Revealing…the New Cover for BAD DEEDS

My stellar cover designer, Allen Chiu, has been redesigning the two existing Dylan Hunter book covers in order to develop a “branded,” integrated look for the series. I’ve already shown you the new HUNTER cover.

Here is the revised cover for BAD DEEDS:

























Now, here are the two side-by-side.











Once again, let me remind you that the first print editions of both Dylan Hunter books will have the new replacement covers shortly. So if you want the originals (which will soon become collectibles), you’d better order them fast! You can obtain the books from, or you can order personally signed copies directly from me, through this blog.


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A Great New Edition of WriteItNow Fiction-Writing Software

My favorite fiction-writing software, “WriteItNow,” has now been further improved in its newly released 5th edition.main_screen_screenshot_5“WIN5″ offers a ton of useful features for brainstorming and planning plots, developing characters, researching, organizing, and writing your Great American Novel.

I used WIN4 on both of my first two novels, and I offered some “beta” feedback on the even better WIN5. The software offers just about everything that Scrivener does, along with some great features that Scrivener does not have. Plus, folks who have compared the two programs say that WIN5 has a much easier “learning curve.” You can download it and try it free. Check it out. And to purchase the CD ROM version on Amazon, click here.

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May 16 Book Signing


With the cancellation of the Harford writers’ conference, I’m now able to participate in the annual local Kent Island Day celebration on Saturday, May 16, from 10 am – 4 pm, in Stevensville, Maryland. I’ll be with other local authors signing books and meeting readers at the “Writers’ Corner” in the Kent Island Heritage Society tent.

If you are in the area and want to have a fun time in this historic little community (founded 1631!), visit the home page for info and directions. I’d love to spend some time with you.

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Writers’ Conference Cancelled

I’ve just been informed that the Harford County (Maryland) “Writer’s Pen” Writers Conference, scheduled for May 15-17, has been cancelled. As I announced here earlier, I was scheduled to present three workshops at the event.

If you made plans to attend, I apologize for any inconvenience.

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Revealing . . . the New Cover for HUNTER!

As I mentioned recently, I’m having new covers designed for HUNTER and BAD DEEDS, in order to develop an integrated, “branded” look for the series. Here is the bold and dramatic new HUNTER cover:

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Once again, the cover was created by my super-talented designer, Allen Chiu. Allen is currently at work on a new cover for BAD DEEDS that will carry over this “look” and style. I’ll post that as soon as it’s ready. I hope you like them. Your comments — posted here, or sent to me privately — are welcome.

The first people to see this new cover were subscribers to my free monthly email newsletter, “Bullet Points.” They also were the first to be informed of the title of the next Dylan Hunter thriller — which I’ll reveal here eventually. In addition, three lucky subscribers were randomly selected to win cool prizes. Reid Wientge is receiving a new Kindle ereader, while Angie Killian and Jeff Morrone were chosen to get $25 Amazon gift certificates.

Subscribers will become eligible for new prizes every month. So sign up for “Bullet Points” right now! In the May issue, a $50 Amazon gift certificate will be awarded to the 15th person to email me with the maiden name of Dylan Hunter’s mother.  If you know — or care to look it up — email the answer to me right away at

Finally, if you have not yet bought the print editions of HUNTER and BAD DEEDS that bear the original covers, they may well become collectables someday. For the next week or so, you will still be able to buy them on Amazon, until the new covers appear. Also, I have a limited quantity of the books on hand. If you prefer to buy copies personally inscribed by me, you can order them right from this site.

So, if you want to own the books with their original covers, act now. They’ll be gone very soon!

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So, You Want to Write a Thriller…


What, exactly, makes a story a “thriller”?

What are its essential elements? Is there a formula to building a suspenseful page-turner? How can you craft characters compelling enough to carry an ongoing thriller series?

Drawing examples from my own novels and those of many top thriller authors, I discuss in this YouTube video how to craft a non-stop thrill ride and create iconic action heroes.

This presentation took place during the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland, on Feb. 28, 2015. I hope you like it and find it useful.

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How I Write Fiction — A Talk

In this videotaped talk
, recorded on April 16, 2015 at the Grasonville, Maryland, Senior Center, I discussed the art and craft of storytelling with a local audience of avid readers and budding writers. I addressed such questions as:

* Why do we humans love stories?

* What are the basic elements and requirements of a compelling novel?

* How is the classic 3-act “story arc” structured?

* What are different methods used by famous writers to write their fiction?

The video runs 52 minutes before my camera stopped recording near the very end of my remarks. Hope you enjoy it.

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COMING SOON: New Book Covers


I’m having new covers designed for HUNTER and BAD DEEDS, in order for the series to have an integrated, “branded” look.

If you have not yet bought the “first edition” print copies, they may well one day become collectables. You can still buy them on Amazon while they last . . . or, if you want copies personally inscribed by me, you can get them right here from this site.

While working on the next Dylan Hunter thriller, I’ve finally settled on its title. Curious? Of course you are!

But if you want to know what it is, you’ll have to sign up for “Bullet Points,” my free email newsletter. That tidbit, plus other advance news about “DH3,” will be released in next month’s issue. And only subscribers will be eligible for monthly prizes, including free Kindles, Amazon gift certificates, and personally inscribed Dylan Hunter books.

So if you aren’t yet on the mailing list — why not? Those freebies are going to go to somebody . . .

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Radio Interview, Tuesday March 24

(Edited and updated)

I was the interview guest on Writestream Radio’s “Writestream Tuesday” on Tuesday, March 24, at 2:05 pm Eastern. This is an internet-based broadcast, part of BlogTalkRadio.

Host Daria Anne and I talked about my lengthy background as a nonfiction writer, my late-life transition to writing the Dylan Hunter thrillers, and my views on the power and significance of “Narratives” in our lives. It was fun.

Here is the program link to the broadcast, archived online. My interview segment begins in the second half of the two-hour recording, at about the 1:04 mark on the time bar.

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BAD DEEDS Wins CLFA Book of the Year 2014


I am delighted to announce that my second Dylan Hunter thriller, BAD DEEDS, just won the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance “Book of the Year 2014 Award.”

Given the quality of the finalists — books by prominent, bestselling authors Larry Correia, Sarah A. Hoyt, and Mackey Chandler — I sincerely didn’t think my thriller stood a chance of winning. But thanks to Dylan’s devoted fans (and that means you), the book won the final vote.

I want to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to all of you who have made my stories and characters a part of your lives. I am touched and grateful to you for your loyal support, and my special appreciation goes to those of you who voted for BAD DEEDS. Thanks to you, this award will bring the book and its unique vigilante hero a lot more attention — and that is why I entered it in the competition in the first place.


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