The much-anticipated (at least in my own mind) follow-up to Redcoat is now on sale. It features historian Emma Eaton and her wheels-off band of sleuths: Sister Gertrude, Mitch, Gibraltar, Zip and Allie. This time her boss at the Foundation, Chris Moran, sends the gang on an impossible quest: find a legendary and priceless gold-and-jeweled cross rumored to be hidden somewhere on the grounds of Gladewood Plantation. There’s one catch. A ruthless and relentless rival has stumbled upon an important clue from the past and already has a head start. But as Emma picks up the trail, she awakens a darker, more sinister foe that may be hiding the cross and a secret so devastating, it’s worth killing Emma and her friends to protect it. If you like a good treasure hunt, a touch of mystery, history and humor, then grab a copy and enjoy. As always, thanks in advance for your interest in my books. As a lover of mysteries, history, south Louisiana and general mischief and mayhem, I'm always thrilled to get one of these stories down on paper. Or pixels for you e-book fanatics. I'm going to stick with Emma and her crazy friends for a while. Which is why I'm already well into her next adventure: Last Island. I won't tell you what it's about yet, but if you liked Fort St.Jesus Bait and Tackle, I think you'll like Last Island.
My latest full-length mystery novel, Redcoat, is now available as a print and e-book on Amazon, and as an e-book on Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble's e-bookstore and other e-book sites. It's the first in a series of mysteries featuring young Louisiana historian Emma Eaton. She's in the process of restoring a derelict plantation home, but she and her crazy friends get mixed up in deadly mysteries set in the present, but with ties to events of the past. I really enjoyed writing this one, since it let me explore all the things of I love about south Louisiana: its history, rich culture and colorful characters. Here's the blurb that tells you all about it:
A British diplomat is murdered in the French Quarter, run through with a sword. In his hand is a metal button from a 200-year-old British Redcoat’s uniform. The FBI and Scotland Yard suspect this is no random murder. A panicked city thinks a ghost walks among them. But the authorities aren’t so sure, and they turn to local historian Emma Eaton for help. She reluctantly pulls herself away from a major restoration project at a dilapidated plantation home. Joining her is her eclectic team of researchers: ex-NFL defensive lineman and archaeologist Gibraltar Jones, salty-tongued old nun Sister Gertrude, and dashing Scotland Yard Inspector Tony Spencer. As the body count rises, they begin to connect the murders to the fate of a missing British soldier from the Battle of New Orleans and to a prominent New Orleans family who may have secrets to hide. But as Emma unravels more of the mystery, it puts her closer to an unbelievable truth, and the point of the sword of The Redcoat.
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If you need a little ghost story to get you in the mood for Halloween, try this one. Instead of strange noises in the attic, though, you'll get the first Cajun president wrestling with a looming military confrontation with China, the ghosts of past presidents showing up, and a plot to sneak a voodoo priestess into the White House to get rid of them. But is that the right thing to do, or will it set off World War III? Get The Ghosts of Bayou Potomac now in paperback or e-book and find out for yourself.
My latest full-length novel, The Ghosts of Bayou Potomac , is in production and is expected to launch in early September. It's Ghostbusters meets The West Wing, and should be a lot of fun. Here's a preview of the blurb on the back:
"President Beau Bergeron's rookie year in office is turning out to be more than he bargained for. An aggressive Chinese admiral is pushing for a big naval showdown with the U.S. Fleet in the South China Sea. And if that's not enough to occupy Beau's time, the sudden appearance of the ghosts of past presidents is about to push him over the edge. While they dole out advice, drink his beer, play practical jokes and ogle the first lady, Beau tries to figure out if his predecessors are helping him or pushing the country closer to war. His crazy college buddies aren't helping, either, as they hatch a plan for a little bayou-style ghost busting -- if they can get past the Secret Service. Can America survive the weekend and the Ghosts of Bayou Potomac?"
The Ghosts of Bayou Potomac will be available in print and e-book format. Look for launch-day news soon.
It's been a busy few months getting this new thriller series launched. "Draken's Fire" and "Viper" feature Doug Malone, a former Delta Force special ops soldier who has "retired" to his native Louisiana as a charter fishing boat captain. But his former contacts at the Pentagon, the CIA and the FBI always seem to need Doug for a special kind of charter job. That's when Malone's other business goes into action. It's "High Ground," a security and intelligence-gathering outfit based in the New Orleans French Quarter. Doug's other partners are Ike "Gunny" Davis, another retired special forces friend, and Rhonda "Drop Dead Red" Howard, an ex-New Orleans homicide detective. Together they get caught up in one adventure or another in the service of king and country. These books are novellas, or short novels, and are available only as e-books on Kindle, Nook or iBooks. I've got three more Malone thrillers in the pipeline. Look for the next one, Flashpoint, later this year.
We’ve all discovered good books simply by asking a trusted friend what he or she has read lately. That’s the point of Goodreads at www.goodreads.com, except there you’ll have 15 million friends to help you find a great book. Think of it as a mash-up of Facebook, your book club, and everyone else’s book clubs. You get to see what other people like, by genre, and how they rated them. And every genre and sub-genre has groups you can join. It even lets people break it down into books they’ve read, books they’re reading now or books they’re about to read. Goodreads started in 2007 and today has over 15 million members and growing. What I like is that you’ll find books and authors you might otherwise have never found. And because you can hang out virtually with people who read the kind of stuff you do, you can find some real gems. If you haven’t seen the site yet, go check it out. It was really made for readers. Here’s a link to a New York Times article about Goodreads that ran a few weeks ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/books/goodreadscom-is-growing-as-a-popular-book-site.html?_r=0