Mysteries

BOOK TITLE ASIN ISBN
THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER MYSTERIES    
IN DOG WE TRUST #1 ‎ B003BVIWYQ ‎ 978-1456503055
THE KINGDOM OF DOG #2 ‎ B004USP5EY ‎ 978-1463553906
DOG HELPS THOSE #3 ‎ B008EJTVCW 978-1478146858
DOG BLESS YOU #4 B00DPXY8SO 978-1490583419
WHOM DOG HATH JOINED #5 ‎B00K984D5Q 978-1499537956
DOG HAVE MERCY #6 B00S6XE96O 978-1507844960
HONEST TO DOG #7 ‎ B01GOYD5U2 978-1534733121
DOG IS IN THE DETAILS #8 B074326FGB ‎ 978-1548767969
DOG KNOWS #9 B07JR83VJM ‎ 979-8698219170
DOGS GREEN EARTH #10 B07W3XSYS6 ‎ 978-1689585804
A LITTER OF GOLDEN MYSTERIES #11 ‎ B087ZP2WCW ‎ 979-8643640899
DOG WILLING #12 ‎ B08B43KJHH ‎ B08B39QPHJ
DOG'S WAITING ROOM #13 ‎ B09HY1VZX6 ‎ 979-8778507395
GOLDEN RETRIEVER MYSTERIES BOX SET 9 BOOKS ‎ B08DL9KTV5  
GRM BOX 1-3 ‎ B072XVG9SJ  
GRM BOX 4-6 ‎ B0791ML56Q  
GRM BOX 7-9 ‎ B086Z65Y3X  
GRM BOX 10-12 ‎ B09HYN6YQ2  
HOLIDAY TREAT RECIPES FOR SPECIAL DOGS ‎ B081VWS8P1  
     
HAVE BODY WILL GUARD SERIES B07CZB9YNG ‎ 978-1607376262
THREE WRONG TURNS IN THE DESERT #1 B07CZBF2WC 979-8749374636
DANCING WITH THE TIDE #2 ‎ B07CZNPRLT ‎ 979-8749956313
TEACH ME TONIGHT #3 ‎ B07CZNTPYN 978-1623004132
OLIVES FOR THE STRANGER #4 ‎ B07D17RDV5 979-8508544508
UNDER THE WATERFALL #5 ‎ B07D184VLQ ‎ 979-8513465577
THE NOBLEST VENGEANCE #6 ‎ B07CYMF3FQ ‎ 979-8548633668
FINDING FREDDIE VENUS #7 B07D584KDW ‎ 979-8721559624
A COLD WIND #8 ‎ B07HLZYJ63 978-1731355270
THE SAME PAGE #9 ‎ B083HNMTF5 979-8721895982
THE MADNESS OF HUSBANDS #10 ‎ B08MKVW217 979-8555913746
THE MOST EXPENSIVE SPICE #11 ‎ B098MW35Y3 979-8531702012
THE GRAVEYARD OF GOD'S NAME #12 B07HLX745D  
HBWG BOX SET 1-3 B018OERMK4  
     
     
MAHU INVESTIGATIONS SERIES ‎ B07M62W2QP  
MAHU #1 ‎ B07VPBBZ53 979-8455286889
MAHU SURFER #2 B07VPBQYW1 978-1608203710
MAHU FIRE #3 ‎ B07VSFGXCF 979-8471530454
MAHU VICE #4 B07VSZX6FM 979-8470872067
MAHU BLOOD #5 ‎ B07WHLT9PV  
ZERO BREAK #6 ‎ B07WHLSDB3 979-8472247672
NATURAL PREDATORS #7 ‎ B07WPFNF11 979-8481061382
CHILDREN OF NOAH #8 ‎ B07WWGHNFH 979-8481082479
GHOST SHIP #9 ‎ B07XGN6TVB ‎ 978-1694604576
DEADLY LABORS #10 ‎ B08D8PMGFS 979-8666556153
SOLDIER DOWN #11 ‎ B07X9TPLPY  
ACCIDENTAL CONTACT #12 ‎B08W4M5DTG  
MAHU 7-11 #13 B08W8BDNZ4  
MAHU 1-6 #14 ‎ B07VWQYX8Q  
MAHU MEN: GAY HAWAIIAN EROTICA    
     
ANGUS GREEN FBI SERIES ‎ B07G3HBLYQ 978-1682303016
THE NEXT ONE WILL KILL YOU #1 ‎ B07G665P66 978-1718199910
NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE #2 B07G4LQ4DB 978-1719869478
SURVIVAL IS A DYING ART #3    
     
LOVE ON SERIES B07DCDGJQZ 978-1623007539
LOVE ON SITE #1 ‎ B07DCG7ZXD 978-1521283042
LOVE ON THE WEB #2 B07DCF7GG5 978-1521282991
LOVE ON STAGE #3 ‎ B07DCHDCZ8 ‎ 978-1521283097
LOVE ON THE PITCH #4 ‎ B07DD7C1BG  
LOVE ON THE MAP #5 ‎ B07DJX6KZB  
LOVE ON THE BOIL ‎ B07N58H71X  
LOVE ON BOOKS 1-3 B09QXSPF8B  
     
FIVE FUN GAY ROMANCES ‎ B07BYKHQJT 978-1611183795
MI AMOR ‎ B088N6P3VL 978-1641221122
IN HIS KISS B005JL4VFA 978-1468135718
THE RUSSIAN BOY ‎ B079NTR99P ‎ 978-1490557922
CATBIRD SEAT ‎ B07XBZ4PSH  
GAYLIFE.COM    
     
EROTICA & EROTIC ROMANCE ‎ B07H45GJ9P ‎ 978-1573448222
ACTIVE DUTY: GAY MILITARY EROTIC ROMANCE ‎ B07H46T66R 978-1573444019
BEACH BUMS: GAY EROTIC FICTION ‎ B07H43XFC2 ‎ 978-1573446594
CHRISTMAS SHIFT: A REINDEER SHIFTER HOLIDAY MM ROMANCE B00CYT8QFG  
CREELING THE BRIDEGROOM ‎ B07H45MPTX ‎ 978-1573447263
DAVID AND JONATHAN: AN M/M ROMANCE FROM THE BIBLE    
GET YOUR ROCKS OFF: 2 VOL GAY EROTICA    
HARD HATS: GAY EROTIC STORIES    
HOT STEAMY SHORTS: AN EROTIC VOYAGE B07B2MW5V4  
MODEL MEN: GAY EROTIC STORIES ‎ B07H45VZ5L 978-1627780858
MR. SURFER: ROMANTIC EROTICA ‎ B00HUAXZTG  
PHOTO BOOTH B00CYT8QFG ‎ 978-1543141351
PLEDGE CLASS: AN EROTIC EDUCATION ‎ B004HO5JYC  
SEXY SAILORS: GAY EROTIC STORIES ‎ B07H456HFM 978-1627780315
SKATER BOYS: GAY EROTIC STORIES ‎ B0052MSSQE  
TAKE THIS MAN: GAY ROMANCE STORIES B07H45TYY2 978-1573449281
THE HANDSOM PRINCE: GAY EROTIC ROMANCE ‎ B003WUY308  
THREE LAMBS: FRAT HOUSE EROTICA ‎ B07H4447WD 978-1573443128
TOUGH GUY EROTICA ‎ B003X4KXZ2  
     
STAND ALONE ‎ B08T6HC1LP ‎ 979-8706546281
THE GENTLEMAN AND THE SPY ‎ B091JC5M7L 979-8510093186
THE LOCK-KEEPERS HEART  ‎ B003Y5H8NA  
INVASION OF THE BLATNICKS ‎ B085XKLTRC  
THE BURNING WATER: A PANDEMIC NOVEL ‎ B0046H9Y4Q 978-1593500344
PAWS AND REFLECT  B00EKPHKIG 978-1492158004
GENIE FOR HIRE: A BIFF ANDROMEDA MYSTERY ‎ B07F5XHSWC  
THE OUTHOUSE GANG: A NOVEL OF FATHERS & SONS ‎ B07NDL9X1T  
ANIMAL CHALLENGE WORD SEARCH PUZZLES ‎ B004WP2F48  
THE CAT WHO GOT MARRIED AND OTHER PURR-FECTLY ROMANTIC STORIES    
     
EDUCATION    
HOW TO SUCCEED AT BROWARD COLLEGE B07S7FXYX1  
HOW TO SUCCEED AT A TWO-YEAR COLLEGE B07QMJL919  

Meet George Clay, Gay PI in Miami Beach in 1969


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"Cabbage Key"

 I have three short mystery stories about George Clay coming out in 2022. The first, "Cabbage Key," appeared on February 1 in the anthology Cupid Shot Me. George and his boyfriend, wealthy Cuban emigre Alex Reyes, just want to spend a romantic Valentine's Day away from prying eyes that might challenge their relationship

Unfortunately, danger follows them across the state to Cabbage Key, a remote island off the west coast (where years later Jimmy Buffett would write the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise"). In his introduction, Michael Nava, one of the best living writers of gay mysteries, cited this story as one of his favorites. I was thrilled!

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 "Oyster Creek"

Ever since I joined Mystery Writers of America and learned that they regularly published short fiction anthologies, it has been one of my bucket list items to get a story accepted. This year was the charm, when editor S.J. Rozan accepted "Oyster Creek" for the anthology Crime Hits Home.

This story begins as George gets a call from his father-- his mother was killed in a hit and run accident. George drives to his family home in Tidewater Maryland to mourn his mother. But he can't help investigating her death, and what he learns about her, and about himself, will shock him.

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 "Heir Apparent"

Though it is the second published George Clay story, it's actually the first I wrote. I was asked by editor Michael Bracken to contribute a story to an anthology called Groovy Gumshoes: Private Eyes in the Psychedelic Sixties

That's how I began thinking of George. After so many years talking about Kimo and his tongue-twisting last name, I wanted George to have a solid, salt-of-the-earth name, like Clay. He's a former Master-At-Arms in the Navy, so he has some experience of the world, and of policing, but he knows as a gay man he'd never be accepted as a cop. So he becomes a private eye on Miami Beach.

As the story begins, he's asked to disocver if a wealthy gay man's boytoy is cheating on him, The investigation will lead him in a surprising direction and reflects how Miami Beach is changing in these times.

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Short Stories: Crime, Romance & Erotica


Two Steak Taco Combos and a Pair of Sig Sauers

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My first short story in the world of bodyguards Aidan Greene and Liam McCullough. 

They don’t do hostage rescues. But Liam’s SEAL buddy Joey is still on active duty in Afghanistan, so when he asks for help locating his missing fiancée, they have to step up.

Their partnership, in life and close protection, has spanned twelve books in the Have Body, Will Guard series. To rescue social worker Cathy Beth, they’ll have to rely on Liam’s physical strength and Aidan’s out of the box thinking. Flying in from their home base on the French Riviera, they’ll need local advice, in the form of Cathy Beth’s BFF, an over the top drag queen, and a pair of guns from a Chicago taco truck.

Cathy Beth’s kidnapping shines a light on a grim immigrant tradition of female genital mutilation, and it’s up to Aidan and Liam to rescue Cathy Beth and her teen charge and shut down a doctor’s evil practice. Fortunately, they’re up to the challenge. Order from the publisher, Down and Out Books, or from Amazon. 

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Cozy Crime Fiction


The original Happy Homicides. Contains my short story "Dog Forbid." Steve, Lili and Rochester journey to Amish country over Thanksgiving with Joey, Mark and Brody. The Valentine's Day edition of Happy Homicides, vol. 2. In my story, "For the Love of Dog," a young woman's body is found in the space next to Gail's cafe. Steve and Rochester return to the Happy Homicides fold with "Riding the Tiger," in which Rochester chases a cat and once again leads Steve into trouble.
litter 2020 200 All three of these stories are also included in my anthology, A Litter of Golden Mysteries. Five other original stories and one piece of flash fiction fill in the gaps between stories and provide quick crimes for Steve and Rochester, the heroes of my golden retriever mysteries, to solve.

Short Crime Fiction


"Public Relations" appears in the Great Filling Station Holdup anthology, a collection of crime fiction based on the songs of Jimmy Buffett. Mine comes from a song in the Broadway musical, Don't Stop the Carnival, and begins this way:

When Dick Jeffries was caught on camera barebacking a young male exotic dancer, I kicked into full damage control mode. It wasn’t just that he was a married man and a member of the WASP establishment—he was the CEO of a company that made and marketed condoms.

As soon as Dick notified me, I flew to New York from my home on St. Thomas and took an Uber to his penthouse apartment on Central Park West. It was a bitter cold January day, and by five o’clock the sun was already setting. Was that a metaphor for the end of Dick’s career, and perhaps even my own as his PR consultant? I sure as hell hoped not.

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"Southernmost Point" is an Angus Green story in Florida Happens, the Bouchercon anthology. It begins this way:

It started with a selfie, and the drag queen who photo-bombed my boyfriend Lester and me.

Lester represents single-batch whiskeys, based out of Fort Lauderdale, where we both live. His region extends all the way to Key West, and one weekend in January he had a couple of promotions set up at bars on Duval Street, in the center of the entertainment district. I had a couple of days’ vacation coming to me from the FBI, where I work as a Special Agent attached to the Violent Crimes Task Force, so I took them and went along for the ride.

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My story, "Djinn and Tonic", which appears in the Malice Domestic anthology Murder Most Conventional, begins this way:

There was real magic in the world, and false magic, and it took a genie to tell the difference. That was the basis of Biff Andromeda’s private investigation business – using his skills to grant wishes and solve problems for customers.

The shrill ring of his cell phone woke him from a very pleasant dream involving his girlfriend Farishta and a Turkish carpet that flew in lazy circles around the dome of the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul.

He grabbed the phone from the bedside table and groggily said, “Hello?”

“Biff? It’s Yegor Kleyman. Sorry to call you so early but I’m in terrible trouble and I need your help.”

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"Stepping Stones" is a creepy story I wrote for the Bronzeville Bee, which now seems to be defunct. I hope I didn't have anthing to do with that by writing a reverse Lolita-- a young boy who is being groomed by his stepfather, with gruesome results. I hope to make it available somewhere.   bronzeville bee

Short Literary Fiction



My career writing literary fiction kicked off when I attended a writer's workshop at LIU-Southampton where I studied with Russell Banks, fresh from his success with Continental Drift. I had been living in Miami for a little under a year, and already South Florida had started to get under my skin. He assigned us a series of short exercises-- describe a person, describe a place, and so on. One of those was to think of a place your character would never go, and then think of a reason that would make him or her go there.

I wrote about this biker bar in Key Largo called The Caribbean Club, which allegedly had appeared in the Bogart & Bacall film To Have and Have Not. I kind of wanted to go there, because of the Hemingway connection, but I knew that wasn't going to happen. When I finally put all those exercises together, I ended up with a short story called "Angel Dust." I submitted it to a short story contest being run by South Florida magazine (now sadly defunct). I won!

At last, a story in a mainstream magazine! Of course, they edited the hell out of it,] without asking me, and even changed the name to "My Cousin's Keeper." And I don't think they even paid me. From then on, I started publishing short stories in magazine and anthologies. The stories from that period are:

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  • "At The Diner" - In The Family magazine, Winter 2003

  • "Japanese Time" at Verbsap. Well, this story isn't exactly new; I wrote the first draft of it over thirty years ago. I attended the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference three times-- in 1979, 1982, and 1992, though this story probably came out of my first or second trip there, hanging out around the piano in the barn. It took a long time before I really knew what to do with it. The editor at Verbsap was great at helping me figure out exactly how to make it work. 

  • "Rashomon at Green Park Tube Station" originally published at Subterraneans.com, a short-lived gay and lesbian literary website run by Angela Faith Brown. This is a very different type of story for me, very experimental in form. It takes its inspiration from the movie Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa, in which the same event is described by different people who witness it.
 

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I began "What She Left" a long time ago, but only a few years ago did I find a place for it in Sarasota Scene magazine. It's about two brothers discovering the legacy left to them at a beachfront cottage.

  "The Angel Fenstermacher" is another story I wrote long ago, inspired by my travels around South Beach on Friday and Saturday evenings, when the streets were filled with Orthodox men in black hats and coats on their way to or from shul. I was lucky to get it included in an issue of Inspicio magazine.

Romantic Fiction


christmas shift 200 A few years ago, MLR Press was putting together a group of reindeer shifter stories for Christmas. Mine was called Christmas Shift, and it's about a young EMT who helps pull Santa's sled, and the rest of the year uses his skills to help patients in remote wilderness rescue operations. What happens, though, when his boyfriend asks him to come to Florida with him?
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My friend Caren Neile was editing mini-magazines for the Globe, a tabloid newspaper, and asked me to contribute a story for an edition focused on cats and romance. I ended up writing a second for a later edition. The cat in the stories, Pilar, was modeled after my friend Pam's Hemmie, a Hemingway cat with six toes, descended from dozens who roamed around Hemingway's house in Key West. Pilar is an Abyssinian, a breed with a lot of dog-like qualities, and it was fun to write these two stories about her.

  • "The Cat in the Bouquet" as "A Christmas Wedding" in The Cat Came Home For Christmas mini-mag, 1995

  • The Cat Who Went North - The Cat Who Loved Christmas mini-mag, 1994

Eventually I collected these two stories, and three other literary short stories, into The Cat Who Got Married. One of my favorite stories, The Temple of Lights, is in that collection, inspired by my experiences landing at Philadelphia International Airport and seeing a glowing building in the distance. Another story, "A New Palace for Rajah," was a way to remember my friend Vicki Van Lieu's family cat, a very regal one with a glossy black coat.

Inspiration strikes at all different times. I clearly remember driving on I-95 north, passing through the city of Miami, when I heard a voice in my head that said "I lost my aunt at the grand opening of the new shopping center last Wednesday." And I knew immediately the speaker had a very simple voice, in which she'd express the meaning of "lost" in two ways. She and her aunt were separated in the crowd-- and then her aunt died, leaving Ima Jean to say that sentence. Ima Jean was such fun to write about that I wrote two stories about her as she finds her way in the world on her own, for the first time.

It wasn't until I began writing gay erotica that anything got published-- and back then, I was confused and/or in the closet, so I published under the name Dirk Strong. I couldn't really tell anyone they were my stories at first, but I did make $75.00 each, and they were fun to write. It was exciting to get something in print after trying for so long.

All these stories have been anthologized and you can read more about them here.

 

Conferences I'll be attending: Sleuthfest in Deerfield Beach, FL in June

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Bouchercon in Minneapolis in September. 

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I am also giving a lecture at Nova Southeastern University via Zoom on June 25 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM.
Generating and Keeping Track of Character and Place Names
Do you have trouble choosing names for your characters? Are they either ordinary like John and Jennifer, or awkward for some readers to pronounce? I will provides advice on choosing names that have meaning for your characters and for you. How you can effectively use the names of real places in your fiction, and use descriptions to set a sense of place without turning your book into a travelogue. Finally I’ll address using proofing tools to keep track of them all. 

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More details on all to follow soon!


Books Coming Summer 2022


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Dog's Honest Truth May 15

Steve and Rochester seek the truth about a neighbor’s murder

There’s a new dog in town – a golden retriever named Luke, in training to be a seeing-eye dog. He and Rochester immediately bond, but there’s something odd about Luke’s human, Ben Ji. How can someone so young afford an expensive townhouse on Sarajevo Way? When Ben is shot, Steve begins to discover the lies he has been telling.

Steve’s also forced to tell the truth about his past, when he deals with a student plagiarist at Eastern College, a professor locked in the stone age, a climate activist with dangerous habits, an angry bartender—and a rifle-wielding assassin.

Will he and Rochester be able to dig up the clues to all these mysteries? Or will a deadly killer go unpunished?

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 Unruly Son June 1

A mother and her neurodiverse teen-aged son are missing in one of the parks surrounding Honolulu, and homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka must use his knowledge of the landscape, and of human nature, to tackle this case, with more twists and turns than a mountain trail.

Pressure mounts from civic and tourism leaders, as well as the news media. Kimo must confront old adversaries as he negotiates tricky questions. What does it mean to be a parent? How can you protect your children while at same time preparing them to be free someday?

The heart and warmth of Kimo’s ohana will provide the answers in this thrilling new mystery from an award-winning author.

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The Feet of Blue Pigeons July 1

During a break in the pandemic, Aidan Greene gets a panicked message from an old college friend living in Luxembourg. Ethan Katz is a banking exec in Luxembourg for a bank owned by a family from the UAE. He’s discovered a money-laundering scheme which puts his life is in danger and local security can’t help him because they are stretched thin from the pandemic. Can Aidan and Liam help protect him?

They haven’t worked much since the onset of Covid-19, so they welcome the chance to earn some money, and help an old friend. But when everyone around them is wearing masks, it’s hard for Aidan and Liam to discern real threats.

Their investigation leads them into dangerous territory, uncovering details about immigrant smuggling and who might be behind the money laundering scheme. The pandemic also brings back uncomfortable memories of life during the AIDS crisis, opening up old wounds and drawing Aidan and Liam even closer together, even as they investigate and face dramatic dangers.

Ripped from the headlines, the newest Have Body, Will Guard adventure is sure to delight fans of the series. New readers will find it easy to jump in as well. Romance fans will appreciate a subplot bringing two damaged men together. 

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