HFC Book of the Year Contest

And the winner is …

  Ok, it’s not book of the year or even first place in my genre, but it was completely unexpected by me. Oh sure, I was hopeful, but how many authors win any kind of award on their debut book? It would have been incredibly vain for me to expect to win anything. Besides, I […]

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Bronco Sue

For Starters, Happy Holidays to you all! While The Two Valleys Saga series focuses on fictional Jesús Messi and his coming of age story and is framed by the events leading to the Fountain murders in 1896, I’ve found the most popular character in the first book: The Mesilla, was Bronco Sue Dawson. There are […]

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Holiday Season Book Signings

‘Tis the season to buy books as presents! I’ve got two events coming up very quickly.  Next Saturday is our Las Cruces Writers Group annual Holiday BookNanza at the Mesilla Valley Mall. The following Saturday, the eighteenth, I’ll be back at Coas Bookstore in downtown Las Cruces signing all three of my books for your […]

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Ready, Set … READ! Book Two Published and Book One Refurbished!

In just over one year, I have published more than 240,000 words in two full length books and a short novelette.  The two full books are historical fiction that required a significant amount of research. These, along with a previously written one-act play are my first published works – not counting the weekly Las Cruces […]

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BOO – Even the wild west had ghosts and goblins!

Dia de los Muertos! Happy Halloween for you Gringos! Storytelling and lore were important pastimes for folks before books could be widespread and literacy was common. While it’s unclear whether Halloween as we know it was observed in 1887, it was celebrated.  Dia de Los Muertos was originally a Mexican holiday celebrated in the summer that was […]

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Prequel Novelette Published on Amazon

Hello fans, I’ve decided to publish my prequel novelette on Amazon.  I had been giving it away as a prize, but some people had trouble downloading or using the ebook apps or pdf readers, so I decided to bite the bullet and publish it.  I think you’ll find it provides more insight into Jesus’s “Chuy’s” […]

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Where were you twenty years ago?

  I wrote this in 2011, ten years after 9/11.  The America of 2021 is indeed a product of those attacks and the actions taken over the next few years.  Our bluster and sense of invincibility led us to act on our own when others balked at first and then were alienated by our administration’s […]

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“If you Build it, He will Come

    Being born, raised, and educated in Iowa, I’ve always had a soft place in my heart for the movie “Field of Dreams.” I played pretty much all levels of amateur baseball through a semi-pro league there. I once batted a thousand over a three game tournament without hitting the ball out of the […]

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Announcing …

For those of you in and around Las Cruces, my writing group is hosting a book signing event at the local Courtyard by Marriott.  

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Character Development – Morris Wohlgemuth

  I love developing characters.  Morris Wohlgemuth is a historical character in my book although there is little written about him.  In “The Mesilla” I adapted what I could find about him into a minor villain  in the story about Bronco Sue’s life.  The only historic record of he and Sue being associated came from […]

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