Martini of Destiny Update: Week One

Greetings from Idaho! After all the work on the launch, I’ve been spending the week with family in Boise while my wife attends a training institute nearby. It’s been a great way to refresh, and wow, what an amazing week it’s been! I just wanted to say thank you for all the incredible well-wishes, feedback … Read more


It’s here! Welcome to The Martini of Destiny, the first published work in the Rucksack Universe. Available now from Amazon, Smashwords and wherever e-books are sold. A special martini gives courage to a doubting man, a ghost doesn’t pay for his pints, a destiny-slinging bartender questions everything, and the world will never be the same. … Read more

And the Winners Are…

Launch Week! It has been so fascinating to swap stories with you. Thanks for entering to win The Martini of Destiny Free E-book Giveaway! Here’s the list of 5 lucky winners who were selected using a random number generator. #3, Matt Roach, who said, “I’ve always pondered on the idea of decisions vs destiny. How … Read more

Launch Week & Last Day to Enter Free E-book Giveaway

Like a chicken bus going around a curve with 2 wheels hanging off a cliff, like an immigration officer disappearing with your passport, like realizing you shouldn’t have eaten at that food stall and now have no idea where the nearest toilet is, these past few weeks have been a wild ride. We are almost … Read more

Special Feature Q&A: The Martini of Destiny, Written Not Stirred

People have begun asking various questions about The Martini of Destiny, the Rucksack Universe, and shop-talk-type-stuff such as my writing process. I’ll try to answer some of your questions here. Have a question? Ask away » Where did you get the idea for The Martini of Destiny? It began with the title, which dropped into … Read more

Special Feature: The Aw Boon Haw Gardens of Hong Kong

Surrounding you are the hills and tall buildings of Hong Kong, but in the Aw Boon Haw Gardens, you don’t think you’re in Hong Kong anymore. At least, that’s how you’d feel if the Gardens were still there. Created by Aw Boon Haw, inventor of the herbal ointment Tiger Balm, the Aw Boon Haw Gardens … Read more

Special Feature: Who Is Declan?

The Doubting Man In need of direction and plagued by doubts, Declan comes to the pub for what he knows to be “the best drinks in Hong Kong“: a martini made by Jake Hongkong. Declan faces a difficult decision—but it’s nothing compared to what happens to him in The Martini of Destiny. “I’m no great … Read more

Decision or Destiny? Final E-book Giveaway [NOW CLOSED]

Thanks for entering! This giveaway is now closed (see winners here). THE MARTINI OF DESTINY will be available worldwide June 20, 2013 I can’t get over how much fun it’s been talking with you over these last few weeks, while getting ready for The Martini of Destiny’s June 20 launch. Thank you! When writing this … Read more

2 Homebrews

While there’s been much going on with e-book launches lately, it’s not all scribbling. I’d mentioned previously that I have a goal of brewing at least 6 times during 2013, and I’m really stoked to be halfway there. After going over my 2013 Homebrew Grab List with my wife, we settled on two beers to brew … Read more