Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The most misused word in the English language

Okay, I don’t really know this for a fact, but I’m pretty certain you’ll agree with me on this.
I recently received a manuscript back from my editor with much of the dialog marked up for incorrect grammar.  
Now, I try and make my characters as lifelike as possible so I listen to the way people talk and universally, whether educated or not, the word can is used in place of the word may. This is a sad bastardization of the English language, but none the less, in spite of the games we were taught as children the word may has all but disappeared from our language.
Remember “Mother May I “, a game we played for hours which was sadly replaced at some time by “Simon says”?
My English teacher in high school would answer, when the asked, can I do this or that; “If you are asking for my permission, yes you may, but you can only do it if you are able.”
So when a character uses can instead of may in his or her conversations, it is only a reflection of the times we’re living in.
Of course I’m not talking about Literary Fiction, which should offend the reader if the word is misused, but my characters seldom rise to the level of a literary professor or an English Major.

So, to keep my characters as true to life as possible, they seldom use may when asking a question, that is, unless they are a character from an earlier time when proper English was taught and spoken and not abused.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

What goes into a character?

Apart from people asking how I came up with an idea for a book, I get asked about my characters the most. I’ve been asked if they are based on me or people I know or if they can be a character in one of my novels.
All of the above are true to some extent. One of my main characters, September Gale, happened to be a real person I met at a restaurant. The name intrigued me and I later told her I had used her name as the lead detective in my novel Threads of the Shroud.
Sometimes I have a personality in mind when I develop a character, as if did with Trick, a support character in Yellowstone Brief. A longtime friend had just the personality I needed for the flamboyant, yet reckless and carefree geologist.
My latest series starting with Crater features Scott Tanner a former Navy SEAL. He’s middle class, handsome, rugged, and slightly introverted man who is suffering PTSD. Scott has taken up treasure hunting as a business. His partner is a polar opposite, David Stafford, a former UC Berkley nerd who happens to be a genius and uses his inherited fortune to push the envelope of technology. They are an unlikely pare who have formed a symbiotic relationship that gets them into and out of trouble. I haven’t a clue where these characters came from but they were necessary for the adventures.

Check out Crater, the first book in the series featuring Tanner and Stafford.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sub Zero an Antarctic Thriller

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This is the second novel in the Scott Tanner series.

It’s not Global Warming that’s heating up the frozen continent. Russia has broken the 1959 Antarctic Treaty that forbids using the continent for anything other than scientific research.
 Scott Tanner and David Stafford are in Antarctica testing a revolutionary new type of machine called Sub Zero that can travel through and under the Antarctic Ice and are asked by the CIA to head a rescue mission for two environmental scientists thought to be held captive at Vostok Station, a remote Russian outpost.

Russian military is able to track Sub Zero as it travels under the ice allowing Lebedev, a Russian oligarch operating the illegal activities, to launch a plan to kill the crew and steal Sub Zero. With no US military on the continent to save them, Scott and David are forced to play cat and mouse with the Russian military as they race across and under the wasteland of ice trying to reach an American outpost. As the hunt goes on, United States President Tindall is faced with the grim possibility of launching a rescue plan that could lead to war with Russia. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Code of Deception

When two OSS agents go missing on American soil, President Roosevelt once again calls upon his trusted aide, Gaston Carson. The search takes Gaston to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he lands in a hotbed of frantic activity surrounding the top secret Manhattan Project and a remote area outside of town. Gaston soon discovers the missing agents are involved in domestic spying outside of the scope of the OSS charter. Santa Fe is the center of international spy activity and Gaston learns he cannot trust anyone, even those he is working with. When President Roosevelt suddenly dies, Gaston is left with no connection to the White House and no one in the Government he can trust. When his wife and child are taken by enemy agents trying to stop the development of the atomic bomb, Gaston must find a way to save his family and prevent the atomic bomb from being sabotaged before a critical test. This is book four of the Code Series featuring Domestic Diplomat, Gaston Carson, during World War II. click hear to view book

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Code Zero

After the United States suffers devastating losses in the Battle of the Coral Sea, it is evident that a new carrier based aircraft is needed, but it is suspected Japan is stealing our aircraft designs before our new fighter planes are even in production. In an intercepted message, Naval Intelligence learns there is one of the latest A6M Zero fighters undergoing tests on the recently occupied Alaskan Island of  Attu, at the extreme tip of the Aleutian Chain.
Gaston Carson, freshly plucked from the senior class at Annapolis by president Roosevelt to serve as his eyes and ears in the states bordering the Pacific is called back the White House for a Top Secret assignment. he must infiltrate the Japanese forces on the island and capture the latest version of the Zero Fighter and deliver it to the United States.
Time is of the essence with American and Canadian forces preparing to launch an attack against the Japanese occupiers.
Facing impossible odds of freezing weather on a remote point over a thousand miles from the mainland, Gaston Carson must find a way to steal the heavily guarded plane, but there is no way the Japan will let the plane go without a fight. Meanwhile those building the latest version of our fighters are waiting to release our latest aircraft. Will the next fighter plane the U.S. launches against the enemy, hold its own against the nimble A6M Zero and its more seasoned pilots?
This is book 3 of the World War II Series.Check out Code Zero on Amazon

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Code of Terror

      Book Two         

It’s September, 1942. The United States is at war in Europe and in the Pacific. The people in the small town of Brookings, Oregon are terrified. Former Naval Academy student, Gaston Carson, has been assigned to serve as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s personal eyes and ears in the Pacific Northwest, on the job only ten months, and is in the middle of the chaos. Strange balloons are being sighted. Unexplained forest fires are springing up, a school has been bombed and a mysterious airplane, said to be Japanese has been sighted.
Three months earlier Japanese Americans were ordered to inland internment camps. Most went peacefully, but some pledged allegiance to the Imperial Government of Japan. A  Japanese Underground movement has caused the FBI to launch the largest manhunt ever to be conducted in Oregon history.
The stakes are raised when Gaston takes a mysterious phone call and later finds the caller is dead. To make matters worse his girlfriend has been taken hostage. In a frantic period of terror along the Oregon Coast, Gaston risks his life to protect innocent civilians from a ruthless sheriff, a corrupt Civil Defense leader, and a Japanese sympathizer who will kill anyone in his path.
During World War 2 there were many atrocities, among them the treatment of the Jews by the Nazis, the treatment of the Allies taken prisoner by the Japanese and the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent by the Americans.
The internment order was debated at the time and was most certainly unconstitutional. Many Japanese Americans went peacefully into the camps, giving up their homes, businesses and possessions. Some argue that the very act of imprisonment created animosity resulting in home-front terrorists. Code of Terror is a novel set in the Pacific Northwest during the early years of the war, the very time the fear of the people led to the incarceration of our Japanese American citizens. The book is the sequel to Code of Silence and the second book in a three part series.

If you haven’t read book one, Code of Silence, I recommend it as a first read, although Code of Terror can be read as a standalone novel you will get to know the characters better and the setting more personally by starting with book one. This link will take you to the Amazon page for Code of Silence.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New World War II Thriller CODE OF SILENCE available on Amazon October 7, 2015

I would like to introduce you to CODE OF SILENCE, the first of several novels placed along the Pacific Coast of the United States during World War II.

Life along the Pacific Coastline during World War II is a period of history that little has been written about. At the start of the war, prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, there was wide spread fear that if war broke out with Japan the West Coast of the United States would be at risk of an invasion. The coastline of the Pacific was the least protected area of the United States and the closest to Japan. With little in the way of armament to protect its citizens, the Civil Air Patrol and Civil Defense were established as an early warning system should an invasion occur. The state of Oregon was the most vulnerable for an attack. With no major cities along the coast,and spars populated. The many fishing harbors were ideal for an attack should the enemy desired to do so. But Japan had another plan. She believed she could wage a war of terror, through small scale attacks on our forests and towns, causing panic and an out cry from the citizens of the coastline to be protected. To do this would have moved valuable resources out of the Pacific and given Japan a significant advantage in the war in the Pacific. This is the first book in a series telling the story of the other Pacific War. The war along the Pacific Shores of Oregon Washington and California..

Cover Story
Two days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese submarines are already sinking merchant ships off the Pacific Northwest. The citizens of San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon are in near panic, afraid an attack on the West Coast of the United States is imminent. To be certain he can trust the intelligence coming to him, Roosevelt needs a man he can trust for a secret mission. He chooses an unlikely candidate, Gaston Carson, a fourth year midshipman at the naval academy in Annapolis. His mission is to give Roosevelt firsthand accounts of enemy activity in the Pacific Northwest. Reluctantly, Gaston abandons his dream of one day commanding a ship, and drops out of the academy, to serve FDR. Gaston soon finds himself in the middle of a war unlike any he had trained for at the academy. Enemy submarines are operating off the coast of Oregon with impunity. We have no defense against them and no way of bringing the fight to them. Reluctant to move troops to protect the coastline, the Navy adopts a plan based on denial and deflection. Tragedies go unreported, news accounts are censored, and murders are covered up. As a civilian, Gaston must find a way to fight the enemy our government claims doesn’t exist. Gaston is in the middle of a war of deceit and deception, and the enemy is both on dry land and at sea. As strange as the concept is, he realizes this is a war that cannot be won without a Code of Silence.
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