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A Piece of the Rock

The thing about a sucker punch is that every sign is clear after the fact. Discarding of cigarette, spreading feet in a loaded stance, the flair of nostrils as if some imminent act requires additional oxygen; in retrospect there is no doubt as to what comes next. Martin was in over his head this time. And it wasn't the first time. Two beatings in as many weeks. Two collections of contusions and abrasions scarring an already well-scarred, middle-aged body. Not much to do but keep pushing forward, turning over rocks, taking the battle to those who had started it in the first place. The next time would be different; the next time he'd be armed. It was personal, now. Someone hurts Stray and the stakes are raised. No longer is this simply a surveillance case of a cheating spouse; now it's personal. And that someone will pay.

 

COMING SPRING 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard Reset

MARTIN GARDENS had been a mid-level corporate manager, a fiancÚ, a drunk, an automobile mechanic, a fugitive arsonist and finally, a private investigator. Each he pursued with earnest conviction but there was only one in which he demonstrated natural talent. And it scared the hell out of him. Add a stray, brindle-coat Boxer with a mangled ear that resembled his own and a mottled British sportscar more family member than transport, the equation equals one last chance for a fresh start; one last chance for a hard reset. You choose a direction and it begins. What happens next is not so much about planning as it is about luck. Life unfolds; a path beckons. Routine and obligation and occasional joy fill the empty places. With a little luck, even love. With a lot of luck, happiness. The pieces fall together and you find a fit; you are what you do. The tracks in the snow tell the story.

 

Available now at Amazon.

 

Also available at:

  • Hoopla! An Emporium of Good Things
    2591 Fair Oaks Ave, 
    Altadena, CA 91001

 

 

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Dog Lessons
How Raising a Guide Dog Taught Me to See

It takes more than a single incident to change a person's life. It takes a single incident, a New Year's Day parade, and one vociferous English Lab.
 

Writer John Edward White wasn't intending to make a change, but circumstances forced his hand. Marooned in a dead-end career, personal salvation was found in the shape of industry downsizing and a televised parade for a middle-aged man suddenly forced to confront the things that scared him the most. With a single telephone call, White embarked on a journey that began with a year of intense volunteering and concluded with the single most significant change in his life. The path from pretentious, self-centered yuppie to compassionate, self-aware citizen required a Guide Dog puppy to teach him to see what was truly valuable. The transition with each training session was equal part dog and man; the result from the training was equal part success and failure. The lessons learned and experiences shared became a compelling narrative of change for both.
 

Available now at Amazon.

 

Also available at:

  • Hoopla! An Emporium of Good Things
    2591 Fair Oaks Ave, 
    Altadena, CA 91001

 

 

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And now IPPY Silver Medal recipient of the eLit Illuminating Digital Publishing Excellence Award.