Monday Blog: “Rowdy”, and the upcoming “Righteous”

Hello again, everyone. Welcome back to the Monday Blog. This is the last posting for the month of May. This week, I’d like to talk about Rowdy, and the upcoming fourth installment of the Our Lady series, Righteous.



Everyone has a vice. Everyone has a weakness. Everyone faces challenges in their lives. The members of Our Lady are about to find out, just how difficult those challenges can be. Dealing with their new found fame proves to be more challenging than the band originally thought, and Nick and Aidan find themselves slipping into dark places. Nick develops a case of writer’s block and begins to drink, while Aidan finds himself smoking (not cigarettes). Amy and Rob try to hold everyone together, even though a rumor about Amy joining another band begins to circulate. The only way for everyone to get over their problems, is to return to the very thing that brought them together in the first place: their love for music. Amy has another issue to deal with: her ex, David. Both of them are musicians now, and both of their bands are making their mark.

Just like the rest of the books in the series, there is new music available, in the form of song lyrics. Our Lady releases a new album towards the end of the story. Two of my favorite “tracks” are “Broken Country” and “Backstabber”. This summer, I’m planning to actually record some of Our Lady’s songs.





This story will pick up where our last one left off: Our Lady is preparing to go on their first national tour! Their primary competition, is David’s band, Stereotype, and they’re going on tour as well. Both bands will have to find a way to keep the peace, since they will be playing gigs in the same cities at the same time. Plus, the members of Our Lady are going to need to unleash their inner rock Gods (and Goddess) in order to give the best shows of their lives!

I’m still fleshing out the details for Righteous, so it won’t be available to the public until October. Sooner, if I can help it.



 Next week marks the beginning of the Monday Blogs for June. I haven’t decided on a theme yet, but I’m leaning towards devoting the month to Another Shot of Novocaine, since it will be available then. See you next week!


The Best Part of “Novocaine”

I wanted to share the last chapter from “Novocaine”, simply because I like the way Erin, the main character, summarizes her story. Enjoy!


           Some of the greatest stories I’ve ever read, ended with some deep, profound quote. Something that was meant to strike the very heart of the reader, and leave a lasting impression. I don’t think I have that in me.  I’d like to be deep and profound, but let’s face it.  I’m twenty-one.  How deep and profound can I be?

            I guess I should just pass on some of the things I’ve learned. Bad shit happens, but you can get through it, if you really want to.   If you don’t like who you are, you can reinvent yourself. Become a whole new you.  Once you figure out who you are, embrace that person and own them.  One hundred percent. After all, Oscar Wilde, my favorite author, once said, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

“Novocaine” is available on, and


Monday Blog: Your Fame Will Destroy You; Babbling of the Irrational

Welcome back to the Monday Blog. This week, it’s the sequel to Our Lady of Righteous Rage, Your Fame Will Destroy You. The title comes from a line from the song, “The Photograph Kills”, by 300 Odd Foot of Grunts (aka: Russell Crowe’s band).

Your Fame Will Destroy You

Amy and company, are gaining a little fame. The band is doing more and more shows, and sales at the Urban Collective are doing very well. Unfortunately, everyone isn’t happy about this. There’s someone from Our Lady’s past, working against them. Each time the band’s career takes a step forward, something comes along to push them several steps back. For example, Rob’s brother develops mental problems, someone decides to harass him.

Spoiler Alert!

If you’ve read Our Lady of Righteous Rage, you’ll be familiar with Amy’s ex-husband David. There’s another character who resurfaces as well, and you’ll need to keep your eye on him. He’s going to become very important to the rest of the series. I won’t reveal his name here, but he is revealed at the end of Your Fame.


Babbling of the Irrational

It’s official! I am a contributing member of the literary blog known as Babbling of the Irrational. I have had a few pieces published on this site, but every other month, I will have a new piece available for you to read. If you haven’t read the material on this blog, please check it out! Babbling of the Irrational can be found here:


Next week: Rowdy, and the upcoming Righteous

Monday Blog: Novocaine



Happy Monday, everyone! From now on, I will repost the Monday Blog from, on this WordPress site. This week, I wanted to talk about Novocaine.  This book is part of the Our Lady of Righteous Rage franchise, but it’s not a numbered book in the series. It’s more of a companion book. Even if you haven’t read the rest of the series, you can read Novocaine without getting totally lost.

Novocaine follows Erin, one of the characters in the Our Lady series, as she and her mother make a decision to move to Georgia to be closer to their extended family. This is shortly after Erin graduates from High School. She’s excited by the idea, at first, until everything goes to hell. Her uncle (her mother’s brother) made a faulty investment, and it may cost him his house. Erin and her mother find themselves without a place to live, and manage to make it from Georgia to New York. There, Erin eventually gets a job working at the Urban Collective, where she meets the members of the band Our Lady of Righteous Rage.

One of the most interesting aspects of Novocaine, is Erin’s transformation over the course of the story. She goes from bookish-nerd, to scared teenager, to bad-ass Goth/Emo chick. Many of the events that transform her, transformed me as well. That is to say, while this is a work of fiction, there’s a lot of truth weaved into this story. A great example, is how Erin is introduced to the music of Green Day. Her experience mirrors my own: using the power of music to get through a difficult time.

I don’t want to give the impression that Erin is just some brooding teenager. She’s dealt a pretty rough hand in this story, but she handles it the best way she knows how. In the upcoming sequel, Another Shot of Novocaine, Erin is a little older, a little wiser, and not afraid to speak her mind.

Next week: Your Fame Will Destroy You