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This is a work in progress, so expect changes as I continue to play with WordPress, but the content will always be the same: information about my writing projects.

The big creative news in our household this month is Stephie’s Bucktown Arts Fest 2018first appearance at the Bucktown Arts Fest on August 25 and 26.  The show runs from 11am to 7pm each day, at Holstein Park – 2200 N. Oakley in Chicago.  Stephie and I went last year, just to check it out, and we were impressed by the layout, the caliber of artists, some of the music acts, and the general vibe of the fest.  She was thrilled when she was accepted, and we’re really looking forward to participating.

Because we will be attending the Bucktown Arts Fest, we will sadly miss the next THC Reading Series night on August 25 at the Tamale Hut, but I highly recommend you go if you can.  The featured readers will be the supremely talented Phil and Rita Reebius.  They’ve recently revived their very funny podcast, Prehensile and Gretel, and always entertaining. The event starts at 7pm.

I will be back at THC on Saturday, September 15, and I will be reading chapter 10 of Barnstormers.  If you want to catch up on the story, you can read chapter 9 on my Barnstormers page,  but the best way to follow the story of Kiki and Bridget is to join my mailing list.  I send out an e-mail once a month with information about my writing and any literary events I might be at, and I include the next chapter of the Barnstormers story with each one.  I do post each chapter here after I read it, but subscribers to my e-mail list are already ahead of the game, as in August they will be reading chapter twelve, which I won’t be reading at THC until early in 2019.  And did I mention it’s free?  Join today!

 

My Novels and Novelettes:

It’s been said that everyone in the world has a double somewhere. Many cultures have ancient legends of doppelgangers, or look-alikes, and the “evil twin” is a popular concept in modern fiction. With almost 7 billion people on the planet, the possibility exists that there is someone else out there who looks just like you and sounds just like you. Identical in every way. What would you do if you met that person face-to-face? Dave and Catherine Wojtowicz are on vacation in the sleepy little town of Casco Cove, an area known for its artist community, fish boils and cherry orchards. They have never been there before, so why does everyone they meet seem to recognize Catherine? And who is the woman who runs the antique store?

Casco Cove is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


 It’s 1987, and three high school friends get more than they bargained for when a former classmate involves them in a plan to hijack a local television broadcast and put their own show on the air. Soon they have the TV station, the police, the FBI, the FCC, and a band of Soviet spies trying to find out who they are as they work to decipher a message hidden inside the disrupted TV signal.

 

The Hidden Message is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


 It’s March 1926, and the usually sleepy town of Odagamig, Wisconsin is a beehive of activity. The yearlong construction of the Elysium Theater is almost finished, just in time to host the Midwest premiere of The Black Pirate, the new feature film starring Douglas Fairbanks. Politicians, reporters and other dignitaries, including Fairbanks himself, have converged on the town for the opening.

 

But not everyone is happy that Odagamig now has the premiere movie palace in northeastern Wisconsin. Theater owners in Green Bay and Oshkosh are upset that a rival chain from Chicago is moving into their area and overshadowing their own modest facilities. And the workers who are putting the finishing touches on the new facility have reported strange goings-on in the cavernous auditorium. Some even think the building is haunted.

The Opening of the Elysium is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


What would you do if you could control your dreams, and you could use them to travel back in time and space to watch real events as they happened? Would you go back to watch history unfold? Relive experiences from your past? Try to solve some of the great mysteries of our time?Set in 1983, The Sleep Detectives is the story of Tony, a grocery store produce clerk who has this uncanny ability. He’s been using it just for fun — to see his favorite bands play, to find items he lost — but now he and his friends are figuring out how to use his gift to help people, and maybe solve a crime or two along the way.

 The Sleep Detectives is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


Tony Michalik has been helping the Acme Detective Agency solve the coldest of cold cases with his uncanny ability to see real events in his dreams. Now the CIA is asking him to come to the nation’s capital for evaluation. How much does the government know about his talents? And who are the shadowy figures following him all the way to Washington? Meanwhile, a mysterious company is taking extraordinary measures to attract Tony’s attention, and others are seeking his services. Are Tony and his friends in danger?

The Sleep Detectives Go To Washington is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


A Sleep Detectives novelette! When Danny accepted a new assignment at another grocery store, located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, he never expected to have to deal with an uninhibited co-worker, a belligerent trainee, and an evening of celebration that he has no recollection of. With the help of his friend Tony, Danny must piece together the events of his lost night, and in the process, determine if one of his crew is a killer.

The Lost Night is available at Amazon.com for your Kindle.


  Another Sleep Detectives novelette! Danny is settling in at his new store when a co-worker asks him to find her missing sister. He enlists the help of his friend Dom from the Acme Detective Agency to track down the lost girl, then must deal with neighborhood gang members who don’t like him digging into their affairs.

The Lost Girl is available at Amazon.com for your Kindle.


Yet another Sleep Detectives novelette! Danny and Izzy are on the trail of a winning lottery ticket that was stolen from an elderly couple in the neighborhood, a quest that takes them from the seedy side of Riverdale to the heart of Chicago’s Division Street.

The Lost Ticket is available at Amazon.com for your Kindle.

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