Great Review from Writer's Digest!

large_logo"From the moment God, sitting in a diner, hears Joan Osborne's 'What If God Was One of Us?' and says, 'I hate this fucking song,' the reader knows this isn't just any run-of-the-mill book. Sum is a funny, funny, funny, fast-paced and insightful commentary on religion, social mores and, most importantly, human relations. Even God has marital problems.

"The author gives his audience credit for intelligence, not spelling out or explain too much, but also salting in explanations of various gods and religious beliefs smoothly enough so it doesn't slow down the narrative. The acceptance of other gods and religious eras is refreshing and he uses it masterfully, weaving together a good plot on top of great character development. To top it off, the voice is spot-on. Funny, knowing and sarcastic.

"A refreshing and needed book in an era of aggressive religiosity, the book also makes the reader examine religious belief. Atheists and agnostics will enjoy it immensely, but anyone with an open mind will appreciate it and look at the deeper meaning; how much of our belief in a 'superior being' exists inside our heads? Or is simply a product of our era? Readers aren't getting the book if one of God's final statement's to Joe ('Don't trust people who tell you things will work out for the best.')  doesn't have them laughing and nodding with appreciation. Things worked out for God, but just barely.

"Overall, a book that hits its marks and hits them well. A serious, deep treatment wrapped in hilarity."

-Writer's Digest

Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

A Great Review from Markus Indie Book Reviews

Markus Book Reviews says, " entertaining read from start to finish." "...what’s really great about this book is that behind the silliness and absurdity are issues that are real and hard-hitting."

"The dark humor is just to my liking."

Read the full review here!

NW Book Festival, July 26th

I'll be signing copies of the novel at the 6th Annual NW Book Festival!Mark your calendars and tell a friend: Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR (corner of SW Morrison and SW Sixth Avenue)

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Interview on Funemployment Radio!

Today I was interviewed on Funemployment Radio, a great podcast out of Portland. The hosts, Greg Nibler and Sarah X. Dylan, were both wonderful and made me feel very comfortable. I needed that because I was nervous as all get out! Here's the episode. Click on the link below to go to the page where you can download the episode. I'm on from about the 47 minute mark through to the end, but I encourage everybody to listen to the whole thing because Greg and Sarah are great at what they do. Shout-out to my friend Jon Bernard who turned me on to the show and contacted them before I did to tell them they should have me on. I owe you a beer at the Funemployment Listening Party on the 22nd, Jon!


And here's proof that I really was there: 20140211_141234

BestsellerBound Recommends...

I was interviewed by the website BestsellerBound Recommends. They asked fun questions like: Favorite breakfast food? When I was a kid, my parents didn’t let us have sugary cereal, so I feel very adult when I get to have a bowl of Captain Crunchberries because I’m a grown-ass man and I can do what I want!  Most days I rush off to work and I’m lucky to grab a granola bar and a soda before my first class starts.

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Interviewed by Morgen Bailey

Here's my interview with UK book blogger Morgen Bailey. It also includes an excerpt from the book and a synopsis, so send it to a friend who is wondering if she/he will like the novel!

Praise for The Sum of Our Gods

  “For readers with a high tolerance for irreverence and the hope that humanity will be able to make our own way in the universe, The Sum of Our Gods is a thoughtful and entertaining read.” – Karen Eisenbrey, author of "Hat" in the anthology Heathers coming soon from Pankhearst.


“It is brave, imaginative, original, humorous, irreverent, well-written and well-paced. I thoroughly enjoyed it. …God-spotting has never been such fun.” –Mark Fleming, author of The Call of the Siren. (Read Mark Fleming's complete review here.)


"This was hysterical. ...Such irreverence. I could get behind gods like these. ...Verily, you made me laugh. All hail Ixtab. (You can't be too careful, right?)" -Cass McMain, author of Sunflower, blogging at


“My first feeling from the diametrical perspective was the ease in which the writing must have flowed, but it soon became clear that a lot of thought and effort went into it. …A full metal jacket of stars.” -Daniel Manning, author



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