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New Release Alert: BUT NOT FORLORN (Clint Wolf Mysteries – Book #7)

Good Monday morning! I hope everyone’s having a great day so far and that all is well.

I want to begin by thanking each and every one of you for helping make BUT NOT FORBIDDEN a #1 New Release in Amazon’s Hard-Boiled category–not once, but THREE times during its first thirty days of life! It’s a first for me and I owe it to all of you. I’ve always said writers are nothing without readers, and I really appreciate the support.

So, without wasting anymore time, here’s the link and the description to the latest Clint Wolf novel, BUT NOT FORLORN:


The political race to determine the next mayor of Mechant Loup is heating up…literally. When one of the candidates is burned to death in a fiery blaze, Clint Wolf and Susan Wilson go straight from their honeymoon to investigating a brutal homicide. While there are a number of suspects, evidence and witnesses are lacking, and narrowing the list down becomes a challenge.

A late night attack on a Mechant Loup police officer leads to a curious discovery, but exactly how this discovery factors into the case is anybody’s guess. Clint will have to reach out to the local media for help…and it might turn out to be the best decision he’s made throughout the case. However, no one will be rejoicing when this investigation is over, and it’s unlikely anyone from the police department will ever be the same again.

Click here or on the cover to buy or read for free though Kindle Unlimited:


Again, thank y’all so much for reading!!!


New Release Alert, Upcoming Sale!

Well, I’ve had a busy weekend, but I’ve finally published the next book in the Clint Wolf Mystery Series titled BUT NOT FORBIDDEN.

Here’s the blurb and link:

The only thing Clint Wolf and Susan Wilson want to do is get married, but when a man is murdered in a most embarrassing way–shot to death while sitting on a porta potty–their wedding plans are placed in serious jeopardy. With only eight days to go until they say their vows, Clint and Susan go to work trying to find out who might want to kill the victim. There are a number of likely suspects and they all seem to have good reasons for wanting the man dead, but Clint and Susan must figure out who hated him the most.

As they work their way through the evidence in search of the truth, they are unknowingly headed for a deadly confrontation. Before it’s all over, bullets will start flying and people are going to die…and if they’re not careful, one of them might not make it to the alter.

Additionally, Boxed Set One of the London Carter Mystery Series will be available for FREE on Amazon beginning May 30th and ending June 3rd, 2018. So, if you haven’t read it yet, here’s your chance to pick up the first three books in the series for FREE.

Thanks to all of you for your support!



At long last, BUT NOT FOR NAUGHT (Book 5 in the Clint Wolf Series) is now available at Amazon. I would’ve gotten it out earlier, but we’re in the middle of a DA election at my day job and I’m busy doing everything I can to help my boss get elected. The election is March 24th, so things should get back to normal for me soon afterward, and I’ll be able to start on the next Clint Wolf book, which is titled BUT NOT FORBIDDEN. I’m hoping to publish that one in May/June 2018, right before I head off to the Smoky Mountains for the Fourth of July.

In any event, here’s the description of BUT NOT FOR NAUGHT, along with the cover and link to it:

BUT-NOT-FOR-NAUGHT_ebookThe only thing worse than being stabbed in the back is being shot in the back; and that’s exactly what happens to local bar owner Mitch Taylor. As Clint Wolf and Susan Wilson investigate, the list of suspects begins to grow and it includes the victim’s estranged wife. Just when it appears Clint is closing in on the killer, things takes a surprising turn and the entire complexion of the case is changed.

As though the twist in the case weren’t enough, Clint finds an old photograph that turns his personal life on its head and sets him on a dual quest for answers. Not only is he interrogating suspects, but he also interrogates his mother, and he begins to wonder what will be more difficult—discovering the secret to his past or solving Mitch Taylor’s murder. One thing is certain…no one will be the same after this is over.

Thank you very much to all who have waited patiently (and even those who have waited impatiently :-)) for this release.

Best to all!


What an October!

To say my October was busy would be a gross understatement. Every weekend was filled with activities, I had something that required my attention nearly every night, I had to complete thirteen lessons for a month-long online class I’m teaching this month, and I was (of course) trying to write the next Clint Wolf book. In the middle of it all, I celebrated my 27th year of working in law enforcement, as well as the 4th anniversary of meeting Amanda, both of which occurred on the same day.

One of the highlights of the month was speaking to the members of Sisters in Crime: New Orleans, who are a great bunch of writers. Here’s a photo from that event:DSC_0253 A bit of news for those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook: I’m starting to release my books in audio. BUT NOT FORGOTTEN has already been narrated and is available through Amazon and iTunes, and JAMES 516 will be available soon. Over the course of the next several months, I’m expecting to roll out the other books in each series. Here’s the Amazon link and cover for the audio version of FORGOTTEN:Audio_But-Not-ForgottenAnd then, at long last, the fourth book in the Clint Wolf Mystery Series is finally available. Here’s the description and cover/link:

After a year of working as a tour guide in the swamps of Louisiana–and the day after a man’s body is found in a canal–former Police Chief Clint Wolf realizes he can’t stay away from law enforcement work forever. Ditching his paddle for a pistol, he rejoins the Mechant Loup Police Department, but this time as their chief investigator, and he works beside Police Chief Susan Wilson as they seek to solve the mystery in the canal.

While it isn’t odd to find drowned bodies floating in the vast waterways of Louisiana from time to time, it is unusual to find a body with six bullet holes in its back. This first case back for Clint won’t be a walk in the park, but a blue truck and a single piece of paper might be the key to everything. The only problem? The truck has seemingly vanished into thin air and no one can find the piece of paper.BUT-NOT-FOREVER_ebookI have already begun plotting the next book in the Clint Wolf series, which is titled BUT NOT FOR NAUGHT, and I hope to publish it by January/February of 2018.

As always, I want to thank all of you for supporting my writing and I welcome your feedback and comments. (I’ve had to disable the comments section on my website due to the obscene amount of spam, but always feel free to contact me by email at

Wishing you and yours a GREAT and HAPPY Thanksgiving!

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BLOOD RISE (Book 6: London Carter Mysteries) out now!

BLOOD RISE, which is the sixth and final book in the London Carter mystery series, is now available. Here’s the description:

In the final book in this series, London Carter has planned the perfect surprise vacation for Dawn Luke. They’re heading to the Smoky Mountains National Park, where he’ll drop down to one knee in front of Abrams Falls and propose to her. However, when a grisly discovery is made in a small community within Magnolia Parish, they’re forced to return home to investigate.

They soon learn that the victim, Kathleen Bertrand, has been killed in the most heinous manner imaginable, and they delve into her past looking for anything that might help explain what happened. They locate some skeletons in her closet and, while one of them might be motive enough for murder, the brutal nature of the crime doesn’t seem to fit.

As Dawn and London drive to the Gulf Coast town of Dark Sands, Mississippi to follow-up on a piece of evidence they discovered in Kathleen’s car, Deputy Abraham Wilson is called to investigate the disappearance of another Plymouth East woman. Fearing the cases are connected and the second victim might suffer the same fate as the first, they work nearly nonstop to bring the killer to justice.

No one knows if they’ll locate the victim in time to save her, but it’s clear London won’t be dropping down to one knee anytime soon–unless it’s to take a shot.

(Click on book cover to buy or read free on Kindle Unlimited.)


What’s next for me? Book Four in the Clint Wolf mystery series. While that series began as a trilogy, due to popular demand I’ve decided to extend it. I’m currently working on BUT NOT FOREVER and I plan to write six to nine more in the series. If it continues selling well, I might continue beyond that number. At some point, I want to start a series that features Abraham Wilson as the main character. It will be a spin-off of the London Carter series and will feature London and Dawn from time to time.

As always, many thanks to all of you for your support!


ELEVATION (Book 5: London Carter Mysteries) out now!

ELEVATION, Book 5 of the London Carter Mystery Series, is out now.

I finished the first draft of ELEVATION while in the Smoky Mountains last week, and then immediately began editing it. While I did work on vacation, I made sure to have lots of fun, too. I came home feeling refreshed and ready to start the next book in the London Carter series, which is titled BLOOD RISE. I’ll take a few days off to plot the story first, and then I’ll dive in and hopefully have it finished before Christmas.

Any who, here’s the description and link to the book:

Vice President Courtney Browning is adored by the majority of all Americans and is heiress apparent to the White House, but someone wants her dead. When she holds a rally in Magnolia Parish early one morning in May, London Carter and his snipers team up with the Secret Service to assist them in providing over-watch protection for the event.

What begins as a routine rally turns into a bloodbath that leaves three people dead and a dozen others wounded. However, thanks to London’s quick thinking and decisive action, the body count is much lower than it could have been.

As London tries to avoid the ensuing publicity surrounding the national event and get back to his normal duties, he’s called upon to investigate a strange break-in at a residence in Seasville. There aren’t many clues to decipher, but as he digs deeper into the case it begins to appear someone might be after the woman he loves.

Can he find and stop the forces that are moving against Dawn Luke, or will he end up with another hole in his heart that’s too big to fill?

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If any of you are curious about what I did on vacation, I can sum it up with one word: bears. We always see between 14 and 22 bears when we visit the Smoky Mountains, but this year we saw 36.

We stayed at the Le Rendezvous cabin, which I booked through Mountain Laurel Chalets, and bears visited the cabin every day–usually several times per day. We spent a lot of time on the Roaring Forks Motor Trail, where we saw many bears, lots of salamanders, eight copperheads, and two northern water snakes, and we did a lot of hiking. We also spent some time up at Ober Gatlinburg and ate some great food around town.

Anyone who knows me knows the Smoky Mountains National Park is my favorite place on earth, and this year was just as fun as ever. I’ll post a few pictures from this past vacation for those who like that sort of thing.

And, as always, I want to extend my sincerest appreciation to all of you who read my books.



Copperhead copy


Out now: Book 4 in the London Carter Mystery Series

I’m happy to announce the release of my latest novel, BULLET DROP, which is the 4th book in the London Carter Mystery Series. While I usually have a “no write” policy on vacations, my wife allowed me to get a little writing done on our anniversary cruise and it enabled me to finish sooner than expected. So, thanks to her for putting up with a few hours of writing, as well as for reading the first draft and pointing out things that needed to be fleshed out or omitted. She is extremely supportive of my writing and I would not be able to accomplish as much as I do without her. I also want to thank Shelly Ourso for reading (or, rather, devouring) the first draft and offering her feedback. She is always such a big help. And I can’t say enough about Christine Savoie and how much I love the covers she creates for my books. I’m so glad she found me!

Well folks, here’s the description of BULLET DROP, along with the cover art and a link to the eBook on Amazon (it will be on sale for $2.99 right out the gate and will remain there for several weeks):

While Dawn Luke travels to her hometown of Arkansas to tend to her sick mother, London Carter is called upon to investigate the murder of a young teenager whose body is found stuffed under the exit ramp of an overpass. It was apparent to London that the murderer wanted to make sure the kid was dead, but the motive for the killing was far from obvious.

Summoning the assistance of Detective Rachael Bowler, the two are finally able to locate the actual crime scene and that leads them to the identity of their young victim. But instead of providing answers, the identification leads to more questions. Could a secret involving the young man lead them to the killer, or will it only muddy the waters and interfere with their investigation?

Whatever the case, this is one killer no one should take for granted–not even a cop as skilled and gritty as London Carter.

Bullet Drop Cover

So, what’s next for me? After I finish this blog post, I’ll get “write” to work on the opening chapter of the 5th London Carter Novel, which is titled ELEVATION, with the hopes of finishing it by September/October. I’ll be taking two breaks during the writing of this novel, but will be “writing faster” when not on the breaks, as a few of you have advised me to start doing. 🙂

For those interested, the first break will be from July 5 through July 10, when we’ll be bringing my daughter to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for a weekend-long biology class. The second will be from July 28 through August 6, which will be our family vacation in the Smoky Mountains. We’ll be renting a cabin through Mountain Laurel Chalets (as we always do) and will be staying on Ski Mountain Road in Gatlinburg. If any of you will be in that area during the same time frame, give me a holler and I’ll keep an eye out for you. It would be nice to meet and personally thank those of you who read my books and follow my writing career.

Before signing off, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to all of the people who lost loved ones, or were injured, or had property destroyed during the wildfires in the Smoky Mountains late last year. I go there every year and, while I was saddened to learn that four of the chalets I’ve rented over the years were lost in the fire, it was downright heartbreaking to hear of all the lives lost and the injuries sustained. My best to the people of that area as they rebuild and try to move past the pain and loss.


A Boxed Set, Covers Revealed, and Upcoming Sales

Hello to everyone reading this, but especially to all of you who’ve subscribed to my blog posts–y’all are the best! Before getting into what I’ve been up to lately, I want to announce the release of a London Carter boxed set that includes the first three books in the series (JAMES 516, PROVING GROUNDS, and SILENT TRIGGER). It’s priced at $7.98, so you get three books for the price of two. Of course, if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, you read for free. Here’s the cover/link to the book on Amazon:

London-Carter_Boxed-Set-02So, after finishing SILENT TRIGGER, I went on a week-long road trip with my daughter for her senior trip. I’m honored that she wanted me along and proud that she chose nature as a place to spend her trip. We rented a cabin in the Red River Gorge and, in addition to hiking and climbing in the mountains of Kentucky, we visited the cities of Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY, toured the Squire Boone Caverns, and did some bouldering in Chattanooga, TN. (I actually published SILENT TRIGGER from a mountaintop in Kentucky using one of the few wi-fi spots in the area, Miguels Pizza. The atmosphere in this place was amazing and filled with rock climbers–my daughter loved it!)

Here’s a picture of us on the Natural Bridge Trail in Kentucky:

BJ GraceOkay, now that I’m back home, I’ve been writing again and I’m hoping to have the fourth London Carter book, which is titled BULLET DROP, out before the projected release period of June/July 2017, and the fifth one, ELEVATION, out before September/October 2017. The covers are done (thank you, Christine Savoie of Bayou Cover Designs!) and I’ll reveal those now:

Bullet Drop Cover  Elevation Cover

Alas, I want to alert you awesome followers to two upcoming sales. Firstly, the eBook edition of JAMES 516 will be FREE via Amazon from May 8, 2017 through May 12, 2017. Second, PROVING GROUNDS will be almost half off of its regular price of $3.99, and on sale for $1.99 from May 8, 2017 through May 15, 2017. So, if you haven’t read those yet, that will be a good time to grab a copy.

As always, thanks to all of you who follow my blog post and who read my books. Y’all are the BEST!


New London Carter novel out now!

From the top of a mountain in Slade, Kentucky, while eating breakfast with my daughter, Grace, at a cool little joint called Miguel’s Pizza, I pulled the trigger on my next London Carter novel, SILENT TRIGGER. I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it.

Click cover to buy. (KU members read free.)

What’s next? A fourth book in the London Carter series titled BULLET DROP…but I have to get back home first.
As always, I want to thank everyone who reads my books. It’s greatly appreciated and still surprising to me that people take the time to read the stuff I create.
Description: Days after Police Sniper London Carter resolves a hostage situation at a local business, Detective Sergeant Dawn Luke calls upon him to assist her with a mysterious death investigation. They end up facing numerous roadblocks in their quest for the truth, including an unidentified body, uncooperative witnesses, and a killer tornado.
As they push forward in the case, they start to realize there might be a bit of a romance brewing between them, but the case is growing complicated and dangerous. If they’re not careful, one of them could end up on the morgue slab.

PROVING GROUNDS: A London Carter Mystery (Book 2)

At long last, PROVING GROUNDS: A London Carter Mystery (Book 2) is now available!

London Carter will join forces with Dawn Luke, whom you might remember from the Magnolia Parish Mystery series, to investigate the sniper-style murder of an alligator poacher. While investigators are unsure of the killer’s motive, members of the victim’s family believe a rival clan is responsible for the murder, and the two sides prepare for battle. Will London and Dawn find the murderous sniper and stop the war, or will the swamps of Louisiana run red with the blood of dozens of innocent people?

Click on book cover to purchase your copy from Amazon or to read free on Kindle Unlimited:


For those interested in my future plans, I will get right to work on the next London Carter book, with an eye toward writing two or three more in that series. Afterward, I’d like to either write the third book in the Magnolia Parish series or write a spin-off of the Clint Wolf series. I’d also like to write a sequel to THE SEVENTH TAKING someday, because I love me some mountains!

In closing, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my books. I am flattered and honored beyond belief that so many of you continue to follow my work. As I often say, writers are nothing without readers, and I’d be nothing without all of you.

My best to all!