Hello, and welcome
I'm glad you stopped by. Stay a while, have some sweet tea and find out more about my stories.
I'm a writer, and although I have written nonfiction for  a small weekly news magazine in the past, these days I write mainly Southern fiction with a touch of romance, suspense and other elements.
My Books
Blurbs, synopses, excerpts, video trailers, reviews and where-to-buy info for the novels in the Legacy of Fortitude series, Southern Man, its sequel, Sweet Southern Boys. 

Also check out the page for Storm Surge, a romantic suspense novel set in Pensacola, Florida published by Desert Breeze Publishing.

Then, take a look at my latest release, Love in Smallfoot Alley, for romantic suspense with a touch of mad-scientist sci-fi and a whiff of the paranormal . (Go to BOOKS PAGE)

My Blog
(where nearly anything goes)
News, essays on writing and reading, behind-the-scenes looks at characters, locations, even the cuisene that shows up in my stories.  Discussions of historic, contemp- orary and cultural influences that go into writing fiction, and more.  Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section.(Go to MY BLOG)
(including free reads and contests)
Here you will find free short stories featuring Verona Vignettes, scenes and snippets from the Legacy of Fortitude series that didn'nt make it into the books, for one reason or another. Also check here for periodic contests and give-aways.(Go to EXTRAS PAGE)
Biographical Info
I'm a preacher's kid who grew up in Georgia and Alabama, and a former staff writer for The Florida Sun, (now the Independent News), which began publication in Pensacola, Florida, in 1999, by then- Congressman Joe Scarborough.... (Go to BIO PAGE)
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Published Novels
Click the covers to go to each book's dedicated page.
Visit the BOOKS PAGE for information about my works in progress.

Devotion and
treachery in a small Southern town

Amazon Trade Paperback
Kindle E-Book
Smashwords E-Book

A coming of age tale,
a story of misandry run amok

Amazon Trade Paperback
Kindle E-Book
Smashwords E-Book

Can love transcend
her deceit and his distrust?

Amazon Trade Paperback
Kindle E-Book
Desert Breeze Editions

Loneliness and
tragedy are no match for true love

Amazon Trade Paperback
Kindle E-Book
Smashwords E-Book

The South ~ My Writing Inspiration
A Land of Legend, Song, and Hallowed, Heroic Memories

Why Southern fiction? The words of Edward Carmack (1858-1908), Congressman, Senator and prominent  journalist in Tennessee, offer a an insightful place to start a discussion of my motives for writing about the South and its people:

The South is a land that hs known sorrows. It is a land that has broken the ashen crust and moistened it with tears, a land scarred and riven by the plowhare of war and billowed with the graves of her dead, but a land of legend, a land of song, a land of hallowed and heroic memories. To that land, every drop of my blood, every fibre of my being, every pulsation of my heart is consecrated forever. I was born of her womb, I was nurtured at her breast and when my last hour shall come, I pray that I may lie upon her bosom and be rocked to sleep within her tender and encircling arms.

Southern literature, has long been recognized as a distinctive genre few other regions of the United States can claim, the exception being the Western.  A look at the genre and its writers gives one a clue about the depth, breadth and richness of the vein of storytelling ore that runs through the culture of the South. 

The variety of locatings and settings is equally rich -- from mountains to seashore, great forests to desert to lush farmlands, glittering cities to sleepy small towns to vast rural stretches.

The South boasts other elements that speak to its uniqueness... its 160 or so spoken dialects and delightful Southernisms...  the cuisine -- sweet tea, tomato sandwiches, cornbread, fried chicken (for that matter, fried anything), succulent seafood and spicy gumbo ... the flora -- live oaks draped with Spanish moss, ubiquitous pines, creamy-blossomed magnolias and yucca, showy azaleas, sweet-smelling honeysuckle...

Then there's the history, the culture -- ten thousand years of Indian civilization, European settlement, antebellum plantation society, the pervasive influence of Christianity and tradition, and postbellum economic oppression that lasted for generations.  Throw in the hunting and fishing, Sunday singings, college football extravaganzas, going to mama'n'them's, the many distinctive music genres, renown hospitality and much, much more, and you begin to see what makes Dixie a fascinating backdrop for the storyteller's art.

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