POINT OF NO RETURN

Create, Pitch, Sell

What's Happening

I am spending more time writing this year, less time with social media.

I've begun the first in a series of novellas based on characters from my Point Jove books (CAPTIVITY, BETRAYAL, PAYBACK, KILLING SUMMER).

March Madness Sale

THE CAJUN GIRL: Part 1 is FREE for a limited time.

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She survived a horrific childhood only to wind up trapped in a bitter, loveless marriage. Determined to find independence BJ Donovan, a French Quarter restaurateur, pens a work of fiction. Her book is a hit. But not for long. While interest in her debut crime novel continues to wane she comes up with a plan for how to top the bestseller list again. Using her position as a young executive chef to blend in with the community she embarks on a killing spree, by means of witchcraft, and uses details of the murders to begin the first book in a thriller series.


Excerpt from Chapter One:
Virgil awoke late at night to find his wife gone. He kicked off cold and clammy bedcovers, box springs screeched when he got up. A steady breeze, weighed down with humidity, carried the vanilla-like fragrance of Joe-Pye weed and the barely audible sound of laughter through an open window. He stood behind fluttering white sheers and watched Marie trot across the back yard, her long black curls bouncing with each footfall. The opaque security light above the barn doors cast an eerie pallor through the limbs of an old elm draped with Spanish moss. He noticed her belly, in the narrow space between her shirt and shorts, seemed rounder than normal. He lazily scratched his ass, wondered what the hell she’s doing.

A Psychological Suspense Novel
(New cover)

New Release - A Watery Death

A WATERY DEATH
A Sci-Fi Horror Short Story

A recognized tournament is coming to Redmoon Lake. If word gets out that an abnormally large alligator gar has not only taken over the lake it has taken someone’s life the event would surely be called off. More than likely it would never be rescheduled. The members of an amateur anglers fishing club plan to take matters into their own hands.

Excerpt:
Lee Jackson, a thirteen-year-old budding geologist, moved farther away from his younger brother and the shoreline, as he continued on his quest to find more rocks and gemstones to add to his growing collection. “Chal-ced-o-ny.” He pulled a spiral tablet from his hip pocket. Flipped through the pages until he found what he was looking for. “Yep. Chalcedony. Includes many varieties of, um, crypto-crys-tal-line... cryptocrystalline quartz gemstones.” He stuffed the tablet in his pocket. Following a worn trail around a curve he glanced back in time to see his brother, Tate, casting his line into the water.

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New Release - A Haunting At Wentzel Farm

A HAUNTING AT WENTZEL FARM
Psychological Suspense

Based on the character Evelyn Adrian from THE CAJUN GIRL

A woman is left homeless after a fire destroys her apartment building in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the same time, a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. Trying to get out of the city at night in a downpour while caught in heavy traffic she makes a wrong turn. Evelyn finds a farmhouse by accident. About to knock and ask directions, the door creaks open.

Excerpt:
The old dark house stood alone on the right side of a dirt road. Power lines came down when severe thunderstorms tore through southern Louisiana earlier in the day. She got a flashlight from the trunk of her car, and climbed the steps to the wraparound porch. A cool breeze rippled her T-shirt. Lightning cast her elongated shadow onto the door. About to knock and ask directions, the door creaked open. Evelyn backed up. A wind gust whipped her long hair in a frenzy. She took a deep breath and quickly exhaled. “Hello?” she called out in a soft tone, nudging the door open wider with the flashlight.

New Release - The Cajun Girl



THE CAJUN GIRL: Part 1 of 2 - A Psychological Suspense Novel
She survived a horrific childhood only to wind up trapped in a bitter, loveless marriage. Determined to find independence BJ Donovan, a French Quarter restaurateur, pens a work of fiction. Her book is a hit. But not for long. While interest in her debut crime novel continues to wane she comes up with a plan for how to top the bestseller list again. Using her position as a young executive chef to blend in with the community, she embarks on a killing spree, by means of witchcraft, and uses details of the murders to begin the first book in a thriller series.


THE CAJUN GIRL: Part 2 of 2 - Twelve Gripping Episodes
A homicide detective’s interest in her goes beyond a string of unsolved murders. BJ can’t allow him to get too close. Under the guise of a book signing tour for her debut novel, she makes monthly trips to twelve specific cities in order to gather enough real-life material to complete her episodic thriller which she believes has bestseller potential. Will she also find the freedom she seeks? Or will she spend the rest of her life paying a debt she never owed?

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Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Part 1:
Virgil awoke late at night to find his wife gone. He kicked off cold and clammy bedcovers, box springs screeched when he got up. A steady breeze, weighed down with humidity, carried the vanilla-like fragrance of Joe-Pye weed and the barely audible sound of laughter through an open window. He stood behind fluttering white sheers and watched Marie trot across the back yard, her long black curls bouncing with each footfall. The opaque security light above the barn doors cast an eerie pallor through the limbs of an old elm draped with Spanish moss. He noticed her belly, in the narrow space between her shirt and shorts, seemed rounder than normal. He lazily scratched his ass, wondered what the hell she’s doing.

Coming Soon



Writers' Conferences & Book Festivals, 2016

JANUARY

Jan. 16-23: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida
http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/

Jan. 22-24: San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley
http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/wc

Jan. 24-30: Todos Santos Writers Workshop, Todos Santos, Baja Mexico
www.todossantoswritersworkshop.com

FEBRUARY

Feb. 10-14: San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org

Feb. 11-14: Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, Georgia
http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

Feb. 11-15: San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco, California
www.SFWriters.org

Feb. 19-21: Galiano Literary Festival, Galiano Island, BC, Canada
galianoliteraryfestival.com

Feb. 20: Atlanta Writing Workshop, Atlanta, Georgia
http://atlantawritingworkshop.com/

Feb. 20: Birmingham Local Authors Expo and Book Fair, Birmingham, Alabama
http://www.bham.lib.al.us/programs/LocalAuthors/

Feb. 25-28: Left Coast Crime’s annual mystery convention in Phoenix, Arizona
http://www.leftcoastcrime2016.com/

Feb. 25-28: Sleuthfest, Deerfield Beach, Florida
http://sleuthfest.com/

Feb. 26-28: Digital Author and Indie Publishing Conference, Van Nuys, California
www.wcwriters.com/da

MARCH

March 5: Writing Festival, Wordcrafters in Eugene Writers’ Conference, Eugene, Oregon
http://wordcraftersineugene.org/conference/

March 5: The Augusta Literary Festival, Augusta, Georgia
http://www.augustaliteraryfestival.org/

March 12: Florida Authors & Publishers Spring Conference, Orlando, Florida
https://fpa.memberclicks.net/spring-conference

March 12-13: The Dahlonega Book Festival, Dahlonega, Georgia
http://dahlonegaliteraryfestival.wordpress.com/

March 12-16: The Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Arizona
http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

March 16-20: The Algonkian Novel Retreat, Sterling, Virginia
algonkianconferences.com/AlgonkianWriterRetreat

March 25: Tampa Writers Conference, Tampa, Florida
http://floridawritingworkshops.com/

March 26: Fort Lauderdale Conference for Writers, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
http://floridawritingworkshops.com/

March 30 | April 2: AWP Writers’ Conference and Bookfair, Los Angeles, California
http://awpwriter.org/conference/

APRIL

April 7-9: The Write Stuff writers’ conference, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
www.glvwg.org

April 8: Writing by Writers Workshop at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
www.writingxwriters.org

April 8-9: IBPA Publishing University, Salt Lake City, Utah
http://ibpapublishinguniversity.com/index.html

April 8-9: North Texas Book Festival, Denton, Texas
www.ntbf.org

April 8-9: Maine Crime Wave, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Portland, Maine
http://mainewriters.org/2016-maine-crime-wave

April 8-10: Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival, Penticton, BC, Canada
http://okanaganvalleywritersfestival.com/

April 8-10: Word of South Festival of Literature and Music, Tallahassee, Florida
http://www.wordofsouthfestival.com/about/

April 12-17: Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.rtconvention.com

April 14-17: Arkansas Literary Festival. Little Rock, Arkansas
http://www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/

April 15-17: Pikes Peak Writers’ Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado
http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/

April 15-17: Story Circle Network Women’s Writing Conference, Austin, Texas
http://www.storycircle.org/Conference/

April 15-17: Writer’s Institute, Madison, Wisconsin
https://uwwritersinstitute.wisc.edu/

April 23: Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery, Alabama
http://www.alabamabookfestival.org/

April 23-24: DFW Writers Conference, Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas
http://www.dfwcon.org

April 28-30: 2016—Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
www.lasvegaswritersconference.com

April 29 | May 1: Malice Domestic, annual mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, Maryland
www.malicedomestic.org

April 29 | May 1: Grub Street’s “Muse and the Marketplace” Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
https://www.grubstreet.org/muse/

April 29 | May 1: Chanticleer Authors Conference, Bellingham, Washington
www.chantireviews.com

April 30 | May 1: Ontario Writers Conference, Ajax, Ontario, Canada
http://thewritersconference.com/