I grew up in a distant, hilly suburb of Los Angeles. I am the oldest in a family of four children: my fathr was a research biologist and my mother is an artist in stained glass. I went and recklessly got a relatively useless degree in English Literature (California State University Northridge, 1976) and then enlisted in the US Air Force. I trained and served as a radio and television broadcast specialist, in places as various as Greece, Spain, Japan, Korea, Greenland and Ogden, Utah. This involved an assortment of interesting duties, which included midnight alt-rock DJ, TV news anchor, video-production librarian, radio and television writer and producer, production manager, and tour guide. In 1985, I drove a bright orange Volvo sedan from Athens to Zaragoza, Spain, accompanied only by a small and cranky child. I retired from the Air Force in 1997. In late 2002, I became a regular contributor to the military-oriented weblog, got hooked on writing historical fiction, bringing out "To Truckee's Trail" in 2006; that's the story of the first ever wagon-train party to bring wagons over the Sierra Nevada, which marked the opening of the California Trail. Besides historical novels, I review books and movies for Blogger News Network, am also on the board of the Independent Authors Guild, a non-profit association of writers published by small and regional publishers ... and I manage their website, also. I currently live in San Antonio with my daughter and an assortment of dogs and cats, and travel within Texas doing lectures and talks about my follow-up novel series, the Adelsverein Trilogy.
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Lone Star Sons
Texas Ranger James Reade and his friend, Delaware Indian scout Toby Shaw search for justice and the answer to deadly mysteries in frontier Texas!
Adelsverein: Die Sammlung
Band Eins der Adelsverein-Trilogie - Book One of the Adelsverein Trilogy, translated into German. The first volume of an epic family drama, of two interlinked German-American families on the Texas frontier, as they build new lives and new homes in the face of danger and war on two fronts.
Adelsverein: Book Three - The Harvesting
A war ends … And another begins.
The Confederacy lies in ruins, while those who survived the Civil War as fought in the Texas Hill Country struggle to rebuild homes and lives!
Adelsverein: Book Two - The Sowing
The storms of war came upon them ... Loyal to the Union, adamant in their belief that slavery was wrong; Could they survive a brutal war in the dark heart of the Confederacy?
Adelsverein: Book One - The Gathering
From the Old World to the New ...
The Adelsverein settlers came to Texas. They brought their hopes and their children . . . and a will to survive! This is book one of the Adelsverein Trilogy, a saga of family and community loyalties, and the challenge of building a new life on the hostile frontier ... and the sometimes wrenching process of becoming American.
Deep in The Heart
A woman's life in the capital city of the Republic of Texas ... a tumultious time in history. And she was there and saw it all.
Daughter of Texas
A woman’s life in Texas:
Before the cattle drives. Before the Alamo.
Before the legends were born.
She was there ...And she saw it all
Adelsverein: The Complete Trilogy
From the Old World to the New: The frontier would challenge them. Brutal war would test them, in a crucible of fire, but they would endure and build.
They would prosper and in the end … They would become Americans!
To Truckee's Trail
Eleven wagons. Fifty men, women and children. And two thousand miles of trackless wilderness ... with nothing to depend upon except hope, courage and friendship.
In 1844, the Stephens-Townsend Party ventured into the wilderness, determined to find a way through the desert and over the Sierra Nevada. Everyone knows of the Donner Party ... but few know of those who blazed the trail before them.
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