Monday, June 29, 2020

St. Petersburg White News

It has been a bizarre and strange last four months. My wife and I started this adventure the afternoon of March 11 in San Diego, with a conversation with Jim L’Etoile and Bruce Coffin at Left Coast Crime. A lot of questions were bantered about, us being thriller writers and all, you can guess the drift. The result was that my wife and I packed up our bags, repacked the car, and bolted for home in Northern California the next morning. Since then we have, like the rest of us, been in lock-down. It was a shame that LLC was closed the next day, so many had put serious time, sweat, and effort into making this an outstanding conference. I’m sure some hearts were broken; I wish them well. Maybe the conference will return to San Diego sooner than later. As they say in the good book, “Next year in Albuquerque.”

You can read the past posts below, nonetheless, I have been busy. I’m hoping to publish four books this year. Sector 73was published on June 9, and the next Alex Polonia, St. Petersburg White, is due out at Amazon on August 11. Pre-order it now, and I will be forever indebted to you. Even buy you a drink when I see you next year (assuming we can leave home).

This is the third in the Alex Polonia international thriller series. Venice Black and Saigon White were the first two; Thomas & Mercer published them. It was a good run. They are extremely professional and there to help. Unfortunately, I didn’t fulfill their numbers and expectations. There was a time when 22,000 unit sales were bestseller levels, today in the ebook trade, it is hardly a bump. So, St. Petersburg White is being published by Windsor Hill Publishing, our own publishing company. It’s was nice to use their algorithms to market and sell the books, but it is also very nice to have complete control. Pre-order it now!– before they run out.

I’ve completely rebuilt my webpage from the ground up. New look, new style, new mailing list. Take a look here:

And please post your email and sign up for my newsletter, there will be some free stuff when I get the rest of my marketing act together, and alerts about coming events.

I like the new look, let me know what you think in the comment box on the contact page.

Now back to the videos on how to be a best-selling author.

More Later . . . . . .

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


I've been a fan of science fiction for most of my life, I still have many of my paperbacks from college. They run from Asimov to Zelazny, space opera to fantasy. So, after twelve novels that are thrillers and young adult stories, what the hell. And it was a challenge by my agent, a dare if you will, that got me started. Thank you Kimberley Cameron.

Sector 73 is available after June 9, 2020 at Amazon. (click Here to order).

It is a classic space opera. It has a cranky robot, a heroic captain, a nun from the Sisters of the Revealment, a prophet, and things that go blink in the night. It takes place four hundred years in the future when mankind has colonized Mars and uses the asteroid belt as their source of raw materials. But mankind hasn't changed, the world at that time is the result of new world wars, unfathomable destruction, and interplanetary politics.

I hope that this will be the start of a series that focuses on the asteroid dragger, The Gypsy King, a two hundred year old space tow truck. Its adventures, its crews, and the people that make up the world as I see it in the future.


Science fiction, as we've seen during the last seventy years has in many cases gone from fiction to reality. So who knows if there will be a Captain Buster Strabo in our future.


And for a little taste of the story, here's the Book Trailer:

Monday, May 11, 2020

Four Books This Year

This year I will publish four books. A brilliant Sci-Fi thriller, Sector 73, the next (and third) Alex Polonia thriller, St. Petersburg White, and will introduce two books staring new characters Jake Adler and Fiona Norcross. The last two are WWII OSS thrillers and adventures.

All these are exciting and for me challenging. Each comes from an entirely different world, and each was an adventure writing.

I'll post the URLs for the sites on Amazon Books where you can pre-order below. Still a lot of work left to do on the Jake Adler series, but they will be available in December.


Friday, April 10, 2020

Finally Did It! SCI-FI RULES


Cover Reveal and Pre-Order
On June 9, 2020 I’ll be releasing SECTOR 73 as an ebook. Within a month, a paperback will also be available – all through Amazon books. This is my first foray into Science Fiction, a genre that I’ve read and admired since I was eight years old when my mother gave me the Tom Swift books (they came with a cool carboard bookcase). Once a month, for maybe a couple of years, I got one more book – that I devoured. Later I moved on to Asimov, Heinlein, Pournelle, Niven, and so many others. There’s a quiet nuance about space operas, the genre that SECTOR 73 falls into. It was a hoot to write – kind of liberating. And I like what John Scalzi is doing these days. Anyway, it is available for pre-order, and as noted above, on June 9. And don't forget that ST. PETERSBURG WHITE, pub-date August 11, is available for pre-order too.

In the 25th century, when humans have colonized the moon and Mars and established outposts in the asteroid belt, a particular breed of men and women have evolved the industrial art of asteroid harvesting. Dragging chunks of primordial rock and ice to smelters circling Earth and Mars, they have become the principal source of raw materials for all these new world’s metals, fuels, water and breathable air.

One dragger, Buster Strabo, the captain of the Gypsy King, has for more than twenty years towed these elemental rocks sunward to the colonies. On this last drag, he discovers a rock that is more than he expected; in fact, more than the whole of humanity bargained for. Can this one asteroid answer humankind’s greatest questions: Are we alone in this universe and is there something else out there?

What is in Sector 73 that will forever change civilization’s and religion’s beliefs? What elemental spark will drive the world to demand: Who are we and where did we come from?
Who is Buster Strabo?

Buster Strabo – is the Captain’s name. He’s been dragging rocks from the belt sunward to the colonies and earth for more than twenty years. Twenty years that would make any young man old. Dragging rocks through the vacuum of space will do that.

Buster Strabo – is the captain of the asteroid tow truck, the Gypsy King. The fusion powered spaceship is a one hundred and fifty-year-old accumulation of steel, aluminum, and diamond glass. Strabo’s the fifth or sixth captain, but who’s counting.

Buster Strabo – is owner of the cantankerous noid Hank; however, can you truly own a robot? Can anyone own anything so powerful and intelligent? 

Buster Strabo – was there on the rescue ship twenty years earlier when they saved Tassos Orion, the then captain of the Gypsy King. The man who was charged with the loss of his entire crew—some say he murdered them.

Buster Strabo – older brother to Sister Anne, a nun of the Revealment order and very close to the Pope. And soon to be the director of the new colony on Mars.

Buster Strabo – a non-believing agnostic, who unwillingly becomes an integral part of the greatest event that humans have ever seen; some call it a miracle.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020



We are are all in this together, and while it's difficult for any of us to help out in all the ways we want, to give some solace, comfort, an atto-boy, or an elbow bump, there is something I can do for you.

All my books that I publish are now $0.99, and I'll keep them at this price for the duration - whenever that may be.

Just click on the covers left and right and you will go to the book's Amazon page. The Kindle price is $0.99. Sorry I can't change the paper price, it's a little more complicated. But since most of my readers enjoy the Kindle format, I'm here for you.

You will find great characters, like Sharon O'Mara, Kevin Bryan, Gina Cavelli, Tony Alfano, Sergeant McDunnah, and Howie Smith.

I've tried to create worlds around my characters where you can escape to a different time, and for a few hours, enjoy the company of these great people.


Sunday, March 15, 2020



I've been thrilled to have Thomas & Mercer (an Amazon Publishing imprint), publish my past two books, VENICE BLACK and SAIGON RED. The stories follow the thrilling adventures of Alexandra Polonia (Alex to her friends), across the globe. He was a detective on the Cleveland police force until the crimes of her ex-husband forced her off the police force. Faced with a bleak future, she takes a job as security specialist for the international security firm, Teton Security and Defense.

At TSD she applies the skills she learned in Cleveland and finds herself criss-crossing the globe serving as a both a babysitter for a family in Saigon, and a special operations agent tracking down a terrorist bent on stealing high-tech secrets.

I wish I could personally thank all the thousands of readers who bought the books.

I am pleased to announce that the third book in the series will be published on August 11, 2020. ST. PETERSBURG WHITE takes Alex from her headquarters in Dallas, Texas to Helsinki, Finland. There she will secretly enter St. Petersburg, Russia and retrieve a man who admits he was responsible for setting a fire that led to the deaths of hundreds in a town in Iowa. In today's interconnected world, someone ten thousand miles away can click a keyboard and mouse to set in motion a cascading series of events that will kill thousands. Alex's job is to find and retrieve this man before he can kill millions.


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.