Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Author Joe Conlan of Namelss Guest Post

I am pleased to have Joe Conlan who is the author of Nameless, the #1 Amazon Thriller novel in the UK, doing a quick guest post on my site.  Joe Conlan and I met through twitter and hit it off quite well instantly as we both enjoy exploring the darker side of human nature through our writing and have several things in common.



For example


  • We both write about serial killers.  Mine exist in the world of the mafia whereas Joe's hang out on hiking trails.
  • We both have flawed detectives trying to get to the bottom of things.
  • We are both in sunny Florida, though Joe is a bit north.
  • We both currently hold #1 rankings on Amazon for our novels.

Italian hitmen count as serial killers right?


I asked Joe to come up with a quick bit about serial killers, but first let me introduce the man, the myth, the legend...

Here is the skinny on Joe Conlan

Joe Conlan was born in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. He has lived most of his life in Florida, the great majority in the Fort Lauderdale area. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida and practiced law as a trial attorney for 15 years. Three of those years were spent as a prosecutor in the Broward County State Attorney's Office.

He now lives in Jacksonville, Florida. He has two grown children. When he is not writing, he enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with his family and two best friends who happen to be female Rhodesian Ridgebacks.



Here is what Joe Conlan had to say on serial killers

"It was my honor to be asked to write a guest spot about serial killers by my good friend Nick Denmon. Rather than discuss the particular real-life monsters of the past and present, I thought I would write about what it is, exactly, that captivates us fans of stories involving those evil psychopaths. Speaking for myself, I can’t say that I’m absolutely sure. I am the type of person who wouldn’t harm a fly. I do love to hate them. But, is that enough to create a fascination? Some theorize that the media has glorified serial killers, almost making them idols. I can’t say that I idolize Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer. There probably are some sickos out there that do, but, I don’t think they represent the majority.

Others would say that our interest is heightened by the fact that they are not something we hear about on a daily basis. We don’t hear about the aegus platyodon leopoldi, an extremely rare insect, either. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t care less about them. In the end, perhaps it’s just that paradoxical and compelling attraction we have to stare at something that grosses us out to no end, but we can’t turn our eyes away."

The Book Blurb

Chilling and taut, NAMELESS, introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge.

Ratings

Amazon: 4.8
Goodreads: 4.6
Barnes and Noble: 4.5

Where To Get It

Barnes and Noble

Where To Find Joe Conlan

TTFN Denmonites!

-ND

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Porcelain Dolls Are Creepy

My mom keeps a collection of dolls in her house.  They are a bit creepy when you enter the doll room alone.  Something about their painted features makes me feel uncomfortable.

And I am not alone.

I wonder how many other people out there find them to be unsettling.

Consider my sample size...

My little brother hates them.  I once surrounded his bed with them and the result was a tearful child.

My buddy and I were talking about them and he agreed they are creepy.  He said his grandma has hundreds of them.  I told him their unblinking eyes bother me...

I thought about it...

And thought that if they blinked it would be worse. He agreed.

So three people spring to mind immediately.  If I thought about it a bit or asked around I bet I could find even more.

Here is a photo of the creepy porcelain doll that looks down at me every time I change my clothes or sleep in my mother's guest room.


Look at her...she is clearly plotting something.

TTFN Denmonites!

-ND

Friday, July 12, 2013

Life Moves Pretty Fast


In under two weeks I met two of my nieces for the first time.  The first was Milana Iris Denmon, courtesy of my brother who lives in Arizona.  He sent his lady to us on a fact finding mission and as an offering, she brought forth the first born child of their union.

We found her offering to the Denmon Elders to be acceptable.

She isn't picking her nose...just chewing a few fingers.

She is adorable and very mild mannered.  Her eyes are absorbing life and she refuses to blink until she gets as much in as possible.

I think she is practicing hypnosis...

And just when I thought they didn't make babies any smaller...

On July 3rd my older brother decided to convince his lady to catapult a child into the world as well.

And along came Danica Denmon... 

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At about two hours old...quite content immediately. 

Since I have done Danica a disservice by showing off the little lady before she had her makeup on, here is another with her a bit more prepared for the Paparazzi ...

She looks like a Keebler Elf.  See below for reference.


That's it for now.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

TTFN Denmonites!

-ND