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If you’re interested in what I am working on right now, take a jump over to my Nanowrimo project page. And be sure to stop back here this weekend for the release of Magic Ain’t a Game, if you haven’t already put it on preorder!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

Last week, I was listening to the audiobook for The Sound of Broken Glass, book 15 in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels series by Deborah Crombie. I think that I may have read a book or two in this series before, but I’m not sure. There is definitely enough backstory included in the book that you are not last as to what the people’s relationships and histories are. As with most mysteries or police procedurals, they are episodic and you can ju…


Leon Mostert lived many lives before he became JC Ryan, the best-selling author of spellbinding archaeological mysteries and action-adventure thriller novels.

Born and bred in Namibia, with Afrikaans as his first language, Leon served in the military for seven years before a crippling back injury forced a change in careers. Returning to university to study law, Leon ran his own private practice for more than 15 years, before moving first to New Zealand in 1997 and to the Gold Coast in 2008 working as an IT project manager.

Living on the Gold Coast and working in Brisbane, it was the commute into the city that finally did it; the same train trip, day in day out for ten years. He knew he had to keep his mind occupied.

“I always wanted to write but never saw myse…


Father’s Day is coming! How about some books to celebrate dads?

Many of the characters in my books are or were street kids and/or foster kids and they tend to have abusive or absent fathers. So I thought I would highlight a couple of them who had good relationships with their dads. I have also pulled together a sampling of other books showcasing good father/child relationships. I hope you find something here that you like!

Making Her Mark

Secrets and lies.

When everything changed, Kelli thought she would be happy. But nothing really changed.

Kelli’s life has never been easy. She’s always faced her problems head on. She’s strong and savvy and in charge of herself. All of that is about to change.

Her life is turned upside down when she discovers the secret that her mother has been…


Did you get a chance to download some freebies over the weekend? Have you put in your preorder for Skunk Man Swamp? Reg Rawlins is back in book #10 in the series. A trip to the Everglades leads to some interesting discoveries!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I recently finished The Silent Patient, a psychological suspense/domestic thriller by Alex Michaelides. I would definitely go on to read more by Michaelides. I noticed that there are several one-star reviews at the top of the Amazon page, which is really too bad. The book has over 76,000 ratings with an over 4.5 star average and only 2% one-star reviews and it spent a year on the NYT bestseller list, so don’t get the idea that it isn’t a good book…


This is the first post in which talented authors share some experiences in producing their tales as an audiobook. I’ve been privileged to work with  fabulous folks from all corners, and I hope this small series will encourage fellow authors to engage with a crucial market niche and win new customers. Listeners too may enjoy hearing about how the tale-tellers made their way to and through audio. As I bring one of their stories to your ears, here perhaps are more for your eyes.

Part the First: How It’s Going

This post features two writers who either hired or have me at present (May ’21) on their latest project. I asked certain things in common to all my authors to help set their context. Following that, some questions about their unique journey and opinions.

Dave Ashmore, Taking Care of …


Have you picked up a copy of my most recent release yet? Hot on the Trail Mix, #15 in the Auntie Clem’s Bakery series is now available!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I have been fascinated with reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It is full of amazing and heartbreaking stories of injustice, with lots of details about the changes in the law over the decades, statistics, and how these changes to the justice system have worked or not worked to the advantage of the poor, marginalized, and disadvantaged.

I was struck within the first few lines of Just Mercy about the similarities between it and Grisham’s A Time for Mercy, which I just finished reading. Both are about young lawyers working on innocenc…


I hope you saw Reading for Celiac Disease Awareness last week. If not, take a look at the information and resources attached to that post. Pick up a few books, fiction and non-fiction, to learn more about this autoimmune disorder and the impact it can have on sufferers lives.

Be sure to pop back in this weekend for my new release!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

It’s actually a couple of weeks since I read The Atlantis Complex, but the book I read last was pretty much a waste of time, so I am posting a teaser for Atlantis instead.

I have read a couple of other books in Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series. It is a middle grade fantasy/sci-fi adventure series that is just a lot of fun to read. If you’re…


Are you Reading Your Way Through May? I hope you have picked up some of the books on my reading list. If not, click through and take a look. There might just be something that you are interested in. I’ll be writing on Celiac Disease Awareness month later on this week—good reason to join Erin Price in her specialty bakery!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I am currently reading You Are Not Alone, a psychological thriller by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Both have at least a couple of other books under their belts, and you can tell. You Are Not Alone is a slow-burn as Shay Miller finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into the plot of the Moore sisters. An innocent bystander, Shay has no idea what …


A bookstore owner who used to be an elite government agent working on deadly covert missions. She has left all that behind and become someone else, found a new, fulfilling life, even a new family. Then, when least expected, her past comes knocking on the door with an order to kill her.

Eric J. Gates recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest anthology collection, DEATH MASK: Now released as the first book in a new series.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

The Notorious Minds box set contains 20 original crime, mystery, and thriller tales that explore many different manifestations of the thriller genre. My own contribution, DEATH MASK, is a techno-thriller which examines the precipitous use of cutting-edge technology by the intelligence comm…