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Jack in the Green

Saturday Special: Procrastination Is Genetic?

Did you see the study about procrastination that came out this week? The study was published in Psychological Science. It found that procrastination is a trait that can be inherited. That makes me feel a lot better! Of course, I know DNA is destiny. That’s why I have my mother’s eyes and my my dad’s hair. […]

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Wedding Rings

Love At First Connection and The Rest of the Story

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate romance. You’ve read my books. You know I’m not an especially romantic person. One of my writer friends once suggested that I should put more romance in my books. I said, “I’m married. What do I know about romance?” She replied, “Well, you write about murder and […]

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Jose Gaspar Invading

Secret Justice and Gasparilla Security

Nearly half a million people crowded into one edge of one city all at the same time? It sounds like a security nightmare, doesn’t it? But that’s what happens each year at Tampa’s Gasparilla parade — an invasion of the pirates. The invasion kicks off my book Secret Justice. You can read more about my take […]

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MacDill Entrance

MacDill: More Than An Air Force Base

If you follow Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa south, all the way along the water’s edge, you will pass the fictional entrance to Judge Willa Carson’s Plant Key home, and eventually run into the very real entrance to MacDill Air Force Base, which occupies the bottom section of the peninsula that makes up South Tampa. And […]

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Dangerous Women

Secret Lives of Walter Mitty, Dangerous Women and Us

What does Walter Mitty have to do with Dangerous Women or Us? Come along with me a moment. I’ll explain everything.  You’ll get a glimpse inside this writer’s mind and a glimpse of our futures. First, Walter Mitty. Walter Mitty was an ordinary man with a vivid fantasy life of personal triumph. His fantasy life […]

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Herend Tang Horse

2014: What Does The Year of the Horse Plan For You?

2013 is drawing to a close, but if you still want more time before mentally beginning a new chapter, you’re in luck! According to the Chinese Zodiac, we still have 30 days left to wind up 2013 and prepare for our future. The Year of the Snake ends on January 30, 2014. And then we begin […]

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Holiday Sale

Time Flies – Twisted Justice on Day Twelve – Don’t Miss This!!

For the past 12 days, I’ve been showcasing quotes from my mystery novel Twisted Justice on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Today is Day 12, and it feels appropriate to end with this excerpt from the book: There is a scientific explanation for why time seems to pass more rapidly as we age. According to this […]

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Plant Museum Exterior

Plant’s Palace and Tampa’s Christmas Past

One of my favorite things about the Tampa Bay Area (besides the beaches, of course…) is discovering the little nuggets of its unique history. That’s what a writer loves to do — we soak up everything. And in the process we’re able to see how the big picture developed and show it to you through […]

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Coffee Beans

Coffee: Nectar of the Gods, Right?

Regular readers know I love coffee. My morning always starts with three mugs of black coffee and some days, more. Not surprisingly, coffee features prominently in my books, too. Willa Carson loves Coffee Con Leche. Carlos Gaspar likes coffee with loads of milk and sugar. Kim Otto drinks hers black, like me. In Get Back Jack alone, there […]

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When Pigs Fly

Feeling Frazzled? Try The Law of Least Effort

Are you thinking things may get better when pigs fly? No doubt you’ve seen it splashed on bumper stickers and greeting cards and just about everywhere.  Comics like Woody Allen and Albert Brooks have spent decades entertaining us with variations on the wry joke that “Life Sucks – And Then You Die.” Yet, studies repeatedly […]

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