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Don't miss your chance to save on this hot new book

You can reserve your advance copy of Wildfire for just 99 cents—but only until midnight March 21. It’s only 6 days till the first Wine Country Mystery goes live on e-book retailer sites. That means there’s less than a week left to pre-order your copy for just 99 cents. As of launch day—Thursday, March 22—the […]

Cover update: Wildfire, a Wine Country Mystery

Hold the presses! I’ve decided to change the title of the series I will launch into the world next week. The story will still be the same, with the same character and the same title. However, the name of the series is more descriptive, more informative to the readers. It’s now Wildfire: A Wine Country […]

Get a taste of a California wine country mystery

Do you love California wine? Great food? Mysteries? Indulge your tastes on Wattpad. You can now read Chapter 1: An Open Door, on Wattpad. Tara’s shoulder slammed into the passenger door as the big old pickup flew around a bend. She wanted to tell Roberto to slow down and speed up at the same time, so […]

Wildfire is now available for pre-order

Book 1 in the new Wine Country Mystery Series is now available for pre-order on Amazon at a special low price. If you order the book before its launch day on March 22, you’ll be able to get it for just 99 cents. Pre-order here. What it’s about Wildfires swept across California wine country in 2017, destroying thousands […]

The first book in a brand-new mystery series Launching March 22, 2018 That’s right, a brand new mystery series, about a young legal investigator named Tara Rezeck, will launch in less than a month. And here’s your first look at it—a striking cover by the one and only David C. Cassidy. The book is now […]

Independent novel review: The Jossing Affair

By J.L. Oakley This is an amazingly good book. The Jossing Affair reminds me of Dr. Zhivago: it’s a story that helps us understand a world-changing, vicious conflict through a close focus on a few people caught in it. At its heart, it’s actually a realistic love story. Janet Oakley is an author I admire. […]

Simultaneously proud and ashamed of my country

Patriotism is a strange thing. It has always seemed to me to be a little artificial to claim some personal credit for things that other people do in the name of the group or country you come from. But at the same time, the shame on behalf of your country feels very real. This weekend, […]

Why do I like writing?

Why do I like writing? Some people I know say “I don’t like writing; I like having written.“ To an extent, I can understand that. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes when I complete a piece of writing, whether it’s an article for a magazine, a book, a story or even a blog post. […]

The Dark Age

Historical fantasy series Initiation Rites This stand-alone novella forms Part 1 of The Bones of the Earth. During the Dark Age, the Earth turns on humanity with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and a new plague that kills the Roman Emperor himself. Barbarian invasions shatter civilizations. In this chaos, Javor comes of age in a poor, remote […]

The following excerpt comes from Chapter 8 of The Bones of the Earth. Javor and Photius have been taken in, temporarily, by the village of Bilavod, just before it comes under the attack of a band of Avar raiders. Photius shows the villagers how to prepare defences, and Javor trains some of the young men […]