Saturday, June 23, 2018


I have multiple lives. My work (i.e. regular job), my home/personal life, my writing life. It's a challenge at times to balance all of them and sometimes I feel like one or more of them get out of whack. When that happens, I have to make changes.

I'm doing that to my writing life. This morning, I began taking steps to making some changes in my writing life. What will this mean for you? Not much, really, except that I think it will open the doors for me to share even more of my stories and thoughts with you. I can't discuss it further right now until the paperwork is signed so stay tuned!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Angry much?

Being an author I have to maintain a presence on social media. This morning I'm scrolling through my feeds and I see 3 different posts telling me something that I need to be outraged about.

Before I walk out my door in the morning, there is someone telling me something I need to be mad about.

And heaven forbid, you don't get mad about it. Or as angry as they think you should be. Then they turn on you and you get called--well, choose any of the common terms: racist, bigot, unpatriotic, Trump lover, never Trumper, liberal, conservative--oh, the list is endless.

First of all, how do you find the mental and emotional energy to be outraged and ticked off 24/7? Isn't that exhausting? I couldn't do it. And let me see if I get this straight: you're walking around angry and upset over something that by all odds, doesn't really affect you anyway? Are you like the people who weren't even Native American mad at the Redskins name? You do know the real honest to goodness Native Americans didn't care, right?

Sometimes I wonder if all this faux-outrage isn't spawning a lot of the violence in our society. People shooting each other in road rage incidents, getting mad at your girlfriend and stabbing her in the driveway. Oh, I know about the multitude of problems--Mental health, opioids, all that factors in. But people seem really angry and they don't always seem to know why. I've seen the interviews of angry people at rallies and they couldn't even explain what they were protesting.

Look, guys, there are causes that I care about, things that I believe, charities that my wife and I support. And the plight of people and the hurting, the lonely, the suffering, all of that concerns me and I help out when and where I can. But I'm not going to get myself worked up into such a lather that I start being a horse's tail to everyone else around me.

Anger, like jealousy or bitterness, can become a cancer to you. I think some people wear their anger proudly, like a badge of honor. So stop telling me what I need to feel or think or act about issues of the day. And for heaven's sakes, take a chill pill. I'd love to be more concerned and scream and shout, but I have stuff to do.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Today marks eight years since Survivor's Affair, the first John Logan novel, hit the shelves. It was a long process--10 years from the first rough manuscript until I held the cover in my hands. LOTS of rewrites and mistakes and fixing them and redoing those fixes until the end result came about.

There have been five others that followed (number 6 later this year) and I guess the question I'm asked most often is DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE LOGAN NOVELS IN THE WORKS?

No, at this writing. I have a couple of ideas that need developed but one thing I promised myself was that I didn't want to start repeating myself. I wanted fresh storylines and if I find one that delivers, you bet I'll get it out. I was looking to write something concerning the often mentioned Sorenson kidnapping but a computer virus wiped it and my back-up files (I'm now storing things on the cloud).
I love Logan and Coral Bay. I love Teri and Killian and Jake Ross. And I love them too much to write something that I don't think is worthy. I've seen that happen with a series, even Parker's Spenser books got very inconsistent as the years went by.

The Judas Man is due out this year and I think it's a good one. I plan on more Logan novels in the future.

Anyway, Survivor's Affair was the genesis and it's been a fantastic eight years. I'm working on a new mystery novel that I hope to get out next year, if not with my publisher, then through another venue. Only time will tell.

Thanks so much for your support and remember, if you want to email me, it's



Saturday, March 31, 2018


Hey everyone. Just a quick note to wish you all who celebrate a Happy Easter and Passover from me and my family.


Friday, February 2, 2018


Someone at work told me today that I always seem so happy, that I always seem to take each day and sail calmly on. Don't I ever get angry? Upset?

Of course I do.

But have you noticed that there are a lot of angry people? Road rage abounds, politics have devolved into the WWE and social media can be nothing but rant after angry rant.

Why are we so angry?

I have a theory. Every morning I wake up and someone somewhere is telling me that there is something happening that I need to be upset or angry about. Or afraid of. And God forbid I'm not as equally outraged about it as they are. Then the labels come: racist, anti-American, bigot...oh, the labels and name calling are endless, it seems.

Well, I'm sorry, but I refuse to be told what I should and shouldn't feel about something. Anger and fear are two powerful emotions and they are very useful at controlling and manipulating people. I've seen five things on social media in the past five minutes that I'm supposed to be angry about.

Well, I refuse to be manipulated. I simply refuse to be told what I should and should not feel about something. I will make that decision myself. And most of these things I should feel outraged about will change in a week to something else. I don't have the time or the energy to waste on such things. I've got stuff to do. I will be concerned about it, give money if I can, or (sometimes) simply don't care about it. But I will decide that. And I refuse to spend my day ticked off about stuff I can't change.

Have a great weekend. Peace.


Monday, January 1, 2018


Happy New Year, everyone.

It's January 1 and very cold here in Florida, so I'm hunkering down in my office and trying to stay warm. I know...I was raised in West Virginia so I grew up in the cold so I should be used to it, right? Well that was a long time ago and I've lived in Florida long enough to know that I hate cold weather. It was in the sixties yesterday and I played golf; today it's not even 50 and it's cold.

As 2018 arrives I have the same resolution that I always have. To be a better husband, father, Christian, and friend. If I can accomplish that, then it will be a good year.

On the microcosm of things, I want to improve my chess rating, and handle some personal issues that I refuse to let control me this year.

As for the books, The Judas Man will be out this year and I'm working on another Logan novel for probably 2019.

Thank you for your support and please feel free to write me. I enjoy hearing from you.


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I wish you the best for the New Year. May it be a good one for us all!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Holiday Greetings

It's a bit late, I know, but wanted to wish all of you Happy Holidays, a belated Merry Christmas, and wish you a very happy 2018.

Don't forget, THE JUDAS MAN comes out in 2018! Can't wait!