lot of them) and that you should skip Season 2, I wouldn’t recommend it. Continue reading “Review: Iron Fist Season 2”

Anthology Cover Reveal

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About a year ago I woke up and thought it would be great to find a bunch of other indie authors and put together an anthology of stories, just like I keep seeing from some of my favorite major authors. Why shouldn’t we indies get in on some of that fun too? I put the idea out into a couple of author groups I belong to on facebook, expected very little and went on with my day.

My day ended up consisting of constantly talking and responding to questions and comments from more authors than I ever expected to hear from. It’s been a journey, and I’m happy to have shared it with this great group of authors. It’s been my pleasure to write and edit and help put everything together with all of them.

And now I’m pleased to finally reveal the first bit of this project. Cracks in the Tapestry, the first of hopefully many anthologies that we will be putting together.

Soon you’ll get to enjoy this collection of stories. Where the real world and the fantastical touch. Currently, we have an expected release date of October 21st. Keep a watch on my feeds and everyone else’s, we’ll have preorder information available soon.

When its out I hope you enjoy it as much as we have and if you haven’t before you should check out all of these great authors.

Leslie Conzatti:
Http://www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com
Http://www.facebook.com/leslieconzattiwriter

C. Scott Davis:
http://sharedwords.net/cscott

J. D. Cunegan: Http://www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com
Http://www.facebook.com/leslieconzattiwriter

Benjamin D. Pegg: https://authorbenjamindpegg.wixsite.com/website https://www.facebook.com/benjamindpegg/

R. Eric Smith:
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/conspiracy-kooks http://wilder-investigations.com/gn_mirror_mirror.php

And Lorna Woulfe: https://www.facebook.com/LornaWoulfeAuthor/

Movie Review: Teen Titans GO! To the Movies

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Part of being a parent means I get to watch kids movies. Sometimes this is great when it’s something like The Incredibles II. It’s a great excuse and keeps you from looking weird at the theater buying tickets to a kids movie without a kid with you.

Other times though it means I end up watching movies like The Emoji Movie and The Nut Job 2. This time I got to watch Teen Titans GO! to the Movies. Let me preface this right away that I was not looking forward to this. I had watched the excellent Teen Titans series that had been on Cartoon Network and really enjoyed it, even if the anime-inspired art style was annoying (this is a personal peeve of mine, I know I’m likely in a minority on this). I’ve also watched the terrible Teen Titans GO! cartoon also on Cartoon Network. About the best thing I could ever say about it is at least the people making it still have jobs.

Spoilers contained below:

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Movie Review: The Incredibles 2

35405023_954547538051414_8134967456499236864_nIt’s been a little while since I’ve written a review, and it’s been a while since Pixar released The Incredibles. So it’s only fitting that now that Pixar has finally (14 years later!) given us a sequel, that I get back to writing reviews, but I’m not waiting 14 years to do it. Pixar fully recognizes the time between movies, there is a short bit with all of the actors and Brad Bird himself letting us know they know its been like, forever, but that it’s all worth it.

There will be spoilers. You have been warned. But they’ll hide after the jump.

The Incredibles 2 picks up exactly where the first movie drops off. The Under Miner (mole man) has risen to let everyone know that he is here, and stuff is going to happen. Roll Credits. The Incredibles 2 starts right here. (minor spoilers for like, first 10 minutes of the movie)  There’s a thrilling and pretty funny fight scene that has them all passing the baby Jack-Jack off to each other. The Under Miner who popped up to tell everyone that there is no one below him (Which seriously makes no sense) then proceeds to rob a bank. I’m not really sure why he’s robbing a bank. Do they use money below us with the mole people? Are there mole people? Don’t know, the Under Miner gets away and is never mentioned nor heard from again.

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Avengers: Infinty War: Review

MV5BMjMxNjY2MDU1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzY1MTUwNTM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_Friday afternoon we sat down to watch Avengers: Infinity War. A movie essentially ten years in the making. My daughter was born the same year Iron Man came out, and I have watched all of the Marvel Movies as she has grown up, and she has (finally) come around to wanting to see them as well. So it was a great experience to watch this movie, that has been the culmination of her entire life time in the making.

Thats a lot for a movie to live up to, even if Kevin Feige didn’t have that in mind.

Fortunatly he, and Marvel Studios did not disapoint.

Beyond this point, there are no spoilers. I will not discuss the plot of the movie or the ending, because you need to see it first.

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Editorial: Entitlement

1_sd9ZoKdV2l-jTilexJsSRQEvery so often I’ll see or hear of someone complaining about how entitled people are. Typically this is coming from someone of the older generation and is typically directed towards someone of the younger generation. Usually Millenials.

I will be 38 soon. So I’m right in that weird place between Gen X and Millenials. My real life has me working with the general public, and have for the last 20 years. I have worked in places that had me working with people with money. Not necessarily rich people, at least when we think of Rich and Famous type, but definitely people with plenty of money. People who show up in cars worth more then many of us make in a year and who live in areas filled with 1-2 million dollar homes. I have also worked in areas with people who have less money. The area I work in now is plagued with homelessness and much of the local population would be considered below the poverty line. (I am in California and in the Bay Area, we do have a slightly skewed version of the poverty line due to the cost of living.)

Getting back to the entitlements I have seen a general trend of where entitled people tend to reside. Or at the very least who seems to posses a sense of entitlement the most and who has it the least. I will point out I am about to use a lot of generalities. Not everyone in each “group” fits the description as groups are made up of individuals and individuals have the annoying but incredible habit of being different from each other. So please keep this in mind. If you don’t like what I am saying about your particular “group” I’m not saying you are necessarily like that, just that this is where I see it the most.

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