A blog about why I am going to stop blogging

I have a number of promotional deals to tell you about for the month of April (see below), but first I would like to discuss my new experiment with a more efficient and effective method of communicating with other authors and fans of my work—by setting up a newsletter I’ve called An Aging Author’s Daily Diversions on substack (you might be familiar with this as the site hosting Letters from an American by historian, Heather Cox Richardson.) Currently, I have three primary methods of communicating with people—this blog, monthly promotional newsletters, and daily posts on my Author FaceBook page. There have been problems with all three. For example, this blog has become less and less effective. I used to post 2-3 articles per month, and many of my subscribers were other authors who were interested in hearing about my journey as Read more…


Going Wide with Audiobooks: Findaway Voices and Chirp Update

I am currently in the middle of a promotion of the audiobook editions of my Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 1-4 ($1.99), Pilfered Promises ($1.99), Scholarly Pursuits ($2.99) and Lethal Remedies ($3.99). I wouldn’t have been able to do this promotion if I hadn’t made the decision to shift my audiobooks from being exclusive to ACX (Amazon’s audiobook production and distribution arm) to being non-exclusive and distributing through Findaway Voices. This shift meant my audiobooks would still available on Amazon and Audible, but they would now be available on a whole host of additional venues. Findaway Voices currently distributes books to over forty partners, including Audible. Three years ago, I discussed the reasons for making this shift in this blog piece and this seemed like a good time to provide an update on how this shift has worked out for me. Read more…


Dandy’s Daring Deeds

As I finished writing Entangled Threads, my latest novel in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series that came out last week, I realized with some regret that I hadn’t found a way to bring Dandy, the Boston Terrier, into the story. At the same time, it occurred to me that a good number of people who read (or increasingly listen to) my full-length novels haven’t encountered my shorter works, which is where I have given Dandy the opportunity to play a more predominant role. So, I decided to put together the three shorter works that feature Dandy (and an excerpt from a longer work) in this collection (which represents a considerable discount from buying the stories separately). I hope you will take the time to get reacquainted (or acquainted for the first time) with Dandy and his young friends in Read more…


Entangled Threads Published Today

Entangled Threads, the eighth full-length novel in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, is now available to purchase as an ebook and in print on all major retailers. As most of you know, my goal in writing the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series has always been to feature those women who lived and worked in San Francisco at the end of the nineteenth century. I had done a statistical analysis of the 1880 United States manuscript census for my dissertation, and my intention was to illustrate the lives of these women through my mysteries. This was the reason I came up with a female protagonist who would have a reason to investigate crimes that occur in different occupational settings. At the beginning of the series, this protagonist, Annie Fuller, is a widow who owned a boardinghouse and supplemented her income as a Read more…


Next Victorian San Francisco Mystery up for Pre-order

Finally, I have completed Entangled Threads, the eighth novel in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, and it has gone up for pre-order, to be published January 25, 2022. I have also just put out a boxed set (as ebook and audiobook) of the previous three books in the series (Pilfered Promises, Scholarly Pursuits, and Lethal Remedies) in case you want to use the next month to get caught up and ready for Entangled Threads. See information below:   Entangled Threads: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery   “Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive.” –Sir Walter Scott It is San Francisco in the summer 1882, and Annie and Nate Dawson have finally found a good balance between the demands of family and work. Nate has an interesting legal case defending a young woman who Read more…