2018

#SampleSunday: The new Torn Roots

With the cancellation of the Kindle Worlds program, many authors are working hard to revise and republish their Kindle World novellas and stories themselves.  I’m one of them, and I’m making good progress on my new four-book Hawaiian Storm series. This weekend, enjoy this taste of the first: the new Torn Roots. Chapter 5: Chase Wednesday, 5:30 […]

Sunday sample: the new Torn Roots

With the end of the Kindle Worlds program, I am revising all seven of my Kindle World titles. First up is the first KW title, Torn Roots: A Hawaiian Storm, featuring FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm in Hawaii. Get a taste of what’s coming up. Chapter 1: Special Agent Thursday, 4:55 a.m. Vanessa groped in […]

Farewell, Kindle Worlds

This is the Farewell Tour for my Kindle World novels and novellas, and for the many other talented and skillful writers who have contributed to them. In another three days, Amazon says, they will disappear from the virtual shelves in the U.S. (They were never available on the Amazon sites outside the U.S.A.) In other […]

Live blogging from the Ottawa ByWard Market Authors' Market

It’s a blustery day here at the corner of William and George streets. Not ideal conditions for selling books outdoors. Gusts whip open the covers of books, scatter bookmarks and postcards, and forget about putting up a poster. Even the notebook I put out for people to enter their names in a draw for a […]

A Canada Day Sunday sample: How a great Canadian came back home

Happy Canada Day, readers! As our country’s 151st birthday falls on Sampleday—I mean, Sunday—this year, here’s a sample from a story about a great Canadian returning home after a decade, and a world war being away. This excerpt from Walking Out of War (Book 3 of the Eastern Front Trilogy) describes Maurice Bury’s first attempt […]

Live blogging at Arts in the Park

11:30: All set up Never open with the weather, said Elmore Leonard. Okay. Now that I’ve opened, I can tell you that it’s a beautiful, clear, sunny and hot day in Stittsville, Ontario. This is my second year at this event, just a few kilometres down the bicycle trail from my home in Kanata. No, […]

Monday sampler: escaping from wildfire

This week’s sampler is from the first wine country mystery, Wildfire. Chapter 6: Evacuation Tara stuffed her laptop into her duffel bag and grabbed a couple of other personal items. As she followed Greg and Alex to the winery, she hit her parents’ speed-dial on her phone. Her phone issued a strange tone. She glanced […]

Sample Sunday: Wildfire—Evacuation

On this beautiful Sunday morning, I’m sharing another taste of California Wine Country mystery. Here is part of the evacuation chapter from Wildfire. Tara stuffed her laptop into her duffel bag and grabbed a couple of other personal items. As she followed Greg and Alex to the winery, she hit her parents’ speed-dial on her […]