Tag Archives: Americana

Ghosts of Christmas Past — 1968: The Year I stopped Believing in Santa Claus

An Excerpt from I’ll Be Home For Christmas It was a historic year on all fronts—that started with the seizure of the USS Pueblo off North Korean coastal waters in January and culminated with the flyby of the moon by Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve. In between there was the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of […]

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Christmas Movies: Die Hard 2

What’s that? Die Hard 2 a Christmas movie? Well, it does take place around Christmas, so why not? It’s one of my perennial favorites come December. It’s also one of the best snow movies. Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite beverage and get some ready for some Christmas action, Bruce Willis style. Though I prefer […]

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas — Cover Art

My thanks again to Anna Takahashi for her awesome cover design for I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Her creative vision adds another dimension to my books. I think you’ll agree that this cover rocks!

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Yin and Yang

  “Why do you have L-O-V-E and H-A-T-E tattooed on your fingers?” Glenda asked. Nicky thought about Sarah back in Denver. She wanted to know the same thing. “Either you love someone in this world or you hate them. There is no middle. Just like there are only two choices we make in this world: […]

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How to Avoid the Self-Publishing Blues

So you’ve self-published your first, second, third, or whatever number book. As soon as you hit “enter,” “send,” or “submit” that’s when the real fun begins! I’ve recently self-published my sixth book in four years and though it might seem easier when it comes to marketing and promoting your book, there are always new challenges […]

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An Excerpt from When a Hard Rain Falls

“Halfway across the canal, he lost his footing and fell in. The water, which was cold and filled with debris, came up to his chest. He knew that in some parts of the canal, the water was over ten feet deep, but much higher now as it continued to rise and swell. He was a […]

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When A Hard Rain Falls — Published!

Take a deep breath. I’ve just published another book. When A Hard Rain Falls is now available as an eBook from Amazon and Smashwords (it will soon be available as a paperback from Createspace). This has become a fall ritual for me. Four of my six books have been published between September and December. It’s […]

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Goodbye Ice Cream Headache

Well, not exactly good-bye, but now it’s time to get ready for another journey back to the 1960s and 1970s with When A Hard Rain Falls. I feel a little sad to be moving onto the next book after having spent nearly two years writing it and promoting it. You put so much into it […]

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Coming Soon: When A Hard Rain Falls

I’m still waiting on the artwork and cover design, but in a few weeks, When A Hard Rain Falls, will be published. “Halfway across the canal, he lost his footing and fell in. The water, which was cold and filled with debris, came up to his chest. He knew that in some parts of the […]

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Ice Cream Headache now on sale at Torri’s Ice Cream Parlor

It’s not the Supreme Dairy Bar, but it’s close. Now folks in the Illinois Valley and North-Central Illinois can find copies of Ice Cream Headache at Torri’s Ice Cream Parlor in Ladd, Illinois. Although having an ice cream headache at an ice cream parlor is probably not a good thing for business, having my book […]

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