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Sunday sample: Wildfire

This week’s sample is from my latest book, Wildfire, the first wine country mystery. Chapter 3: Wine and a woman At last, it’s over. A full day of Chef Donald’s abuse. Not to mention harassment. Oh, yes, and working my ass off in a kitchen. Now I remember why I decided against being a chef […]

Sunday sample: Wildfire—a Wine Country Mystery

Enjoy a taste of California wine … country mystery. Wildfire is the first in a series! Chapter 3: Orientation Tara sipped from a steaming mug and stepped out the door. Greg and Alex were still sleeping, or at least quiet behind their closed bedroom doors. They don’t have to start work until afternoon. I guess I’ll […]

Indonesia family bombings: Books never reach this level of evil

Real evil reaches depths that most writers who want to appear credible would never dream of—not if they wanted to be taken seriously. Last weekend, families carried out two terrorist bombings in Indonesia. Parents and children. On Saturday, May 12, a family of six suicide-bombed three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city. Dad drove a […]

Cover reveal: Driving Tempo—a rock star romance

Announcing the third novel in the House of Archer rock star romance series By Raine Thomas Fantasy and romance novelist Raine Thomas has returned to her series about the rock band reality-TV show, following up Imperfect Harmony and Unsteady Rhythm. What is a rock star romance about? A rock band. A reality show. A life […]

How well do you know the Dark Age?

I’ve been working on The Triumph of the Sky, the sequel to my first-published novel, The Bones of the Earth. Both books are set around the turn of the fifth to the six century, the darkest part of the Dark Age. I thought I should familiarize you with this fantastic, yet historical universe so you’re […]

Since the publication of Wildfire last month, I have returned to the work-in-progress that I have been promising for so long: The Triumph of the Sky, the sequel to The Bones of the Earth and Book 2 in the Dark Age trilogy. A story set more than 1,400 years ago, requires a lot of historical […]

Independent book review: Still Life with Memories

By Uvi Poznansky I have recently discovered the books of Uvi Poznansky, and she has written a remarkable series of books. Together, they tell one unified story, but from multiple points of view. The author does a remarkable job of capturing each individual voice Still Life with Memories is about Lenny and Natasha Kaminsky, and […]

You could win a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

Filled with 45 fast-paced thrillers—but don’t delay. There is no cost to enter this giveaway. If you win, you’ll get an e-reader, filled with all the books you see above. Runner up gets all 45 books. One of the books you could win is one of mine: Torn Roots, the first Lei Crime Kindle World […]

It's Wildfire Launch Day!

Wildfire, Wine Country Mystery number 1, is now live on Amazon and ready for pre-order on Smashwords. I’m very excited about this book. It’s a new direction for me: the first mystery I’ve written entirely set in my own fictional universe. Inspired by a trip my wife and I took to California wine country last […]