All posts by Kurt Stevens

Compounding Pharmacies and Lethal Injections

Most pharmacies do not seem to want to be associated with the substances required to perform lethal injections. It’s considered to be a non-medical use. The Hippocratic oath specifically prohibits the administration of lethal substances. Many pharmacies adhere to this standard.

The State of Ohio is turning to compounding pharmacies which formulate medications in small batches. Small batch formulation does not necessarily mean that compounding pharmacies are less safe than the big boys. Despite the outbreak of fungal meningitis in 2012 which originated at a compounding pharmacy in New England, compounding pharmacies have provided much needed medications for many years.

However, the regulations for compounding pharmacies are different from those that are used in larger scale manufacturing facilities. In a large manufacturing plant there is a long and very complicated process for compliance and validation for each formulation. Because compounding pharmacies are formulated in small batches, the process for each formulation cannot be validated individually. However, the lab technicians at compounding pharmacies are highly trained and should be able to detect faults in the compounding process. State legislatures currently regulate compounding pharmacies so there is no national standard.

All of this begs the question: will the move to compounding pharmacies result in a higher risk for pain or complications during the administration of lethal injections? That question has not been subject to rigorous scientific study, so it remains open. However, the fact that the state of Ohio no longer has the option to procure medications through mainstream distribution channels means that there is no choice. Even if lethal injection drugs from compounding pharmacies are more prone to produce complications then the state will have no alternative but to procure the drugs from them.



I’ll pause to let that sink in…

“83 what?” you ask.

We hit number 83 on Amazon’s Serial Novel list of top sellers! Click on the link to see it offered on Amazon:

“I thought you were listing it on the web,” you ask.

We are. And if you’ve been following my website,, you know that the first act has been completed. So my publisher packaged it up and offered it on Amazon!

“Why both options?” you ask.

Some people don’t like to read serial novels a chapter at a time, so my publisher is offering it on Amazon for .99 on Kindle. Even though you can read it online for free, there are many people who like the story enough to purchase the first act. I am so thankful to everyone who has enjoyed the story thus far in serial format and am equally appreciative of those who would pluck down a buck to have the story for themselves. It’s people like you who are keeping us starving artists alive and able to offer new, innovative stories.

If you have enjoyed the novel so far and would like to support it, then please click on the Amazon link above. With your help, the novel could a top ten seller of serial novels!

Don’t forget to check out the book on Facebook and Twitter too.

Part Two Starts Today!

After a week break, Part Two: Fight of my crime thriller Capital Offense begins its online release today!

Kurt Stevens (also the name of my main character) is in the thick of it.  There’s no turning back now.  He only has one option – see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Don’t miss a minute of the action.  It’s completely free, with new chapters released every weekday at

The pace of the book gets faster and faster as it progresses.  The characters have been built, the setting is established and the conflict is there, now it gets real and the characters can really take off in this world.  I’m confident that you’ll love it.

If you have even half as much fun reading it as I had writing it, you’re in for a real treat.

It’s all at  Check it out today and bookmark it.  You can also get notifications of new chapters by “liking” the book on Facebook, or following me on Twitter.

Capital Offense: Part One: Flight Now Available for Amazon Kindle!

Capital Offense Part One FlightPart One: Flight of my debut book, Capital Offense, is now available as an e-book from!

Find Capital Offense: Part One: Flight on here.

Capital Offense is released 100% free online, with new chapters every weekday, at  For those that prefer the comfort of reading on your Kindle, or want a way to catch up with the action, the Kindle book is a great option.

The complete novel will be released online through January 31, and will be released as a Kindle book in three parts over the same time frame.  Once the entire book has been released, my publisher will also distribute it just like normal as a print book or e-book through regular channels.

Part 2 kicks to life (or death) on Monday, October 21, 2013 at

Grab Capital Offense: Part One: Flight and get caught up on this exciting, fast-paced crime thriller today!

Thanks for supporting my work, and thanks for supporting independent publishing.

Like Jeni’s Ice Cream? Win a Gift Card = Free Ice Cream

Like ice cream?  What about really good ice cream?  How about THE BEST ice cream?  Yah, me too.

Check this out and grab this gift card for Jeni’s Ice Cream.

My publisher, Columbus Press, is currently running a contest on the Facebook page for my book, Capital Offense.

All you have to do is “like” the Facebook page, and the click the “giveaways” tab to enter.  One person will be chosen and sent a gift card.  Nice!

Find the Capital Offense Facebook page here.

The contest ends at the end of the day on Friday.  So get there and take care of business.  Unless you don’t like awesome ice cream.

Citizen Investigation in Action

Capital Offense takes an ordinary man, Kurt Stevens, and throws him into a mystery that he needs to solve using whatever means necessary. That scenario is becoming more and more believable. For example, in Seattle it is now possible for private citizens to track someone’s movement on the freeway by requesting data on a license plate. Link is here:

Privacy concerns aside, this is a venue for regular people to become detectives in their everyday lives. The more power that we have to investigate, the more power that we have to end the violence in our lives.

Don’t forget to check out the latest chapters of Capital Offense at

Fall: Veil of Darkness

I want to start out by saying that this isn’t a diatribe about climate change. That’s been done to death and I don’t care about it. I just want to explain why I set my book Capital Offense,, in the fall.

First of all, violent crime tends to occur more often during summer months, at least in Texas, but I think in Columbus, OH as well. Here’s a link:

But as the days get shorter I think there’s a transference of that violence away from the overt, on the street type, toward violence that occurs in the darkness, behind closed doors. That’s the world of Capital Offense. It’s a brooding violence with occasional fits of blind rage. It’s the blending of the contract killer and the maniac. Somewhere in the middle there’s something truly terrifying.

How Can I Buy Capital Offense?

I love what I’m reading at, but when is the book available? Good question.

After the complete book is posted to the web site, my publisher, Columbus Press, will release the book in January in traditional (print and e-book) formats.

Why are you making me wait? Another good question. The reason is that I want you to be tuned in. I’m trying to build suspense so that more people will return each day to see what’s happening next with Kurt. I also want you to tell your friends so they’ll tune in. And then, if you’ve been entertained, I hope that you’ll support my work and purchase the book.

My publisher and I also agree that it’s time for the publishing industry to evolve, and offering this content for free online, and putting the reader first, is a great step.

If you’re finding it difficult to read on your web browser, consider subscribing to the content via Amazon’s subscription service here. Either way, enjoy


Why did I write, Capital Offense, a story about an executioner who is accused of illegally killing his wife?

I was intrigued by the idea of someone whose job was to legally kill people but was accused of murdering an innocent person. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that few books delved into the life of an executioner and the moral issues that an executioner faces.

I also wanted to examine how a person under stress is affected by extreme events.

Once I started writing the story, I kept adding characters to challenge Kurt and bring his internal moral fight onto an ever larger stage. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results. I hope you are too.

New chapters are added daily at