Ghosts in the graveyard

So it turns out my first cousin, once removed, Alexander Brebner Millar is buried in Seaview Cemetery near Gibsons. I had no idea he was here when I first moved to the Coast. My wife, Carole, found out. She’s kind of a genealogyIMG_0943 super-sleuth, so she knows about that stuff.

Anyway, we decided to go visit Alex and as we drove in through the gates, we realized the graveyard is a lot bigger than it looks from the highway. There’s an awful lot of graves in there.

“This is going to take forever,” says I. “Why don’t they bury them in alphabetical order?”

“… because then they’d have to die in alphabetical order,” says she. “Just park and we’ll start looking.”

“Where should I park?”

I didn’t ask the question out loud. I just thought it in my head, and that’s when the spookiness started. Someone, not Carole, answered:

Up ahead, by the tree, in the shade.”

It didn’t come to me as a voice. It wasn’t even communicated in words, although the meaning seemed pretty clear. It was more like, I don’t know, a vibration maybe, a chill breeze from the beyond, a gentle nudge from the other side. I did as I was told, because that’s what you should always do when you get messages from the hereafter. I parked the car up ahead, by the tree, in the shade. Then I got out of the car and walked over to the first gravestone I saw. Sure enough, it was Alex, my first cousin, once removed.

“Here he is,” says I.

“What? You found him already?” says she, and she walks over to check the stone. “That’s amazing. How did you do that?”

“I had a little help.”

Thanks for the directions, Alex. Rest in peace.


Only three days left…

Only three days left until the launch of Diana’s Leap, a new novel that follows the mis-adventures of a middle-aged woman after she learns that the charming man she re-connected with at a high school reunion is on the run from a notorious British gangster. Is it funny? Yes. Is it suspenseful? Yes. Does it have heartwarming moments that will make the tears well up in your eyes? Of course. Do you really have to wait three more days to buy a copy? Actually, no. You can click now to buy a pre-sale copy for the low, low price of $3.95 U.S., a discount of almost 50%. Offer ends midnight Nov 1st.

Free Chapters of Diana’s Leap

Hi Guys. In case you missed it the first time, I am posting some free chapters of my new book, Diana’s Leap, on my Blog. You can check out chapter 1 right now at the link below. The full, unabridged ebook version launches Nov 2nd, but you can pre-order now for the ridiculously reduced price of $3.95 U.S. (almost 50% off). The print version is also available on Amazon. Enjoy!

Read Chapter 1 for free

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Second novel is finished!

Hey guys. Earlier this month, April 3rd to be exact, I got to write those two special words that every writer just loves to type at the  bottom of a page of text–the end. Yup. I finally finished the second novel. Feels so good to have the hard slogging out of the way and to get started on the editing and polishing. This part is so much more fun for me than writing the first draft. You look at the story and characters from a different vantage point when you’re editing. You read it more like a reader reads it, I think. You move through it faster and your focus is more on the story as a whole than on the individual scenes.

Plus, there’s no blank pages when you’re editing. Is there anything in this world more intimidating than a completely blank page? I don’t think so.

Anyway, the new book is called Diana’s Leap, the second one in a row with a possessive in the title, and I’m thinking I should get it out there Septemberish, or so. I’m planning to publish some free chapters on this blog over the summer, so watch for those, and the first chapter of the new novel will also begin appearing at the end of Murphy’s Law with a special pre-launch offer.

So… The End. Ahhh, feels good.   🙂


Milestone for Murphy’s Law

My little mystery novel, Murphy’s Law, surpassed a prodigious milestone this morning. Thanks to a special promotion I’m running today, it clipped past the 1,000 mark in total downloads. Actually, it was 1,009 the last time I looked. That number includes digital, print, and audiobook sales as well as downloads through Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Lending Library. It took two years to get here–almost exactly two, actually; it was published Jan 25th, 2016–but here we are.

digital-coverI never thought it would do this well when I first published it. I really just intended it as an experiment to learn about self publishing, or independent publishing as those in the biz like to call it.

I hope to publish my second novel, Diana’s Leap, soon. It’s all ready to go; I just have to finish writing it–and it would be done right now too, were it not for the distractions, like that sweet spot just behind Sophie the Cat’s ears that’s always in need of a little human attention.

“What’s more important,” I have asked her on more than one occasion. “Writing the great Canadian novel, or scratching the cat’s ears.” She never answers. She just stares at me with a look that says: “What a ridiculous question.”

I will get it finished soon, though; I promise. And when I do, I will post the first chapter here so you can get a taste. May all of your days be full, and all of your nights unburdened by worry or care.