Monday, November 28, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving giveaway!

Welcome aboard the Slow Boat to Purgatory!

Thanks to everyone who is stopping by as part of the Gratitude Giveaway blog hop. For this event I will be giving away a signed copy of Slow Boat To Purgatory.

To enter just become a follower of the blog and then leave your name and e-mail address in the comment section. One winner will be chosen at random at the end of the hop.

Thanks again and good luck!

I admit to being comma challenged.

"E pur si muove!": Defending the Oxford Comma

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Winner of Giveaway!

Congratulations to Mary Reiss who is the winner of a signed copy of Slow Boat To Purgatory.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the blog and took the time to enter. As I always do, if anyone who entered but didn't win would like to buy an e-book copy of Slow Boat just e-mail me at and I will provide you with a coupon code for $1.00 off the regular price of $2.99.

Thanks again to everyone.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

So long my friend...

There are things that are done in life that you can't comprehend when they're done. Things that seem frivolous, whimsical, maybe even rash. And then time shows you the truth of the moment, the seamless almost pre-ordained rightness of the choice.

Sometimes it takes a death to prove it, to render final judgement, and bring clarity; white-hot, soul-searing, clarity. It takes this moment to know that a right choice was made.

I have myself given up. Given up on giving into the surprise. I've been armored against this particular surprise.

It does not mean I do not cry. It just means that my tears are less salty and free flowing and my time spent in the moment of mortal friendship more intense and nurturing.

With each one of these passings I learn anew the lesson of life's fleeting flame and how quickly, how whimsically, it can be blown out, how capricious that ill wind can be.

I draw sweeter breaths, live more vibrant moments, try to impart more of me on those I love. In the end that is what they, those who have gone away, would want.

I owe them that.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November Giveaway Hop

Just leave a comment, with your e-mail address, and follow the blog to enter. I will be giving away a signed copy of Slow Boat To Purgatory to the winner who will be drawn randomly. Welcome aboard the Slow Boat!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A review from a reader...

I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful lady, a retired elementary school principal, last month at my restaurant, Papa J's. She bought the book and recently wrote this review she is posting to Barnes and

Thank you so much, Evelyn. It means more than you know!

"Slow Boat to Purgatory" by Vernon Baker Review

Vernon Baker has added new twists and taken the Templar story to another level. It's not just about the search for treasure and secrets. It's about redemption, salvation and consequences for ones actions. While Steve Berry and Raymond Khoury have a present-day Templar with a history reaching back to the past, Vernon has an immortal Templar from the past, reaching forward to the present. The past and the present are expertly woven together as this thrilling tale of Alex Donovan, Gaspar De Rouse, and Dominicus Bureau unfold. The reader feels fear and tension as Gaspar and Alex agonize over choices they must make. The suspense builds as the characters face dangers in the present and the afterlife. Gaspar finds there is a price to pay when one kills for God or what one believes to be a just cause. Supernatural angles and demons give an insight to the eternal battle being fought between good and evil and the fate of the soul. Vivid descriptions of mythical creatures allow fantastic views into realms that exist just beyond and sometimes coexist on our plane. This is a gripping, page turner novel. I look forward to the next novel and the development of the characters Gaspar, Dominicus and Alex."

Evelyn F.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My number one fan....

My number one fan waiting patiently in line to have his copy of Slow Boat To Purgatory signed. I never get tired of looking at this picture.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Amazon puts Slow Boat To Purgatory on sale!

For anyone who missed out on last months special price amazon just lowered Slow Boat To Purgatory to $0.99! Just click the link! Welcome Aboard!

Slow Boat To Purgatory on sale!

The Arimathean...

Book cover for "The Arimathean", the follow up to Slow Boat To Purgatory, is in the works.