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
Sophie Stearns and her search dog, Belle, flee to the mountains that feed her soul and straight into the arms of the one man she could truly love. If only he didn’t hate her.
Widowed and buried in debt, Sophie Stearns is not going to pin her dreams on a man again – even if Patrick O’Brien is the man of her dreams. Making her environmental engineering company a financial success is her only hope for a secure future.
Patrick O’Brien learned the hard way city girls will rip a man’s heart out to get what they want. After his ex-wife’s betrayal, he bolted to the Adirondacks to lick his wounds and forge a new life protecting the fragile mountain ecosystem from development. The best way to stop the newest threat, Shopsmart is to shutdown their environmental engineering contractor, Sophie Stearns.
When a saboteur destroys Sophie’s project and threatens her life, only Patrick’s intervention can save her business. But Patrick must decide which is more important: his principles or his need to protect the Adirondacks. With the project deadline looming, Sophie must choose between using Belle to rescue a special needs child or saving her fledgling business.
Will their choices lead to love or loneliness?
It’s way too easy to die in the Adirondacks.
All of Sloane Westin’s training has drummed the risks of mountain terrain into her head, but she’s promised God she’ll take the risk if she can prevent a combat veteran from suicide. Since her husband took his own life three years earlier, it has been just Sloane and her search dog Orex. Now Incident Command has teamed her with Conor McCollum, an annoying, overbearing man who wants to run the show.
Conor McCollum owes his old Army commander Bill Frasier his life. Payback is due. Conor may hold the key to bringing Bill back out of the storm of hallucinations filling his mind, if he can get close enough. Why Incident Command has teamed him with pretty girlie-girl, Sloane Westin, is beyond him. He doesn’t need a human anchor slowing him down.
A dangerous ice storm is bearing down on the Adirondacks. Can Sloane and Conor work together to rescue Bill out of the storm? Or will Mother Nature claim three more lives in the vast wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains?
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?
Pinecone Motel (Coming Soon)
Shellie, Ronan, Blue 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 Ronan 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 Ronan 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?