Cover Reveal: A Love Story for a Nation

ALoveStoryforaNation Cover LARGEI’m happy to reveal the cover of my new novel. I have a book cover designer whom I’ve worked with on three of my novels and he gave me three different options to choose from. It wasn’t easy to decide as I liked all the different options, but in the end, this is the design that I choose.

I liked the simplicity, the barbed wire, the heart – it all resonates well with the story so I’m real happy with it. I would love to know what you think.

This novel will soon be going on Kindle Scout. If it is not chosen for publication, I will be publishing independently in July.

I really like this story, and I’ll be talking a lot about it in the coming months.

I’ve currently been writing various synopses and one liners which describe it, and I’ll post those soon as well. I always appreciate feedback.

But this is an important day for me. It tells me that my fourth novel is soon to be available. I can’t wait to see what people think about it.

And as always, I greatly appreciate the support.


Final Polish Applied: Novel Three on Schedule

I spent the last week and half doing a final-final-final clean-up, read-through, edit on my third novel, “The Reach of the Banyan Tree.”

This final run-through was after my proofreader and editor worked her magic and all changes were made. But I just felt like I wanted to read it one more time before giving my final approval to the finished manuscript.

I’m glad I did.

As any writer knows, a manuscript is never really complete. There is always more to do and change. But on my final run-through, I caught some little things, changed some wording, varied some phrases, and ultimately just polished it a little more so it shines a little brighter. I am very happy with the results, and I’m very excited for its release in only 15 days.

So much more to do over the next couple of weeks and months, but the long, hard writing and editing process is officially finished. I can now, when I have time, move back to novel #4 which is about 70 percent complete, but which I haven’t worked on in quite a while. I’m excited to get back to it. It’s quite unique. Much more about that at a later date.

But for now, “The Reach of the Banyan Tree” is finished will be available soon.

Thank you to everyone who has been an encouragement to me. Let’s do this!FullCoversOnly-Finals-01

Three Generations – One Awesome Vietnam Story

As The Reach of the Banyan Tree gets closer to launch day, I want to highlight the one American family which always seems to be connected to Vietnam – the Carson family.

Charles Carson was a member of the OSS (pre-cursor to the CIA) and parachuted into Tonkin, French Indochina in the summer of 1945, just a month before the Japanese capitulated. His task? Train the Viet Minh resistance fighters to be more effective against the Japanese. But what he doesn’t bargain for is getting dragged into an adventure to find a truck load of missing rifles which in turn brings him face to face with a tough, but beautiful Vietnamese woman. Anything can happen from there.

Charles “C.R.” Carson II spent time in ‘Nam during the 1960s. He fell out with his father and eventually struck it rich with his grandfather in the oil business. He is brash, arrogant, slightly crooked with a good heart – maybe.

Charles “Chip” Carson III arrives in Vietnam in 1998 to do humanitarian work. He falls not only for the country but also for a beautiful young Vietnamese woman named Thuy. He just has to convince her father to let them get married.

Three generations of Carson men, whose stories in Vietnam get connected in the most unexpected and gripping ways.

It’s all about loving and leaving Vietnam.

The adventure begins July 1!


One Month from Today: The Reach of the Banyan Tree

I was excited about the release of both of my first two novels, but with my third novel on the horizon, I’m a little more excited than usual.


I guess it is because of the story and the back story of writing it. I was living in Thai Nguyen Vietnam (where much of the story takes place) and I remember sitting down one day to start my first novel.  I had a basic concept in mind and a particular scene that I wanted to write (yes, this scene is in the novel now). I wrote a few paragraphs and became disgusted that I couldn’t write anymore. I felt inadequate and uninspired.

From that point it took me ten years to finally finish my first novel in 2011, and that novel was not the one I started in 2001. But now, The Reach of the Banyan Tree, IS that novel. I did it. It took my 12 years but I finally wrote the novel I always wanted to write.

Now it is only one month away from releasing, so, naturally, I am very excited.

In June I’ll be high-lighting some of the unique characters, settings, and places which make this novel special. (at least I think so)

I hope many readers will enjoy it.

My last great Vietnam novel. Only 30 more days!



It’s Finished! Moving on and other stuff for May

My manuscript for my third novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree, is finished.

It has been edited and proofread. Done. I’m so happy and absolutely can’t wait to get it out to readers.

I’ll have a lot more to say about it in the next few weeks – including the cover reveal which is coming very soon!

Actually, I’ve decided to do several different promotions later this month in conjunction with my cover reveal.

I have some exciting deals and promotions coming up for both of my novels, The Recluse Storyteller and Beauty Rising leading up to the release of my new novel.

I have The Reach of the Banyan Tree ARC ready to head out to reviewers and readers over the next couple of weeks.

Finishing a novel is such gratifying work in and of itself that even if nobody likes it, I’m happy that I wrote it.

However, I am totally sold on this story. I think it is gripping and exciting. It’s certainly adventurous. It’s part historical fiction. It’s part contemporary love story. It is, as all of my novels are, rather hard to define. But I like it that way.

Oh, and it is 100% Vietnam. I call this my “last great Vietnam novel” whatever that means. I’m just so excited about it. I think I said that before.

Okay, enough hollow ranting. All I want to say is that I’m happy.

Novel three is “in the books” and now I’m ready to move forward.

It sure is fun being an indie author!

A Photo and a Description

I posted this photograph the other day when I highlighted that northern Vietnam was my favorite place in Asia:

rice field workers thai nguyenIt made me think of the opening paragraph of my new novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree, set to release this coming summer. I’d be curious to hear what you think of the two of them, the photo and the description. Here goes:

This part of the Vietnamese countryside has witnessed little change through the centuries. The crooked-back peasants face another daunting day every time the sun slips over the eastern ridge, greeting them with stoic reminders of the paddies which need tending. The giddy, shirtless, barefoot boys still ride the water buffaloes out through the paddy ridges to find slivers of green grazing that will keep the beasts contented until the next time they are needed to plow-under the sun-baked soil, readying the field for another planting. The dawn illuminates a village, which awakens like a colony of ants, miles to go to feed themselves for another day. The crows overhead witness the ants, scurrying out from underneath the palms which shield the single-story cement dwellings from the relentless afternoon sun. The busy-bodies hunker down in the fields, women side by side with sister and aunt, neighbor and cousin, donning the cone-like, pointed straw hats, which protect their face from darkening in the heat of the day. The dainty hands, each with a single stock of rice seedling no more than six inches tall, skillfully pushes the heroic staple into the mud until it settles in the place where it will thrive and grow, giving the planters their rewarded survival. They owe their lives to the blessed crop which gives them sustenance; they owe their age to the cursed crop, which robs them of years and sentences them to curved backs and ridged, hard skin. This is the land of their ancestors; a canvass of paint so vivid, so real, so far removed from the toil of the modern masses. These people have become one with the land, one with time, one with each other as they etch out a noble existence for which two thousand years of Vietnamese history owes them much.