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Which Book is Free This Week? It’s (none of your) Unfinished Business!

If you’ve been paying attention you know that I have been giving away free books for the past two weeks (get caught up here and here) in anticipation of the release of my next novel 24 Minutes.

So far, I’ve made two books available for free download – Blood in the Water and Backseat to Justice.

Both of these books are from my Steve Salem collection.

Steve Salem is a former Boston cop now working as a Private Investigator in Flagler Beach, Florida. For some strange reason Steve and his partner Val Casey seem to stumble across some very unusual cases, and they usually end up recruiting the services of Ike.

Ike – for the uninitiated in the audience – is the main character in almost all of my books. He is an ex-Navy SEAL now living in Flagler Beach and in the employ of local bookie Ralph Donabedian.

Ike has been described as Robin Hood on a Harley (not my description, but one that I thoroughly approve of!).

As I said – Ike is the main character in most of my novels – as well as the subject of a collection of short stories. However…this week’s giveaway will feature the only book I’ve written which doesn’t include Ike at all.

That book is…


Unfinished Business.


Unfinished Business is the story of Meg Seabury, a mortician who is inexplicably tasked with carrying out the final thoughts of the bodies she embalms.

It’s a cross between my usual stories and The Twilight Zone.

I hope you enjoy it!


As always – thank you for reading


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My Next book – I Hope it isn’t Dead to You!


First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the support you have shown me since Living the Dream was first released way back in 2009. From the very beginning, I have felt blessed that you liked my work and I truly appreciate it more than you know. (Pardon my “Sally Fields” moment there!)

Without planning to do so – I have created a “world” within Flagler Beach with a cast of characters enjoyed by many! Rest assured – that world is alive and well and will return in two future novels (Protect This! and Liquidated Damages – A Steve Salem Novel).

In the meantime I’d like to talk to you about my next book.

Unfinished Business (available in the summer of 2013) will be a slight departure from what you have come to expect.

The idea for the story came to me when I attended the funeral of a close friend’s mother. The funeral director happened to be another friend of mine and I was fascinated by the way she handled herself in the performance of such an undesirable task.

After the service I told her that if I could follow her around for a day I could easily come up with a book.

I never did get the chance to follow her, but I thought about it constantly for several weeks. Lo and behold, an idea came to me.

I started thinking about Meg (my friend the funeral director) and how she has to deal with the dead every day. Then I thought about the dead…regardless of their situation in life…regardless of the way they died and regardless of the type of person they were, they all had one thing in common…

They all left this world with something unfinished.

Their “To Do” list was cancelled before they got a chance to cross off that final item.

This led me to thinking…what if—(I love those two words)—what if Meg was responsible for finishing that last item on their list?

The more I pondered the idea, the more I liked it and the more potential I saw for a good story.

So I started writing it…

Unfortunately my writing was delayed by the release of  No Good Deed, Pump It Up and Backseat to Justice – so the book was not released in 2011 as I had originally planned.

So here we are – a full year after I thought Unfinished Business  would be out…and I have finally gotten back into it. I’m writing away full-steam-ahead and it is almost two-thirds complete. I anticipate the first draft to be finished before Christmas.

As I started to say earlier…Unfinished Business is different from my previous five novels. It’s a bit more serious (just a bit) and only has a brief cameo appearance by Ike and Ralph. It also deals with a somewhat “supernatural” topic.

Because it’s so different I actually considered releasing it under a pen-name (I was thinking of Ty Prider), but I don’t think I will. If you don’t like it – then I’ll know it isn’t my niche…and if you do it gives me one more genre to explore.

I’m asking you to give it a chance…I think you’ll like it

I hope you enjoy it, but either way you can rest assured that Ike, Brewski and the rest of the gang will be back to maintain order in Flagler Beach before you know it!

Here is a quick update…we are over halfway through the editing process, the cover is done – here it is for those who haven’t seen it yet…

Unfinished Business will be released in June, 2013

Unfinished Business will be released in June, 2013


The scheduled release date is June 30 – but there is a chance it may be available sooner.

As usual – thank you for reading.


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