Learn More About Tea in Crimea

Jul. 29, 2018 by

February 2014: Russian troops have seized Crimea without firing a shot, but the scent of budding violence permeates the air. Sergeant Viktor Belov and the members of Squad B guard a lonely checkpoint. Euromaidan activists and young lovers Danilo and

Tea in Crimea Book Trailer

Jul. 28, 2018 by

Alright, alright, alright … I bashed out a trailer for Tea in Crimea to share around on social media, and thought I’d share it here on the blog, as well. If this doesn’t grab you by the shirt collar and

Tea in Crimea Has Arrived

Jul. 28, 2018 by

Four years of hard work have come to a close, and my debut novel, Tea in Crimea, goes on sale July 30. It’s been a long, difficult road, and I’m very, very happy to finally arrive at the end of

Blog: Something’s Going to Happen

Jan. 17, 2018 by

Dave Bowman: “You see, something’s going to happen.” Heywood Floyd: “What? What’s going to happen?” Dave Bowman: “Something wonderful.” (Apologies to Arthur C. Clarke, but I couldn’t resist.) I wanted to post a quick update to let you know that

Short Story: Success Story; 2018

Jan. 10, 2018 by

Inside jokes: Brayden King’s vlog was full of them. This would explain why he giddily chanted “Gummy bearsss! Gummy bearsss!” with a ridiculous, drawn-out “s” while standing over the hefty kid’s corpse in the school library. The video was Brayden’s

Book Review: Philip K. Dick’s “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said” and the Sham of Fame

Dec. 31, 2017 by

Spoiler Alert: If you intend to read PKD’s “Flow My Tears,” but haven’t yet, wait to read this post. Do you ever purposely shelve a book to build up your sense of anticipation and eventual satisfaction upon finally reading it?

Short Story: Fastball; 1978

Nov. 20, 2017 by

Laying on his back, Billy watched his cigarette smoke curl and coil upward toward the slowly rotating ceiling fan. He’d take a drag, exhale and watch the blue-white dragon’s tail unscroll from the cherry of his Marlboro, constantly twisting and

Book Review: Cicero’s Journey Comes to Its End: Robert Harris’s “Dictator”

Nov. 2, 2017 by

It’s hard to tell what Robert Harris loves more: his subject matter or his audience. I suppose with that opener I’m officially fawning, but having read most of Harris’s bibliography, I’m coming to the conclusion that there are few authors

Short Story: Higher; 1990

Sep. 15, 2017 by

The Saturday afternoon smoke session’s conversation veered toward its typical pointlessness as Jerry packed what would presumably be the day’s final bowl into the bong. “You guys need to strive for more,” Topher said flatly as he dug for the

Short Story: The Nautilus

Sep. 7, 2017 by

Bill was having second thoughts about giving Nathan that boat. Mind you, it was a beautiful little craft: a child-sized skiff painted in emerald green with the name “Nautilus” painted in gold across the transom. Yet here Bill was, slowly