I am an aspiring author but no matter what you see on “Murder, She Wrote” or “Castle” it is really hard to make a living by writing alone. I am a consulting engineer with my own company to pay for kibble and marketing my writing. I also really do canine search and rescue.
Teens to the Rescue Series
Can the search and rescue team help Gabe find his self-confidence to face down a bully and earn his Eagle rank, or is this one search that comes too late?
Turn is about Gabe Turner, a 15 year old Boy Scout being bullied by a smaller boy. Gabe struggles to fit in and find his place. To top things off, his dad refuses to go to church which threatens Gabe’s efforts to earn the rank of Eagle. A service project introduces him to a canine search and rescue team. Can they help him to succeed in school and Scouting? Will Gabe find a way to help his parents overcome their emotional wounds? Will he find friends that like the outdoors as much as he does? Or will he fail once again to turn his life around and save the people he loves?
- The book is endorsed by the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago
- It is available on Amazon and in fine book stores
Growing up in a house that revolves around canine search and rescue has made Shane wise, but has he learned enough to use a partially trained SAR dog to find his missing mom?
Can the search team help Blanca find happily ever after?
Blanca Martinez wants to decide her future for herself. Papa wants her to have a husband to protect her. Mama wants her to have an education so that she can take care of herself. Her friends have helped her cope in the brutal and dangerous gang-controlled section of Chicago in which she lives, but, one by one, they betray her until all she has left is her faith, her family, and her dreams.
Desperate for a friend, she joins the wrong crowd and must struggle to find her way. Mama signs her up to work with a canine search and rescue team where she discovers the ability to work with animals and the desire to become a veterinarian.
Blanca wants to trust the two teenage boys on the team and accept the friendship they offer. However, she’s been wrong so many times before. Can she really trust her new friends?
On a training mission to Cancun, the teens rescue a lost tour bus of children, and Blanca discovers the confidence and path to go find her dreams.
Stand or run: Which will Shane choose?
Being the center of attention always unnerves Shane. It was one of the reasons he enjoyed training the search and rescue dogs. Hiding alone in a search area, waiting patiently for a dog to catch his scent was his kind of heaven. But we don’t always get what we want. When Shane uncovers a plot to injure fellow students, he must make the decision to blow the whistle or be forced into participating in the plan.
What will his decision cost him, his family, and his dogs?
North Country Series
Pinecone Motel (Coming Soon)
Shellie, Morgan and the Pinecone Motel have all been abandoned can they come together to carve out a life?
The Pinecone was an older cabin style motel that had been abandoned when more modern facilities were built. Shellie was forced out of college when she reported being date-raped. PTSD had forced Morgan out of his parents’ house. They took shelter in separate cabins as they struggled to survive. Slowly they start to restore the place in return for living there. As the Pinecone returns to livable condition Shellie and Morgan come to understand how to do more than survive, but the motel owner’s grandson steps into the mix. Will they work together and carve a future together or will they end up fleeing from true love?
Sophie’s Search (Coming Soon)
Who is trying to drive Sophie Stearns out of the Adirondacks and just how far are they willing to go?
Sophie Stearns has made a name for herself in the tough fields of environmental engineering and canine search and rescue. Widowed and buried in debt, she starts her own business as a way to repay her financial obligations. Her first contract takes her back to New York’s Adirondack Mountains, her refuge as a teenager. Everything depends on Sophie making this contract a success. But someone is sabotaging Sophie’s work and threatening her life. All the evidence points to mountain guide and chairman of the Committee to Save the Adirondacks, Patrick O’Brien, but could he really do that to her? Patrick’s intervention can save her business but he must decide which is more important: Sophie’s financial security or his need to protect the Adirondacks, he can’t have both. With the project deadline looming, Sophie must choose between using her canine Belle to rescue a Down Syndrome child or saving her fledgling business. What will their choices cost?
Out of the Storm (Coming Soon)
Can Sloane and Conor learn to work together long enough to get Bill Frasier back to civilization or will their lack of trust get them all killed?
Bill is having flashbacks to his time in Afghanistan and flees to the Adirondack Mountains, putting a safe distance between him and his family. Sloane Westin and Conor McCollum each have their private reasons for vowing to get Frasier into treatment for PTSD or die trying. But dying is easy when a sub-zero snowstorm blows into the Adirondack Mountains where the search is located. Both Sloane and Conor are independent loners thrown together by their mutual goal. Only Sloane’s, big, black German Shepherd, Orex, has earned her trust. As far as Conor is concerned he only trusts what he can do with his own two hands. As they are forced to work together to survive it isn’t just the surrounding woods that begin to thaw but both their wary hearts. As they struggle against brutal weather, dwindling supplies, and an evasive subject will they learn to trust each other and rescue Bill or will they end up disappearing into the brutal and unforgiving wilderness of the Adirondacks in winter?
Labrador Tea (Coming Soon)
Can Rand protect Sarah from a hit squad, or will they join Manny Santos and sleep with the fishes?
Sarah hates liars; her dead husband taught her that lesson the hard way. It has taken a while to carve out a safe new life but with the help of her German Shepherd, Lektor, she has managed. Sarah finds out safety is an illusion when they respond to a recovery search one degree south of the Arctic Circle and are caught up in a morass of lies. The first lie is that Manny isn’t dead; he staged his demise to escape to the Bahamas with millions of skimmed money. The joke was on him when a skirmish with a bear left him chewed up and without his bank account information, begging and stealing from tourists. The second lie is that Rand isn’t a wilderness guide but really an undercover cop, trying to find Manny’s corpse and hopefully the kind of information to put the bad guys away for a long time. Lie #3: one of the team members isn’t a rescuer but a plant sent by Manny. Lie #4: someone on the team is a mole for Manny’s former employers. When Sarah recovers the missing information the lies unravel and the mob closes in on Manny. Sarah and Rand must race to the Bahamas or Manny will end up trying to walk to New York with more bricks and chains than he can carry. Can Sarah forgive Rand his lies or will their chance for love be the real victim of the search?