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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Introducing Crazy Jack, a new novel!

I’m proud to present Crazy Jack, the first book-length story in the Appalachia supernatural romance series.

This time we are introduced to Crazy Jack, a local character who is…well, crazy. He hears voices in his head that he claims are animal spirits that can even take over his body. He’s in love with Elizabeth, a young Sherritt witch living way back on the ridge, struggling to make ends meet while trying to raise her orphaned nephew. She loves him in return, but has real doubts about the wisdom of marrying someone like Jack.

Then Crazy Jack is accused of murder and becomes a hunted man, both by the sheriff who wants him in jail and the murdered man’s kin who just want him dead. Elizabeth believes he is innocent and must call upon the powers of her Sherritt blood and get help from her own kin before the mountain erupts into a clan feud. And of course, Crazy Jack is not going to take being framed for murder lying down.

Set in the world of A Distant Call and Deal with the Devil, this new book-length story explores the Appalachia world of our lovers and heroes, revisits old friends and introduces new ones while giving you an exciting love story full of action and adventure. Secrets hinted at in the previous stories are revealed, some questions answered (such as how the Sherritt witches came to be living in that mountain holler in the first place) and new secrets hinted at. While part of a larger tapestry with much still to be written, Crazy Jack stands on its own with no problem following the story and characters.

Now available in eBook or paperback at a low price from your favorite bookstores.

Crazy Jack at Smashworlds Crazy Jack at Amazon Crazy Jack at Lulu Crazy Jack (paperback) at Createspace

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

VTP Fall Anthology now available!

With stories by such well respected authors as Karen Michelle Nutt, Kit Prate, Stephanie Burkhart, Sarah J McNeal and of course yours truly, this collection has an Autumn/Halloween theme and boy did the writers outdo themselves.

The print version is at Create Space already and will start popping up at Amazon and elsewhere within a week.  Will link to more info about the book and stories in it when we get them going.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Crazy Jack" coming soon!

Set in the 1920s, Elizabeth Sherritt is a young single woman living in a shack far back on the ridge, struggling to make ends meet while raising her orphaned nephew. Crazy Jack is a mountain man who loves Elizabeth and has asked her to marry him. It should be the answer to her prayers, except for one problem: he's crazy.

Crazy Jack claims there are animal spirits in his head that guide and sometimes take over his actions. It's enough to make a woman pause before accepting a proposal. Still, she's one of the Sherritt witches that live in the holler and most men wouldn't have anything to do with her, so maybe she can't afford to be too picky.

But now there is a much bigger problem. Crazy Jack ends up accused of a robbery and murder. The sheriff wants him in jail if the murdered man's kin don't track him down and lynch him first. Elizabeth is the only person around who believes him when he claims he's innocent.

Now Elizabeth must call upon kinfolk and friends to help her prove Jack's innocence and keep the entire mountain from erupting into a clan feud.

Coming soon from Victory Tales Press, available in ebook or paperback. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Deal with the Devil now released!

In this exciting sequel to A Distant Call, it's a hot summer in 1920s Appalachia and love is blooming along with the wildflowers. Jolene and Seth are in love. Unfortunately, she is the daughter of a wealthy businessman and he is the penniless son of a local moonshiner. Their romance across the social gulf is forbidden and must remain secret.

But there are far older and darker secrets in the mountains, and our young sweethearts become caught up in a violent world of past debts and broken deals. When the Devil himself shows up to collect, someone is going to pay a terrible price. Jolene and Seth must have faith in each other to save both their families.
This is the second in what is going to be an Appalachia supernatural-romance series.  Like the previous story, A Distant Call, this one is a novella offered cheap (99 cents) in ebook format to get you hooked on the world and characters.  Sneaky, isn't it?  Read all about it at
and download it from Amazon or Smashworld, or most ebook venues.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Distant Call now free from Smashworlds!

Promo is now over! But lots of people downloaded so thanks for checking it out. If you liked the story, or want to plunk down less than a dollar for it at the normal price now, remember there is an exciting sequel due out this summer called Deal With the Devil.

Smashworlds is having a promo, where the authors can select a publication to download for free during 4 through 10 March. I've chosen my novella A Distant Call and if you go there, you can download it for free to any platform you want, including to read on your computer if you don't have an ebook device yet.

Just go to Smashworlds A Distant Call and check out the upper right corner for information. While you're there, check out other books with prices slashed or free during this special week.

In my case, this will be a kickoff for a sequel to A Distant Call that VTP will be publishing this summer, titled Deal with the Devil. More information to come.