The News in a Nutshell

It’s been a while since I managed to put up a new blog post, and for that I apologize. I could offer you 1,001 excuses, but I’m guessing nobody cares enough to wade through them all. In the spirit of trying to catch up, here’s the latest news in a nutshell.

Crime Scene TapeI’m closing on the end of my current Work-in-Progress, tentatively titled Dead on Arrival, featuring a brand-new protagonist, Katie Scarlett O’Malley, a police officer in a fictional Montana town near West Yellowstone.

Scarlett (don’t call me Katie) was raised by her father after her mother walked out on them when Scarlett was just three. Now, thirty years later, Katherine is killed when she loses control of the car she’s driving and runs into a tree. The fact that she died less than 50 miles from Scarlett’s home town is unnerving, especially since Scarlett had no idea her mother was anywhere around.

Frankly, Scarlett doesn’t give a damn. She’d be happy to ignore her mother’s accident completely. Unfortunately, that proves to be impossible since her egg donor’s ghost has not only failed to go toward the light, but has become attached to Scarlett for some reason. When Scarlett’s aunt asks her to prove that Kat’s death was no accident, Scarlett agrees. if only so she can send her ghostly visitor on to her great reward.

Together, Scarlett and her amnesiac ghost of a mother look into the accident that claimed Kat’s life. It doesn’t take long for things to get worse and soon they’re caught up in a web of secrets and lies that turn Scarlett’s whole world upside-down.

I only need Scarlett and Kat to answer a few more questions so I can make the book available to the rest of you.


In other news, recently I got the rights back to 9 more novels, This Montana Home v3 which means I can refresh and retool them and release them again in digital format. The first of the bunch is live now on Kindle and free to read if you have Kindle Unlimited.

This Montana Home is the story of Gail Wheeler, who returns to her hometown of Broken Bow to help her parents after her father suffers a debilitating stroke. With her father unable to work the land and her mother in deep denial over his prognosis,  Gail realizes her parents need her more than she originally thought.

Thankfully, Clint Andrews, the nephew of her parents’ nearest neighbor, is in Montana on medical leave from his high-stress career. Gail appreciates everything Clint is doing for her parents, but she quickly realizes that her feelings for him have less to do with gratitude than with an attraction she shouldn’t feel. After all, Clint already has a girlfriend waiting for him in Chicago.

This Montana Home is a heartwarming tale of two people with a chance to start over…this time together.

No Place for Secrets ver 04To celebrate these two pieces of news, I’m giving away two copies of No Place for Secrets, book #1 in the Fred Vickery Mystery series,  in Kindle format. Remember, you don’t have to own a Kindle to read it. You can download the free reading app onto the computer desktop or any Android device.

Comment here on my blog by midnight CDT August 31, 2016 to be eligible.  


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