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Christmas Carols

Pentatonix were (was?) on TV last night, and I don’t know where I’ve been all these years but that may be the first time I’ve heard them. I loved all the carols they performed but because “Joy to the World” is one of my all-time favorites I especially liked what they did with it. The […]

Masters Magic: Slipping Away

There was a time not so long ago when you could sink into the Masters telecast much as you might sink into a favorite armchair, allowing it to enfold you, leaning back and giving yourself up to two days of pure golf, virtually free of advertisements and exemplifying the very best the grand old game […]

Testing Amazon’s Giveaway Program

Like other writers, I’m always trying new ways to build an audience. I’ve run several giveaways on Goodreads (in fact, I have two running right now, Return to Kaitlin and The Money Tree ). Recently, Amazon started to run a similar program, open to anyone in the US. They take care of the shipping for […]

New covers for two of my books

After a good deal of thought, I decided to change my covers for The Money Tree and Ang Tak. I felt the existing versions were rather static, and in the highly competitive world of book publishing and sales, they didn’t seem to grab the reader’s attention. Here are the old and new versions for Ang […]

Pardon my mistake

During the course of researching multiple pronunciations of common words (tomayto vs tomahto) I discovered a slightly different category: words we (or many of us) often mispronounce. In other words, while tomayto/tomahto may be optional, depending on where you live, some pronunciations are just plain wrong. I’m as guilty as the next person on some […]

Review: The Martian

Blown away from his crewmates by a violent windstorm on Mars, Mark Watney is abandoned, assumed dead. The story of how he survives makes for a riveting page-turner (these are not words I often use) in The Martian, Andy Weir’s first published book. Mark is a mechanical engineer and a botanist on a lifeless planet. […]

Carol singing

The Christmas season is filled with music, from the Nutcracker to the Chipmunks, the Messiah to Mahalia Jackson. Christmas carols, hymns, songs, and classical Christmas music are everywhere: at the mall, on the radio, in movies. For those of us who love the sounds of Christmas, this is good. While listening to Christmas music is […]

Image Quality in Print

I’ve produced five books as a self-published author. It was natural for me to do my own layouts since I used to work in publishing and I’m familiar with the conventions used in formatting books. I’d like to say I use one of the high-end programs—InDesign or Quark—but I don’t. Like a lot of writers, I […]

A modern Christmas story–free of charge

In view of the time of year, I’d like to give a shout-out to my first novel, Owen’s Day. It’s the story of a man who gives too much, a rather reclusive man, and the family and city who come to know him after he does a very brave thing. I recall having a terrible […]

Goodreads Giveaway for “Knock”

Today is the first day of a blitz Goodreads Giveaway for A Knock at the Door. While giveaways usually last a month, to give the offer time to percolate throughout the Goodreads system and the author’s audience, this one ends on December 20. If you’d like a free copy of the paperback itself, by all means […]