Sunday, August 29, 2021

A Ghost Ship (Fact in Fiction)

Another “Fact in Fiction” I use in the Legends of the Winged Scarab series:
Fact: The former Russian Cruise Liner Lyubov Orlova was lost at sea while being towed to the Caribbean from Canada. A well-known ghostship, she supposedly was inhabited only by cannibal rats. 
Fiction: In Books 3-5 of the Legends, she is turned into a floating luxury liner by the South American billionaire-pirate Lorenzo Dominguez. 
Sailing her as the Bucanero II across the Atlantic and Mediterranean, Lorenzo terrorizes our protagonists who are trying to escape his clutches on a small sailboat headed for Crete (North America having been devastated by the eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano - hopefully, that event will stay fiction).

Saturday, August 21, 2021

The Kissing Bug (Fact in Fiction)

Here is another “Fact in Fiction” I use in the Legends of the Winged Scarab series:

The Kissing Bug, Chagas Disease. 

In the U.S., over 300,000 people live with it (mostly Hispanics from Latin America). Over 8 million people in Mexico, Central America and South America have it. The disease comes from the bite of a triatomine bug; it carries a parasite which can ultimately destroy the digestive system and heart. Worldwide, the disease kills tens of thousands a year.

In Book 3 “After the Cataclysm,” Lorenzo Dominguez, our billionaire art thief/pirate/kidnapper caught Chagas disease as a boy in the abject squalor of the Venezuelan prison on Isla Margarita. 

In Book 5 “The Nile Conspiracy,” Lorenzo's predestined fate catches up with him (at a rather opportune time for our protagonists). 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

1000 Pages of Action/Adventure


Save on this #BoxSet of four complete novels. 
History in the making, playing out during recent world events, with the heroism, frailty, folly, passion and love of Man. 
Add Book 1, a saga of Ancient Egypt's First Dynasty, to your reading pleasure.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Stories About My Pasha, Me and Other Furries

Here is the second Excerpt from "Pasha" on Helen Hollick's Blog:

Read the first story here:

Pasha's is only one among many entertaining stories about shelter cats and dogs, their individuals traits and the happy days when they realize they are being adopted.

Of course, Pasha does get center stage. He was my foster-failure - that's when the foster parent turns adopter. I still miss him.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Tales of Ancient & Modern Egypt (and More)

Legends of the Winged Scarab Series 

KHAMSIN, The Devil Wind of The Nile

- A Novel of Ancient Egypt - 

Followed by Action and Adventure in present-day Egypt and beyond:

SIROCCO, Storm over Land and Sea

After the Cataclysm

The Crystal Curse

The Nile Conspiracy

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Also, check out these FUN Volumes:

 Edward, Con Extraordinaire

This charming trickster turns into a major "nuisance" (to put it very mildly) in Books 2-5 of the Legends of the Winged Scarab Series.


And, for Animal Lovers, there is always Pasha: