And Now For Something Completely Different…

Okay, it’s not totally different, but it’s totally new.

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BOUGHT THE FARM is the first in a brand new cozy mystery series. Right now you are saying to yourself “Self, what is this brand new book about?” GOOD QUESTION. Here’s the answer:

Rainy Day is headed to greener pastures.

Divorced, and with kids out on their own, she uses a recent inheritance to make big changes to her life. She quits her job and, on a whim, buys a hobby farm in rural Virginia, a hundred miles from her long-time home near Washington, DC. Despite the fact that she has no idea what she’s doing, she’s buoyed by the prospect of living in a small town and adjusting to country life. 

Until she finds a body in her bungalow.

A handsome neighbor, a charming pastor, a grumpy bartender, and a bumbling sheriff all manage to complicate the situation, especially when Rainy herself becomes a suspect in the crime.

When things take a turn for the worse, Rainy has to wonder – did she make a mistake buying the farm?

It’s not rough and tumble like my Joe and Noah books; it’s more funny and goofy like my Moose River and Deuce books. If that’s your thing, you should totally check it out.

Thread of Danger Is Now Available

While you’ve been enjoying your summer and laying by the pool and sticking your feet in the sand and setting off fireworks in your driveway and barbecuing all of the meat, I’ve been working. SO HARD.

As a result, the 7th book in the Joe Tyler series, THREAD OF DANGER is out today.

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You can find it at Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble and Kobo right this second.

Hurry and go get it before they are all gone. (Just kidding – there’s an unlimited supply.)

Playing The Game

For a long time, I’ve wanted to write a Young Adult novel.

So, um, I did.

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Brady Mickelson knows how to play the game. Not just basketball, but the game of life.

As the new kid at school, all Brady wants to do is fit in, make friends, secure a starting spot on the basketball team, and maybe, if he’s lucky, shed his v-card along the way.

With his skills on the court, making varsity is a lock.

But the other stuff? Not so much.

The friends come fast and furious once he makes the team but the one friend he really wants is Amy Mitchell, and he sure wouldn’t mind losing his virginity to her, either. He thinks he might get his chance at the kick-off party for basketball season…until she bails on him and disappears. The night goes further off the rails when Brady mistakenly walks into a room and finds Amy with three of his teammates.

Brady doesn’t want to get involved in the messy aftermath of that night. But Amy becomes a shell of her former self, and everyone has a different story about what happened in that room. Brady has a feeling he knows, but no one, not even Amy, wants to do anything about it. When new rumors surface—rumors that implicate Brady—he’s forced to take action.

Even if it means losing friends, and even if it means kissing his hopes of college ball goodbye.

Because everything Brady wants—and the one thing he needs—is in jeopardy.

And he might not be able to play the game after all.

This is a contemporary story with some tough subject matter. I’ve spent the majority of my adult life working with teens in some capacity and I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what their lives are like. They swear, they have sex, and they have to make difficult decisions. It’s teens doing things that not everyone might deem appropriate. If you aren’t comfortable reading about those things, this probably isn’t the book for you. And that’s okay! But if this does sound like something you’d be interested in reading, I hope you’ll check it out. It’s currently available exclusively at Amazon.

 

 

You Should Read This Book

If you’re a regular mystery reader, then you might’ve come across all of the hoopla regarding Steve Hamilton’s The Second Life of Nick Mason. Basically, he called out his old publisher for telling him one thing, then doing another, and he then promptly bought himself out of the contract, refusing to accept the fact that they had lied to him.

This, uh, rarely happens. The buying out part, I mean.

After he did that, another publisher very quickly snapped up the rights to the book, along with a few other future books, and promised that they would, indeed, make sure this book (and Steve, because he’s a great writer and a super nice guy) got the attention it/he deserved.

So the book’s out and I just finished it.

It. Is. Terrific.

It seems rare these days that a book that gets a ton of advance hype lives up to the billing, but this one really does. It’s a terrific read, with a great anti-hero, and reads like a roller coaster going downhill.

If you’re looking for something to take to the pool this week, I’d highly recommend this one.

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I Wrote A Thing About Being A Sad Padres Fan

Much of my non-writing time is dominated by watching/complaining about/being horrified by the San Diego Padres. These days, there really isn’t much to get excited about it if you’re a fan and it’s hard to think that there will be anything worth getting enthusiastic for in the near future.

So, because I like to share my misery with others, I wrote about what it’s like to be a fan of a franchise that continually hovers near the bottom of the professional sports pool. Eephus Magazine, which is published by the Los Angeles Review of Books, let me cry on their shoulder and you can read it right here. (And you should check out the other stuff on Eephus – some really cool writing about sports.)