What the Hell is a Tarantula Hawk?

A Big Bad Black Bitch –   Tarantula Hawk:  The largest of the wasps, bluish-black with Halloween orange wings.  The female wasp’s stinger is typically 1/3 of an inch long and next to the bullet ant, it has the most painful sting of ANY insect. A native of the southwestern desert, the tarantula hawk stalks, […]

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Cut-Throat Syndrome – Let Slip the Dogs of War

The Spoils of War – In Editing Hell for the past several weeks, I’m roughly three-quarters of the way through the first full edit, constantly reminding myself it WILL be worth it. So far, so good. Cut-Throat Syndrome, the fourth book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series, polishes up nicely. Busy fine-tuning its cross-genre premise, […]

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Five Tips (Minus 4) for Would-be Bestselling Writers

Writing Fiction – Looked simple enough. Write a mystery novel. Hire an agent. Get published. Find a writer’s retreat in the woods or by the sea, and do nothing but write. As it turns out, that’s a fine piece of fiction all by itself. Makes you wonder how Hemmingway did it. But then, he committed […]

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Cut-Throat Syndrome – An Excerpt

In the Works – Cut-Throat Syndrome, the fourth book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series, turns international thriller. Since its conception, its cross-genre premise morphed into a very different animal. It delves into the Dark Web, hacking, terrorism, and the CIA, while still heavily relying on its paranormal murder mystery roots. With the first draft […]

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5 Tips on How to Avoid Bad Books –

Busted – Okay, I confess . . . I did it . . . I bought bad books. Worse, as professional writer I know better. No Bad Books, or Are There? As an avid reader and prolific writer, I’m frequently conflicted when it comes to reading the work of other fiction authors. My initial reaction […]

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Book Review – Joe R. Lansdale’s The Thicket

An Ocean of Books, But . . .   Last book review I posted was  more than two years ago. You may well wonder, did he quit writing book reviews, or stop reading altogether. Although I’m busier these days, I haven’t changed my policy on reviewing books (see earlier blog). I do it only when […]

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End of an Era, and It’s About Damn Time –

It happened in the music business, it’s in full swing in the publishing business, and it’s building a head of steam in the entertainment industry of movies and TV. The era of the manufactured/exploited superstar is coming to a close. A handful of superstars, as well as all the mindless middlemen and bloodsucking control freaks […]

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Broken –

An American Dream by Michael Allan Scott   WARNING This short story contains potentially disturbing content. If the violence of war upsets you, please don’t read it.   Behind the wind’s sigh I hear her calling, faint but clear through the chilled night air. I scramble out of the ditch at a glimpse of headlights […]

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Writing—Everybody’s Doing it! So Can You

Everybody’s Doing It – I saw a statistic in a recent blog – “85% of readers dream of publishing their own book.” This may or may not be accurate, but I wouldn’t be surprised. The trick on this planet is turning a dream into reality. Most of us are here to do just that—turn dreams […]

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