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GOP and Toady Barr: have you no decency?

GOP and Toady Barr:  have you no decency?

This week’s Mueller Investigation events, as interpreted by Marty Essen: 1) Robert Mueller presents his report to Trump’s toady, William Barr. 2) Attorney General Toady takes the extensive Mueller report, ignores what might hurt Crybaby Trump, creates a four-page summary that the Crybaby and his cult can campaign on, and presents it to the House […]

Time is Irreverent 2, the audiobook

Time is Irreverent 2, the audiobook

Audiobooks are wonderful, but they’re time consuming to produce. I’m currently working with Nate C. Maughan, the great narrator for my new novel, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! I know a lot of authors do their own narration, but I don’t do multiple voices, and I think audiobooks should be performances, not […]

#10 and #11 on Amazon

#10 and #11 on Amazon

Last night the stars aligned, and Time Is Irreverent and Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! were #10 and #11 on Amazon in Political Humor. Now, of course, I have the new goal of hitting #1 and #2 at the same time. When the reviews and the magazine articles start coming in for […]

Prudish ad police at Amazon and Facebook

Prudish ad police at Amazon and Facebook

I’m always learning something. What I’ve learned in recent days is just how prudish both Amazon and Facebook are. They’re prudish, of course, because the conservative side of America is vocal about how nasty the human body is and how it needs to be covered up. Unless, of course, it’s Donald Trump walking in on […]

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise! Surprise! “Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!” won’t be released until February 2, but preorders have already made it an Amazon #1 Hot New Release in Political Humor. If you’ve already preordered: THANK YOU! Here’s the preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MZY6V1R

Be the first to read Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!

Be the first to read Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!

Preorders for the Kindle version of Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! went live this morning. Order now and the book will be automatically delivered to your Kindle or other device on February 5. If you prefer a different format, the paperback will be available on February 5 (but without a preorder), and […]

Knocking Tucker Carlson down a notch

Knocking Tucker Carlson down a notch

Today is day #5 of my weeklong final push for “Time Is Irreverent” on Amazon before the February release of the sequel, “Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!” At this moment my novel is an Amazon #1 Best Seller in both the Political Humor and Parodies categories. For the third time this year […]

At this moment, pretty much everything is better in Canada

At this moment, pretty much everything is better in Canada

Marty’s photo of the day #2758: We are in day two of what could be the biggest internet outage in U.S. history. So once again, I’m using my backup provider. What I’ve been able to glean from news stories is that the problem originates at CenturyLink. I don’t use CenturyLink for internet, but my primary […]

The Catholic religion perplexes me

The Catholic religion perplexes me

Marty’s photo of the day #2754: The Catholic religion perplexes me. In high school, one of my girlfriends was Catholic, and her favorite song was “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel (though she wasn’t any more inspired by Joel’s lyrics than Virginia was). Additionally, I’ve had many Catholic friends over the years, and […]

Sequel to Time Is Irreverent set for February!

Sequel to Time Is Irreverent set for February!

Yay! Last night—after thousands of hours of writing, entering editing, and proofing, proofing, proofing—I finished the sequel to my Amazon #1 Best Seller, Time Is Irreverent. The aptly named, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! is scheduled for publication in February 2019. In Jesus Christ, Not Again! the timeline change Marty Mann and […]

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Most book authors either write nonfiction or fiction. I started out with nonfiction, publishing Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents in 2006 and following up with Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico in 2016. After that I switched to fiction, publishing Time Is Irreverent in 2018 […]

Trump and the GOP got their asses kicked

Trump and the GOP got their asses kicked

When you hear Donald Trump and the Republican Cult claim the Blue Wave didn’t happen, keep these figures in mind: Total Republican votes for House: 48,370,608 Total Democratic votes for House: 53,305,729 Total Republican votes for Senate: 34,260,424 Total Democratic votes for Senate: 47,886,605 Total Republican votes for Governor: 41,331,517 Total Democratic votes for Governor: […]

The amazing Democratic rally

The amazing Democratic rally

Marty’s photo of the day #2707: This my wife, Deb, and me at the Democratic rally yesterday afternoon at the Rocky Mountain Grange in Hamilton, MT. For those who aren’t familiar with Hamilton, it’s a little town (population 4,728) in one of the most conservative counties in Montana. Senator Jon Tester, Governor Steve Bullock, and […]

The woman who will defeat the Body Slammer

The woman who will defeat the Body Slammer

This is me with Montana’s Democratic candidate for Congress, Kathleen Williams. For those of you who don’t know, Montana only gets one congress person, so winning the congressional race here is a big deal. You may remember two weeks ago, Donald Trump made international news when he praised Republican congressman Greg Gianforte for criminally body […]

The biggest Democrats in Montana

The biggest Democrats in Montana

Here they are, the three biggest Democrats in Montana at this moment: Congressional candidate Kathleen Williams, Governor Steve Bullock, and Senator Jon Tester. At this moment Kathleen Williams is tied in the polls with the infamous Republican congressman Greg “The Body Slammer” Gianforte, and Jon Tester is up three points over Matt “Little Trump” Rosendale. […]

Something to feel good about

Something to feel good about

Here’s something to make you feel good about Democratic prospects for Tuesday’s election. I live in Ravalli County, one of the most conservative counties in Montana. Senator Jon Tester, Governor Steve Bullock, and candidate for Congress Kathleen Williams showed up for a rally here yesterday afternoon. The place was packed, and cars were lined up […]

Big news for Time Is Irreverent and the upcoming sequel

Big news for Time Is Irreverent and the upcoming sequel

Big news for both Time Is Irreverent and the sequel, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!: I just received word that Time Is Irreverent will be reviewed in the next issue (Oct/Nov) of Free Inquiry magazine. This is huge! If you’re not familiar with the magazine, it’s the publication from the Center for […]

Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!

Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!

Last week I finished the second draft of Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! and I’m already well into the third draft. I’m really excited about the new novel—it’s so much fun! Whether it’s better than the first in the series, I’ll let the readers decide, but as an author, I naturally think […]

My day at MisCon

My day at MisCon

Marty’s photo of the day #2553: Yesterday, I was at MisCon (Missoula’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention) for several events. First I did a reading from “Time Is Irreverent.” I read the section where Nellie Dixon handles the cops expecting a sexual favor in her own “special way” and shocked the audience. But hey, I […]

Time Is Irreverent is now an audio book!

Time Is Irreverent is now an audio book!

  The audio book version of Time Is Irreverent is now available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon! Perhaps someday Time Is Irreverent will become a movie. In the meantime, the audio book is the next best thing to seeing the adventures of Marty Mann, the Holy Smokin’ Hot Nellie, Chrissie, and Tina on the big […]

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