Friday, January 10, 2020


Over the last few months I've spent a lot of time pulling together an updated version of the award winning book The Cherry Pickers. This story, which takes place in 1956 in the cherry growing region of Michigan near Traverse City, is both the story of teenager who is suddenly faced with a summer of difficult life lessons, family challenges, and the realization that people are not always what you think they are.

Howie Smith, our protagonist, lives in Chicago but spends his summers on his grandparents cherry farm. It is the farm his father grew up on. Howie and his younger brother Bill, take advantage of the farm, the woods "down below," and Lake Michigan. The reader is transported back to time of innocence, love, hate, illness, a gay uncle, and a family living on the edge.

The 1950s were a time of the Cold War, nuclear safety lessons, migrant workers, and bigotry. Just ten years from the end of World War II, the family must still live through the losses that war brought to the Smith family.

This is their story and it is your story; it is a visit to an America now lost, and it is a story of love and changes -- and love comes in many forms. Walk the streets of the village of Elk River, swim in the crystal clear lake water, feel the sand in your toes and the summer heat on your back. Think of your first cigarette and maybe your first love. It is all here.

A Review:
I haven’t read such an enjoyable book in a long time. I can’t even recall the last time or what that book even was (maybe as far back as the first Harry Potter releases …)!

With the first paragraph, I was transported to the main character’s perspective. This is a coming-of-age story like no other. In a world where the popular stories are of other genres or sub genres such as dystopian tales, horror/vampire/faux erotica, vapid love stories, and gory mysteries, I sat enthralled to the very end.

As I watched the countdown decrease, I began to not want to finish the book so quickly. There’s always a let-down when one finishes a really good book, and I dreaded it.

Available as an ebook and paperback through Amazon. Just click on the book cover or the one to the right and it will take you to the site.


Monday, December 2, 2019



I hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas, a warm holiday season, and a Happy New Year.

It has been an exciting year. I published three books during the first half and have written two drafts of new novels and I am well into the final draft of the third book in the Alex Polonia series. We are hoping to release this new thriller next year. It's tentatively titled St. Petersburg White.

FREE - - - FREE - - - FREE - - - FREE

In celebration of the season and as a gift to you, I am offering you four ebooks of my thrillers and mysteries during December for free.

All will be listed on the FREEBOOKSY website on the specific days listed below, however, you can go directly to the book's Amazon website on the days that straddle the free day and get the book for free.

Toulouse For Death - December 6  (The free period runs from 12/ to 12/9)

Chicago Fix - December 14  (The free period runs from 12/13 to 12/17)

Limerick For Death - December 20  (The free period runs from 12/19 to 12/23)

Chicago Swing - December 17  (The free period runs from 12/26 to 12/30)

Happy Holidays

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Friday September 20 through Sunday September 22, Chicago Swing will be available through Amazon for the phenomenal price of FREE. Chicago Swing is the first book in the ongoing series that takes you back to Chicago 1933. Detective Tony Alfano gets the tough cases, the political cases, the ones the Mayor wants solved - now. One of the few Italians in and Irish police force, Tony pushes through, tough, handsome, a ladies man, and above all honest - he's the one cop that sees through all the BS.

And Chicago Jazz and Chicago Fix are also available for $0.99 each - such a deal.

Friday, July 12, 2019


Today through Monday, July 15, LIMERICK FOR DEATH is free to download to your Kindle. I do this only once for each of my new releases. Just click on the image of Sharon and she will take you there. 

If there is one gal you want on your side it's Sharon O'Mara.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A Limerick for You, To Be Delivered July 2, 2019

Limerick For Death is Live!

It is finally here, the day when all good things come to those who wait. Yes, my dear readers, Limerick For Death is available. Sure you can pre-order until July 1 (I'd do it if I were you), and it will be waiting in your device early July 2, or you can order the paperback and it might even arrive the same day (or maybe the next) - either way, you are in for a treat.

Sharon and her international posse - you've met them before: Kevin Bryan the once detective and now security specialist; Gina Cavellli, owner of the best bar in the East Bay, Geno's; Evelyn Luca, owner of the international fashion brand, STIA, and Jean Francois Verey and Claudette Leclair -  travel to Ireland to celebrate Sharon's fortieth birthday (so traumatic) and the inheritance of Kevin, a seventeenth century baronial estate (and a tax debt of millions). What could go wrong?

There's a smuggler's cave, a nasty New York developer, a spiked hair redhead solicitor from Dublin, the rich green hills of Ireland, and of course, Spanish gold. You will love it.

This is the sixth book in the series. Sharon, an ex-Army police officer, put her time in Iraq and now has her own facilitator business. She is hired to do the things you can't. Nothing illegal but her skills have led to the recovery of a star Cuban baseball player's family from the evil clutches of a rogue Cuban army officer. She's helped return art stolen by the Nazis to the rightful owners in present day Los Angeles, and discovered who killed the great sailboat racer, Katherine Verey (they were very very bad people).

It is a joy to write these stories, they become a personal vacation from my the other thrillers and adventure stories. I hope you take a few minutes and add them to your summer reading. They are worth the small price for all the enjoyment.

All the best . . . . .