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Save your marriage. Salvage your primary relationship. Get it all back. Fall in love again.

Check out this interview by Sue Coletta, about my new book. It’s a really vulnerable and intimate exchange, which might surprise you and might even shine some light on your relationship.  


Welcome to my little side project. It’s not a novel. It’s an unflinching examination of what works, what doesn’t – and why – within our primary relationships.

It’s about how to fall in love again. And who doesn’t want that?

This is me chipping into the human conversation in a way that fiction can’t. My novels are full of relationship dysfunction and the juicy dark side of love… but this new project – entitled CHASING BLISS – is serious stuff. Even though it’ll make you laugh in places, it’ll make you wince and make you hopeful in others.

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The subtitle pretty much says it all, so I won’t launch much of a content synopsis beyond that. Except to say… this is the stuff you pay your shrink thousands of dollars to land on while she listens and takes notes (that said, there are two Forewords, both by practicing MD/PsyD pros).

You’ll learn the ten reasons why “he” will cheat on you. Ten reasons by “she” will leave you. Five example scenarios that usually trip us up, and how to avoid those traps. And there is a breakdown of the love dynamic into seven relationship

You’ll learn the ten reasons why “he” will cheat on you. Ten reasons by “she” will leave you. Five example scenarios that usually trip us up, and how to avoid those traps. And then there is a breakdown of the love/cohabitation dynamic into seven relationship realms, all unavoidable, and how they can make or break you on their own, one at a time.

Living with someone you love is always challenging. Time itself, if left in charge, always erodes and diffuses the energy between you. You are battling against that as much as anything. These are the emotional physics that corrupt the psychology of love and domestic harmony. But there are ways to beat the odds and fall in love again.

These seven realms become the tool chest – the opportunity – to heal the wounds and lay the groundwork for an escalating and exciting future together. One that reignites the dream and reaffirms what you once had.

So where’s my graduate degree for this stuff? I’ve lived this. Been there, paid that counseling tab, taken the workshops, read the literature. And now I am in love with – married to – a woman who sets a high bar, one that presented me with a choice: step up, or step down and out. This book was inspired by that work, because stepping down was never an option for me.

As I’ve done in my fiction coaching work (three #1 bestselling books so far, and this website), I break it all down into component parts and endeavor to clarify what works, what doesn’t, why, and how to hit the reset button on it all.

So I hope you’ll give this a shot. Chances are the title and subject are already calling to you. I wrote this for you. Whether your relationship is broken or not, on fire or not, or even if you’re at or just out of the starting gate… this is information and thinking you’ll wish you had all along, and be thankful you’ve discovered now.

Because it’s never too late to fall in love… again.

Check out the book’s website (still under construction, but the home page is viewable) at

The book is available in trade paperback, on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords and iBooks


Reviewers and bloggers wanted for this project.  If you have a following and are interested and willing to pay it forward (a review on Amazon or on your site, even an online interview), I’ll forward a copy of the book. Contact me at


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Year-End Story Coaching Discounts

It’s a cash flow thing.  

My story coaching business and speaking schedule tends to slow down as the year closes.  I need the work, and you may need some story coaching.

That’s a win-win opportunity for us both.

The biggest year-end discount, and it’s a whopper, is offered for the…

Full Manuscript Read/Analysis Service

The goal is to see if your manuscript is ready for publication (either traditional of self-published… there is no difference in the criteria for either strategy).  If it isn’t, I’ll tell you succinctly what works and what doesn’t, and do my best to suggest fixes and upgrades (that’s something that nobody on the planet can guarantee, by the way, just as nobody can guarantee publication; that said, I hope I’ve earned your confidence that I’m as capable of providing a blueprint for revision as anyone out there).

My current price for this service is $2250.  The discounted price is… less.  A LOT less.

Yeah, $2250 is a bit more than my prior fee, but the nature and scope of the feedback provided has evolved.  More is better where feedback is concerned, and so I now deliver more of it.  This analysis looks at – and gives an evaluation for – twelve different story elements and essences (the Six Core Competencies, and the Six Realms of Story Physics), all in context to an overall evaluation and recommendations for upgrades and fixes for your next draft.

My coaching document might be four pages, it might be 24 pages, but in either case you’ll have what you need to move forward with confidence.

The discount I’m offering, if you can pay now (in December), is 40 PERCENT off the regular fee… which translates to a discounted fee of $1350, a savings of $900.  (The fee for this level of service reverts back to $2250 come January 1, 2016.)

Full payment ($1350) is required by the end of December 2015 to grab this discount.  Contact me directly to arrange payment at the discount (see below).

But the good news is… you have until March 31, 2016, to actually submit your manuscript.  Which gives you time to actually finish it, without pressure or rush, maybe even read my writing books and see what revisions you can come up with on your own.

A 40 percent discount on anything is a good deal.  A 40 percent discount on something worth well over two grand… that’s a killer deal.

There is one other coaching/evaluation discount on the table.

The current fee for my Bundled Story Plan level of service (see below, or click HERE) is $395.  Through December 31 of this year, however, you can lock in your involvement at a $50 savings (pay only $345, provided you can remit payment by December 31, 2015; once enrolled, you can opt to commence the service sequence at any time during 2016).

My fee structure has recently changed for my other Questionnaire-driven story element evaluations, including the way the Full Story Plan Evaluation works.  It is now regularly-priced (at $395) as a bundled service (the fee includes each of the three levels) to incent opting-in for the whole coaching enchilada, completing the three levels in sequence (1. Concept/Premise Analysis, 2. Dramatic Arc Analysis, 3. Full Story Plan Analysis).

To learn more why this makes sense (there’s a really good reason that it does), and more details on how this works, click HERE.

To opt-in and grab these discounts…

… contact me directly – at – to request an invoice and ask any questions you may have.

Other story coaching options at the regular fee remain available using the Paypal buttons in the left column, which also show the regular fee structure for these discounted programs.  To grab the discounts, don’t use those Paypal buttons, write me to request an invoice (via Paypal; you do not need to be a Paypal member to use this venue for payment).

Unless you’re opting in to one of the one-off programs, in which case… please do.


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