Book Signing July 30 in Danvers, Ma!


I will be signing copies of my latest Book & CD Left-Hand Path in Danvers, Ma at the Danversport Yacht Club from 4-9pm on July 30th. Other talented authors will be in attendance and the event is FREE to enter. Cash bar. Hope to see some of you there. Stop by and say hi. Can’t make it? Visit my site for upcoming signing dates or to order a signed copy of Left-Hand Path! #NewEnglandAuthorExpo


Spicy Chicken, Mushroom & Pickles Pasta Recipe


Spicy Chicken, Mushroom & Pickles Pasta
By Rob Watts

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

What you’ll need: (This shows a yield for 1 person. Determine your desired amounts)

3 OZ Grilled Chicken Breast (pre-cooked)
1 package of sliced mushrooms
Spicy horseradish pickle chips (6-8 chips)
1/2 cup of Thai Peanut Sauce
4 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Pinch of Cajun powder

What to do:
Bring pot of water to a boil. Add your mushrooms and pickle chips to sauté pan. Use very little Olive oil. Just enough to coat the pan. Sauté your mushrooms and pickles, the add your chicken and add a pinch of Cajun powder. Now add your linguini to the pot of water. Stir frequently until it’s cooked. This should only take 6-8 minutes. Back to your sauté pan, add your peanut sauce and balsamic vinegar. Stir everything together evenly. Strain your pasta and add to your sauté pan. Flip everything together until the sauce and slices are distributed evenly. Serve and enjoy!




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“Moonlight Carnival” by Nika Cantabile


Moonlight Carnival by Nika Cantabile
Review by Rob Watts

Montreal-born violinist Nika Cantabile has been performing professionally for many years and recording various pieces for listeners to hear on sites such as Soundcloud. Selections such as “Glass no Shinju” and “The Fall of Greygorn” have done well to wet the appetite for Cantabile’s hardcore fans base. Now, after four years of waiting, her passion project Moonlight Carnival is now available. Cantabile creates a unique soundscape for listeners to venture through as she performs her violin in such a stellar way. Augmented with a backdrop of rock, classical and Japanese-influenced performance, Moonlight Carnival is simply a delight. Available for Download Here!

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Soy Sauce Sautéed Meat & Veggie Pizza


Soy Sauce Sautéed Meat and Veggie Pizza (Recipe)
By Rob Watts
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Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time 20-25 Min

What you’ll need:

1 Pre-Made Flatbread
Celery (2-3 stems)
6-7 Green Olives (Mine are garlic stuffed olives from Trader Joes)
Pepperoni (approx 25 slices)
Sliced Chicken Breast (3 OZ)
Soy Sauce (Half Cup)
Olive Oil (Mine was Garlic Olive Oil) (4 Tablespoons)
Sherry (4 Tablespoons)
Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

Place Flatbread aside. Thinly slice your pepperoni, celery and olives. Slice your grilled chicken (pre-cooked) into half-inch slices. Add 4 tablespoons of Olive oil into a sauté pan and pre-heat prior to cooking. Place your celery, pepperoni, olives and chicken into you sauté pan. Cook for 5 minutes, flipping every minute. Add 4 tablespoons of sherry wine and a half cup of soy sauce, continue to sauté for another two minutes. Remove from heat and prepare your flatbread. Add your desired amount of sauce and cheese. Take your sauté mix and carefully distribute the ingredients over your pizza. Place in over at 400 degrees. Cook for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted, the bread is crispy and the toppings have a slight sizzle. Remove and allow to cool before enjoying.




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10 Reasons Why I Won’t Follow You on Twitter!


10 Reasons Why I Won’t Follow You on Twitter!
By Rob Watts

1- You sent me an automated DM upon my following of your profile
Congratulations. You discovered a way to make me unfollow you in 2 seconds. Unless your initial contact with me in DM is “Hi Rob, Thanks for following. I look forward to your tweets” or something of that nature, I’m not interested in you any further. Sending out a generic automated message with links to your Facebook Page or Blog gets an immediate unfollow.

2- You use TrueTwit Validation
Like the reason listed above, I’m not looking to jump through hoops just to have you follow me back. I’m not sure that you’re worthy of clicking a link to another site only to be forced into several attempts at properly entering a Captcha just to prove to you that I’m a real person. Sorry.

3- You can get me thousands of followers
Sorry, but I’m not interested in having thousands of nameless, faceless followers. I’m looking for actual like-minded human beings for intelligent interaction. The fact that these people themselves only have about 200 followers gives me a chuckle, though.

4- You automatically schedule your tweets ahead of time
Services such as HootSuite that allow users to pre-load their Twitter content are indeed handy for some, but the reality is that I’m looking for real-time interaction. I don’t want to respond to a tweet that you conceived two days ago when that topic of discussion was important to you. Let’s face it, nobody wants to reply to the ghost of your HootSuite, they want human interaction and experiences.

5- You don’t have a profile picture
It’s quite simple; if you are using the default egg picture as your profile photo, I’m left to assume that you are either a bot or someone who doesn’t care enough about their Twitter presence. Either way, all bets are off that I’ll be interested in following you.

6- You have no bio
160 characters is more than enough space to describe yourself to the world and let us know what you do. Again, if you’re too lazy to fill that in or have that little going on in your life, then I’m not interested.

7- You describe yourself as a social media guru, expert or maven
I have news for you. You’re not! Anyone who would use the word guru to describe themselves is basically full of B.S. and has a rather self-inflated ego. A six year old could master Twitter (and any other form of social media for that matter) in about twenty minutes. I don’t need to pay you hard-earned money for your “expertise.”

8- Your Twitter account is protected
If your Twitter account is in lockdown, then why on earth would I want to follow you. You have no information available for me to determine whether or not I’d want to follow you until you accept my follow. If you do deem me worthy enough of entering into your Twitter circle, it’s possible that I’d quickly realize that I’d made a huge mistake in following you in the first place. You’re content could border on insanity and really, who needs to deal with that? Plus, how can you expect me to retweet anything entertaining or informative if no one can view it anyway? Keeping a protected account just screams odd. If you have something to hide, I’d much rather steer clear of you.

9- Your Tweets are only about you / you Tweet the same thing over and over
I get it. You have something you want to promote. But if you’re not using Twitter for anything else other than your own self-serving needs, then I’m out. It’s called social media for a reason. The unwritten rule is that you engage with people with similar interests in hopes to generate new friendships, industry networks and resources. Sure, I’m probably interested in your books, music and indie films. That’s why I followed you in the first place. If those are the only Tweets I’m going to see from your feed, you’re going to lose my interest, fast!

10- You don’t share the Following love
Unless you’re a household name, a celebrity or a pillar in your industry, your follow to follower ratio should be pretty well balanced. If you’re Joe Nobody who thinks you’re a somebody and you have 1000 followers and only follow 150, chances are you won’t be interested in following me back. The whole point to Twitter is to follow people and hopefully have them follow you back. If I follow Tom Cruise or Scarlett Johansson on Twitter, I don’t expect they will follow me back anytime soon. If I follow Jane The Story Writer, I expect to be followed back in return.

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The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove: Update 6-26-2014


I am now in my second week of working on the novel, titled “The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove‘. Actually, it’s much more of a re-working of the previous three-volume novella series (Huldufolk, CRABAPPLES and Left-Hand Path.) I’ve seen some professed confusion here and there about how the previously released novellas will tie in as a whole, so in my own weird way, I will attempt to shed some light on as much as possible regarding the full-length release.

The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove was conceived in my head (back in 2009) as an epic journey of modern terror. Where it differentiates from the classic horror model is that it is an attempt to capture an arc of expression as opposed to clichéd results of a foregone conclusion. “The Crooked Roads” is about the confusion that comes from asking very real questions;, ‘can we ever really trust each other? Do we really ever know the people around us?’

So a little over five years ago, I took those first steps into the unknown . Because I was so uncertain as to where it all went, I made no promises to anyone (myself included) as to how this project would unfold. Initially, it was my desire to write and release an unknown number of short novellas which stood alone on their own, but at the same time leaving various unanswered questions to be revealed upon the conclusion of the series. As time went on, I’d decided that three novellas would be suitable in laying out my storyline appropriately. It was for me an all-or-nothing proposition to both myself and the reader and bowing out mid-project was simply unacceptable. For me, this was a path of commitment—from concept to completion, seeing this journey completely through from beginning to end.

For those arriving now, The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove was released (thus far) as a three-volume novella series. Each book includes an accompanying music soundtrack performed by me—well, an alias, but it’s really me. Each story ends with a cliffhanger, which is to be revealed in the final full-length novel release. Each novella is limited to 250 physical copies—incidentally, “Huldufolk” is now sold out and available as an eBook only. To give each limited edition novella its own sense of individuality, they have been released in unconventional trim sizes and styles. Huldufolk as a matching book and CD set, CRABAPPLES as a 45 RPM LP sized book and most currently, Left-Hand Path as a landscape-sized hardcover. FYI, The aforementioned will not be released digitally.

And with that preamble, an update: I’m really excited as this novella series has afforded some really inventive, progressive, and flat-out cool storytelling. This is what independent publishing is supposed to be about. Taking chances and going against the grain from your peers. With that, I will tell you that the novel version is coming along quite well. Let me put any doubts you have to rest. This will not be a rehashing of just adding the three novellas you’ve already purchased together in the same book and calling it a day. With those, you’ve bought the keys to the door. The full-length novel will open that door to a new experience and exciting-worthwhile-thrilling journey. As a fan of suspense, it’s my intention to scare you and stimulate your senses at every turn of the page. And yes, there will be music soundtrack created and included in this release.

I know that there are many fans out there waiting patiently for me to get this done, to make really emotional, tense, and suspenseful stories. Those of you that have supported me by purchasing my books all along have inspired me to reach just a little deeper and create something that we can all be proud of. It is that support and encouragement that pushes me, and nothing else.


First Aid Kit “Stay Gold” Album Review


First Aid Kit
Stay Gold (Columbia Records)
Release Date June 10, 2014
Review by ROB WATTS

First Aid Kit is a musical duo comprised of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. Their Columbia Records debut showcases their lush harmonies and boastful arrangements on such songs as “My Silver Lining”, “Shattered & Hollow” and “”The Bell.” The beauty of each track flows consistently as the Soderberg sisters wallow along with intensity, painting a landscape of hope, sadness and all-around inspired ambiance. Give it a listen & Purchase at ITunes

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