Welcome to my web site, with information about my books and short stories, and upcoming projects.
Blast from the Past!
Blast from the Past, the third in the "Where are they now?" series featuring entertainment reporter Tilda Harper, is now in bookstores.
Tilda doesn't usually chase after current stars, but when John Laryea comes to a small Cape Cod town to film the the latest comic book action film, she can't resist. Before he hit it big, he starred in The Blastoffs, a cheesy Saturday-morning show about a rock band in space. Luckily Tilda knows the head of security for the film--which gives her exclusive access to the star.
Hitching along to pick up Laryea at the airport, Tilda realizes Pete the limo driver is--of all people--Laryea's costar from The Blastoffs. Nobody else recognizes him, not even Laryea. She decides to keep it secret until a few days later, when somebody attempts to run over Laryea, killing his assistant in the process.
Now Pete is the prime suspect, but Tilda's got her doubts. There are more than enough people on set who want the former Blastoffs star to crash and burn...
|Death's Excellent Vacation
This is the latest anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and myself, and it debuted at #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list. (Appropriately enough, I heard the good news when I was on vacation.) It includes my story "Pirate Dave's Haunted Amusement Park," which is my take on a Scooby-Doo story.
Bill Crider invited me to submit to Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying, which was to be a collection of "geezer noir" stories. I'm getting uncomfortably close to geezer age, but the noir part was a bit of a departure--it's only the second time I've gone that dark. I think the end of the story freaked out my mother-in-law, but in a good way.
|Home Improvement: Undead Edition
Coming in August 2011. On our last editorial outing, Charlaine and I found stories about supernatural beings on vacation. This time, they're staying home for a little repair work. Once again, amazing artist Lisa Desmini has come through with a dynamite cover. I liked it so much that it inspired my contribution to the anthology: "In Brightest Day," my first zombie mystery.
In addition to that and Charlaine's new Sookie Stackhouse story, we've got stories from Patricia Briggs, Victor Gischler, James Grady, Heather Graham, Simon R. Green, Stacia Kane, E.E. Knight, Rochelle Krich, Melissa Marr, Seanan McGuire, Suzanne McLeod, and S.J. Rozan.
|"For a Good Time, Call..."
In The Wild Side, edited by Mark L. Van Name, coming in August. Two firsts for me – my name is listed on the cover and this time I've written my first explicitly erotic story. I wonder what my mother-in-law will think of this one.