Summer Reads 2023

June marks the beginning of meteorological summer.  It’s also a great time for those “Summer Reads;” books you read for pleasure at the beach, the lake, the mountain cabin, or your own backyard deck or patio. Here are a few books I think will make great summer reads. I’ve listed some thrillers by Minnesota authors …

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’m finally getting a short break from the Dangerous Straits book launch tour, so today’s post is just odds and ends of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Good Thanks to my friend and HS classmate Debi for sharing this photo of her enjoying her spring break vacation on a nice warm beach …

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Dangerous Straits


DANGEROUS STRAITS IS NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT It’s still early in the release process, but Dangerous Straits is available to be ordered on,, and  If you’d like to try before you buy, sign up for my FREE Monthly Subscriber Newsletter using the form at the right of your screen. >>>>>>>>> You’ll get …



Time for my annual post of great reads for the previous year. Without further ado, here is the post my newsletter subscribers got to read LAST NIGHT (hint, hint) entitled: My Best Reads of 2020. My 2020 in Books Number of books read: 69 Ratings: 5 stars = 15; 4 stars = 31; 3 stars …

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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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SURPRISE, SURPRISE While I’ve been diligently writing the sequel to Castle Danger (eagerly awaited by many fans I speak to around town), I’m also thrilled to announce that a short story I wrote in late 2019 has been published in a brand new anthology!  The anthology is titled Cooked to Death: Volume V: Restaurant in Peace. The title …


Another Milestone

It may be just another milestone for some authors, but for me, it’s huge! As of this month, January 2020, I have officially sold more than 1,000 copies of my books to you wonderful readers. I had no expectations that anyone would buy a book I had written, so every sale seems like a bonus.  …

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Year-End Review Challenge

Straight River is selling much better in its first year than Castle Danger did, yet reviews for Straight River are lagging behind the pace set by Castle Danger reviews in year one. Hence, my Year-End Review Challenge. Ten reviews are the minimum I prefer to see before I consider a book. One hundred reviews give …

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Sawbill Lake BWCAW

Researching Story Ideas

BWCAW For writers, researching story ideas comes with the territory. If you want to write “authentic,” you need to experience a place. Sight, smell, sound, taste, feel. Sensations make the difference between mundane and “being there in the moment.” I’ve been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota on about 30 …

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Reviews, Reviews, Reviews

For author-publishers like me, it’s all about reviews, reviews, reviews. Next to word-of-mouth advertising, online reviews are the single best marketing tool most authors can use. But we can’t write more than our own review (if we choose to–most don’t). I reviewed my books, but only on because I read both as a reader, …

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