To Those at the Edge of the Abyss, the Comforters and Comforted

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I believe most people find themselves at the edge of the deep and dark abyss at some point(s) in their lives. There are times when it can be a great act of courage just to get out of bed, keep living, and do what needs to be done. May there always be someone who helps them into brighter times with love, compassion, and kindness. May I be counted among them.

With Love,



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Not a sad story. A sob story.

For those who dream dreams and make them come true.
With love,

When he was 4 his mother found him in the kitchen with a knife. He was summoning the nerve to slice off his own fingers. This wasn’t because he was crazy but because he was all too sane and understood correctly that the dysfunctional appendages dangling from his misshapen left hand were the source of his physical agony. He wanted relief… She stopped but also heeded him, and the very next day she scheduled the operation that she had known he might need. There was no avoiding it anymore. The surgeon cut near the wrist, amputating everything below, and soon the boy returned home to figure out the rest of his life.

He declined to dwell on the cause of his defect: amniotic band syndrome, by which fibrous strands of the amniotic sac wrap around a portion of the developing fetus, strangling development. He focused instead on his response…He did…

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“Destiny” Soon to Be an Audiobook!


I’m delighted to announce that my first all-western book will soon be available via and Audible as an audiobook! I’ve opened and screened a number of auditions for this and three of my other titles, and a contract has been agreed to for A Bloody Day in Destiny.

I love listening to audiobooks, especially on long trips. Many of you probably do too. I’ll let you know when it’s this audiobook is available on Amazon and Audible.

With love,


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Bordello Justice Paperback on Amazon

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Bordello Justice is now available as a paperback on

Bordello Justice

Bordello Justice

Traveling from Massachusetts to California in search of answers to his brother’s mysterious death, Will McKinnon encounters an enchanting woman who plunges him headlong into the fight of his life. Accepting the challenge to be a hero, this city boy rides a horse aptly named Damn You into a harsh land where he doesn’t speak the language, faces insurmountable odds against a gang of ruthless gunmen, and assumes responsibility for the fate of several young women. Inexperience, a lack of self-confidence, and one inconveniently placed rattlesnake hinder his race against the clock to keep an impossible promise to a beautiful woman.

Will soon begins to wonder: Who’s saving whom?

This book has it all—hard-hitting action, danger, adventure, humor, and a touch of passion and romance.

With love,


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A Child’s Observation


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A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime
story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up
to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek,
then his again. Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?”
“Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago.”
“Oh,” she paused, “Grandpa, did God make me too?”
“Yes, indeed, honey,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.”
Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, “God’s getting better at
it, isn’t he?”
What does a pirate say on his 80th birthday? “Aye, Matey!”
With love,
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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

via Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

I really like this, especially these lines:

The purpose of life is not to maintain personal comfort; it’s to grow the soul…”The work” does not need to be grand, only fitting. It is guided by asking ourselves over and over: What is the next right thing?

With love,



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A Powerful First Kiss


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Their first kiss was giving him CPR during his heart attack. He lived, and they found they’d had a crush on each other for some time. Now that’s what I call a happy ending and a positive new beginning.

With love,


A Powerful First Kiss

Story sources: The Washington Post, Leo at Not All News is Bad

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