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Saturday, June 15, 2019

John Haynes: A Conversation With Death Now Available on Smashwords!





Death! On the Angel of Darkness’ day off, she decides to have coffee with John Haynes, the CEO of Morris Phillips. As they discuss the direction of his life over coffee, Lucifer sends a horde of demons to the coffee house to kill him. Can The Man Who Rules The World and the Angel of Darkness overcome the dark forces of Lucifer’s Legion?


After a best-selling run on Amazon the Critically Acclaimed JohnHaynes: A Conversation With Death is now available on Smashwords and Smashwords affiliates like Barnes & Noble and the iBookstore! Get started on the adventures of The Man Who Rules The world for just 99 cents on Smashwords!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Marvel Studios Working to Make The MCU as SJW As They Can

Friday, June 7, 2019

Shawn ROASTS The AWFUL X Men: Dark Phoenix Trailer

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Shawn Reviews Josh Howard’s T-Bird & Throttle #2



This weekend I got my digital copy of Josh Howard’s T-Bird & Throttle #2. And after reading it I can honestly say it’s one of the best comics of 2019.

Before T-Bird & Throttle #2 picks up where #1 left off, we get a look at the early days after the engine embedded itself in Mitch’s chest. In these flashback sequences we get a look at Mitch’s past at Starlink, his relationship with his wife and a fun sequence that takes jabs at superhero costumes over the years. The leg belts, pouches and straps costume will have you laughing about the all the 90s outrageousness we all thought was cool over 25 years ago. 

 Josh does a brilliant job delving deeper into the mysteries of the character’s pasts before taking us back to the present where Mitch is recovering from the beating he received from the hipsters and SJWs at the end of T-Bird & Throttle #1. After waking up in his former partner Amy’s apartment, we find out what’s troubling Mitch. As the comic progresses we get more insight into what drives Mitch to be a hero these days and how it ties to the mysteries regarding the engine, Emily’s troubles at school and her strained relationship with her father, and some clues to the mysteries regarding Mitch’s work at Starlink. I don’t want to give anything away, THIS COMIC IS TOO GOOD TO SPOIL.

I’ll just say we finally find out who Gruesome is. And what he does to people ain’t pretty.

Oh, and Josh takes a brilliant shot at modern day SJWs in a sequence with Emily at school, along with some great advice on how to deal with them from her new friend Kat. Is she related to Amy? Guess we’ll have to wait until the next issue to find out.

T-Bird & Throttle #2 is a GREAT comic, delving deeper into the mysteries set up in issue #1 and Issue #0. This is the kind of comic I used to pick up regularly on the newsstand every Friday morning before I went to school and the kind of comic that had me counting down the days until I could get my hands on the next issue after I read it at lunch. There’s a lot of heart, soul on the pages of T-Bird and Throttle #2 and you can see how much love Josh puts in this story. The visuals in this comic are POWERFUL, and every time you read it you’ll find something new to look at.   

You definitely want to pick up T-Bird & Throttle. Josh Howard has presented comic storytelling at its finest with this series.

With the way T-Bird & Throttle #2 ended I’m definitely saving money up to get the third issue! And this time I’m getting myself paper comics, this is one series I want to add to my collection!


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BLOCK MODEL SHEET FROM JOHN HAYNES: THE MAN WITH NOTHING TO LOSE

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Had an hour and sketched out a model sheet of The Block, the villain from the upcoming John Haynes: The Man With Nothing To Lose.

















Marcus Jeffries, aka The Block is inspired by the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls. And just like Biggie he’s HUGE. Block is seven feet tall and six hundred fifty pounds. He’s a whole head and a half taller than John Haynes who is 5”10 and two hundred pounds. Breaking out of Rikers, he’s willing to sacrifice everything to get revenge against John Haynes, the man who got him locked up in the first chapter of The Man Who Rules The World

For Block’s outfit I decided to fuse hip-hop and comic books together. I drew inspiration from Bullet, a bad guy from the Awesome Ann Nocenti/John Romita Jr. Daredevil run from the late 1980’s. I loved how simple and sleek his costume was, an all black suit with one line. Minimalist like the 1980s, and I thought that design work well with the black track suits rappers like RUN DMC used to wear in the 80s. With some Jordans and a gold chain Block was ready to hit the streets as the irresistible force that becomes an immovable object and a motive to murder The Man Who Rules The World.











This isn’t the first time I’ve drawn influence from the Ann Nocenti JR/JR run of Daredevil. In Spellbound Matilda Crowley is sees Typhoid Mary as her hero and is inspired to become more assertive and find her voice by her character. And Typhoid Mary is the inspiration for the “Mad” in her Goth name Mad Matilda. It’s a great run of comics, and I highly recommend you pick them up!





In the Luke Cage Hero For Hire #14 homage Concept, Block and John’s outfits are supposed to contrast each other. Block is a man stuck in the past still trying to hold onto memories of when he ran The Block and controlled the projects. John’s outfit represents him as the common man. So as John fights Block he’s supposed to represent the everyday brother fighting against the thugs in the street to protect his woman E’steem and protect his community.

I’m Hoping to get John Haynes: The Man With Nothing To Lose out either Fall 2019 or Spring 2020. And I’m pondering putting TWO covers on this one!








you can get the latest John Haynes book: John Haynes: Dark Succubus  in Paperback or #KindleUnlimited June 18!


Friday, May 24, 2019

John Haynes: Dark Succubus Cover By Mike Williams


Just got the cover for John Haynes: Dark Succubus from Mike Williams….And it’s AWESOME! 
Mike has done an AMAZING job with this cover! It reminds me of those awesome 1980s horror movie posters for films like Friday The 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead, The Stuff and all those awesome horror movie posters I used to see at the video store. 
The mood is surreal and dreamlike, I love the composition of the figures and how they contrast each other. John’s defensive body language tell the story of a man who is conflicted about making a choice and Selene’s wicked smile tells the story of a she-demon who thinks she’s going to benefit as the result of a dirty deal that’ll be a raw one for The Man Who Rules The World. 
I’d like to take a minute to thank all the people who donated to the Patreon and Paypal, if it wasn’t for your ongoing support I wouldn’t be able to hire great artists like Mike Williams to design the covers for the books of the John Haynes series and I wouldn’t be able to get these books to the marketplace. 
John Haynes: Dark Succubus will be available in Paperback and for pre-order on Kindle this weekend. And Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited June 18th. And you can get the first book in the John Haynes series: A Conversation With Death and the two previous John Haynes books The Man Who Rules The World and The Temptation of John Haynes on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats too! 






Sunday, May 19, 2019

John Haynes: The Man With Nothing to Lose “B” Cover Concept





Sketched up another concept cover For John Haynes: The Man With Nothing To Lose.

This concept for this one is inspired by Billy Graham’s Luke Cage Hero For Hire #14’s cover. I loved the action in that cover because it was bold, dynamic and it really POPPED. It’s the kind of cover I believed would get old readers and new ones to pick up a John Haynes series book online. 


While I paid homage to Graham’s cover in my concept I changed some elements to fit John’s story for today. This one is set in the yard of John’s old junior high school in The Bronx. It’s nighttime and E’steem has been rendered powerless by the Chains of Hephestus. She watches helplessly as her man John throws down with The Block in a schoolyard brawl for his life against a former childhood bully who wants to become the stumblingblock that crushes The Man Who Rules The World. I wanted to put the Third Avenue housing projects in the far background, but I can’t draw that well.

As I changed the story of Graham’s cover to fit John’s, I changed Block’s composition in my concept because Big Ben’s composition is kind of wonky. I did my best to get him to look like the late Biggie Smalls, (who The Block is inspired by) but my drawing skills are…limited. His track suit is inspired by the Daredevil villain Bullet. I gave Block him some Jordans and a dookie rope to make him look like the kind of dope dealers who used to run the block back in the day.

I’m still figuring out which cover will be featured on John Haynes: The Man With Nothing To Lose. The feedback for both cover concepts on social media has been incredibly strong, and I’d love to pay homage to a Legendary Black comic artist with the Billy Graham concept and I’d also love to see my UK Avengers concept I posted a few weeks ago. Maybe I’ll offer two editions, one regular and a variant cover. Or Maybe I’ll offer one of the concepts as a pin-up inside the paperback and the eBook.

I’m hoping to have John Haynes: The Man With Nothing to Lose available as part of the SJS DIRECT 2020 catalog. I can’t wait to share this one with readers, it’s an action packed story that’s just like the classic Luke Cage comics of the 70s!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Robert Pattinson As Batman- WTF?

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Robert Pattinson is gonna be playing Batman in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

Damn. Just Damn.


Run that through your head: Robert Pattinson, Mr Twilight, Mr Sparkly vampire is who WB executives thought was the best choice to portray The Dark Knight.

NO. HELL NO.

Seriously, what are these WB executives on?  Fetanyl? Cause they got to be on some strong shit to cast this dude as Batman.

Just when you thought WB and DC Comics were getting their shit together with the movies, they fall right back into the gutter. We saw a glimmer of hope for great DC Superhero movies with Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam! that captured the heart and spirit of DC Comic books but the recent teaser for The Joker and this announcement for The Batman has me wondering if WB/DC will ever stop being their own worst enemy. 

I swear WB and DC comics are just like a pair of crackheads. They show everyone signs that they’re gonna clean themselves up and start making steps in that direction, then….They wind up back on that stuff again.

Shit.

WB/DC Comics casting Robert Pattinson as Batman is one of the WORST decisions I’ve seen since they decided to make Halle Berry play Catwoman or the retarded decisions to cast Jesse Eisenberg or Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor. This dude doesn’t look anything like Bruce Wayne and doesn’t have any of Bruces’ debonair presence or Batman’s dark demeanor.

Worse, he has the acting range of a pushbroom left leaning on the side of a wall. His performance in the Twilight movies was laughable, and he definitely doesn’t have the acting ability of a Michael Keaton or a Christian Bale. Both of those actors understood nuance, something that is essential to playing Batman and gave us the chivalrous qualities of a Knight in addition to the Dark.

I’ve been hoping that Warner Brothers and DC Comics would get its shit together since 1997 when Batman & Robin almost destroyed the Superhero film genre. But it seems like they just can’t stop tripping over their own feet. It’s bad enough that the studio that invented the Superhero movie With Superman in 1978  and reinvented it with the Dark Knight Trilogy lost the superhero film wars to Marvel Studios in the late 2010s and haven’t  been to make any serious efforts to regain their crown as they attempted to build a DC Cinematic universe to compete With the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sadly, this decision to cast Pattinson as Batman shows that they still haven’t learned their lessons about the mistakes they made regarding how they make superhero films, and will continue making terrible films well into the mid 21st Century.  


I really wish Warner Brothers could get itself together. They have the greatest catalog of superhero characters, and they have all the resources they need to make some really great superhero movies. But what they need is someone with a vision and a direction to get their Superhero films on the right track the way Paul Dini and Bruce Timm with their Animation division. Because if they had that visionary they could start working towards giving Kevin Fiege and Disney a run for his money and let them know the MCU ain’t the only superhero movie game in town.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Graphic Novel Patreon Campaign





If  10,000 people donate $1 or $2  to the Patreon I can raise the money to publish my first comic in no time! And if I can raise the funds, all the Patrons would get a FREE digital copy of the Isis graphic novel!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Black Women & The Tenth Commandment



Eighty percent of Black Women say they are Christians. However, Eighty percent of Black women violate the Tenth Commandment without even knowing it.

The Tenth Commandment says thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house. However, most Black women covet everything White women have. 

The sad fact is most Black women covet the beauty that they believe White Women have in American society. They covet the attention White Women receive in American society. They covet the social status White Women have in American society. And they want to be elevated to the high position of social power White Women have been given by White Men in society.

When Black women covet the beauty of White Women they sin against The Living God. Making the image of White woman a god they put before the Living God who created them.

A God who said His followers are to have no other gods before them.

Jesus stated that no man can serve two masters, they’ll love one and hate the other. And Black Women shows how much she hates The Living God by her lust after the appearance and position of a White Woman.

When Black women covet White beauty and White beauty standards they deify White people. And instead of them having their eyes on God, they have their eyes on the White man and the White woman and make efforts to please them instead of the God who created them.  

Showing how little they Love the Living God. And how much they love the gods they truly serve, the White Man and White Woman. 

The reason why so many Black women deify White people and covet White beauty and White power is making the mistake of believing that the White Woman is her neighbor. However, she is not her neighbor.

She is her enemy.

An enemy who puts her at enmity with God. Because those who put a god before them like most Black women who worship White people have are an enemy of The Living God. And In their quest to receive the acceptance of False gods in this life, most Black women put their souls at risk of  eternal damnation. 

The Truth is as  Black women covet White beauty and White power they don’t love White women as they love themselves. Instead they are jealous and envious of them because they covet the attention their beauty standards and social position get them.

Coveting White Beauty and the position of White Women is not just self-hatred, it shows a hatred of God. It shows ingratitude towards the God who created Black women by saying what He created as perfect wasn’t good enough. That what He made needs to be changed to meet the standard of a false god.

When Black women sew in a White woman’s hair into their head bleach their skin and cut off their beautiful Black noses and lips to appear White, they show the world they don’t serve The Living God, they serve false gods, the White man and White Woman.

Black women need to understand that God made Black women. He knew what he was doing when he made your skin and He knew what He was doing when he made your hair. He made you in His Image. And He made you PERFECT.

Black woman, The Living God loves you. And you need to understand that if The God who created loves you and sees you as perfect you should love yourself enough to see the you He created as perfect.

God made your dark skin perfect. He made your kinky hair perfect. So stop trying to change it to meet the standard of beauty of a false god of your own creation.

Instead of coveting the White woman’s beauty and the position that White women have in Satan’s world system, Black women need to see the power of the position God has given them in His Natural Order. As the Helpmeet and support of the Black man God has given you great power. And if you embrace the love of the Living God and the Black Man he gave you, He will bless you to be in a greater place in His Kingdom  than any place you could be in The White Man’s fiefdom.

Friday, April 26, 2019

E’steem: The Sands Of Time Easter Eggs



E’steem: The Sands of Time was originally written to be a stand alone story that gave readers a look at E’steem’s past and show readers what kind of heroine she was before she became the she-demon.

Continuity wise in the SJS DIRECT Universe, E’steem: The Sands of Time takes place before the events of the eBook Baptism of Blood: TheOrigin of E’steem.

The story for E’steem: The Sands of Time was inspired by Disney Princess movies like Little Mermaid, Beauty And the Beast and Frozen. With E’steem: Sands of Time I wanted to write a story to show it was possible to write a story in the Disney Princess model featuring a Black Princess and tell a story of Black-On-Black love that transcended time.

Yeah, I know Disney made a movie featuring Black Disney Princess The Princess and the Frog. But Princess Tiana isn’t from a royal bloodline like E’steem is. Nor does she have a Black prince as a love interest like E’steem has.

 In The Sands of Time, E’steem is a Princess from the Royal Katian Bloodline who has been adopted by the Egyptian gods. So she’s a real Princess. And her prince John Haynes will grow up to become The CEO of Morris Phillips known as The Man Who Rules The World in her era. That’s as close to a king as you’ll get in America.

I wrote E’steem The Sands of Time to show Black perspective of Ancient Egypt. Every Egyptian character in the story is designed to be BLACK. And I wrote all the characters I imagined BLACK actors as the characters.

Princess E’steem is inspired by actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Whenever I write E’steem’s narrative and dialogue I always hear Salli’s voice as E’steem’s.
Salli was the voice of Elisa Maza in Disney’s Gargoyles in the 1990s, and from her work on that show and the strong performances she’s given in the numerous films she’s done over the years like How U Like Me Now, Posse, A Low Down Dirty Shame, Pastor Brown and I Will Follow, show she definitely has the acting ability to her play a Disney Princess.

With Sands of Time I wanted to show how Ancient Egyptian women had significant roles in the Egyptian empire and how they contributed to society. What many don’t know is Ancient Egyptian women had lots of rights in Ancient Egyptian society and could get educations and work in jobs at the side of men. And I wanted to show how women had job prospects in Ancient Egyptian society by showing how Princess E’steem aspired to become a priestess in Pharaoh, Osiris’ temple.



The Suitors Baka, Dartrius and Ma-Sil in E’steem’s past are inspired by the thirsty guys I’d see in my South Bronx neighborhood back in the 1980s. With the suitors I wanted to show how thirsty dudes are something that transcend time. If guys didn’t holla at females civilization wouldn’t go on!

E’steem’s suitor Baka is named after the Master Builder character the late Vincent Price played in the 1956 Cinematic classic The Ten Commandments. And the reason why working for one of the builders is to pay homage to that film.

E’steem’s suitor Dartrius is play on the name Darius. I thought the name was Egyptian enough for a guy.

E’steem’s Suitor Ma-Sil is inspired by actor Dondre T.Whitfield, Salli Richardson Whitfield’s husband. Whenever I heard Ma-Sil’s dialogue I always heard Dondre’s voice as Ma-Sil. I always thought Dondre had an amazing range as an actor from his roles like Robert on The Cosby Show, Terrance Frye on All My Children guest spots on shows like Girlfriends and Second Time Around. I thought he’d be great to voice over the suitor who was the most aggressive in his pursuit of E’steem.

The-Name Ma-Sil is a homage to Ka-El Superman’s Kryptonian name. It’s a homage to comic books, the place where I learned how to read and write.

I originally planned a chapter for the jealous girls E’steem said bullied her in E’steem: Ascension to be featured in Sands of Time, but just couldn’t fit them into the story.  Maybe in the next flashback story.

The 14-year-old John Haynes in this one is based on myself back in the days of the 1980s. I drew a lot from my freshman years at Park West High School to write the 14-year-old version of John Haynes. A lot of the problems I had were his and a lot of the routines John participated in back then were things I actually did growing up in the South Bronx. Story wise The John in this story is coming off the breakup he had with his first girlfriend Tisha that was mentioned in The Temptation of John Haynes and is trying to move past the bullying and harassment he endured in Junior High school. I wanted to give a glimpse of who he was in 1987 and how he would grow into the man he is today.

The run in with Durrell Kelly in John’s opening chapter of The Sands of Time is actually based on a real life experience I had with guys I used to go to school with at IS 148. Whenever they’d run into me on the train when I was going to Park West back in 1987 they’d love to bring up many of my past fights in Junior High. Back then I wanted to get a fresh start in High School and show people I could be an achiever who got good grades in school. Unfortunately, people back then didn’t want to see who I was working to become and kept trying to throw the past in my face.

The scenes of John Haynes in the 149th Street 3rd Avenue Train station at the start of The Sands of time were actually part of my routine when I was attending Park West High School. Back then I’d ride the 55 bus to the train station and take the 2 train to 72nd Street to get a 1 train to 50th Street to go to school.

On Fridays, I’d take the 2 train to 42nd Street and Times Square to get comic books from the newsstand there before taking a 1 train back up to 50th Street to go to school. Afterschool, on some Fridays I’d get a Two slices of pizza and I’d be ready to start my weekend watching Saturday morning cartoons.

14-year-old John’s outfit in Sands Of Time reverses the colors of his adult clothes. While the adult John wears a Forest green shirt, black jeans and Chelsea boots, the teenage John wears what teenagers wore back in 1987, a black mock turtleneck and his pants are olive surplus BDUs. He also wears Reebok Ex-O-Fit high tops like I wore back in my Park West days. 

The comic books John picks up were usually released on the Friday of the fourth week of the Month in 1987. Usually Batman, Iron Man, West Coast Avengers and Captain America came out at the end of the month in the late 1980s.

The TV Shows and movies John talks about Star Trek The Next Generation and Back To the Future 14-year old John talks about are Stuff I used to watch as a teenager. Back when my family used to rent videos in the 1980s I watched Back to the Future over a dozen times and that film and 1984’s The Terminator was the foundation for everything I learned about Time Travel Stories and the time travel story paradigm.

The Pharaoh Osiris is inspired by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Whenever I write Osiris I always hear Sam Jackson’s voice as the Pharaoh. Samuel L. Jackson has played everything from the hitman Jules in Pulp Fiction to Mace Windu in Star Wars prequel Films to Nick Fury in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. If there’s anyone who could play Egypt’s First Pharoah, it’s him.  

In The Sands of Time we see how close Osiris is to E’steem. The way E’steem playfully banters with her father in this story is a contrast to the bitterness she has for him in the first Isis. Osiris has big dreams and big expectations of E’steem and he wants to see her achieve them as a Child of the Gods.

Queen Isis is inspired by actress Angela Bassett. Whenever I’d write Queen Isis’ dialogue I always imagined Angela Bassett’s voice as the Queen. Angela Bassett has a regal presence like an Egyptian Queen, and I always wanted to see her play that role in a film.

In E’steem: The Sands of Time Queen Isis is concerned about E’steem’s well-being. She sees the pressure all of Osiris’ expectations are putting on her and just wants E’steem to enjoy her youth before taking on the adult responsibilities of becoming a priestess.

Both Queen Isis and Osiris’ subplots foreshadow the events of the storyline of Baptism of Blood- The Origin of E’steem and hint at E’steem’s future.

E’steem’s mentor Mamnet is inspired by actress Suzanne Douglas. Suzanne Douglas played the Mom in The Parent Hood. Whenever I’d hear Manmnet’s dialogue in my head I’d hear Suzanne’s voice. And her warm kind performance would be perfect for a High Priestess who was making efforts to prepare a young eager princess for the priesthood.

Mamnet is another name I took from the 1956 Cinematic Classic The Ten Commandments. However, this time I wanted to show how she was a servant of the Pharaoh, and not some bitter old crone like in the movie.

The villain of the story Decadia is inspired by actress Jada Pinkett Smith. Seeing Jada’s work in numerous films like Matrix Reloaded, Set It off, and Gotham I know she has the chops to play a high-tech villain.

 Decadia’s 1980s leather outfits and braided hairstyles are partially inspired by 1980s fashions and Jada’s leather outfits when she played Niobe in The Matrix Reloaded. Her futuristic leather outfits are meant to be a contrast to the Ancient Egyptian attire and John’s 80’s fashions.

The chapter where John is transported to Ancient Egypt is was inspired by a scene in the Canadian Animated series Class Of The Titans from Nelvana. In that animated series Herry, the descendant of Hercules is sucked down in the sands of a hourglass from our time to Ancient Greece. I thought that kind of visual effect would be fun way to bring John into Ancient Egypt and have his first confrontation with Decadia and her Chronosoldiers.

Lucifer is inspired by actor Keith David. Whenever I write Lucifer’s narration and dialogue I always hear Keith David’s voice as Lucifer.

The Chapter where John Plays Whitney Houston’s How Will I know is inspired by a scene in the movie Back To The Future Where Marty McFly is in the 1950s and plays Van Halen to wake up his future Dad to give him the message to ask his mother out. With that chapter I wanted to show how music brings people together

I chose Whitney’s How Will I know because it’s a fun perky song and captures the spirit of the 80s. It encapsulates the innocence of teenage love, and makes us ponder how will E’steem know if she loves John.

The Chapter where Esteem washes John’s feet is based on a tradition in Ancient Egypt. Usually when a traveler was a guest in a wealthy man’s home his servants would wash their hands and feet. For a Princess to attend to a man and wash a man’s feet is a sign that he is an honored guest in their home. And that the Princess has a thing for him.

The bedroom encounter between teenage E’steem and John is meant to contrast events that transpired in Chapter 102 of The Temptation ofJohn Haynes. Both scenes are meant to show how consistent E’steem’s character is as related to her moral beliefs and principles. It’s that dedication to her beliefs that lead E’steem to make hard choices regarding her relationship with John in both stories.

The love story of The Sands of Time isn’t just about John and E’steem falling in love, but showing how much they love those who don’t love them. John and E’steem are two misfit teenagers who the world has shown no love in either of their eras. And even though they have found love with each other, they selflessly sacrifice their relationship to save a world of people who haven’t shown them any love. What makes E’steem and John heroes in this story is the courage they have to let each other go and the faith they have in God knowing that He’ll let them find each other again when His time is right.

I was working on E’steem: The Sands of Time when my father passed away in December of 2017. I think I was writing around Chapter 32 or so when I got the news.

I stopped work on E’steem: The Sands of Time to go to his funeral in North Carolina and didn’t return to work on the book until January. Even though I grieved his loss I committed myself to finish the story.

E’steem: The Sands of Time and The Legendary Mad Matildawere the two books I was working on when I found out about my father’s health issues in 2017. They’re two books that mean a lot to me because they’re the last two books I was working on when he was alive.

I originally planned to release E’steem Sands of Time as part of the Spring 2018 catalog as a standalone with Isis: Escape From Transylvania and John Haynes: A Conversation With Death. But Bill Walko wasn’t available to do the cover in June.

 So I postponed the book until the fall when he was available making it a part of Fantasy Flashback Fall with another delayed book 2016’s Isis: Imitation of Life. And Bill gave me a MASTERPIECE of a cover in October. If I ever made an animated version of Sands of Time, Bill would be the artist I’d hire to do the designs and lead the animation team!

The response to E’steem: The Sands of Time has been extremely positive. Since its release in October 2018 it’s been the best-selling E’steem series book EVER. It’s received critical praise from readers and is seen by many as a heartwarming love story on the level of Disney’s Princess movies.

Will I do another story about teenage E’steem? Only time will tell.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

E’steem Goddess Of? Now Available in Paperback & KindleUnlimited



 

ISBN-13: 978-1979732161


Torment! While E’steem prepares for her new role as a goddess, the demonic dominatrix Avarisk, The Tormentor hopes to make her life a living hell when she pays a visit to the Island of Solitude. Can New Heliopolis’ new goddess use her new powers to beat back the deadly dominatrix?






If you’ve read E’steem: Ascension, you definitely have to pick up E’steem Goddess of?! Dealing directly with the aftermath of the events of E’steem: Ascension and all the major changes the E’steem character went through in that story this story showcases E’steem’s new avatar powers as she takes on the deadly demonic dominatrix Avarisk, The Tormentor.

And if you’re new to the E’steem series, this is the book you want to pick up. This is the start of E’steem’s second story arc. Now that E’steem is no longer a part of Lucifer’s Legion, she’s getting ready to take her life in new direction. LOTS OF BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN THIS STORY! SO YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!






Thursday, April 18, 2019

John Haynes: The Man With Nothing To Lose Cover Concept #1

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Decided to break out the custom action figures to design a cover concept for the upcoming John Haynes: The Man With Nothing to Lose.














I was looking at some images of the late Patrick Macnee and Dame Diana Rigg portraying John Steed And Emma Peel from The UK’s Avengers TV series and I got inspired. Steed and Peel represented the image of a power couple in these images. 
And I thought an Black man and a Black woman standing together back to back would represent an image of strength, confidence and power when it was presented on the cover.

I had to make a few changes to the composition of the figures to tell my own story about Black-on-Black love John’s fist up shows his strength as a man ready to take a stand and fight for what’s right, and E’steem’s hand glowing with light shows how she inspires him to keep fighting. As I see it when a Black woman is standing by her Black man he’s a man with nothing to lose, because he knows she’ll have his back.

This is the cover concept I’m the most eager to see rendered by a professional comic artist. I think it tells a POWERFUL story of Black-on-Black love and is the kind of image that shows how John and E’steem are the power couple in the SJS DIRECT Universe.

I’ve got a more action oriented cover concept I’m sketching out in my imagination with John facing off against The Block, a villain inspired by rapper Notorious B.I.G. In that concept I’m imagining John is facing off against one of his former bullies in the Junior High school lot one last time. I’m hoping to get that one on paper soon.

John Haynes: The Man With Nothing to Lose is in the middle of its second draft and I’m hoping to have it available by 2020. Until then you can pick up the first book in the John Haynes series: John Haynes: A Conversation With Death at Amazon in Paperback or KindleUnlimited. And you can get caught up on John’s story by picking up the book that started it all TheTemptation of John Haynes and its sequel The Man Who Rules The World on Amazon.com in paperback and  e-readers!  

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Difference A Narrative Makes in A Story

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When I write stories I oftentimes use a revolving first person perspective to give a reader insight into what a particular character is thinking. As the reader reads the chapter of the story being told from one character’s viewpoint it’s like a camera lens that lets us see the action from their perspective.

However, when I use that revolving first person perspective to present those contrasting viewpoints it leads to some unanswered questions for the reader: What’s the other character thinking about that scene? What does the action look like from their perspective?  How would their perspective give a reader insight into the story if I told it from their narrative instead?

I decided to explore a change in narrative with a chapter from of my novels, Spinsterella . In the published edition of Spinsterella we get to see Matilda’s thoughts regarding her sexual encounter in the hotel room with The Quiet Man in Chapter 17. However, over the Christmas Holidays I decided to write that chapter from the perspective of The Quiet Man for fun. From his narrative of the events there are some significant changes in perspective and significant changes in descriptions of the details of the action.

If you have a copy of Spinsterella, you can compare the published Chapter 17 to The Quiet Man’s perspective view of the action and see the difference a narrative can make to a story.





Chapter 17


What do you do when an attractive woman asks you to spend time with her? I think the answer to that question is fairly obvious.
I think can spare an hour or two to hang out with Matilda. Since we’re having such a great time I don’t think Mom will mind me spending a little overtime at work. The only thing I’m worried about is the possibility of an evening with the office ghoul turning into a sexual harassment case. However, from the flirtatious smile I’m given after accepting her invitation I don’t think I have to worry too much about my job. Yet.
I get a good look at Matilda’s sexy backside as she saunters over to the sofa and gestures for me to have a seat. As I silp off my barn coat and drop it on the far end of the sofa next to my swag bag, Matilda takes off her Santa hat, slips off her sandals and drops them on the coffee table. If she’s taking off her shoes it looks like she’s looking to get comfortable. “You like It’s a Wonderful Life?” Matilda asks taking the remote off the coffee table.
I don’t think a movie that dark will set a festive mood. “Nah, that’s too depressing.” I reply falling into the center cushion of the sofa.  
“How about Scrooge?”
Work with me here Mattie. I’m trying to liven the mood here. “Miracle on 34th Street has always been one of my favorites.”
Matilda points the remote at the huge LCD TV across from us and scrolls down the series of movies on the hotel’s on-demand service finding the holiday classic on the listings. While it starts to play on the big screen, I fall back on the cushions and relax. As I’m getting into the story of the holiday classic I feel Matilda’s hand fall on my thigh. I’m thinking she’s just getting comfortable until I feel her fingers crawling into the waistband of my khakis. Hold on. Is she putting a move on me?
Looks like she is.  I’ll just play this cool until I see where things go. I keep my eyes focused on the TV screen as I feel her slender manicured fingers creeping through my man forest and brush against my cock. It takes all my resolve to keep my eyes on the TV screen when she starts stroking me off. Man, she’s got a way with a dick, my cock is practically throbbing from the handjob she’s given me.
I don’t think she’s done; I feel her hand slip out of my pants and reach for the buckle of my belt. I pretend to indifferently watch the Holiday Classic as Matilda slides off the sofa and starts unbuttoning my khakis. After she unzips my khakis and I feel her hands grabbing for the waistband of my pants and boxer briefs my eyes meet hers in a glance. I keep trying to play it cool as I feel Matilda yanking down my pants and boxers, parting my thighs and taking my hard cock in her hands. When I feel her ebony lips kiss the head of my dick I feel a shock surge throughout my body from my head to my toes.  I keep trying to act indifferent as I feel her tongue run down up and down my shaft before warmth of her mouth envelops my member. When she gets a rhythm going and her cheeks sink in I can’t play indifferent anymore. She feels so good; when I let out a grunt she takes my dick out her mouth and gives me a playful smile. “Dude, you know I’m sucking your dick.” She teases.
I keep laying it cool.“…And-”
“So you were just gonna let me suck your dick?”
Er…Yeah. “You looked like you were having a good time.”
Matilda lets out a laugh on hearing my response. “Dude you are so wrong!” She chuckles as she slaps my thigh.
“Well, what do you do when an attractive woman wants to suck your dick?” I ask.
“I guess I can’t argue with that logic.” Matilda concedes.
“So are you gonna finish?”
Matilda shrugs her shoulders and starts getting back to polishing my knob. As she starts going down on me again I look down at her slinky sexy red dress. Looks like it cost a lot of money. And I’d love to see her in it again. “You better get out of that dress.” I request meeting her eyes.
“Why?” Matilda asks taking my cock out of her mouth again.
“I’d hate to see it get ruined.”
Matilda hops out from between my legs and springs to her feet. As she reaches for the teardrop zipper on the back of her dress I take in the strip show while she peels the spaghetti straps off her shoulders and eases them down. My eyes grow wide seeing her breasts fall out of the slinky silk garment and it falls into a puddle of cloth at her feet. Damn, spooky got a body on her. Looks like she spends more time at the gym than she does in the graveyard. When I get a look at the mistletoe embroidered on her G-String I wonder if she’ll let me have taste of her sweetness. “You were expecting someone to kiss the mistletoe? I flirt.
I’m give a playful smile back on the inquiry that tells me she was. “Nah, these panties just make me feel festive.”
Maybe next time. I smile taking in the sight of all the graceful lines of the soft sculpted muscles of the Goth Monster Au Natural. “I have to admit I was expecting to see some tattoos.”
Matilda gives me a look on the observation as she puts her hands on her hips. “Dude, tattoos are for whores and sailors.
“And you’re a Lady Monster.”
“Yes, I am.” Matilda says giving me a flirtatious smile.
Matilda gives me a playful look before she gracefully falls back to her knees. As she dives into my cock with both hands she swirls her tongue around the head of my member before her head starts bobbing up and down on it. Man, she’s really tearing into my dick; when I see her cheeks sink in again, I start thinking about math equations in the effort to keep from busting a nut. After a good minute of working my dick like a porn star I meet her brown eyes as she takes a breath “Getting tired?” I ask.
“I’m okay.” Matilda says as she takes my cock out of her mouth and takes a deep breath.
Well, I don’t want her to get winded on just the foreplay. Maybe she needs to take a break. “I think you ought to lie down.” I request.
I’m given another smile as Matilda hops off her knees into a crouch. After she slinks onto the sofa she nestles her head on my stomach and starts stroking me off I see if I can get her off too. I slide my hand across her toned firm backside and slip them between her legs. As my fingers brush back her G-string and I slide my fingers inside her Matilda lets out a gasp. When I hear her chuckle and start to purr, I smile. I start stroking her gently and slowly, in a few moments she throws her head back and lets out a scream when she climaxes. 
After she comes down from the orgasm Matilda gives me an eager smile as she meets my eyes. “Dude, I’m gonna need you to get out of those clothes.” She requests.
“Why?”
“You wouldn’t want me to make a mess.”
When an attractive woman asks you to get naked, you get naked. Matilda hops off me and I ease up off the sofa. As I start undressing, I feel Matilda’s eyes on me. When I see her stepping out of her G-string I catch the hungry look in her eyes. Now I know why she didn’t want me to have the shrimp at the Christmas party. She sees me as her main course.
Once I’m undressed I feel the Goth Monster’s eyes on me. I’m about to lean in for a kiss but Matilda stops me with a finger she puts to my lips. “Why don’t you have a seat?” Matilda requests.
I guess after all the foreplay she wants to get right to business. I flop on the center of the cushion of the sofa. As Matidla climbs on top of me I feel the anticipation building between us. Once she straddles my hips and I feel the warmth of her velvet walls enveloping me I let out a roar once I’m inside her. Man, she’s really putting it on me, her pussy is putting a vice grip on my dick. How long has it been since she last got some?
Matilda must really be into me, I hear the sounds of her thighs slapping against mine as she rides my dick. As her breasts and her black widow pendant bounce up and down and hit me in the face I try to slow the frenzied pace of her hips. I cup her breasts in my hands and give her a gentle pinch on the nipples. She throws her head back from the orgasm then her body melts in mine as she nestles her head on my chest.
After she comes down from the second orgasm I’m given a horny smile. “Want to take this in the bedroom?” She purrs.
With the way she’s into me I have to wonder if she wants me to spend all of the Holidays with her. I nod my head as Matilda hops off me. After I take her black manicured hand I ease up off the sofa and follow the slender chalk colored woman out of the living room into the luxurious master bedroom suite. Once we’re in the bedroom she falls into the duvet, rolls over, and gets on her hands and knees before giving me a playful smile that tells me to come on. I jump in bed behind her and smile as she pokes that sexy ass of hers in the air. I become filled with anticipation as I ease myself inside her. I grab her around her small waist and stroke her slowly then start getting a rythym going with my hips. As I hear the sounds of her firm toned hips slapping against mine, I hear her letting out screams of pleasure. Her walls squeeze me tightly, I can’t take much more of this; I get one last look at that firm toned ass of hers before I let out a loud grunt and feel myself exploding in an incredible orgasm that hits me in the head and sends me collapsing into the duvet. Man, that definitely wasn’t what I was expecting.