Another short story sold

I have recently sold another short story to Summit Studios.  Matt Jackson there likes my writing.  He wants me to take the drinking mentions out as a lot of younger people also read his anthologies. The story is called Big Bad Snowman and occurred some years back when I hung out at the Zoo, a big flophouse of transients from B.C. and Welland, Ontario looking for work.  A party was always on and if not, could get started in a hurry.  George Miller boiled potatoes with dirt still on them, we had a wacky city floor hockey team, Paul was building a catamaran in the backyard,  Canadian Club whiskey was never mixed (Barry), and there was always beer in the fridge.

Welland, Ontario fiction?

Four of my juvenile/MG stories Archie’s Gold, Ransom, Out On A Limb, and The Far Bank are set in Welland, Ontario.  Welland, Ontario fiction? It does exist.  I wrote them based on the quirky characters and all the ups and downs of life there when I was growing up.  A good buddy of mine can vouch for all of it and he’s actually in The Far Bank.   If you’ve ever swam the Welland Canal, hung out on King Street, remember shoe shine boys, or were picked on these are the stories to read.

Welland was a rough blue collar town where growing up, one had to have a certain toughness.  The King Streeters and Barge Boys were particularly quirky and actually quite courageous.  Fights in those days were plentiful and tough guys roamed up and down summer nights along King. Jukeboxes played loud and carried out to the street.


All my juvenile/MG stories into print editions

I finally was able to find the time to turn all my juvenile/MG stories into print editions.  Yes, there are 6 of them, including my latest Voodoo Bully and an older one The Blob…in my shoes which underwent a lot of drafts.  These are good reads for kids from about Grade 5 (did some readings) to about 12 years old.  There are no talking creatures or easy, magical escapes, just true grit and reality.  My boys get into trouble and must use their smarts to get out of it.  Four of these stories have been in eBook format for a year or two already.

If you have some young-uns who want to read some reality books these are the ones to get.  There’s fights, bullying, friendship, and integrity.

Hot firefighter novel available – Bookkus publishing

Canadian firefighter novel, Final Response my highly rated firefighter novel via Bookkus Publishing is now available in eBook as of today @ Smashwords, for the low, low price of $5.50 USD.  The best thing about Smashwords is you can download it into any eBook format- mobi, epub, etc. for any device.   It’s a dynamite firefighter story story set in Edmonton during one very cold winter.  Heard of the polar vortex?  Got that, too.FR ebook cover  If your tired of the same old police, PI, lawyer, stories give it a whirl.  The price is right.   You got to know that firefighter novels are rare.  Bookkus Publishing says the paperback will be out in June.

Canadian firefighter novel available in eBook format

Canadian firefighter novel, Final Response my Canadian firefighter novel is now available in eBook format as a pre-order from Amazon.  It’s only 8 bucks and a dynamite firefighter story story set in Edmonton during one very cold winter.  Heard of the polar vortex?  Got that, too.FR ebook cover

Canadian firefighters novels are a rare bird in Canada.

Bookkus, the publisher says the paperback should be out in June.




Tentative cover for Voodoo Bully

I was fooling around on picMonkey and threw together this tentative cover because I grew to dislike the old one that you can see on the Middle Grade/juvenile tab on this site.  I plan to put all my juvies into paperbacVB #3k maybe by the end of summer 2015.  I’m not exactly sure what genre this story will fit into.  Possibly the low end of YA, too. This Voodoo Boy tentative cover will likely need a pixel boost.  All comments on the cover are welcome.  All publishers are also welcome.



New firefighter novel FINAL RESPONSE available

It’s here!   My new firefighter novel   Final Response is now ready in eBook format as a pre-order from Amazon.  It’s only 8 bucks and a dynamite firefighter story story set in Edmonton during one very cold winter.  Heard of the polar vortex?  Got that, too.FR ebook cover  It’s murder mayhem and grand theft as my firefighters get into a world of trouble.

Canadian firefighters novels are a rare bird in Canada.  It’s not really a new firefighter novel; it’s actually my third.  Fire Captain Gerry Ormond is nowhere in sight.

Heys Luggage Issue

This is off my usual post.  The Heys luggage issue I have really angered me and I sent them a letter. Don’t buy Heys suitcase because it has a defective substandard wheel.  The luggage wheel issue is the wheel that shredded on my last trip, only it’s second usage.  A Heys suitcase wheel is not covered under warranty.  They find plenty of excuses not to honor their 5 year warranty.  This is the letter I sent them after they said no to my shredded wheel.  

Well, took my suitcase into Edmonton Luggage for a 5 year warranty claim and was very disappointed the crappy wheel that blew out during my travels is not covered.
Reason #1: The two wheels cannot support the weight if it’s tilted.
My rebuttal: You are manufacturing substandard wheels. Two wheel should be able handle weight when the luggage is tilted for any reason. Obviously they can’t. Heys claims the four wheels should be able to go over uneven terrain as it states on the brochure received with the purchase.

Reason #2 a piece of something, maybe gravel, got into the wheel and chewed it up.
My rebuttal: You claim you make the wheels for rough terrain where sometimes there are gravel bits. How could this bit even get in there? Your manufacturing flaw here is obvious. I was not warned to stay on airport terminal tile. Sometimes one must use a sidewalk to get a cab or walk to a nearby hotel.

Reason #3 This Heys suitcase was made specifically for being pulled on all four wheels, not two.
My rebuttal: Most of the time it was on four wheels. There was nothing on the brochure explaining this. Your luggage should work as a wheeled piece of luggage should while encountering various situations that luggage has and always will.

Reason #4 Too much weight on wheel, not distributed evenly.
My rebuttal: I was never told how much weight one wheel, or the entire suitcase, can handle. I don’t have any elaborate weighing device telling me too much underwear is piled in the corner. The gold bricks, well….
It seems there are all sorts of reasons you can dream up that will justify your case of not repairing my suitcase. I didn’t hang around to listen to any others as I was angry. I spent a lot more on cab fare because of this, when I should have been walking.
I’m stuck with a crippled suitcase that must now support weight on three wheels because:
I didn’t use the missing secret decoder for the hidden instructions on proper handling measures for four-wheeled luggage.
I didn’t sweep the walk in front of me incase for fear some bit of gravel would render this suitcase useless.
I neglected to weigh each article of clothing for even distribution.
It’s just my bad luck I bought Heys.
Ding! All of the above.
After being told my suitcase was not covered I took the liberty of bad-mouthing your product in the store to several potential customers. This gave me great satisfaction. The Bay where I purchasedHeys Delta-wide body  (5) your product is in a shopping area I frequent so I will return. I will find other effective ways to do so unless you kindly decide to buck up and admit the wheel that blew on me is deficient.

So just say, “Hey, don’t buy a Heys.”


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