‘Mark of the Spider’ FREE for Limited Time

To celebrate the launch of my new Black Orchid Chronicle, Beware the Spider, on Monday, I’ve put cut the price on the first Chronicle, The Mark of the Spider, to ZERO. Get your FREE ebook now because this deal will last for a few days only.

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The Black Orchid Chronicles tell the story of nature photographer Sebastian Arnett’s attempts to rid himself of an ancient spider demon’s curse before it consumes him.

In Mark of the Spider, Sebastian accepts a mythical black orchid from an aged crone on the jungle island of Borneo. He gradually comes to understand that the flower possessed a curse — the power to kill with his thoughts — but not the ability to control it.

A crew of military assassins, intent upon revenge for the death of their commander, stalk him and the woman he loves to a showdown in Montana.

Kirkus Reviews called The Mark of the Spider “an engaging thriller that successfully explores the implications of a wicked curse.”

Readers loved it and called for a sequel.

Beware the Spider picks up the story with Chinese crime lords dogging Sebastian’s footsteps, hoping to attain his murderous power, with or without his cooperation.

If you haven’t gotten the ebook of The Mark of the Spider, head on over to Amazon right now. If you’ve already enjoyed the story, introduce Sebastian and his crew to a friend AT NO COST.

And don’t forget that Beware the Spider launches on Monday, June 17, in ebook and paperback formats through most online booksellers.


Free Books from the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is making fifty years worth of books free on the Net.

I downloaded about ten from the Met Publications site. No charge. Easy search. Easier browse (since I don’t know much about art). Download as PDFs.

The artwork is, as you would expect, spectacular.

I downloaded “Bloom” because in my other life I take a lot of photos of flowers. Published in 1995 and now out of print, Bloom is a “celebration of flowers in fashion.” I didn’t read the text but I enjoyed looking at the photos and was amazed by the dressmaker’s lavish attention to detail.

I was especially intrigued by two books of American Indian art — Masterworks from the Museum of American Indian and Native Paths: American Indian Art from the Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker. I’m researching tribal legends, myths and belief systems to round out a character for the third book of the Black Orchid Chronicles. That manuscript is almost done, but I need to add some heft to the “Pony That Sees Far” character, aka for dumb white folk as Joe.

If you love ancient Egypt, you have just unlocked a graduate study of resources not just of Egyptian art but hieroglyphic language. Teach yourself Egyptian. It’s free.

I don’t know much, if anything, about art. I don’t write about art.

But I think any writer could find at least a half-dozen useful resources here. And did I mention it’s free?