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An Inconvenient TRUTH

I’m a backsliding Christian. I wish that wasn’t a fact, but it is. I’ve come to Jesus more than once in my life and it comes down to a simple, inconvenient truth: I don’t have the strength on my own to live without sin. Thankfully, Jesus Christ paid the price for all of us, and despite straying towards the darkness many times, I am back and committed to serving Him.

It’s easy to place blame of my failures onto the stressful life of being in the Navy, the deployments, the high-stress situations, etc. But that would only attempt to gloss over the very real fact that I began falling into the abyss before the worst of it had a chance to turn me away from God.

Sure, there were situations I was in that made living out faith difficult, but come on, I was in the praise band on my second deployment and even formed one of the Christian rock bands I was in with one of the guys I deployed with. If I could maintain faith during that time, then it wasn’t the military poisoning my mind. What ultimately made me stray was my own idol worship of myself.

Yeah, I propped myself up like I was somebody. I began writing in 2012 and had the intention of putting faith and hope into those works. It was a solid idea, but the early execution of my publishing career left a lot to be desired. There’s more to being an author than writing a book. That’s merely the first step. So, as I “studied” my craft I began to pursue money instead of penning stories that inspired.

Make no mistake, even my early work would not be considered faith-based, but my heart behind it was much more inline with Christian values than my later work. My interest in turning writing into a lucrative career put me in the position to try and force ideals into these worlds that did not align with my original intent in writing, much less my morals. I don’t want to come across as preachy, but it’s difficult to stay in the light when trying to entertain the darkness. Inclusiveness should not mean changing who you are to meet an expectation that you can never achieve.

I tried anyway.

What resulted was a hot mess of what I would deem liberal sci-fi and a slew of books that I’m no longer fond of. Great advertisement huh?

So why would I promote books that I’m not proud of? Maybe because someone might need to read them to find this message. Or maybe I needed to write them to come full circle back to Christ. I didn’t find hope in the darkness. Instead, I found emptiness.

What does that mean for the future of my writing career? I’m not sure yet. I have some ideas swirling around, but I’m not going into it the way I was before, full-throttle and solely focused on the magnificence of “my” creation.

I want to go back and do things the right way, with a focus on honoring God and spreading hope to others. If that means I don’t write science fiction anymore, and switch genres, then that’s fine. If that means I never write again, then I’m ok with that too.

A lack of obedience brought me to this point: a place where I was depressed, discouraged, and drowning in darkness. I’ll take the right path this time and follow the light wherever it may lead.

I hope you’ll join me!

Drew

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Redemption

As I work on my upcoming album I keep trying to find ways to expand on the message behind the music. When all is said and done, that message is simple. Music is spiritual. That’s way it’s used in religious services.

Music helps to evoke an emotion.

I hope I can do that with my music as well.

You can hear my latest release, Redemption, on YouTube. Check it out.

Guiding Light

I’ve spent years writing songs, and a large majority of them were dominated by heavily distorted guitars. I decided I wanted to try something different. What I came up with is a song full of washy reverbs and delays. It is ambient, and pretty, while having some intense elements added for flavor. What it lacks is distorted guitars, but I don’t think it is missing them at all. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

The Pandemic Epidemic

Oy, I am about over the distress coming from the CoronaVirus. This is wrecking havoc on the stock market and people are out of work in order to lessen the spread of the virus. I think taking precautions during a virus is smart, but I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if it doesn’t stress me out. Heck, I even had to arm wrestle someone for toilet paper…I’m kidding, but I would have if I needed to lol.

Anyway, for those of you cooped up in your homes and suffering from cabin fever, hopefully I can take your mind off of it for a short while. I discounted all of my stand alone books and series starters. A large portion of my backlist is now 99 cents to help ease the consumer burden while we wait out COVID-19.

If you want to stockpile some books on your Kindle, then click the red link at the bottom of the images below and save some money. I hope you enjoy them!

The Ninth Corridor

No one remembers anything.

Life on the ARK was meant to be a second chance for humanity. At least that’s what the governor proclaims each time he gets in front of a camera. But somehow the *** has become a nightmare and no one knows if life will ever return to normal.

Robert, the adopted name of an unremembered John Doe hired to find missing persons on the ARK, is searching for a girl. Unfortunately, she is an Albie, and part of a fetish group of people with cybernetic augmentations which allows them to look like animals.

With the rising rate of human trafficking for fetish lifestyles, time is running out for Robert to find her, but he may be too late.

The Ninth Corridor is a cyberpunk thriller novelette for fans of Blade Runner and Altered Carbon.

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Questions with the BAMF Authors: Part 3

Continue to learn about the creators of Broken Arrow Mercenary Force in part three of the five-part interview series.

  1. Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks, or reading e-books, or are you old school?

Rick: I don’t like reading physical books anymore at all.  I prefer e-books.  Audio books can be good, but only with the right narrator.  Some guys read too slow and I get impatient.

Drew: I prefer paperback books. Hardbacks are too clunky, and e-books don’t feel like a book. I also have a hard time with audiobooks because it becomes background noise.

 

  1. If you had a book turned into a movie, who would you cast as the protagonist, and from which book?

Rick: If the Duty, Honor, Planet series were adapted into a series of movies, I think Jack O’Connell, the guy who starred in Unbroken, would make a good Jason McKay, if he put on a little muscle.  The harder casting would be Shannon Stark.  Scarlett Johansen would have been perfect about 15 years ago, but not anymore.

Drew: If Dead Planet was made into a movie, I think Drew Roy from Falling Skies would make a good Serus.

 

 

  1. You get the option between a movie deal or a streaming service creating a TV show from your worlds, which would you pick and why?

Rick: From a story standpoint, a limited series on a streaming service would be ideal, but money wise, the movie would be better.

Drew: Netflix, I have this idea, call me bro.

 

  1. Do you believe in having a legacy, if so, what do you hope your legacy will be?

Rick: It’s nice to think people will be reading my books after I’m dead, but the only legacy I really care about is my kids.

Drew: I hope that when I leave this world that I will have made enough of a positive impact on people that I will be remembered. I mainly want my kids to remember me, but I’ve led a lot of people in the military, and that kind of bond is really tight as well.

 

  1. Has your service in the military influenced your writing?

Rick: Definitely.  It gave me an insight into how it feels and into the kind of people who join the military and either accept the risk or long for it.

Drew: Of course. I even work some of the personalities I meet into my books. The people I kill fictionally are pretty lucky I have writing as an outlet lol.

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Learn more about Rick Partlow at his website.

Learn more about Drew Avera at his website.

Stay tuned for more questions and answers in this five-part series!

Read Rick and Drew’s first book in the Broken Arrow Mercenary Force series today!

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Question with the BAMF Authors: Part 2

Continue to learn about the creators of Broken Arrow Mercenary Force in part two of the five-part interview series.

  1. How long did it take you to write your first book, and is it published? 

Rick: My first book took most of my junior year in HS to write and not only is it not published, it got thrown away.  Which is good, because it was horrible.

Drew: The first book I completed took me twenty-four days to finish the first draft. I took all of December off, and took two months to edit it before publishing. I should have taken longer with the edits though, lol.

  1. Is writing for you like eating a Lay’s potato chip, can you not write just one?

Rick: Writing for me is more like going to the library when I was a kid. So many books and you want to take them all home but you can only check out so many at a time.  I have so many ideas and not time enough to write them all.

Drew: I’m like Rick. There are so many possibilities that it’s hard to make a decision, so the only real option is to try and write them all.

  1. How long does it take you to finish a book?

Rick: Typically, 2 to 2.5 months.

Drew: It depends. If all goes well, two or three months is average, but I’ve stopped working on a book for several months before getting back to it. I think Rise of the Syndicate took two or three years to complete.

  1. What personal traits do you give your characters that you take from yourself?

Rick: A sarcastic sense of humor and a loyalty to their friends.

Drew: I think some people would say the demeanor of the protagonist, and the use of foul language…

  1. Do you have a favorite book you’ve written?

Rick: I think Honor Bound, the second book in the Duty, Honor, Planet series is still the best thing I’ve ever written.

Drew: Skye Byrn was fun because I put so many of my author friends in as characters, but it’s hard to say which book is my absolute favorite.

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Learn more about Rick Partlow at his website.

Learn more about Drew Avera at his website.

Stay tuned for more questions and answers in this five-part series!

Read Rick and Drew’s first book in the Broken Arrow Mercenary Force series today!

Future Space Marine Assassin
Buy on Amazon!

Join the BAMF Group

BROKEN ARROW MERCENARY FORCE FANCLUB-2

Rick Partlow and I teamed up to create an all-new military science fiction series featuring mechs and mercs. The series is based on my short story Hellfire, but the series is far superior to the small concepts brought forth in that story I wrote so many years ago. I’m proud of what we’re doing, and I’m ecstatic that Rick wanted to contribute and bring this to life with me. Hopefully you’re excited as well.

Sometimes it’s difficult for authors to connect with readers on a level where both are truly satisfied. With hat in mind, we created a fan group where members, affectionately dubbed “mercs”, can connect with us. Mercs can pick our brains about the ideas and concepts outlined in the books, ruminate about the back story used to create this series, or just discuss their favorite characters.

Along with discussions, we will provide  exclusive content and reward our mercs for helping us spread the word about this series. So, what are you waiting for? Click the link below and join the team today!

Broken Arrow Mercenary Force Fan Page

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Questions with the BAMF Authors: Part 1

Join Merchants of War writers, Rick Partlow and Drew Avera, as they answer some interview questions in this five-part series.

  1. Where are you from?

Rick: Brandon, FL.

Drew: Meridian, MS, but currently live in Chesapeake, VA.

  1. What was your biggest interests growing up?

Rick: Space, dinosaurs and the Army.

Drew: Army movies, comic books, and music.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Rick: When I was in HS, I began writing my first book.

Drew: When I was sixteen, I read “What Savage Beast” by Peter David. It was a novel based on the Incredible Hulk. It showed me that books could be cool if I found the ones I was interested in. After reading it three times, I decided I wanted to write a book one day. It took another fourteen years before I did it.

  1. Did you have friends, family, or teachers who inspired you to write?

Rick: No.

Drew: Not at first, but I found several friends online in the author community that inspired me to keep going.

  1. Do you still have a copy of the first thing you wrote?

Rick: No, it got thrown out during one of our moves.

Drew: No. My first attempt was while on deployment in 2007. It was a dystopian book I called “A General’s Hart” and I made it three pages before abandoning it. I do have the draft of the next book I attempted before completing my first book, “Exodus.”

 

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Learn more about Rick Partlow at his website.

Learn more about Drew Avera at his website.

Stay tuned for more questions and answers in this five-part series!

Read Rick and Drew’s first book in the Broken Arrow Mercenary Force series today!

Future Space Marine Assassin
Buy on Amazon!