One week from today, my inner child will delight as one of my favorite heroes, Indiana Jones, returns to the big screen for the 5th and final time.

That comes a day after Chasing Blue Blood launches and I have a signing at Hippie Girl Collection from 6-8PM.

To say that I am excited for this is an understatement. For many fans who disliked his last adventure, this is another opportunity to “right the ship”. I personally enjoyed the film and was entertained, but it is far from the best film in the series.

For me, it’s one last opportunity to enjoy Indy’s adventure and have my inner child come out once again – though if you ask Michelle, that is a daily occurrence.

You see, unlike Luke Skywalker, who has the Force, and James Bond, who has years of training (and a generous gov’t budget), Henry Walton Jones, Jr is an everyman. He’s just a college professor who trots around the globe trying to find some fortune and glory. No superpowers, no gadgets, just surviving off his wit and guile. He gets hurt, he loses, but he’s an ideal to strive for. And unlike my other cinema faves, I could get closer to Indy than the other two – well, I could dress like Bond, but that’s likely it.

In fact, I started crafting Garrison Chase as a modern version of Indiana Jones, but I realized it might be hard in a world where Nathan Drake (Uncharted) and Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) exists.

Speaking of Lara Croft, like most video gamers in the 1990s, I had played the Tomb Raider game. It was a different take on the world of archaeology, and for a lot of reasons, became very popular. Since it involved finding historical artifacts, comparisons to Indiana Jones naturally popped up, including in the world of fan fiction.

According to Wikipedia, Fan fiction or fanfiction is fictional writing written in an amateur capacity by fans, unauthorized by, but based on an existing work of fiction. The author uses copyrighted characters, settings, or other intellectual properties from the original creator as a basis for their writing. Writers who create fan fiction cannot profit from the work, but showcase skills as a writer and to share the love of the subject matter.

There’s a problem with that, in my view. The Tomb Raider video game came out in 1997. Indiana Jones was born in his fictional universe in 1899, which would make him 96 then. Granted, fiction allows you to do crazy things like make Indy and Lara Croft contemporaries, but that didn’t work for me.

What did I do? I wrote my own take on it. I started crafting a tale around the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. With the release of that film, Indy merchandise was everywhere, including the release of the Young Indiana Jones television series on DVD. Those shows dealt with a Young Indy and his experiences with historical figures, as well as fighting in WWI. The episodes were bookended with a nonagenarian Jones recounting the adventures of his youth.

Because I wanted some verisimilitude with the characters in my story, this was the way I could get them to co-exist in a world. But to make the story work, I had to find something they had in common.

Enter the Spear of Destiny.

Also known as The Holy Lance, or the Lance of Longinus (named after Saint Longinus), it’s the spear that pierced the side of Christ when he was on the cross to ensure he was dead.

Both characters had stories involving the spear: Indy in comics and Lara Croft’s world in the video game Tomb Raider: Chronicles.

While I did post the story online, I am now making it available for everyone.  I’m offering a free gift to you: if you sign up for my mailing list, you will get a copy of The Writer and The Professor, which brings these characters together.

Keep your eyes peeled this site next week, as we get closer to the launch, as I have some more surprises.

Another Signing and Giveaways!

Happy Monday! Here in South Central PA, we got some needed rain, which afforded me time to dine with my cousin, who was in town from Arizona.

I’m prepping hard for the release of Chasing Blue Blood, and this includes better ordering and shipping options on this website.

I have another signing to announce! I will be at Gather 256 on Friday, August 4th at 256 West Philadelphia Street in York. It’s First Friday, so there will be a lot going on. And owner/chef Sarah Cahill will be having cream soda floats in honor of Garrison Chase’s favorite beverage.

I also want to announce that I am giving away two items to my fellow readers!

The first is this wonderful bookmark, made by my friend Amber at Hippie Girl Collection, who is hosting my first signing. I have five to give out.

I am also giving away these T-shirts, made for me by my daughter Breanna. These contain my new author logo. I have four of these to give away, 2 XL and 2 L.

How can you get your hands on this sweet swag? There are two ways:

  1. Sign up for my mailing list (at the bottom of this page)
  2. Purchase a copy of Chasing Blue Blood anytime from June 29-July 4 – email me at with a copy of your receipt.

I will announce the winner on July 5th.

And if you don’t win this time around, I will have more for my next signing.

Cover Me

I hope you’re out there enjoying Memorial Day and keeping those that gave the ultimate sacrifice are in your thoughts.

After last week’s reveal of the cover of Garrison Chase’s next adventure, I have another surprise for you today: Chasing Betty is getting a makeover!

This update was necessary, in order to provide continuity to the Garrison Chase series. And it will help you, dear reader, going forward. The first three novels will be tied together and share a similar color scheme. Books 4-6 will also share ties and have a synchronous color scheme as well (but different from the first three novels).

This cover will be available to pre-order soon and be available June 29th, the date of Chasing Blue Blood‘s launch. I do have some copies of the original Chasing Betty cover, which will be hereby known as the First Edition.

I’m excited to share these exciting changes with you, and if you want to be the first to know these changes, sign up for my newsletter!

Chasing Blue Blood Release Date!

I am pleased to announce that Chasing Blue Blood, book two in the Garrison Chase series, will be released on June 29th!

To celebrate, I will have copies for sale that I’ll be signing that night at Hippie Girl Collection, 1600 West Philadelphia Street, rear, York, PA 17404. Time TBA.

If you can’t make it that night, not only will I have additional signings, but I will also have the book available on my website in addition to Amazon.

In the coming days, I will be revealing the cover right here as well. But if you sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this page, not only will you get to see the cover first, BUT you will have the opportunity to pre-order the book days before anyone else.

So what is the book about? Here is the blurb:

Private eye Garrison Chase can’t catch a break. After serving time in jail, he returns home with Carrie Page to reconnect with his loved ones. When Carrie suddenly disappears on a top-secret mission, Chase’s world is turned upside down once again.

Desperate to find her, he’s forced to team up with Agent Shaw, Carrie’s former boss and a man with his own agenda. Together, they follow a trail of clues that takes them from one city to the next, where danger lurks at every turn.

Racing against the clock to unravel the mystery of Carrie’s disappearance, Chase and Shaw discover a web of deceit threatening to consume them both. With their lives on the line, they must navigate treacherous waters and stay one step ahead of their powerful enemies if they hope to find Carrie.

A pulse-pounding thriller from start to finish, Chasing Blue Blood will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

I am very excited to share Garrison Chase’s next adventure with you!