New Paperback Benny Cahill Collection Now Available on Amazon

New Benny Cahill paperback

Benny Cahill is back in action, kind of. This post is to announce the release of a paperback collection of the Benny Cahill stories. The Benny Cahill, Troubleshooter paperback contains the stories that you already enjoy (Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, Where There’s a Will, Now Hear This, Reach for It, and To the Moon). It also includes an entirely new story written just for the paperback.

The new story is entitled “Brothers in Arms”. This new short story is set after the events of “Reach for It”. In this story, one of Cahill’s old war buddies is accused of murder and it’s up to Cahill to prove the man’s innocence.

As part of creating this paperback, I spent several months editing and rewriting the existing five Benny Cahill stories. I have updated them on all ebook marketplaces, so if you previously ordered a copy it should be updated soon.

If you have friends that enjoy noir detective stories, tell them about the Benny Cahill, Troubleshooter paperback. Remember that the Benny Cahill stories are designed to be flinch-free.

Benny Cahill added to a new store

I have recently added the Benny Cahill stories (minus Brothers in Arms, which is a paperback exclusive) to a new ebook store. The store is named Leanpub. Leanpub is primarily designed to help technically-minded people write and publish their own books. Because of this many of the books that they offer are very technical. However, Leanpub has some tools that are very helpful to non-technical writers. I’m planning to cover the merits of Leanpub in e future article. Until then, take a couple of minutes to look at my page on Leanpub.

Please share this post with your fellow detective story buffs.

Merry Christmas and a Couple Annoucements

smiple-merry-christmasI would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Holy New Year. May you and your loved ones be richly blessed in the coming New Year.

Now for the Announcements

The last couple of weeks have been very busy for me. Besides getting ready for Christmas, I co-published a new ebook with my friend Theresa Linden. The book (entitled A Battle for the Faith) contains two short stories, one written by each of us. Here is the synopsis:


 Two short stories: A Matter of Silence and A Matter of Action. The Emperor Kadzrick has decided that the Tribe of the Fathers much change their faith to suit him. The Tribe of the Fathers have held true to their Faith for centuries and will not change now. They are a peaceful tribe, but they will be forced to take up arms to defend what they hold dear: their faith.

The book is currently available on Amazon, Smashwords, and elsewhere for 99 cents.


Merry Christmas!!

As a Christmas present, I have decided to have a little Christmas sale of my own and offer all my books (except the free ones) for 99cents. this sale will end on January 2nd. So, if you got a new e-reader you can get quality reading material for a low holiday price. You can visit my profile on Amazon and Smashwords. As always, if you enjoy the books that you purchase, please review. Enjoy.

Indie Catholic Authors to Hold an After Christmas Sale

christmas-2015-saleIn June, the members of the Indie Catholic Authors group held an ebook sale. We’re going to do that again this year after Christmas. From December 26-28, 16 Catholics will be available for 99 cents or free.

Here is the information from the official Indie Catholic Authors blog.

Giving your loved one a Kindle, Nook, or iPad for Christmas? Help them fill it with great Catholic books!

Join Indie Catholic Authors December 26-28 for our It’s Still Christmas Sale. 16 Catholic ebooks will be $.99 or free. That’s besides our permanently free ebooks!

Participating authors

  • John C. Connell
  • Jeanie Ewing
  • Ellen Gable
  • Melanie Jean Juneau
  • Theresa Linden
  • Gil Michelini
  • Erin McCole Cupp
  • Connie Rossini
  • Marianne Sciucco
  • Tim Speer
  • Thomas Tan
  • Jacqueline Vick
  • J.I. Willett
  • Gloria Winn
  • John Paul Wohlschied

On Saturday, December 26, here on our blog, we’ll have links to all the retailers where you can buy the books at sale prices. Plus, look for detailed descriptions of each title. You can get a whole library for about $10!

Please note: individual authors are responsible for making sure their books are discounted.

See you on the 26th!

Theresa Linden Releases Testing Liberty

Testing-LibertyIn January of this year, I published a two-part review of Theresa Linden’s first novel Chasing Liberty. (If you want to reread the review, you find it here and here.) Yesterday, Theresa released the second volume of the trilogy: Testing Liberty. Chasing Liberty ended with Liberty and others being captured by the government and sent to re-education facilities. From there, you are taken on a whirlwind ride of action and suspense.

Here is the summary from the Amazon page:

Hidden no more. Imprisoned by the all-controlling government. Slated for Re-Education. Liberty must escape from a high-security facility to rescue the colonists who lost their freedom. Their capture is her fault. Set in the not-so-distant future, where the government controls society through indoctrination, population control, and the eradication of the family, Liberty bides her time in Aldonia’s Re-Education facility. If she fails to escape and rescue the others, the children, teens and adults of the Maxwell Colony will be integrated into society, facing sterilization and indoctrination. She is not alone in the desire to rescue the colonists. An underground, anti-government group has been rescuing people from Aldonia for years, but never have they attempted to rescue so many at one time. To do so would risk exposing, even ending, their operation. Dedrick, one of the top rescuers, grieves for his family members who are now residents of government’s facilities. He wants Liberty free, but he is opposed to working with her. Racing through the wild, the underground and sordid inner-city slums, Testing Liberty follows Liberty from one trial to another, to her final sacrifice.

From the destruction of the family to the planned reduction of the population in the name of protecting the environment, Theresa has produced a modern take on A Brave New World based on the insanity she saw going on around her. This series is a warning of a future probable.

It is a great book written by a great author. And I’m not just saying that because I created a character for the book. I took the time to read this book and greatly enjoyed it. Several major character went through major developments, proving that Theresa’s characters are not flat and one dimensional. They could be real. Theresa has created a series of dystopian novels that are accessible to everyone. I can’t wait to read the third and final book in the trilogy.

Theresa has written both books while being a busy homeschool mother. That takes dedication and it shows in her books.

Get out there and help support a talented, Catholic indie author. You can pick up your copy today (paperback or ebook) by clicking here.

We Need Your Help to Make Our Ebook Sale a Success


Hi, everyone.

This coming week the members of the Indie Catholic Authors Google+ group are having a sale. From June 24th to 26th, 16 great Catholic books (including Church Triumphant) will be available for 99 cents or less. Visit the Indie Catholic Authors blog post for more information:

P.S. We desperately need your help. Please sign up for our Thunderclap campaign so we can reach more people. If you sign up, Thunderclap will post a one-time message on you Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account on June 24th about the sale. If we don’t get the required 100 supporters by the 24th, no messages will be sent out. Please hurry, we only have 3 days left. Thanks in advance

New eBook Released, New Project, and Other Coming Attractions

New Book Released

I’m happy to announce the release of a new ebook, entitled Church Triumphant: 25 Men and Women who Gave Their Lives to Christ. This new ebook is available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes and Noble , Kobo, and iTunes. Church Triumphant will be officially released on April 5th. Easter Sunday.


Current projects

I currently working on a new Benny Cahill mystery for an Amazon bundle being put together by a number of fellow writers. I don’t want to give away too much information, but it titled All that Glitters is Not Gold and it involves Cahill in a museum. Keep your eyes out for information about the bundle. Until then, enjoy this new cover.


On top everything else, I am working on a mystery novel collaboration project with two fellow writers. All I can say is that it is a noir story set in modern-day. We’re still in the early stage of the project.

Coming Attractions

Up until now, this blog has mainly been a place for me to tell you about my new books and projects. Starting next week, I will start writing posts about my favorite Old Time Radio and TV programs. If you like my stories, you’ll enjoy these great shows from the Golden Age of radio.

ALERT – Fire in the Night has been removed from Smashwords

I just got a notification that Smashwords does not publish previews, they only publish complete stories. Since that was the case, I have unpublished Fire in the Night, thus it will not be available on iTunes, Barnes and Nobles, and more. Don’t worry though, I created a epub and pdf version of Fire in the Night. So come and get Fire in the Night PDF or epub here. Sorry for any inconvenience. The previous post has been corrected.

New Book Released – Fire in the Night!!!

Fire in the Night, a preview of Rumors of War

Fire in the Night, a preview of Rumors of War

I am proud to announce the release of another ebook. This ebook, entitled Fire in the Night, is a preview of an upcoming novel to be released Fall 2015. My upcoming novel, Rumors of War, will by my first finished novel, so I hope you look forward to it.

Here is the summary from Fire in the Night:

In the early 1860s, European headlines are filled with stories of attacks on the merchant vessels of many countries. Europe is filled with suspicion and paranoia. Is it pirates or a hostile power? Wealthy American playboy Tom Cavanaugh smells trouble and those who look for trouble, always get more than they bargain for.

Currently, Fire in the Night is only available as pdf or epub.  Thanks.

Next Project in the Works

Coming soon

Coming soon

I published my latest ebook about a week ago. I’ve already begun planning my next ebook. It will be at least a novella in length. It will be a Ocean’s Eleven-style steam punk thriller. Here is the plot:

In the late 1860s, ships in the English Channel are attacked at sunk by a mysterious ship in the night. Several navies have sent ships to investigate, but the found nothing. Most people are convinced the French are behind it. However,  a mysterious American adventurer, named Tom Cavanaugh, isn’t so sure and he’s putting together a team to investigate.

First, I’m going to publish a short prequel entitled Fire in the Night so readers can get a taste of things to come. The full novel will follow. I’m not setting a deadline until the book is 90%+ done. I’ve come up with the chapter titles, so I’m good to go. I hope.

Stay tuned for further announcements.