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Sunday sample: Gold records

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 […]

Sunday sample: Room service on Maui

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 […]

Winter inspiration

True winter has finally arrived at Bury Manor in Ottawa. This is good news, because I always find fresh, white snow inspires me to write. Hence this blog post? No—as you saw on my last post, I have resolved to post regularly,. That’s right, you can expect to see more of this on this page, […]

I hereby resolve to …

exercise regularly eat healthy spend less time on social media Yah. Let’s go with that. New Year’s Day is such a cliché as a starting point for new projects so that the short lifespan of new year’s resolutions is a cliché in itself. Even so, I cannot resist the inspiration of resolve and hope that […]

Happy Yule!

It’s the shortest day of the year, and I find myself expectant. I am looking out the window of my study. I should be writing, or editing, but I feel more like I am waiting. Like the whole world is waiting. For what? Waiting for Christmas, of course. Or other holidays. As we all well […]

A good day to be a legionnaire

A free sample from The Children of the Seventh Son, Dark Age Book 2, Interlude 1  “Boys, our scouts have found the barbarian camp just over that ridge,” the Centurion said. Tullus Ionicus tightened his grip on the reins and tried to control his breathing. His horse, Albus, stirred under his hips. Tullus could hear […]