Banner featuring cover images of books: Open Season, Stalking Season, and Desperate Season. All feature Dallas downtown skylines, with a Dallas police badge and yellow crime-scene tape.

Hello, and welcome to my website. Feel free to scout around the site where you can read my BLOG , as well as find more information about me, my services and my BOOKS. For those needing editorial help with a manuscript, you can find my rates, as well as experience and references, by clicking on  EDITORIAL SERVICES.

I love to support other authors on my blog with reviews and guest posts. Those reviews cover fiction and nonfiction, and authors can find details here at REVIEW GUIDELINES.

I started writing with a pen and paper those many moons ago before computers, but I rarely used a pen as fine as the one below. Common writing utensils consisted of stubs of pencils my kids left scattered around the house, or ball-point pens with an ad for A-One Plumbing emblazoned on them. Still, I wrote, and continue to write. If we writers were in it solely for the money, most of us would be losers. I am not a loser. It’s that heart-to-heart connection we make with people who read our words that is success.

Old-fashioned fountain pen.

A New Contest

I’m one of the sponsors of this contest from BookSweeps, and entering is really easy. Just follow the sponsoring authors to have your name tossed in the hat. First place winner gets a new eReader, plus a free copy of the 40 books offered by sponsoring authors. Second place winner gets all the books. What a deal!

Graphic for Thriller Book Giveaway. Man with a black fedora blocking part of his face on the right. Wordage: Follow me to win thriller & crime novels you'll love.

By entering, you have a chance to win a copy of Brutal Season, the fourth installment in the Seasons Mystery Series, as well as books from some of my favorite authors who write crime fiction, like Stephen Puleston, E.J. Simon, and N.L Hinkens.

Enter the Booksweeps Contest

Ends June 7. Good luck!

New From Next Chapter Publishing

Next Chapter has created a merchandising arm of the company, offering mugs, totes, playing cards, notebooks, and more, all specific to a single book title. Click here to see all the merchandise with artwork from Evelyn Evolving, Beyond The Crack in the Sidewalk, and my other books, as well as some from other authors. If I had more wall space in my home I’d get a poster of Beyond the Crack in The Sidewalk. I loved the art work the minute I saw the first draft of the cover.

There’s a new link to sample and buy the Spanish edition of the book. If that’s your language of choice, check it out for yourself or as a gift.

Cover image for the book, Beyond the Crack in the Sidewalk. Cracked concrete has flowers growing out of the  cracks.

Thank You Readers

Recently I connected on Twitter with John, an avid reader who is part of a bookish group in St. Louis that supports authors, buying books and donating them to the St. Louis library. He bought a paperback copy of Stalking Season, and I sent him a signed bookplate. In return, he showed me a picture that he’d taken of what I’d sent and gave permission for me to share it here.

Array of pages. One shows a bird. Another an opened envelope. A third has notes.

What I said to John in the note is that readers like him are what keeps authors writing, and I treasure his support as well as all the others I receive.


What author wouldn’t be thrilled to get this note from a reader?

“I have read thousands of books in the past and thought that your books were as good and even better than any other that I have read.”

What a terrific endorsement.
Happy readers make happy writers.

Thanks for visiting and please do come back again!

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