122 Rules by Deek Rhew

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tales from the Con!

A few weeks ago, Erin and I were fortunate to get to be part of the Crystal Coast Con. Erin is a fantasy author--plus, she's incredibly fun and charming--so she gets invited to amazing events. I, being her loving husband, support her and crash these shindigs, thus getting thrown into the fray. Fortunately, Erin doesn't seem to mind that I'm riding her coattails. :-)

Book signings and parties are awesome, but they just don't quite compare to a great Comic Con. This was nerdvana, and I was totally at home.

Some people geek out, I Deek out.

Erin and Deek at our booth at Crystal Coast Con!
Before the festivities began on Saturday, we had dinner with some old and new friends.
Dinner the night before with Dave Atwell, Chrissy Lessey, Stro, Erin, and Deek!
I met Dave Atwell at the another library signing that I crashed--are you noticing a theme here? He's got several books out and knows the biz super well. Chrissy Lessey and I know each other because we are both Pandas! Wut? Yep, we live in the same neck of the woods and got published by Pandamoon Publishing.

But we got to meet the totally versatile Stro that night. I say "versatile" because Stro is a professional actor, wrestler, has a series of YouTube videos, and also does things like raising money for kids. You name it and Stro has probably done it. He's got the best stories too!

Erin meets Noah Hathaway, #Atreyu of #TheNeverendingStory
When Erin first got invited to Crystal Con, one of the things she wanted to do more than anything was meet Atreyu of The Neverending Story. Also, some people call him Noah Hathaway. You couldn't ask for anyone more down to earth. It wasn't more than a few minutes into our conversation, and we were swapping pet stories and chatting as if he weren't a famous movie star.

Interesting fact: Noah recently had to have back surgery for an injury he received when a horse fell on him in The Neverending Story. I kid you not. The director was very particular about each scene and shot each one a ton of times, and one of the times, the horse fell on Noah.

Deek and the awesome Noah Hathaway!
I love just meeting people. As they strolled by, if they had on a interesting costume or, as in the case of this gentleman, had interesting art, I asked them about it. This guy was a tapestry of tattoos. Everything from Star Trek to Popeye.

Serious about his artwork!
I found this amazing robot near the food court. Hopefully it isn't an alien robot bent on taking over the world and just hiding at this con until his fellow robotians arrived.

Crazy robot!
This gent looked like he came right from the Jedi Academy. I immediately thought of him as OB2-Kenobi, OB1's long lost brother.

OB1's brother, OB2-Kenobi and Deek!
This spaceman was just so cool I couldn't pass up a chance to get a pic of him.

Erin and I were seated near Tasya Teles of The 100! I've never seen the show, but Erin loves it and was thrilled to meet her. Tasya was so incredibly nice!

Erin, Deek, and the super nice Tasya Teles of #The100

I love Superman. I've never made it a secret that if I could have a super power it would be to fly, so when the Man of Steel strolled by, taking a break from saving the world, I had to get a selfie with him.
Deek and the Man of Steel!
This is one of my favorite pics of the con. Batgirl, exhausted from fighting crime, takes a few minutes to stop and read #122Rules. Batgirl, also known as Shannon Henry, was a super sport and looked dashing in her cape and mask.

The fearless Batgirl, Shannon Henry!

We sold a lot of books, but this gent was the first one to buy all of our books at the same time. Each and every one of them! He came by, read the covers of each, and debated saving his money for something else. A couple hours later, he came back. Wut? Yes!

First customer at Crystal Coast Con to buy ALL of our books at once!
Yes, a Sand Person!
Rick Mora of Twilight sat at a table right across from us. We had the pleasure of watching him interact with fans all day. Each person that came to his table left with a big smile on their face. When he wasn't wooing fans, he chatted us up as well. Seriously, awesome guy!

The awesome Rick Mora from Twilight!

Thor wields the hammer and my bride doesn't seem to mind!
Deek meets Jafar!
Love seeing Kylo Ren helping a Star Trek admiral care for a baby!
Deek the Geek in Heaven!
Deek meets Kylo and a mini Jedi!
It's a croc!

Erin and Chrissy!
Chrissy's booth was right next to ours, so some of our fans even bought her books. KIDDING! Chrissy is insanely popular with folks. She has some of the most dedicated fans, and she and her husband charm them all. I can't tell you how many times I heard people say that they'd read her other books and were totally stoked for this one.

We got the privilege of seeing Bill Blair in full-on makeup. He's done a ton of Star Trek characters from Klingons to Cardassians. He's even in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Bill Blair in full-on makeup!
Connect with Bill Blair!

One of my favorite new peeps of the con was Dango. This guy is so incredibly down to earth. He's a stand-up comedian, actor (The Walking Dead), and a firefighter. Yes, that's right. He saves peoples lives for a living. This is one of my favorite #BirthSelfies ever.

Best #BirthSelfie Ever!
Dango supportin' his peeps!

Dango looking totally bad arse in his movie gear!

Dango signed his pic for us!

You do NOT want to be on the wrong side of this guy!

If you can't quite read it, Dango wrote:
Deek, Thanks for birthing me,

Raaaaar Deek and a T-Rex duke it out!
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Deek.
After the con, Erin and I headed out for a little fun in the sun!

Deek and his gorgeous bride on the same beach he asked her to marry him!
Erin giving Deek her will-you-stop-taking-pictures-of-me-look!
Gotta stuff your bra, Deek, if you're going to compete...
Though the con was a blast and I was grateful to be part of it, the best part of the entire thing was that I got to spend it with Erin. She's my best friend and partner in everything. Erin makes the sun rise in the east and the world spin on its axis. I'm so beyond grateful to have gotten to go on this and all adventures with her.

Deek and Erin
Adventure on, peeps! Until next time, Deek out.

About the Author
Deek Rhew
Deek Rhew is a transplant from a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest. Deek now lives in a sultry corner of the US of A where the sun shines bright, the sweet tea flows, and the hush puppies are hot and delicious.

He and his brilliant, but stunning author bride, Erin Rhew, live a simple life with 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.

He is the author of two books:

122 Rules

A federal assassin grows a conscious just when he's about to pull the trigger.

He has decision to make: Finish his assignment, or follow his gut and save his quarry.

Read #122Rules to join the fray.

Birth of an American Gigolo

If you've even been betrayed.
If you've ever been cheated.
If you've ever wanted to serve up a can of whoopass on someone that desperately deserved it
but never got the chance...
​It's time for you to get the revenge you so truly deserve.

A Husband.
A Mistress.
A #WifesRevenge

Get your revenge.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Kira Adams - Cover Reveal for The Darkness Remains

Cover Reveal

The Darkness Remains

Darkness Falls, Book Three
By Kira Adams
Genre – Post-Apocalyptic
Goodreads link- https://www.goodreads.com/series/151145-darkness-falls

When Phoenix Blue, the President of the United States, and all of his staff go missing, Ace Cullen is determined to piece together their whereabouts and save the love of his life before it's too late. Ike Glass knows he must stay behind and be a leader amongst the group inside the White House walls. Neveah is counting on him, and he won't let her down.

Things haven't been easy since they met, but these three friends are going to learn the real meaning of family as they continue to fight for their lives, and rebuild the world around them. This time they're going in with their eyes open, because even with flickers of hope, the darkness remains.


Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer, from the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in young adult/new adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams. She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Faithful by Michelle Hauck - Release!

The next volume in the Birth of Saints series is available now!
Following Grudging--and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall--religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints series!
A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.
Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?
On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.
What they find instead is an old woman.
But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.
A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

Faithful- November 15, 2016
Harper Voyager
Also enter to win a signed paperback of Grudging, the first book in the series: 

A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything. The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood. On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps. The Women of the Song. But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out. A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.

November 17, 2015 Harper Voyager
Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads

Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two kids in college. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack. She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow. Her Birth of Saints trilogy, starting with Grudging and Faithful (November 15, 2016), is available from Harper Voyager. Another epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. 

She's repped by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Two Years!

It's incredible to believe that our second wedding anniversary is here. Two years ago, Erin and I got married, and it was the best thing to ever happen to me. It's one of those things that feels like it was just yesterday, but at the same time I don't really remember it being different.

I pulled pictures to see what happened over the year and it's a little overwhelming. We've done big things like, move across the country, visit Mt. St. Helens and the Redwoods, and tackle Portland, but really the best thing about my life with Erin are the small moments. Last year I use the song Seasons of Love where they sing about measuring the year in a life. This last year I was given five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes of joy with my bride and I wouldn't give up a single one of them. Each of these moments is precious and priceless to me.

Recently I started following another husband / wife duo on Twitter. The Springs are country music singers and I totally love them. When I told them how much I enjoyed their music and admired that they did it together, they replied:
that's too awesome!!! It's great getting to do what you love with your spouse.

Seriously, it's the truth. I love getting to do everything with my bride. So crank up the awesome music of The Spring and journey with us through a great year.

Erin and I hit Portland and, of course, HAVE to go to the largest bookstore in the city!

My bride and I taking MAX, Portland's street car system.

Showing our ink!
Somewhere over the rainbow...
Here's my treasure!

Our rainbow!
Hubba! Hubba! I do enjoy it when Erin wears a hat!

We birthed Birth!

Stunning. Just stunning.

Eee. Poo. Wee. Wah.
Oop. Oop. Oop.

Beautiful city lights over the water.

Gorgeous Christmas decorations!
You are getting sleeeeeeepy!

Incredibly lucky fella!

Happiness even in the middle of winter.


Very Portland thing to do.
Got our coffee waiting for the tree lighting.
Tree lighting!

Erin took me to my very first Blazers game!
Got our rookie pins!

Little smoochin' in the winter.

Happy happy, New Year!
Trinna says meow!

My bride loves her some Shakespeare!

This is the way most of our pictures look. LOL!

Got my Birth cup. #BirthSelfie Sssshhhhhh

Our Christmas ornament. Perfect!

Even if you're not in the market for a new lounge,
sometimes you just want to kick the tires.


Walking around, checking out the Christmas lights!

My bride put notes all over our room for my birthday.
Seriously! Luckiest man EVER!!!

Erin and Deek at a book signing!

I was seriously enthralled by these crazy mannequins.

Erin is the sweetest person that has ever lived.
She even stops by my work with a little pick-me-up when I am really tired.

Yes, please!

Deek and Erin checking out the lights of Peacock Lane.

Date night!

Cease ye approach!
I said halt!

Erin and I made this happen. My first self-pubbed book.

Erin and Deek enjoying a little snowfall.

Erin never ceases to crack me up!

It could say: Erin Rhew - A true romantic... Still trying to decide on a hair color.

Deek steals a little smooch in Ft. Vancouver.

It's not the size of the cannon, but how you use it.

My snow bunny!
Even in the freezing cold--which she does NOT enjoy--
Erin still manages to have fun!

We made this happen: Gave birth to Birth

Ohhhh aaaaaa.....

Hubba! Hubba! What a good looking woman!

On our trip to the Wildlife Safari, we had a little visitor and Erin
managed to capture this image.

What a lucky fella!

We *might* have made some memes out of Trinna pics.

Awesome #BirthSelfie

Erin and Deek visit the smallest park in the country

Erin and Deek hanging out with some friends.

Enjoying the beautiful day together

Erin and I made this happen!

Happy birthday, my love!

Erin and Deek visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory

Erin and Deek, keeping Portland weird

Erin and Deek visiting the beautiful--but COLD--PNW beaches!
Yep, we visited the beach where Goonies was shot.

Chillin', waiting for dinner.

We got our book tats!
Erin's Prophecy tat is spectacular!

Hanging at our favorite Chinese restaurant, getting our fav: Szechuan Beef.

Erin and Deek visiting the big man himself:
Paul Bunyan
Ever want to feel small, visit the largest, oldest living
things on Earth.

Of course living in Oregon, we got to meet some local

Stealing a smooth in the Cathedral Trees!
And on the gondola! 

Dude, these trees are TALL!

Eeep! In the Goonies jail line up.
Headed to the county jail

Things didn't go well with the judge.

Erin and Deek get their favorite coffee!

Erin and Deek at Mt. St. Helens!

Deek and Erin at the Portland Timbers game

Erin and Deek in eastern Oregon as they head to their new home.
Rocking it across the country!

Stealing another smooch. Notice a theme?

Made it to the South just in time for the 4th of July!

Visiting South of the Border!

Chillaxin' by the pool.

Time for fun!

Stick 'em up!

Yes! The new Star Trek movie rocked!

:-) :-) :-)

Mugging for the camera!

Ziplining adventure

Simple pleasures with a beautiful woman.

Deek and Erin at Comic Con!

Just us being us!
Deek and Erin...forever!

Erin and I talked about what we wanted for our anniversary and we each agreed that what we wanted more than anything was another year together. Then another and another. Erin is my best friend, my partner, and my lover. I don't know what I did right that the Fates blessed me to have her in my life, but I'm so beyond grateful that they did.

Thank you for going on this little journey with us. Also, Erin's written her blog to celebrate our day. Check it out!

Until later, peeps. I wish you love and happiness. Adventure on!