Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Just in time for the holidays!! Jan’s Paperbacks is hosting several Indie authors, including your truely on Nov 30, 2013. I will be selling copies of Burnaby Burning and Loop Vacation in the morning from 10:00am to noon, and perhaps a little later in the day.

This is a great opportunity for authors to get the word out about their books, and I would like to thanks Jan’s for setting this up!!

The details are:

Jan’s Paperbacks
18095 S.W. TV Highway, Aloha, Oregon 97006
Phone: 503.649.3444
10:00 am to Noon

Give a great novel for Christmas this year. I hope to see you there.



Burnaby Burning Signing Event


I will be signing a very limited number of copies of Burnaby Burning (, my breakout novel.

Jan’s Paperbacks ( is hosting the event on June 22 from 1pm to 4pm.  Fellow author Mark Shaff will be there signing his latest release as well.  See for more details. Jan’s paperbacks is located at 18095 SW Tualatin Valley Highway, in Aloha, OR. ( ).

Please come out, say “Hi” and check out a copy of Burnaby Burning.



Holy Cats!! My book is in a real book store!!!

Burnaby Burning ( click here for the books page ), is now on the shelves of a real brick and mortar book store.  Dead Write Books in Vancouver  BC is stocking Burnaby Burning.  I am so excited!! Go there. Buy a copy.  It’s a very good read according to several readers.

Dead Write Books is located in the west end of Vancouver on West 10th.  Their web site is

Recognized as an author!!!

Yesterday, I was recognized in public as an author.

No kidding!!  Me.

Here’s the exciting story.  I was shipping a package to Canada and the proprietor of the shipping store looked at me and uttered the words all new authors want to hear. “Hey, are you the author of this book you are shipping?”  I was in heaven. The fact that he had the book, with my name on it, my credit card, my driver license, the shipping manifest, the customs declaration and I was holding a sign (all of which also had my name on it) sisn;t detract from the moment at all. Now I know how Stephen King feels when he goes out in public……

I guess I need to move to a gated community and change my phone number.

Scary Plane Crash

Not in real life. In my book Loop Vacation.

Yesterday a 20 year old friend of the family who was traveling alone to Europe told me he had to stop reading Loop Vacation. Seems the build-up to the scene where the plane crashes was making him a little afraid to board his flight. I’ll take that as a compliment any day. (He told me he intends to finish the book, which is also a compliment).



The scene of the crime – an attempted murder!! I visitied it yesterday.

Well, not really.  It is the scene of a crime in a book I am writing.  Yesterday I was in Sacramento for a business meeting.  At the end of the day, I headed back to SMF. The best route to the airport took me within a couple of miles of a scene that I have written where a bad guy gets chased down on his motorcycle and wipes out on a Union Pacific railway crossing. A train – with fortuitous timing – ambles along and runs him over, severing a leg and destroying his motorcycle.

The cool thing about yesterday was that, when doing research for the book, I had picked the location by looking at a map of Sacramento and finding a likely location – train crossing in an industrial area but not too far from the main police station, and then used Google Earth to get the best feel for the area I could. I did not really expect the actually be able to visit the location.  But luck was with me.

The actual road – Elder Creek Road – is wider and more traveled than I expected, and the tracks cross the road further from the intersection of Power Inn Rd.  Neither of these effect the story much.  Interestingly, there is only a curb on the south side of Elder Creek, but not the north side. I need to rewrite a little.  Also, there is an Army Depot a little further along Elder Creek.  Maybe some soldiers can be running over to help…..

New Book – First chapter written

Well, it has been written for the first time.  The novel has, so far, no working title.  The file Scrivener directory is DrugDeath.scriv, but that will change.  Probably.

This novel will be simpler in its construct.  There will be no time travel, and more action.  Mark from loop vacation is introduced as a younger, more bad ass self.  He is also less experienced and, who knows, may make a few mistakes in his desire to save his younger brother.

The novel takes place in Vancouver, BC.  I lived in Vancouver for more than 10 years, and I love the city.  Two of my kids were born there. Ironically, due to a hurriedly added line in Loop Vacation, this story takes place after I moved from Canada to the US.  Kinda funny. It is actually fun to reconstruct some of the streets in my mind as I write the story.  It has been a dozen years since I lived there, and I find I have to check a map to verify locations.

And then there is the question of technology.  In early 2006, were we texting like crazy like we are now?  Were there traffic cams?  I am sure there were in general, but in Vancouver, at the intersection of Kingsway and Knight, was there a red light cam in 2006?  Well, probably not since there is not one there now, but you get the idea.  This have changed in 6 years; enough that I have to watch it.  No 3G smart phones then, for sure.

Also, just for fun, I have given my protagonist a white 1993 Honda Civic DX hachback with a stick.  This is almost the same car I owned while I lived in Vancouver until I moved to the US and they (the US immigration dudes) told me I could not take the car with me.  I loved that car.  The kids that owned it before me dropped the engine out of an Acura GS into it.  Fun. Fun car in a fun city.

Hopefully, no one will ever call this story fun.

Cause it ain’t.  It is a harrowing dash for life, with a motorcycle gain in hot pursuit, determined to kill enough people to keep the lot of them out of prison.  And the only way out is completely unthinkable.