Straight River

sign on a backroad along North Shore of MN

Another Cancellation; R&R on the North Shore

Yet another cancellation has hit my book-signing schedule this year. The Deep Valley Book Festival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, has been changed to a virtual event on Oct. 3 & 4. Check my Events & Appearances page for updated times and details. It’s been a tough spring and summer for all authors, musicians, performers, …

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CLUE Finalist badge

One Step Closer to an Award

One Step Closer to an Award This week I received an email from Chanticleer Book Reviews telling me that STRAIGHT RIVER is a FINALIST for their 2019 CLUE Book Awards for Suspense & Thriller Fiction. So I’m one step closer to an award that has many more “steps” than most awards I’m aware of. First, …

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Cover of Cooked to Death, Vol.V

Updated Summer Reads 2020

Updated Summer Reads 2020–Almost forgot my newest publication In my previous post, “Summer Reads 2020,” I forgot to mention and provide a link to my new book (technically a short story in a new anthology), Cooked to Death, Vol. V: Restaurant in Peace. My short story is titled “Killer Fish Tacos.” It’s about a determined …

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SUMMER READS 2020

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Therefore, here are a few books I think will make great summer reads. Read them on your downtime or on vacation. In addition, read them just sitting in a lounge chair on the porch or in the back yard enjoying the nice weather. (We’ll eventually get nice …

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Do Something Positive During the Pandemic

Do you feel the urge to do something positive during the pandemic but don’t know what to do? Maybe you’re in a high-risk group (age, pre-existing condition, poor general health). But you feel great now and want to help those who need help or comfort or an escape from the “new normal.” First of all, …

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Another Honor for Straight River; New Events on Calendar

I’m pleased to announce another honor for Straight River. It has reached the Semifinals of the¬†CLUE Book Awards for Suspense & Thriller Fiction (Yay!). But don’t get too excited because I’m still competing with THIRTY (30) other books for first place. It’s a unique contest that way. Their longlist was 55 books. Their shortlist was …

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CLUE Book Awards; Review Challenge; Sign up to learn my 2019 Favorite Book

I’m happy to share that the 2019 CLUE Book Awards (a Mystery-Thriller contest sponsored by Chanticleer Book Reviews) has Long Listed Straight River. Still a long way to go to reach the top prize. At least we made it past the first round. My Year-End Review Challenge to you is to post 30 NEW reviews/ratings …

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Straight River Book Tour Resumes After a Hiatus

My Straight River Book Tour has exceeded my expectations and has kept me busy almost weekly since March with signings and other events. I’ve had a much-appreciated restful, yet productive break of five weeks. I’m mainly working on the outline for the sequel to Castle Danger! (Almost done). I’ll be back in book-signing action with …

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Deep Valley Book Festival Headliners Details

I’m excited to participate for the second consecutive year in the Deep Valley Book Festival in Mankato MN this fall. I’ll be selling and signing copies of Straight River as well as hot-off-the-press copies of Castle Danger featuring the new cover. Here’s a link to the bios of the featured author/speakers. Mark you calendar for …

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Straight River PB Cover

Another Terrific Bookstore–And More to Come

Another Terrific Bookstore I visited another terrific bookstore yesterday for a signing–Paperbacks & Pieces in Winona MN. The owner, Shelley Olson, has been a mainstay at the store for some twenty years. She and her store seem to be an integral part of the town. So many customers who visited yesterday knew her by name …

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