Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shopping Denmon Man-Style

After posting earlier in the day about how I did most of my shopping online this year, and how nice it was to avoid the mall so far this holiday season, I was immediately turned into a hypocrite by the convening of The Council of Denmon Men.

Each year the men in the family pick a night to go forth and buy presents, unencumbered by the various females that are in the lives of the Denmon Men.  This year we broke that rule, somewhat, to meet my uncle's lady friend, and seeing as how they came from New York for the occasion, it was the least we could do.

As is the tradition, and purely because it is tradition, we met for the customary beverage of The Council of Denmon Men -- namely anything with alcohol in it.

 Helps to numb the pain of empty wallets

Afterwards, we contemplated lining up at the Frozen grotto so my uncle could take a picture.  But then he admitted he hasn't even seen the movie and the only bit he knows is "Do you want to build a snowman?" We ultimately nixed the idea and moved onward with our journey.

It doesn't have to be a snowman

We wandered around the mall for a bit, not sure where to stop off, but ultimately we ended up where we end up every year when you convene The Council Of Denmon Men, the hallowed ground of Victoria's Secret..and Bath and Body Works...and Macy's.

After our exhausting journey, it was time to replenish our strength, so we ended the night at Blue Martini.  The live music and alcohol rejuvenated us enough so that we were able to make our way homeward.

Uncle, Brother, Me

Me, Pops, Uncle, his Missus

Another successful meeting adjourned.


Many of you have been emailing me receipts for donations to St. Jude and All Childrens.  I can't thank you enough for your generosity.  I have 37 books to give out so far this year, and I would love if we could make it over 50.

37 books that I have to give out means a minimum of $925.00 to these worthy institutions.

If we can crack 50 novels, we will eclipse $1,250.  

Alone, we can do much that is good. Together, the sum of our good works will be great.

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

TTFN Denmonites!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Do You Hate Kids?

If not, read on:

As many of you know, each December when I am done talking about my beard, posting quotes, and throwing up drinking and travel pics, I like to donate and inspire my friends, family, and fans to contribute to either the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or All Children's Hospital.

For anyone that makes a donation above $10.00 I will give you free reading material (blurb at end of post).

Here is how I work it out...

$10.00 = free ebook

$25.00 = free paperback

$50.00 = free signed paperback

Make your donation, then email your receipt to

These are great causes and you can't go wrong picking either or both organizations to donate to this holiday season.If you have ever spent time with a terminally ill child you know the help that they truly need.  So not only will you be getting a novel of questionable value and my eternal gratitude -  you will be making a difference in the lives of the smallest of those that need the biggest kinds of help.

I hope I have the opportunity to give away many books, and happy holidays!

Valid until Christmas Day.

Click here:
 St. Jude Children's
Or here:

 All Children's

Blurb from The Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax:

The Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax is a story set in the cornfields of Indiana.  In Trinity, Indiana, a small community that is practically owned by the ancient and reclusive Harlan Halifax, young Addison Yates lives in the shadow of the Halifax mansion.

With his mother recently deceased, and a father who is on the ropes financially, Addison's world consists of his friends and an aging farmhand who resides at the Yates home. After an unfortunate lapse in judgement, Addison's path crosses with Harlan Halifax. He learns how the other half lives as well as the secrets behind Harlan's desire to remain a shut-in.  Through Harlan, Addison meets an Afghanistan girl who is a refugee from her war-torn country.  Captivated by a pair of brown eyes behind a Burqa, Addison is thrust on an odyssey that causes the small events in Trinity to take on a much larger significance.

In this coming-of-age tale, the desperation of poverty meets the legacy of wealth. Youth clashes with age. Knowledge battles ignorance. Friendships attempt to withstand abuse, prejudice, and loss. 

In a world ripping at the seams, Addison learns of love's many forms, while also awakening to the hatred that ignorance can breed.

This is... The Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax

-TTFN Denmonites!