Once upon a time, there lived a Facebook page. Every person who "Liked" this page caused hidden, delightful parts of the page to magically appear.
According to folklore, each Like also caused a lost, frightened, hungry, stranded puppy to be found by a friendly stranger who loved puppies. Each stranger gave a puppy a loving home and all the chew toys the pooch could want. Indeed, the puppies experienced happiness for the first time. Each morning they woke their rescuers with face-licks of gratitude and all lived happily ever after.
"Effortless, prolific writing flows from some authors. I envy them.
I crave writing when I'm not and agonize over it while I am. My love for having written helps me tolerate this strange syndrome.
My written voice is simple; I avoid obscure words, fancy inflated description and other attempts at literary pyrotechnics. I'm a plain, blue-collar author, happy to be forgotten within stories I hope are meaningful and memorable.
I'm afraid of almost everything and blessed with an overactive imagination—two useful tools for writing noir fiction. Creating characters to play out and resolve my nightmares has become a hobby that is too cathartic and therapeutic to stop.
A thread of social consciousness runs through my books. For me, some truths about the human condition are best illustrated by a novel's web of lies.
Click open a sample or two. They're big. If you're anything like me, odds are good that you'll be entertained—maybe more than a little—if I'm lucky."
Dire Means, a novel
Can fear breed love?
What if a ruthless vigilante transformed one of America's most affluent, coveted beach-side cities and ended homelessness within its borders in a matter of days? In Dire Means this phenomenon occurs in an unforgettable way.
The ambitious mission isn't accomplished by any brilliant appeal to public benevolence or by relocating the homeless. An ingenious method uses carefully-targeted fear to cure public apathy toward the most helpless among us. Dire Means weaves a tale of a city under siege, its citizens forced to flaunt the Golden Rule as the only way to survive.
If you have ever contemplated the end of homelessness–despite the seeming futility of such a goal, or if you simply enjoy a story that will take you on an engrossing, original journey, test drive Dire Means.
Human Resources, a novel
Some things are worse than getting fired!
Beautiful business consultant, Morana Mahker, swoops in to rescue Innovative Menu Covers, Inc. from certain financial disaster. She cancels layoffs and dazzles everyone with her killer looks and corporate savvy—everyone except Lonnie Raiford.
Having worked years to establish a host of questionable perks for himself, Lonnie has no interest in having Morana tamper with his system. His concern is eclipsed when he and the other staff notice the over-the-top attention and affection Morana showers on Hugh Berish, Lonnie's coworker and best friend.
As curiosity mounts about Morana's true identity and intentions for Hugh, Lonnie embarks on a frantic investigation that uncovers plans more terrifying than anyone had imagined. In a true test of friendship, Lonnie resorts to extreme measures in a desperate attempt to save Hugh and any future victims from Morana's horrific goal.
Special thanks to my wonderful, patient wife for her mastery of language and for her frequent use of that loving, slow-blinking facial expression that told me which of my subplot concepts were clearly stupid.
Thanks also to: Mom & Dad - you know what you did. Paul Lo for his enormous impact on me. Dr. Julie Harreld for her attentive watch over my excited, gruesome medical references and for her infectious enthusiasm for my book projects. Michelle Stroup for her uncanny ability to blaze through my books in hours and then amaze me with detailed, insightful feedback and my other friends who volunteered their sage advice on this manuscript - Mona Romero, Kim Dortch and Marc Goldfinger.
Wanton Regard, a novel
You gotta watch the one you love.
Fate don't negotiate. That is Gage Maldin's motto. He's been a fan of Hailey Vaughan's for months. They are meant to be together, but she just hasn't realized it yet. He is there for her—in all the right places at all the right times. He knows he's her hero. He knows he can solve all her problems. Most of all, he knows she can't live without him. That's how Gage planned it because sometimes fate needs a little help.
Welcome! This secret tab is only visible to those of refined taste—elite likers such as yourself. Not sure if this tab will last, but we'll try it. Suggestions and comments are welcome.