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Sunday sample: Activist

Enjoy this excerpt for the long weekend, from Torn Roots Hawaiian Storm Mystery #1 Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Rowan paused her tirade to let the members behind her take up a chant. “Maui shores for Maui! We don’t want offshore cash. Maui shores for Maui! We don’t need offshore land grabbers.” A good crowd had gathered. […]

Summer solstice sample

A special celebration from 1,428 years ago The Bones of the Earth, Part 1: Initiation Rites For the first day of summer, the summer solstice, here is a sample from another summer solstice, which I described in The Bones of the Earth, Part 1: Initiation Rites. This scene takes place on the night before 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 […]

Dead Man Lying cover

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 […]

The Serpent

A Sunday sample from The Children of the Seventh Son The new Dark Age novel Coming Friday, the 13th of November Javor’s left hand found a place to grasp in the soft, crumbling sandstone. His boot slipped once, then caught on the cliff face and he pulled himself up, over a lip of stone onto […]

When trees explode, duck

“Steven Sangster. I can’t believe I’m investigating his death. Did you like his music, Detective Ferreira?” “Call me Lani. Yeah, I had one of Steven Sangster’s albums as a girl. I loved trying to figure out the hidden meanings in the words. Did you like him, too?” Vanessa could not repress a smile. “I was […]

Cover image for Under the Nazi Heel

It’s a tough time to get through, but we have gotten through tough times before. And a sense of humour never hurts. So in the spirit of the day, here’s an excerpt from Under the Nazi Heel, Book 2 of the Eastern Front Trilogy. In this, Maurice shows how his sense of humour was irrepressible. […]

Enjoy an author's reading during isolation

The covid-19 pandemic is changing everything. Staying indoors, staying two metres from other people, cancelling events … on one hand, I don’t really mind more opportunity to sit in front of my computer. On the other hand, I am missing some friends and colleagues. And I understand how boring it can be to hear only […]

Six-sentence Sunday: Philip and the dragon

From Part 3 of The Bones of the Earth As I mentioned in a few earlier posts, I am reposting samples from my original blog (way back on Blogger), with six-sentence samples posted on Sundays. These come from my first-published novel, The Bones of the Earth. The dragon opened its mouth, revealing terrible, long, pointy […]