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Human Trafficking

Inside Human Trafficking: Part 1

As I planned, researched, and wrote Deep Cover Jack, it quickly became clear that we’d be dealing with some pretty heavy topics in this book. That’s often the case when writing thrillers, but this newest Hunt for Jack Reacher thriller, required research on human trafficking.  Human trafficking is defined in the Trafficking Protocol as: “the recruitment, transport, […]

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Investing in Gold: Silly, Sound or Criminal?

Research for my thrillers usually takes some wild and crazy turns. Every book is sparked by an idea or an event and then, after a while, it can grow into a great story. Such was the case when one of my friends told me at lunch a couple of years ago that she was investing […]

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TRUE CRIME: Bored Robber Gives Up

Of course, I’m committed to writing stories that are both believable and exciting. In fact, this is part of the reason I do so much research before and during the writing of my thrillers.  Here’s one strange case of true crime I came across recently: The owner of a kebab store in New Zealand was working his regular hours […]

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The Bookworm’s Alternatives to Pokémon Go

You’re familiar with the smartphone game sensation “Pokémon Go,” right? I mentioned it last week when I was telling you about the wanted man who was caught while playing Pokémon Go outside a Michigan police station. Lesson learned? Don’t hang out at a police station if you’re wanted by law enforcement! It seems obvious … but […]

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Hemingway’s Secret Getaway: #Michigan

I think it goes without saying: Ernest Hemingway’s most famous home is the one in Key West, Florida. But as a snowbird, I’ve got feelers up here in Michigan, and I’m at least as familiar with Hemingway’s time around the Great Lakes State as I am with his famous Key West home. Hemingway was born in […]

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My Idea of a White Winter

Science Says… Go to the beach.

Have you gotten to spend any time at the beach or near a body of water this summer? As a snowbird, I’m fortunate to live near the water at my home in Michigan as well as my home in Florida. It’s great not only for kicking back and sipping a glass of wine as the […]

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DNA Generated Faces

Bad News For Criminals Who Left DNA Behind

The science news I’m about to tell you about is really, really bad news for criminals who haven’t been caught yet. Imagine there was a break-in at your home, and all the burglar left behind was a drop of blood. Scientists are now fine-tuning technology that would allow them to create a computer-constructed image of the […]

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Happy 100th Birthday, John D. MacDonald!

The great author John D. MacDonald would have turned 100 years old this coming Sunday, July 24th. If you love thrillers like me, one obvious way to celebrate is by reading a John D. MacDonald book or short story. But it’s also appropriate to celebrate by reflecting on his life, his influences, and his legacy. […]

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Bookworm Problems

Why #BookLovers Should Clean for 15 Minutes

The horrors! 😀 But it’s true, isn’t it? For book lovers, waiting for a new release is almost as annoying as scrubbing the bathtub. And the wait is especially agonizing when you’re reading books as part of a series. In that case, waiting becomes part of a complete emotional roller coaster, starting with the thrill of […]

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ThrillerFest 2016

Reflections from my trip to NYC for ThrillerFest

So? What did I miss? I’m back home now, and I’ve just finished unpacking my bags from a thrilling trip to New York City! The 11th annual ThrillerFest was held July 5-9, and this year’s conference of thriller writers was especially exciting for me. My Hunt for Jack Reacher novel Jack and Joe was a Thriller Award Finalist for Best E-Book […]

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