Writer’s Burden Crushes Chair

Desk chair collapseMy daily companion for many years collapsed yesterday under the weight of writing three books: HOTEL CONSTELLATION: Notes from America’s Secret War in Laos; The Mark of the Spider; and most recently, Beware the Spider.

That’s right. My desk chair died.

I was not injured, but the sound of the left arm giving way under the strain of tens of thousands of typed words startled me from my day dreams. I mean, it interrupted my plotting of a new story for readers.

Fortunately, one of the office supply stores is having a sale on chairs (ending tomorrow), and I got a new one for less than what the old one cost.

You served me well, chair. RIP.


Unboxing ‘Beware the Spider’

DLH-Unboxing Beware the SpiderA box arrived from Amazon filled with paperback copies of Beware the Spider, the new entry in the Black Orchid Chronicles.

While I prefer reading books on my tablet, I order a number of paper copies to inscribe for folks who helped during the creating process. In most cases, the gift of a book cannot come close to showing my gratitude, but you do what you can.

The rest—most of them—will go to reviewers.

You can get your hard copy from Amazon and digital versions of all kinds from these digital booksellers.

‘Beware the Spider’ Launches Today

Beware the Spider, the newest entry in the Black Orchid Chronicles, launched today.

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It is available in ebook format from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, Scribd and Smashwords. A trade paperback edition (5.5 x 8.5″, 302 pp.) is available only at Amazon.


In Book 2 of the Chronicles, nature photographer Sebastian Arnett holds a terrible secret: He can kill with his thoughts, a curse placed on him by an ancient spider demon that controls when he can use the power.


His attempts to break the curse take him to a confrontation with a mysterious aboriginal in the Australian outback and then to the demon’s jungle home in Borneo.


Before he can crack the code, ruthless Chinese crime lords hear of his power and go searching for him, hoping to acquire the power. Afraid to tackle Sebastian directly, they kidnap the woman he loves and set off a wild train chase that ends in a battle of demons and leaves Sebastian powerless to confront the victor.


The Black Orchid Chronicles, which launched in 2018, starts with The Mark of the Spider, which is free TODAY ONLY in ebook format at Amazon.


Beware the Spider, Book 2 of the Black Orchid Chronicles, is available in digital and paperback formats at these fine booksellers.


Enjoy it today; review it tomorrow.