Monday, June 11, 2018

Authorfest 2018 - I will be there!



Hi all,

Happy to announce that I was invited to sign my books at this years Authorfest at Powell's Books in Beaverton, Oregon. This is my third year in a row, and my fourth one I will be attending.

I'm told my books are flying off the shelf there. That's great news. I hope to sign a bunch.

More details coming soon. But it is Nov. 11th. Save the date.



Write Makes Might!

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thanks for plastic army men tanks!


Hi all!


Remember the 1970s-1980s plastic army men? I had tons of them. I mean tons. I was always bugging my parents for more. Somewhere along the line, I got tanks and jeeps too. Even a whole play set.... I really loved these toys...until GI JOE was released in early 80s. Then they got packed away.

But I kept them all.  And recently my father mailed them all to me.


See a few of my favorites.

So, I considered selling them. Then I couldn't let them go. So, I packed them away again. Even the big Pork Chop Hill Play Set. :)

But I got to thinking....

Toys have become my canvases at my fun little Castle Broskull workshop. So... I picked up one of the little plastic army tanks and I primed it. Then I painted it.

BOOM!

I think it looks amazing. I mean loot at the texture. It's funny how these 80's toys had amazing detail but horrible paint jobs... so we never knew the potential.

Thanks to my wife for photographing my tanks. Thanks for tanks?


I am painting and selling these now. At Castle Broskull. Send me yours, I will paint them.

So now these little tanks are sitting out on my bookshelf and looking seriously bad-ass. If you want me to paint yours, contact me!

There is a real sense of accomplishment when you take a forgotten old toy and make it rad again.


Thanks!

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Monday, April 9, 2018

Editing. Writing. Editing. Painting. Editing. Writing.


Hi all.

So busy.

So...
so...
...so busy.

I am writing book three in the Water Kingdom Series.

I am editing SOUL BORN for the new publisher.

I am rereading BLOOD DIVIDED for the new publisher.

And I am customizing toys at Castle Broskull...

...and I am still a starving artist. When does that change?


Oh well.

Write Makes Might!

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com




Thursday, March 8, 2018

New Publishing Deal for SOUL BORN



Hi all,

Happy to announce that my award-wining novel, SOUL BORN has a new publishing deal. I just signed the contracts yesterday. Soul Born has been down a long road in the past. It was published before, with a small press that showed it some great success, then stopped paying its authors royalties... So it was removed and later returned as a new edition on kindle only. But it was always meant for something greater.

Now it can reach its full potential.

This new publisher will re-edit it, and provide it with new cover art. It will evolve. It will restart the SOUL BORN Saga. I am very excited.

So here is to perseverance. I never gave up on this one. And it paid off.

Thanks all. I will update you as I get more info. Tentatively it is set for a Fall 2018 release.

In a few days, look for One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail and Two Polluted Black-Heart Romances to go on Kindle Sale for .99 cents!

Grab them!

Thanks!!!!

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Time Travel is real.... Toys are proof. Kevin James Breaux and his JOE Tank.

Hi all,

Since my mother died, my dad has been shipping all my childhood toys across country to me to sell. It's been a really amazing process, but at times the nostalgia is overwhelming...and other times...well you experience time travel. Or Fate. Or...I don't know.

Let me start at beginning.

My dad started sending toys. But he did not see the value in their weapons or accessories. I did not know this at first. So, I was selling things that were not complete. I finally convinced him to look for weapons. I found out they were at the bottom of boxes, or on the garage floor where my toys were stored. He did not bother with them. So after a month of selling things, I started getting parts for the things I already sold. Some of the toys would have been complete when I sold them and fetched a much higher price. So, I started holding things back and waiting for future shipments from my dad. Yep, it worked. I started getting pieces from things he shipped weeks and months ago. NOW, I was selling complete items.

FYI - I sent most of the guns and accessories to the people who I sold the matching items too. Unless the piece was big, I shipped it to them at my cost. So, I, at least, helped out a few collectors. And made some new friends. :)

Here are some examples of the toys that had been in my parents garage since the mid 1980s. JUST NOW unearthed and sold. Or...OKAY...I kept a few....




Kept this guy.











And this is just a small sampling. Trust me. I had a ton of Fisher Price Adventure People, STOMPERS, and Match Box cars...

Oh... I sold this amazing looking MOTO Knock off for over $300!!!

He was ALMOST too cool to sell.
Anyway... It has kept me busy and it has been fun. At times...I just have to stop and take it all in. These are toys I have not touched in over 30 years. Some of them look familiar and some are SO familiar it is like I never stopped thinking about them. I picked them up and they felt natural to be back in my hands. It's crazy!

But here is where my mind was blown. I tell people, as a writer, you need to reward yourself when you finish a book. I was taught this. It works. Well back a few years ago, maybe 4-5, when I finished THE LIFEBLOOD OF ILL-FATED WOMEN, I wanted to reward myself with something I could put in my office, on my shelf. Something I would see and always be reminded of all the hard work and that my efforts paid off.

So, I went on ebay and bought an old GI JOE toy I once owned (and sold back in the mid 1990s). I got this:

GI JOE Mauler Tank.
I got it from a guy who buys pieces and puts them back together. It was 99% complete when I got it. Just missing the big antenna. But that antenna costs like $40-50 on ebay. It's rare. I made a ebay search for Mauler Antenna years ago and saved it. I have checked it from time to time, but never saw the use in spending that much money.

Well....

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. My dad says he is sending me a box full of parts. Mostly junk, he says. When I get the box there is a bag, with my mom's handwriting on it. "Assorted Parts" I opened that Ziploc bag and found some GI JOE parts...and in there... an antenna. I picked it up and looked at it a minute. I had a weird moment where I just knew... I just knew... So, I ran across my house and right to the Mauler and popped that antenna in. It fit like it always belonged there. Now the tank is 100% complete.

I nearly cried.

Somehow, my mom found the missing antenna off my original childhood tank... probably lost off it back in the late 1980s, when I stopped playing with my JOES. She packed it away, instead of throwing it out.

Then, in the mid 1990s when I sold my tank, I sold it without the antenna. I had no idea. I probably didn't even care or notice. And I did not know she had parts stored elsewhere.

Then now, 2018. I am reunited with my tank's original antenna and it is on my tank which I bought as a reward to myself and to remind myself that hard work pays off. Well now it reminds me of my mom too, and how much she cared.

Like I said. Fate? Time Travel? Who knows. It feels like fate to me.

So yeah. I wanted to share my story.

Write Makes Might!

Yo JOE!

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com