There is not really a lot to say. I have several passions: my family, my writing, my photography. The writing extends to more than 'just writing', and to more than just 'me' -- I write under several names, for different reasons. The genres spread from comedy to literary, with some mystery, suspense, and war stories thrown into the mix. The form? It is definitely more than 'just novels'. I play with short stories, poetry, blogs, playwrighting, screen plays, and just about anything else I can put my hand, or fingers, to in an attempt to entertain, vent, share, encourage or cause the reader to consider the possibility. The work? I write, but also mentor, edit, and publish. In a business that has many different hats and purposes, I have yet to find one that doesn't make me smile. Every aspect of it is rewarding, inspiring, fulfilling. If a word of mine or a thought I share brings a smile to your face, for even a moment, my work is done.
I now share this site with another author, one I am thrilled to say is also family. Tony Walkden is my youngest, and although his passion is wildlife, not words, he has managed to parlay both into what is the first of many books -- the first one being an award winner already.
I also would like to give credit where credit is due with regard to my amazing covers, most of which are the creative genius of my other progeny, Greg Walkden. Along with being a tremendous sounding board when it comes to plots (although sometimes he does shudder at what I am thinking) he always manages to capture the perfect visual for the books.
So, on this page, I present
MY BOOKS (so far)
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Please check the other tabs for the books my alter egos write. You might just be surprised.
Yellow footprints painted on San Diego concrete mark the starting point for Trip Anderson's journey. They lead him, bloodied and scarred, through the hills of the Peloponnese and the poppy fields of China, on to the Pusan Perimeter. Was it all in preparation for Korea -- the 'forgotten war' that could never be forgotten by those men who were there -- and beyond? In charge of men who were hastily prepared for combat, leading them through the landing at Inchon and a deadly winter at Chosin, Trip needs all his acquired skills and knowledge to get his men, as many of them as possible, through three years of hell then back home again. The big question is what waits at home for him when the fighting is done, as political, military and personal realities set in. His post-Korean life holds a commission, but also heart break, national upheaval, and yet another war -- Vietnam -- where his sacrifices for his country reach new heights. His journey is that of a US Marine, on the road that is unfathomable to most civilians; he takes the road less travelled.
BEING RELEASED MAY 27th, 2013
It was supposed to be a routine inspection of Cabochon Incorporated’s interests in Tasmania. However, when Ryan Matthews arrives at the Ravishing Ruby mine, he instead finds himself caged, surrounded by carnivorous marsupials and entwined in murder, kidnapping, drug dealing and fraud. Instead of being surrounded by lustrous red gemstones, his world becomes one of opium poppies, spilled blood and sacrificial pigeons. His wife, Andi, and his best friend, Brad, must come to his rescue, aided by a collection of characters and wild animals as diverse as the island itself as they uncover the criminal connections to both the mine and the local police.
COMING NOVEMBER 2013
The management of Cabochon Incorporated travel to Ecuador to investigate irregularities with their Oro Verde emerald mine. Although they head there expecting to identify who is stealing their gemstones, they soon become entwined in a multitude of illegal activities, many stemming from connections to Columbian drug cartels. Andi, Ryan, Brad and Liam soon learn that there is nothing their nemesis will not do in his lust for money and power. They also learn that the four of them are the last obstacle to the successful execution of an evil, deadly plan.
Destroying her husband's illegal operations is the only thing that can save Andi Sterling and her two sons. When Aubrey Sterling discovers her betrayal, he attempts to kill her. Unaware that he is being watched as he throws what he is convinced is her lifeless body into Rainbow Lake, he contents himself with the knowledge that she is no longer a threat to him. His interest turns to locating his children -- one to groom as an heir, one to eliminate as an embarrassment. The three who witnessed Sterling’s murderous rage have different plans. Two of the three, trained navy SEALS, rescue Andi then will stop at nothing to help her achieve all that she set out to accomplish.
“Oh no, they have promised to definitely do something. They will try to stop whatever we attempt to arrange for military honors. They make no secret of that. We cannot get permission for Scott to be buried in the Field of Honor, we cannot have a color guard or a flag... nothing.” The priest drank, stared at the bottle. “The boy gave his life fighting for something he believed in, just like thousands of others before him. Despite the government’s position, he believed this was necessary, and he gave his life for that belief. Those elected assholes in Ottawa might not want to call it a war, but all evidence to the contrary. If they want to prove it’s not a war, then they should stop selling millions of dollars worth of ammunition for it. They are the worst kind of hypocrites – the ones that line their pockets with the blood of others, and pretend like they are taking the high road.”
The United States Government has sent Chuck Franklin a personal invitation to Vietnam, one that he really can't refuse... or can he? For reasons not typical of most draft dodgers, he finds himself in Canada, embraced by a family who has seen their own son cross the 49th parallel in order to serve with the US Marines in support of the South Vietnamese. Now he must decide if spending the rest of his life in exile is any less a sentence to hell than the jungles of southern Asia would be.
Blake Calder has come back to Scotland in search of an answer to the one question that has haunted him for almost twenty years. Being back in Greenoch, overlooking the Firth of Clyde, he remembers the events that led to him joining the Kings Own Calgary Regiment, the battles he fought, the love he found. Returning to the oak tree on the bluff where he and Ayne would sit together, he draws on the strength of his Uncle Stephen, his sister Mo and his many brothers, to face the truth about the only woman he would ever love. Why did he survive Dieppe, Ortona, Arezzo, when so many others perished? Why would a God he had been raised to love and trust allow this hell to happen?
The answers, he knows, are in Greenoch. Now he has to find the strength, or perhaps a kindred soul, to help him face those answers.
Father Adamo Bianchi returns to Rome to find his mother dying and his sisters on what he sees as the road to self-destruction. He accuses one sister of prostitution, blind to the fact her actions are an act of desperation; the Holy Father has prevented Livia from taking her final vows in order to provide his personal pleasures within the Papal Suite, the threat of excommunication for her family wielded freely over her head. His younger sister, Chiara, in an attempt to keep food on the table, is discovered keeping company with and doing labor for a Jew. The fear that their transgressions will cost Adamo his cassock and collar consumes him. As his vocation progresses to bishop, then cardinal, he is completely unaware of the sacrifices being made by his family. When the Holy Father is murdered, Adamo is forced to face the truth when asked to extract a confession from his sister. Reality blurred by the prestige of his crimson vestments, Adamo chooses his faith over his family.
Redemption is a story of corruption and manipulation within the church. Abuse of power, indulgences, espionage and murder all become integral aspects of Adamo's life while he disregards the moral virtues that propelled his vocation.
They lied. All of them; the politicians, the news anchors, the economists all lied when they talked about the economic 'bump in the road'. They lied about global warming. They lied about everything. Rose Stanton realizes this as she scrambles to pick up the pieces of her life and tries to hold them together. The economy has disintegrated. The corporate world has collapsed, destroying industries and communities in its wake. Global warming is in reality a polar reversal that has resulted in a loss of all satellite communications and total disruption in the electrical grid. Overnight, Rose and her family are tossed into an early 1900's lifestyle, but she is determined to carry on.
A new widow, Rose watches her family rally to meet the challenges head-on. She opens her doors to others, including two of her son's friends, both soldiers returning from a war that could not be won without high-tech weapons. The war at home continues as lawlessness and despair run rampant. The family soon learns that even in these hard times, greed and opportunism could be the greatest threat. It is a lesson that could cost the Stanton family everything.