Give yourself some credit
June 5, 2018
Why in the World Did I Write a Novel?
June 27, 2018

The best way to receive joy is to give it away

I was tired of it. Tired of watching hate unfold on TV and spill into my home. Tired of the non-stop negativity. And I didn’t care which side – red, blue, pink or purple. Does it really have to be this way? What happened to civil behavior? What happened to the golden rule? When did love disappear?

And what could I do about it?

After all, I survived a devastating bicycle accident that paralyzed me. I’m convinced that the prayers from family and friends are the reason why I am walking today.

Then my dad passed.  A good man, he lived the golden rule. Not by thoughts or by lectures, but by actions. I had to take action too. I decided to write a story in his honor. A story that would not only inspire, but entertain.

So I filled much of my spare time after my job as a financial controller with learning about the craft of writing. I worked. Studied. Took classes. For years. Writing takes practice, patience, and a lot of perseverance. Perseverance is a quality I have. I’ve often said that some people have looks, some people have money, and I have perseverance. Not as glamourous as the other two but it works for me.

The books I like to read are thrillers. Murder mysteries. So that’s what I wrote. The title is Deadly Gratitude and it’s the story of a detective, Don Layden, who is tortured by the loss of his wife. He hides himself behind an emotional wall. For a while, that works. Then a case comes along that shakes him to his core. An axe-wielding murderer kills the wife of a Denver prosecuting attorney and Don has to find him.

In spite of an unsupportive, narcissistic police captain who insists the investigation focus on the widowed attorney’s cases, Don and his partner, Luke, are convinced the killer is a heinous lunatic preying upon innocent Denver woman; one of whom is Kate Fitzgerald. Spirited and defiant, Kate has such compassion for the bereaved families that she is determined to discover who is at the root of this terror before the killer strikes again. But does Kate’s fortitude put her at risk? Don suddenly realizes his concern for Kate’s safety goes beyond public service…a thought that scares him as much as this case.

As the clock ticks on, the killer gets bolder. Can Don, Luke, and Kate battle blood, blades and devil worshippers to solve this mystery before anyone else loses her life?

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So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13.13

I hope to entertain you and inspire you. I hope you love it! Enjoy every minute!

Have a wonderful day!

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