BOOK REVIEW: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

There are times when you start reading a book without knowing what to expect. Such was the case with D.E. Night’s young adult (YA) fantasy book, The Crowns of Croswald. It was familiar yet wholly new at the same time – and it turned into an energetic, comfortable reading experience. This review comes from aContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night”

Read an excerpt from Call Down the Thunder: A crime novel by Dietrich Kalteis

Dietrich Kalteis has produced another gem with his latest historical crime novel, “Call Down the Thunder,” out this month from ECW Press. Read the description below followed by an excerpt of the novel courtesy of ECW. Find your copy here! Amazon.com description: Sonny and Clara Myers struggle on their Kansas farm in the late 1930s,Continue reading “Read an excerpt from Call Down the Thunder: A crime novel by Dietrich Kalteis”

BOOK REVIEW: Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien a tasty recipe for clever mysteries

I dove into Dim Sum of All Fears (the second in the Noodle Shop Mystery series) and found a gem in the contemporary cozy mystery scene. The first in the series, Death by Dumpling, will now be my second to get me back on track with these remarkable stories. That makes sense, right? This deliciousContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien a tasty recipe for clever mysteries”

Michael Newton – a chat with an amazing author

Michael Newton is one of the hardest working writers in the industry. He’s published more than 335 books, some under a different name, including The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, a number of fiction series such as the M.I.A. Hunter, The Gun westerns, and plenty more. His work in non-fiction is as prolific as his workContinue reading “Michael Newton – a chat with an amazing author”

Top 5 Haunted Monterey County – Surprises

There’s definitely a top five when it comes to the most haunted spots in Monterey County, but that’s not what I’m writing about today. Instead, I’m going to get a little personal. I’m going to delve into my thoughts on banging out my upcoming book, Haunted Monterey County (coming October 2019 from The History Press).Continue reading “Top 5 Haunted Monterey County – Surprises”

A lil’ Spider Man story in 101 words

My 101-word short story, The Sticky Drunk, was a runner up in the Monterey Weekly’s recent short fiction contest. And they used a sentence from another entry in another section, which I found pretty cool. Read all the stories here!

October events!

(Sept. 24, 2018) Look for some cool events this October on the Monterey Peninsula. Cool for writers and fans of the written, and spoken, word at least. And who isn’t a fan of that? October 21 – I’ll be joining a number of authors in Carmel on Sunday, October 21, from 1-3 p.m. for aContinue reading “October events!”

Dietrich Kalteis on Poughkeepsie Shuffle

“Poughkeepsie Shuffle weaves a violent tale about banged up people with hearts full of rust. Crossing the border between bleak and bleaker, Kalteis effortlessly shifts gears from broken dreams to petty schemes with a rhythmic voice that’s all his own. If you read one book about gun smuggling, used car sales and hair restoration thisContinue reading “Dietrich Kalteis on Poughkeepsie Shuffle”

American Static: interview with Author Tom Pitts

Some writers are like doctors. They have the stuff you need right when you need it most. Tom Pitts is an author like that. Having read American Static at a time when I was thirsty for a blast of literary danger, the book was like the tall beer Tom’s holding in his author photo. ItContinue reading “American Static: interview with Author Tom Pitts”