Cover Reveal–Chasing Down the Night

Here we go, folks. With a flourish and a bow, a drumroll and a trumpet blast, I give you the cover for the third book of the Crater Lake Series – Chasing Down the Night.

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Back of the Book Synopsis

One might be excused for assuming that an idyllic life unfolds for those who have chosen to live and work near the shores of Crater Lake. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Long-time resident, Izzy Montgomery juggles the stress of a new job with her burgeoning home life. Family dynamics go into overdrive when Alexander and Cynthia launch plans to build a home nearby and Liam’s sister, Fiona shows up to do an internship with the local doctor. Lisa-Marie and Justin are back for the summer and sparks fly. While crusty, old Reg keeps sawmill production booming, Beulah runs the organic bakery and plans the First Annual Caleb Jenkins Memorial Ball Tournament. Bethany discovers her own hidden talents working with young people at Micah Camp.

As a nine-year-old’s dreams reflect a dangerous reality, many encounter issues of the past. This is a novel for those who work at building family ties by strengthening the traditional and creating the new. Chasing Down the Night explores a wide-ranging emotional landscape while highlighting the many aspects of day-to-day, rural life. Tears and laughter are inevitable.

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Cougar photo courtesy of Father Charles Brandt. Background photo and cover design by Bruce Witzel. Publication date is set for mid-May. I can’t wait. What about you?

Everyone Loves a Sale


Extra, extra – read all about it. The Light Never Lies is going up for sale on for a mere 99 cents from 8:00 a.m. (PST) on Sunday May 4th until midnight. If you’ve been following any of the blog tour posts and have felt curious about reading the second book in The Crater Lake Series, here is your chance to plunge right in at a bargain basement price.

Why do authors offer their books for sale? It’s all about exposure. Even when one compensates for all the Kindle users who simply download any sale at all, factor in the fact that maybe one-third of downloaders will actually read the book in question and only a fraction of  those would do a review – it’s putting the book and the series out in front of readers.

On other writing-related topics, I’m still working on getting Disappearing in Plain Sight ready to go up under the Huckleberry Haven Publishing imprint thus giving me the control necessary to offer it at a reduced price now and then. My book of short stories – Weaving Hope with Threads of Sorrow is going into serious editing and we are throwing around a few ideas for cover images. What do you think of this photo? It’s my first choice, so far. I’ll have to see what the designer thinks.

Swing at Winter Harbour

I’m spending time with family and friends, away from my lakeside home, so any work on Chasing Down the Night must wait, though ideas are constantly brewing away in my head.

Art of Racing in the RainI just finished reading an excellent book –The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – a novel written from a dog’s point of view and if you think it can’t work, think again. I read this book as a bit of research on point-of-view issues related to the cougar in my upcoming novel. It didn’t help much with that. A dog is a very different kettle of fish. The read was more than worth the while, though. Temple Grandin, a woman who has written and spoken extensively on the subject of autism, based on her own experience of the condition, says of this book, “An unforgettable journey through another kind of mind, through the eyes – and nose – of a dog. Fascinating.” I agree! If you have ever felt your dog was speaking volumes to you through looks and gestures – you will love this book.

So, there you have it. Don’t forget the 99 cent sale on The Light Never Lies – Sunday and Monday!


This little guy is saying – buy Fran’s book – it’s a good deal, folks.