November 29th, 2011

Storm Chaser

Storm Chaser book signing, short story giveaway, at Freedom Acres in Cromwell, Indiana

Freedom Acres in Cromwell will host a book signing Friday, December 9th, featuring local author Mark R. Hunter.

 Hunter, whose romantic comedy Storm Chaser was released this year by Whiskey Creek Press, will be at the Freedom Acres general store at 3343 N 900 W from 5-8 p.m. In addition to signing copies of his novel, Hunter will give away a Christmas themed original short story, set before the events of Storm Chaser, to anyone who stops by. 

Freedom Acres offers holiday gifts and Christmas trees during the season, and also gives families the opportunity to learn the workings of a mini-farm that includes horses, cows, chickens, and ducks. Visitors can learn about managing and maintaining a farm, pet the animals, and stroll along a natural pond and wooded trails.

Mark R. Hunter lives in Albion, and his humor column has been running in area newspapers for two decades. In January, 2012, one of his essays will appear in the humor anthology My Funny Valentine, and in May Whiskey Creek Press will release his collection of stories, Storm Chaser Shorts, which feature characters from the novel. He’s a member of the Albion Volunteer Fire Department, and is working on a history of that organization.

Storm Chaser, a romantic comedy involving an Indiana State Police officer and a disaster photographer, is set in northeast Indiana. You can learn more about the novel at the author’s webpage,, or at the website of the publisher, Whiskey Creek Press:

The Facebook events page for the Freedom Acres book signing is here:!/events/201735176572762/

More on Storm Chaser, by Mark R. Hunter:

The black funnel of an approaching tornado makes all other troubles seem small. But when Indiana State Trooper Chance Hamlin “rescues” Allie Craine from a twister, his troubles are just beginning—Allie, a disaster photographer, rescues him when he drives into the storm’s path.

Chance doesn’t like being rescued, he doesn’t like photographers, and he definitely doesn’t like being stuck with Allie when she wants to stay in calm, peaceful Indiana. Too bad his family, friends, and even the other members of Chance’s volunteer fire department think she’s great. Suspicious of Allie’s motives, he decides to drive her away out of sheer boredom—but that’s not so easy when someone begins causing fires and other catastrophes around the area. That someone might be Allie, who has plans of her own...

winter hatred

We got in the bullseye this time

Nothing like being the lead story on The Weather Channel. Here's the view from my front door this afternoon:

Looks like Tommy Leatherman's going to have a busy night pulling people out of the ditch:

Here's a look out the back door:

But at least things look warmer inside (Emily took this photo):

Be careful, people: It's not getting any better for awhile.