Friday, 26 July 2013

4 star review

There's a great new 4-star review on Goodreads and Amazon from reader Katie Matthews. As she claims in her review, she was "slightly skeptical" of the book going in, and "had a strange feeling that [she] was not going to enjoy this book at all." Her tune soon changed once she immersed herself in Sarah Milton's world.

As much as I love hearing how Reading The Dead is enjoyed by readers who are fans of paranormal and crime mysteries, I think I actually like the notion of stirring an interest in a reader with little to no passion in the genre beforehand. As I've always believed myself, the book may be based in a situation involving the supernatural and police investigations into brutal murders, but at its core it's really about the characters.  That's what first interested me in writing the tale, and that's what I hope will interest you in reading it.

Thanks, Katie. It's always nice to hear from a "convert."

Check out her review here on Goodreads:

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Lulu Now Selling Reading The Dead

Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles now has a new home on An epub version of the book is currently available at the link provided below. Once the book is evaluated, it may also find itself distributed on Barnes & Noble, ibooks, etc.

As always, you'll find these links under my LINKS option at the top of the page.

Here's the Lulu link to Reading The Dead:

and here's a link to my new Lulu author page, where you'll find future books more easily:

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

5 star review

A new five star review for Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles has hit the web! Thanks to Jessie Shull for her kind words.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Anna's Adventures Now Complete!

I'm pleased to say that the companion book for FIDELIS IN AETERNUM, "Anna's Adventures," is complete and ready to be sent off to my editor. This 17,500 word novelette (or novella, if that's your preference - the word count falls into that sweet spot between either) features two stories that coincide with events in the book.


As Sarah and her LAPD companions close in on the trail of the Fancy Dress Killer, none of them realize that a certain invisible hitchhiker is along for the ride. It's a good thing she is, because as the unpredictable Harry Sands manages to get the upper hand, the surprising intervention of Sarah's ghostly companion turns out to be her only chance for survival.

Anna Nigma as you've never seen her before, exhibiting a whole new ability in her paranormal bag of tricks.



Sarah and Anna are back in Tilford to attend the wedding of William Milton and Claire Hennessey. However, while everyone is occupied with the ceremony being conducted in the back yard of the family's home, Anna Nigma finds herself caught up in a battle of wits against a pair of would-be robbers, disguised as caterers. They planned on everything, except facing off against the poltergeist queen of pranks.

It's a fast, fun story you won't want to miss!

Look for it, coming out with the release of book two!

4 star Readers' Favorite review

I love starting the day with a great new four star review! Tracee Gleichner, a book reviewer with the Readers' Favorite website, provided me with this wonderful wake-up gift. Thank you so much!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Entire chapter of READING THE DEAD - now on Wattpad!

Not content with offering previews here and there, now I've really gone and done it! While playing around with Wattpad, I've ended up offering an entire CHAPTER of the story online. You should definitely take advantage of my madness and check it out. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

4 star review on Chapters

There's a new 4-star review for Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles now out. Thanks to fellow Maritimer Michelle Olsen for writing such a wonderful review. It's the first book review so far on Chapters. You can check it out here:

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


In celebration of my author's page on Facebook reaching 600 likes, I'm pleased to offer a new preview from the upcoming second book of my paranormal detective series, READING THE DEAD: FIDELIS IN AETERNUM.

Check it out here:

or on the READING THE DEAD Facebook page at:

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Author Interview With Nat Wood

UK author Nat Wood is hosting me today on her website, "M/M Stories By N. Wood." Thanks, Nat!

Please stop by and check out Nat's book, La Cala, while you're there!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

In Character - The Seven Deadly Motivations For Murder

When designing a mystery thriller, character motivation is paramount. Nobody's going to believe the butler did it, simply because the author says so. Opportunity to commit the crime is only half the story. Without a defining motive driving the killer's actions, the murder lacks reason. 

This rule holds true even when writing about a sociopath, or anyone with a different moral compass than most people. Even so-called "thrill killers" commit murder for a reason, though their motives often tend to be rooted in a deeper psychological need that isn't initially obvious to others. With their inner demons spurring on these disturbed individuals to commit the unthinkable, the investigation into their crimes takes on a whole new level of complexity. It becomes not only a search for clues, but also a quest to understand the reasoning behind a mindset that is often devoid of rationality.

In looking at the reasons for committing murder, a good place to begin is with the seven deadly sins.

LUST - A desire for physical intimacy, power, wealth, respect. This is probably one of the most widely used motives for literary killers. Many sociopaths have an underlying motive of lust driving them to commit murder, such as a need to feel empowered or fulfilled in some way by the act itself.

GLUTTONY - The selfishness involved in placing one's interests over the well-being of others is motive for not only murder, but revolution.

GREED - This sin of excess can cause one to commit atrocities in the heat of the moment, often going hand-in-hand with pride and envy.

SLOTH - A failure to act when one should perpetuates the cause of evil doers. This motivation tends to be more widely used in the character makeup of heroes, rather than villains.

WRATH - Feelings of uncontrollable anger or hatred, without an underlying cause. This can be the domain of the most unpredictable villains. Under the guidance of numerous ghosts directing his fury, the serial killer known as "Raithe," from my book Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles, fits in this category. What makes it so hard to track down these sorts of killers is that the passion they exhibit in their murders can often be misconstrued by investigators as a sign of a deeper, more personal motive, such as jealousy.

ENVY - An insatiable desire, leading a killer to strike out at what he covets the most. Often, this gets mixed in with lust in the formation of a fatal love triangle, or greed in the event of a killer desiring a valuable possession in the ownership of the victim.

PRIDE - Most serious of the deadly sins, and the source of all others. Committing murder as a means of covering up a potentially damaging scandal is just one killer's motive, of many.

These sins can spur a healthy brain to commit murder, when sufficiently motivated. In the case of the psychopath, they form the basis for a skewed sense of morality and self-justification for murder that would be unfathomable to anyone else. That's what makes an investigation into the motivations for their crimes so interesting. Figuring how differently their mind functions during the course of an investigation is like mapping out an alien landscape. 

Find out for yourself. Explore the world of Sarah Milton, LAPD homicide detective and criminal profiler, in the first of a paranormal detective series that blends a psychological crime thriller with the supernatural.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

4 star review

Amazon and Goodreads has a great new four-star review for Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles. I couldn't be happier!

Awesome Paranormal Thriller,
July 9, 2013
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review LoP. The main character, Sarah, has an imaginary friend, Anna Nigma. From the time she is a child Anna is Sarah's constant companion; then suddenly after a life altering event, no more Anna. Sarah comes to terms with the abandonment of her friend for the most part. Sarah is a book addict, like me, so I can relate. She's also a Criminal Profiler who specializes in putting away the really bad guys and she's very good at her job. She's still her normal, dorky self and has more time for books than people. Although she is trying to change that.
Reading The Dead is a great traditional paranormal read. When I say traditional, I mean the "I see dead people" kind of way. This is an absolutely creative plot, with many twists and turns along the way. Turns out that Anna has been there for Sarah the whole time. And Anna isn't an imaginary friend - she's a ghost with really cool powers. Okay, only one, but it is cool; and it helps Sarah when she needs it most. The other characters in the story are pretty solid, the plot solid and very creative. I love the way the book ended - "Not the end." So I'm looking forward to the next installment and finding out more about Sarah and her other friends/co-workers.

This is from Kirsten Lamberton on the Open Read 2 Review forum in Goodreads' "Lovers of Paranormal" group. There's still spots available, if you would like to get your hands on a FREE copy of the book, in exchange for a few honest words. Please consider it - I need reviewers and you need a good read. It's a win-win!

Friday, 5 July 2013

5 star review + Exclusive Excerpt

The Kronicles of Korthlundia gives Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles 5 stars!

Check out this great review along with a third, never before seen excerpt of the book at Jamie Marchant's website:

You'll also find my author interview at:

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Author Interview at The Kronicles of Korthlundia

I would like to extend a special thanks to Jamie Marchant for featuring me on his blog, "The Kronicles of Korthlundia".

Check out my author's interview at this address today, and be sure to come back tomorrow for a special never before seen excerpt of READING THE DEAD - THE SARAH MILTON CHRONICLES.

Happy July 4th!

For all my friends and fans across the border... have a good one!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Reading The Dead Crosses The Border!

I just received word of a great Canada's Day gift! Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles and my short story Hole are both now available at one of Canada's best known book retailers! 

Check out my author page on the !ndigo website at

or jump straight to the Reading The Dead book page and place your order while the 99 cent sale is still in effect!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Happy Canada Day!

It's been a while since my last post, but it's not because I'm such a slacker. I mean, I am, but not in this case. There's just so much stuff going on right now that I'm trying to remain focused.

What's up? Let's see...

1. My first 99 cent sale for Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles is in full swing this week. If you haven't snatched your copy already, don't delay. It may be Christmas (or even later) before this price comes around again. Until July 7, you can still grab the book at:

2. Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles is also featured as a R2R book on Goodreads' "Lovers of Paranormal" group. There's still plenty of opening for new readers, so if you're willing to write a brief review in exchange for a free copy of the book, please submit your entry on their website: 

3. Finished the first draft (in screenplay format) of the Anna Nigma standalone tale, "Happily Ever Afterlife," and now I'm weaving together the short story for the upcoming companion book to Fidelis In Aeternum. It's going to be be one freaking fun read!

4. Submitted my book to reviewers, book websites, and more. Always have to keep the marketing machine greased. Thanks to Toni Carter at the "Everything Books And Authors" website  ( and Jamie Marchant at (Promise I'll get that interview out to you before Wednesday, even if I have to forgo sleeping to finish it).

Also, check out the snazzy new author page at Freado:

I can't wait for the day that I start earning enough from my book sales to warrant paying money for advertising sites, without ending up deep in the red. I'm just not selling a thousand books a week yet. Maybe one day...