Now available: a major anthology of Texas fiction. For details, click here. 

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Foreword Magazine names Women of Thunder  
best multicultural novel of the Year

Foreword Magazine names The Wild Part finalist for best novel of the year in two categories

Mystery/adventure in an exotic setting

The Jungle’s Edge, my sixth novel, has a cover featuring a painting by the talented Peter Kim. This novel is a mystery/adventure with a touch of romance and some examination of the nature of art, though mostly it is the story of some likable folk, some criminals, and some genuinely odd people. Set in exotic Kuala Lumpur and the jungles of West Malaysia, the novel features Malaysians and Texans. I once learned enough Malay to converse in the market places of Malaysia, and I still speak Texan almost as well as the cowboy in the story.

From Angelina River Press

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Now available from TCU Press 

     Before publication, Women of Thunder won three awards. The Deep South Writers Conference named the book Best Novel in their yearly contest. Novelist Ernest Gaines made the final choice. In his evaluation of Women of Thunder, Gaines wrote: “It is a story of love and adventure, of reality and fantasy. The characters, the places they visit and the action are real. The language is simple and true. It is written so well that it holds our interest and keeps us turning the pages. This writer has great talent.” A chapter from Women of Thunder won the Creative Writing Award from the Conference of College Teachers of English, and the North Texas Professional Writers Association gave Women of Thunder first place for a novel in their yearly contest. 
     While the novel is a sequel to The Wild Part, it isn't necessary to read The Wild Part to follow the new story.
Read a review by Roberto Bonazzi

Read a pre-release review by David Bowles.

Click here for a website dedicated to Women of Thunder
Click here to read comments by the author and an assessment by a professional editor.

Named The Best Multicultural    
Novel of the Year            

Recent Books 


The Wild Part
a novel based on real people
now available in print and for Kindle and Nook
From the preface: 
While this is a work of fiction, it is based on my own adventures in the wild part of Venezuela. In writing this story, I drew inspiration from Jerzy Kosiński’s wonderful book, The Painted Bird, especially from the way Kosiński turned his experiences in wandering around Europe into a novel. As Kosiński did, I write from memory filtered through imagination. 

     To see the full cover and read about the story, click here: 

        available in print and for Kindle 

Saving a Songbird is a collection of short stories with a twist: they are nonfiction. The I constructed the tales by using techniques of traditional short story writers. Each story tells of the narrator’s dealings with unusual people he knew, many in various Venezuelan villages, others in towns in Texas. Several of the stories have won first place in national contests. My brother Carl wrote a memoir telling of some of the same events.
      published by Slough Press
           More about Saving a Songbird.
Cover painting by Tommy Humphrey


 

Tiger, Tiger from

           Mongrel Empire Press

Most of the stories in this collection have been published in journals and anthologies, and some have won awards.

Cover painting by Eric Beverly.

Nota Bene in World Literature Today


press release for Tiger, Tiger



 Searching for Rama's Spear  available in print and for Kindle  

from Slough Press

A modern Nancy Drew type of mystery set in the deep East Texas forests, a novel featuring

  ● teenager Brooke Singh who must solve the mystery of a who stole an ancient ruby
  ● a cat named Dao that rides in a backback
  ● two helpful sidekicks
  ● a trickster crow and a pet racoon that is no pet
  ● a gypsy king
  ● some dangerous backwoodsmen 

      artwork by Amy Ness

        Click here: a must read


From   Slough Press  : The Big Thicket will take you through a family saga that reaches from Marie Laveau in the New Orleans of 1835 to the riverboats of East Texas in the 1870s. This is a tale of people in the wildest part of the American frontier, the Big Thicket, where law is sometimes only a rumor. There is Venna who has the reputation of roaming the Thicket at night as a wolf and witching rain out of the stars. There’s Lucius Simmons, an ex-slave and the woman he loves who struggle to find a preacher willing to marry a mixed race couple. There’s Tim Coke who discovers some disturbing family secrets and who must challenge friends and family to prevent a hanging. This story will keep you turning pages and will leave you with much to ponder. available in print and for Kindle

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Includes Big Thicket photographs by Bruce Jefferson

From VAC Poetry

Becoming Others collects new poems and poems selected from publications over a long poetic career. The poems are personal and intense expressions of feelings, finely crafted, with attention to imagery, sound, and rhythm.

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