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More Zombies: The Tanner Of Tattoos


The latest book in the aZure Tribe Zombie Apocalypse has been released on Amazon!

Skinner smiled, “The ones I track are not far away. I can share my revenge with you.”

Flint’s brows raised, “Revenge. I like that.”

They were responsible for creating this world of the undead.” Skinner checked his gun. “Yet they still live.”

Miles and his friends left the city behind as they cross the wilderness to the Azure mountain. They search for meaning and salvation from the apocalypse they began. Can they locate the cure mapped for them in paltry clues left by the dead? What horrors await them on their travels across the transformed landscape. The hungry dead, survivors, and the wilderness itself.

Find out in The Tanner of Tattoos, the fourth book of The Dead and Tattooed – LA Series.

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


MILES OF ZOMBIES – a new zombie apocalypse series


Just Launched!

“The zombies are hungry.” Miles paused and raised his gun at what had once been a pretentious man in a three-piece suit. A corporate executive leading its pack of undead lackeys toward the living. The creature growled over broken teeth. A slick smear of victims splashed its once fine clothes. Miles fired his gun and the creature crumpled to the ground where it only slowed its companions on their climb up their little organization chart. Miles said, “Keep moving, we can hide up ahead.”
Haley pushed her hair back, “Look at how the others come from that store. Shoppers, all of them, with their bags still.”
George waved his hatchet at them, “The new consumer economy –”

In the land of tabloids and paparazzi, tattoo artist Miles Ovation’s shop is overwhelmed with the popularity of the latest pharmaceutical weight-loss fad. The special slow-release tattoo ink just put on the market promises perpetual beauty no matter how long and hard the party burns. The busy tattoo shop keeps Miles’ attention on the task and not dwelling on his grief for the terrible accident that killed his fiancée a year ago.
Panic ruptures outside the tattoo shop as the first victims transform into the ravenous undead. The zombies have a new diet for the living.
Miles flees across the desperate city of Los Angeles with Haley and George but he learns his companions have secrets that dip into the ink’s origin. One of them is even the cause for an obsessive assassin that relentlessly hunts them through the undead world. Filled with anguish for his part in facilitating the spread of this insidious plague, Miles cannot resist the suggestion there could be a cure. Will they find the secret to save the world or a horrific death along the way?
Find out in Miles of Zombies, the first book of The Dead And Tattooed – LA series.

“Yes, George. The zombies are hungry” Miles fired his weapon and opened another office in the zombie organization that came for them.

Books 2 and 3 in this series are complete and will launch in the following weeks.

If you missed it, check out the Prelude to this series. Learn the source of the ink that darkens this world:


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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


Franka – More Than A Vampire

FRANKA launches today in both electronic ebook Kindle format and as a physical paperback.

FRANKA begins a series of stories about the character Killian Branoc that played a role in my Vampires Of Livix trilogy. He is a special Vampire Investigator tied in with the shadowy VBA department, a wide-ranging quasi-governmental group that solves intricate issues facing both the vampire and human communities. His character is a bit of many thriller protagonists but also his own animal – he has a history that he is not proud of and keeps much of it locked away except under stress. The monster Franka is a challenge for him and an interesting mash up of vampires and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a cunning creature that frightens the vampires. The story follows more of a Thriller and Suspense arc with more action and adventure with “fade-to-black” romance. Click on the image to see the Amazon listing and read the full Jacket Copy. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did writing it.


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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


Crushing – Launched at Amazon Kindle

Crushing has now launched at Amazon. A fun adventure focused on one of the characters from Cabernet Zin. Since I’ve been playing guitar for a year and a half (still not any good, yet), and now building guitars, I put that hard-won knowledge and research into the story. The guitar pictured on the cover is one of the prototypes I built this past summer. The story setting is Wine Country in Southern California (Temecula).




“Amanda fled the cold and meaningless Midwest for a new start in California where she works at a beautiful winery while contemplating college and career plans. There she meets Kyle, a gorgeous yet struggling guitarist playing weekend gigs at the winery, determined to make it big in the music industry. As Amanda’s love and desire for Kyle increases, she becomes more concerned with the risks and the pain this hot young man will bring her.

Complications escalate as Kyle’s troublesome brother Sardis gets involved with Haley, a wicked girl with her own agenda for Kyle – who throws a sexy, out-of-control party to lure Kyle into her treacherous lies. Can Kyle work passed his brother’s betrayal? Then Amanda’s father, who abandoned his now grown daughter when she was two, finds her and reveals family secrets that compels her to seek the truth – can she ever forgive her mother? Will the crushing strain of it all press Amanda and Kyle tighter together … or blow their world apart?

Find out in CRUSHING, a story set in The Southern California Wine Country series!”


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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


Romance Ebooks up for a Raffle

Three of my books are included in this huge raffle that ends later this month!
You can sign up with the “Rafflecopter” link below the image.
If you look close in the book images in the banner you can see the cover for my soon-to-be-released New Adult title “Crushing”.

Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

[DISCLAIMERS: Giveaway ends October 22nd at 11:59 PM EST. Open internationally. Content possibly not suitable for minors under the age of 17. Prizes will be sent electronically via mail. Winner will be selected on 10/23/2013 by and be notified by email. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.]

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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized


Cabernet Zin – Launched!

Independence Day launch of CABERNET ZIN !

A New Adult Contemporary Romance set in Southern California Wine Country.

Troubles abound for Zack and Claire – will they win a happily-ever-after, or fall into tragedy and despair?

Two years of concept development, six months in writing and editing, over 75,000 word story, no cliff-hanger ending – but promises of fiendish character punishment between the beginning and the end. Early reviews by helpful “beta readers” have been five-star positive.



Cabernet Zin is Available at Amazon

Reviews or add it to your “to be read” list at Goodreads


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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in Uncategorized


A Frightening Observation

This is pretty exciting:


My next release, Cabernet Zin a New Adult Contemporary Romance, is showing up as #34 out of 77 top “Must Read” New Adult books! My story is currently getting vetted by beta readers and not released yet (soon!). The other books that show further up this list have been at the very top of Amazon sales charts with massive sales, truly inspiring sales. So now I’m even more anxious about beta feedback and concerned to meet regular reader expectations on this list. Beta reader feedback so far has been positive, asking how soon to get another book in the series so I might be ok … luckily I’m already working on the outline for book two.



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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Cover Evolution – Cabernet Zin

I’ve been lost in book covers the last few days.


When I get close to a launch I must work on the cover more diligently and make sure all the elements of the cover work together to do right by the story inside. I thought a few readers might be interested in this process and what gets considered along the way so I put a few notes together. I use Gimp software to create my digital cover artwork.

While I write a story I search for images and fonts and layouts that can work hard to intrigue a reader. Sometimes this process turns into procrastination, so I have to be careful. The cover needs to be attractive and draw the right kind of attention. Like great art, the mix of details must be arranged carefully for balance, color, theme, and fit within the story’s genre. The whole image, including the text, must convey the genre immediately.

A problem then becomes how to fit within all the other covers in the same genre yet be unique enough so a reader searching for New Adult will have the opportunity to consider Cabernet Zin, And so the stress builds for any author and their publisher. Writers fortunately help each other out, as feedback from Elle Casey made me reconsider a few elements, and while I was in there I refined a few more bits.

A starting point is to look at titles of the other books in the genre category and see what trends are popular and effective in cover design. The array of covers below for the New Adult genre provide some clues. Soft light and shades of blue seem popular.


With this backdrop I created several versions of the cover for Cabernet Zin. I tried other model images but this one kept my attention – the picture creates immediate interest and action, but careful cropping was needed as the original image is much larger and stretches all the way down to the model’s feet. Referencing the benchmark covers shows torsos and head shots that match well with the new cropping. The background of the rising sun behind the windows is from a picture I snapped inside a great winery, Monte De Oro in 2010 when I first sketched out the ideas for this story in my little idea file. This gorgeous winery is located in Southern California – an easy day trip from Los Angeles or San Diego. I tried barrels in the first test image but took them out later when I realized I didn’t want the models “over a barrel”! I used differing contrast levels and color boosts to reveal and change the image definition of the models. The third version I added a white light above and in the lower corner which creates a diagonal “slice” across the whole cover drawing a browser’s eye to the title. The color treatment and the added light blends the cover better with the New Adult genre the story is in – it has that feeling of well-worn jeans that know a lot of your life because they lived it with you.


Fonts are surprisingly important in cover designs and cause authors and publishers endless stress too. When looking around, the shapes of road sign text and sandwich shop logos and everywhere else reveal how the shape of the text conveys meaning for the message as much as the words. The swirly script in the tile fits with many of the other books in the genre but is a little too cramped and difficult to read in the first two versions, even after dropping “Zin” down a line. The third version changed the font of “Cabernet”. The “Zin”, which is a bit like “Sin” (wink), still retains the fantastic script shape while the bright color splash retains its importance.

My author font changes between the three versions.The first one is a serif font “it has feet!” but a bit boring for this cover with other tension involved. Version two used a thick font that contrasted well with the title but was unbalanced across the image. Version three uses a thin font with open spacing or “wide kerning” between the letters so it blends with the windows as well as faded by the light. A different serif font was used for “a novel” in the third version to separate it from the title along with subtle curly grape leaf watermarks for interest even though they are difficult to see unless viewed full sized on a tablet eReader or computer.

The main text color started as yellow intended to pop off the image but it had a weird greenish tint. That yellow was warmed up to more golden-red tone for the second version but still was not right for the genre (thanks again Elle!) Adding a light powder blue to the final version works with the complementary color popping the “Zin”. Red could have easily been chosen, but I know graphic designers get scolded for putting red over a dark background because red text looks thin and spindly.

Another item is that covers are never static. While a story needs to launch with a great cover, other things happen over time to cause changes in the artwork. Reprints, re-launches, a movie is produced based on the book, the book is pulled from one publisher and sold to another, or just regular fashion tastes will change. I like to reference  Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye since it is a popular and famous hard boiled detective story yet it has been covered with many different pieces of artwork. The most recent published version is the upper right and is probably my favorite because of the font selection, but a few others are intriguing still.


Which cover tells the most about the story that waits for the reader’s discovery?

The Cabernet Zin novel will launch is this month (May 2013).


New modifications are always possible depending on feedback and sales, so stay tuned!

Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments 🙂



Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


Partial Cover Reveal – Cabernet Zin

Here is a partial view of the latest cover for Cabernet Zin, a New Adult Contemporary Romance title. Covers can be a great procrastination tool when one is in the middle of editing the story. This is the bottom half of the cover as just a teaser. Not everything is finalized but this is getting near the goal. Does it work for the genre? Does the cover draw interest in looking at the jacket copy/blurb?


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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


Writing – back on line

My website has been down for a little while, a glitch at the hosting site. While I’m getting it sorted out I’ve set up a new temporary home. This way I can focus on getting Cabernet Zin and my other writing project out. Stay tuned.




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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Uncategorized