There’s a new Casey coming…

I am very pleased to announce that there’s  a new book in my Casey Jones mystery series. Fire and Rain is available now in paperback and will be available in ebook format starting August 15, 2019. Order your paperback version now or  pre-order your ebook copy today and enjoy delivery of it on August 15.

If you’ve been a fan….

As an author, you  never really know what your characters will want to do once you get started writing a book. As I was writing this particular book, I realized that Casey had grown and matured a bit since Bad Moon on the Rise and that Fire and Rain was going to be a very personal journey for Casey.  Out of the blue, I found old boyfriends of Casey knocking on the door and demanding to be let into the story. Bill Butler asked me for a reprieve and, in some ways, you learn more about him in Fire and Rain than in any of my earlier books. Burly is back as well. At the same time, two favorites Bobby D. and Marcus Dupree asked if they could step up and prove just how committed to Casey they were. Amidst all of this, Casey made it very plain to me that she is 1) not unaware that she is getting a little bit old to be continuously shopping for a new man in her life, but 2) not yet ready to moderate her behavior beyond self-awareness. God knows, she remains as stubborn as ever. So I hope that you will enjoy the plot, the tenuous friendships she makes with her female clients, and the usual “I can’t believe she went there” humor as much as you enjoy the deeper look at some of your favorite characters. If not, please do not blame me. I’m just the pair of hands that transcribes what the world of Casey is up to.

One final word: it’s easy to stereotype characters, especially when they’re as recognizable as little people, strippers, and bikers. But I try not to stereotype people in my books just as I try not to in real life. We’re all just walking each other home and I hope that I honored the unique humanness of every person you meet in Fire and Rain. 

As always, thank you for giving me the honor of reading my books.

For new readers….

Welcome to the world of Casey Jones and her motley crew of assorted friends and enemies. They don’t come much tougher than Casey, a smart-mouthed unlicensed private investigator whose dirt poor Florida upbringing and hard scrabble life has left her few illusions about other people. But she has a new life in North Carolina that’s going strong, thank you very much, and her latest assignment is to protect two unique sisters starring in a sensational rootin’ and tootin’ topless dancing act. Unfortunately, not everyone’s a fan.

When vicious death threats to the sisters are followed by a murder and kidnapping, it’s up to Casey to navigate the sleazy world of strip clubs, biker gangs, and decades-long family secrets. To complicate things, every time she turns around, Casey seems to find an ex-boyfriend in the way, trying to tell her how to run her investigation and her life. To make matters, the tall, dark, and handsome biker who gets her motor running at top speed may very well be a head-on collision course waiting to happen. What’s a stubborn, grieving, and angry girl to do?

Calling on her friends for help, including her larger-than-life boss Bobby D. and computer whiz Marcus Dupree, Casey embarks on a journey that will take her from the eastern flatlands of the Tar Heel State all the way to its most exclusive mountain enclaves in a quest to seek vengeance for one of her oldest friends. I hope you enjoy the ride.

P.S…. I’m still here.

It seems impossible that it has been a year since I actually updated this blog. I’d be ashamed if I had time for it. But ain’t nobody got time for that.

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It is once again my birthday, and I have once again used the occasion to examine how I spent the days in the year just past and how it would like to spend my life in the years ahead. Like every year that passes, this one came and went faster than the one before. I suppose it is an inevitable irony of getting older that time speeds up just as you begin to appreciate every minute you have.

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I accomplished many things this year in an arena that means a lot to me (state level politics) and I had a blast otherwise. I made many new friends, tried to keep in touch with old ones and, most of all, truly treasure the time I had with my daughter (who grows more adult every day). F did very little writing over this past year, perhaps the least of my adult life. But the writing I did was good and it kept me in the game. My friends in my writing group, the Weymouth 7, also kept me close to the writing world as well and I was grateful to them for it. When November rolled around, I was even able to get away from the rest of my life and join them for a writing retreat at the beach for a glorious six days of wallowing in nothing but plot lines and characters. During that time, I was able to make friends with my work in progress again and to make great headway in turning it into a book. It is a new Casey Jones and I was happy to find that I had missed her and that I both wanted to and could bring her to life again. Casey is and will always be a part of me and it was good to be reunited with her again.

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Casey Jones - Face OnlyAs if to reward me for not giving up the ghost, I had an unexpected request this month from a publisher who wanted to look at my Casey in progress. It is quite rare, rare enough to be deemed unheard of, in fact, for a publisher to show interest in an older series that has not broken out onto the bestseller lists. I am grateful that this publisher believes in me, and you better believe I am taking them up on their offer and sending them my Casey in-the-making. They may or may not publish it, only time will tell. But, regardless, it is good to know that I am not the only one out there who enjoys Casey and who appreciates the world I have built around her. I know that many of you who read my books also appreciate her, and I want to take the time right now to say “thank you” to you all.

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I am not one to walk away from anything unfinished. I’m not sure I could if I tried. Finishing things is my obsession. So this post is my pledge to you that I will indeed finish Casey #7 this coming year. Who knows? I may even find time to post more than annually on this blog as well. So thanks for sticking with me as I live my life. I’m still writing and I’m still here. Happy New Year!