Race into Murder

At a racetrack in southern California, Jeff Frazier is a thoroughbred trainer whose dream is about to become a reality. His wife’s home-bred colt has the talent and determination to place him in top contention for some of the richest races in the country.

Their world is rocked, however, when the future of the stunning young horse not only threatens their relationship, but becomes the catalyst for chaos among the close-knit group of horsemen whose livelihoods depend on racing.

When a well-known jockey is murdered, a homicide detective finds everything is not as it seems. No one is above suspicion. The racing community is on edge, as paranoia becomes contagious, and lies replace loyalty. When circumstances from the past begin to dictate actions of the present, turmoil is the result. Through it all, the races continue.

Written with the knowledge of a racetrack insider, Race into Murder is an intricately woven mystery that will keep the reader wondering until the end.

On sale at Amazon.com


Name that Murder Mystery!

The setting is a thoroughbred racetrack. The players include a variety of horsemen, thoroughbred race horses, and a little grey cat. A horse named Fury is the basis for some of the chaos in this murder-mystery, which combines an insider’s knowledge of horse racing with a believable and mysterious scenario. It keeps the reader wondering until the end.

When a stunning race horse becomes the impetus for chaos in a close knit racing community, past actions begin to haunt the present. Suspicion and paranoia become contagious; kidnapping and murder result. The novel tells a story of men and women connected to the sport of kings, whose lives are intertwined. Some will stop at nothing in their quest for that elusive champion. Through it all, the races continue.

This book needs a title. It is on schedule to be published early in 2018.

The following is a list of titles under consideration:

The Consequence of Fury
Murder, A Consequence of Fury
Money, Mystery and Murder at the Track
Dead Jockeys Still Speak

Let me know which one captures your attention, or better yet, suggest a title of your own. If your idea is chosen, I’d be delighted to send you an autographed copy of the novel, along with an Amazon gift card.

Happy New Year!

Two stories for free, and a ten story collection on sale for $.99!

Join me between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th for a Sunshine Book Show party. I’m delighted to be featured author and will be giving away a signed copy of LONG STORIES SHORT – maybe two or three!


If you can’t make it to the party, you can still download the books.

MOUNTAIN JUSTICE, a story of friendship, domestic violence and the love of a horse. How far would you go to save a friend’s life? http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Justice-Karen-Black-ebook/dp/B00D5CENXA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434895183&sr=8-1&keywords=mountain+justice+karen+black&pebp=1434895183890&perid=1QKAFB053PASN5NTW4YN


A CANDLE IN THE DARKNESS, a short story that asks the question: Is there life after death? Devastated by the
loss of her husband, Valerie wishes she could believe that there was. http://www.amazon.com/Candle-Darkness-Karen-Black-ebook/dp/B00C3PK4P6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434895262&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Candle+in+the+Darkness+karen+black&pebp=1434895263478&perid=0KD3QXTYY2AJ4P55K1DA


LONG STORIES SHORT, ten tales of suspense and supernatural, where you can usually expect the unexpected.


If you have a minute or two, stop and say hello!

Sunshine Book Show is having an online party and you’re invited!

Join me and other authors, bloggers, readers and book lovers for an online party from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th. I’m delighted to be a featured author, and will be available from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. for conversation, questions, and giveaways. Throughout the day, there will be lots information, entertainment and discussion, along with free and discounted books. Mark your calendar and plan to spend a little time with us. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


SBS July Party

SBS July 8th Party

MOUNTAIN JUSTICE is the story of a horse. Sales receipts will be donated to help a horse.

I recently found out about a 16 year old mare, abandoned four years ago. She managed to keep herself and two foals alive, though she would likely not have lived much longer. MOUNTAIN JUSTICE, a story of friendship, violence and the love of a horse. The hero in this short story is a stallion, named Czar. His life is much better than Bella’s has been.

All proceeds from the sale of “Mountain Justice” or the ten short story collection, “Long Stories Short” from now through 5/11/15 will be donated for Bella’s care and veterinary expenses.  You get a story, she gets a better life. http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Justice-Karen-Black-ebook/dp/B00D5CENXA/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1430367436&sr=1-2&keywords=mountain+justice …

Bella was abandoned by her owner about 4 years ago at a cattle farm. She was turned out with a stallion and has had numerous foals, two of which are still with her and were still nursing at approximately 1 and 2 years of age. The two fillies are in better condition than Bella, though not in good shape.  Feeding her two babies has depleted her body of important nutrients to be able to support herself.

She has not had vet or farrier work since being turned out four years ago. Her feet are in terrible shape and quite painful. It will take over a year for them to recover.  She is severely malnourished. Bella has a long road to recovery but we are confident she can make a full recovery. We know that she is 16 years old, which is not old by any means this day in age.  She has a lip tattoo, only partially legible, but it  indicates that she is a registered thoroughbred. A GoFundMe account has been set up, asking for assistance with her care and treatment. The initial vet bill was $200.00 and there are many more to come. She still needs her teeth floated (filed) so she can eat better, vaccinations once she is healthy enough, and farrier visits every 4-6 weeks to get her feet back on track.

It will take a lot of story or book sales to reach $2500.00, which is estimated to be necessary for all of her needs, but with enough publicity, I think we can make a difference. Bella and I thank you for your consideration.


Free from February 20th through February 22nd – A Candle in the Darkness

With a 4.6 out of 5 star rating, this short story has been enjoyed by young and old alike. Reviewers have said: “wonderful prose; words resonate long after the story ends;” “a beautiful little story that speaks to many;” “cleverly written, intriguing.”

Randy was the light of Valerie’s life. After she lost him, she couldn’t imagine how she would live with the dark loneliness that surrounded her, without him. It took a tornado and the love story of two strangers for Valerie to discover that a candle in the darkness is more than a flame flickering in the night.

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