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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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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Drone Takes Down ChinaAir Flight 5026

ChinaAir Flight 5026 –     Cflow darts across the intersection, squinty eyes scanning for anything unusual or out of place, his scrawny arms awkwardly laden with a large cardboard box. He spots Tabu scurrying across Av. Belo Campo from the other direction, trying to look inconspicuous, a plastic carrying case gripped firmly in his […]

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Lance Underphal Mystery Books: Research Notes

Making It Real – In one of my early forays into manuscript submission I happened upon an article by bestselling author, L. Ron Hubbard entitled Search for Research. Hubbard begins by acknowledging that all writers want to sell and write more and better stories. He proceeds to state that writers are the laziest people on […]

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The Next Excerpt From Grey Daze

Peering Into the Chasm – The third book in the Lance Underphal mystery series, Grey Daze, is another hardcore paranormal mystery novel. While still a murder mystery, it’s a very different labyrinth, indeed. Back from my editor, Linda Seed, the manuscript is deep in the editing process. Next steps are another run-through with Linda and […]

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Breakin’ for a Few FAQs

Blog Hop, You Say? –   At the risk  of severely dating myself here, the last time I did a “hop” it was a sock hop. Anyway… A new author friend of mine, James L’Etoile, graciously invited me to answer a few questions commonly asked of authors in the form of a blog hop. Who […]

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Grey Daze, A New Lance Underphal Mystery Novel – An Excerpt

Work In Progress – Grey Daze is the third book in the Lance Underphal mystery series, another hardcore paranormal mystery. Constructing mystery books is a multi-step process, requiring the attention and care of several talented people. As of this writing, I’m polishing the final draft, readying it for my first reader, my wife, Cynthia. Once […]

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wherever i may find her

wherever i may find her – passion fires her eyes – burning brighter than a thousand suns – whimsy twinkles there, too –   darting through stars to hide, then seek – a romp in golden fields, hand in hand – all wrapped up in her laughter –   siren’s song, angel’s wing, healer’s heart […]

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A Writer’s Log – The Preface

A Writer’s Log –   The idea is simple enough, yet I’ve struggled with this whole “blog” thing from the very beginning. It just never quite sat right with me. I resisted the very idea—kept asking myself what in the hell am I going to write about?   Of course, I’ve read all the advice […]

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5 Reasons Why Authors Need Editors

So Obvious It Hurts –   I made a tough decision the other day.  You see I LOVE to read a good book—nothing is more gratifying than a good story well told.  It’s what inspires me to write.  And I’m sure I’m not the first to make such a claim. Typically, I read several books […]

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