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Friday Nights Don’t Last Forever: Independent book review

Caleb Pirtle III has proven that he’s an original writer. His books do not follow the usual tropes and stereotypical genre tales, whether he’s writing mysteries, sports stories or anything else. He’s not a genre writer — he’s writing modern American literature disguised as genre books. Friday Nights Don’t Last Forever, his latest release, is an […]

Independent book review: The Bonding Spell

By M.L. Doyle Sometimes, a book is just a lot of fun to read. That’s usually because of the author is highly skilled with an engaging style that doesn’t let you go. My latest fun literary discovery: The Bonding Spell by M.L. Doyle, whose The Peacekeeper’s Photograph I reviewed last year. That Doyle is a […]

Speedbumps on the road to writing

Sometimes when writing, I feel like I’m just rolling nicely. The word count climbs, I describe setting and action, important events flow onto the pages and then, WHAM! I’m stopped by some tiny detail that I need to research. I like the fiction I write to contain as much fact as possible, whether it’s a […]

Happy Valentine's Day

A sample from my hot erotic romance, One Shade of Red. Alexis ordered for both of us: big platters with names I had never heard before. I loved the Pad Thai, and surprised myself by how much I loved the red curry chicken. Alexis ordered a Singha beer for me and a glass of white […]

Happy 2019

I hope all readers and everyone in the world has a happy, healthy and loving 2019. I have a lot of plans for the coming 12 months, so stay tuned. Or better yet, subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss an update or a chance to win some free books and swag. What are […]

A book for mystery fans and anyone who likes a well-written story

Independent review of The Peacekeeper’s Photograph By ML Doyle The Peacekeeper’s Photograph is an excellent book — easily one of the best I’ve read this year. It’s more solid proof that independent writers are publishing some of the best, and most important books today. The Peacekeeper’s Photograph shows up in Amazon’s Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, […]

Sample Sunday: Palm Trees and Snowflakes

The second Hawaiian Storm mystery featuring Vanessa Storm from Torn Roots will be on the Amazon virtual shelves in time for Christmas and for downloading to those new Kindles you might find under the tree. This is a true Christmas story, with mystery, action and even romance for Vanessa. Here’s an excerpt from the opening. On […]

A Hawaiian Storm on the horizon

Palm Trees and Snowflakes is now available for pre-order on Amazon. This second Hawaiian Storm mystery hits Amazon’s shores officially on November 30, but you can order it now at a special price of 99 cents. This Christmas-themed tropical mystery brings back your favourite Hawaiian Storm characters, like FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm, still in […]