Doug Welch


Although I'm a retired community college instructor, I lived another life and acquired a wide range of experiences before my teaching and now author gig. I served the U.S. Navy and my country in Vietnam. I repaired robots and automated equipment in the aerospace industry. I was publicity chairman of the California Belly Dance Association for a while, actor in a motion picture, Manufacturing Engineer and Regional Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and finally Professor of Manufacturing Technology at a local community college. Name it, and I've likely done it.
However, despite threatening to do so for many years, I'd never written a book. At least, until now. It's a lot of work. You really, really have to love it. Fortunately, (or unfortunately) it do love it and plan to continue it as long as I can type, scribble or speak.
Stay tuned for more. (See my website,Facebook and my blog for new books.)

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Shadow People Series, Boxed Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 388,550. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Have you ever heard someone shout your name in an empty room? Have you ever sensed someone hovering over your shoulder, a thrill of fear travels down your spine, but when you turn to look, there’s no one there? If so, you've encountered the Shadow People. Paris and Alexandra Fox have. In fact, they can see them, and a time may come in which they wish they hadn't. The Shadow People Series Bundle.
Cheyenne Jackson (The Case of the Hanged Harlot)
Series: Cheyenne Jackson, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,210. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
Cheyenne’s just landed the most important case of her short, legal career and she’d better not screw it up, her dad’s counting on her. Unfortunately, her potential client is someone she detests. Someone hanged her client’s wife and the police suspect it’s his cousin...but hold on a moment...Is it true? Was she really murdered? Or was the crime something even more unspeakable?
Shadow Reflections
Series: Shadow People, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,610. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In an old, strange mansion hidden in the Scottish highlands, Alex’s mind becomes trapped, lost in a formless void, one she must escape. Her Family is in terrible danger from the man who calls himself Nicodemus. Will her unknown talent help or will it doom everyone? Perhaps with the aid of some unexpected allies she’ll prevail, but will she have to sacrifice herself in the attempt?
Shadow Twins
Series: Shadow People, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,620. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
What’s with the Middle East anyway? Paris Fox’s life seems drawn to it. In Iran, during the effort to rescue Dorri, he uncovers a mystery, another almost identical twin. But this twin has a tragic story to tell, one that might embroil Paris in a Shadow war. He must end this crisis fast and Italy is the target. He may need all his courage and skills, but the price of failure is unthinkable.
Dear Collaborator
Price: Free! Words: 18,490. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Amanda never imagined when she decided to collaborate on a new novel that the power of the written word might result in her undoing. Does she have the courage to accept the love her collaborator, Terrell Bane offers? Her life is at a cusp, which path should she take, remain locked in a hopeless marriage,or reach out for a lifetime with Terrell, promising passion, but filled with uncertainty?
Shadow Spies
Series: Shadow People, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,710. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In Las Vegas, where someone’s playing the odds and everyone’s playing to win, the stakes have never been higher. Paris' options are almost impossible: lose his new wife to horror beyond imagining, or endanger his Family and defy the Council. Caught in the middle, he’s playing for time, time that is quickly running out. Who can you trust when you're all-in and it's time to reveal the cards?
Sail Beyond Tomorrow
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,530. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Susan Martian couldn't know when she schemed to snare Richard Parker, a hot university colleague; that her plans would derail. Why? Well, her dad, Nate fell in love with Richard’s mother, Kate. Nate and Kate both suffer from Alzheimer’s disease but plan to marry. But will Richard’s disapproval doom them and rip Susan's heart apart, or will it be the world's end?
The Reality Plague
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,520. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When fear of a disease prevents human contact, the race is threatened with extinction. That least that’s the ultimate destiny for the dystopian civilization in which Jake Harrison lives, and he’s locked in a virtual world, powerless to prevent it. Will a mysterious woman named Liv have the answers? With Lisa, his quirky, personal AI to help them and a little luck, perhaps together they can.
Shadow Games
Series: Shadow People, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 122,270. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Have you ever felt someone look over your shoulder when you’re alone? Have you ever heard a disembodied voice shout your name in an empty room? If so, you've met the Shadow People. Fraternal twins Paris and Alexandra Fox have. In fact they can see them. Who are these people and what do they want? Could it have something to do with their recently deceased parents and the secrets they were hiding?

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  • The Mating (The original Law of the Lycans story) on June 06, 2010
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    This book is begging for a sequel. Excellent work in the werewolf/romance genre.
  • Black Silk on June 06, 2010
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    Read this on my Android. It was a good experience. Nice action thriller.
  • DEAD(ish) on June 06, 2010
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    A really unusual theme for a supernatural genre book, unlike other books of this type. A little gross at times, since the heroine is literally rotting in place (a ghoul), but well written, with a lot of witty humor.
  • Last Days and Times on June 11, 2010
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    This book is a prime example of the reason that commercial publishing houses are soo lame. The irony is, that the only possible reason that this is not a best-seller is because the publishing houses were afraid of right-wing-christian backlash if they did publish it. I have read many examples of the trash that comes from the big guys, and they cannot hold a candle to the quality of this book. It is fast paced, with impeccable timing, and contains characters whose fate you emote with and care about. Mr. Loy is one good author, and a great writer. I wish him the success that he deserves. I enjoyed this book immensely, so much so, that I purchased it to read to the end. I recommend that you buy it because, like me you will eventually.
  • The Mating (The original Law of the Lycans story) on Aug. 18, 2010

    I am now reading The Keeping, and to this point, it seems to exceed The Mating in quality and style. The Mating is a very well written book, with both sexual and suspenseful danger, anticipation and drama. The author, Ms Charles, should be writing professionally. As an aside to the author, you should price this book, it certainly deserves some remuneration. I understand the motivation to be read; because I share it. However this book would be just as good and a pleasure to read, regardless of whether or not I paid for it.
  • The Keeping on Aug. 19, 2010

    The fantastic Ms. Charles has done it again! An incredibly good book with intriguing characters and enough romantic and suspenseful tension to hold the reader riveted throughout the experience. The only criticism I might offer is the jarring presence of some unnecessary sex scenes; particularly the early scene between Kane and Elsie. While I have nothing against erotic passages, and frequently enjoy them, my feeling is that if the scene does not advance the plot, reveal character, or provide motivation, it is not necessary, and actually becomes gratuitous. Of course this perceived flaw reflects only my opinion, and did not prevent me from enjoying this truly marvelous book. Ms Charles is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors.
  • Melody and the Pier to Forever: Book One on April 21, 2011

    When one reads a book as powerful as Melody and the Pier to Forever, it lodges in your heart and cannot escape. As an author and avid reader I thirst for an epic novel that moves me, and in this one stands way above the ordinary. From a larger perspective, the novel serves to validate all the hard work that we authors have poured into our works, because this book is better than most ever published, printed or offered as e-books. I cannot find adequate words express how grateful I am to Shawn Montaigne for writing this book. I wish that the site would allow a six star rating, because this book certainly deserves that. I hope that more are to come. I recommend this book to anyone who longs for a fun and serious read and wants to be consumed by a novel.
  • The Candle on April 24, 2011

    Wonderful story. The writing is superb. One of the best novellas I have ever read on the net or in print. The author has an amazing ability to communicate passion and human emotion. Highly recommended.
  • The Bride Price on May 25, 2011

    Sophie Ford lies dying in her bed in the year 2007 from a heart condition. She succumbs to her disease only to find herself well, but lying in the snow in Pennsylvania. The year is1863 and the Civil War is in full swing. In addition, the love of her life, her husband Jamie, is nowhere to be found. What has happened to him? How did she get here and why? Who wants to kill her? Will she be forced to marry a stranger to protect herself? These are only a few of the questions that keep the reader turning pages in this Science-Fiction/Fantasy novel about a woman who travels back in time to the era of the war between the states. “The Bride Price” is a compelling novel that will keep you engaged until the last page. After reading this book, you will want to read more books by Ms Jackson.
  • Riders of the Wind on June 08, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed Riders of the Wind. The novel spans the early days of the aeronautical industry, and how that industry survived the Great Depression and spawned the common names we know today such as TWA, Eastern Airlines, American Airlines Lockheed and Boeing. It follows the lives of a real aviation family, Charles and Doretta Cross and includes several historical characters such as Charles Lindbergh and his family as some of the books minor characters. An aviation enthusiast will find much to like in the book, as it provides details of the technology that the pioneers of flight wrestled around the sky. The book has romance, danger and and tense moments, with a dabble of fantasy thrown in. All in all a very entertaining read.
  • Two People Having Sex (An Erotic Parody) on March 06, 2012

    Well written, funny and delightful satire. Someone should send all the PayPal executives a copy.