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I'm an author of historical fiction, mysteries and paranormal adventures. I'm best known for my Miss Pandora Parson mysteries published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and my work has also appeared in several electronic formats. Take a look around and feel free to visit again. If you have any questions you can contact me at [email protected]. You can also find me at Goodreads.
Blood Ties--Coming October 4, 2018
My new novel, Blood Ties, is now available for pre-order. It’s part of my October celebration--Occult-tober. Here's the blurb of the novel:
It seemed like such an easy case. All attorney Liz Dunn had to do was escort Ryan Hart to meet his long lost uncle in the tiny country of Carpathia on the Transylvanian border. Ryan stood to gain a ten million dollar estate. Liz wanted the hefty check that would keep her law firm in the black. But Ryan’s dying uncle, the enigmatic Stefan Carpathios, planned to get something far more sinister in return. In an ancient land where legends come to life, Liz is about to discover that the world is much more complex than she believed and a blood tie can be an exceedingly dangerous thing.
Blood Ties is 25% off until it's release date on October 4.You can find it at Amazon.
Legionnaire 5: The Centinela Gambit Coming August 2
There's just two more weeks to get The Centinela Gambit at 25% off:
Surrounded by enemies, Prefect Marcus Venandus launches a bold stroke to
eliminate one opponent in the coming war. The key to his plan is the fortified
border town of Centinela—the Sentinel of Southern Morganita. Its fortified
walls are strong enough to delay conventional forces for weeks, giving the
other enemy city-states plenty of time to invade Amatista from the east. Yet,
one thing Marcus has learned in the Jeweled Hills is that the locals do not
understand the full capabilities of legion-style infantry. Can he take
advantage of their ignorance to neutralize Centinela? Or will his risky gambit
cost Marcus and his allies the war?
Get it at Amazon.
The Legionnaire Series has now sold more than 2000 Copies!
The Legionnaire Series has now sold more than 2000 Copies!
My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this series by buying a copy or leaving a review. It is an honor to write for you.
Sketch versus Painting of the Map of the Jeweled Hills
Just in case there's any doubt as to what an awesome painter, Chris L. Adams, is, I thought I'd show a side-by-side comparison--the original sketch of my map of the Jeweled Cities versus his finished product. At first glance, it's hard to tell they describe the same place.
Thanks, Chris! You can see more of Chris' paintings--not to mention his poetry and fiction--at his website here.
LEGIONNAIRE Book 1: THE FIRE ISLANDS Just Sold Its 800th Copy
LEGIONNAIRE 2 THE SEA OF GRASS Just Sold Its 400th Copy
The Sea of Grass, the second book, and first full-length novel in the Legionnaire series, just sold its 400th copy.
Forbidden from returning to Aquila, Marcus Venandus responds to a plea from a half-brother he has never met to aid him in the far away land called the Jeweled Hills. When pirates shut down the sea routes, the legion officer and his two trusted companions are forced to join a caravan to make the slower journey north across the treacherous Sea of Grass. Yet this may not prove to be the safer choice. A mysterious shaman has sworn to drench the plains in the blood of foreigners and his mastery over storms gives him the teeth to fulfill his oath. As chaos envelopes the trail, it will fall to Marcus to organize the defense and try to shepherd the frightened civilians of the caravan to safety again.
Map of the Jeweled Hills
The extremely talented, Chris L. Adams, has painted a map of the Jeweled Hills. This map will be part of the series moving forward from Book 4, The Battle for Amatista and will soon be added to electronic copies of The Jeweled Hills.
If you'd like to learn more about Chris L. Adams and his paintings, poetry and stories, please check out his website here.
LEGIONNAIRE 3 THE JEWELED HILLS Has Passed 300 Copies Sold!
The Jeweled Hills, the third installment has now sold more than 300 copies.
Tribune Marcus Venandus and his two trusted
officers have gone through hell in their journey north from the Fire Islands
and across the Sea of Grass. Arriving at Amatista in the Jeweled Hills, Marcus
is looking forward to a much deserved rest in the home of his half-brother, but
fate has other plans for the legionnaire. Soon he will be wishing he’d never
heard of his brother’s city. Surrounded by enemies and crippled by internal
divisions, Amatista is already on its knees and ready to fall. Marcus must act
decisively to save everything his brother has built, but without his beloved
legions behind him, can Marcus and his friends survive their visit to the
LEGIONNAIRE BOOK 4 THE BATTLE FOR AMATISTA Has More Than 300 Sales and Counting
The Battle for Amatista, the fourth volume of the Legionnaire series,has now sold more 300 copies.
With the passes to Ópalo forced open again, Prefect Marcus Venandus hoped
to gain a respite to build his army for the war he knows is coming in the
spring. Unfortunately, his enemies understand all too well the threat he poses
to them and are taking steps to kill him before he reaches next year’s
battlefields. Assassins, both mundane and magical, step out of the shadows to
strike at him, while other conspirators take advantage of the intense divisions
within the city to spark riots to bring the government down. Unable to
differentiate between friend and foe, will Marcus and his few trusted comrades
be able to win the Battle for Amatista?
Great New Cover for High Above the Waters
Here's the awesome new cover for my paranormal ghost story, High Above the Waters.
Marcus Hunter won’t stay dead…As
a pregnant fifteen year old, Autumn Fields learned firsthand that the town
ghost was more than a creepy legend. Rejected by her boyfriend and beaten
bloody by her father, Autumn climbed out onto the old railroad bridge to kill
herself, but a mysterious figure talked her into running away instead. Sixteen
years later, she’s come back to Prospect with her daughter to learn if there
really is such a thing as a ghost on Hunter’s Bridge…
Introducing Written Gems
excited to announce the creation of a new discussion group on Goodreads
dedicated to the wonderful but
often underappreciated works that form the roots of Fantasy and Science Fiction
today. This will include such greats as: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lord Dunsany,
Robert E. Howard, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft, and
more—plus the occasional author you may have never read (but will be very glad
These authors not only influenced the development of their genres but are still frankly fun to read today. We want to explore these works together and seek out more—and we’re inviting you to join us in our endeavor.
Joining me in this noble cause are authors William L. Hahn and Chris L. Adams. Will is an expert in epic fantasy and Chris is an authority on the pulp classics of the first half of the twentieth century. Together we’ll explore a new work each month, seeking to understand not only what made the novel fun in the past, but why it has endured, and what it has to offer for audiences today.
If you’re interested, why don’t you take a look at Written Gems on Goodreads where you’ll find more information about our group?
We’re going to start the discussion on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic, A Princess of Mars. This novel has inspired two movies, numerous comic books, and an amazing amount of both fan fiction and authorized sequels by ERB’s estate, which certainly goes a long way to establishing its modern relevance. It’s also an important piece of literature in its own right as it (and its many sequels) popularized the science fiction subgenre called the Planetary Romance.
Planetary Romance is not a term that’s used a lot today, but anyone who’s seen Avatar knows exactly what this subgenre is all about. The hero (or heroine) encounters adventure on a foreign planet and moves heaven and earth because of love. Another prominent modern example is the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk comic series. Classic examples can be seen in Buck Rogers, Adam Strange, Dune, Pern, the World of Tiers, Darkover, and the Hainish Cycle.
A Princess of Mars reads as a pretty straight forward adventure piece. Earthman John Carter finds himself on the planet Mars, meets the woman of his dreams, and moves the Martian equivalent of heaven and earth to rescue her from a horrible fate. Along the way there are loyal and heroic friends, terrifying monsters and epic fights and battles. When you sum it up like this, the novel doesn’t sound that ground breaking, and yet it has inspired the dreams of generations of readers and many of those readers (such as Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Vance) grew up to inspire even more readers of all ages.
We hope you’ll join us.
Ransom Is Now Available
Winters is a not-too-successful real estate attorney caught in the middle of
the kidnapping of the century in the mid-sized American city of Slate. Apparently
picked at random by the kidnapper to carry his demands to the family of his
young victim, Lynne finds herself hindered more than helped by the efforts of the
police and the victim’s selfish and immature family. Will Lynne be able to
bring the boy safely home again?
My story, Hearts of Ice, and my Pandora Series, each picked up favorable mentions recently.
Aside from wishing that the novella was longer, Barb at Night Owl Reviews said: "... the ending was a surprise and I was not expecting that... All in all, the story was good."
My Pandora Series at Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine was mentioned in the comments to a Bill Crider blog on western crime fiction at Criminal Element. Richard Prosch said: "Another terrific bunch of Old West mystery stories is Gilbert M. Stack's Pandora series. The new one (Number 10, I think) is in the latest Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine this month."
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