#FridayReads – Excerpt from CHILD’S PLAY – A Michael Sykora Novel

Two more weeks until Child’s Play is released! The anticipation is killing me!   Today I’m offering a glimpse into the story. This is the opening scene: Child’s Play Chapter One If cleanliness was next to godliness, then this place was the devil’s lair. Grime crawled across the walls, stealing nourishment from the paint and the plaster. Her red Doc Martens stuck to the threadbare carpet, as if it was trying to suck her down Read More …

Getting to Know Suspense Author Chris Patchell

Today I have an interview with suspense author Chris Patchell, creator of Deadly Lies and In the Dark. Before we get to the interview, let’s take a look a look at the books:     As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather’s cruel abuse. Now as an adult, Jill’s made it. She has a succesful career and is married to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live what seems to be a perfect Read More …

#MondayBlogs: Identity Crisis! A Writer’s Lament

Up through last year, I had written and published nine novels and one short story collection. All of those titles fall within the various suspense subgenres (romantic suspense/psychological suspense/thriller, etc.). Therefore, I am a suspense author. Right? I thought so, at least until I started writing Eli’s Coming, my newest title. Then I had a sudden identity crisis. You see, I didn’t set out to become a suspense author. I am fascinated by the light Read More …

#MondayBlogs: Cheap Thrills On Cyber Monday!

Today is the final day of my Black Friday / Cyber Monday 99 cent sale! Two of my titles are part of a big sale event put together by The Book Enthusiast. Both are suspense/thriller novels. Here’s a look: Sandman built his dubious reputation by turning the dreams and nightmares of others into harsh reality. Now he’s pursuing his own twisted dream; the beautiful Maria Milan. But she doesn’t want to become a player in Sandman’s sordid Read More …

Exposing Myself! Work-In-Progress Blog Tour

I have been tagged in the Work-In-Progress Blog Tour! I’m hoping this will force my ambition out of hiding, so that I might finally get these characters out of my head. First, thank you to Emma Gray for tagging me. Her WIP is called Power Play, and it’s the sequel to Party Games. Read her blog post – Power Play – my entry for the Work In Progress Blog Tour – for a teaser on these Read More …

New Release Review: STRANGER AT SUNSET by Eden Baylee

A vacation can be a killer. Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show. It is January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The luxury resort is struggling, not from the storm, but due to a scathing Read More …

The Factory: Fiction Inspired By Reality

I set all of my novels in areas I’ve lived in. I need that familiarity to create the realism. Setting a novel in Hawaii or Montana would be impossible for me, since I’ve never been there. Each state has it’s own unique culture, so that even states I’ve visited but haven’t lived in would be difficult to fully capture. I also like to use actual neighborhoods as a base. If you live in Massachusetts or Read More …

Review: Creatus Rogue by Carmen DeSousa (Paranormal Romantic Suspense)

Ancient myths, superheroes, vampires… Forget everything you’ve heard. For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who almost hunted them to extinction. Now, one rogue wants the world to know they exist. Victoria doesn’t want any of it; she just wants to live in peace without men–humans or creatus–messing with her head. When the rogue decides he wants her to join him, though, only one person is close enough to help her. Read More …

Torture, Square Roots, and A Hit Man With A Short Fuse

Today I’m offering a glimpse into my novel Killing Instinct, the third in my Michael Sykora Series. Sandman built his dubious reputation by turning the dreams and nightmares of others into harsh reality. Now he’s pursuing his own twisted dream; the beautiful Maria Milan. But she doesn’t want to become a player in Sandman’s sordid fantasy. Michael Sykora is a hit man who kills for justice. Sean Riley is a hit man born to kill. Read More …

Write What You Know – Or Don’t

It’s better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.  ~ L. P. Hartley Most people have heard the adage, Write what you know. This is really terrible advice, unless you plan to write a textbook. Taking this advice, I can work with facts and only facts. I know that people are more likely to keep a secret if the information is embarrassing to them. I know that a pregnant woman Read More …