The South Seas room is silver light, generous drinks, and the best band in town. At night, the fashionable crowd leaves swimming poos and beaches to haunt the end of the bar. It's a friendly place. Go there by yourself, and chances are, you'll leave with company. Someone is borrowing the pretty people though, and not returning them.

Convertibles, neon signs, and Gin Rickeys...a sea of light all the way to the Pacific Ocean. This is January, 1948 in Santa Teresa, CA...perfume and color so real you might not want to come back. Available in all on-line bookstores. Rated PG

The worst fairy tales are coming to life

London is devastated after two acts of terror within days of each other. After a chance meeting between Kyle McBride and one of the jihadists, they take direct aim on him and hurt one of his own instead. Before long he discovers their plan to raid a nuclear weapons depot.

Alan Durant is a disillusioned young jihadist given the task of the decoy, who must distract and lure defending forces away from the targeted nukes. Can Kyle turn him and learn enough details of the attack to halt the operation in time to prevent a massive jihadi victory over the west?

London, January, 1942

London Times war correspondent, George Adams, is a tortured soul, devastated by his wife's death and rejected by all branches of the military. Destroyed by events he couldn't control, he can't face the future and won't forget the past. His editor sends him to Singapore, a city threatened by the Japanese, hoping the exotic location and impending crisis will erase his haunting memories.

Within minutes of his arrival, George is caught in a near-fatal air raid that triggers a chain of conflict and catastrophies. Injured and sheltered underground, he meets Thomas Montclair, a crafty French spy, and Lady Jane Carrington Smythe, an English aristocrat, who are destined to share his adventures.

When a Japanese general is murdered, Lady Jane becomes the prime suspect. The trio flees the enemy and their own troubled pasts, confronting pesonal demons as well as the Japanese. They chase their dreams and elude their nightmares, evading a manhunt that spans the islands of the southwest Pacific, their lives wrapped up in a swirling kaleidoscope of death, doubt, and desire. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated PG-13

Something horribly wrong in the mind of a man 

A powerful love story forms the conerstone of this stunning novel, a story of loves lost and found, loves touched with madness and a curse that has spanned two generations.

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown cabin in the desolate hills of the Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the lengendary Callidora--a baby who was kidnapped from her crib by her father almost 17 years ago. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her father believes she is cursed.

Sophie, now unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, must decide whether she should believe her father or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that she can free herself from the past and live and love like "normal" people. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

Paris, 1942

Three lives intertwine in Nazi-occupied Paris: Paul, a brooding banker whose family was murdered by the Gestapo, Rachel, a teenage Jew who leads her family's escape from the Germans, Claire, a demure bookstore owner who finds courage and conviction--all confronted by an infamous Nazi collaborator. 

In the sprawling network of catacombes underneath the Left Bank of Paris, they hide thousands of Jewish refugees, giving them new identities and leading them to safety. Together they move forward, outsmarting a ruthless enemy, overcoming obstacles, defying danger, moving farther and faster, almost invincible, until an innocent bystander notices something amiss, and the entire world collapses around them. Available at and all online outlets. Rated PG

Can spies get laid off? And if they can, what do they do now?

Rulon Hurt had a routine store-bugging assignment. He's met by a surly clerk (Yohaba Melekson) and a bullying owner, but he manages to get the job done, with just a minor dust-up with the owner. When he gets back to home base, he is laid off and has to go back to the store and take away his bugs. 

What happens? He walks into a nasty situation and ends up running for his life with Yohaba. The two couldn't be more different. But opposites attract when the straigtlaced farmer/spy from Idaho and the impossibly intelligent physics student discover a trunk full of Einstein's secret writings that warn the world of its impending doom.  Available at bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

What's in a murderer's bag of tricks?

​Book One in the Abracadabra mysteries

Twenty-something Kaitlyn Wilde has learned to embrace her unpredictable life as a descendant of small-town New New Camel's most magickal family. She just didn't expect to inherit her mother and grandmother's centuries-old shop, Abracadabra, so suddenly. The surprises keep coming when Kaitlyn goes to finalize the estate at the local attorney's office--and stumbles over the body of her best friend Elise's husband.

As a brash detective casts the blame on Elise, Kaitlyn summons her deepest powers to find answers and start an investigation of her own. What with  running a business, perfecting ancient spells, and keeping up with an univited guest of fabled origins, Kaitlyn has her hands full. But with the help of her uncanny black cat Sashkatu and her muumuu-clad Aunt Tilly, she begins closing in on a killer who will do anything to make sure she never tests her supernatural skills again. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

The first book in the See, I Can Do It! trilogy.

Brenna is an almost-grown bluebird who falls from her nest while her mother is out shopping for breakfast

Bruised and frightened, and without a grown-up to help her, Brenna shares her fears with her friends in the forest.

Each friend tries to teach her their skills for getting back up to her nest, but Brenna keeps failing. 

Just as she is about to give up, Brenna finally uses the skills that nature gave her to reach the safety of her home in the trees. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated G

Sometimes secrets are too big to live with. Sometimes dying is a relief.

​Beatrice Stone came to the west coast, young and susceptible, with high hopes and big plans for a long career on the silver screen. It hasn't worked out. Something about Beatrice touches P. I. Nate Crowe, but he doesn't realize that she's going to haunt him, or that he's going to haunt her murderers. 

​Scented with cinnamon and suntan oil, soaked in neon and bourbon, Hau Tree Green is the sequel to Girls in Pink. From the infamous beach motels on Cabrillo Blvd to the gated palm-shaded mansions in Montelindo, this is Southern California in the winter of 1947, fresh, real and colorful as today.

​Rated PG, and available at an all on line outlets.

A newbie P. I., a rebellious co-ed, a madman, and a great throwing arm add up to a sophisticated mystery

Professor Ben Barklee, ex-baseball pitcher, teaches a course on Dickens at Ridgehaven College, a.k.a., Dropout U. When one of his wealthy charges, Jane Macalester, daughter of a senator, goes missing, Barklee becomes a hero, unwittingly saving her from her captors. Despite the heroics, he is dismissed from his position, because of the college's fiscal troubles.

​Barklee decides to become a Confidential Consultant, in order to avoid fiscal troubles of his own. He becomes a licensed P I. There follows a real mystery, as Jane goes missing again. The ex-pitcher/professor Barklee's main purpose is to find her. He learns quickly that he's a target for a madman, bent on getting revenge on the senator. During a great romp through the Chicago North Shore neighborhoods, with a number of nasty characters chasing after Barklee and Jane, it's Barklee's throwing arm that saves the day with his "purpose pitch." Available at all on-line bookstores.  Rated PG

A step-by-step manual for adults who love and care for older adults.

To all adult children, caretakers professionals: read this book. Conroy's approach aligns with the newest movement in American psychology called "Positive Psychology," focusing on one's passions and personal strengths.

This is an insightful, unique approach to helping people cope with the demands of dealing with the elderly. The writing is entertaining and insightful. Available at all on-line outlets.

Kyle McBride plays a game better than terrorists could ever guess

Women's fiction at its finest

​After making a mistake that could cost a mother and infant their lives, can a young, independent woman find redemption at a time when society doesn't trust female physicians? In 1883, Dr. Pearl Stern is haunted by guilt and self-doubt. Hoping for a fresh start. she leaves her Missouri home and sets up practice in the small mountain town of Asheville, NC. She vows to keep her past a secret. Though she finds support from the city's imposing Chief of Police, it's only a matter of time before the tragic incident she left behind resurfaces, threatening to destroy her new life.

​This novel explores the conflict women faced with the rigid roles set up for them by 19th Century society. The book's themes are tolerance, forgiveness, and the ability to face some of life's toughest choices. Rated PG-13. Available at an all on-line outlets.

Prof. Ben Barkley is in hot water again

A hauntingly good mystery

Book Two in the Abracadabra mysteries

Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York Hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. But the town may never be the same if a big hotel gets built. Kailyn does her civic duty and attends a town meeting about the matter. She is prepared for a heated debate, but not formurder.

When her Aunt Tilly finds the body of a board member, it's important to Kailyn that the true perpetrator be brought to justice. She plans to talk to every single living person in town, and a few departed ones, too. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

A magnificent work that will interest all generations of readers.

Two children, a boy from a diary farm in the midwest, and the other a girl from the west coast of California, lead vastly different lives during the turbulent years of the Great Depression and the subsequent wars. The separate journeys throughout their lives shape their characters as they survive drastic changes happening around them within their immediate families and with the world.

From the time their stories begin in 1936, to the end of the book, we see these two children emerge into adulthood, shaped by everything that is going on around them, not knowing the other exists, until a chance meeting has them meet and merge with new-found maturity and appreciation of life. The book runs the gamut of all emotions--through tragedy, loss, joy, innocence, longing, desires and finally a true, mature love. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

When three young women escape a polygamous splinter group hidden in Idaho's vast wilderness of 1896, their flight may free them from the horrors of forced marriage.

But what they discover about the religious sect and the connection with their own lives and family secrets is even more disturbing.

This novel is rated PG-17. Selected for literary excellence. Available in all on-line bookstores.

As a favor to a faculty colleague, college English professor and part-time P. I. Ben Barklee investigates an odd situation. His client's Indian-born wife has hired a detective to check out their dauther's fiancé, a monor league ballyplayer. The marriage detective has spotted "motorcycle hooligans" at the young man's apartment. To help with the case, Barklee must enter the bikers' deadly netherworld. Getting out alive means calling upon every weapon at hand. This unlikely arsenal includes Barklee's knowledge of Dickens and dormant baseball skills. Available in all on-line bookstores. Rated PG

Girls in Pink is neon, wet streets, smoke, venetian blinds and ghosts in pink in the summer of 1947--LA noir with a fresh, contemporary feel.

Santa Teresa, California. P. I. Nathaniel Crowe has extricated his client, Charlene Cleveland, from a dangerous marriage to a dangerous local hood, Sal Cleveland. Her husband grants the divorce, but then later murders her. Crowe vows to get justice for Charlene.

He crosses paths with the beautiful and exotic Annie Kahlo, an eccentric artist, who has an old grudge against the gangster. Annie knows a few secrets about Cleveland; secrets that might help Crowe bring the kingpin down. Despite all of his better instincts, Crow finds himself falling for Annie...hard. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

Nathaniel Hawthorne's courtship of Sophia Peabody has lasted over three years, because he insists on keeping it a secret. He has his reasons, none of which Sophia agrees with. But she knows they are destined for each other and he is worth the wait. 

Nathaniel bears a burden that has plagued his family for centuries. His ancestor, Judge Hathorne had condemned nineteen innocent victims to death during the Salem witch trails. One of his victims, Sarah Good, cursed the judge and all of his descendants. 

Nathaniel's belief in this curse has haunted and tormented him, until Sophia makes it her quest to save him. 

A story of love, compassion, and forgiveness, this book portrays the lives of two kindred souls whose legacy endures through the ages. Available in all on-line outlets.Rated PG

An investigative journalist dies in a suspicious traffic accident. Kailyn Wilde wants to help, but she also has her hands full with the curmudgeon, Merlin. Between keeping the wizard under wraps and mixing up cold remedies that work like magic, she'll have to tap into her many talents to figure out a killer's fatal formula. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

" A charming must-read mystery with enchanting characters. A fun and entertaining page turner."--Rose Pressey, USA Today bestselling author.

Dedicated to owners of Outrageous Kitties everywhere.

Johanna is a fresh, headstrong, full-figured, vain and very happy cat, who gets into all kinds of mischief.

Even though her rambunctious ways can be trying at times, her family loves her unconditionally--well almost. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated G

What if the love of your life was a ghost? What if you had to make a choice?

Hollow Lake has a legend. The locals say that the spirit of Chloe Hunter, a teenager drowned in 1980, haunts its waters. She has been seen every year since, especially during late autumn, when she appears as a figure swimming in the near-icy waters. Nick Horan knows the legend, but he doesn't believe in ghosts...until late one night, when he sees Chloe as she wades out of the cold lake. As beautiful as she is terrifying, the vision stirs something in him before she vanishes into the dark woods.

Nick has another problem: he's on a collision course with a murderer, and Chloe's ghost is in the way. Chloe isn't from here. She's a doorway to somewhere else, and he might just follow her anywhere. Available in bookstores in Canada,, and all on-line outlets in the U. S.  Rated PG

A smart musical mystery that will keep you entertianed from the opening bar to the last coda.

Hours after Franz Schubert and Johann Michel Vogl perform a commissioned song for a notorious countess, she ends up dead, and the two musicians become the prime suspects.

Authorities assigned to the case care more about providing a quick, politically expedient solution to the crime than catching the right criminal, and begin to delve into Schubert's and Vogl's private lives.

When one of the detectives assigned to the case ends up dead, Vogl sees a noose tightening around his composer friend. Convinced that the commissioned song must be the key, Vogl acts desperately, but decisively, to stop the murderer, as well as to preserve the source of music for the ages. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

SplinterFire lost our beloved David in July of 2017. He will be sorely missed.

A gripping story of the French underground in WW II

A mysterious journal weaves a web of intrigue

​Dr. David Knight, a genius in botany, receives the assignment of a lifetime, a chance to be the first to explore a volcanic island, Xulakan, which is sacred to the Mayans. Quickly he learns that the island is not uninhabited, but rather ruled by a madman, who holds him captive.

​The madman turns out to be a former U. S. intelligence agent, Mark Benton, who had fled from traitorous factions led by a double agent. David Knight records Benton's story in a series of journals, as the "madman" tells of his predator's attempts to silence him and how he came to be on Xulakan. Available at all on-line bookstores. Rated PG-13

Girls and horses--a great combination. It's the story of one girl and her horse, and what their lives must have been like long ago, and why Spiletta is, in real life, the Grand Dam of racing's greatest horses.

A quartet of musical suspects and a British agent, who must find which member betrayed the Crown.

Berlin, 1942

Amanda Hamilton, a Scottish photographer and violinist, marries a Nazi Party official and spends ten years in Germany, absorbing a new culture, immersed in one of the most tumultuous periods in human history. Her life takes a turbulent turn in the midst of World War II, when an English spy, Michael York, arrives in Berlin and convinces her to betray her adopted country.

A favorite of Hitler, admired by Goebbels and Goring, her photographs document life in the upper echelons of the Nazi party--a world that none on earth ever dreamed existed. It was there that Amanda Hamilton, never the author of an evil thought, walks in Satan's shadow. Available at taylor and and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

A fascinating journey for dog lovers about a man clearly ahead of his time.

In 1923, William Judy bought Dog World magazine for just over $1,000. For the next four decades, his unique, poignant, and witty writing and editing style, combined with his genuine love for dogs, enlightened a growing population of dog owners across the nation.

A prolific dog show judge and breeder and expert on dog law in America, Judy had a vision that dogs would serve humans in ways most had not imagined. He championed their use in military and police work, and in their value as assistance and therapy dogs. In 1928, he launched the National Dog Week movement, to honor man's best friend in a collective and thoughtful manner. 

Today, that movement continues, a testament to the legacy of this inspiring and gifted dog enthusiast. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated G

Book Synopses

A courtship for the ages

This is Book Two in the See, I Can Do It! series.

Michael is a beautiful juvenile American Bald Eagle. He is certain that he doesn't want to leave his cliff-top nest and fly. Despite encouragement from his famiy and raptor friends, he is too afraid of heights to fly.

It's not until real danger comes to the eagles that Michael finally flies, and learns that being an eagle is a very cool thing. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated G

The World is her oyster--until it is all taken away.

Lauren Moffit is privileged and overprotected by her wealthy parents. She is one of the few African-American students in a prestigious prep school in a predominately white neighborhood. Nothing can prepare her for the devastating scandal that rocks her world, when her father is charged with investment fraud.

Spoiled and self-centered, she struggles to keep her head high. But it's not until she hears the stories of the people in the park, where she takes her daily run, that Lauren realizes she can rise above her family "situation." Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated G

From William Bernhardt: This is one of the most fascinating legal battles of our time--and there's no one better suited to tell Jennifer Pedroza's story than Mike Farris and Jennifer herself. In this book, they lift the lid on all the insider strategies and skullduggery involved in the high-stakes litigation concerning what may be the most profitable book series of all time. I read the whole thing in a single sitting.

Told from the point of view, from start to finish, of lead attorney Mike Farris and his client Jennifer Pedroza, this is a true insider's look at what happened in the case involving one of the most successful and most controversial books in publishing history.  Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated G

Fifty shades of fun

The answer to whodunit may lie beyond the veil.

Book Three in the Abracadabra mysteries

How to avoid trouble and how to live through the trouble you can't avoid.

Let wilderness survival expert Rich Johnson show you how to handle anything and everything nature can throw at you--whether you're a mile from the trailhead in a local forest, stranded in a slickrock canyon, or weeks from the nearest settlement on a subarctic river.

Combining the best military outdoor survival training with the most useful techniques of the "primitive skils" survival schools, Johnson has created a uniquily flexible and pragmatic handbook. Covering almost every possible outdoor scenario, he shows you how to prevent things from going wrong, how to prevent them from getting worse, and finally how to survive any worst-case scenario. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated G

In the tiny village of Caperucita Roja, Mexico, in a plaster-cracked ally, there's a wall. Hidden beneath a burst of bougainvillea, it's painted with a picture of nine running wolves. The image is faded nearly invisible, but the right words can turn the wolves loose--an once set free, they can't be called back.

A thousand miles north, in Santa Teresa, California, the beach pavilion is in full swing. The oceanfront is overflowing with cold bourbon and hot neon, and the Mills Brothers are headlining at the Montelindo Hotel. The sun is gold, the swimmming pools are blue. This is Springtime, 1948--perfume and color so real you'll want to stay. The wolves are running and Annie's back! Available in all on-line bookstores. Rated PG

Who was Spiletta? She lived in the 18th Century. She was the real-life granddaughter of Sham, the Godolphin Arabian, and mother of the undefeated Eclipse, famed racehorse and the greatest sire in horsedom, and namesake of the Horse of the Year award to this day.

Spiletta is the secret of Eclipse's success. She passed her enormous heart to her son, who passed it to his daughters, and from his daughters to their progeny, blessing them with great stamina and speed. Spiletta and Eclipse's names are on the pedigrees of most Triple Crown winners, including the wonderous Secretariat and American Pharoah. 

This novel is about how Spiletta came to be the mother of Eclipse and how she became the first horse to conquer racing's obstacles, thus she was known as The Flying Filly. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated G

A lonely boater, a family annihilator, and vengeful spirits--a story of murder, forgivness, and closure.

Newly divorced and mourning the death of his young daughter, Mike Latta decides to spend a year on Echo Island, Canada, fixing up his property. With a job at the lake's marina and daily trips to the nearby village of Ansett, Mike feels himself slowly healing. He makes friends with a local real estate broker, Ron Babtiste. 

Mike begins to encounter two females, a mother and daughter, both on the island and in town. Their behavior is bizarre, and eventually he realizes that they are ghosts. When they show him a vision of their murder on his island, he recognizes the killer, Ron Babtiste.

Another ghost haunts the island, benign and somehow charming. It dances in the moonlight in front of the cabin and leaves coins as gifts. 

Determined to solve a mystery, Mike begins to investigate and finds that he is the main target of a vengeful and maniacal killer. Ebook. Available at all on-line outlets.  Rated PG

A story of yesterday and today 

Beautiful people are disappearing and Nate and Annie must find out why.

A puppy's imagination takes over.

A puppy comes home from school. It is raining too hard for him to go out and play, or even for his friends to come over. He wonders what he can do, and suddenly his imagination comes to the rescue. A triangular stair in his house is magically transformed into a pier, a campsite, a tree house, a rocket ship, and finally a theatre. The whimsical drawings and humor in this book will appeal to adults as well as children. Rated G. Available at Keywords: The+Triangle+Stair&type=

Zucchini--the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables--just gets no respect.

The hardy veggie seems to pop up everywhere, from sandwiches to doorbell ditches. Finally this book is here to rescind your perception, rescue your pallet, and save this little wonder's reputation. Zucchini is efficient, packed full of nutrients, and is delectable in everything from main dishes, to soups and salads, and even deserts. Filled with dozens of tasty and healthy recipes, this book will show you how to create wondrously tempting dishes.

This recipe book is sure to please everyone and finally bring honor and deference to the long green vegetable, with such fantastic creations, your neighbors will beg you to doorbell ditch your own zucchini anytime. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets.

From a happy future to the depths of grief, and a murder to solve

Available in all on-line bookstores. Rated PG-13

Everything is beautiful in it's own way...don't worry about what shows from without, but the love that lives within.--Ray Stevens

Terwilliger is a shelter kitten whose tail is short and stubby, unlike his siblings, who have long silky tails.

After his siblings are adopted, Twilly is left alone. When a shelter worker takes him home, she is so concerned with making his tail grow, she loses sight of the fact that Twilly is a sweet, loving cat. She finally comes to her senses and accepts and loves him as he is. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated G

This is Book Three in the See I Can Do It! series

Patrick is a huge young lion who lives in an animal sanctuary in Africa. As Patrick grows to adulthood, he finds that he cannot roar. He is reluctant to have an operation to have his roar fixed, but is encouraged by his animal friends to have it, telling him stories of their operations. 

He finally consents, and still can't roar. Certain that the operation is a failure, Patrick resigns himself to being a silent lion. However, when an emergency threatens the entire pride, Patrick is able to roar, saving the pride and the compound. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated G

L. A. noir, 1947, Santa Teresa, California

Dreaming of that beautiful sailboat? Read this book before you buy one.

If you've ever dreamed of casting off in search of adventure wherever your heart may lead, this is the book that will help turn those dreams into reality. 

A trailerable sailboat is the ideal way to explore every part of the country--wherever there are lakes, rivers, reservoirs, or ocean coastlines. To make the most of this exciting lifestyle, owners or dreamers need three things: an understanding of the boat and how to use it; knowledge about the tow vehicle and trailer, and a spirited sense of adventure to live the dream.

This book delivers all three, in a down-to-Earth style that is comprehensive enough for an old salt, yet easy enough for the budding sailor to grasp. Available at all on-line outlets. Rated G

The adventures continue as Pearl goes West

​When Dr. Pearl Stern's medical office in Asheville, NC is destroyed in a fire, she receives a letter from Dr. Walter, husband of her best friend, Victoria. Her friend is very ill with consumption (tuberculosis) and needs her help. Wondering how far one should go to sustain a friendship, Pearl also wonders how much she will sacrifice along the way. She knows she will meet an old friend who had once tried to romance her. Also, she wonders if she will return to Asheville or decide to stay in Arizona. Unexpected adventures again make life exciting for Dr. Pearl, and she is faced with monumental decisions that will impact her life and of those around her. Rated PG-13. Available at and all on-line outlets.

Life persistently fluctuates with its ebbs and flows, but for Amelia Sullivan, the river remains constant, until she comes upon the murdered body of her fiancé lying on its bank. Amelia hurtles from the anticipation and hope of a happy future to the throes of grief overnight. Amidst the lush backdrop of post-war Georgia, Amelia must unravel the web of deceit and lethal decisions that resulted in her fiance's death. But that's not a simple task for a respectable unmarried young lady in the late Victorian South. Available in all on-line bookstores. Rated PG

Being popular isn't the same as being loved. At the exclusive Violet Crab, the club headliner is Carla Rose, a torch singer with a voice as delicious as the rest of her. There is nothing delectable about the strange, bloated mermaid who washes up under the Santa Teresa pier, wearing seaweed and a red dress--and nobody wants to know about Carla's swim. She's all alone.

The Violet Crab is the third Kahlo and Crowe mystery, following Girls in Pink and Hau Tree Green. This is southern California in the dying days of 1947: Ocean breezes and palm trees, the taste of a gin fizz mixed with lavender neon. It's L.A. noir, as bright an colorful as today. Available at all on-line bookstores. Rated PG

Magic, Merlin and murder are a great mix for this cozy

The victim in this story has one of Lolly the fudge maker's knives stuck in her body. In spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly isn't the only one who is suspect. Meanwhile, Merlin's research into old family scrolls and electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide, Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets.

Mas. Gill Jamieson, poor innocent lad, has departed for the Unknown, a forlorn "Walking Shadow" in the Great Beyond, where we will all go to when the time comes.

Those words, printed in a hand-written letter delivered to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on the morning of September 20, 1928, along with a five-dollar bill identified by its serial number as being part of a ransom payment, told the city of Honolulu and the Territory of Hawaii that 10-year-old Gill Jamieson, the only son of Hawaiian Trust company vice-president Frederick Jamieson, was dead. 

There followed a search for Gill Jamieson and the man who had murdered him. Then an arrest, a trial, an appeal.

Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

Lisbon, 1940

With Europe in turmoil and France falling, British agent Taylor Hartridge obtains the Nazi invasion plans for Britain. He suspects a double agent in the Lisbon Embassy and insists on taking the plans to London, but is murdered before his departure, the plans stolen.

London anyalyst Simon Cole arrives in Lisbon, woefully unprepared but willing and determined, pitted against a German spy called the Chameleon, a master of disguise.

Racing to recover the plans before the invasion is launched, Cole hunts for Hartridge's killer while exposing the double agent in Lisbon--even if it's the woman he loves. Available at and all on-line outlets. Rated PG

Professional quality fudge is now at your fingertips

Entice your guests with the best homemade fudge. You can even use your microwave! This cookbook is full of delightfully simple and delicious recipes, including Butterscotch Fudge, Swirled Vanilla Fudge, Cherry Chocolate Fudge and Rocky Road Marshmallow Fudge.

Or savor related sweets, like creamy caramels, nutty nugats, and mouthwatering marshmallows. Plus, when you follow the instructions, you'll discover how simple tempering chocolate can be. Available in bookstores and all on-line outlets.

Lies, murder, and a legendary courtroom battle threaten to tear apart the territory of Hawaii.

In September of 1931, Thalia Massie, a young naval lieutenant's wife, claims to have been raped by five Hawaiian men in Honolulu. Following a hung jury in the case, Thalia's mother, socialite Grace Fortescue and her husband, along with two sailors, kidnap one of the accused in an attempt to coerce a confession. When they are caught after killing him, Fortescue hires Clarence Darrow to defend her. 

Written in the style of a novel, but meticulously following the historical record, A Death in the Islands weaves a story of lies, deception, mental illness, racism, revenge and murder--a series of events in the Territory of Hawaii--and leaves a stain on the legacy of one of the greatest legal minds of all time.  Available in bookstores and all on-line retailers. Rated PG

A high-seas adventure

Taste the bold, imaginative flavors of veggies cooked to perfection.

Assemble quick and easy meals with this cookbook's comprehensive collection of delicious dishes. Whether you are a full-fleged vegetarian or you simply want to eat more greens, you will be amazed at the simplicity and sophisticated flavors of these dishes.

Brenda Stanley creates the perfect guide to vegetarian cooking for a modern lifestyle.

Rejuvenate your body with fresh, easy meals. Available at bookstores and all on-line outlets.

Every year, 40,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries. Lee Goldstein was one of them.

Lee Goldstein lived with his injury for 68+ years, which made him at the time of publication and unnofficially, the longest living quadriplegic in history. The story of his injury and the reasons for his long survival are chronicled in this stunning book. Lee tells of his terrible injury, his fight for life, and the amazing life he led.

No punches are pulled in the very honest and someties graphic account of what para/quads and their caretakers must be prepared to deal with every day, from the use of wheelchairs, to bathroom needs, to the sometimes life-threatening, embarrassing, or hilarious moments in the para/quad's life. But none of these stopped Lee, who graduated from UCLA and went on to open and run many successful businsses, and lived an exceptional, colorful life.

Everyone who reads this book will be inspired and will come to better understand the real lives of para/quads, how they must live in order to keep living, and how much a good attitude has to do with how good life can be, even in a chair.  Available at all on-line outlets. Rated PG

SplinterFire lost our beloved Lee in June of 2017, after a brief illness. He was 85 years old. He'll be terribly missed, but his legacy will live on in this wonderful book.

A hellish conspiracy involves a toxic weapon of mass destruction to be delivered aboard a container ship headed for Miami. But the plan is blown off course by Hurrican Yolanda in the Carribean Sea.

The fateful container eventually falls into the hands of treasure-hunting pirates, as an unsuspecting family's salvage bid goes wrong. It seems nothing on earth can be done to prevent a vengeful Muslim martyr from achieving his ultimate dream--striking a massive blow against an infidel nation.

Or can it?

Rich Johnson's tough and pertinent thriller paints a chilling picture of today's world and insight into the thinking that drives extreme behavior.  Available at all on-line bookstores. Rated PG-13

Editor's Note: This title has been re-published and will be available next month.

A tragedy from the past brought them together, but will old secrets destroy any chance of a future?

When aggressive television network news producer, Elle McCord is assigned to Iraq at the beginning of the Gulf War, she feels her career is beginning to take off. But when her mother informs her that her elderly and ill aunt is about to give away the family farm, Elle takes a detour to try and stop the man who is at the heart of it all. 

On the rural Pennsylvania farm, Elle's horrific childhood memories surface, and what she learns about the mysterious stranger who she believes is swindling her aunt is nothing like what she expected.

Elle finally leaves for Iraq, but when she arrives, she meets Faiza, an Iraqi translator, who teaches her about the sacrifices of family and love and what home really means. Will be available at all on-line bookstores. Rated PG

A southern belle's transitional journey

Join Zoe Wren as she transitions from Southern Belle to a Daughter of Fire in this first novel of Raffini's trilogy on WWII. You'll love her characters, vivid personalities, revealing how they deal with the invasion of Paris and the consequences of Nazi domination. Working at creating perfumes, Zoe focuses on her career. She marries Julian Scofield for his connections overseas, and he marries Zoe for his love for her. Together, they build an empire, become incredibly rich, until that is, the Nazis invade Paris. Zoe must deal with Julian's sudden absences, not knowing until almost too late that he is working for the resistance. Fleeing Paris, Zoe and Julian take up residence in his grandmother's rustic castle in Lyon's farming country. 

Julian continues to work for the resistance, and Zoe is forced to contend with life on a farm. When the Nazis finally show up and stay a while, things get out of hand very quickly. Julian is arrested by the Gestapo, and disappears, seemingly forever. It's then that Zoe realizes that she is madly in love with him. But is it too late? What has happened to Julian?  And what will Zoe do running a castle and hosting Nazi officers without him?

Available at, and all on-line outlets. Rated PG-17, selected for its literary excellence.

Splinterfire has lost our lovely Christina, gone all too soon. Her novels will be beloved by all who read them.

Editor's Note: This is a huge best seller. Splinterfire sends its kudos to Diana and Piper for writing this wonderful novel.

Onia Judge and her  race to freedom

Onia (Oney) Judge, favorite slave of Martha Washington, lives a fairly comfortable life as the personal maid to the First Lady. Because she is light-skinned, Oney is invited to work in the ​president's home. For years she waits hand and foot on Martha, who complains constantly about being a "slave to the presidency," and who is clueless about Oney's lot in life.

​Now about twenty, Oney is exposed to free slaves who help others escape, and thoughts of freedom obsess her. But Oney still hesitates to leave the only life she has known. The final straw comes when Martha announces that she has promised to present Oney as a wedding gift to her odious granddaughter Betsy, and the young slave bolts.

​Told with great passion, pathos and humor, Oney Judge's story will capture your heart. Available at all on-line bookstores. Rated G