Beware the Spider Hits Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, included my new book, Beware the Spider, in its list of new titles from self-publishers in its July 2019 edition.

It’s just a small factual blurb, but it gets the title in front of more eyes, and that’s what it’s all about right now.

If you don’t have your copy yet, get an ebook or print version. If you’ve read it, please post a review.


A Writer’s View

It’s true that writers spend hours and hours in front of a computer, but it’s not all typing time.

Sometimes the mind wanders, thoughts stray and eyes drift to the world outside.

This is what I look out upon, and I’m grateful to have it.


My wife says we need more color, but I’m content with green and splashes of white.

Project Progress

Two novels are about two-thirds complete. (My experience suggests the last third takes as much time as the first two-thirds, so if my math is correct, I’m only halfway through those projects.)

I foolishly accepted a challenge from a writer friend to try writing a humorous short story. Very foolishly. This is devilishly hard, has consumed more than a month of writing time, and is still not very damned funny, which is at least ironic.

I got a notion that a mystery involving an old geezer and his grandson would make a fun story with opportunities to talk about life and death, youth and old age, tradition and change. I’m making notes.

If you can’t stop and smell the roses, at least try to enjoy the view.



Beware the Spider First Review: ‘A fun and quick read’

Beware the Spider didn’t win The BookLife Prize for 2019, but their reviewer gave me a great write-up, calling it “exciting … something different … a fun and quick read.”

Here’s the entire review.

Plot: The plot of Haase’s story is quite exciting. It’s something different, especially with Sebastion’s secret power that everyone wants to use, and the memorable events that happen to him throughout the story.

Prose/Style: Haase does an effective job describing his settings, characters, and plot. His writing style makes for a fun and quick read.

Originality: Haase’s story is original, from exotic locations, demons, and a curse/power that its main character Sebastion possesses.

Character Development: Haase’s characters are well developed and interesting. The main character, nature photographer Sebastion, is likable, as is his girlfriend Amanda. Minor characters like T add more to the story, with his sensible but sometimes jealous personality.

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Beware the Spider, Book 2 of the Black Orchid Chronicles, is available in digital and trade paperback (5.5 x 8.5″, 302 pp.) formats at these fine booksellers.
Enjoy it today; review it tomorrow.