Tag Archives: thriller

That’s My Favorite

You know what’s really fun? No, not that. I was in a local bookstore to finalize some arrangements on an upcoming book signing and a woman came up the counter carrying a few mystery novels in her arms.  She asked for recommendations on similar titles. I struck up a conversation with her about mysteries and […]

The After Life

I have this new story idea bouncing around in my head.  It refuses to leave me alone.  The damned thing left a ransom note in a dusty corner of my brain, threatening to hold my attention hostage until I do something. So, here goes…the background. During the years I worked inside maximum security prisons, I […]

Readers Know Best

You release your hand-fed, carefully crafted book out into the wilds and you’re bound to get feedback.  Reviews, critiques and comments from readers come in different flavors – Loved it, Hated it, or the worst feedback of all, the sound of crickets. By the time your book hits the streets, at least a dozen sets […]

Don’t Let the Y.A. Label Fool You

I had the chance to read a Y.A. paranormal novel, The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos.  I’ve known Brenda for years and much to my embarrassment, I hadn’t read her work.  We write two different types of fiction.  I write crime and thriller novels like Little River and she creates paranormal beings living in with […]

You Are What You Read

When did choosing a literary genre become so difficult? In the “olden days” of books, there were vast collections of works contained within a single place. The Library.  In this mystical building, there existed a structure, a set of expectations to guide those who sought out new tales and adventures.  All books were created along […]

The Stuff That Binds

You need something to bind your story together. No I’m not talking about adding more fiber to your literary diet.  What I’m talking about is the thing that makes your story stand out in a field of similar work.  There are a finite number of story lines and when you filter down to stories within […]

Little River Giveaway Coming Soon!

I’m planning a giveaway to celebrate the release of the print edition of Little River, a human trafficking thriller set in Jamaica. Little River is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Ingram connected bookstores everywhere. I want to thank everyone for their encouragement and support during the e-book’s release and to celebrate this milestone […]

Little River Print Release & Cover Reveal

The e-book version of Little River has been out for a few months and I’m extremely grateful for the support and encouragement from readers and other writers.  Now it’s time for the next step, gearing up for the print release. The date has not been etched in stone, but it is coming on me fast. […]

Sneak Peek

This week, I’ve been hip-deep in revisions and rewrites for a new novel.  Like Little River, this new work also deals with trafficking, but this time, the trafficking takes a different form – the black market in human organs. I think we’ve all heard the urban legends of unsuspecting victims regaining consciousness in an ice-filled […]

Will New Human Trafficking Laws Make A Difference?

When I wrote Little River, my human trafficking thriller, I was struck by how the Jamaican government responded to the issue of human trafficking on their island nation.  Silence. With the disappearance of Natalee Holloway from Aruba, in May 2005,  media accounts of the search, reports of the girl’s last known location and focus on […]