Books

The Absolver Vienna – OUT NOW

I'm pleased to announce to you that the second book in the Saint Michael Thriller Series is now available! I'm holding the launch price of $0.99 for a limited period of time so download a copy while you can!  DOWNLOAD NOW Men who live above the law are never beyond wrath’s reach. Father Michael Thomas… Continue reading The Absolver Vienna – OUT NOW

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Personalities

ICYMI, I recently accepted an invitation to join the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network. I’m hosting a podcast called “Writers On The Beat,” which focuses on helping writers of all genres add more authentic cops, crimes, and criminals into their stories. It should be an interesting listen for anyone who wants in a… Continue reading Cop Personalities

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Water Jockeys Are People, Too

So, to be fair to the firefighters and EMS folks, they deserve their comedic due here, as well.  At least an Honorable Mention, right, despite my obvious bias. They actually get to span the gap between the patrol cops and detectives and live a bit in both worlds. Their crews are sometimes first on-scene, and… Continue reading Water Jockeys Are People, Too

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Memes, Pranks, and the Hilarity of Group Humiliation

Cops, collectively, are a really witty, hilarious group of people.  In the right environment, most of us coulda been stand-up comics, but the context and backdrop required to get us going is usually so dark and tragic that only serial killers would watch and laugh.  Wait, maybe we could use that as a some kinda… Continue reading Memes, Pranks, and the Hilarity of Group Humiliation

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Suicide, Getting It Right The First Time

The mental health crisis in America is crushing a substantial portion of our people and their families. This is, of course, no laughing matter. It’s sad, depressing, and I, for one, feel horrifically helpless to stem the tide. Every week, it seems like the violence, harm, and death rooted in mental health issues grows. Helpless… Continue reading Suicide, Getting It Right The First Time

Real Life Crime

Anger and Kindness

In light of the way this year has started, with violence against our children, our firefighters, and our cops all making horrendous news across the country, I thought about what I should say in my blog about it. My reactions span the whole spectrum of human emotion, but my sadness and anger presently burn the… Continue reading Anger and Kindness

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Sleep Hollow

I’ve previously mentioned the dark, gallow’s humor that infects cops and first responders. It’s a critical self-defense mechanism for us to do our jobs, complete an ugly or horrific task at hand, and move on to the next call. We can laugh or cry, and we almost never have time or the ability to cry… Continue reading Sleep Hollow

Police Life

Kill Me First

I hate to speak in generalizations, especially about my people, so I’ll just speak from my own experiences, reasoning, and fears.  I go to work every day with the subconscious acceptance that I may not come home.  I accepted and filed that possibility as among the ‘costs of doing business’ long ago.  It’s not that… Continue reading Kill Me First

Police Life

Shared Hope

I wanted to share something that’s been weighing heavy on my heart.  I’m working to create a long-term partnership with an organization called Shared Hope International, which implements a multifaceted approach to curbing and ending the sex trade.  In particular, they do critical work to educate cops and the public on domestic minor sex trafficking,… Continue reading Shared Hope

Books

Goodreads Response

Wow.  Since Cyanide Publishing released Enemies Domestic in tangible formats in June and Kindle on 3 July, I’ve been incredibly surprised and grateful for the public’s response to my stories.  I took about a week off from writing the upcoming Enemies Foreign, which is due out on 15 November, to write Room Number Three.  To… Continue reading Goodreads Response