Edmonton Fire Rescue – Fire Chief of the Year

Edmonton Fire Rescue Chief Ken Block was named Fire Chief of the Year for 2013  He rocks.  He’s  the big cheese, el Generalissimo, the head honcho of the Edmonton Fire Rescue service.  He was on Edmonton radio this morning and spoke about resources being stretched due to the city growing so much.  I know Ken, he fought hard to get

Great Juvenile / MG Novel Now In Paperback

Archie’s Gold, my great juvenile / middle grade novel is now in paper back available at Amazon,  Barnes & Noble/Borders, and Indigo Books.  Tundra Books wanted this story 4 or 5 years ago but dropped it from publication as they cut their fiction list.  You can read a sample there or stay on this site for it.  I believe the

Top Three Firefighter Gift Ideas for Christmas

If you plan on getting a Christmas gift for a firefighter check out a few firefighter gift ideas.  My favorites. First of all an Amazon gift certificate for my firefighter eBooks.  All three will be available in paperback by mid-January, too. Leading off the top three firefighter gift ideas is one of the best things I had on the job. 

The Spark – another Canadian firefighter novel

Firefighters rejoice.  There are now officially two Canadian firefighters writing novels featuring a Canadian firefighter.  John Kenney has written The Spark and I just finished reading it. I liked it and reviewed it on Amazon.  His portrayal of fire station routine is second to none.  I slipped back into station life reading this one.  It’s a suspense centered around one

Final Response gets the nod.

My 3rd firefighter story Final Response has done well according to the reader/reviewers @ Bookkus Publishing.  They’ve decided to take it on and will market it.  My marketing is non-existing so anything they can do will be great.  They’ve also decided to expand their scope and take on Old Flames and Gerry’s War, but not with their Community Powered, Community

My Bad Grandpa

The Movie Bad Grandpa has got nothin’ on my grandpa http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/2013/11/your-bloodlines-submit-gallery.html#mid=14848599&offset=0&page=&s= That guy in the movie Bad Grandpa has got nothin’ on mine.  My mom called him Mean George.  He was a rum runner and no family man.  I also posted the story on this site on the Quick Reads tab.

First Drafts and Lazy Writers – a Rant.

First drafts and lazy writers go hand in hand.  If you want to be a writer do the basic work!  I’ve read the first ten manuscripts sent to me by Bookkus publishing.  William is too busy to vet them so I’ve agreed to help him out, read them, and pass my comments onto him.  I suppose I’m a gatekeeper of

My Elmore Leonard tribute posted on Bookkaholic

Thought I’d throw together a tribute of sorts to one of my favorite authors Elmore Leonard.  Bookkaholic liked it and posted it.  If you’re looking for a great read pick up his earlier work.  With Mr. Leonard’s books you can safely sit on the sidelines and watch the under belly of society fight it out.

Another Short Story

Yes it’s true.  The hits just keep on coming.  Destiny Cafe is a fiction short that won Honorable Mention in Polar Expression Publishing’s 2010 competition.

A Toast To Elmore Leonard

A toast to the recently departed author, Elmore Leonard.  I read almost all his novels, with the earlier ones his best. A toast to Elmore Leonard for snappy dialogue. A toast to Elmore Leonard for memorable characters A toast to Elmore Leonard for his excellent stories.  Several were made into movies, too.    I didn’t care for his later novels as

New short story – Mouths Of Madness

This story is based on a summer job I had in Fort Erie, Ontario. It was sold to Thistledown Press in 1998 for their anthology ‘Opening Tricks’ .  Louis Sebo was quite the character and this was my second job, up a notch from paperboy.  http://www.yatscoffbooks.com/short-stories/mouths-of-madness-ya-fiction/