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Ukrainian woman in front of crowd with Ukrainian flags, holding yellow sign reading "Stop Putin."

As winter teases us here in Ottawa, snowing and freezing and then treating us to warm sunshine, followed by freezing rain, I think of the looming winter in Ukraine. People there facing sub-zero temperatures without electricity, gas, or even running water. Yet the Ukrainian people continue to defy the Russian invasion. They’re committed to resisting, […]

The second episode is LIVE!

Beyond Barbarossa, episode 2: The twisted, evil, inside-out rom-com That’s right. My venture into the world of podcasting is not a one-time leap. The second episode is now live on all the major podcasting platforms: Apple, Google, Spotify, Stitcher and more. Soon, I’ll write a post about my learning curve. But first, I have to […]

Preview: Beyond Barbarossa

We have a trailer! You can now listen to a preview of the upcoming podcast, Beyond Barbarossa: The history of the Eastern Front of World War II. It’s available on Apple Podcasts , Amazon Music/Audible and the Podbean and Listen Notes apps, and soon will be on Google Play, Spotify, TuneIN + Alexa, iHeartRadio, PlayerFM, […]

It's alive!

Help spread the word about the Kickstarter campaign for Beyond Barbarossa and win prizes The fundraising campaign to support the start-up costs for the upcoming podcast is now live on Kickstarter, and I’m asking for your help to spread the word. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform, where interested people can contribute money to pay for […]

It's been a productive pandemic—I mean, summer

Without belittling the importance of the COVID-19 pandemic, I can say that I’ve had a productive few months. Since March, I have: finished the second Dark Age novel, The Children of the Seventh Son rewritten the second Hawaiian Storm full-length novel, Dead Man Lying outlined a completely new novel, a near-future dystopian thriller. What you […]

Do you love geography?

One of the best things about being a fiction writer is the ability to set stories literally anywhere on earth, in space, on other worlds and in world that never existed outside of your own imagination. For me, that means I can choose a setting at geographically interesting places. I’ve always loved maps. I must […]

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. […]

I wonder if this is how Europeans felt in 1331

Covid-19 is far from the first pandemic the world has faced. The bubonic plague first emerged in history during the sixth century CE. Called the Plague of Justinian, it spread rapidly around the Mediterranean, the Eastern Roman Empire and the Sassanian Empire, killing off an estimated one-third of the population. Some estimates put the death […]