Merry Christmas 2018 !!

I just wanted to take a moment to extend my sincere best wishes to everyone and my hope is that you will all have a happy & very blessed Christmas, as well as a safe & prosperous New Year.

At this time of year we all tend to be focused on shopping and the hustle & bustle surrounding Christmas, but I think it is very important to take a moment and focus on what is truly important.

At this time last year I was dealing with the diagnosis that I had cancer. Certainly not what anyone wants to hear, but within a matter of days I would also learn that I had lost my old partner, Paul Murphy, to this insidious disease. Most people would be rocked by the news, but in a way it was very cathartic for me. My diagnosis allowed me to stop for a moment and deeply consider things I had always taken for granted. One of those things was my relationship with Christ.

For several years I had been toiling, unsuccessfully I might add, at writing a book entitled: Where Was God? Suddenly, my diagnosis created a sense of urgency in addressing this, but what started out as a question of where God was on 9/11, soon turned into my investigation if there even was a God.

The very nature of this topic was daunting, but I opened my heart, as well as my mind, to the task. It is nice to ‘believe’ in something, but if that belief is predicated on a fallacy than what is the point? Who’s benefit does it serve? As someone once said: “I’m an investigator, I search for facts, I don’t ‘create’ them.”

When I was finished, I was satisfied that I had explored things to their proper conclusion and I was ready to present it to the reader; the same way an investigator passes a case along to the prosecutor. What I found particularly interesting was that one of the responses I received was from an actual attorney. He wrote in part, “Early in my journey with God I read ‘The Case for Christ’ [Strobel] and I was disappointed. It was not persuasive and frankly left more food for the cynic in me. Your book felt like a real case for Christ, as if a seasoned trial lawyer was putting on a case.”

The reality is, as we come face to face with our own mortality, we all begin to question what we believe in. Beyond the twinkling lights, and the festive decorations on the tree, is the real Reason for this Season: Jesus Christ.

We have all ‘heard’ the story about the innocent little baby, born in a humble manger, who would soon change the entire world, but was it just a story or was it real? The answer, based upon my investigation, is a resounding: YES.

The real Christmas gift is that Jesus came into this world to save us.

This Christmas I ask you to take pause amidst the holiday chaos, and give thanks for the gift of Eternal Life.

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33

No matter what you are going through, God is Always Faithful.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and God bless you all,

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My 2018 Christmas Gift To You

When you give the gift of reading, you give the gift of wonder.

Growing up, I always had a book nearby. Whether it was science fiction by Frank Herbert or a police procedural by Joe Wambaugh, I enjoyed the experience of being immersed in another world. It is one of the reasons I enjoy writing.

This Christmas, I am making my debut novel, Perfect Pawn, available on the Amazon Kindle e-Book platform for only $.99.

Starting December 24th, 2018 (8 a.m. PST) and running through December 31st, 2018 (12 a.m. PST) you can dive head first into the world of James Maguire, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and retired NYPD detective.

This page turning literary roller-coaster ride will take you from the concrete jungle of New York City to the idyllic mountains of upstate New York and beyond.

This Christmas, give yourself a gift that the only regret you’ll have is why you didn’t read it sooner.

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Debut of Brooklyn Bounce (Alex Taylor Book 3)

As an author, there is no greater feeling than when you are able to release your latest novel. Brooklyn Bounce is the third book in the Alex Taylor series and is the 7th full length novel overall. 

It is hard to explain to folks just how emotional it can be. A book starts with a simple idea and then the real work begins. Long before you ever type the first word in a manuscript there are hours of playing: 'What if?'

'What if my character does this?'

'What if there is an accident?'

'What if someone saw?'

Sometimes the answers come quickly, other times they drag on or, even worse, lead to additional questions. It is a long, an often tedious, process of creating an outline and ensuring that everything within that world remains plausible. 

Once you have finished that part of the writing process, then you get to actually write, but even that is not a guarantee. For me the writing process generally involves listening to the voices in my head and then recording what they say.  Sometimes they are Chatty-Cathy's and other times it's crickets. What I have found is that you have to learn to just roll with it. 

By the time you actually put the final period in place it is a mix of joy and melancholy; like the lead-up to Christmas morning, where you get to bask in the joy, only to realize that it will soon be over for another year.  

In a way I guess it is only fitting that this book come out right before Christmas. It is the culmination of many months of hard work and I hope that you will enjoy and appreciate it. Normally, I would take off for a bit to re-charge the creative batteries, but so far the voices are continuing to chat, so, for now, it is off to write the 2nd Cold Case Novella. 

Merry Christmas !!