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My Existing Books (An Overview):
Extended Excerpts for Each Book are Posted here as PDF files—Look for the Links in Each Section. I want people to be able to sample each book before committing to buy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
The photo above was taken from my house in Woodland Park in 2014
Bosworth, A Coming of Age Paranormal Drama
BOSWORTH was a finalist for the Colorado Author’s League Young Adult Book Award for 2018.
Bosworth is also a finalist for the Next Gen Indie Book Awards
Jim and his mom moved into town and away from the city after his father was killed in an automobile accident. He struggles to deal with the loss of his dad, and is still recovering from his own injuries. A long-time imaginary childhood companion, Bo the beagle, returned to him during his stay in the hospital—a fact his mother accepts but wants to change. Bosworth is an old town filled with Victorian era homes, but there’s more in store for him than just old houses and imaginary friends. A dark, hidden fear has been with the town for longer than most can remember. No one speaks about it, but Jim and his friends will soon learn that they can’t avoid it.
Bosworth is a coming of age story, a dark paranormal drama with a dash of the psychological. It’s set in the small fictional town of Bosworth, in Orange County New York, and takes place between Sept and Nov 2015. It was released March 15, 2017.
Warning: Although this book has middle grade themes, it is a dark story and touches on a rather sensitive issue. Nonetheless I’ve been assured that it is suitable for MG audiences (and older), although I put a suggested minimum age of 15 in the back cover description. All books are written so a general audience will appreciate the stories.
Read a Sample from the book, BOSWORTH CLICK HERE (LINK to pdf)
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Some initial reviews of Bosworth can be found on the GoodReads Bosworth Page
Released in JUNE 2016 —— “I AM”, A Science Fiction Novel Available in Paperback and Kindle Editions
I AM was a Foreword Indies Finalist for 2016 in the Adult Science Fiction Category.
Realistic Science Fiction (I call it Rational Speculative Fiction)
Jenny is a junior in college, studying physics. Beginning October 2020, Her life will never be the same.
I AM is a story of love, tragedy, fear, hope, and despair. Dark Traveler, a comet on a collision course with Earth, is too dim to see easily and isn’t detected until it’s moving into the inner planet orbits. After personal tragedy strikes, Jenny begins a journey of self discovery and faces her own mortality and the end of the world.
From Jenny’s Diary:
“I’d never thought about it, the end of the world. Nor had I imagined that I’d have to face it in my own lifetime. This past year I’ve been so busy trying to get through each day without thinking about what happened last October. But the universe doesn’t care about our little problems. It has its own way of deciding things—and I’ve come to understand that the universe is a much stranger place than I’d ever realized before.”
Where did the title come from? It was inspired by René Descartes and his assertion, “Je pense, donc je suis” (or Cogito ergo sum in latin) from his Discourse on Method, 1637. You’ll see a parallel to how he arrived at the conclusion in the book.
Keywords: #scifi, #apocalyptic, #humanevolution, #humanorigin, #aliencontact
A realistic Science fiction story, containing a mixture of fiction and hard science. A virtual intro into what it’s like to be an astronomy student.
Just as a precaution, reviews of this book seem to fall into two camps—those that really like it and those that really don’t. It’s a bit of an unusual book from me—much more technical than the others, and with a theme that was the reason I wrote the story.
THE BOY WHO RAN
2014 Independent Publisher’s Book Awards (IPPY) Gold Medal for Juvenile Fiction
2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Bronze Medal, Pre-Teen Historical / Cultural Fiction
“THE GIVER meets HATCHET, set 6000 years in the past.“
Sample from the Audio Book
The Boy Who Ran, Middle Grade novel, and winner of the 2014 Independent Publisher’s Book Awards Gold Medal for Juvenile fiction, is a parable set 6000 years ago in North America. It’s the story of a young boy whose village was massacred and who escaped by running into the forest. He was taken in by another village, but has never been able to cope with what happened and this has affected his relationship with others in the village. The story follows him one late summer as he tries to overcome this disability and find a place in the world. Read: excerpt from the book (PDF Link) or listen to a sample from the audio book.
Judge’s Comments: “THE BOY WHO RAN is a well-written survival tale about a Native American boy living in North America 6000 years ago. . . .[Spoiler Removed] . . . The Boy Who Ran is a wonderful, thought-provoking book and should be in every public library as well as elementary, middle-school, and high school libraries. It will provide many interesting classroom discussions about survival and the way the world was in ancient times.”
Should Amazon Briefly Run Out of Paperback Copies, Barnes & Noble Will Usually Have them
No Accolades, But I Consider This My Best Book To Date
Suitable for General, and Young Adult Audiences
A FORGOTTEN GIRL IS THEIR BEST HOPE
A SciFi Dystopian Story of Family, Love, and Political Intrigue Set 200 Years After World War 3. Part 1 of a 3-Part Story
People in the Land survived the world war only to have their lives disrupted again by a wayward asteroid that broke up to rain down on the planet. This second tragedy disturbed the power-sharing arrangement that had helped rebuild the Land, under an agreement called The Balance. Council leadership exploited the chaos to drive the Order into exile, and then began banning the use of most modern technology, long blamed for the war. Phoebe is the last remaining product of the Order’s genetic engineering programs still living under Council rule.
Phoebe doesn’t understand why she’s so different from everyone else, and she struggles to survive, trying to hide what she is.
The exiled Order members have realized she’s in danger, and their leader sees a potential in her that could help them regain their place in society, and to re-establish The Balance.
Read the 3-Chapter Excerpt Here (PDF Link)
From a review: “I really enjoyed The Balance, it is tagged as a Young Adult novel because the main character is in high school, but it is not a book about young adults, it is a story of a new world and the order and chaos that ensues, it is a story of family, love, and sacrifice, and it is a story of political machinations against an unwitting public. It’s just a darned good story. —Dawskimo”
The KINDLE and Paperback Versions are now available on AMAZON.
The Balance Volume 2: The Wastelands and the Wilderness. Anticipated Release in 2019
The story of The Balance picks up four years after the events of Volume 1. I won’t describe the plot in detail to avoid spoilers from what happened in Volume 1. The Council and the Order continue to maneuver for political and tactical advantage and turmoil in The Land requires an expedition to the northern wilderness to find a key individual needed for the Order’s cause. Meanwhile, the Council goes on offense.
The Supernatural Thriller, DISOBEDIENCE (Anticipated for 2020)
DISOBEDIENCE, a supernatural thriller, is set in modern day Baltimore, but has roots in Rome and in Southern France, where the main character lived during much of the 20th century before fleeing World War 2 and settling in the US. I’ll restart DISOBEDIENCE (name derived from John Milton’s Paradise Lost) once The Balance Part 2 is released, or as I am doing final edits on that book. I’ve already scribbled a few chapters down and spent 3 months in Rome reviewing changes to the city over the period of from 1880 to 1920.
This was a time of rapid change in Rome that many natives have forgotten. Of course change continued once Mussolini was in power, through the 20’s and 30’s. He razed whole sections of the city to build the grand avenues—but that was another story.
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