Author: kennblanchard

Reverend Kenn Blanchard is a USMC veteran, ordained pastor and podcaster that began this journey as a federal police officer and firearms trainer. In 1991, he began teaching security and qualifying, civilians and law enforcement officers for armed duties. In 1992, he became a gun rights activist. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He has served on the Urban Affairs and Training committees of the NRA in the past. He created and founded a national shooting club for African Americans called the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. In 1999 he became known as the Black Man With A Gun after publishing his first book and launching this website in 2000. He has since copyrighted the phrase. After discovering podcasting in 2007, he created the Urban Shooter / Black Man With A Gun Podcast to be able to reach people he has met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom.
Baby Has Arrived

Baby Has Arrived

Love Never Dies Now Available.

There are few things that excite me as much as creating something original.  The latest book I have given to the world of story lovers features African American history, werewolves, romance and crime drama all rolled up into one in this new book from my Solomon Love series called, Love Never Dies.

 

I did at least three different things for this book.  The first is I didn’t beg my friend Derek Ward to work with me again.  I created the character years ago but was afraid to do fiction without a writer familiar with the genre.  Derek is a great writer.  Secondly, I changed the cover from the piercing smoking blues man on the cover of the first two books and featured a representation of what I thought Magdalena would look life.  I had to change the cover design when it finally went to print because the original art I had created over ran If sex truly sells, we will see.  There is a raucous, not so safe for conservative folk’s scenes in this one. And finally, I had this one edited professionally at a high level so that the typo’s that snuck in the first books don’t here.  I also gave some background for the story that fill in some gaps of the first two stories.  It is still a fast, comfortable and easy read.

The editor did his job and had me pull some of the story out that I am saving for book four.  Get a copy today and I’ll sign it for you personally when I see you.

 

Love Never Dies

 

What would happen to a young African musician kidnapped and sold into slavery in North America; later seduced by his slave masters’ Druid daughter? Then he is caught and beaten, presumed and left for dead only to escape to the swamps where is bitten by a werewolf in whom he falls in love with? This is the continuing story of Solomon Love, who became bound to the world of the supernatural. Now a reclusive blues musician, he is haunted by his past, hunted for his curse and is fighting for his survival. This is the third book of the series by Kenn Blanchard.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Instagram

Instagram

My first website was started in 1999 but I didn’t really start blogging till 2007. The social media aspect of growing a community was challenging. It still is tough when you are talking to the same people all the time even though you are trying to grow. Fortunately, none of us has to stay stagnant.

When Instagram first came out I thought it was like a visual version of twitter. I found out that it is a pretty good platform to promote your stuff. I am able to share pictures and videos of what I am doing this week, and find new folks that may be interested in my ever changing mindscape. A visual feed can reflect your brand’s uniqueness and differentiate your business. Instagram is a east place to share feelings, situations through pictures.

To grow your reach though, sometimes you need help. I do. I found a young guy that helps me. He has a method and knows How To Monetize Instagram. If you are interested I suggest you check out the site at https://www.socialnetworkelite.com.

My Instagram is @kennblanchard . It would have been better if I had my trademarked name – blackmanwithagun but another brother has it. connect with me @kennblanchard

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Patrick Kilpatrick Professional Bad Guy

Patrick Kilpatrick Professional Bad Guy

The actor known as Patrick Kilpatrick is releasing and new book which will be part of a two volume memoir, DYING FOR LIVING: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot on Oct. 1, 2018 by Boulevard Books.

I got to meet Patrick when he invited me to the 2010 Hollywood Shotgun Sporting Clays Invitational to benefit City Of Hope Bone Marrow Donor Program at Triple B Shotgun Sporting Park on October 9, 2010 in El Monte, California. It was big deal because I was the ONLY podcaster present back then.  The dude is still at it and maintaining his tireless pace as one of Hollywood’s go-to action villains.

I’m trying to get him interested in helping me with my Solomon Love stories.

Patrick Kilpatrick has played against a spectrum of Hollywood’s leading action heroes including, Tom Cruise, Yun-Fat Chow, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Bruce Willis, Steven Segal, Sean Connery, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, to name a few.

I call this professional bad guy a friend.  He is pro-Second Amendment.  He is a native of Virginia.

The Book

Patrick Kilpatrick actor

“For those of you  hoping for unvarnished, inglorious behind-the-scenes and scandalous sagas of Hollywood action, I boldly refer you to my memoirs.”

 

He never served in military but he has looked out for vets. His father was a decorated WWII Underwater Demolition Team hero. He and his publisher Boulevard plan on donating a percentage of his book sales to those who’ve been wounded in service to the country.

He is an articulate guy that loves his country.  DYING FOR LIVING – Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot is going to share some of the behavior Hollywood is known for.

The books’ plot points include murderous bi-polar assaults by an adulterous mother. It has privileged education amidst pastoral splendor and American Revolution patriotism. Also tucked in are bi-racial affairs, indiscriminate promiscuity and incendiary politics … not to mention, a near fatal car accident, motorcycle crashes.  Scribing for nearly every magazine in New York as well as body-guarding the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart and more …and my global vision for 21st century America.

Patrick is smart and often as serious as a heart attack but he is good people.  If you see his name on the credits of another movie, or in the book store soon check it out.

 

 

 

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Keeping you out of Jail

Keeping you out of Jail

This week on the podcast, Kenn interviews John Pierce, Esq. a longtime friend, gun rights activist and now attorney that is strong in support of the Second Amendment for his clients.

This Virginia based lawyer peels the legal “onion” of how to restore your gun rights if you have a felony. He answers the questions about what to do if you have a history in another state and are trying to clear your name so that you can exercise your right to self-defense. I am trying to keep you out of jail.

If you are going through a ugly divorce, involved in a domestic violence case, use a firearm at work, John also breaks down some stuff you should know about the Lautenberg Amendment.

How to defend yourself against false allegations.

Suicide awareness week is approaching and Michael and I talk about the signs that someone is considering it.

CP Time – Colored People’s Time is also discussed.

Michael J. Woodland reviews the JP4 Tactical Relic holster.

 

New fiction books takes you into the world of werewolves, the Blues and the supernatural. Check them out at http://Kennblanchard.com

This week is packed with information as I try to make sure this is the responsible gun owners podcast.

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Thank you to our awesome supporters

 

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Writing Business

Writing Business

The business of writing is more fun than the writing business.  It is exciting to develop a character and have them come to life on the page.  It is a thrill to hear someone read your story and share it in their own way.  That is what motivates me to do the needful marketing things that make you wonder if you are being a pest to those that already know you.  It is that hope that someone out there in the great unknown of the internet or maybe even someone you think you know shares your passion for storytelling, life or fantasy.

One of my friends is a talented voiceover actor that no one knew about.  He bought the first copy of Solomon Love, “Where the Moss Grows.” And voiced the title poem I wrote.  I added a little video to go with it on my iPhone.  It moved me like the Muddy Waters song.

Michael Aguilera nailed it in my “book” so take a listen to the audio from this video when you get a chance.  I created a poem for my main character that is the title of the first book.

Another reader told me she was ready for the movie.  She gushed about who could play certain characters and invoked the thought of hiring cosplayers for book signings and parties.  I got a friend that says if it is good he may try to make a movie out of it.  The thought of seeing my characters become real almost made me cry.  This is serious.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

I know that today you can get attention from almost anyone if you prove you have a community.  I created the kennblanchard.com to showcase the two books in the series and to announce the third.  I create a fan page on the Facebook to do the same.  I dragged a few of my friends onto it in hopes they would at least prime the pump, with book sales and share their influence but it has been slow.

I created a Kickstarter project which is way over the top at this point but I am in beast mode.

I’m trying kick starter to crowd fund the editing for “love never dies” book.
The process to start was fairly simple. you had to have a compelling title photos videos and stories and of course he had have a funding source.

And although I have the best friends in the world Fox will be following me for 20 years online I don’t understand why stranger would want to help me.

And so this is an experiment of kickstart it because it was not 100% funded you don’t get any of the money is going to save and paint at the

The tee shirts I designed are ready and the logo is looking fierce.

John Wooden said it best,

“never want to confuse activity with accomplishment.”

I’m busy but I ain’t there yet. 

Sometimes all you need is encouragement. I got a nudge to do what makes me happier and that is writing. I’ve done a lot of things in my life and would like to add being a successful fiction writer to my list. It’s not easy doing this solo. Like the song, “I get a little help from my friends.”

Do you think writing is hard?

What is really harder is selling what you have labored over. You have share value to others enough that they will buy a copy of said writings. Selling is the transfer of trust. Marketing almost takes the joy out of creating for me.

Do you feel like that too?

I have good news. It is easier selling to friends. It is easier to put your “baby,” warts and all in front of people who already trust and know you. The technical phrase is you have to leverage your existing network.

Do you have a small network?

We all started somewhere. Even if all your physical friends don’t “follow” you on social media, I found something that helps. There is definitely a demographic that is not active online. You have to learn that. There are plenty to people that are still “you’re kinda people,” in the social media using, group. To find them on Instagram(IG) one of the more popular platforms out there, I use a service from Social Network Elite. They helped me almost triple my number of followers on my IG account. Shoutout to Social Network Elite for helping me grow my Instagram.

Life is for the living. Live.

If you haven’t bought your copies of Solomon Love yet, get on it.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

Thank you for listening, downloading and supporting the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast.

This is episode 579.

This week Michael and I talk about concealed carrying your firearm every day.  When and where to carry is a little like walking around naked.  Some places its comfortable, and other times its inappropriate, offense and even illegal.  Mike says you need:

  1. Mindset
  2. Skills
  3. Tactics
  4. Gear 
  5. Insurance (we suggest the United States Concealed Carry Association https://uscca.blackmanwithagun.com )

    Movie Reference

assault of Precinct 13

If you want to see a movie that does everything wrong, check out this 1976 classic film.  Silencers on revolvers, pump shotguns that shoot 3x before reloading and more.  All the things that feed the ignorance and fear of anti-rights folks and those that fear guns.

Welcome to all new listeners. thanks for being a part of my family.  I look forward to talking with you in the future.  Join us online on our Facebook page @facebook.com/blackmanwithagun1

And for some reason I had a little Georgia on my Mind.  I share a little history of gun laws in Georgia.  The past wasn’t pretty and usually isn’t but we have two great groups now in the Peach State.  Check out NAAGA.co aka the National African American Gun Association and GeorgiaCarry.org that is doing great things.  I had a chance to present there and it was phenomenal.

I am a fan of https://Crossbreedholsters.com and they support this podcast.  Please reciprocate if you are  looking for leather belts, holsters and magazine wear.

Mike mentioned three holster companies he likes – one of which was JM4 Tactical.

Tips Feature:  Effective ways to train on a budget

 

 

Maryland Gun Owners please join and support:  https://www.marylandshallissue.org

 

PS

I realized this week that having a co-host can be a benefit. Michael has helped me in times when I was frustrated with politics of gun rights. His being new and still excited to the movement is sometimes contagious.

I have started a fiction series about a blues playing werewolf named Solomon Love.  It’s different than my pro-gun, 2A stuff you know about.  I am hoping you will check out my books.  I am working on the third now, the first two are available on Amazon and Kindle.  Do me a favor and buy them, review them and support this facet of my life. 

http://www.kennblanchard.com

Speaking of facets.

If you need a pastor, a Christian brother, for any reason, join us at http://speaklifechurch.net

You can listen to this weeks podcast here on the player below.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Cosplayers Wanted

Cosplayers Wanted

I love the fall of the year here in the Mid-Atlantic. Especially around the Halloween time. We start to see the Pumpkin lattes, muffins, and themed everything in the stores. It’s also the perfect time to do a book launch for the Solomon Love book number three, Love Never Dies.

To make it fun, and memorable and fun. (so nice I did it twice) I am going to throw a series of Werewolf themed parties. Going to try to have a book signing at my friend’s shop in Annapolis, Maryland Third Eye Comics, and a couple of other places in the month October.

I found a delicious whiskey too from Kentucky that I will have on hand. And we are just getting warmed up.

William Wolf Pecan Whiskey

I’m looking for cosplayers to dress like characters from the book, blues musicians and werewolves for these parties. If you are interested in cosplaying let me know. You’ll be the VIP’s.

Did you know that I won first place at a community Halloween custom party when I was nine years old dressed as a werewolf? I got a wig from the Goodwill, cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. I put it over my face and wore a leather jacket with hair coming out of the sleeves. Will try to find that picture.

Join The Pack and follow us on Facebook at the Solomon Love Fans page and here on kennblanchard.com.

Tee shirts and swag available too

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Five things you need to know to write a successful book

Five things you need to know to write a successful book

If you want to write a book or have one already that isn’t selling let me give you some insight.  If you are doing it to make money then I have some sage advice from Thomas Edison.  

This week I received a proof of two books I published through Amazon’s CreateSpace program.  I am excited about it.  It looks great.  It was a side project that I had to do like a drug addict needs a fix.  I gave up sleep and money I didn’t have to do this.  The story is one of many I have in my head that needed to get out.  A really good friend of mine who is also addicted to creating helped me make this happen.

Derek is a gifted writer that works great with me.  He can do what I have trouble doing.  Together with the concept, composition and design we have made two short stories called Solomon Love.  I didn’t plan it but would love to make this a series.

I do hope also that I can find people that want to buy the book.  In my dreams this will be a successful series that becomes a movie or graphic novel like The Walking Dead or Harry Potter. 

When Tower Records and Borders bookstores closed I weeped.  It is said that people did more looking than buying.  As a writer I thought, “there goes another instance where what I do is not esteemed in my era”.  The phrase ‘starving artist’ comes to mind.  If nobody is buying books why should I write them?  I write because I love doing it.  This is not the way of success.  

Successful writers have a sales plan.  Everything is selling.  Just like with any product, you need to know how to sell it before you create it. 

“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”  Thomas Edison

Here’s what I learned. 

If you want to make money on your book you need know five things.

  • Who you’re going to sell it to.
  • Who the end user is (sometimes the buyer and reader are different).
  • What price point you’re going to set it at.
  • How you’re going to distribute it.
  • What you’re going to do to promote it.

The answers to these questions will help you write a book that people want to read. If it’s not marketable, it won’t sell. 

I hired a sales coach that helped/hurt my feelings with almost everything he said to me.  It helped me because I learned.  It hurt because it made me realize how much time and money I have lost over the years.

I have come to realize also though that everything isn’t money.  Sometimes you have to do things that make you happy.  Writing does that for me.

Now that you know, what are you going to do?

My short stories are about a runaway slave that is “rescued” by a supernatural entity.  He becomes immortal and hides in plain sight as a blues musician.  His secret is uncovered when he becomes the target of a corrupt police officer and unleashes his dark side to protect himself.  It also involves others and the world that was once the thing of myth becomes reality for those who encounter Solomon Love.  

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Love Never Dies

Love Never Dies

Coming Soon

Ever wonder what happened to Magdalena?  You’ll find out that and more in this third edition that promises to be the best of them all.  She is hot.  She is dangerous.  She is looking for Solomon.

Follow the journey of Solomon Love as the monster that turns him finally meets him again in Love Never Dies.

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Voodoo Child

Voodoo Child

Solomon Love finds himself in New Orleans after being warned never to go there.  Find out what happens when a werewolf that has been hiding in plain sight for centuries in nightclubs playing the blues finds himself in trouble with the practitioners of Voodoo seeking to kill him and take his life force. Voodoo Child.

new orleans street

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.

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