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"Justice for the Black Knight" keeps a smile on my face. It just was awarded a silver medal for best thriller fiction by the 2016 Global Ebook Awards.

The presses will soon be rolling on my newest book. The cover art is almost complete and the manuscript ready to go. It's exciting to be letting this one go and starting new projects.

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My new novel Choices: Volume II of the Lincoln County Law Trilogy will be out in just a few weeks, another story set in mythical Lincoln County, another story where J.T. Lockman faces off in a courtroom to protect his clients' fundamental rights. The plot line of this story is filled with twists that are personally ironic for me when I consider the source of inspiration for the characters who live in Lincoln County.

In my first Lincoln County book, Black and White: Volume I of the Lincoln County Law Trilogy, J.T. faced an iconic sheriff steeped in a history of racial bigotry while defending an innocent African American man accused of the murder of a wealthy white philanthropist. Bits and pieces of cases in which I encountered similar iss...

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Black and White got an Honorable Mention in the Hollywood Book Festival! Yahoo!!

It's not unusual to see a Christ figure in literary works or great films. One of my favorites is Cool Hand Luke lying on the table after eating fifty eggs to raise the spirits of the men around him in a backwoods prison camp run by a narcissistic warden who is determined to break the spirits of the prisoners in his charge. Another is Randall Patrick McMurphy, a heroic conman committed to a mental ward in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. However, it is rare in Western literature to find an Arjuna figure, and the existence of such a figure is one of my favorite things about my first novel, Justice for the Black Knight.

The central character, Freddie Edwards, is indeed an Arjuna figure. You may ask what I mean by this.

Arjuna is...

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One of the strongest bonds we ever know is that we have with our mother. It can be a force of goodness that takes us safely through the hardest times of our lives. It can be a trigger for bad behavior is a person is unlucky enough to have been born to a person with problems they couldn't overcome. I was one of the lucky ones. Both my mother and my father gave me a strong beginning to build my life upon, both were kind people who gave me and my siblings so much love.

My mother died in 1993, but I still feel her presence in so many ways. She shows up in my characters when I write, to comfort me when I'm sad, and to celebrate when I'm happy.

This is Mother's Day weekend so, of course, she's on my mind. But on this weekend, I want to salute...

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I love words. I love to build things with them...stories that speak of truths in the world or bring light to the darkness of ignorance. Anyway, since I enjoy the use of words, when I discover a powerful word I haven't known of before, I write it down to contemplate its meaning, to examine the way it fits into the culture from which it was derived. I have two I've been considering lately, and both of them are extraordinary.

The first is a Japanese word I'd never heard that just blew me away with its beauty: Kawaakari. It sounds interesting, but it conveys so much more than the sounds you make when speaking it. It means: the gleam of the east light on a river's surface at dusk; the glow of a river in the darkness. It speaks volumes about a...

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One of the overriding themes that defined my law practice over the years was the treatment of children and families in the courtroom. I pursued the concept of giving children a voice in the courtroom in cases where their lives were to be decided by a judge. Hand in hand with this were attempts to expand or define the existing law so that the role of people other than the biological mother and father could be considered as real choices when it came down to deciding custody issues. It often seemed that there was a strong need to examine the meaning of the frequently used, but often not well thought out, phrase "best interest of the child," a legal concept defined with an emphasis on the biological relationship of the parties without any co...

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Back in 1986. I was appointed by the court to represent a young mother in a case where the state sought to terminate her parental rights. At that point, I'd been doing insurance defense, antitrust, and other civil cases that had nothing to do with personal rights and everything to do with money. I was a young lawyer, proud of my record in the civil courts, and honored when one of the local judges called me and said he was appointing me to represent a parent in a case that involved her rights to have anything to do with her child ever again. Then I met my client.

I worked in a very high end law firm where all we ever came into contact with as clients were business people who would never see the inside of what we called "kiddie court." One...

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This is a real life picture of my maternal grandmother. She was quite a wild woman in the twenties in a small Southern town. She died long before I was born, when my mother was still a girl. She died in my maternal great-grandmother's beautiful old house within an hour of the death of her twin sister, both of them from cancer in intense pain that could still make my mother grimace when she talked about it forty years later, remembering the cries of anguish from both of them. I never had the privilege of meeting my maternal grandmother until I wrote my first novel, Justice for the Black Knight. The character Daisy in that book embodies all that I know of her, from my mother's stories, embellished with the fictional story that surrounds t...

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