You don’t have to enter anything or win.  For 5 days, No Alibi  is free to download, starting Saturday October 13th.

Some use secrecy to protect, while others use it to deceive.

No Alibi is the 1st book in the Doucette mystery series. It includes secrets, lies, motive, and a little bit of romance.

Other books in the series are: Easy Target and new release One Bad Thing

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Wow, the months (okay…years) have slipped by, and I realize I haven’t posted for a while so I figured it’s time to dive back in.

I hope at least some of my readers are still around and haven’t replaced me with someone more reliable (gulp)!

While I’ve omitted to update my blog, I haven’t neglected my writing. After my first book was published in 2010, my goal was to publish one book every year, and for 6 years I did it.

Then came ONE BAD THING which I started writing in 2016. I finished it, but I wasn’t happy with it, and I couldn’t figure out what to change, so I put it away for a short time while I looked for new inspiration. A short time turned into a long while with several complete re-writes, two title changes, and numerous edits, until I finally had the story I wanted.

As not everyone enjoys reading books with gritty language or rough scenes, I thought I’d add a caveat that this book does include both, though not too much of either. The pages are certainly not littered with it, but the book might not be best suited for readers who are offended by such nastiness!

Good and evil coexist in one man. His strong belief in justice weakens him dangerously, until he makes a terrible mistake.

ONE BAD THING is the 3rd book in the Doucette mystery series.

I’m not sure how many books will be in this series, but until I no longer want to work with Homicide Investigator Doucette, I guess I’ll keep adding them. Or maybe you can let me know how many books you prefer to see in a series.

Anyway, ONE BAD THING is reduced to 99c as a promotional offer.

To my readers who waited so patiently for this book, I’d like to say ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry it took me so long.’ I’m working hard on the next book, entitled HEARING SCREAMS, and am already on chapter 13.

With that, I’ll get back to it…..



The GOODREADS Giveaway for your chance to win a paperback copy of new release EASY TARGET starts at midnight PST tonight (April 10th) and ends in 6 days at midnight PST on April 16th***

Click the GOODREADS link to enter.

EASY TARGET is Volume 2 in the Doucette Mystery Series and the sequel to NO ALIBI. I’m currently working on Volume 3, titled Vanished, and will announce the release date at a later time.

Easy Target EBOOK 03102015Hours are missing from Lucinda Fitchett’s memory. She has no recollection of the events that occurred on Sunday night and she cannot recall leaving the bar.

The phone rings early the next morning. A stranger claims to know who spiked her drink and why. If she agrees to meet him, he will tell her, though he warns her the information comes at a price. Desperate to know what happened during the missing hours, Lucinda must decide if his offer is worth the risk. But can she put aside her troubled past, and will she be prepared to learn the truth?

Meanwhile, San Francisco police are investigating a shooting that killed a man in Lafayette Park. When Homicide Detective John Doucette visits the crime scene, it triggers memories that lead him to believe the murder could be connected to an old case, and to someone with a link to his past.

Damaging behavior

I’m reading this book by an author I’ve not tried before. 35% in and I’m finding it hard going, not bad enough to stop, but a bit of a slog (cringeworthy metaphors, implausible actions, editing issues to name a few problems). When this happens, I usually look at reviews to see what other readers think and whether it’s worth continuing.

Unsurprisingly, many readers commented on the same problems and gave negative reviews. What prompted this post is the fact that the author engaged with the readers who wrote the negative reviews in an effort to defend the work. While the author’s comments were polite, they only served to elicit more negative feedback, and even went as far as to put off a number of readers (including myself) from picking up this author’s work again (I won’t name author or book so as not to harm another author’s career).

It’s damaging behavior and (IMO) looks unprofessional for an author to enter into a discussion over a bad review. Not everyone will like your work and that’s normal. Some reviews will be genuine and others won’t, and a thick skin is needed to survive in this business.

If you like action, adventure, and want a wild thrill ride, author Charles Carfagno has a brand new release that might be right up your street.

A Demon’s Quest is Charles’s first book and is a fantasy novel

Here’s a little about the book:

51PhVG3AkRLTorhan hunkered down behind a large boulder to think through his options. The monks were his priority, but how was he going to find them? The chamber was too large and there were so many ants. His first thought was to use the remaining flasks of White Light and blind the ants, but there were too many variables. Could he blind them all? If so, how long would they be incapacitated? If he was discovered close to the queen, and they came through, he would be killed.

Torhan watched as they were brought down the walkway and dropped in front of the queen like some sort of gift. Some of the ones that were alive struggled to their feet, but were quickly maimed or brought down by the warrior ants. The queen grabbed the first of her tasty morsels with her giant mandibles and began squeezing the human. The man’s dying screams were so loud it frightened Torhan. After he was dead, she swallowed him whole.


Connect with Charles at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarfagno and see what else this writer is up to.

The Wrong Guy

WrongGuy_EbookIt’s 1969 and Catholic girls are a species of their own.

When Katie Hayes arrives at Eastern Michigan University to attend college, John Norman Collins has just been arrested as a suspect in the brutal rapes and murders of 7 co-eds.

Armed with her rosary and her Nancy Drew books, Katie settles into a picture perfect life…until she becomes the victim of a vicious crime. Now, her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk. She must use her wits to trap the real murderer as well as make certain that the man already behind bars isn’t THE WRONG GUY!

Today is RELEASE day for THE WRONG GUY, a suspenseful mystery based on the real-life serial murders of seven young women in the late ‘60s. In the words of the author, Claudia Whitsitt, “the book will appeal to new adults as well as those who’d love a chance to relive their college days. Never fear, there’s plenty of romance!”

I’ve read it, and here is what other readers are saying:

“A great who-done-it!”
“Gripping and suspenseful!”
“A pleasure to read.”
*This is the re-release of this previously published title.

Find out more about Claudia’s other works:


“One man is scrambling to stay alive…while another man is seeking the truth.”

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Did you know The Blackest Night is a Kindle-countdown deal?

Yep, for a few days it’s currently available for 99c in the US and 77p in the UK.

The Blackest Night is the 3rd in the Jackson detective series and is a psychological thriller with just a touch of paranormal.

Homicide inspector Mac Jackson is leading inquiries in a murder investigation. When an anonymous tip connects two seemingly unrelated crimes, Jackson learns a wrongfully convicted ex-con might be the only person who can lead him to the truth.

Here’s what reviewers say:

“…great character development…strong plot…believable. A compelling and entertaining thriller with a touch of paranormal. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.”

“…when I finished, I wanted more. I’m looking forward to reading more of the Mac Jackson series…”

“…will have you gripped from beginning to end…”

“…psychological suspense at its best…the characters keep us wanting more. This is definitely a title I recommend to anyone who wants to get lost in a great suspense story.”

I hope you’ll give it a try.


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