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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Channeling Poe

Dragging the Past Into the Present, Kicking and Screaming – Widely considered the father of mysteries in English literature, Edgar Allan Poe died destitute at a relatively young age—his work hardly recognized for what it is today. If you haven’t already partaken, you may sample one of Poe’s renowned mystery stories here:  The Murders in […]

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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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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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Book Review – The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers

Knowledge Is Power –   In today’s rapidly changing, highly competitive publishing industry authors need all the help they can get.  And to her credit, Barb Drozdowich has done all authors, including us mystery authors, an incredible favor, empowering us with her knowledge, wisdom and experience. I’ve had the exceptional pleasure of working with Barb […]

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The Art of Song – Three Magicians

Storytelling with Melody and Lyrics –   Throughout history singer/songwriters have been weaving their magic for anyone and everyone who will listen.  Minstrels wandering the roads of medieval  Europe, troubadours kept at Court, buskers and rock stars, they all have a story to tell.   A Penny for a Song— Today, the best of the […]

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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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