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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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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One More Grey Daze Excerpt

Pounding on the Publisher’s Door – Grey Daze, the third book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series, spins a murder into new realms of gritty realism, paranormal mystery, and international intrigue. Lance and friends ride a wild underworld roller coaster, slammed through ups and downs as they face drug dealers, corrupt police, and a gunrunning […]

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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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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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Tarantula Hawk Ascending

Flight of the Tarantula Hawk – A Lance Underphal Mystery –   Flight of the Tarantula Hawk, the next of the mystery books featuring that reluctant psychic, Lance Underphal, is back from my Alpha Readers and about ready to go to the publisher.   The book’s cover art is done and already with my publisher, […]

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The Art of the Book Cover

The Art of the Book Cover – Book cover art has a long illustrious history, dating back to the very first books.  An integral part of books, cover art and book illustration combine with the written word to provide a more complete reader experience. Art is in the Eye of the Beholder – How we […]

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To Masturbate Or Not To Masturbate, That Is The Question

Gored by the Horns of a Dilemma – Last night, when I pushed back from my latest manuscript in progress, I left my character dangling, somehow incomplete.  She’s not as well developed as she could be and I’m three quarters of the way through.  I need to express her more fully, as a real person.  […]

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Dark Pieces of a Paranormal Mystery

Flight of the Tarantula Hawk is the next in the Lance Underphal mystery series.  As mystery stories go, it is a dark atmospheric tale of paranormal twists.  Flavored with intense images, it is presented in a style I’ve dubbed Noir Nouveau.  The following excerpts are a just taste.   Pieces of Nightmares –   Beware, […]

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