Sunday, April 17, 2011

Meet and Greet - Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

May 30th Noon til Night
Royal Lahaina Resort
Barefoot Bar

I'll be there hanging out, jumping in the ocean occasionally and talking story with anyone at all.

I might even bring a few free books with me!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sing the Happy Toes Song

A productive night of writing must begin with a special treat for the feet. Afterall those happy typing fingers can't have all the fun.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flying with the Parrot...

This shot, original and un-photoshoped, paints the feeling I try to induce into my first novel, The Parrot Talks in Chocolate.

From Mokuleia, Oahu, this little girl was absolutely loving life!  Born and so far, raised in Hawaii, she embodies the free spirit ambient in the very air here.

If you can't get to Hawaii soon enough, the book will take you there right away.  Aloha.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Good Review for "Death by Facebook"


4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise!April 11, 2011

This review is from: Death by Facebook (Paperback)
This is an unusual book. Not really what I was expecting, but not in a disappointing fashion, quite the opposite. 
I was expecting a crime novel, fast paced but rather shallow, not at all what I was given in these pages. The beginning is intriguing, with a sense of lurking darkness amid its seemingly light banter. As the story progresses , the gloom grows along with the impending danger posed by a suddenly active volcano. 
That's another unusual aspect of this novel, the atmosphere. It takes place in an idyllic Hawaiian island, full of all the images we've grown so used to: the coconuts, the gleaming ocean, the tropical heat. We follow Janet, the unstable heroine, or villain, as you choose. We watch her come in and out of sanity until her actions lead her to a terrifying decision. 
The novel's action takes a while to get started but once it does, around the second half of the book, it doesn't stop. It is cunningly paced, leaving the reader breathless at just the right moments. 
Of course, there are faults, grammatical errors, missing punctuations, etc. There is also a bit of a strange shift of perspectives, especially in the second half, where Jimmy, the main male character and the catalyst to the whole story, is no longer included in the narrative and yet we've seen everything through his eyes up to that point. He reappears at the final scenes, but it seemed a bit forced. We'd followed Janet for so long without mention of Jimmy, that we'd kind of forgotten about him. 
That said, I found myself sad when I ran out of pages and I can easily recommend the novel to pretty much anyone. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Beauty and that Beast - "Death by Facebook"

The vistas are magnificent and the clarity of the air lends your imagination a tempting thought.  Maybe we can hike a little closer?

Sure, you can.  The question is will you be hiking back.  Get too close to a volcano and the beast can bite you, hard.  And, that's with a simple shift in the wind.  Never mind an earthquake, new fissure opening up under your feet or a lava bomb projected your direction from a mile away.

The beauty is enticing to be sure, the danger behind that beauty perhaps too much temptation to resist.

In Death by Facebook, you can be there in the comfort and safety of your favorite chair.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Head Lamp Crew from "Death by Facebook"

the crew of Cabin #94 and stars of the book "Death by Facebook"
Dave Lesperance, John Steinmiller, Everett Peacock, Pat Kemp, Tim Wheeler

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lahaina at Dawn

I love going to beach towns just before the sun rises.  Such adventure serves me several ways.

It always reminds me of my early surfing days, and "dawn patrol" where we were in the water well before sunrise.  The waves were smoother and the crowds were still in bed.

And now, when I visit one of my favorites, Lahaina, you catch the oft hidden personality of a busy town as it quietly wakes up.

The most interesting part of Lahaina at dawn is that I'm not the only one out enjoying the soft light and gentle fragrances of the trade winds.  The others there help paint the picture with the most amazing textures.  A young fisherman who masks his true enjoyment of just sitting still with a pole and bait.  Early tourists, five timezones off their sleep cycle who woke up at 2 A.M. and have been milling about since.  And, of course, the lost souls who wake up on a bench or under the mango tree surprised they lived through the night.

Yet, viewing such a scene, painted as it is all around me I find it most interesting that I have walked into the picture myself and no doubt entertain some other observer watching me.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Master Ukulele Player from "Death by Facebook"

On top of the world's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea (measured from base to summit) master ukulele player Pat Kemp entertains the crew of Cabin #94 with ballads of volcanoes and Mai Tais.

We were still glowing from too much sun at distant Kealakekua Bay and Kona, so the 38 degree weather was especially crisp!