Saturday, June 21, 2014


The old man was being followed.

If they were after the precious mineral, he would have to kill them.

He started down the thirty-degree decline, careful to avoid any uneven ground that might cause a slip or fall. The rifle slung to one shoulder gave him whatever confidence he required to protect what he’d toiled so hard to remove from the earth’s unyielding crust.


He cast a wistful look at the darkening sky. Into his eighth decade, the man bemoaned the arthritis in his hips and knees that slowed him considerably, and he no longer relished the thought of being caught exposed to the elements past sundown without adequate shelter in such a desolate and unforgiving region. Temperatures could drop precipitously and the wind chill would make any attempt at sleep near impossible.

But then sleep was no longer an option.

He was being followed. He was certain of this.

Reflexively, he touched the scarred wood stock of the 30.30 Winchester. With each step he took, the rifle gently tapped his side like a loyal minion.

Yes, if they were after the gold, he would have to kill them.

Sensing more than actually hearing the danger lurking ever nearer, he slowed enough to look back over his shoulder. He tried to ignore the tendrils of fear crawling up his spine, but the willpower of his youth had long since deserted him.

Unexpectedly, he found himself hoping it was the gold they were after.

The man clutched the tiny ivory lynx hanging from his neck for luck and pressed onward.
SMILODON. Don't go hiking in the woods alone!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Summer Spash Blog Hop!

Get ready! It's time for the 2014 Summer Splash Blog Hop! Are you ready for some splashing summer fun? Then let's go. Get wet, tear off that swimsuit, and start reading. (Well, just kidding about removing your suit.)  First, a few rules for the contest.

Any reader/writer is eligible. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog post beginning 6/13. Very important--please leave an email address where I can contact you. At the end of each day, I will randomly pick a winner and the winner's name will be posted below. The prize is a free Smashwords coupon for Gargoyles, the first book in my sci-fi apocalyptic series, The Resurrection Trilogy. From 6/13 through 6/16, there will be four winners.

Then on 6/17, I will randomly choose one winner from these four who will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Now for the REALLY good news! There will be some really great grand prizes! A kindle paperwhite, $50 Amazon gift card, and fifteen signed paperback books, and forty ebooks.

That's it. Simple. So everyone enjoy yourselves and have fun. With all the different blogs participating, there are plenty of prizes for everyone. Click on the link above or below and START HOPPING! Everone have a great summer splash!

Day 1 winner is MandyWrite--congrats!

Day 2 winner is LGraham--congrats!

Day #3 winner is Smiles--congrats!

Day #4 winner is Kate Wyland--congrats!

The winner of the Amazon $50 gift card is Kate Wyland!

Thank you all for participating in the Summer Splash Blog Hop.