Friday, January 27, 2017

What's Happening

The first draft of the first Point Jove Mystery novella is nearing completion.

The next story is waiting in the wings.

All six books have been titled and outlined. All six covers have been made. A brief synopsis has been prepared for each book. Each book is a standalone, so the set can be read in any order. The novellas are connected to the Backwoods Justice Trilogy (CAPTIVITY, BETRAYAL, PAYBACK).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Free eBook

THE GHOST OF MADDEN MANOR, a short paranormal romance story, is free for a limited time.

Synopsis:

Following the untimely death of his parents, Daniel, a teenage outcast, reluctantly moves into his uncle’s home in the country where he’s left feeling even more friendless and isolated. He discovers a lonely girl is haunting the old mansion when he sees her standing at the outside entrance to the cellar. Her name is Lizze, she tells him, and this is where she stood the night she was murdered in 1897 on her seventeenth birthday.

Excerpt:

The paramedics had taken his parents to the morgue long before he stepped off the high school bus. Severe weather warning sirens echoed hollowly as they wound down. The rain had stopped but a new round of lightning raised fears of another bad storm on the horizon. Daniel walked close to the remains of his home, the roof and walls scattered about like a high-speed fan had hit a house of cards. A fierce and devastating EF-5 tornado had made a direct hit on the low-income neighborhood and completely flattened it.

He stopped and looked around, his vision blurred by heavy tears. On the ground a couple of feet beyond where the front door once stood was his father’s favorite baseball cap. He picked it up, swallowed the lump in his throat. Unzipped his backpack, and put the cap inside. The sounds of pain and misery were all around him.

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Mystery Book New Releases

THE OLD MAN by Thomas Perry

HIDDEN: A MITCHUM STORY by James Patterson

STILL LIFE (Chesapeake Valor) by Dani Pettrey

A RUSTLE OF SILK (A Gabriel Taverner Mystery) by Alys Clare

DEAD COLD BREW (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle

GRAVEYARD SHIFT (A Pepper Martin Mystery) by Casey Daniels

CLOWNFISH BLUES (Serge Storms) by Tim Dorsey

A WEE HOMICIDE IN THE HOTEL (A ScotShop Mystery) by Fran Stewart

A PUZZLE TO BE NAMED LATER (Puzzle Lady Mysteries) by Parnell Hall

MURDER ON THE MOOR (A Drew Farthering Mystery) by Julianna Deering

THE HERETIC'S CREED (An Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan Mystery) by Fiona Buckley

DEATH OF THE BIG KAHUNA (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Book 6) by Catherine Bruns

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Resolutions 2017

Last year was horrible in so many ways. It didn't end well.

Awoke to rain and dark skies on this first day of the New Year.

I can't let the doom and gloom set the tone for 2017.

Therefore, I will...

...no longer allow the negativity of 2016 to have an effect on me.

...complete the Point Jove novellas by June.

...write a mystery novel featuring Detective Northcutt from THE CAJUN GIRL.

...put a short story collection together in time for Halloween.

...spend the first six months of this year on writing.

...spend the second six months of this year on promotion.

...spend more time outdoors, less time hunkered down in my den.

...try to be happy.