I hate to brag about myself.
Fortunately, I have no problem letting beagles do it.
Or these nice people who read TORN APART and sent me unsolicited comments. Here are several. Not one word was changed, and none are from the friends I pay to be nice to me:
"I loved it! Wow! What a roller coaster ride! It contained every emotion. Not too many stories bring tears to my eyes. Oh and the action, I couldn't put it down once I finally started it. Shane is as good as any veteran thriller/mystery writer out there."
"I expect that as with the first two books, the bad dreams will subside in a month or two."
"Jesus, Shane, but you do have the fucking best blurbs in the world! Deaver, Child, Gerritsen, Spindler, Bruen ... impressive as hell."
"loved it loved it loved it....what a terrific book!!!!! can't wait for the next ..have read all three!!!love your characters.....poor hawkins..loved him too!!!"
"I can't get over your amazing ability for writing so that when it's read you feel like you are there."
"I finished Torn Apart!!! OM! It was GREAT! I felt like I was right in the story with these people. I think my blood pressure was sky high at times and my heart racing a mile a minute along with my temples pulsating! Shane....YOU ROCK"
And, just in case I was starting to feel, you know, good about myself:
"You fuckin' think you can write? HAH! I read your piece a shit book and I can write circles around yoiu. I just don't have the time cause I WORK for a living like a man. HOpe you didn't quit your real job dumshit cause you are SHIUT as a writer."
Ah, the glamour of publishing.
SPEAKING OF SHIUT WRITING ...
Here's why newspapers should not try to be hip for the young'uns:
"We're TheMash, the Chicago Tribune's weekly paper and website written by teens, for teens. Pretty sweet, huh? We think so. But listen up: This here's a special issue. We won't always be stuffed into the Sunday Chicago Tribune. (Although we see you, travel section--wassup? ;) And scoot over, Jewel-Osco ad, you're creasing us!) ...
Maybe "Fo shizzle" was taken.
This video moved me so damn much that I'd have choked up if I weren't manly like the guy above. Proving once again that some of the best advertising on the planet is saved for public service announcements, not paid ads:
Happy Friday from me.