A New Book Cover & New Promotions!

Well, I did it. I decided to change a book cover. Here’s my new book cover for my novel “The Recluse Storyteller.”


I decided to keep the recluse’s figure as she stares off into the distance, but this time looking at the tree on the hill, which reminded me a lot of the tree from the story. The recluse tells the story of twins in the 19th century, who climb the hill from their house and look out over the valley in hopes of spotting their father coming home. It’s one of the four poignant stories she tells, but this one is mixed with a little mysticism and magic when the father appears to one of the girls under the tree.

The e-book version of the novel has recently expanded its reach beyond Amazon and is available at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and many other fine vendors.

On Smashwords!

On Amazon!

On Barnes & Noble!

I also have a great promotion coming later next week for my latest novel, “A Love Story for a Nation.” Stay tuned!

The Recluse Storyteller: Lower Price – Expanded Distribution

My second novel, The Recluse Storyteller, now has a permanent e-book price of $1.99. And in addition to that super low price, it now has expanded distribution through a myriad of outlets. So now there’s no excuse!

This is a really fun novel that you can’t give up on in the beginning. It has a unique structure of story inside of story inside of story… if you are a little lost at first, it’s okay. I promise, it will all come together in due time. It’s a combination of four stories told by our crazy recluse, but it is also the story of the recluse herself. It’s a great weaving mess of fun storytelling. So please do check it out. It’s now available in various ebook formats at all of the following retailers.


Barnes & Noble NOOK Book HERE!

Smashwords HERE!

Inktera HERE!

Kobo – coming this week!

Apple – available on ITunes!

And many more.  If you have a favorite ebook vendor, chances are The Recluse Storyteller is now available there.

My debut novel, Beauty Rising, will also be heading to expanded distribution in the near future. I’ll let you know. Thanks for your support.

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Exclusive Excerpt: The Recluse Storyteller (on sale for a limited time)

The kindle version of my second novel, The Recluse Storyteller, is on sale now through April 6 for only 99 cents.

You can pick up a copy: HERE!

I’m happy to give you an exclusive excerpt. If you enjoy, please check out the full story.

Escape from the Margaret Meeting

The Friday evening meeting commenced, and Janice started.

“First, I’d like to thank Mrs. Johnson for hosting us here this evening. I’ve called all of you together, so we could talk freely about my niece, Margaret. Each of us knows her in one way or another, and I wanted to get an opinion from all of you about Margaret and how you think she is doing.”

“Might I ask what prompted you to call us all together to talk about another person? I’m not really comfortable with that,” asked Reverend Davies, who sat next to Michael Cheevers, who crunched his way through a bag of potato chips.

The rest of the room consisted of Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Trumble, and Chester Tomsey.

“Mrs. Trumble, would you like to address this issue?”

“Yes, I most certainly would. Now I’ve never been one to speak ill of someone without cause, and I’ve been greatly tolerant of being the recipient of coarse manners from Margaret, but I have seen her behavior become much stranger and, should I even say, violent recently.”

“Oh, come now,” interjected Chester Tomsey. “We all know that Margaret does not have the most heart-warming of personalities, but she is anything but violent.”

Reverend Davies did not like the start of this. He kept thinking about what Margaret had said when leaning up against the supermarket shelves.

“Mr. Tomsey, is it?” Mrs. Trumble inquired.

“Yes, that’s right.”

“And just what is your relationship with Margaret?”

“My firm employs her on a job-by-job basis. She writes and revises technical manuals for us. Actually, she’s a verbal genius.”

“Verbal genius! I think you are talking about the wrong Margaret,” belted out Cheevers with his mouth half-full of chips. “She’s no Margaret Queen of Scots.”

“That was Mary,” said Reverend Davies.

“That’s right, Reverend. She’s no Mary Mother of God either.”

The reverend exhaled heavily and rolled his eyes in Cheevers’ direction as did everyone else.

“Perhaps I shouldn’t have said verbal genius. What I meant was that she has a way with words—written words. I can’t tell you how much grief and stress that she has eliminated from my life. I think you are sorely mistaken if you think she is violent,” said Tomsey, trying to clarify his point.

“And how many times have you actually met her?” pressed Mrs. Trumble.

“None. I’ve never talked with the woman. We do everything over the Internet.”

“Well, I hardly think that makes you an expert on her character and behavior.”

“I’m basing my judgment on the quality and judicious nature of her work. She has an impeccable work record. Punctual. Detailed. Insightful. Any company would be lucky to have her. I know her character because it comes through in her work. If we are to suggest that she is anything but a wonderfully productive member of society, then we are mistaken.”

“And what exactly are we suggesting here?” Cheevers added. “Mrs. Johnson, do you have any beer?”


“Mr. Cheevers, please be patient. We are trying to get to the heart of the matter. Mr. Tomsey, your opinions about her work habits are duly noted, but I would like Mrs. Trumble to continue,” voiced Janice with a slight hint of annoyance.

Mrs. Trumble stood up and started addressing every incident and run-in that she ever had with Margaret. Everyone sighed with resignation that they would just need to wait it out. As the address continued, Sam and Pam crawled along the living room wall on all fours. The only person who could have seen them was Mrs. Trumble but not in her state. Sam reached safety first behind the kitchen island and waved Pam over. By the time they reached the door, Cheevers had a small window of opportunity to see them between the corner of the island and the wall of the hallway which led to a spare bedroom, but he was busy licking his fingers and sticking them back into the bag, trying to pick up the last few crumbs on his saliva-wet finger tips. Sam reached up and unlatched the door, quietly opening and closing it. They had spent the whole dinner hour planning their escape once they heard that the meeting was on. Pam even volunteered to cook her world-famous three-egg omelets so that their mother wouldn’t be in the kitchen. As Pam cooked, Sam got the WD-40 out of the hallway drawer and sprayed the front door hinges, so they wouldn’t squeak during their escape. They made it safely into the outdoor hallway.

New Review: The Recluse Storyteller

LitWorldInterviews posted a wonderful review of “The Recluse Storyteller” by their reviewer Colleen Chesebro.

It’s a wonderfully written and thorough review. Here’s the overall marks:

Realistic Characterization: 5/5
Made Me Think: 4/5
Overall enjoyment: 5/5
Readability: 4/5
Recommended: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5

I’m honored that she read and enjoyed it. Please head over and read the entire review. Well worth it. HERE IT IS!

Promote another book, win a Kindle Fire!


I put my mysterious book cover for “The Recluse Storyteller” to work for the Fall Giveaway on The Kindle Book Review. You can win some cool prices including a new Kindle Fire.  The Recluse is looking pretty good there in the first row, don’t you think?

Please check it out. It’s a fun and twisting read trying to figure out if the protagonist, Margaret, is off her rocker or has some remarkable insight into the people around her.

Thanks for the support. Good luck and good reads!

Enter to win HERE!snip oct giveaway

The 1 YR Anniversary of “The Recluse Storyteller” – Hint: Going free soon!

“5 STARS … This is definitely one of my favourite books of the year!” – Myra, from Pieces of Whimsey

Early October marks the one-year anniversary of the release of my second novel, The Recluse Storyteller.

I was nervous releasing this one because of it’s unique narration style and because it’s a combination of five different stories. It can be kind of confusing – at first! I knew some readers wouldn’t like the way I told the story. Some even called it “poorly executed.” Ouch!

But that’s all right because overall it has been very well received in the realm of readers. I think it’s a story that grows on you. At first you have this strange reclusive middle-aged woman who seems completely off the rails and insane as she tells stories to herself about the neighbors she watches.

But if the reader doesn’t give up, they will be rewarded to a unique blending of the stories which ultimately brings everything back to the feet or our protagonist. The stories that she tells range from historical fiction, to a Vietnam War story, to a high-adventure thriller. Eventually, we see the storyteller herself unmasked, and her story is revealed. It’s a lot of fun in a gripping emotional kind of way.

If you haven’t read it, please check it out in either Kindle or paperback.

HINT: It’s going free on Kindle next week for a few days!

As always, thanks for your support.


A Big Week: 25th Anniversary, a Cover, a Musical, and Promotions

Some weeks are bigger than others. This one’s a big one.

Tuesday, May 13 marks quite a milestone in my marriage as we will be celebrating our silver anniversary. I know it’s cliche to say, “Where did the time go?” or “It’s so hard to believe.” But sometimes cliches say it all – I truly don’t know where the time went, and it absolutely is incredibly hard to believe.

In honor of this important week, I’d like to highlight a lot of items on the agenda for the next two weeks. It truly is an exciting time for me.

Wed, May 14 – I’ll be releasing for the first time the amazing cover to my third novel – The Reach of the Banyan Tree.  I hope everyone loves the cover as much as I do. Even more importantly, however, is the story itself. I love it. I hope it will find a large readership. Much more on this later.

Thursday, May 15-17 – KINDLE FREE DAYS for The Recluse Storyteller. Looking ahead to the release of novel 3, I would like to expand my readership for my second novel which has been well received but has yet to find its marketing legs. If you could help me spread the word about these three days, I’d be grateful.

Friday, May 23 – My original musical which I wrote in collaboration with my students is making its debut at the Penang Performing Arts Centre. It has been such fun working on this long-term project and now it’s almost here!

Monday, May 26 – Kindle Countdown Deal on my debut novel, Beauty Rising. It will be only 99 cents through June 1.

Thanks for all of your support.

Pressing forward!

Possible top read of the year? – Another review of The Recluse Storyteller

Myra from Pieces of Whimsy just reviewed The Recluse Storyteller. Anytime a reviewer says the following in the first paragraph of the review, it’s pretty sweet: “I think this book is set to be one of my top reads of the year!”

Here’s the beginning of her review. Please do click on the link and read her entire take on my second novel.

When the author first asked if I’d like to review this book I wasn’t entirely sold upon it. The idea sounded really interesting but I wasn’t sure if it was my type of book. In all honesty it was only the great Goodreads rating & reviews that made me say yes to The Recluse Storyteller, and by golly I am glad I did! The story was engaging and the writing had me captivated from beginning to end, I think this book is set to be one of my top reads of the year!”

Read the entire review HERE!

Exquisite Multi-Layered Story vs. Poorly Executed Story – Hmmmm.

I am completely fascinated by book reviews, actually much more so than books themselves. I find it enlightening and interesting to see what someone has said about a particular book. I must admit that there are times I hop over to Amazon just for that reason. I’ll pick an author, possibly known but usually unknown to me, and I’ll read what people say about him or her. The vast array of opinions can be dizzying. But here lies the truth that all authors must embrace: someone won’t like your writing no matter what you write.

Here are two reviews of my second novel, The Recluse Storyteller:

Review A: “Exquisite Multi-Layered Story”

Review B: “Conceptually brilliant. Poorly executed.”

It does make me chuckle how opinions can vary so much. If I had to choose one, I’ll choose the first one. But I don’t get to choose. I have to accept both of them because both are valid opinions.

I’ll admit, The Recluse Storyteller is structured in quite an unorthodox way. At one point, it’s the author, me, telling the story of Margaret, the recluse, telling the story of Quan, a survivor of a massacre in Vietnam, telling the story of Vinh, the person who gave him (Quan) hope and a new life.

Whew! Yes, it can be a little confusing. I’ve heard from many reviewers, actually, that at first, they weren’t sure if they were going to like The Recluse Storyteller because of it’s unique structure.

I knew that some people wouldn’t get it, and I’ll have to live with the fact that someone out there thinks it was a poorly executed story. I’ll respect that opinion.

But I’ll also admit, I feel blessed to see that most of my readers do get what I was trying to accomplish with this novel, and that is satisfying indeed.

I don’t really know any authors who like bad reviews and neither do I, but I also don’t mind them either. I have my opinions about books and movies, and I’m not afraid to share them so neither should others – even when it’s my work they are negatively reviewing. It is a natural part of being any type of creative artist. People are so diverse in their likes and desires that no one can please everyone, nor should they.

Wouldn’t the world be rather boring if that was the case?