Thursday, December 20, 2012

Project C.U.R.E. in the News

Project C.U.R.E. the amazing organization I volunteer for was featured on FOX News 10 today!  Take a look at this video and see the medical supplies we are delivering to Africa just in time for the holiday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Radio Interview

I was interviewed recently with Global Talk Radio!  Click the link to listen to the interview below!

Benjamin Franklin's Financial Wisdom

This article was in my home newspaper, The Arizona Republic and I really like it and thought I would re-blog it.  This book

Imagine learning how to manage money from Benjamin Franklin.  The 18th-century Pennsylvanian was, after all, more than just your run-of-the-mill printer, inventor, civic activist, Founding Father and statesman.  He did more than fly kites in electrical storms, found universities and negotiate peace treaties.

Franklin also was a noted author on money, work and values, dispensing advice such as "a penny saved is a penny earned" through his series of popular "Poor Richard's Almanacks."

Valley author Ron Willingham did iimagine what it would be like to have Frankliin as a money mentor, and the result was his clever self-published work, "The Ten Laws of Wealth & Abundance."

This is a fictional tale of Andrew Baldwin, who rises from impoverished Philadelphia store clerk to wealthy merchant landowner by applying Franklin's 10 rules of financial success.

Willingham recently switched his attention to improving personal-finance habits after spending years as a sales and customer-service trainer.  He's the founder and chairman of LifeScript Learning in Phoenix and the author of several other self-help books.

"This is my first book on a financial theme," said Willingham, whose other works have focused on self-improvement, leadership, sales, customer service and related topics.

Writing in a somewhat archaic style with woodcut drawings for illustrations, Willingham explores the 10 tips gradually as Franklin and Baldwin interact over the years.

The tips are fundamentally basic and include axioms such as:
  • "Triim your expenses to weigh less than your income."
  • "Borrow only what you have the ability to repay."
  • "Invest with the greatest prudence and safety."
  • "Establish good habits, and they will establish you."
More than two centuries after Franklin penned them, the 10 laws make sense even today.

Willingham provides a quick-reading summary for people who don't plan to wade through all those "Poor Richard's Almanacks."

The book costs $26 and can be ordered through Willingham's Web site,

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Books For Only $3.00!

For a limited time only Irion Books is offering Divorce Hell, Remodeling Hell, Autograph Hell, Car Dealer Hell and Roadkill Cooking for Campers for the cost of mailing ONLY in exchange for an honest review!

We are more than happy to send the book media mail, which would be $3.00.  If interested, just Paypal your $3 payment to and we will get the book out to you right away!

Learn the history of divorce and how you can save your marriage with Divorce Hell

Autograph Hell will reveal the true story behind autograph collecting, how to avoid getting caught up in "authentication" schemes and how to collect the right way.

Car Dealer Hell is a book anyone should read before buying a new car.  Full of inside knowledge that will help you avoid pitfalls and traps and walk into your next car buying experience armed and ready to take on any car salesman!

Save thousands of dollars and headaches with Remodeling Hell.  Even if you aren't planning a home remodel in the near future, there are many home remodeling tricks that can help you save several months in repairs and construction.


Roadkill Cooking for Campers - The Best Dang Wild Game Cookbook is the funniest cookbook in the world!  Learn how to cook anything from a moose nose to just Indian bread!  This cookbook makes for a great novelty gift for the outdoors lover and/or camper in your life! 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Barnes & Noble Book Signing

Thanks to all of those that came out for the book signing last night at Barnes & Noble!  It was wonderful to see those of you that came out to support us and to visit with friends I haven't seen in a while.  If you weren't able to make it, that's okay!  Remember you can purchase Murder on Kilimanjaro at any Barnes & Noble store or online at!  Now enjoy a few photos from the signing!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Press Release - Barnes & Noble Book Signing

                                                                       Charles G. Irion, Publisher and Author­­­                                                         


Media Contact:
Jennifer L. Howell
Irion Books, LLC
(480) 522-9287

Authors Charles G. Irion and Ronald J. Watkins Present Murder on Kilimanjaro, the Grand Finale of the Summit Murder Mystery Series at Barnes & Noble

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM authors Charles G. Irion and Ronald J. Watkins will be greeting fans of their Summit Murder Mystery series at Barnes & Noble at the 101 and Shea in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The signing will include a meet and greet with the authors, a chance to ask your burning questions about the Summit Murder Mystery series, and for fans to get their books signed!    

The Summit Murder Mystery series was inspired by the 1987 Everest attempt by co-author Charles G. Irion and later his 2011 Kilimanjaro climb. Each is an exciting murder mystery set against the back drop of the world’s astounding Seven Summits.  The series begins with the book Murder on Everest and continues with Murder on Elbrus, Murder on Mt. McKinley, Murder on Puncak Jaya, Murder on Aconcagua, Murder on Vinson Massif and ends with the grand finale Murder on Kilimanjaro.  Unlike any mystery ever previously written, you will actually feel yourself atop each mountain where deaths from altitude sickness, accidents, illness and fatigue are a matter of course, but when you add murder to the mix, you get a novel that is truly one of a kind.  The authors promise you will experience the thrill of the climb and the terror of every step.  

Irion says, “We are looking forward to celebrating the release of this exciting and dramatic novel that concludes our best-selling Summit Murder Mystery series. Ron and I are ecstatic about the release of this unforgettable finale and are looking forward to celebrating with our family, friends and fans.  For those that have yet to read the novels, all I need is a few minutes to tell you why this is a series you don’t want to miss!  Please come on out to the signing and celebrate with us!”  

Barnes & Noble Booksellers is located at 10500 N. 90th Street Scottsdale, Arizona 85258.  For additional information you can contact them at 480-391-0048 or visit their website at
For more information about the Summit Murder Mystery series, please view the one minute book trailer at  and the Summit Murder Mystery series website at
About Irion Books:            
Irion Books launched in 2007 with the release of its Hell Series books, beginning with Remodeling Hell, followed by Autograph Hell, Car Dealer Hell, and Divorce Hell.   While writing the Hell Series, Irion began working on the Seven Summit Murder Mystery Series, after climbing Mt. Everest and Mt. Kilimanjaro.  An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Irion is an advisory board member for Project C.U.R.E., founding principal in Phoenix Social Venture Partners and a past director of the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.  Irion has also participated in a number of medical missions abroad including Ecuador, Mexico, Belize, Burkina Faso, Africa and Tanzania.  For more information about Irion Books, please visit

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Meeting Dr. Andrew Weil M.D.

On Friday November 2nd, I met Dr. Andrew Thomas Weil, M.D.!  He is the founder, professor, and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  A very cool guy!  I gave him a copy of Roadkill Cooking for Campers when I saw him; he said he loves the cover.  I was thrilled to get his book, True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure.  

When Andrew Weil and Sam Fox opened True Food Kitchen, they did so with a two-fold mission: every dish served must not only be delicious, but it must promote the diner's well being. TRUE FOOD supports the same mission, with freshly imagined recipes that are seasonal, inviting, and easy to make. Showcasing fresh, high-quality ingredients and simple preparations with robust, satisfying flavors, TRUE FOOD demonstrates how easy it is to eat well at home. Very neat!

I thought it was only fitting that I give Dr. Andrew Weil a copy of my cookbook as well :)

 Dr. Andrew Weil and I

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Changing Hands Signing Wrap Up

I thought I would share some pictures from the great book signing held at Changing Hands on October 20th.  It was wonderful to talk about the final book in my Summit Murder Mystery series and the crowd asked some great questions!  

 Our host Eddie
 The set up

 Everyone loved the book trailer!

 Answering questions!
Signing books with Ron

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why I Volunteer.

People have asked me why I volunteer for Project C.U.R.E. and what exactly this organization does; this video answers those questions.  I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing organization!  Take a look, and for more information about how you can help please visit

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Book Review - Murder on Everest

Very excited to share this amazing review with you from The Indie Bookshelf of Murder on EverestMurder on Everest is the first book in the Summit Murder Mystery series.

In Murder on Everest when Derek Sodoc, only son of the world's richest and most powerful man dies attempting to climb Mt. Everest, questions are raised. Was it the mountain that sealed his fate? Or perhaps something more sinister?  After reading the book Abandoned on Everest that details Derek Sodoc's untimely death, Sodoc's father convinces the surviving expedition members to return to Everest - presumably to recover Derek's body. With billions at stake and a relentless father searching for someone to blame, everyone is a suspect. Set against the backdrop of the world's highest and deadliest mountain, Murder on Everest is filled with intrigue, sex, betrayal and mystery. It is unlike any murder mystery you've ever read.

Thank you very much to Janna Mashburn for reading and reviewing my novel.  I'm looking forward to getting you the other books in the series!

Janna's review -
 I have no desire to climb the tallest mountain in the world, but after reading this book, I have somewhat of  an idea of what a climber goes through. The authors of this book described the perils and experiences perfectly while adding a murder mystery to keep you guessing right until the very end. Both authors did a great job of explaining the terms used in the book so you weren't confused. Each scene was described so realistically, and I was really intrigued and amazed by some of the dangers these climbers experienced.

Now, on to the murder mystery part....this book has a murder and no one knows who did it. There is a prequel to this novel named 'Abadoned on Everest', but "Murder on Everest' references the prequels story so you are not confused. Scott Devlon is the main character, and he is back to help find the murderer of Dereck Sodoc. Devlon was the last one to see Derek before his death, and the characters in this story are on a mission to bring his dead body down from Everest.

I enjoyed all of the characters, there was such a melting pot of personalities, some adding comic relief and others drama. You really get a feel for each character's internal and external struggles while on the mountain. Physical strength is not the only component in these adventures, you must be able to endure much more than that.

I recommend this book to readers who love an adventure story with some mystery.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Press Release from Cuenca, Ecuador

I am thrilled to be featured in a press release from my recent Project C.U.R.E. trip to Cuenca, Ecuador.   I am on the advisory board of directors for Project C.U.R.E. Phoenix and I have been trained and certified as a needs assessment representative for Project C.U.R.E. worldwide.

My missions to date have included Belize, Tanzania, Burkina Faso (West Africa), and now most recently Cuenca, Ecuador.  My job as an assessment representative is to insure the needs of the recipients -hospital and clinics- are met while meeting the requirements of local governments and officials.

As you can imagine the doctors and nurses are very excited by my visit as they hope to receive supplies and equipment that will help them better do their job and save lives.  While in Ecuador I met with several doctors and even the mayor.  The picture attached in this press release is of me around the table at the Hospital Municipal seated next to Dr. Patricio Luzuriago discussing the needs of their communities.  

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Miércoles, 26 de September 2012

Alcaldía gestionó recursos internacionales para hospital de la Mujer y el Niño

La Alcaldía de Cuenca  gracias a la gestión realizada por la Dirección de Relaciones Externas firmó un protocolo de actuación entre la I. Municipalidad de Cuenca y la ciudad hermana de Tempe a través de la Corporación “Tempe Sister Cities”,  en el cual estas instituciones identificaron áreas de interés común para realizar actividades de cooperación internacional descentralizada. Para el efecto se han definido 5 ejes de trabajo: Salud, Educación, Cultura, Turismo y Manejo de Riesgos.

En este marco, la corporación internacional  a través de la ONG norteamericana  Project C.U.R.E. se comprometió en entregar  una donación  de  400.000 dólares, para el Hospital Municipal de la Mujer y el Niño. Los costos de traslado de insumos y equipos médicos  serán gestionados en un 100% por entidades y personas de Tempe por un valor aproximado de 25.000 dólares.
Para el cumplimiento de este acuerdo  se encuentra en la ciudad Charles Irion, miembro de la Junta Asesora de la ONG norteamericana Project C.U.R.E  para ejecutar una evaluación de las unidades de Salud municipales, en especial el Hospital Municipal de la Mujer y el Niño

La  organización Project C.U.R.E. con sede en Colorado ha sido el líder en el desarrollo de nuevas formas de permitir la organización para proporcionar la mejor calidad de donaciones de insumos y equipos posibles, así como oportunidades de voluntariado tanto nacionales como internacionales.

Project C.U.R.E. ha llegado a los más necesitados médicamente en más de 120 países de todo el mundo. La ONG internacional continúa ofreciendo salud y esperanza a sus asociados en todo el mundo.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Meeting Alice Cooper!

As you can imagine, since I've been an autograph collector for over 30 years, I'm accumulated quite the collection!  I thought it would be fun to post some of the pictures from my collection now and then!  To start off.... here is a fun one of me and Alice Cooper!  In case you don't know... Alice Cooper is an American rock singer, songwriter, and musician whose career spans more than four decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors and baby dolls, Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal designed to shock.  In 2011 the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Alice Cooper is occasionally seen by his fans around Phoenix, Arizona.  He owns a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona called Cooperstown!  

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Friday, September 14, 2012

New Press Release - Murder on Aconcagua Audio Book




Media Contact:
Jennifer L. Howell
Irion Books, LLC
(480) 522-9287

The thrilling climbing adventure Murder on Aconcagua a Summit Murder Mystery, is now available via audio 

Irion Books, LLC is pleased to announce that Murder on Aconcagua, a Summit Murder Mystery, is now available via audio book.  Already available via audio are the titles, Murder on Everest, Murder on Elbrus and Murder on Mt. McKinley.  Author Charles G. Irion says, “It is important to Irion Books to give readers what they want!  Readers not only want a great and exciting story, but they also want that story to be available in all formats!  We are happy to be meeting the needs of our readers.”    
The Summit Murder Mystery Series features seven climbing murder mysteries that are each set atop one of the world’s seven continental summits; the highest and most dangerous mountains in the world.  In a clever twist, author Charles G. Irion has added to the mix murder, suspense, and an enviable hero working for the U.S. Defense Intelligence agency, making for a truly original series. 

Murder on Aconcagua and the other exciting Summit Murder Mystery novels are available at

The Summit Murder Mystery series can also be found at these additional retailers - iTunes, Amazon, Amazon kindle, Sony, The Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, Books on Board and KOBO.  The other nail-biting, action-packed novels are Murder on Everest, Murder on Elbrus, Murder on Mt. McKinley, Murder on Puncak Jaya, Murder on Vinson Massif and Murder on Kilimanjaro.

About Irion Books:
Irion Books launched in 2007 with the release of the Hell Series.  Irion began working on the Summit Murder Mystery series after climbing Mt. Everest and Mt. Kilimanjaro.  An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Irion is involved with several organizations including being an advisory board member for Project C.U.R.E. and a founding principal for Phoenix Social Venture Partners. Irion has also participated in a number of medical missions abroad including Mexico, Peru, Burkina Faso (West Africa), Belize, and Tanzania.  For more information about Irion Books, please visit and for more information about author Charles G. Irion, please visit

Monday, September 10, 2012

Murder on Kilimanjaro Now Available via Kindle

The outstanding grande finale of the Summit Murder Mystery series, MURDER ON KILIMANJARO is now available via KINDLE!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Save the Date

I am very excited to announce that my co-author Ronald J. Watkins and I will be presenting the final book in our Summit Murder Mystery series, Murder on Kilimanjaro at Changing Hands Bookstore on October 20th.

Please save the date!  We are excited to answer your burning questions about the series, and to sign your copies!  Books will also be for sale at the event. 

The signing begins at 7PM, I hope to see you there!!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Firefighter to Climb Kilimanjaro

Sandbach firefighter to climb Kilimanjaro for Firefighters Charity and North West Air Ambulance

A determined Sandbach firefighter has set his sights on climbing Africa’s highest mountain for charity.

John Brownrigg, watch manager at Sandbach Fire Station, has been an on-call firefighter for 20 years.

He will set off on his once-in-a-lifetime challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on September 11 with all money raised going to the Firefighters Charity and North West Air Ambulance.

Kilimanjaro lies 205 miles south of the equator and stands on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya.
John also needs to carry all his kit to cover the full seven days he will be there.

John said: “It’s a tough climb as Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet above sea level, which is nearly five times the height of Snowdon and has tropical temperatures at the base to a freezing -26C at the snow-capped summit.

“I am doing this to raise money for two very good causes and would like anyone who can to please sponsor me.

“Help me to help those that help us.”

To sponsor John visit his fundraising page at

Good luck John!  If you need any advice, shoot me an email!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Reviews Are Coming In!

Reviews are starting to roll in for Murder on Kilimanjaro!  Check out these two reviews, and order your own copy by CLICKING HERE!

"A long time fan of Charles G. Irion's novels, this final book to his series made me wanting more. As I've been to the area he writes of, his attention to details of Africa is amazingly accurate. Combined with Irion's creative, dramatic writing this is a must read. Allow yourself plenty of time! You won't be able to put this book down." - Writing in Style, reviewer

"I read Murder on Kilimanjaro this weekend. One of those stories where you need to keep reading. I must say the action and environmental descriptions were wonderfully written putting you in the middle of the action. You could feel the fear and the struggle to stay alive. This is what every writer wants to achieve, transporting the reader from arm chair and into the action." - Jan O'Kane, reviewer

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions

If you haven't learned by now, I really enjoy fun and interesting factoids I find in various articles and around the internet.  I have lists of the ones I find on my various websites.  I found this article about where different legal phrases originated and found it interesting so I thought I would share!

Legal Ease
Think blackmail evolved from the actions of a rogue postman?  Think again.  Elizabeth Thornburg, professor of law and co-author of Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions, recounts the intriguing reality behind several age-old expressions.

'Scofflaw' - "In 1924, a Prohibitionish named Delcevare King was in search of a word that carried such a negative connotation that when called it, lawless imbibers would change their ways," says Thornburg.   "So he held a contest.  The winning word, scofflaw, eventually came to refer to someone who habitually broke any law- though the law was typically one that was unpopular with the people.  The term regained popularity in the early 2000s when people were downloading music and movies without paying for them."

'Blackmail' - "Clans routinely battled each other in 16th century Scotland.  There wasn't a lot of law enforcement, so if a marauder said, 'Pay me this money and I'll make sure nobody steals your cattle,' you paid him, especially because the subtext was really, 'Pay me and I won't steal them myself.' The Scottish word for payment was maill, and black referred to the underhanded nature of the exchange, similar to its usage in black market.  Over time, blackmail morphed to mean "pay me or I will reveal  your private information."

'Third Degree' - "In the 1880s, many of the higher-ups in New York City's police force were Freemasons.  The highest degree of initiation is the third degree, a process rumored to involve intense questioning.  One particularly successful NYPD interrogator was a third-degree Mason named Thomas Byrnes.  In one New-York Tribune article from 1883, he coined the phrase when he was quoted as breaking a gang of criminals by giving them 'the third degree."

'Read The Riot Act' - "There really was a Riot Act, and people actually read it.  In an effort to protect King George 1 and the rest of the Hanover dynasty from being overthrown, Parliament established the Riot Act in 1715 to minimize organized revolt.  It stated that any time a group of 12 or more people gathered, an official had to read the Riot Act, which warned them to disperse immediately or else face arrest - or worse, the death penalty.  This law grew into a phrase that involves issuing a stern warning to stop specified minconduct of any kind."

'Boilerplate' - "In the early 19th century, boilerplates were thin plates of steel used to make steam boilers.  As regional newspapers started popping up, news syndicates developed and sold them stories, which were printed on thin sheets of metal that resembled boilerplates.  Because of the medium they came in, editors had to publish the stories as written.  So the term bboilerplate came to refer to any kind of formulaic, unvarying text, often seen in wills, contracts, and other legal documents."

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