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Second Book Launch

Today, I get to officially say, “I’m not a one book wonder!” It’s always been a life-long dream to be a published author, and now that becomes doubly true. Published through Soul Mate Publishing and now available as an ebook on, Death at Danforth House is set in Syracuse, New York, and is the… Read More ›

A Cover Revealed

The moment I saw my first mystery novel’s cover—and as the publication of my first book neared—I began envisioning what the cover of my second novel could be. The first book with its stylish black-and-white image set a classic traditional mystery tone for the series. I liked the idea of featuring the victim on the… Read More ›

NaNoWriMo 2015 Ends

NaNoWriMo 2015 has finished. So how did it go? Well… I made it halfway there, passing the 25,000 word threshold. Not bad considering I switched novels partway through. Five days in, I decided that working on novel six in my Syracuse mystery series was not going to work. It was starting out too disjointed and… Read More ›

Hosting a Murder Mystery IV

Setting the Scene. In 2008, I hosted two murder mystery parties. I talked about them a bit in my last post, Hosting a Murder Mystery III. Since then, I’ve planned and plotted three to four a year, often tapping my existing novels or stories as the basis of the game. What better way to test… Read More ›

Short Story: The Confession

They gathered in the library, the place where it had happened. Last Friday, Tony Pagliano, the gym teacher at St. Ann’s Elementary, had been found dead among the dusty volumes in the very room where they now sat fidgeting. In The Confession, a phys ed teacher at an elementary school has been murdered. The suspects… Read More ›

Deleted Scenes

You’ve seen them.  Check out a DVD (or Blu-ray) film or TV series and more likely than not, there’s a deleted scene(s), commentaries by the director or cast, behind-the-scenes featurette(s) and more.  Why aren’t there such extra features in books? After writers pen their novel (or short story), revisions and edits may more often than… Read More ›

First Book Launch

Today, I fulfilled a long held dream, publishing my first murder mystery novel! Published through Soul Mate Publishing and now available as an ebook on, Death on Stoneridge is set in Syracuse, New York, and is the first of a planned series.  Neighbors living on Stoneridge Drive are alarmed when a suicide and a… Read More ›

A Cover Revealed

An author dreams of what the cover of their first book would look like.  We’ve written the story and sent it out for a hopeful response; all the while, in the back of our minds, envisioning what our cover could look like.  Would it be a scene from the story?  An abstract collage suggestive of… Read More ›

A Mystery is Announced

I am excited to announce that—after several drafts, revisions, rejections, and more revisions—my first murder mystery novel, Death on Stoneridge, will be published this summer. Imagine, if you will, a balmy night.  A soft breeze blows in through the open window, as you settle down to go to sleep… All of sudden, you hear raised… Read More ›

The Poisoned Martini VII

It’s long past time for Part VII of The Poisoned Martini, an original eStory written by yours truly. To protect his grandson, Thaddeus Alcott will investigate a murder… Recent college grad Rick Gray met an intriguing and pretty co-ed who invited him to a party at her sorority.  The next morning, Rick woke up and discovered a young co-ed… Read More ›

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