Thursday, April 17, 2014

NINE IN THE MORNING - FREE FOR KINDLE ***UPDATE***

Pick up a free copy of MY new short story collection NINE IN THE MORNING. Intense, edgy, and explosive, NINE IN THE MORNING is an engaging collection of stories filled with razor-sharp dialogue, intense storytelling, and powerful imagery.

Available FREE for your Kindle through Sunday.


Pick up a copy here

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RELEASE DAY: NINE IN THE MORNING

NINE IN THE MORNING BOOK RELEASE

My collection of short stories - "Nine In The Morning" - is out today and available for Amazon Kindle (the paperback version will be out this weekend). My advice: save those hard-earned dollars and tax refunds, and pick up your free copy this weekend......my attempt to stimulate economic recovery and growth.

Both the Kindle version and paperback will include a preview of my next book: "Still Black Remains" which will be out this summer.


You can check it out: HERE

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Coming Soon: "Nine in The Morning"

Just confirmed the April 15th release date for "Nine In The Morning".

"Nine In The Morning" is a collection of my recent short stories and flash fiction.  Filled with thugs, gangsters, addicts, dealers, families on the edge, and characters looking for a better life, the stories explore the dark underbelly of urban America - a place where everyone tries to survive at any price.

More to follow......

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HOW IT ENDS

My story "How It Ends" originally featured at Jeanette Cheezum's Cavalcade of Stars is up now at fictionaut.com.

You can check out the original link:

HERE



And if you can, please take the time to go through all the stories at Cavalcade - in a short period of time, it has become the go-to place for new and exciting literary voices.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Writing Program - BBBS

Celebrate Big Brothers Big Sisters Writing Program

Click on the link above to check out the writing program we run through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties in NJ.  "No Rules...Just Writing Part 2" is the second book published by these young authors to showcase their writing.

Self-esteem through self-expression.

Friday, September 27, 2013

CAN'T MISS CONTENDER IN PAPERBACK

This weekend Fight Card: Can't Miss Contender will be released in paperback... for all you traditionalists who haven't yet bought the book, this is your chance to grab a copy.  And while you're throwing down the green over at Amazon, pick up the other books in the Fight Card series!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fight Card: CAN"T MISS CONTENDER

My latest entry in the Fight Card Book series entitled "Can't Miss Contender" was released on Monday. The Kindle version is available now at Amazon and the paperback will soon follow. 

And while you're shopping, please pick up copies of all the other Fight Card books (by a great roster of writers) if you have the chance.

You can check it out at Amazon right here 

Friday, June 7, 2013

New Story at ACTION

Out now: ACTION: PULSE POUNDING TALES Vol. 2. Including my story "PUSH" about a robbery gone bad with a Pulp Fiction beat.

Pick it up if you get a chance:


ACTION: PULSE POUNDING TALES Volume 2



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Story Tellers In Asbury Park


There's a great article and cool video in the Asbury Park Press about my literacy group: Story Tellers in Asbury Park and the work we do through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County.  You can read the article and check out the video (as well as some pics) here.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

LOST EXIT - book trailer

The updated book trailer for Lost Exit is finally completed (featuring the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers). 

Check it out when you have a moment.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

30 Points For Prose

An excellent(and updated) POV on the 30 points/tips for writing fiction from Owen Egerton.  You might find others that are relevant, but these work now.....  especially #1 and #4.  #7 ain't so bad either.

Check them out HERE

And if you don't know who Owen Egerton is, then check him out at:

http://www.owenegerton.com

Monday, April 8, 2013

Asbury Park Bookfest

If you're in the Asbury Park area on April 20th (or if you feel like doing the Jersey thing, getting in your car, and visiting), check out the Asbury Park Bookfest.  30+ authors including yours truly will be discussing, signing, and selling books.

You can check out the details at:
Asbury Park Bookfest

 AP-BOOKFEST_the_authors copy


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Willis Gordon: On Boxing

"Over the past few decades, with every passing year we've gotten just a little bit softer, just a little bit weaker, just a little bit further removed from the realities of life...... We live in a world now where we are overprotected. We spend most of our lives coddled behind a screen. Whether it’s a television, a laptop, an iPod, or a cell phone. We’re free to shit-talk and firebomb online with the protection of anonymity........"

Great POV on boxing and life.


http://willisgordon.blogspot.com/2013/03/on-boxing.html


 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How It Ends

My latest story "How It Ends" is published at Jeanette Cheezum's Cavalcade of Stars (which is quickly becoming a personal favorite for fiction and poetry).  If you have time, please check it out at:

http://cavalcadeofstars.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/kevin-michaels/

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

ADD SOME PUNCH TO YOUR KINDLE LIBRARY - PICK UP THE FIGHT CARD BOOKS FOR ONLY .99 EACH!!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

My City In Ruins



            Nestled between New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey and the people who live here, are the Rodney Dangerfield of the 50 states.  It’s been that way ever since the 13 Colonies broke away from England.  Mocked for everything from our accents to our attitudes, viewed with disdain and condescension by neighbors across both the Hudson and Delaware, this state is often the butt of late night TV show jokes.  People who don’t know anything about New Jersey think we speak like characters out of the Sopranos and only understand geography when we can attach a highway exit to the map.  Like the caricatures on a dumbass show on MTV or Real Housewives capture the essence of who we are.
            But New Jersey is more than oil refineries on the Turnpike and gridlocked highways filled with rush hour commuters.
            For those of us who were born here, who grew up here, or who live here, this state is much more than that.  We are 127 miles of coastline and sandy beaches, the untouched beauty of the Pine Barrens, acres of farms, and rolling hills.  We are generations of families who have built lives here and raised children and made a difference in the world, in big ways and small.  We are tough and resilient, filled with hard-assed attitude, and we know what it takes to roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, and get the job done.  We are the best of all people. 
            We are a state filled with courage – brave, spirited, caring people who love our families, friends, and neighbors with a fierceness nobody else can match.  Our identity is forged in the strength we find in each other.  We are the gritty toughness of a Springsteen song and the beautifully written words of a Toni Morrison novel.  We are a state of farmers, fishermen, truck drivers, blue collar laborers, doctors, lawyers, and executives – sons and daughters of immigrants from all over the world.  We identify with the underdog, and cheer on those facing the longest odds and toughest journey.
            We are everyman.
            So much of what I learned in life, I learned growing up in New Jersey.  This state is a part of me and who I am.  I am proud to be from New Jersey – full of that unique blend of edginess, attitude, energy, and strength, and filled with a love for the people around me.
            New Jersey will rebuild and restore what this storm tried to take away.  The spirit we own can never be broken.  Don’t tell us how hard it will be and don’t try to stop us from doing what needs to be done.  We are about overcoming odds and taking on all challenges.
We are more than a punch line in somebody’s joke.
            We are what this country is all about.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

On Boxing And Hard Road



Boxing has been a part of my life ever since my grandfather first taught me how to throw a punch.  I grew up listening to stories about fights and the fighters he loved – champions like Dempsey, Joe Louis, Jersey Joe Walcott, Ray Robinson, Willie Pep, Sandy Saddler, and Rocky Marciano.  I used to shuffle around the kitchen like I was Sugar Ray, flicking my jab at an imaginary Jake LaMotta until my mother chased me outside (when I got older I turned into Smoking Joe Frazier or Benny Briscoe – my favorite Philly fighters - but it didn’t matter because she still chased me out of the kitchen).  Saturday mornings were spent at the local barber shop, studying the black and white pictures of fighters tacked to the walls, reading Ring Magazine, and listening to the old guys arguing about who was the best pound for pound fighter they ever saw.  Baseball, football, and hockey were seasonal – boxing and the arguments about it remained constant throughout the year.  When I got older I tried my hand at boxing in the local YMCA, and for years afterwards I worked out on a heavy bag in my basement, still imagining I was Ali, Hagler, Mike Tyson, or Bernard Hopkins.  It was always semi-comical to be sitting in a business meeting, dressed in a suit and tie, with hands that were bruised, swollen, and scabbed over from too many brutal nights pounding the leather.
I owe it all to my grandfather.  He instilled in me a love of the sport and a deep appreciation for boxing that showed me how no other sport offered what boxing did.  It had (and still has) everything you could ever want – at its core it is a simple contest between two opponents matching skill, desire, strength, determination, and sometimes, a little luck. 
But boxing is more than that.  It is about passion and sacrifice - a sport for those who often come from nothing and risk it all for a chance at greatness.  Boxing provides the opportunity to achieve immortality for guys who have no other way to find it. I was always fascinated by the sport.  By its purity.  By the dedication and self-discipline it took to be successful.  By what was needed to rise against the odds.  And by the loneliness of each fighter’s existence - in the end, it was always about the fighter getting in the ring alone.  For a kid who grew up by himself, even though he was surrounded by friends, it struck a chord somewhere deep inside that still resonates today. 
In more concrete terms, boxing is about rising from the canvas when you’re knocked down, holding on when you’re being pummeled in the corner, and surviving to fight another round. It is about fighting with everything you have, all your heart, all your skill, and all your ability, and then embracing your opponent when it’s over because he has done the same thing. In boxing you battle more than your opponent – you battle yourself and the hand you were dealt. You battle adversity.  You battle critics and people who tell you that you’ll never make it. You battle your size, your intelligence, your speed, your age, your character, and most importantly, your will.
            Boxing is just like life.  It takes all that was good, bad, noble, and awful, and puts it in the center of the ring. No other sport demonstrates that the ones who are great in life aren’t always the ones who win, but those who fight the hardest to win. It proves that skill, money, and talent can only go so far, and that the true measure of success is in the size of your heart and the strength of your will. It is the ultimate test of man against man, and man against himself. Greatness, like failure, is always just one punch away.  It is the ultimate in competition. 
Maybe I didn’t get all of that from my grandfather – not in those words, but that’s what it turned into.  For a kid like me, it was about beating the odds when nobody believed in me and everyone told me I could never win, no matter how hard I tried.  Boxing was about proving everybody wrong.