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Cover Reveal – The Leaked Edition

Originally posted on James L'Etoile:
Everyone likes a good leak, right? No, not that kind of leak–I’m talking about the information kind. They must be a popular thing, because I can’t turn on a television news broadcast without someone blathering on about leaks. It doesn’t seem to matter what the leak is about–it turns…

Shut Up And Drive

Originally posted on James L'Etoile:
Pardon me whilst I squeeze into my ranty pants. I don’t remember them being this tight. Ahem… This morning I had the occasion to venture out in public and join in the mass migration on the public thoroughfare. Interstate 5 is a sprawling mass of asphalt and cement, up to eight…

5 Life Lessons From Walking the Dog

Originally posted on James L'Etoile:
I had a bit of an epiphany during the morning dog walk. The act of walking is good for the dogs, good for me, but it represents much more. Like most things in life, if we rush through the walk to get it over with to cross off an item…

Bedrock – The Violence Control Unit

From the outside, the goings on in prison are invisible. If you live close enough to one, you might catch a glimpse of concrete walls and high mast yard lighting. If the wind is just right, you could hear the shrill buzz of an alarm in the distance. For most people, that’s the only thought–a […]

Story Surgery

There are times in my writing process I feel like a hired gun with a scalpel. A slice here, a nip and tuck there–gut the beast. Readers, editors, agents and publishers all shout (okay maybe not really shout–but it seem that way at times) for me to make a change in a POV, or my […]

The Five Signs of Hipster Influenza

Originally posted on James L'Etoile:
There is a pox upon us. Actually, this cultural mutation is a global epidemic. The hipster influenza is upon us and it shows no sign of weakening. How do I know this? I was exposed recently, let me explain. So, I’m sitting at a Mexican food joint, eating my little grilled chicken…

Goodreads Giveaway

Want to enter a GoodReads giveaway for an autographed paperback copy of AT WHAT COST?  (US entries only this time, please) Check out these details to enter:     Goodreads Book Giveaway At What Cost by James L’Etoile Giveaway ends March 04, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/widget/224921

Social Media For Old Guys – The Author Page

I’m a relative newcomer to the social media world. In fact, I wouldn’t have “Liked” or “Retweeted” anything if my first publisher hadn’t dragged me there and shoved my nose in this big smelly pile called Facebook. And you had to “Like” people. Fresh out of prison (so to speak – retired, not paroled) liking people […]

AT WHAT COST … Between the Covers

Originally posted on fullybooked2017:
Sacramento. Capital city of California. Named after its river, which was in turn named after the most holy offering in the Catholic liturgy. But there is nothing sacred and everything profane about the butchered corpse found on the river levee. Maybe ‘corpse’ is the wrong word for what lies at Detective…

When Did Christmas Get Weird?

Christmas today is not the same holiday of my childhood. Gone are the decorated store front windows, the strolling carolers, reminders that Santa is watching and tales of eight tiny reindeer landing on the roof. All are now replaced with newer, less personal trapping of a holiday gone weird. No, I haven’t gone all Scroogey, […]