Wednesday, September 21, 2016

You can Get Twisted for only .99 Cents

I write these stories because I love cycling. My goal is to elevate our sport/lifestyle by grasping onto all the things that make it great and sharing those tales with the world. The success of this ambition can be seen by reading our recent reviews by Kirkus Indie and Reader's Favorite. The publishing world is taking notice.

It is with this in mind that I'm making Twisted Trails: Least of the Beast available for only .99 cents on Amazon Kindle.

Pre-Order now and it will be automatically downloaded on October 1st.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Kirkus' Compelling Review of Twisted Trails

Kirkus Indie is one of the top review companies in the publishing industry. Known for their integrity, Kirkus pulls no punches when it comes to judging literature. That reputation stayed true when they took off the gloves to read the latest Twisted Trails book.

Kirkus had a lot of good things to say about the stories especially in relation to the sport of cycling. They only had one real criticism, that the book is too short. They were forced to judge it as a stand alone novel but we all know that this is the second in a series.

In all we are very happy with what they had to say and appreciate the creative way in which they said it. Since we are not legally able to publish parts of the review please read it for yourself:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Least of the Beast earns an Indie Review

It always feels great to get a good review but when it comes from a well known source the elation is all the greater. Reader's Favorite is a website dedicated to finding new talent and giving them exposure. By use of reviews, awards contests and author services they expand opportunities for independent authors.

Readers' Favorite has received the "Honoring Excellence" and "Best Websites for Authors" awards by the Association of Independent Authors, are members of the National Book Critics Circle and National Education Association, and are BBB accredited (A+).

I submitted Twisted Trails: Least of the Beast with my hopes high and my fingers crossed.
Never did I expect they would give it their highest rating - 5 Stars!

Quotes from the Review...

"A grand coming of age tale"

"Filled with warmth and wisdom that transcends sports"

"Twisted Trails has everything"

"Most highly recommended"

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Beast is coming to Stanley Park

FLCX is a tight knit family who enjoy beer, bacon and bruises. We should strive to keep it strong and weird. Alex Hutchinson loves cyclocross so this offer is his way of giving back to the people who make it all possible. Be there early to cheer on your fellow competitors and walk away with a work of fiction that belongs on your cycling bookshelf.

It all takes place at Wicked Awesome Racing, the CX series run by pro racer and race promoter Josh Thornton. Josh and his wife have consistently put together a great series for Florida Cyclocross. We are honored to be helping W.A.R. with this special promotion at their season opener.

Come early to get a FREE Book!

Alex Hutchinson will be by the registration table the moment it opens. The first 30 racers get a Personally Autographed Copy of his new book Twisted Trails: Least of the Beast. The Twisted Trails series is a collection of Award Winning Stories about the sport we all love. Whether you ride Road, CX, Mountain or Casual these books contain something for everyone!

Registration Opens at 8am

The W.A.R. series starts on Sept 17th, 2016.
38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd
Stanley Park, Dade City, Florida

Thanks to the dedicated folks at:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

How can you write MTB Stories in Florida?

It is probably the most common question I get from non-cyclists. We really can't blame them. This is not the place you would normally think of when it comes to mountain biking. Florida has become the punchline state. We are mentioned most often when some meth monkey robs a liquor store in a Darth Vader costume or uses an Alligator as a weapon. But isn't that the perfect atmosphere for collecting weird vibes and channeling them into great stories?

The tradition continues with Twisted Trails: Least of the Beast. Just like with the first Twisted Trails book we start in one of Florida's many mountain bike trail systems to give you a glimpse of just how odd and sometimes precarious our state can be. Like the time a Florida man's wife was kidnapped by holograms or the time a Florida Man attempted to steal a chainsaw by stuffing it down his pants. Weird shit happens here!

We do have mountain bike trails plus thousands of cyclists live and ride here. We are a special place full of special people. So, if you have never heard of the SCORR trail diggers, an animal reserve known as the Carlton or a giant Alligator named Big Al then I suggest you click the link below. It is time to catch up on our very special brand of crazy.

I promise we won't disappoint. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

When you Love Something, You want it to Flourish

We all have our gifts, our ways of contributing to the world. When we are at our best we use our gifts to achieve goals, to love others and to contribute. These passions define us both to ourselves and to others. These passions make up a large part of who we are and who we want to be.

The reason I'm getting all Anthony Robbins is because while we all want to be our best selves, we also have a few flaws that hold us back. There are things we are not that good at, things that slow down the journey. It is in these moments where we feel our greatest frustrations. It is in these moments when we need to ask for help. That is what I'm doing here in this blog. I'm asking for your help.

For those who know me, I'm a writer first and foremost. That is my talent and storytelling is my gift but I also have a really big flaw. I suck at selling my own art. For whatever reason once I have put in the time and effort to create a truly great work, I can't seem to compel an audience to purchase it. My talent and work ethic allow me to create great things but what good is a product if no one uses it? What good is a book if no one reads it?

I have spent the last thirteen years writing fictional stories on many subjects. Some of them are short, some are full length novels. Admittedly I had a lot to learn when I started but over time and with practice my writing grew stronger, becoming more refined. I'm at the point now where I can say with confidence that Twisted Trails: Least of the Beast is the greatest book I have ever completed.

As I have stated in the past Mountain Biking is the sport I have grown to love. This book is my contribution to the future of that world. I greatly appreciate the hundreds of people who read the first Twisted Trails but I can promise you that this is a glorious step forward. However, you are the person who can make that dream come true. This book is worth your attention and your attention is what completes my purpose.

What I'm asking you today is to forget sales pitches, forget familiarity, forget about what you normally like to read. I'm asking that you open your mind for a mere 134 pages. After it is over I promise you will be glad that you took this easy leap of faith.

Thank you, Alex Hutchinson