May 19, 2024

The Tangled Web is now published on Amazon in both Kindle (eBook) and Paperback formats.

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In 1888, Socialite Charlotte Grant is a best-selling author who writes romance novels under the pen name Cecily Walker. She wants to be able to write her male characters from a male point of view. So, she cuts her hair, takes some of the clothes her brother left behind when he moved out, disguises herself as a man and takes the train from St. Louis, Missouri to California, as far away from St. Louis as she can get without leaving the continental United States. In the small town of Crystal River, California, she gets a job playing piano in a saloon. As “Charlie” Grant, she intends to learn what it’s like being a man. Little does she know she’s going to meet a good man with whom she falls in love. And she cannot reveal her true identity. Until circumstances reveal it for her.

Find The Tangled Web here

May 7, 2024

The Tangled Web‘s manuscript has been edited, revised and proofread and uploaded to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)/Amazon. I submitted the application to copyright the manuscript to the U. S. Copyright Office today. Once I receive the notice that the copyright has been registered, I will be publishing the paperback and eBook versions.

April 6, 2024

I’m moving along in the publishing process in Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) for The Tangled Web. The information has been entered in the Create for the paperback and the eBpok. The paperback cover and manuscript have been uploaded. The eBook cover has also been uploaded. Next comes my last round of reviewing the manuscript for any errors that escaped numerous rounds of editing and proofreading and my beta reader’s read through. I have ordered a “proof copy” from Amazon and it’s scheduled to be delivered on April 9th. Reading through a printed copy of the book is very helpful in catching errors and typos that might have slipped through.

After I’ve made any necessary corrections, I will register the manuscript with the U. S. Copyright Office. Once the copyright is registered, I will then publish The Tangled Web in paperback and eBook format.

I expect it to be early to mid summer when I’m ready to publish.

March 25, 2024

I am currently working on editing and revising three of my six completed novels. The Tangled Web should be ready for publication by early this summer, I am looking forward to posting here that this book has been published.

It’s said that many people retire and then have nothing to do. That hasn’t been the case for me. Since retiring at the beginning of 2015 and making the decision to pursue my interest in writing, I think I’m busier than I ever was when working from 8:00 to 5:00 in an office job!

]February 5, 2024

The Phantom Mountain Lion is now published and live on Amazon. It is available for 0.99. Follow this link to find it.

January 12, 2024

I submitted the application to register The Phantom Mountain Lion for the official copyright today. Once the copyright’s in place for this story, I will be publishing it to Amazon. Although a written work or a painting, drawing or photograph is automatically considered copyrighted once it’s created, the official copyright from the Copyright Office is necessary if the author or artist has to go to court. Why would it be necessary to go to court? Most often for creative works, it’s happens if someone plagiarizes or pirates it – in other words, steals it. Only the official copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office will stand up in court. As soon as the copyright for The Phantom Mountain Lion is official, I will be publishing it to Amazon. This stand-alone short story will be available for $0.99.

December 29, 2023

I’m expecting to publish The Phantom Mountain Lion in the spring of 2024. Currently I’m involved in the last (I think) round of revisions and corrections. The next step is to register the manuscript with the U. S. Copyright Office.

Once it’s been registered with the U. S. Copyright Office, it will be ready for publication.

The Phantom Mountain Lion is the third of my short stories that take place at the Porter Hotel in the fictitious town of Elm Valley in Central California in 1910. Elm Valley is close to the California-Nevada border. The first two short stories are The Accidental Hero and The Phantom Phone Call. They are available on Amazon in Kindle format for 0.99.

As you can see from my previous post on October 2, 2023, I have designed another ebook cover for The Phantom Mountain Lion. There you see the Porter Hotel.

November 14, 2023

Here we are in time for Christmas, Aunt Zelda and the Real Santa. A short story, it is available in eBook format on Amazon for 0.99.

A homeless alcoholic finds hope in the spirit and magic of Christmas.

Find Aunt Zelda and the Real Santa here.

October 2, 2023

Coming this Winter (2023 – 2024)

The Phantom Mountain Lion

Everyone – well, maybe not everyone in Elm Valley, California – was talking about the elusive marauder, the ghost cat no one saw. Sometimes, they heard him or her at night – a disembodied growl. And then, one night Mamie Brown’s daughter’s puppy disappeared. Sam Pritchard found the remains of one of his lambs. Snacks for a mountain lion?

But no one actually saw the mountain lion, that is, until one evening when mail carrier Elsie Webb was out on horseback making some late deliveries to the outlying farms. She’d just dropped off mail at the Avila farm, had a nice conversation with their daughter Susanna and left on horseback to head back to town. And there it was, lurking in the twilight in an oak tree.

Cautiously, Elsie guided her horse back to town. It wouldn’t do to hightail it back to town only to have the big cat chase them. Once in town, she scurried up the steps to the Porter Hotel and rushed into the parlor.

Lydia Porter stared at her from behind the reception desk. Her brow wrinkled. “Elsie, what’s wrong? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

“No ghost. A mountain lion. Maybe the mountain lion.”

Come visit us at the Porter Hotel in Elm Valley, Central California. It’s 1910 and Elm Valley is right across the Nevada border not far from Carson City.

Visit us and get to know the owners of the Porter Hotel, a few of the guests at the hotel and some of the residents of Elm Valley.

Elm Valley is also the setting for The Accidental Hero and The Phantom Phone Call. All three stories are stand-alone short stories. The Accidental Hero and The Phantom Phone Call are currently published on Amazon.