Monday, July 24, 2017

Updates! Dr. Bowen #Mystery, AuthorFest!


The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River is on pre-order for Kindle!

* Awaiting the final approval for print! (The book is 141 pages, and includes an excerpt of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

* Tuesday - July 25 -  Authorfest panel: Authors discuss Secrets of Publishing

See the full list of 35 authors and other info for the Aug. 5th event. Plus Young Author's writing contest - and book donations for kids K-5 will be collected to replace books in the flooded middle school. 

Lake County IL Authorfest Coming!

 Join me and 34 other authors at the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest! - August 5th at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center.

** KICK-OFF Author Panel! Tuesday, July 25 - 7 pm, Round Lake Area Library, 906 Hart Rd. near the park district. See

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lake County IL Authorfest Coming!

 Join me and 34 other authors at the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest! - August 5th at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center.

** KICK-OFF Author Panel! Tuesday, July 25 - 7 pm, Round Lake Area Library, 906 hart Rd. near the park district. See

* ALSO - Help Round Lake's flood-ravaged middle school library! Donate a children's book for grades K-5. Books collected at the event and at the Round Lake Area Library. 

* New! Youth Writing Contest! See below.

Brought to you by This Old Book in Grayslake, Lake County Authorfest will feature more than 35 authors at this family-friendly and admission-free event:
New this year:  Youth Creative Writing Contest for kids ages 4 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 18. Winners in each category win a $50 This Old Book gift certificate and an Authorfest goodie bag. Pieces should be no longer than 2,000 words and the deadline to enter is July 24th. Click here for more information.

A portion of the proceeds go toward the Ray Bradbury Museum project in Waukegan, which seeks to restore the Carnegie library at 1 North Sheridan Road where Bradbury, author of DANDELION WINE, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and FAREWELL SUMMER spent his formative years.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Haunting of Dr. Bowen, Lizzie Borden #Mystery Print!

I'm now prooffing proofing the print version of 

You can still pre-order the Kindle version - and the print will be up there soon, too!

This has been a long haul! Now that I've seen it, it's been worth it! Well, once it's all finished anyway!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lizzie Borden - Dr. Bowen Mystery - PRE-ORDER!

IT'S HERE!!!! The Pre-Order is up for:
The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River!

 ** Check out the full cover  - and the first full review! - at Rebbie Reviews!

The Haunting of Dr. Bowen will release on August 4th - 
the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders! 

(Book is 141 pages.  It includes a preview chapter of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter)

(* Link for all Amazon countries:

* Add it on Goodreads

(The print may or may not be held up as of this post. Was doing a few minor corrections and waiting for the approval!
**  It will be released the same time as the Kindle. - 
but get the Kindle NOW on pre-order!)

(click cover for large image)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lizzie Borden's Doctor #Paranormal #Mystery - Almost Here!

Finally - it's almost here!!!!

Seemed like it would never get to this point, 
but now I'm just waiting for the final print approvals for  

The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River!!

The pre-order is coming! (I'm waiting to share as I have a review and full cover reveal coming this week! Stay tuned!)

Also be sure to check at the website for updates

In the meantime, how about this cool back copy! (Cover by Stephen D. Sullivan. - be sure to check out his books and his ongoing monster serial story!)

Don't you love it????? (Well, I do! Lots!!)

More details and the full cover reveal will be coming soon!

(click pix for full size)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Coming Soon

I’ve mentioned it before, but this time, I’m pretty sure the date is closer than ever: Humanity’s Hope will soon be released onto the world!

The goal is to either have it out by the end of the month or by the beginning of August. Either way, it’s close, and I’m super excited! Stay tuned for the purchase link. Until then, please enjoy the blurb.

Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.

*Trigger warning: attempted suicide

In addition to Humanity’s Hope coming out, I’ve been working on the third installment to my middle grade book series called The Ifs. The first two are currently on sale for 99 cents, so if you’re interested in checking them out, now is the time.

Book 1 in The Ifs series

Landon and Broden are brothers, and some days they DO NOT get along. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing, and plotting ways to get revenge on each other.

Then, strange things start happening… Noises in their room that are not from the cat. Homework that is mysteriously finished. A broken shoelace that repairs all by itself. Clothes that are put in the hamper on their own.

The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts.

When the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside, and learn how to work together.

Book 2 in The Ifs series

“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts. And Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

As the boys are drawn into another adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful—and dangerous—Gage’s magic can be.

Anyone have any fun weekend plans? I’m picking up my boys. They’ve spent the last 10 days with their grandparents and are ready to come home. I’m ready for them to be home. The house is incredibly quiet without them.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Lizzie Borden Post & Interview!

Up for your reading pleasure, a new post on the always-interesting UK-authored site, about Lizzie Borden - "Skipping the Dark Fantastic." If you don't know the full Borden story, there's some good stuff here.

Great background and some talk on the upcoming Lizzie Borden movie - and there's also an interview with me talking Lizzie, her supposed guilt, and all that good stuff.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Almost... Dr. Bowen #Mystery #LizzieBorden

Sooooo close!

Yes, there are only a couple little corrections now and The Haunting of Dr. Bowen , A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River will be ready to get up on pre-order!!

It's been  a loooong haul, some problems, some mistakes.... but it's almost here!!!

The story ties into the Borden murders, but is the doctor's views, recollections and experiences. At least how I'm imagining it!

(** In the meantime, for a different view of the Borden murders - Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is still on sale for Kindle to July 15!) 

I'll be doing a few pre-order and  full cover reveal blog visits soon!

The cover is by the talented Stephen D. Sullivan - check out his cool ongoing serial monster story, Dr. Cushing's Chamber of Horrors!

Now, if you've read this far... tell me what you think in the comments for a chance to win a Kindle copy!

Here's the Dr. Bowen book blurb: 

 Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.
Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.

    Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?

    Part mystery, part love story, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen reveals the eerie side of Fall River as witnessed by the first doctor on the scene of the legendary Borden murders.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Today! Beachfest - WI Books!

If you're in Wisconsin, check out the Beachfest! Event 
today - Saturday, July 8  in Lake Geneva!

Lots of authors, books and sun around the Lake Geneva Library!
 10-4, 918 W. Main St.

Say hello if you stop by!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Movies, Movies, Movies

It’s been a while since I last posted, and I apologize for that. Life got crazy for the past few months, but it’s settling down now and I’m getting back into a schedule. I’ve even had some time to watch some movies with the family, and—as always—there are a ton out there that I’d like to see. Below are a just a few for your viewing pleasure.

Which ones on this list have you seen? Which ones do you want to see?

Movies I’ve Recently Watched

Power Rangers – Not a terrible film. I thought it was a little slow. I just wanted to get to the fight scenes. Thankfully, there was a megazord in the movie. I would have been very unhappy if there hadn’t been one…

Chips – I used to watch the TV show when I was a kid, but this movie was nothing like it. Still, it was hilarious, and I really enjoyed it.

Movies I Want to Watch

Kong: Skull Island – I’m waiting to be able to rent this digitally. It’s been for sale, but I don’t want to spend that much money in case it’s terrible.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The Hitman's Bodyguard (be warned there is some colorful language in this trailer!)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What I'm Reading: #History #Horror #Zombie #Lizzie Borden

As I'm finishing up some other projects - and yay! getting some mini stuff done, too, thought I'd share some books I'm reading as well.

I'm a bit behind in electronic reading as my tablet quit working. UGH! It won't reboot either. So until I see if it can be fixed or I get a new one, I'm kind of reading on the computer (which I don't really like as I do enough of that) or I'm reading in print. So it's slower going....

So here are a few books I'm reading or hope to start soon, or have started. Yes, quite a mix but variety's the spice of life, right? 

On the Lizzie Borden front:

Just got:

Oh, another fantastic Lizzie read - coming in October! The Murderer's Maid by Erika Mailman is a new take on the Lizzie Borden saga - from the point-of-view of the elusive and lesser known Irish maid, Bridget Sullivan, whom Lizzie and her sister Emma called "Maggie."  Interesting as this is a dual-character story told in past and present - Lizzie's maid in the past, and a barista in the present "fleeing from an attempt on her life." Then there's Brooke, an illegitimate daughter of an immigrant maid tied to events of the past century.  Can't wait to learn how this connects!

I find it an interesting read when you have chapters with dual characters from different times, past and present. One of my favorite books, The Plague Tales by Ann Benson does this, telling the story from the pov of a physician in the 1300s and a modern-day scientist who digs up an old bacterium linked to the past, the plague, another horrific, but interesting topic.  As a writer, I've been intrigued by the idea of doing a story in two time periods with two different, but connected, characters. I may have to put my thinking cap on!

It's always intriguing reading the different approaches and viewpoints on the life of accused murderess Lizzie Borden. There are still a few others I have to read yet, but this one is unique since it's from the point-of-view of the elusive and lesser known Irish maid, Bridget Sullivan, whom Lizzie and her sister Emma called "Maggie." 

Some writers, of course, don't read in the same genre or topic they're writing in. Well, I'm safe, unless she has some zombies popping up in her Lizzie-Bridget book somewhere. ha! (And my little plug - Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is on sale for Kindle for $1.99 to July 15!) 

Still Reading: 

 Another book I've been reading is Rebecca Pittman's massive (800+ pgs) tome on Lizzie Borden, The History & Haunting of Lizzie Borden. Interesting take and research. It's "heavier" reading being nonfiction with some fictional elements and possibilities since there has never been any "confirmed" proof leading to the murderer, or proving Lizzie's guilt or innocence. It's a book I have to read in spurts. Some interesting analysis, however.

To Read: Horror - Zombies, Etc.

  Dreamwalkers, (The Oneiroi Legacies Book 1), Tiaan Lubbe -  Sixteen-year-old Narcisco thinks he's the only one who walks in other people's dreams. He isn't. When a msyterious dark woman appears in one of his dreamwalks, he's rescued by a secret organization that trains him and others to use their gifts. But he also learns about family and home, and as the threat grows, what it may mean to lose them.

Life After the Undead, Pembroke Sinclair - Seventeen-year-old Krista has to figure out how she's going to survive in this zombie-infested world. Now she'll have to fight to defend everything she holds dear... 

Death to the Undead - Book 2, Pembroke Sinclair - In book 2, Krista has survived, but she learn that some survivors are more dangerous than the zombies seeking to devour them. Caught between powerful forces, can she and fellow survivor Quinn survive long enough to devise a new plan or will they self-destruct? 

What are you reading? 

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Reading List! #Mystery #Zombie #Romance #dystopian


It's mid-summer - already!! I'd say here's some hot reads but it's rather cool here at the moment I'm writing this. (Which may change). Hey, get some HOT reads anyway!! 
      ** Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter - see form on website. Some cool contests going! And you don't want to miss what's coming, either!

Action - Romance:

 Sale. 99 cents!
Bad Beat, Regulator Biker Series Book 1, Carolina Mac - Annie Taylor loses the love of her life and ends up on the hit list of a rival biker gang. She heads to Vegas with her bodyguard Jackson, but when his father escapes from prison and tracks them down, roles are reversed. Now she must fight to save him.

Dystopian - Adventure:
Sale. 99 cents!  (New cover, too!)

Only the Dead Don't Die, AD Popovich -  Devastated after breaking up with her fiancee, grade school teacher Scarlett Lewis doesn't realize a super-flu is sweeping the nation. Searching for her sister, she realizes that others in this Creeper-infested world might not have her best interests at heart. With hope as her last defense, she must learn how to survive, without sacrificing her own humanity. 

Dystopian - Adventure - YA:

Sale 99 cents - July 6-9
Elimination, (The Mind Breaker Series book 1), Marina Epley - For fans of The Hunger Games, Maze Runner and X-Men. Immerse yourself in a gritty YA dystopian adventure with telepathy, hypnosis and mind reading.
    Eighteen-year-old Rex is trying to survive in a dangerous world where the government hunts down, imprisons and even kills those with psychic abilities. He’s a mind breaker, considered not only a deviation from the norm but the biggest threat to society.
Once he reveals his abilities for hypnosis, the deadly hunt begins…

Dystopian - Sci Fi - YA:

New! Sale, 99 cents!

City Under Ice, Into the White Book 1, TE Olivant -  
Under the ice the cracks are beginning to show...

Lisanne has only ever wanted to keep out of trouble. But when her best friend is exiled it shows the corruption at the heart of the city under the ice. To find out the secrets of her city she must go to the one place she has always feared: the White.

Kyrk is a Hunter, living on his wits out on the frozen earth. Soon he learns that his world is stranger than he ever imagined. The clans are fighting and he must find out why before it is too late. But when he meets the girl from under the ice all his problems start to make sense. 
Together Kyrk and Lisanne must prevent a war, and save both their races. 
(Amazon UK)

 House of Bellaver, Erika Mailman - In this literary ghost story, a 1800s family surrounded by Shakespearean artifacts struggles with the aftermath of the son's untimely death. Because his father was a California governor, the Bellaver home is preserved as a house museum more than a hundred years into the future. The modern-day director fights to save his job at the ailing facility, while the new docent, a Goth girl who claims to see spirits, wants to hunt down rumors that persist about the young Oliver Bellaver. The two team up to learn the truth in a novel about suffrage, familial betrayal, the uncomfortable gulf between masters and servants, how we remember history and preserve its objects—and whether we should.

HORROR - Short Stories: 

 Unhinged: A Collection of Horror Short Stories - Logan Keys, Thought this was a cool cover! Crazy, evil, downright scary. New stories added. (87 pages. Was free at time of listing.)

Paranormal - Mystery:

** Pre-order coming soon! 

THE HAUNTING OF DR. BOWEN, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River, offers another glimpse into the aftermath of the Borden murders - and reveals the secrets of Fall River from the viewpoint of Lizzie's doctor and neighbor! See webpage for details!


(New! Paperback, Aug. 8 release)

 Under the Dead Man's Hat, A Dr. Jude Avery Thriller, Robert W. Walker - From a master thriller writer who grew up in Chicago! 
     When homeless wounded warriors are found dead in Chicago, it's up to Assistant Medical Examiner Jude Avery MD to  uncover clues, chase leads and track down the madman responsible for the brutal deaths. But Jude soon finds that this isn't sport, but a killer seeking a bigger thrill. And she doesn't know whom she can trust, or how far she'll have to run to catch the killer.

Paranormal - Urban Fantasy/Romance:

Pre-order sale. 99 cents!
 Cimmerian Shade Boxed Set, Limited edition, Various authors - Dare to discover what lurks in the shadows in **New & Exclusive** paranormal and urban fantasy stories from your favorite NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling authors. Under moonlit skies, witches, werewolves, vampires, demons, dragons, and more, battle not only for their mates, but to stay alive...
    Fall for the alphas who play by their own rules despite the odds, whether century-old curses or forbidden love, or worse. For them, what lies in the darkness is worth the fight when it comes to romance. (iBooks - Nook - Kobo - Goodreads)

Paranormal - Witch - Time Travel:

Sale! 99 cents for July 
The Temple of Indra's Witch - Time Traveling Bibiophile book 4, Rachael Stapleton Sophia Marcil closed the book on magic long ago when she married Cullen O’Kelley and opened her beloved shop in Dublin. She’s taking life one page at a time until an old acquaintance darkens her doorstep and reminds her of a grim prediction made sixteen years ago—one that involves her daughter, her grimoire, and that threatens time travel once more. Since cursing Sophia more than five-hundred years ago, the witch has become disillusioned with life and she’s ready to return to 1494, where her enmity began. The witch claims there’s no time like the present to re-write the past, but can the woman who once cursed them be trusted to hold the pen?


2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders. - Now a reason why Lizzie did it...
** On SALE! $1.99 July 1-16

VOTE! - Up for a Raven Award in Horror for Best-Reviewed Books at Uncaged Books Magazine. I could use your votes!

 Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete -

Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?


Pre-order- Releases July 11
 Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology - edited by Jonathan Maberry and George Romero. Stories based on the 1968 Romero film that started it all - Night of the Living Dead.  Can't wait to read this!