Comparing My Two Favorite Apps for Reading Internet Articles.

It was 2011 when I held my first Apple device (a used 8GB iPod). The design, feel, interface, and intuitive features were amazing.

1_oltiiyxvt3l4vdkmphkbowAnd then there were the apps. So . . . many . . . apps. I spent untold hours (months, really) scouring the App Store for all the resourceful, innovative, and cool apps available. I was an app junkie.

Fast forward to today. A couple iPhones, an iPad, and an iMac later, apps have lost much of their luster because I’ve seen so many of them.

There’s an app for just about everything but rarely does a new one come along that wows me. Because of this, whenever I stumble upon one that stands out, I’m taken back to that wonderful and wide-eyed time in 2011 when I first cradled that iPod. A time when every app was new and alluring.

And now, I’ve found not one, but two such apps. They’re called Instapaper and Pocket, and what they do is simple but brilliant.

Continue reading HERE.

Reviews, Story: Alibi Interrupted

Review of “Alibi Interrupted” by book blogger, Olivia Emily.

I’m honored to have been given a 5-star rating by book blogger Olivia Emily for my ebook, Alibi Interrupted. Here’s an excerpt from her review:

“I rarely read novels of this genre – speculative fiction – but returning to Pattison’s writing is like returning to an old friend. It makes me want to read more [books] like this. Honestly, Pattison’s books are the kind that really remind you why you love reading. I mentioned this in my review of The Martian by Andy Weir: sometimes, I’ll just stumble upon a book, and throughout reading, I know I’m reading greatness.”

To read Olivia’s full review of Alibi Interrupted, check out her featured blog post here.

To download your copy of Alibi Interrupted, visit here or Amazon here.

imageIf you prefer paperback, Alibi Interrupted is featured in the two-story collection Saving Kennedy which can be ordered at here or from Amazon.


Book Recommendation: Heroes of Courage by Mark Anthony Escalera Sr.

Heroes of CourgeIf you’re looking for quality Christian fiction, I highly recommend Mark Escalera’s Heroes of Courage.

Heroes of Courage contains ten short stories highlighting Biblical characters and events that are often overlooked in Scripture. Although Heroes of Courage is a work of fiction, its author stays true to the Biblical text in how the characters and events are handled. In other words, Escalera doesn’t deviate from truth and sound doctrine.

The ten stories in this collection are good for both adults and children alike, and they are suitable for both the seasoned scholar and the newbie with little (if any) Biblical knowledge.

You can get your copy today at Amazon, where it currently maintains a five-star rating.

Reviews, Story: The Visitor

“The idea of taking the standard Hollywood time travel plot and spinning it . . . is rather genius in its simplicity.” 

This week’s featured reader review of The Visitor comes from Jena of the JenacideByBibliophile blog.

Download your copy of The Visitor here to see why Jena gave it 5 stars and called it “thought provoking and entertaining.”


Hooked on Lukas Graham.

imageOnce in a rare while a songwriter emerges that is so different from the rest of the commercial tripe on the market that it demands we take notice.

Lukas Graham is one of those artists.

Son of an Irish father and Danish mother, Graham was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 18, 1988, where he grew up in the town of Christiania.

His father died at the age of 61, leaving an indelible mark on the young Graham. An experience that has left its fingerprints throughout Graham’s music.

With a raw honesty rarely seen in musicians nowadays, Graham’s songs broach such topics as loss, death, pain, and aging, all with a reflective component that makes you pause and take stock of your own life.

Graham’s unique pop-soul hybrid sound (combined with the occasional perfect piano accompaniment) buttressed against his melancholy far-beyond-his-age lyrics, has made me an instant fan.

The song Mama Said about growing up in poverty, also reminds us to keep family and friends close, while What Happened to Perfect can easily be the song countless couples cling to while desperately trying to salvage a fading relationship.

You’re not There is an anthem for sons who regret their dad’s passing before being able to show their dads what kind of a man they’ve become.

“As I struggle to remember how you used to look and sound, at times I still think I can spot you in the crowd. Every step I take, you used to lead the way, now I’m terrified to face it on my own. You’re not there to celebrate the man that you made, you’re not there to share in my success and mistakes. Is it fair? You’ll never know the person I’ll be, you’re not there with me.”

Even more counter-culture than soberly reflecting on the death of a parent, is the unaplogeticly high value Graham places on family. (Try finding that anywhere else in the barren landscape of today’s music . . . including the Christian market.)

One of my favorite songs on Graham’s self-titled album is entitled, Happy Home.

“I grew up with a lot of love in a happy home. My daddy used to play me vinyl but now daddy’s gone. I used to practice with my mommy on the piano; I still get nervous every time I know she’s at a show. Now my family comes first before everyone. I had the perfect dad, I wanna be the perfect son. Though I really feel sometimes I am on my own, I know I got a lot of love and a happy home.”

With the exception of songs like Strip No More (a song about “a stripper who stopped stripping”) and Drunk in the Morning (a song about, well, being drunk in the morning), all of Graham’s songs have the thread of family, friendship, and loss running through them. Which, for me, is what I love about this album.

Lukas Graham is clearly not your typical songwriter. In a world of Gagas, Mileys, and Beibers, it is truly refreshing to have discovered this young musician.

Even if you don’t care for his particular style of music, you can’t argue that his subject matter is an oasis in a landscape of noise that makes up most of today’s music.

If you’ve never listened to Lukas Graham, I leave you with his song, 7 Years.

“Soon I’ll be 60 years old, my daddy got 61. Remember life and then your life becomes a better one. I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once. I hope my children come and visit once or twice a month.”