SAVE JOHN'S CAREER!! (& win an iPod Touch!)



It is with a joyful, yet heavy heart that I begin this campaign. You see, a beloved brother of mine is also an author—an author whose awesome book is priming for launch—and in order to save his career, JOHN OLSON could really use stellar sales numbers and fans/friends to help him out.

First, let me tell you a tad about him—because unless I can appeal to your hearts, hardened by years of people begging money and favors, this campaign will flop like Shamu! JOHN OLSON is an amazing man, who has written an incredible book called FOSSIL HUNTER. A few years ago John quit his mega-bucks job to become a full-time writer. No, not because he got a million-dollar contract, but because John believes in writers, he has a heart filled with godly compassion for writers, to see them excel. I’ve honestly never met a man quite like him. His dedication not only to writers, but to his family and friends is absolutely humbling.

Okay. Ahem. Enough mushy stuff. Here’s the goods.


The core issue of FOSSIL HUNTER is intelligent design, and made in cooperation with the Ben Stein movie, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, is awesome! If you haven’t seen the movie, you really need to spoil your significant other and head to the theater (


Anyway, back to Fossil Hunter—I had the great pleasure of reading it and brainstorming a tad with John—and I have to say, I am SO glad to see someone (no, not just someone, but a SCIENTIST!!) tackling this sensitive but CRUCIAL topic of intelligent design. When I read a book, I want to come away satisfied, but it’s major kudos to the author who can intellectually challenge me while doing that! The characters in FOSSIL HUNTER are wonderful, complex, and intelligent. Through her adventure in the Iraqi desert, paleontologist Katie James and her archrival Nick Murad rock the evolution world. “Their initial results fly in the face of current scientific theory, and it seems the whole world turns against them, including those they thought they could trust most.” (quoted from )

That sentence alone makes me yearn for my own copy!! What’s that?? You too? Well—WAIT!! Don’t rush off to Amazon yet. The official release date is May 1, and John would be VERY appreciative if you’d wait until MAY 1st to BUY FOSSIL HUNTER from (this is another way to save John and make his wife and kids very happy—they’ll actually get to eat next week because of the commissions earned from you wonderful fans purchasing through his site!).

through TELL A FRIEND!

As if that’s not enough, get this. After I cajoled…er, consoled a sobbing John and promised to do my absolute best to save his career and help with the launch of his wonderful book, FOSSIL HUNTER, look what the brilliant biochemist promised: Tell your friends that if they read Fossil Hunter and love it and want to tell their friends about it (and CC me on the emails they send out), I’ll write them back personally and send every one of them a random, quirky and sometimes bizarre token of my appreciation. The best, most creative, widely broadcast and all around most effective recommendations I get (as judged by my wife Amy), will be awarded brand spankin’ new iPod Touches.

Y’ALL!! Do you see that? You have a chance to SAVE JOHN’S CAREER (having a brilliant biochemist eternally indebted to you isn’t a bad thing), buy BUY FOSSIL HUNTER, and WIN AN iPOD Touch!!!!! Have you seen those things?? (I drooled over one so much the man at the store threatened to make me pay for it with years of indentured service).

So, who’s game? Who’s willing to step out and help a fellow author/brilliant biochemist/father/brother/husband? Who will help SAVE JOHN’S CAREER? If you’re interested in competing for an iPod Touch, make sure to send out a campaign newsletter and copy John ( I wish you all the best! THANK YOU for helping to SAVE JOHN’S CAREER!

1.) SEE THE MOVIE: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
2.) BUY Fossil Hunter MAY 1st
3.) TELL YOUR FRIENDS (and cc:
5.) possibly WIN an iPod Touch!

Photos & Drawing Winners

Tsk. Tsk. I am way behind on announcing winners. So sorry, y'all! I've been coordinating the national contest for the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year contest, and things are finally at a pace that allows my head above water! LOL Now I'm playing, catch up.

Without further ado, here are the winners (gathered from both my Shoutlife page and this blog):


ONLY UNI goes to Karin!!

Ladies, please email me with your snail mail addresses so we can get these books out to you!

Now...on to other stuff. :-P Easter. Wow, this year it came and went before so fast, I think the Easter Bunny must've had a jet pack on! Seriously, I had a wonderful time with my family celebrating our Lord's burial and ressurection--and ya know, it's just so beautiful to realize that HE DID THAT FOR ME!! Yes, yes, I know...He did it for you too, but when I sit back and think about all my failings, all my idiosyncracies, all my selfishness...and still He is faithful!!! WOW!

And this is one more "thing" I don't deserve--an incredibly beautiful family with four awesome children and a man whose heart is after God! THANK YOU, LORD, for my family!!!!!!!!!! And no, this photo isn't the best (Hello! It looks my head isn't screwed on straight. LOL

So...what's everyone doing these days? Writers--what're you working on? Non-writers, what's absorbing your time. This morning when I took my kids to school, I felt a bit blue (think it's weather related--it's awfully dreary here), and I realized...Hmm, I have my eyes in the wrong place. I had them on me, on what's happening, instead of on God and "What is on your heart today, Lord?"

Dead Reckoning Trailer & Stuff

Howdy, y'all! Wow, it's been a while. Oopsie. Sorry for the delay, but I am the coordinator for the American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year contest. The deadline just came/went, so that completely devoured the last couple/few weeks of my life. Whew! But the books are out to the judges, and I'm getting my life back slowly.

Soooo...a few months back, I tried creating a trailer for my new spy thriller, Dead Reckoning. The only thing I got out of the thing was a lot of frustration. Once Book of the Year was done (as far as sending out books), I tackled it again. Tell me what you think: