Work, Work, Work

I am writing and staying very busy with it. Just wanted to let everyone know that if you want to comment, you’ll have to register now. Too much spam being caught by Akismet. I’d rather be writing than sorting through the spam. If you register and you have legitimate comments, your comment will be posted. Otherwise, it won’t get through.

I truly enjoy hearing comments from readers and I take those seriously. Thanks.

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Really getting close to the end!

This book is wearing me out. And I thought the killer was evil in The 13th Victim. I will be so glad to get this one off to the publisher!

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Broken Rainbow

Broken Rainbow has begun now that Bell Park is out in the world. Broken Rainbow is the second volume in the Taliaferro Chronicles and some of the characters have already started to creep me out.

Some of the characters from The 13th Victim have returned and some have not. Some of the ones who have returned have undergone some startling changes. Well, at least things I didn’t expect. But then, these guys are always surprising me.

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Kindle Version Now Live

The Kindle Version of Bell Park was released today. The paper version won’t be out for another week or two. You can find the Kindle version here.

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Bell Park Sample Chapters are Here!

Click on the Bell Park link for the first two chapters of the novel! The Kindle Version at Amazon should be available in the next few days, with the print copy available shortly thereafter. Hope you enjoy it!

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A Short Interlude

Spending the week at Hatteras Island taking a much needed rest after the last two books and putting the polishing touches on Bell Park before my publisher officially sends it to press. Love it here. Sitting on the house deck, watching the ocean beyond the dunes and swimming has been heavenly and just what I needed.

I’ll be going back to start a book tour for The 13th Victim so I think this rest will serve me well before I hit the road. Hope to meet some of you out there!

Oh, and a few last things. I’ve had a few requests for the full four hour list of music I listened to while writing Victim. E-mail me or leave a comment if you’d like a copy of the list.

And finally, a very sad good-bye to Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band. He will be missed by many.

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I danced with my wee child to this song. I danced with my lover. I sometimes just sat back, closed my eyes & danced in my head with the song.

Nothing to do with writing, but a lot to do with how music, how this song in particular can break your heart just by allowing it to fill so full with love and pain and hope.

Mr. Clemons, you have no idea how your solo in this song changed so many of us. Be well.


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What I’ve Been Listening To as I Write

Found a little widget at Amazon that I placed over on the sidebar where I listed just 12 songs of the over 4 hour playlist I listened to while writing the last few months. The four hour length for my actual list often served as a good indicator to me that I need to take a break. LOL.

Anyway, some of the songs you’ll like, some maybe you won’t. Just giving you an idea of how I tune out the world in order to enter the one inside my head. The songs and artists are eclectic, to say the least, but they were ones that I heard somewhere and sort of stuck.

Some of them came from songs on Amazon’s freebie list and some from albums on their reduced price for an hour or so list. I bought some of the albums for just $5 and some I paid the full price.

It doesn’t matter anyway since I stopped counting my albums, 45s, & 78s (yes, I have those, too) after awhile. (Yard sales and flea markets are the best place to find the old stuff.)

They’re mostly vinyl – yes, I love the analog sound of vinyl. What makes it possible is a turntable that plugs into my computer and I can put almost anything from a 1920s Sophie Tucker song to a favorite new one & listen to them uninterrupted. Having very large back-up hard drive helps, too.

The songs will probably change with the beginning of the second book in the Taliaferro Chronicles because it follows two men who kill together from the 70s to the present (yeah, a clue for you who are looking for info on the second Taliaferro book), but the current list is just a sample of what I listed to while writing The 13th Victim and Bell Park.

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Autographed Copies

If you would like to receive an autographed copy of The 13th Victim, contact me at for more information.

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The Tough Part

I just finished a section near the end of Bell Park that may have been one of the hardest things I’ve ever written. If you read the book when it comes out later this summer, you’ll know the section I’m talking about. Part of it is based on a real event that happened to my grandmother, Bess, who told me about it one evening many years ago. I never knew why she chose to confide in me that particular pain. Perhaps through this book her pain will not be forgotten.

Placing the character in that situation gave me a greater respect for the hard life my grandmother lived. You don’t grow up in Appalachia and have an easy life, but her life, my God, how she could have gone through that. I don’t know that I could have.

It’s so easy to think of our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents as the rather flat, one-sided people we grow up knowing, but I learned more about how we perceive our families from her and that was a gift I hope I have learned to translate into the characters of the books I write.

People cannot be contained. Each of us find our own way, I suppose. And sometimes it feels as if it is more than can be borne, but it must.

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