Saturday, November 23, 2013


I just heard from a state counseling association for schools today.  They are interested in hearing more about The Pact and the speaking program I do for bullying.  This would be an incredible opportunity for me and a major door opened for both speaking and writing.

It's nice to know my book not only entertains, but also educates and makes a difference in the lives of children and teenagers.  It's not happening overnight, but I am making progress.  Keep praying and I'll keep pushing forward.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cranking it up...but overwhelmed

I am officially overwhelmed!  I've had to put my writing temporarily on hold.  I am trying to patch and paint all the walls of my house so a renter can move in on December 15.  I am also trying to coordinate change of banks and utilities so we can move into our new house on December 2.  If that weren't enough, I am trying desperately to get my writing career off of the ground.  Here's what's going on in that realm.

2014 is looking up for my writing career.  In January I have my first speaking engagement on bullying at BGA's Lower School in Franklin, TN, using The Pact as a catalyst.  In January and February I have a 10 Blog Book Tour.  Not exactly sure what that is, but I'm excited to have my book reviewed and get the word out into the the cyberworld.  In February all of my final revisions are due on book 2 of the Canaanshade series, The Dragon's Pawn.  In March I head out to Tucson for the annual Tucson Festival of Books to man a booth for my publisher, Black Rose Writing, and plug The Pact.  I hear 120,000 people attend the festival.

All of that and I am still holding down a full time job as a pastor...and am the father of seven children (5 of which are teenagers right now!).  I've heard of burning the candle at both ends, but my is being consumed by a blow-torch.  That's okay though...this is a dream come true.

So long for now.  I'm cranking it up...but overwhelmed.

Mitchell S Karnes

Monday, November 18, 2013 unfortunate hot topic

It is sad to say that The Pact is hitting a hot topic these days.  Why is that sad?  Because it means too many people are being bullied by others.

When we think of bullying, a scrawny little kid with glasses being cornered by the over-sized jock comes to mind.  Unfortunately that is just a stereotype and bullying takes many forms.  Why even a huge, athletic professional football player has recently come forward with his tale.  In fact, the bullying was so incessant and traumatic that this grown man gave up his dream...the NFL.

So, if bullying can affect a muscular athlete like that, just think what it does to the isolated, defenseless younger child.  Add to that the anonymity of cyber-bullying, and we have an epidemic on our hands.  My book, The Pact, isn't the cure to bullying, but it is a catalyst for a healthy discussion of its effects.  It is available at "" "" and ""  Pick one up today.

I have recently scheduled my first talk on bullying.  I will be addressing an assembly of K-4th graders.  I hope to impress them with the reality of bullying, teach effective means to stifle it, and challenge them all to make a pact:  "No one should ever have to stand alone."


Mitchell S Karnes