The Tao of Doo

In his kind and generous review of my first mystery, DEATH NOTICE, author James Reasoner said the plot was vaguely reminiscent of something found in Scooby-Doo, only played seriously. He meant it as a compliment and I took it Read more


Another October, another release date. Since BAD MOON is my second book, you would think I'd be used to it. But nope, I'm not. BAD MOON's publication date feels as surreal as DEATH NOTICE's did last year. For readers, the Read more

Writing With ... Louise Penny

I am thrilled beyond words to welcome one of my favorite writers, Louise Penny, whose Armand Gamache mysteries have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide.  Her last book, BURY YOUR DEAD, won the Ellis for best mystery in Canada, and Read more

Is Browsing Dead?

I'll be the first to admit that I was a nerdy teenager. Not pocket protector nerdy, but no sports star, either. I was bookish, I guess you could say. I read A LOT back then, and nothing pleased me Read more

Why We Left Earth

Outer space has always been a mystery. Even before mankind fully grasped its vastness, they wanted to go there. Early astronomers, fascinated by the stars, invented ways to get a closer view. Think Copernicus, Galileo, Cassini. Writers not content Read more


BAD MOON Pre-Order Contest

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the surface of the moon, an event that plays a pivotal role in my upcoming book, BAD MOON.

To mark the anniversary of Armstrong’s historic steps, I’m giving away a Blu-Ray copy of  the excellent Discovery Channel documentary miniseries WHEN WE LEFT EARTH (retail price: $79.95) to someone who pre-orders BAD MOON on July 20.

To enter, simply send proof of purchase to by 5 p.m. EST Wednesday. The winner will be chosen by a random drawing. The results will be announced Thursday morning.

Here’s the fantastic trailer for WHEN WE LEFT EARTH:

Here’s the trailer for BAD MOON:

And here are handy links to and Barnes & Noble, where the book is available for pre-order: Pre-order here

Barnes & Noble: Pre-order here

Exclusive e-book

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Folks who receive my e-mail newsletter got a little bit of information about this on Friday, but today I can share it with everyone. Before BAD MOON comes out, I’ll be releasing a novella about Perry Hollow as an exclusive e-book. The title? VICIOUS CIRCLE.

Here’s the plot:

Small towns don’t get much smaller than Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania. A charming mix of quaint streets and sprawling fields, it used to be a quiet and uneventful place. Then a serial killer struck, bringing the town unwanted attention and putting the life of its police chief, Kat Campbell, at risk.

Nine months have passed since then, and peace has returned to Perry Hollow. But when a local farmer discovers a crop circle in one of his fields, the town finds itself back in the spotlight. Was the crop circle the work of human hands? Or is something more mysterious — and unearthly — happening in the fields of Perry Hollow?

Reporting to the scene, Kat finds a pair of young farmers in over their heads, neighbors both friend and foe, and a vicious circle of jealousy, lies and backstabbing. But as she gets closer to unraveling the truth, Chief Campbell once again finds herself fighting for her life.

We’re still working on the exact date when VICIOUS CIRCLE will be available, but expect it sometime in the fall. I’ll be sure to announce the release date as soon as I find out.

Bad Moon Book Trailer

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It’s common now for authors to promote their books with trailers, similar to the coming attractions you see in movie theaters. I see them frequently on author websites or at and Barnes & Noble’s site. Some authors hire professionals. Some do it on their own. I’m a do-it-yourselfer. Before it was released, I made a trailer for DEATH NOTICE that was adequate, but not great. For BAD MOON, I decided to give making book trailers another try. I posted a rough version a few weeks ago on Facebook and Twitter. Now it’s finished, and I’m very pleased with the results.