Oct 30, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 12 - Dragons' Night

                      NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 12  Dragons' Night 
                          A fantasy from the dragon's point of view

Red Tail woke to the sound of humans in the field where he’d spent the night gorging on corn. Red Tail was surrounded by men setting fire to the corn. He had been taking part in his first Dragons’ Night. On the night of the harvest moon, the clan of Red Dragons would fly into the fields to feed on corn and sheep before their long winter sleep. At one time they ate the flesh of men. Now, without the winter maze provided by men, the dragons would die.  

Hiding in a row of corn, he watched as a small human started to burn the rows of corn where Red Tail was hiding. Desperate, Red Tail charged and flew out of the field with the small human clutched in his talons.

Safe on the mountain path to his family’s cave, Red Tail stopped to lick the still hot blood from the dead human. Slowly at first, he consumes bites of flesh. It wasn't charred like it should be, but compared to corn, it was delicious. 

Red Tail realized he was the first clan member in centuries to consume a human on Dragons’ Night. He wanted more, but he needed sleep. Crawling into his nest, Red Tail thought, I must remember to talk to grandfather. He knew where and how to kill humans, but he didn't know how to breathe fire. No dragon did. Red Tail went to sleep convinced, for the sake of the clan, he must learn.  


Oct 29, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 11 Death Valley

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 11   Death Valley

A Deputy Sheriff Hunter Nalje and 
Special Agent Mai Yazhi 
Crime Fiction

Different Cover Ideas

Oct 27, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 10 - Victorio and Lozen: Chief and Prophetess of the Chihenne Apache

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 10

Victorio and Lozen
Brother and Sister Warriors
Chief and Prophetess of the Chihenne Apache

Victorio was an Apache Chief.  As a girl, his sister Lozen completed the dikohe or warrior training. After, the council of warriors accepted her as a member. Lozen was said to have the given the power to find the enemy. Geronimo called her Warrior Woman. When Victorio and his followers left the reservation in 1877 to fight the military and settlers, Lozen was at his side.   

Oct 26, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 8 FINDING ELVIS

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 9
A Mystery

Elvis hasn't left the building, he's just missing.  
Or is he just hard to find among the dozen impersonators 
the Hilton hired for Elvis's new stage act?
Elvis: Lost in Vegas

Oct 24, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 8 Storm Damage

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 8
 Storm Damage
Storm Damage would be the fifth book in the 
Robert Cederberg series.

There are many reasons for living on the beach.  Hurricane Irma isn't one. Robert decides to leave for higher ground ahead of the mandatory evacuation order. He doesn’t want to be trapped on the island. Robert and Saul Bernstein spend a day boarding up Robert’s house on Captiva. Saul’s plan is to ride out the storm at a girlfriend’s house on Sanibel. 

Robert is asleep in his hotel room when a security alert sounds on his cell phone. It is two in the morning. There is movement outside his house. Probably just the effect of the storm on his security sensors. Still, Robert calls the police only to learn no help is available. The storm has finally hit. The police say Robert can file a report after the storm. Minutes later Robert’s security alert sounds again. Broken windows. Robert calls Saul to let him know he is coming back but he will have to wait until after the curfew is lifted and the causeway is open. Saul tells Robert not to worry, he will go check the house for damage.         

Oct 23, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 7 Dark Angels

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 7
 Dark Angels

Earth’s rules on planet terraforming were very clear. No planet with sentient life could be terraformed because Phase One destroyed all existing life so the seeds for Earth life could grow and survive. It was only after Phase One was complete that the geologists on Delta 5 informed Director King they had discovered evidence of primitive life. Cave drawing tens of thousands of years old. Dark forms with what appeared to be wings. King’s reaction was to transfer the geologists and tell no one, especially Earth. He reasoned, it was, too late. The damage had been done. Earth life would take root and his conscious would be clear. The Dark Angels had other ideas.

Oct 22, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 6 René Baptiste Ouellette: Coureur des bois

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 6
 René Baptiste Ouellette:  Coureur des bois 
(runner of the woods)

Before the state-sponsored voyageur (licensed fur traders).  There were coureurs de bois. 
Independent entrepreneurial French-Canadian woodsman who traveled in New France and the North America to trade in beaver pelts with the Native Americans.  

Oct 21, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 5 Island in the Sky - A Crime Fiction

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 5  
Island in the Sky 
A Deputy Sheriff Hunter Nalje and 
Special Agent Mai Yazhi 
Crime Fiction

Oct 20, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 4 - Chief Pontiac: Battle for Fort Detroit

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 4

Chief Pontiac
Battle for Fort Detroit 

Misner & Smith Open Cloverdale Arts Alliance Americana Night 10 19 2017

Misner & Smith
Open for the Cloverdale Arts Alliance
Americana Night

"Soaring vocal harmonies and story-filled, poetic songwriting"
Misner & Smith offer modern rock & folk. Original songs combined with covers of Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, and the Buffalo Springfield.  

Megan Smith (Bass) 
Sam Misner (Guitar)
Josh Yenne (Electric guitar/pedal steel) 
Joe Shotwell (Drums/percussion) 

Oct 19, 2017

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 3 Missing Parson - A Father Seamus Clarke Mystery

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 3

Missing Parson

St. Paul's new minister, Joy Knight, liked breaking rules.
Some of her flock called her the irreverent Doctor knight.
When she failed to show up for Sunday service, the Bishop asked  
Father Seamus Clarke to find their missing parson.

Oct 18, 2017

North to Hudson's Bay - NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 2

NaNoWriMo Story Idea # 2

North to Hudson's Bay 
The story of French Canadian voyageurs in Hudson's Bay 

Oct 17, 2017

NANOWRIMO - Story Idea # 1 - The Mannequin Murders

I will be posting novel ideas (titles and covers) in preparation for 
National Novel Writing Month (

Story Idea # 1
The Mannequin Murders

Is it a crime to stage murder scenes using mannequins?

Oct 14, 2017

Oct 6, 2017

The Anton Schwartz Quartet opens the 2017-2018 season for The Jazz Club at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance

Cloverdale Arts Alliance  

The Jazz Club 

The Jazz Club opened its 2017-2018 Season on October 5 with 
The Anton Schwartz Quartet

Playing with Schwartz are quintet members Joel Behrman on trumpet, Joel Nelson on piano, Jeff Denson on bass, and drummer, Lorca Hart.