First Place in the Central PA Magazine Short Story Contest

1st Place HonorsMike’s entry won First Place honors in this year’s Central PA Magazine Short Story Contest!!! The story, Mourning Portraits, was chosen by critically acclaimed Pushcart winner Benjamin Percy, Writer-in-Residence at York College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Travis Kurowski, Directory of Creative Writing at York College of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Pavelko, President and CEO of WITF, Ted Sickler, Editor of Central PA Magazine, Vito Grippi, Writing Instructor at York College, and Jaleasha Ruth, also of York College.

Mourning Portraits is a story of transition, of looking back and looking forward. It was awarded top honors from among 164 entries representing authors from all over the state. Anton Runkles of Conestoga was awarded Second Place. The story will appear electronically and in print in the August edition of Central PA Magazine.

What to Do – What to Do

Earthburst by Dennis Royer or Shepherds Fall by George Appelt. Which do I read first?!?!??

Grove Family Library Celebration

This Thursday, February 3rd, 2011, the Grove Family Library in Chambersburg, PA, will be hosting an Author’s Night from from 6-8 PM to celebrate the library’s 5th anniversary. On hand will be me, fellow SusquehannaWriters Cate Masters & Ken Gibble, Dody Meyers, Eileen Graham, and that great lady who always has a recipe for a good mystery, Valerie Malmont.

Stop in for our panel on how to get published. Feel free to chat with the authors, and pick up that next great book to warm you up on these cold winter nights.

See you there!!!

Author’s Night in Lititz

Aaron’s Bookstore in Lititz hosts an Author’s Night on Friday, November 12,  2010 from 6-8 PM. Author Mike will be on hand to sign The Gospel of Matthias Kent, It Came From Beyond the Sun, and Bark of the Tree. He’ll be appearing with Listen for the Whispers author Kim Kluxen Meredith, Towering Pines author Bruce Sarte, and Secrets of My Heart author Mary Margaret Snyder.

Celebrate the Book

Author Mike will be on hand in the Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop’s stall #45 from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM at the Celebrate the Book event held at the Carlisle Exo Center. This day-long event benefits the Bosler Library and boasts such glitteratti as John Grogan of Marley and Me fame. In addtion, there will be dozens of authors and publishers on hand. Please be advised that this event carries a $5 admission fee.

The Verdict Is In

I had my first opportunity to meet with a formal group of readers who’ve adopted The Gospel of Matthias Kent as their monthly selection.

Their verdict? Unanimous approval.b_n_readinggroup

The discussion with the Camp Hill Barnes & Noble Mystery Group ranged from their favorite parts of the book, to their own personal viewpoints about religion, government, and business in the world of today. It was quite the discussion, and I felt fortunate to be a part of this very well-read group.

Thanks to George Hamm for organizing the event and to Betsy, Marilyn, Sandy, Liz, Mary Beth and Al for sharing their thoughts!

And So It Begins…

perf5.500x8.500.inddSeptember 1st marks the Official Launch Date of The Gospel of Matthias Kent. While advance copies of the book have been available via Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop, the doors now swing open wide to the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders. (Mech. Mystery STILL leads this competitive pack by having the lowest price!!!) The eBook is also available in ePub and Kindle formats for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Sony readers.

I’ve got to admit that it’s VERY cool to see the cover art and synopsis appearing all over the web. Add to that a newly constructed Amazon Author Page complete with video trailer, and Gospel is on its way.  

Signing dates for the fall are filling in fast with events happening at Aaron’s in Lititz, Borders Camp Hill on Black Friday, and the Celebrate the Book Literary Event (at the Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop Pavilion) to benefit Bosler Library in Mechanicsburg. Plus more signing events are in the works, so keep your eye on the Events Page to get your signed copy of The Gospel of Matthias Kent.

Full House

Author Mike wishes to thank Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop owner Deb and her trusty sidekick Jay for hosting her annual Ice Cream Social and Author Booksigning. Deb’s devoted readers literally filled EVERY seat in the room and were a wonderful group to talk with. Authors Dave, John, Dennis, and Author Mike had a grand time chatting up their latest releases and sampling some cool treats on a scorching day.

Cheers to Deb and Jay!!!

Better Than Books?

Okay, what’s better than settling down on a summer’s eve to read a book to the accompaniement of cicadas? The answer is settling down with that book and having ice cream!!!

That’s exactly what the Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop has in store on Sunday, August 8th, 2010 beginning at 2:00 PM. Five authors will be on hand to discuss and sign their works. Among them are Author Mike who’ll be signing The Gospel of Matthias Kent, Dennis Royer, author of the Perry County Mystery series, David Stewart, author of the Doyle series, Thomas Kaufman, author of Drink the Tea, and John Vaszko, author of A Mystery at the  Inn. 

So come on out for the best of summer treats – books and ice cream!!!


Due to a death in the family, Author Mike will not be attending the AuthorChat at the New Cumberland Public Library this Thursday. He will, however, be attending the WordArt reading on Saturday.