Short Stories are Life (Lifer?)

Remember the horror story you lived through three years ago (or 3 months ago, 30 years ago, whatever)? Maybe everyone survived, maybe not, maybe it brought about a new normal, maybe it spawned a fresh hell. How about that past love story? Or the current one? Maybe there were or are a lot of tears…

Readers make me happy

Whether they are nieces, nephews, or friends from places 10,000 miles away, readers make me happy. And no, not only when they’re reading my books. They wouldn’t make me happy very long then, because I haven’t written many books. To me, reading, almost any genre, is a connection I feel with people. Kind of like…

Inspiration for Smugglers in Paradise series

A reader recently asked me what was the inspiration for my SMUGGLERS IN PARADISE series. This might be a good topic to talk about in a couple of blog posts. I’ll start with book one – GAME OF WIT AND CHANCE: BEGINNINGS. This story is best described as a family saga using passion and tragedy…

Eating my way through Manila

I’m spending a couple of weeks in the Philippines visiting good friends, doing research, meeting readers, and trying to get better connected. While I’m at it, I’m eating good food. I’m staying at an extremely reasonable boutique hotel in Makati, a business district in the heart of Metro Manila, that is close to some great…

Work in Progress – Zipper

Zipper refocused the dog so many times that Eagle simply stopped in the trail and looked at the dog. After a minute while the two of them stared into each other’s eyes, Eagle looked over at Zipper and shrugged. Gunny took off in the direction he’d been trying to go for the last half hour,…

Good things will come to you in due time

That was the fortune from the cookie that came with lunch today. Except when I ate the cookie it had gone soggy, either from the humidity or…I didn’t want to think about the other options. “Why can’t that good thing come right now, and be air conditioning,” I thought. Laying spread eagle on the cot…

2017 – Year of Reading Internationally

This year I made a goal of finding, learning about, and ultimately, reading stories set internationally. The only particular requirements are that the setting has to be outside of the United States and the book must be published in English. It can be written in English or translated from some other language, but since I…

Inspiration, perspiration, motivation

So much in life, that actually ends with tangible, worthwhile, output, is made up of all three of the things in the title of this post. Not necessarily in that order, or in equal parts, but in the end, all three are important. The world is full of inspiration. I find it the most readily…

Book Blurb

I’ve been working on the final draft of PSYCHOLOGY OF CHOOSING: RIVER RUNNING and I think it’s close. Here’s the latest draft of the book blurb I’ll place on the back cover. Tell me what you think. In PYSCHOLOGY OF CHOOSING: RIVER RUNNING, book 3 in the Smugglers in Paradise series, the chase comes full…

One Fish, Two Fish, Big Fish, Little Fish: Silver Dawn

Released on June 5, 2016, One Fish, Two Fish, Big Fish, Little Fish: Silver Dawn is the second book in the Smugglers in Paradise series, a family saga pitting brother against brother and following several generations of the Ramos family from Portland to Southeast Asia and back again. To order the Amazon Kindle or paperback…