#MondayBlogs: One Senseless Murder Leads Us Here – NO JUSTICE – Only Revenge

One act of random violence… One senseless murder… She’s gone. Dead. And his life will never be the same.   For Michael Sykora, killing started as blind rage. Then it became something he’s good at. To most of those who know him, Michael is a software designer, a smart but average guy with a workaholic nature. To a chosen few, Michael is a part-time hit man whose specialty is eliminating hard-core criminals. Michael has managed Read More …

Killer January Giveaway! 50 Copies of NO JUSTICE For Kindle

A new year has begun! My wish for 2015 is that my characters will take over the world. We have to set big goals for ourselves, right? 🙂 To help launch my plan for world domination, I want to give away 50 Kindle copies of my novel No Justice, the first in my Michael Sykora Series. Here’s a look: For Michael Sykora, killing started as blind rage. Then it became something he’s good at. To 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 …

Black Friday Deals! Add Some Suspense To Your Holidays

It’s Black Friday week! I do the majority of my shopping online and this is the perfect time to find great deals. No crowds. No lines. I sit here in my pajamas, sipping tea and listening to music, taking my time while hunting for the perfect gift at the right price. The problem, of course, is I often find irresistible bargains for all the stuff I want – books and music. I have an Amazon Read More …

#MondayBlogs – MICHAEL SYKORA: The Hit Man You Can’t Help But Love

Michael Sykora is my beloved hit man. When I started writing No Justice, his first book, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to make him likable. In the end, I didn’t make him anything. He did that himself. And, happily, readers have responded to him much as I have. He’s our lovable killer. Today I’m sharing a snippet from No Justice, featuring one of my favorite minor characters. Her name is Ruby, and Read More …

Falling In Potholes and Climbing Mountains of Disbelief

 Writers read differently, whether we want to or not. I’ve known this for a long time. While I’m still able to lose myself in a fictional world, I’m almost always aware of little things the non-writing reader does not consciously consider. For instance, I notice an author’s word choices. I occasionally balk at the author’s choice and my mind spontaneously offers a better word for the situation. Sometimes I rewrite sentences that seem awkward, and 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 …

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 …