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The Mechanic, chapter 1

The Mechanic, chapter 1

Below is chapter 1 of my upcoming action thriller The Mechanic. It’ll be the first book in the John Tyler series. A preorder link follows at the end. === “There you go. Line it up and squeeze the trigger.”  John Tyler directed his daughter Lexi using the power screwdriver to tighten a bolt. They both lay under a decade-old Honda Accord coupe in desperate need of a new exhaust system. The old one showed more rust than unmarred metal. Tyler…

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My Series is Open-Ended

My Series is Open-Ended

I’ve had a couple readers reach out to me and ask why the C.T. Ferguson mystery series is ending. Short answer: it’s not. Longer answer: it’s an open-ended series. I just released the fifth book, Daughters and Sons. Amazon displays this is “book 5 of 5.” The reason is because Amazon only knows about five books. I recently sent the draft for the sixth book to my editor. And I have at least plots for the following three. This gets…

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Writing a Novella

Writing a Novella

Not every idea germinating in a writer’s mind is a novel. Some are short stories. One that gets trapped between those two is a novella. Novellas don’t get a lot of love. Everyone wants to write novels. Readers want to read novels. Some writers will put out a collection of short stories (which I’ve done). Not many will write novellas. I think there’s some unexplored space here. I think part of the reason we don’t get a lot of novellas…

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Pro Bono is Now on Amazon!

Pro Bono is Now on Amazon!

A couple weeks ago, I started circulating a set of three short stories to introduce prospective readers to C.T. Ferguson, my private investigator protagonist. Two days ago, I put it up on Amazon. It’s in Kindle Unlimited, so it’s free if you have that. Here’s the cover (it looks better in higher resolution, I promise): The Amazon US link is right here. I had been giving away Pro Bono to anyone who signed up for my mailing list. Now, with the…

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Free Short Stories!

Free Short Stories!

Years ago, Guns n’ Roses said, “I put the pen to the paper ’cause it’s all a part of me.” We’ve moved on from pen and paper in the intervening years, but I did the 21st-Century equivalent and put electronic words onto a screen. I kept up the modernity and assembled those words into a short story set. It contains three short stories, designed to introduce you to the world of unconventional private investigator C.T. Ferguson. Here’s a look at the…

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