My first novel, published at the tale-end of 2012, has a new polish, a new cover, and a new price for the new year.

I’m very pleased to announce a re-released edition of this story which is near and dear to me.  The re-edits make the story flow in a more natural way, which will, I hope, draw you in even closer to these vivid characters and the beautiful land of Vietnam. This is the only novel I’ve ever written in first personal narration – and it’s from two different points of view.

And one more thing. It’s FREE. Yes, that’s right. Hit the links below for your free copy.  It’s my hope you’ll try my work and like it enough to try my other works as well.

Choose your preferred link below, enjoy, and share with others.

BEAUTY RISING – 2019 edition – available now @

Barnes & Noble – FREE



Smashwords – FREE

Amazon – $0.99 (READ 85 reviews)


(Note: for Apple – Please search iBooks.)

And I even wrote a new blurb:

An unlikely request. An unlikely adventure. An unlikely love. On his death bed, a Vietnam vet asked his estranged son a huge request – return his ashes to Vietnam. Martin Kinney Jr. does just that, but when his wallet is stolen at a Vietnamese festival, it sets in motion a series of events which will change his life and family forever. Two perspectives, one incredible and tragic story of love.



Last Chance to Get “The Reach of the Banyan Tree” for FREE!

For the only time ever, “The Reach of the Banyan Tree” is free on Kindle, but only through December 16.

Get it for FREE here!

This has also been my first time ever on Book Bub. I’ll give some overall analysis of my experience later in the week, but I must say, it’s all positive at this point. As I write, the novel has peaked at #13 in the overall Best Sellers (Free) List.


It’s at #1 in the contemporary romance:


#2 in historical fiction. (And yes, it actually fits in both of those categories. Read it and find out why.)


Thanks for your support!



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!



Novel #3: The Reach of the Banyan Tree – Coming Soon!

It’s done.

I spent the last couple of weeks working on a final revision for my third novel “The Reach of the Banyan Tree”.

I’ve received some helpful feedback from my beta readers.

I’ve received back an awesome cover from a friend designer of mine.

I’ve read and re-read it many times.

Now it is ready for my editor/proofreader to put the finishing touches on it.

It’s my longest novel, clocking in at just under 80,000. It’s the novel that’s been in the works for the past twelve years. I’m so excited to get it out there.

Estimated time of release: July 1, 2014.

Stay tuned, and thanks for your support.

BTW: the cover reveal will happen within the next 6 weeks. Can’t wait!


Here’s the first lines that the reader will read in my new novel:

“A banyan tree sees all, knows all, and keeps many secrets. It knows a time of bondage and a time of freedom. Its reach never stops; it keeps growing and expanding regardless of circumstances, regardless of difficulties. Time and destiny are on its side. In the end, the grand banyan tree, with its thirty-foot expanse, will once again sense order restored to the universe.”

Nguyen Van Vinh, 1945, French Indochina