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    VENOM; Fatal Revenge, Available For FREE For A Limited Time

    Happy New Year!

    I'm celebrating my new book, VENOM; Fatal Revenge, available on Amazon and for five days only, (January 11-15) it is FREE to download! YAY!

    Don't get caught out in the cold. This is the perfect time to curl up with a warm cozy. And I am a bit prejudiced but think you'll enjoy the read.

    Betrayal and Revenge lead to murder in the charming town of Marshall, NC. When the District Attorney is found dead from multiple snakebites, the community is stunned. An off season raft guide discovers the truth. His search takes him on a rescue mission rafting the French Broad River in January, and into other dicey and dangerous situations. Jake’s off again, on again relationship with his girlfriend, Shelby, and the distractions of a flirty cafe owner, further complicate his life. Solving this mystery proves as precarious and unpredictable as the French Broad, itself.


    Oh, and after you read it, please leave a review for the book on Amazon. Thanks!

    Make it a great month,





    Writing in December


    Daisy is taking a break while I’m finishing the back matter for my latest book, VENOM, Fatal Revenge, available early in January.

    Why do I get myself so busy finishing a manuscript during the most hectic time of year?

    I did this to myself. I know that. The thing is, I believe there is a part of me that thrives on excitement, and tension, and yes chaos to an extent.

    Okay, enough self-analyzing. Anyone else out there experience this same phenomenon?




    Live well,



    Celebrating Each Step

    Sent my new manuscript to my beta readers and now am working on the back matter for my next book, VENOM; Fatal Revenge, a Novelshot, (shorter than a full-length novel) and a murder mystery. I'm excited about this book, available before Thanksgiving. Date is firming up soon. Meanwhile, I'm celebrating each step of its progress.

    So tomorrow, I'm celebrating Halloween with our two mini Schnauzers, Max and Cooper, dressed as little gentlemen.


    Six Word Stories


    WOW and DOUBLE WOW! Thank you! All 600 of you who downloaded my book, The Killer Show over Labor Day Week-end!

    Okay, now for today's post.

    There is an interesting cultural meme that limits stories to six words.
    And the example is attributed to Earnest Hemingway: “For sale, baby shoes, never worn.”

    Six words may elicit a story in my mind, or open a story, but truthfully, it does not tell the whole story.

    However, it is a challenge to carve out excess wood in our stoies, in our thinking, maybe, to get to the core of an idea.

     So, here are some off the top of my head:


    A Moment in Time

    “Cardboard sign reads, ‘work for food’.”

    “Mama opens door, soldier comes home.”

     “Family reunites, set old hurts aside.”

    “Finger marks found on pumpkin pie”

    “Puppy frightens small Halloween monster.”

    “Running scared, leaps, never looks back.”






    Mystery Stories

    “Forty foot waves silence bloodcurdling screams.”

    “A chilly moon oversees still body.”

    “On the dashboard, a severed arm.”




    From a reader: “I like different time periods, in particular, the 1800s early  And 1900s. However,  I do enjoy a modern-day setting. In this particular picture, I think it would be fun to have a modern day that somehow got mixed up in yesteryears and therefore you have your mystery. Thanks for letting us use our imaginations.” - Colleen

    Thanks Colleen, it's an interesting take, and very imaginative.



    Make it a great week.


    author The Killer Show



    The Big Ask

    A gift for you. No, not the video, although I hope you like it :-)

    I'm kicking off a FREE DOWNLOAD of my book, The Killer Show, for Labor Day Week-end, Sunday, September 3 - Wednesday, September 6.

    Do download a copy, because the Freebie ends Wednesday September 6 at mid-night.

    I'm offering The Killer Show for FREE because I need book reviews. And I want to build a fan base for my books (more books in the works)

    So PLEASE. After you've downloaded and read it, go back to the page on Amazon and write a review. THANKS! I appreciate it!

    Enjoy the video, enjoy the book, and have a fun relaxing Labor Day week-end, and make it a great week,