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Come and celebrate young adult literature.  Meet the authors and get their books.  The festivities begin at 6:30 at the Millard Branch of the Public Library.

Thursday, May 21st from 6:30-8:30pm

13214 Westwood Lane (Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library)

Students get to talk to the authors and ask questions about their stories, characters, and style.  It should be an exciting evening at the Public Library in Millard.  Don’t miss it.  6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, May 21st.



Christian, Sam, Ray, and Alexis are in grave danger.  One man will stop at nothing to keep the four teens prisoner forever.

Just when all hope is lost, their world is turned upside down once more.  Help comes from an unlikely source, but have they really regained their freedome, or have they just traded one captor for another?  The danger looming around them is greater than ever before as they risk everything to bring an end to their enemy’s deadly game.

Not in Omaha area – Purchase the book HERE! If you are in the Omaha area, see below for a way to get your autographed copy.

Purchase the ebook for Kindle HERE!

END GAME is available for purchase.  If you live in Omaha and can’t wait for a local book signing later this month, contact Melanie at or you can fill out the form below.


We are planning a June release for the final installment of THE PHENOMENON TRILOGY.  Remember to get your free download of THE NEW PHENOMENON today. (May 28 only)

EG Cover_250 dpi Coming June 2013!

I have not written much on the blog, lately. I have been writing book number three of the trilogy, and the first draft is completed. Book two should be released around Christmas, so plan to stuff my second book in those holiday stockings.

I ask you, what do you want to hear from an author? What do you want to know? What questions do I need to answer for you?  What do the fans of THE NEW PHENOMENON want to know?

Your responses will guide my blogging. School starts soon, and my softball coaching duties will get hectic. I will need a writing escape, and you can be my guide. I eagerly await your responses.


Chris Raabe and John Kalkowski will be at Brewsky’s Grill (156th and Q Street in Omaha) today, May 14th from 3:30-6:30 pm.  Please stop in to visit with these two great authors and pick up a few signed copies of their YA novels.  Then feel free to stick around and order dinner.

Like Chris, John is a middle school teacher in Millard Public Schools who wrote a novel to help draw his students into reading. Sorry, you can’t really click to look inside, I stole this picture from Amazon.

We look forward to seeing you this afternoon.

I have given a copy of the manuscript for book 2 to two young adult readers.  One is in 7th grade and the other is in 5th grade.  I am awaiting their feedback before I finalize things for the second book of the Phenomenon Trilogy.  I will keep you posted on their thoughts and insights.  We are getting closer to the release of book 2.  Exciting!

I love words of encouragement, and I love to hear when someone catches the spark to start reading.  This message from the brother of a childhood friend of mine encompasses both.  Loved it and wanted to share it with all of you!
“Chris, loved the book and can’t wait for the follow up. Just wanted to thank you for renewing the joy of books for me. Fox and I received a kindle for Christmas and it has sat unused. Since I finished your book I have now downloaded about a dozen books on the kindle and already tore through 3 of them. I don’t think I had read a book in over a decade prior to The New Phenomenon. It really got me eager to read more.Again, thanks for the wonderful read and sparking a renewed joy in me.”-Craig