Yes, the premise here is as straightforward as my enterprise. Do you believe in mooncussers, or do you not? Weigh in with your opinion; we only walk this earth once. I am quite familiar with the tales, just as I know, a century and more from now, that stories will be told of inexplicable shipwrecks and sudden unaccountable wealth. |
I welcome your stories. Man's behavior fascinates me.
Read the Ventura County Star article by Brett Johnson about Ken McAlpine and "FOG"(click here)
May 2, 2012
Hello Wonderful Readers:
Fog and I (in order
of importance) are inked for a June 19th (Tuesday, 7pm) book talk at
the Ventura Barnes and Noble! I know a lot of you have already trooped to the
Ventura B&N for my other talks (thanks to notices sent out by the hands-down
best PR agent on the planet – Kathy, my wife), so it’s asking a lot to hope you’ll
come again, but I guess that’s what I’m hoping. And although it’s Kathy who
fills the seats, those seats wouldn’t be there if not for the kindness of Julia
Palacio and my friend and fellow book lover John McDougal. The two of them (and
a large part of the B&N staff) have been great to me for eight years. Great
readers, great support. I hope the
writing rises to the same level.
So if you're interested, please come meet Pomp, Daniel Cole and the wild shores of 1882 Cape Cod, and maybe get a taste of the vaporous line between good and evil that exists in us all...
March 2, 2012
If you’re interested, I just posted a story that might appeal to
anyone who has experienced the joy of children. “Find Happiness Where
You Are” is part of collection of essays that are a work in progress.
Just as we all are :). Thanks for reading. I appreciate each and every
March 1, 2012
My new novel "Fog" is scheduled for a May release.
Hello Valued Readers:
After some six years of work I'm thrilled to have two new novels which, thanks to iUniverse, are in the process of becoming books you might like to read. "Fog" will be available within 4-5 weeks; "The Lost Years", within 6-8 weeks. I'll keep you updated. I love both these books (though admittedly, I've spent a lot of time with them), and I'm really excited about putting them in your hands.
Here's a synopsis of each novel. If you'd like to read an excerpt, please click here, or go to Upcoming Works on the home page.
Thank you for taking the time to read.
Welcome to the winter shores of 1882 Cape Cod, a world of shipwreck and quick death and a race to find a treasure that will change history and the course of a young America coming into its own. When a ship sinks in a storm, its secret dying on the lips of a child, a catastrophic chain of events is set in motion. Love and lust, courage and cowardice, greed and selflessness, righteousness and sin blur and intertwine as Keeper Daniel Cole and his fellow lifesavers pursue a killer and philosopher whose curious moral compass metes out agonizing death and calls into question the very foundation of what we call progress and civilization.
The Lost Years
Pogue Whithouse is an ordinary, extraordinary man, his rich, but troubled, life spanning surging river rides on the backs of sea turtles, the death of a heroic brother, the corpse-bloated caves of World War II Peleliu and love gone right and wrong. Eighty-five and facing his own horizon, he takes a final trip in search of his country and himself, his shaky will inspired by a creature as old as the dinosaurs and as persistent as time. Encountering a cast of characters – a herpetological hermit, a white supremacist gang, a shy librarian, a woman who rescues starving horses and, most important, a small girl who loves bullfrogs and baseball – he learns to see again the infinite possibilities in an impossibly varied world. Pogue’s story is one of life-altering love and loss, of terrible mistakes, and the possibility of redemption at any age. The pain we suffer is not in things beyond us. The pain is in realizing, too late, that these things were not beyond us at all.