Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Book Sale!!

With today being the start of Easter holiday weekend, I thought I would have a little sale.  From now until Monday, April 1st, the Kindle versions of my books are reduced to $.99.  That is $2.00 off the regular price.  If you have a Kindle from Amazon.com, this is your chance to get a really good deal on all three of my books.  Get them now!

The Case Files of Doyle & McCraken

BLACK and WHITE and DEAD ALL OVER

DEADLINES

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

First Draft of "Synchronicity" Is Complete!

I just finished the first draft of the latest book that I have been working on.  It is still in the very early stages, and needs a lot of editing and rewriting.  But, it is nice to have the first draft done.  The new book will be called Synchronicity.  It is my first attempt at something in the supernatural genre.  There is still a couple of months worth of work before it is complete, but to wet your appetite, I thought I would post just a few quick paragraphs from Synchronicity.  Instead of grabbing the first few paragraphs, I decided to take something from the middle of the book.  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Book Review: "A Bitter Frost" by Christine Schulden

As I mentioned earlier, my cousin, Christine Schulden recently published her first book called A Bitter Frost.  I finished reading it last week and I thought I would post a few thoughts.  I will try not to be bias since she is my cousin.  

The book focuses on Laurel Frost, the wife of a prominent local lawyer.  To the rest of the world, Laurel appears to have the perfect life, with a perfect home on plenty of land, influential friends, country club membership, nice car, and everything else that comes with a privileged life of luxury.  But, behind closed doors, things are very different.  Laurel is tormented in her own home by an unknown intruder who tosses books from shelves, moves furniture, breaks dishes, and shatters mirrors.  No matter how hard she tries, she can't make anyone believe that someone else is doing these things.  Laurel is desperate to expose the truth, which leads her down a path that could turn deadly.

Now, I don't normally read books from the paranormal genre.  I am more of a good old "murder, follow the clues, catch the murderer" type reader.  But, I have to admit that Christine pulled me in with her story from the first chapter.  The character development was thorough, making you really start to care about Laurel and what is happening to her.  Although it is a long book, I found myself not wanting to stop reading for fear of missing some important detail.  And speaking of details, Christine does a nice job of setting each scene with enough detail to give a clear visual picture of the surroundings.

I won't give anything away, but the final plot twist in the last chapter left me stunned.  All in all, a very enjoyable read.

The book is available from Amazon.com is paperback and Kindle formats.  Click here for more details.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Congress ... Nothing More Than a Room Full of Idiots


I try not to get political on my blog, but today I just have to speak up.  If you have watched the news any time in the past few weeks, you will know that the so-called "Sequester" has arrived.  This means large spending cuts in the federal budget for the United States.  I am in favor of spending cuts in order to lower the deficit.  I'm not necessarily in favor of arbitrary cuts that are not carefully analyzed for their impact.  But, this is not about the sequester.  This is about the incompetence and ineptitude of the United States government.

For weeks, I have watched as the Democrats and Republicans spent all of their time pointing fingers and blaming everyone but themselves for the sequester.  Instead of sitting down at a table and come up with solutions, they would rather try to protect their own skin by casting blame on others.  The Senate blames the House.  The House blames the Senate.  Congress blames Obama, and Obama blames the Congress.  Republicans blame Democrats, and Democrats blame Republicans.  It is an endless loop in what has become par for the course in Washington.