Win a FREE Signed Copy of Instrument of the Devil

Check out my new podcast at Golden State Media Concepts and enter to win a free signed copy of Instrument of the Devil. Just share their link on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and you could win. Book reviewer Sarah Meckler and I talk about Montana, mentoring young writers, and why the Hungry Horse Dam makes a great setting for a crime.

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Imagine Life Without Electricity

We flip a switch and take for granted the lights work. But what if you flipped the switch and nothing happened? Headlines in the New York Times , PBS, Reuters, and other media just announced Russian hackers penetrated computers that control the US power grid. We could be keystrokes away from total darkness. Truth and fiction merge in my thriller Instrument of the Devil when a terrorist infiltrates Montana’s Hungry Horse Dam in his quest to bring down the electrical…

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Curious about Kindle Scout?

UPDATE: As of 4/3/18, Kindle Scout is no longer accepting submissions. An interesting experiment but, sadly, it didn’t survive.     Kindle Scout is a different route to publishing your book. It’s an ongoing contest sponsored by Amazon similar to “American Idol.” Readers sample excerpts of books online and nominate those they’d like to see published. A cool bonus: if you nominate a book that “wins” a contract, you receive that eBook for FREE. Scout veterans Debbie Burke and Betty Kuffel will walk…

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The Kill Zone Blog Wins Award

For fans and writers of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, The Kill Zone is a terrific online hangout. Eleven bestselling authors rotate daily posts. The archives add up to a master course in crime writing. You never know what surprises you’ll find at TKZ.  Sue Coletta described allowing herself to be sealed in a metal barrel to research how her fictional victim would feel; Joe Hartlaub recounted his meeting with the legendary Fats Domino; John Gilstrap gave me chills when he wrote about his visit at age 18…

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Happy 92nd Birthday

Today would have been the 92nd birthday of my adopted mother, Ruth. Although we weren’t related by blood, she was always the mother of my heart. From my earliest years, she taught me the values of kindness, patience, loyalty, and forbearance, not by lectures but by her daily example. Her patience exceeded that of anyone I’ve ever known. She showed unwavering kindness in the face of cruelty. She quietly went about her life doing good works, not expecting rewards or…

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Valentine Treat with Zero Calories

  Looking for a Valentine’s Day treat with no sugar, fat, or harmful preservatives? And a bargain too? Amazon bestselling women’s adventure book Instrument of the Devil is on sale for only $0.99 from February 7 to 14, 2018. Download to your Kindle or other device or send it as a non-fattening gift to a reading friend. Here’s the link. Guaranteed to go down easier than M&Ms without adding pounds or inches.  

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You Never Forget Your First Time

  It was magical, exciting, more thrilling than I’d ever dreamed of…… No, not that! I’m talking about my first time as the featured author at a book club. Recently, I reconnected with a Zumba class I hadn’t seen for a year. In catch-up conversation, I mentioned my novel had been published. Joan kindly announced my news to the group who warmly congratulated me. Then she added, “I’m in a book club. Would you like to speak to us in…

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99 Cent Book Sale for January

With the country gripped by the Big Chill, now is the perfect time to curl up with a new book…and my thriller Instrument of the Devil   just happens to be on sale for only 99 cents during January. Here’s the link to Amazon along with a short video teaser.    

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Five New Year’s Tips to Overcome Butt-in-Chair Syndrome

The writer’s job is to plunk our butts in chairs and produce words day in, day out. As a result, posture suffers, eyes blur, brains fog, carpals cramp, and rear ends keep getting wider. In extreme cases, Butt-in-Chair Syndrome leads to the dreaded Dead Butt Syndrome (you can’t make this stuff up!).           Here’s a countdown of five easy tips to counteract the occupational hazards of professions requiring seat time: #5 – Breathe Sitting hunched over a…

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