Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Four Seconds on the Clock is on a countdown special in the Amazon Kindle Store

Four Seconds on the Clock, a five-star-rated drama about two young men dealing with the aftermath of trauma, goes on sale today for $0.99 for four days, then is raised to $1.99 for the following four days. After that, it reverts to its regular price of $2.99.*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Logan Matthews has it all: good grades, a leading position on the basketball team, a hot girlfriend, a smart best friend, a great part-time job and his own car - and a slam-dunk basketball scholarship to a nationally-ranked university. Everything’s going his way. So, why does life suddenly feel as though everything is spiraling out of control?

A substitute teacher with an agenda is threatening to fail him in an important class. Logan’s hot girlfriend is finally loosening up on the physical relationship side. But Logan’s father has grounded him because he disobeyed Coach’s orders. Even Coach admits it was a great play, but Logan’s father could care less. He wants Logan to dump his girlfriend because her twin brother is gay, and his best friend, Antoine, because he’s black.

Logan’s former best friend, Tommy, is the basketball team captain, and despises Logan. Almost as much as Logan despises Tommy. But, they have to work together or both lose their scholarships. And Coach won’t let up on forcing the issue. Either they put aside their differences or Coach will put aside their scholarships. But putting aside their differences is just not going to happen. There’s too much history and pain to overcome.

Logan gets sick during the state championship tournament. With him the team is good, state championship caliber, and far better than any other small-town team in the state. Without him the team might not be good enough. And, without a win, many scholarships and futures – not just Logan and Tommy’s – are in trouble.

Coach knows what the disease is and even its cause. But he has no clue about how to fix it in time for the final games. If forfeiting the state championship would make Logan better, then Coach was willing to do that. The team and its members mean far more to him than a title. But Coach knows that a forfeited title won’t fix Logan. In fact, Coach is struggling with his own demons. He’s fairly certain he not only knows the cause of the disease, but he blames himself for the whole thing.

As Logan pivots his feet on the squeaky gym floor, he’s counting on a desperation play to win the game. And he wonders just how many more desperation plays, on and off the court, will have to succeed to get his life in order. It could all start with winning this game, but can he do it? After all, there are only four seconds left on the clock.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Men of Carolina/The Women of New England

About five weeks ago a voice popped into my head, with a fully-formed character. His name is Kyle Randolph, and he wanted to tell me a story. I let him know that I had other things to do, but he didn't care.

He started telling me a tale about a search for love. I couldn't shut him up for the entire five weeks. I finally just listened and typed. I wrote an average of almost five thousand words a day, every day, and near the end of the five weeks he told me the ending.

The Men of Carolina is more than four hundred pages long, with about 175,000 words. I'm in the first post-draft review, and honestly am not sure what to do with it. Yesterday, Kyle popped up again and told me he has a friend who wants to tell me the story of The Women of New England. I told him to go blank himself. I think I hurt his feelings.

Friday, April 15, 2016

New On-Line Serial Novel Now on Jukepop

The first chapter of my new on-line serial novel, Power, is now live on I intend to update with new chapters every Monday, beginning on April 25, 2016.   The site hosts self-published stories by a variety of authors. Power is a coming-of-age tale I wrote a couple of years ago and have been unsure about ever publishing. A chapter-by-chapter posting, with the opportunity for interacton with readers, seems a good start.

Chapter One is at

See you there!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Amazon Kindle Count-Down Deal on The Trip to Helen Gawne

Five star-rated comedy, The Trip to Helen Gawne, starts a Kindle Countdown Deal at eight a.m. on April 8. Price will be ninety-nine cents through eight a.m. on April 11, and $1.99 from then until eight a.m on April 14. After that, the regular price of $2.99 will apply.

"Heartwarming...Funny....Great Read!!!
on February 25, 2016
I finished this book in less than 24 hours, I couldn't put it down! It's a great story of friendship, comradely, and life. It's funny and heartwarming with characters you quickly come to embrace and love. It made me laugh...a lot, but is also very poignant story about growing older and some of the trials that come with that."