First newspaper mention…

I am attending the Saima Park Tori again this year…I hope! (Thanks once again to my book distributors for shipping via the wrong service. I needed the extra anxiety of maybe NOT having books to sell at the event!)

My niece forwarded me the link to the Sentinel & Enterprise write-up. I don’t think I’ve been in a newspaper for my writing!

Saima Park Annual Tori is the place to be on Sunday for the Classic Car Cruise as well.

Come on by! I’m almost famous now. Once Steven Spielberg’s people call me back for the movie deal and James Earl Jones agrees to read the audio book version…



My guest blog with Streetside Conversations…

Unlearning Assumptions

My niece approached me via Facebook about participating in a new social justice endeavor she works with because A. I sporadically write stuff and B. one of the first themes was Justice and Hospitality.

At first I was reluctant, because…reasons…and then I remembered this story from the recent past.

It was fun to write, and the editors from Streetside were a pleasure to work with in revision mode.

So… Thanks, Kaija!

It was a nice reminder to myself that, despite frustrations, there are great personalities in this world from ALL walks of life.

In the bustle of work-a-day, sometimes you have to make the extra effort. It makes you weary. It is hard to do. They may not need that extra effort, but might simply appreciate that you gave it.

Sometimes, you just ‘have to draw the horse’ and hope…

Streetside Conversations and on Facebook

Combo Post!

Greetings to all!

I want to give a shout-out to youngest sister and her hubby on their new endeavor: homesteading!

Anyone who has experience with homestead farming, off-the-grid lifestyle or the raising and care of farm animals, please stop by the newly established facebook group The Shadowlands Farm and drop a word of encouragement to baby sis and her fam!

Continue reading Combo Post!

Finn Fun 2016

Another Tori this weekend, this time held at the VFW hall on Rt 12 in Fitzwilliam NH.

The hours are from 9 am to 2 pm and I will have a table filled, very briefly, with copies of Huntsman and Dagger, books One and Two of The Hunted Mage Trilogy.

I say briefly because last time I sold all I had, so move fast! I suggest a run on my table at 10ish to snatch them all up for Christmas and Hanukkah gifts.(It’s never too early!)

Here’s a link to a page with some of the other craftsfolk that will be there:

Finn Fun Tori

Going to try selling some books…

There’s a Tori happening next week…a Finnish market.

As my books are set in Finland AD 1019, I have rented a table to try to sell some books next Sunday.

I had some good sales last time I went in 2014 and now there is Book the Second: DAGGER available so…with a super quiet weekend at the hotel, I, at my lovely Bride’s urging, will attend and put on my salesman’s hat.

We had a fun time at the last Tori and this one has 2 things that make it fun:

  1. It is coupled with an antique Car Show and
  2. It is being held at Saima Park which is where we held our wedding reception almost 26 years ago!

Anyone in the mid-Massachusetts area come on by to say hello! (If you do stop by, you will be subjected to my sales pitch…fair warning!)

Also, I am looking for other gatherings along these lines to sell & sign books and get sales moving. I don’t do enough of these events so if anyone hears of things through the winter in the Mass/New Hampshire area please let me know!


Some Spring time Sale…

Huntsman is available on Kindle from Amazon for  $2.99 today.It is also onsale in the UK Amazon  for £1.99. (I thought myself a tad clever for actually finding the symbol for the British pound up there. Never found that before!)

My sister texted me and told me that my 14-year-old niece just finished Huntsman and cried out for their copy of Dagger which, sadly, deployed with my brother-in-law into parts unmentionable due to Operational Security restrictions.

Yes…my second book may be on a secret mission with an Army Medic. He may need to tear out pages to staunch a wound. I hope they are somewhat absorbent.

He was supposed to send me a picture of Book One in some obviously exotic locale without jeopardizing his own security, but he never did. Here’s hoping Book 2 stands a better chance!

My summary:  Huntsman is a great read for young and older alike and Dagger is even better, in my opinion. (Ages 14 and up, please, due to some Viking warfare situations).

Refer your fantasy loving friends and help me sell copies this week. Many thanks!

U.S. Huntsman for Kindle

UK Huntsman for Kindle


“Extra-Sensatory Perspiration”

“Call it… Uh, a fifth sense. Call it a flash of intermission, but I just got this feeling deep down in the heart of my bottom…”

~ Ernest P. Worrell in ‘Ernest Saves Christmas’

Here in the North East, we have not gotten any substantial snowfall this season. I, personally, can take it or leave it, but I know the skiing industry in my area needed it. And also, my daughter, who was actively praying for blizzards, cannot live without it.

Here I will depart from the norm on my blog-stylings and talk about my faith. I believe in God and in His interaction with us on this world. (This is NOT to spark argument or offend anyone but simply an anecdote to explain WHY I believe. ) Sometimes, He reaches out and nudges us. A man we once knew calls them ‘God Winks’. Those seemingly coincidental events that can change lives and alter your course.

On the first good storm, Girl-Child was instructed to build her snow fort out behind our house, but (being 8 now and knowing best) proceeded to build by our front porch.  The moment I saw the picture on my phone I felt the nudge. There was a tiny voice screaming in my head: MOVEMOVEMOVEMOVE!!

Normally, the front of our house is fine. A long uphill driveway means we are secluded and playing out there is ok, but our landlord has a plow guy come through for storms and we never know when that will be. He comes up fast to keep the pile moving.

My innermost self was filled with urgency and I texted my wife to get Kiddo out of there and into the back yard…you know…where we both told her to go originally.

I was very busy at work, but there were periods of lull in my morning and these messages came at exactly the moments that I had a free second to respond. *God wink*. I will often leave my phone alone when I hear it ping from a text ( I am the best at ignoring my phone…fair warning) but I was able to respond and my wife replied quickly.

She re-routed the glowering child (who was put out because of the work she had invested in this mighty fortress.) (It did not seem to matter that she was somewhere she was told to NOT be!) She insisted she would listen for the plow and move when she heard it, but this feeling I had…it would not go away.

The plow came up the hill and around a corner faster than my wife had ever seen it move. I was at my workplace with a sick feeling of dread in my guts even though I knew Small-Fry was now in the back yard. (When it comes to a kid wanting their own way in something there is still that niggling doubt that she’ll stay where she was bidden, right?)

The next text from my wife stated that the plow had roared up the hill, turned at the front of our unit and wiped out the snow pile in which Munchkin had been playing in seconds. She showed the wreckage to the Girl who was frightened by how quickly it had happened while my shaking hands dialed my HR manager to come tend my phones for a few minutes while my jitters subsided.

And oh…were my shakes real. I had never been so scared, but the terror I felt became calmness pretty quickly. She was safe, saw the benefits of obeying us and the potential price of stubbornness. Lesson learned!

And for ME as well. I believe in a God that cares about our lives and can tap us on the shoulder into action to protect those we love. He uses us to benefit the world around us if we listen and act. Our guardian angels lost a few feathers that day, sending these messages of warning, but all is well and I plan to keep my spirit listening.

This is NOT the first time I have had warnings in my soul, but it was the closest call I have ever experienced. I would love to hear from readers who have had similar experiences!


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