Earlier this month lovers of audiobooks had a chance to win a free download of a compelling mystery thriller. My award-shortlisted novel Dead Air is now an audiobook, narrated by me (because I was a radio broadcaster for thirty-five years—I kind of know my way around a microphone). It’s the gripping story of a radio morning show host who’s marked for death by unknown enemies and his struggle to face an unthinkable situation. Reaction to the audiobook has been gratifying, and I’d like to spread the word to even more potential listeners—and readers too.

So I’m going to do it again. Give you a chance to win the book, that is. But this time, with some bonuses.

Here’s how it works: when you sign up for my newsletter on my homepage before the end of October 2016 you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of ten free downloads of the Dead Air audiobook from Audible. But if you don’t listen to audiobooks and would rather read Dead Air on your own, just let me know. I’ll contact the ten winners and give you the choice of receiving the audiobook or ebook version of Dead Air. You get it in the form you’ll enjoy the most. In fact, if your household includes an audiobook lover and a dedicated ebook fan, I’ll give you both versions!

It’s as easy as filling out the signup form, and I give my solemn promise that I won’t give your email address to anyone else or spam you myself—you’ll only get news about my books and career when there’s some solid news to tell.

But here’s another bonus: If you also invite someone you know to enter the draw, and they do (and they tell me it was your idea), then both of you will be given two entries—a double chance to win the draw.

I think it’s a pretty sweet deal. So if you’re looking for some absorbing reading—or listening—enter the draw now on my homepage and tell your friends and family.

Because good reads should be shared.


"Dammit, Jim, I'm a writer, not a web programmer."

OK, so I'm still stumbling my way through this new world of author promotion. And maybe I'm a little bit slow off the mark in producing a book trailer for a novel that's been out for a couple of years. But I figured "better late than never", so here's the new trailer for my mystery/thriller novel Dead Air.

Of course you can find out a lot more plus read reviews and a sample chapter here.




There’s less than a week left to take advantage of the discount offer from my publisher for ebook versions of my novel Dead Air. It’s a rich mystery thriller about the radio business (which I’ve inhabited all my life).

What would you do if you learned that someone wanted you dead, and was taking action to make it happen? That’s what radio morning man Lee Garrett faces in Dead Air, and you can read about his trials for just $3.99 if you buy an ebook version of Dead Air before the end of June.

Read the first chapter here and follow the links to buy your copy.


I've been kind of lax in keeping the content of my STORIES page fresh. So this week I took down a couple of stories that had been available for a long time and posted two new ones for you to enjoy.

"Sand From A Broken Hourglass" is about a man who wants to find someone else to blame for his alcoholism, and turns to a radical experimental method for retrieving repressed memories. But the walk down memory lane is a lot more hazardous than he bargained for.

How does a man exist in two realities at once? In "Shakedown" a prototype nanomachine is being developed to perform medical miracles within living bloodstreams using a Virtual Reality control system that will demand all the skill its gaming champion pilot can muster. Then the government comes calling with an urgent mission far into untested territory, and this "Shakedown" will be anything but smooth.

ALSO remember that through the month of June the e-book of my radio industry mystery/thriller novel Dead Air has been reduced from $7.99 to just $3.99, available from Kobo, Amazon, the iTunes Book Store, and Barnes & Noble. Read the first chapter here.


Through a new arrangement with my publisher, I’ve now been able to make my novel Dead Air available as an ebook on more platforms. As of now, Dead Air is available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon (or your local Amazon outlet), as well as in epub format through Kobo and Barnes & Noble. It should soon appear in the Apple iBooks store, too. I hope this will make the book more accessible for those of you who’ve been coming to my web page all these months.

You can read the detailed blurb about Dead Air at its dedicated page here.

I’m a career radio broadcaster and I’ve hosted a morning show for nearly thirty years. It struck me that radio personalities are small ‘c’ celebrities—people feel they know us, and it’s a personal relationship to them. The dark side is that we, like other celebrities, are vulnerable. Hence the novel Dead Air, a story about a morning show host who finds his life threatened by persons unknown, and must find his own way to survive another day. It’s a mystery thriller, but it’s also an earnest attempt to get inside the head of an average man faced with an unthinkable circumstance.

Response to the print book has been great (there’s a sampling of reviews on Amazon), with most readers complaining that I’ve kept them up way too late into the early hours of the morning, a complaint I’ll gladly accept.

Although Dead Air isn’t science fiction I hope you’ll check it out. It’ll give you a rare glimpse into the world of professional radio from an insider, and a read I think you’ll remember for a long time to come.


If you’ve been coming to this page regularly but haven’t read my mystery/thriller novel Dead Air yet you can learn all about it here.

If you have read it, I could really use your help in the form of a review of the book at Amazon. So here’s a special time-limited offer: If you post a review of Dead Air at before November 18, 2013 send me an email and I’ll give you the link to a free sampler of my work. The ebook sampler includes two of my best published stories plus a sneak preview of my next novel, a techno-thriller called The Primus Labyrinth.

I’m not hoping to bribe you into giving a good review. I want honest reviews—online shoppers can smell a fake—so write what you really thought. But please do the review. It could really help shorten the time until you can have my next novel in your hands.


A short update to say that my first novel, the mystery/thriller Dead Air is now in print and available from Scrivener Press. It can also be found at online outlets like Amazon and Chapters-Indigo. If you can't find it in your favourite bookstore, please ask for it.

Dead Air tells the story of radio morning man Lee Garrett, who suddenly realizes that a comment he made on the air has triggered a series of attempts on his life. You can read all about it at my Dead Air page, and then by all means read the book!


Good news on the publishing front these days. My radio-industry thriller novel “Dead Air” is at the printers and will be available in early October. It’s already available for pre-order through Amazon and Chapters-Indigo online. It’s the story of a morning radio guy whose life is already in a shambles when he realizes that someone wants him dead. Marked for death by an unknown enemy, he’s forced to examine what still makes life worth living.

I’ve been a broadcaster for more than 30 years, so the novel has a lot of insider knowledge.

The story’s set in my home city of Sudbury and I’ll be doing book signings here, then rolling the novel out across the country.

In the meantime, Tesseracts Sixteen has just been published and I’m thrilled to be a part of it (see some of the notable writers also included in my last posting below). Although I likely can’t make it, a number of the authors will be doing a book signing at the Bakka-Phoenix book store in Toronto on Saturday September 29th at 3:00 pm. At least I’ll be able to do a book-signing and reading event in Sudbury along with editor Mark Leslie and writer Sean Costello October 4th at the Vale Living With Lakes Centre.