122 Rules by Deek Rhew

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cover Reveal for Judith Natelli McLaughlin's MG novel, Dear Diary, E.P. Thompson Here

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Judith Natelli McLaughlin and revealing the cover for her middle grade novel Dear Diary, E.P. Thompson Here.

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Dear Diary,
E. P. Thompson here.
Worst. Year. Ever. First semester in sixth grade, and my best friend Debbie has dropped me because my boobs aren’t big enough. Well, she didn’t say that exactly, but I just know that’s the reason. Then I got paired with Adam Berry, the biggest pencil-protecting geek of the decade, for the never-ending, semester-long math project. And as if that’s not bad enough, Thomas Maxwell, the cutest boy in my grade, only pays attention to me when I’m making a total fool of myself. Ugh.
Weirdest thing of all: it seems Lucas C. Tanner Middle School has a full-on, bona fide thief! Now all the teachers are going crazy and all the students are too, because Mrs. Peule has promised to make this year a living nightmare until the culprit is caught. We have to find out who is ruining sixth grade. Like, now!
Well, at least the criminal activity has taken the focus off my lack of bra ownership. Sigh.

I have to go. I’ll write again soon. Promise


About the Author


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Judith Natelli McLaughlin grew up reading a solid diet of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, and Shel Silverstein. Her mom was famous for telling her, "You are never alone if you have a book," and her dad, a lover of words, was always reciting poetry to her.
She went on to write, illustrate, and publish her own poetry book,Poems on Fruits and Odes to Veggies—Where Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem. Her other works include a women’s fiction novel titled This Moment and a soon to be released children’s chapter book, Mackenzie Goode Makes A Mistake—A Big One.
She lives in New Jersey with her husband Brian; her three daughters Katie, Lindsay, and Maggie; and her faithful writing companion, a Westie named Duke.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cover Reveal: Birth of an American Gigolo


I am ridiculously excited about this cover reveal. Why? Because it's my first! I've done dozens of these for other authors, but this is my first book baby. Woo hoo! Sound the trumpets! Beat the drums! Start the parade marching and jets flying overhead!

Okay, maybe to the rest of the world it isn't a big deal, but I've been working on this book for the better part of six years now. I was just talking to Erin about what a slow reader I am, but for all my diarrhea of the keyboard, evidently I'm an even slower writer!

In the past six years, a lot has happened. 122 Rules (my first full-length novel) got picked up and is in the final editing phase at Pandamoon Publishing. I've written 2/3 of the sequel, 122 Rules - Redemption, and already know--at least in part--of what happens in book three.

In my personal life, I was lucky enough to meet and MARRY the beautiful and talented, Erin Rhew! She is the love of my life, and even if lost everything else, I'd still be the luckiest man in the world. She is a brilliant writer, and I'm in awe of her ability to write the best stories and the most elegant prose the world has ever seen.

Blazing Beauty, Erin Rhew

So what the heck is "Birth of an American Gigolo" even about? Here's the blurb:

An old party girl turned domestic diva, infuriated by her husband's cheating--and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend--inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god, start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.

If you want to get a peek into the main character Lindsey's head and feel a bit of her anger, check out Cam's "Runaway Train."



Anyway, without further randomness of the keyboard, it's time to reveal the cover for "Birth of an American Gigolo". <Drum roll>



This cover was designed by the amazing and talented Anita Carroll of Race-Point.com. She took the time to read my book--what other cover artist READS the books they make covers for?--expound upon the concepts that Erin and I sent her, and come up with this amazing image. It perfectly matches the book. Thank you, Anita!

I am fortunate that others are willing to help spread the word on my cover!

* First my amazing and beautiful bride, Erin Rhew, author of The Fulfillment Series: 

Available from Bookfish Books.

Also spreading the word:

* Romance author, Heather Van Fleet

Elgon Williams author of Fried Windows and Becoming Thuperman

* Author of historical romance novels too numerous to mention (though I highly recommend), Cheri Champagne

* Fellow Pandamooniac, Rachel Schoenbauer

Kristie Matheson, author of the books On the Fringe and Molly Pepper and the Night Train. Her next YA novel, Chasing Midnight, will be published January 12, 2016.

Louisa Gray, author of the Sassy Kiwi Book Blog

* Romance author Jessica Calla, whose first book The Love Square comes out January, 2016.

I am grateful to each of you generous people for helping me get the word out about my debut novel. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with his stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords. His first full-lengthed novel 122 Rules releases with Pandamoon Publishing in 2016.

Deek and Erin enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, eating popcorn, drinking Coke Zero, and living life to the fullest.

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Deek’s Rhewminations (his blog): http://blog.deekrhewbooks.com/

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Year in the Life...OMH! It's been a year already!

Wow! It's crazy to believe that a year has flown by since my bride, Erin, and I said our vows. We've both commented on the odd paradox of feeling like we've always been married vs the realization that it has only been a year.

What a crazy, fun, love-filled ride it has been too. Erin makes me unbelievably happy. For someone who's small in stature, she has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met. This beautiful spirit supports me, rolls with my cray, makes me laugh, and--the biggest blessing a man could ever hope for--she loves me unconditionally. I don't know what I ever did to deserve such wonderful soul, but I'm beyond grateful to have not only gotten to meet this beautiful woman, but get to love her.

A year already! How do you measure a year in the life? There is a song in the musical, Rent, that muses on exactly this question. How you measure those five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes? In sunsets, in daylights, or cups of coffee? Ultimately they answer the question by saying you measure it in love. I could not agree more.

That's how I measure my life, in moments of love with my partner, lover, and best friend. Time is our most precious commodity and there is no one I'd rather spend it with than my Erin.



So spin up Seasons of Love and together, let's share little snippets of moments--and love--in the year in the life of the Rhews.




















Happy New Year!




5K Time!




Date night! Time to celebrate!










Live long and prosper

































































































































I am beyond in love with this crazy, funny, kind, loving, sweet woman. 

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Here is the first song I sent to Erin. After all this time, the lyrics still work. I just want to get more and more tangled up with her.





Thanks for spending a few minutes with us as we shared our year with you. Until next time!