Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I am going to be featured on Southern Writers Magazine Blog, Suite T on Wednesday, July 12th. I will be monitoring it, so if you have any questions or comments, I will be happy to respond to them.
   I am almost finished going through what I hope is the final edit of my completed second novel in the Peter English, PI Mysteries series, Murder on the 13th Green. I have a wonderful editor who challenges me and finds things I don't see. However, since these books are set in Memphis, TN during the 1940s, I have had to educate her on that period and the way people talked back then.
   I was not happy with the ending of this story, so I completely rewrote the last three chapters. I think you're gonna like it!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Machine Gun Kelly

I wrote about Machine Gun Kelly's capture in Memphis, TN in one of my Peter English, PI novels. Frank Ramirez, one of the characters in all three of these novels, was in on the capture, which took place 34 years ago, in a little house located at 1408 Raynor in South Memphis. Frank's character is a police detective in 1940s era Memphis. What I didn't include was the lead FBI agent during that raid, William Asbury Rorer. Mr. Rorer died died Saturday in an Albany, GA hospital. He was 69 years old. George 'Machine Gun' Kelly was raised in Memphis and attended Central High School. The FBI tracked him back to Memphis in search of kidnappers of an Oklahoma City Millionaire. I guess I need to go back and add Agent Rorer to my story.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stay Tuned

So you want to know what's next? Murder on the 13th Green, the second novel in the Peter English, PI mystery series, will be available on Amazon sometime this summer. And The Main Street Murders, the third novel in the series, will be out sometime this fall. All the more reason to read The Frame, the first book...so you will be will be informed and caught up when you read the next two.

The Frame

Hey, has anyone out the who has read The Frame posted a comment on Amazon? Please do that. It helps with position in the marketplace and sales.
Anyone who hasn't read it? Silly question. Look, it's a Peter English, PI crime novel, set in Memphis. TN during the 1940's. It is full of murder, mayhem, humor, a little romance, and lots of Memphis history and landmarks.
If you are from Memphis or live in Memphis, you may learn something about the city.
Go to Amazon and type in Nick Nixon or The Frame. It is available in print for under $15 and on Kindle for under $3.

Formatting

I am a writer...not a computer or publishing guru. Nor am I a marketing/PR guru. But I do know people who are and they are teaching me to do all this this stuff. See, you can teach a dog new tricks.
Well, I hope they can and I hope I am teachable!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Good Monday!

     Remember that old classic by Fats Domino, Blue Monday? I love the song, but I don't believe in blue Mondays. It is supposed to be in the mid 80s here in the Memphis area today. The sun is shinning, the birds are chirping and it's another good day to be working on The Main Street Murders, the third novel in the Peter English, PI mystery series...and a good day to be drawing monkeys for a project a friend of mine is working on. I prefer to call it monkeying around.
     And I get to see Maks, my six year old grandson, graduate from kindergarten this evening. Don't you just love Mondays?

Friday, May 12, 2017

A great day for writing.

It's raining lions and tigers and bears...oh my! Well, I was planning on writing and writing and writing on The Main Street Murders, the third book in the Peter English, PI mystery series, but I have to finish preparing for my presentation to the Bartlett Christian Writers meeting Saturday morning. Pam Stein is going to talk about "Writing Children's Books" and I am going to follow with "How to Deal with an Illustrator." Yes I am also an illustrator.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Main Street Murders

Working on the third Perter English, PI mystery novel now. The Main Street Murders. If you like the old B & W film noir, crime/detective movies of the '30s, '40s and '50s, you should like these books. Peter English is sort of a Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe and Nick Charles (the Thin Man) all rolled up into one really cool PI. There is action, murder, mayhem, humor, a little romance here and there (Well, he is a tall, handsome, dashing, daring, single private eye...so the ladies like him.). There are twists and turns in this one. When you think you've got it all figured out...well you'll just have e to read it. I can't wait to start on the next page so I'll know what's happening.

Proper Formatting

Recently finished my second novel, Murder on the 13th Green. The second in the Peter English, PI mystery series. My editor has it now. She is trying to teach me to properly format it. Damnit, I don't wanna do that! All I want to do is write the story. Okay, now that I got that off my chest, I'll go back to formatting it and grumble some more.

The Frame


Have you read The Frame yet? My first novel is available on Amazon in printed and Kindle formats.
The first in a series of Peter English, PI mysteries, set in Memphis, TN, during the 1940s, right after WWII. Written in the style of the Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe books and the crime/PI B&W film noir movies of the '30s, '40s and '50s. If you like those, you'll like The Frame. Followed by Murder on the 13th Green and The Main Street Murders.