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   Welcome you to my website. I’m the author of five books, both literary fiction and literary mystery. My novels are published by 4am Books. I also enjoy bestselling status on Amazon.

   While I thought bestselling status was the ultimate goal, here's my astounding news. The high point of my life and writing career came just days ago. I can now claim the humbling experience of receiving a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives. This honor was bestowed on me for the release of my fifth book, Lily White Lie

    This Wrenn Grayson Mystery was described in the commendation as a “justifiable source of pride for the whole of the Springfield community.” There were many, many other kind words and compliments. 

    The document was read into the House minutes and, therefore, became a permanent record of state history. The printed document I received was large and impressive. The state seal is emblazoned in gold on the royal blue front cover. My local representative, Kyle Koehler, and the Speaker of the House, Larry Householder, signed the document and I thank them for their recognition. 

    In the months prior to this commendation, Lily White Lie was heavily reviewed by well-known newspapers from Chicago to Maryland to Florida. Read more about these editorial reviews here.

    After that, look around my website. My books are available for easy purchase. From here, you can send me a message and take a look at maps of Havens, Ohio, the town I created for the Wrenn Grayson Mystery series.

    I recently added three free short stories to my website. These are easily downloaded. Click here

    Nice meeting you and thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to an enjoyable summer with family and friends. I hope you are too.


Editorial Review for Lily White Lie


Newest mystery catches the eye of orlando sentinel!

Lily White Lie is gripping, captivating and will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It is truly the work of a master writer. If you're looking for a succulent read to sink your teeth into this summer, this is the one for you. 

  ~~ Orlando Sentinel


Extensively reviewed

   Wild Raspberries, a work of literary fiction, and Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont, a Wrenn Grayson mystery, have been extensively reviewed since their release. 

   Each is the first installment in their respective series.


"A gripping story in which forgiveness and acceptance would have to start on solid ground." ~~ Readers' Favorite ★★★★★ Read more...


"This best-selling mystery pops off the shelf as truly unique in this incredibly popular genre. Delightfully witty!" ~~ Readers' Favorite ★★★★★  Read more...