Reads for slight inebriation and water. Top 10 summer reads

Hey there friends. Another season is upon us. The season of sunburns, long car rides, and cocktails next to large or small bodies of water. What makes a day basking in the hot sun better? Well a book silly. Like you even had to ask.

In the spirit of summer reads, I have compiled a list that transcends genres, explores the deep inner workings of your mind, and amazes you with worlds of wonder not yet explored. Yes. These reads really are that good. If you don’t want your mind BLOWN! Do not read a word from these books. ****DISCLAIMER**** These are in no particular order of awesomeness they just simply are awesome.

The Gunslinger, by Stephen King

THe Gunslinger

Read the book before you see the movie. But even if you see the movie before you read the book you’ll be good. Because judging by the trailer, the movie is nothing like the book. Read The Dark Tower Series Here

Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss

tot

Want to learn the secrets of highly functioning people? Tim brings you the goods, with his special brand of answering questions. From the guy who brought you The our Hour Work Week

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

HIll

A personal story of poverty, and perseverance, from an uncommon origin. J.D. Vance exposes and ongoing crisis. This book will make you think twice before you label people.

American Gods, by Neil Gaimen

A gods

The Starz show is good, but it is not going to do this book justice. This book is a long one from one of the best fantasy writers out there.

Stories of your life and Others, by Ted Chiang

Arrival

This is a short story compilation from one of the best. Ted Chiang know how to set a mood. Story of your Life was the story that the movie Arrival was based on.

The Quantum Ghost, by Jonathan Ballagh

QuaNt

A fun read that will make you think about reality in a different way. Mr. Ballagh is a very talented writer.

Tales from the Canyons of the Damned  Omnibus #1, by Daniel Arthur Smith, and various authors.

TALES OMNI

I am not just choosing this one because my story Float is in it. This first Canyons Omnibus is chock full of entertaining stories that seemed to have been made for lounging by the pool. Pool? Did somebody say Pool?

The Pool, by Ernie Howard

cropped-the-pool-series.png

I did choose this one because it’s my book, and hey. It’s pretty good!

Six String, by Stefan Bolz

Six

Mr. Bolz main character will hook you into her plight. Make sure you wear lots of sunscreen, because you will lose track of time and get one heck of a sunburn when you read this.

Writer’s Block, by Hank Garner

W Block

When Hank isn’t doing his successful podcast, he is writing about a guy and his magical typewriter. I recommend this one for a nice evening on the lake.

I wish you pleasant nights and awesome reading. Have a good summer, and be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.

The Life of Ants

So this is what I am going to do. My story, The Life of Ants that is coming out May 19th, will be followed by “The Life of Ants, The Hybrid.” I will be releasing this series as episodes every couple of months or so. The story follows Gram, and Robin. Two people who have seen a mysterious orb their whole lives. They finally decide to follow the weird circle and end up changing human history, and evolution. Is it for the better? Well that is for you, The Reader, to figure out.

Here is a sample paragraph of The Life of Ants episode 1

THIS IS NOT A FULLY EDITED SAMPLE

“The hum started under his feet. Subtle at first, a tickle between the toes but quickly it built to a controlled vibration. The rusty walls shimmered with each shake. Gram rubbed his eyes, not sure if he was hallucinating again. The vibration intensified, making Gram’s head shake. His eyes bounced in their sockets and everything appeared fuzzy with rounded corners.

A light shined through the holes on the floor of the box car, making it a solid white color. The whiteness climbed up the walls like milk that had been recently spilled. The white light lit up the car. Gram squinted his eyes against the brilliance of the Train cars walls.

The sudden urge to bolt for the door welled up inside of him but when he looked to his right, the rusty door was no longer there. It was replaced with just more white light. Where there had once been an old latch door handle was now a smooth white surface that seemed to flow, and breath, as if the walls were alive. The size of the box cars interiors shifted from a confined space to a vast hall, and back again. The train cars walls rolled in and out like waves of the ocean, making Gram dizzy. Gram pushed the panic that was trying to force its way into his head out. He needed to be calm. After everything that had happened what did he expect by following a circle of light into the desert. He thought. There was no point in panicking, Gram figured he was here for the duration of whatever this display was. He was supposed to be here. He was supposed to see. He was chosen.”

Get The Life of Ants and The Life of Ants, The Hybrid 

The LifeofAnts       Get the first episode                                                                    The Hybrid        Get the second episode

Secrets to everything hide in a sleepy little town

How do you know if you’re awake?

My new book The Pool is up for Pre-Order on Amazon. It is priced at 99 cents for a limited time. Get your copy today.

Untitled design (1)

“Mangled bodies, mangled cars, and a road. The strong smell of ozone from power lines that buzzed overhead. Screaming… The hot Nevada asphalt that burned skin, and the contrast of cool skin from the loss of blood. A child’s action figure lying on a yellow road divider, splattered with blood. The blinding light of a magnesium road flare.

Shawn woke up sweating. The dream still lingered in his head like the slimy bits of a hangover. It stayed trying to tell him something.”

The editing process for The Pool Is finished, and the paperback is ready to distribute. This has been quite a process from the get go, but an enjoyable one. The sequel to The Pool is called The Summertime Stairs and is in the process of taking shape as we speak. I hope you enjoy this world that popped into my mind one day. It was cultivated by living in a small town that holds a lot of secrets, and history. If you have never been to Boulder City you should check it out. Maybe you’ll see something that doesn’t seem quite right, and gets your mind going. Cheers!

Pre-Order The Pool

THE POOL (1)

The Pool

Sample from The Pool. This character is a son of a bitch.

Sample from The Pool. Coming soon to Amazon

” If you think you’re a step away from this dream, wake yourself up. Give your arm a pinch and see where that gets you.

You felt it didn’t you? You squeezed two fingers together, pushing nerve endings to close for comfort. But what can you prove from doing something so trivial and childish? Did you prove you were alive because you felt a mild sense of pain? When you sleep, have you ever known you were in a dream? Did you ever tell yourself to wake up. This is only a dream? Did it work? Are you starting to see?”

Time swirls brown liquid in a whiskey glass. Light from a single bulb catches a corner of the glass blinding your eyes. Setting up doubt in your mind. Making you realize… This is only a dream.

The Pool book cover 3

Ernie Howard