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Join me in a new adventure

Creating a world is fun! That’s why I want to bring you, my readers along on this journey into the future. Once again, I am moving into a new genre: near-future dystopian fiction. The working title is either “Fractured States of America” or “The Woman from the Prairie Bank.” The situation In the year 2050, […]

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The third Hawaiian Storm is available on e-tailers FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm returns to rain-soaked Hana on Maui, Hawaii, to investigate the death of a once-famous contry-rock star. Talking to the late singer’s family, she finds a nest of liars and deceit. An enormous antique handgun. And a whole new album gone missing. The […]

Sample Sunday: Human resource headache

An excerpt from the upcoming Dead Man Lying Her phone buzzed. “Excuse me,” she said, walking down the teak paneled hallway toward the kitchen. It was Al King, her boss, the Special Agent in Charge of the Honolulu Division. “I just heard you’ve been shot at,” he said, without preamble as usual. How does he […]

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A taste of the soon-to-arrive Dead Man Lying: Hawaiian Storm mystery #3 She watched Jeffrey pick up a pen that happened to be sitting on the end table beside the couch, take off the cap and put it on again. He turned to look out the window, and dissatisfied with the darkness, stood and looked […]

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Enjoy a flavourful sample from Dead Man Lying: Hawaiian Storm mystery #3 Exactly one hour after Vanessa started, there was a knock on the door. Perry opened it for the room-service waiter, who pushed in a cart covered with silver domes, glasses, cutlery and a candle. Vanessa didn’t look up as Perry tipped the waiter […]

Sample Sunday: Death scene

From Chapter 1 of Dead Man Lying—coming soon! A hazy sun shone hot on two women, standing on a rough low platform of volcanic rock. The air was heavy with moisture and the smell of wet soil, flowers and the unique, spicy aroma of Hawaii. Long fronds and branches hung low, weighed down by rain […]

Communicating in real time

Wednesday’s failed coup attempt raises troubling possibilities about the state of the world’s most self-congratulatory democracy. It also highlighted the impossibility of providing accurate context when events unfold quickly. Bill Mahr has described the whole administration of the 45th President as a “slow moving coup.” On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, it accelerated. Politicians and pundits […]