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filled with aventure novels, poem collections,
& the art of fiction writing

This page updated 12/8/20

[Running Smart Car]

Spyglass House Series

      Spyglass House occupies a nexus of time and space and alternative dimensions. Enter and exit the exclusive club via the ornate front door and it is no different from other stately mansions along the Maine coast. Ah, but to exit a side door is to abandon yourself to an alternate world where you need to keep your wits sharp, for time is skewed, logic off kilter, and all the old rules don't always apply. And you had better hang onto your membership key or wherever you are is where you'll stay.

[Genghis Khan's Tomb]

The Tomb of Genghis Khan
Spyglass House 3

  In this time of face masks and self isolation, allow me to offer you an adventure into an alternate world where none of those restrictions apply. Follow along in the land of the jinn where there is a diamond as big as your fist, an English lady that needs rescuing, and a a Mongol Horde riding hellbent to arrive in Karakorum before the demise Genghis Khan, ruler of the universe. And sucked out into this cauldron of activity, this domain of snow peaks and green steppe and eagle falconry, is good old Rex Barney, hanging onto to a horse for dear life as he tries to rescue said English lady who insists on rescuing said big-fist diamond. Not enough, each sunup presents Rex with the challenge, will he still have his testes at sundown.
Things don't look good for the good guys. Not by a lot.
  To view the first chapter, please click on the book coveer

To buy either paperback or Kiindle please [click here]

  Up In The Air
Spyglass House 2

   Come to Spyglass House, where time and space and shifting dimensions meet, and I'll take you on an adventure into 1930s, fly you to Europe in the luxury of the great dirigible, Hindenburg. But you'll have to hang out with good old Rex Barney as he fights the Nazis. His response to Heil Hitler, Heil Mickey Mouse, wins him no friends and when he tries to squirrel an Enigma Coding Machine out of Warsaw, the Gestapo chase him across Crazy-land in old timey cars, as he seeks to escape on the Pan American Clipper. Oh, and joining the exclusive Six Hundred Foot High Club is in the offing.
    To read the first chapter, click on the cover. To buy, [Amazon paperback] or [Amazon Kindle] or [for Nook reader]

[Spyglass Hse 2 Cover]

The Jewels of Norpurr
Spyglass House 1
    Come with me to Spyglass House where time and space and alternate dimensions meet, and I'll open a door for you to the exotic land of Indjia, full of elephants, snake charmers, and square-rigger sailing ships, where the third son the Maharaja has stolen the royal jewels, and where good old Rex Barney has stumbled onto two larcenous and licentious ladies who plan to travel to Donjobi and re-steal the gems for themselves. With scimitars and blunderbusses around every corner, only an idiot would lend himself to such a plan, yet with the promise of various sweetmeats during the long train ride aboard the Norpur Express, the hook has been set.
  Please click on the book cover to find out more about the new adventure novel
  or please click for an easy [Amazon paperback purchase] or for [Amazon Kindle purchase] or to [purchase for the Nook reader]

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Cover by Preston Ford

[Hunt 4Pink Oct Cover]

Hunt for Pink October

  When, in this stand alone novel, PI Mason Scully accepts an adult kidnapping case, he didn't realize his new client would be as secretive as the CIA. In fact, could be the CIA. Then Scully is partnered with the client's representative, the lovely, if slightly wacky, Amelia Harper, who drives a Smart Car like a demented Dale Earnhardt. They search for a kidnappee they are not only restrained from naming, but are restrained from describing. When they start to pile up suspects, it turns out all of them are related to one another, and all are related to the lovely Amelia, as well. It didn't look good for the good guys, all part of a delightful romp through the game of see me, see me.

This is a new series, bawdy and risque, staring Scully and Amanda Harper, with no redeeming message other than a fun detective caper. A click on the cover will take you to chapter one.
Price US$ 3.95. To purchase [please click here] from Amazon.

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Spiritual Poems

    While my novels are all slightly irreverent, my poems are mostly spiritual, albeit with a lot of humor. Every Monday morning I output a poem to some 800-900 people to hopefully cheer their day. You are welcome to join the list, free of course, and easy to delist. Please check this out and review a sampling of the poems by clicking on the cover.

[Peter's picture]

    Please click on my dorky picture to find out about my other novels: Me and Snack McGhee; Capitol Coven; The Faltese Malcom; If They Ask for a Hand, Only Give Them a Finger; fast-paced action stories, heavy on humor, with whispers of romance.

Most books on writing are hard to read. Does that make sense? I invite you to click here on [Easy Ready Writing], easy reading about writing easy reading, to check out the challenge.

    One Act Play.    Headquarters, my one act play dealing with death and resurrection, lots of laughs, was performed by NTP at the Maryland One Act Play fesival and was chosen to go on and compete at the ESTA Original Works Festival. Please enail me--peter@ this web page, if you wish more information.


Why Sidewalk Books?
      Well, if you ask any artist, they will tell you that they would continue painting whether anyone bought their canvasses or not. The same goes for actors. I saw an interview with actor Dustin Hoffman and he said that if he had not become a movie star, he believes he would still be out there today trying to scratch out a living as an actor. Because that's what he does. Likewise musicians. Likewise writers.

      The difference is that, in the worse case scenario, an actor can find expression in little theater and amateur drama groups that exist all over the county. An unrecognized painter can have a one man show by setting up his canvasses on a sidewalk. A musician can sing and entertain on a street corner. All creative artists need the collaboration of an audience to interpret the vision of their imagination.

      A writer, too, needs an audience, a reader to build his words into imaginary worlds. However, a writer can't paste pages of his novel up on a wall in the hope someone will come along and go from page to page reading them. For a writer to receive validation he needs to be published. But in seeking publication, he is not simply competing with someone across the street or down the corner, he is competing with the whole damn country, perhaps the world, and whether he gets published or not often depends less upon the skill of the writer than upon the caprice of an editor or an agent. Or whether he has a name like Paris Hilton.

      While I have five published Elderhostel® Mysteries and a published non-fiction book, Easy Reading Writing, the dynamics of the publishing world changed a few years back, and many mid-list authors hit a brick wall.

      Well, along came Create Space and Podiobooks.com. This intersection is my street corner. Create Space is a subsidiary of Amazon.com and allows my books to be printed as trade paperbacks, the quality of which surprised and pleased me. The only problem, I had to do everything myself, setup, editing, cover design, but on the upside, I controlled everything. The books are then available on Creat Space and Amazon. Podiobooks.com, allows to record and upload my books and gives them space where they are easily available downloading to computer or iPod. And since I recorded for Podiobooks, I made them available to order on CDs myself. So, while I might not make a lot money at it, if you read or listen to my novels, and you enjoy them, your collaboration with me in completing this novel will validate my writing. It's my belief you'll have a fun time doing so. Welcome to Sidewalk Books.

      And thank you for visiting my web site.

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