Hell to Pay – Sneak Peek


Release day is drawing closer. The edits are complete and the final files will be ready soon. I’m getting excited to share Harry’s next adventure with you, so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek. Enjoy!

Hell to Pay – Excerpt

“You told him you’d do what?”  Tess laughed and gaped at me in amazement.
“I told him I would cook dinner.  What’s the big deal?  How hard can it be?”
“Harry, you’ve never cooked anything in your life.”
“Sure I have.”
“Macaroni and cheese from a box doesn’t count.”
I frowned at her.  She had a point.  “Well, I guess it’s about time I tried then, isn’t it?  Now are you going to help me find a recipe or not?  I still have to run to the grocery store.”
Perhaps I can be of some assistance?”
The computerized voice came from the speakers on the desk in the corner just as the screen blinked on, its now familiar animated robot waving at us from across the room.
“Bryce!  Where have you been?  No, scratch that.  I don’t want to know.”  Now that Bryce had unlimited, nearly instantaneous access to anywhere in the world the Internet could take him, he tended to disappear for long periods of time, more often than not surfing porn sites.  I didn’t need to hear a play-by-play of his latest stop.
I’m eager to hear how the GhostCam 3000 worked,” Bryce replied.
“The what?  Oh, the tablet app.  It worked great, didn’t it, Tess?”
“Yeah, it did.”
Cool.  I’m accessing the tablet now via the network so I can analyze the recording.”
“It recorded everything?” Tess looked surprised.  “So we can watch it again?”
“Can we skip the technical conversation right now and find me a recipe instead?”
The printer suddenly beeped and spit out a page.  I walked over and grabbed it.
Easy Chicken and Rice,” Bryce intoned, his computer voice taking on an accent that suspiciously sounded like Julia Child.  “It only has five ingredients and a difficulty rating of one spoon.  Even you should be able to handle it, Harry.”
“Gee, thanks.”  I bit my lip, peering over the instructions.  “Actually, this is great.  Thanks!”  I sat down beside Tess at the kitchen island and made a list.  The chicken was supposed to take an hour and I still had to go to the store.  I needed to get cracking.
“So now that Bryce has solved your cooking crisis, can we talk about something else?”  Tess turned to face me.
“Sure, as long as it doesn’t have anything to do with you moving out,” I replied, only half-joking.
Tess snorted and then pulled a green sheet of paper from the stack of mail that had been sitting on the counter.   “Did you see this?”  She shoved it towards me.
I looked at it with a puzzled frown.  It was a flyer advertising a new nightclub called Wishes.  “No.  I’ve never heard of it.”  I pushed the flyer back to Tess.
“I think we should go check it out.  There’s a two-for-one drink special every night this month,” she replied, tapping at the flyer.
“Sure, why not?  What’s the big deal?  Why are you acting weird about asking me to go to a club?”  It wasn’t like we had never been out dancing together before, and my dating Nash hadn’t changed anything.
Tess bit her lip and tapped the flyer again, this time pointing to the address listed at the bottom of the page.  I stared at it a moment, trying to figure out why it sounded familiar.
“Omigod!  Is that where I think it is?”
“If you’re thinking that it’s the same address as the warehouse where DiCastro tried to sacrifice you to the Egyptian god Osiris, then yes, it is.”
“They made it into a nightclub?  Who?  Who owns it?”
“I don’t know, but I heard from some of the guys at the gym that it’s been completely renovated and totally tricked out.  You won’t even recognize it.”  She clasped her hands under her chin and batted her best puppy-dog eyes at me.  “Puh-lease, Harry?  Can we go?”
I wrinkled my nose at the idea.  I didn’t particularly have fond memories of the place.  I still had the occasional nightmare about it.  “I don’t know.  I’ll think about it, okay?”
Satisfied with my answer, Tess nodded and hopped down off her stool.  “Great.  I’ve gotta go.  I promised Uncle Rigo I would inventory the new crossbow supplies tonight.”  She turned and waved on her way to the door.  “Good luck with your dinner, Harry.”  She gave me an impish grin.  “Don’t forget the fire extinguisher is under the sink.”
“Oh, ha-ha,” I replied, flipping her the bird.  “Just for that, I won’t save you any leftovers.”
“Promises, promises.”  Tess grinned at me again and then hurried out the door.

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We Have a Winner



Congratulations to Leslee C. the first winner of a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Leslee was randomly selected from all the subscribers to my mailing list after the first one hundred new sign-ups mark was reached.  Leslee has been contacted and her gift certificate delivered.


Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time, I’ve reset the count and once I get another one hundred sign-ups, I’ll do another draw.

Remember, winners are randomly picked from ALL names on the list (so if you have already signed up, you’re automatically entered and you are eligible for every subsequent draw).

Subscribers to my mailing list get the news first.  They were the first to know about Tantor Media picking up Harry’s stories for audio and they will be the first to know the yet to be released name of Harry’s next book.

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already, join my mailing list by clicking HERE.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation – pt4



Yes, that’s right.  I’m working on Harry’s next adventure.  I can’t give you many details right now, but I’m loving how it is coming together.  Harry is so much fun to write.

I’ve actually decided on both the title and the tagline for the new book, but if you want to be one of the first to know, you’ll just have to join my mailing list.  As an added bonus, I’m just 25 names short of the first 100 new subscribers so that means I’ll be making the draw to pick the random winner of a $25 gift card very soon.*

So, what are you waiting for? Join my mailing list by clicking HERE and be the first to get all the news.



*For every 100 new members, I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate. Winners will be randomly picked from ALL names on the list (so if you have already signed up, you’re automatically entered) and once you join, you will be eligible for every subsequent draw.


Don’t Miss the News

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying your summer (for those in the northern hemisphere) or that your winter isn’t too harsh (yes, I’m talking to all my Aussie friends and everyone else in the southern hemisphere). My summer has gotten off to a busy start. First, there was my son’s grade 12 graduation and all that entailed, then I organized the Crazy Canuck Canada Day blog hop and finally there has been some book related activity that I want to tell you about, but can’t. Evil, aren’t I?

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You’ll just have to wait a bit for the news, I’m afraid. If you don’t want to miss out on the big announcement that’s coming, or just want to be one of the first to hear the news, why not join my newsletter mailing list? My newsletter is rather sporadic – I only send it out when I have actual news – so I promise you won’t be bombarded by spam.  And, just to sweeten the deal, I have a new giveaway going in conjunction with newsletter sign ups. For every 100 new members, I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate. Winners will be randomly picked from ALL names on the list (so if you have already signed up, you’re automatically entered) and once you join, you will be eligible for every subsequent draw.

So, what are you waiting for? Join my mailing list by clicking HERE.


Kick Off Your Summer

beautiful-nature-wallpaperSummer is just getting started and boy has it been hectic already. So far I’ve had a book launch, a road trip and tomorrow the graduation (for my son) festivities begin. Once we get grad all wrapped up I’m looking forward to a more laid back summer schedule, maybe even a chance to finally get some writing done. What about you? What are your summer plans?

I have one suggestion. Why not kick off your summer with the Crazy Canuck Canada Day Blog Hop?  It’s just a couple of days away (starts on July 1st). We have great group of authors and each is offering up a chance to win a prize for those visiting their blogs. There’s also a grand prize draw with lots of opportunities to enter.  Check out all the details HERE and we’ll see you at the hop!

Canada Day Blog Hop

One Week to Deadlocked

If you are following Harry’s story, you know that Deadlocked, book three in the Harry Russo Diaries, is set for release on June 6. I’ll be counting down this week with posts featuring some of Harry’s supporting cast.


To start off the countdown, here’s a sneak peek (caution, contains a spoiler from Tooth and Claw):

“Harry, my dear Harry! So marvelous to see you.”  Salvador clapped his hands together like a gleeful three year old.  “You look wonderful.  None the worse for wear I see.”  He rose to his feet with the grace of a panther from where he had been sitting on my couch.  He took a step towards me and I admit it, I flinched.  His smile faltered and was replaced by a calculating look.  “Ah, I see.  The cat is out of the proverbial bag, is it not?”  He looked at Isaac who gave him a Gallic shrug.  “Well, then,” Salvador continued, his smile returning, “aren’t you going to greet your father properly?”  He held out his arms like he expected me to run and throw myself at him.

“No thanks, I’ll pass.”  I stepped back, putting more distance between us.  I looked at Tomas, Salvador’s lieutenant and a fellow dhamphir, who had also risen from his seat.  His expression was shocked, his normally ruddy Mediterranean complexion pale.  I couldn’t help myself and I laughed.  “At least I wasn’t the last to know.”  Tomas scowled at me.  We have a love-hate relationship.  We love to hate one another.

Deadlocked is available for download on June 6, 2016. Pre-order your copy today!
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Amazon Top Twenty

Dead and Kicking has been out for about six months now and I have been very happy with results. When I first published, I really didn’t know what to expect. Would anyone (besides friends and relatives) buy my book?

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Well, the answer is yes! You have been buying it. In fact, Dead and Kicking just broke into the top twenty on Amazon.com yesterday. While it has been in the top twenty frequently on the Amazon.ca site, this is the first time it has hit the top twenty in the much larger US market.

Besides being an accomplishment in itself, hitting the top twenty also has the added benefit of increasing Dead and Kicking‘s visibility on Amazon. This means that even more readers looking for something to read in urban fantasy will see Harry’s first book and hopefully buy it.

A big thank you to everyone that has already bought Dead and Kicking. Can I ask a favour though? How about leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads or whatever retailer you purchased your copy from? Reviews are the fuel in the marketing engine, especially for an independent author such as myself, and now that more people are finding Dead and Kicking, your favourable review might just be the extra push they need to decide to click ‘Buy’. It’s not hard to leave a quick, honest review. It only takes a couple sentences.

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Thanks again, and don’t forget Tooth and Claw is already available and Deadlocked is set for release on June 6th! Pre-order your copy today.