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Coming Soon!

About every six months I remember that I have this webpage and then panic because I haven’t been keeping it updated. Well, in this case, there wasn’t much to update.

We had a tiny bit of family ‘issues’. One of my kids had to move in with his family and the only ‘free’ space was my office. I didn’t realize just how much I depended on this space for everything. I keep all of my important records, bill paying stuff, car keys, etc in my office and when a family of five had to temporarily take it over? I was lost!

I tried moving my writing back to the dining room table but that didn’t work. Moving from a desktop computer with an ergo keyboard and my Lazy Boy office chair to a hard wooden chair, an antiquated laptop with a dead battery that had to be plugged in all the time…yeah, no. So my writing was on hold. However, once the day came that I got my office back? I plunged into Nocturna 6 head first and did my darndest to get it done!

I’m happy to tell you that it survived the first round of edits and is waiting for round two. Jeffrey Kosh stepped up again to create the cover and with any luck it will be out by Thanksgiving.

I wish that was all I had to report. You all know me too well and know that I can’t keep a secret. At all. There may be something else in the works that I’ve tried to keep up my sleeve but the suspense is killing me. I want SO desperately to tell you, but there’s a caveat. I want it released before Christmas so I have to buckle down and put fingers to keyboard to get it hammered out. I have to have it to the editor no later than November 15 and although I was able to pound out one of the Hunter stories in a week, there’s no way I can do that with this one. This is a stand-alone story (though who knows what the future may hold).
I mentioned it to Jeffrey Kosh and at first he laughed and said it sounded like a movie script. Then I sent him the photo that planted the seed in my mind and his tone changed. His words were, “You HAVE to let me do this one!” He then created a series of covers that…well, they were all awesome. But we were able to whittle it down to one and…I REALLY love it.
I really wish I could share it with you, and I will. Eventually. Just not right now. His artwork was enough to spur me into overdrive and I’ve been doing my best to get it hammered out. It’s hard enough to create a story in a world that I’ve already established, but to create a whole new cast of characters in an area that I’m unfamiliar with? Not the easiest thing to do. All of the regular self-doubts are amplified by the fact that I’m treading in unfamiliar waters with all new characters and I start to question if I’m letting the story tell itself or if I’m trying to force it. It’s always seemed that when I let the story tell itself and I just type it, it all goes much more smoothly and it’s better received by the readers. Trying to pen this in such a short amount of time has me stressing over the project a lot more than I normally would.

So, the cat is still in the bag, but at least you know that there IS a cat. In a bag.
Okay, bad metaphor.
Just know that I’m plugging away at a project that I HOPE will be available by Christmas. Once I have it finished and it’s off to the editor, I’ll drop another post on here and share the cover. Hopefully, you won’t laugh at the idea.

Until then, here’s wishing you much love, luck and bacon!


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Posted by on October 29, 2022 in Uncategorized


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For those of you who enjoy my stories and occasionally slip by here to check on upcoming projects, I owe you an apology. I know as well as anyone that I’ve been AWOL for some time now. It’s not the first time, and knowing me as well as I do, I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. BUT, I’m back now and doing my best to get back on track.

I realize it’s been a year.
Not my worst, by any stretch. The first time I went AWOL was for over two years. I was convinced that I’d quit. It wasn’t worth the time, effort or heartache. But Tracy reached out to me and asked for something…anything that I could submit for her to publish. I piled together all of my short stories that had been donated to different charity anthologies over the years and let her have them.
Then I felt bad. I knew that most weren’t my best and she was getting the short end of the stick.
We talked. She suggested (rightly so, it turns out) that I turn Caldera into a series. So, with her gentle nudging, I found myself back in the world of trying to put ideas to words and words to paper. Burning the midnight oil became the norm and I was officially back in the game. Along with Caldera, I created other universes with other heroes and villains. I got back on course and stayed there, usually taking the holidays off since they’re so busy around here and…well…this last time I just couldn’t bring myself to sit back down and delve into the worlds I had created. Like anything, the longer you stay away from it, the easier it becomes. Two months turned into four turned into twelve turned into…too long.
Tracy didn’t hound me. She knew how I was and gave me the time she felt I needed. Until she was tired of waiting. I’m quite certain that it was her idea, but Jack Wallen reached out to me during the holidays and asked if I’d be interested in working on a new story idea with him. Like many others before us, two well known writers team up and put their heads together and with a little luck something incredible begins to take shape. And that’s exactly what happened here.
Jack contacted me and I put him off until after the holidays. Once they were done, I knew that he’d be ready to work so I forced myself to sit down and try to wrap up Nocturna 5 so that it would be off my plate and I could concentrate on the task at hand. And it worked. Maybe a bit too well. I decided to go on and work on Nocturna 6 while Jack and I built worlds. But with my return to world building, I stumbled upon a new creative energy that had me diving into other projects as well. While working on Congregation with Jack, and wrapping up the Nocturna series with number 6, I decided to break ground on a new Bobby Bridger story. And another story that I envisioned as kind of a bloodier, grittier version of a Hallmark Christmas movie that I’m calling ‘Ain’t No Saint; Nick’. Depending on the mood I’m in, that dictates which story I work on. Between those and the audible versions of Nocturna that Eric A. Shelman has so brilliantly brought to life, I’ve actually been staying kind of busy these last few days. I’m even trying to keep myself on task by keeping tabs on work with an online writer’s group that I’m a member of. Sort of my version of announcing online that I’ve started a diet and then tracking my goals for the world to see. Except it’s easier to create worlds than it is to lose weight so that may not be the best analogy.

Anyway, for those who care…I’m back. And I hope to stick with it this time.
At least long enough to bring some closure to the stories you’ve been following. And if I’m lucky enough for you to stick around, maybe you’ll enjoy some of the worlds I’m creating.

Thank you for your patience and your kind reviews. Sometimes those words are just the fuel we need to keep on keeping on.

Now, back to work.
As always, I wish you all much love, luck, laughter and most of all, BACON!



Posted by on February 19, 2022 in Uncategorized


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Audible Updates

Nocturna 1: Begining of the End has been approved for retail sale through ACX. Click the image below for the link to Amazon.

For those of you who are willing to provide an honest review, email me at and I’ll provide a code for you.

Now, for other news. Eric Shelman is wrapping up N2 and we’ll be mashing the button to put it in ACX’s hands any time now. I am working on number 5, but the going is slow. As most of you know, I have a hard time getting back into the swing of things after the holidays but this year has been particular rough. I don’t know if it’s the weather or maybe Time has caught up, but the arthritis in my hands has been steadily worsening. I’m still trying though, it’s just slow going.

Max Zener wrapped up Bridger 2 recently and it should be approved through ACX any moment. As soon as he can get studio time again, he’ll be diving back into the world of Caldera and getting that series wrapped up for you.

I’ve been toying with the idea of possibly (key word there…possibly) diving back into the world of the Monster Squad and continuing with the characters in a new series called IMPACT. Yes, I did leave a teaser at the end of MS10 hinting at that, but after a million words spread over ten volumes, I needed a long needed break. I guess my question to you would be, should we attempt such a feat or let our imaginations loose and see what other worlds we can create? If you’ve read through Hunter or Caldera or Nocturna, then you know that there are TONS of ways we could possibly go that wouldn’t involve reentering that universe.
Anyway, I’m curious your thoughts.

That’s it for now.
Here’s wishing you much love, luck and bacon!


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Posted by on February 28, 2021 in Uncategorized


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A Little Update

I had no plan to have Nocturna made into an audible. One of my boys approached me and asked if I would consider allowing him to try his hand at narrating it and I thought, “Why not?”
Well, life being what it is, he wasn’t able to adequately create a recording space so the plan was set aside… until he came back and asked if I could recruit Eric A. Shelman to do it. Apparently, he was a big fan of Eric’s style.

I’d like to say that I had the chops (or clout) to seduce Eric into picking up the gauntlet, but that’s not the case. We’d been friends for some time now and when I approached him, he was like, “Sure. I can turn on my magic and make your story actually sound interesting.” 😉

How could I argue?

Anyway, we’re wrapping up things on our end and very soon we’ll be mashing the button and putting it into Audibles hands. For those of you who prefer to listen to your books, Nocturna 1: Beginning of the End should soon be available for your listening pleasure.

Don’t thank me. Thank Eric. It’s his magic that makes it sound interesting.

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Posted by on February 4, 2021 in Uncategorized


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October Releases

October Releases

Yes, you read that right. Releases, as in plural.
Bridger 2: Burned Bridges is slated to drop 10/13!
I’m really excited for this one even though I still question my ability to develop stories in this incredible genre. To be able to craft a universe where Bridger and his cohorts thwart evil is thrilling to me, even if it’s not up to par with those who normally swim in these waters.

Another project that I’ve been toiling on is slated to drop 10/27 and it’s starting to populate for preorder on Amazon as I type this.
Nocturna is an exciting new series that…well, it’s been a whirlwind getting this one ready! I started this a little over two months ago and have been hitting it hard and heavy on the daily. I finished Nocturna 4 in the wee hours this morning and sent it off for editing. So far, my primary beta reader really loves the series and is eagerly awaiting N5 to fall into her greedy hands!

I want to take a moment to brag here. (Yes, I’m tooting my own horn but only because others won’t toot it for me!) The editor attached this to the email when she returned the first in the series: “Heath, this new one is amazing. So creative….you OWN this genre. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into book 2.” I wish I could add that to the dust jacket.
I hope that I’m not setting myself up for failure by sharing that. Just because the beta (my missus…who reads everything I write and is my best critic) and the editor loved it, doesn’t mean it will be well received by the reading public. Time will tell.

For those who are going to ask, yes, the plan is to drop all four of the Nocturna stories on the same day. Paperbacks may take a while longer to get formatted since we originally slated all of this to drop around Thanksgiving and I asked that it be moved up. Who knows if we’ll all still be around after the November election anyway, right?

I originally hoped to keep it all a big secret and then just throw it out there and let the readers be shocked, but we all know I’m the world’s worst secret keeper. As soon as Jeffrey Kosh creates a cover for me, I have to share it. His covers are just too awesome to keep under wraps anyway!
The idea that I could keep an entire new series secret? Pfft! Like that could ever happen! So, why not spread the word and let readers know about it from the get-go!

While it would be nice to pull off a surprise like that, I get too excited. Each new release for me is like Christmas. I know that I have a small but faithful following of avid readers who really enjoy the yarns I spin, and trust me when I say, “I love each and every one of you!” Seriously, if it weren’t for you, I’d have no reason to keep writing. It seems that every time I get down because of a bad review or somebody’s negativity, one of you sends me an email or a Facebook message and totally revitalizes me for the next story. That kind of support is worth its weight in gold!
Of course, reviews help too…hint-hint!

Oh, and for those of you who allowed me to use your name and/or likeness in this new series…THANK YOU! The hardest part for me in creating a new universe is coming up with names for people that sound ‘real’. Too many times I’ve found myself trying to use names that sound like they fell out of a comic book.
So, in no particular order, thank you to:
Devra Sackman
Dillon Sapp
Jascha Zimmerman
Jeffrey Kosh (Grant Kosh)
Steven Feasey
Dr. Jeff Norman
Mitch Goodkin
Brandon Visek
Josh Forrest
Lauren Thompson
Debbie Dillis (still sounds like a stripper name to me…)
Cheri Thomas
Mary Ann Peden
Brian Hinnenkamp
Beans McGee
William Hartman
Thomas Aurand
If I missed anybody, I’m sorry, but I’m flying by the seat of my pants on this one.

I think that about wraps it up boys and girls. Please know how much I appreciate all of you and really hope that you’ll enjoy my October offerings.

Until next time, here’s wishing you much love, luck, happiness and bacon.
Lots and lots of smoky bacon.
And coffee.


Posted by on September 28, 2020 in Uncategorized


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Bridger 2

Bridger 2

I’ve wrapped up the second edition of Bobby Bridger and his exploits.  It may still be a bit as it’s cleaned up and polished but hopefully soon, it will be available. I still question attempting to dive into the dark and murky waters of political thrillers and espionage, but it’s been such a fun project.

Bridger 2 promo

From the back blurb:

A deadly ghost returns after nearly twenty years to pick off old foes, one by one.

A voice from the past calls Bobby Bridger to warn him before the old team is brought back together to face the threat. After members were singled out for assassination, Bravo Team is pointed in the right direction and takes the fight to them.

Columbian cartels, Mexican Federales, militia members and even the CIA collide in the jungles of Mexico with Bravo Team stuck in the middle.

They all should have brought more guns.

Pro Tip: If you think you want vengeance for old wrongs, think twice before setting your sights on Bridger and his crew.

Yeah, it needs work, but ask anybody, the blurb is the hardest part to write. You have to describe the story without giving away anything. You have to TRY to entice with a hook in just a few short lines and…it ain’t easy.

I just hope that you, dear reader, enjoy the story.

On to other projects!

I actually broke ground on something new for me. It’s called Nocturna. I got a few pages into the story and decided I needed a little inspiration. I immediately reached out to Jeffrey Kosh and told him what the project was about and he whipped me up a cover that really inspired me to push through the tough spots. In fact, his work has planted the seeds and now I’m thinking seriously of making it a series.

Nocturna 1

I know, most authors like to sit on their covers and have a reveal party, but I’m not that good at keeping secrets. I loved his concept work and decided to run with it, so that means I HAVE to share!

Set in a near post apocalyptic future, man has faced numerous pandemics, two global civil wars and just when things seem to be at their worst, an asteroid strike that should have been an Extinction Level Event. But mankind does something that nobody expected…they pull together to recover. Things are just starting to look up when…well, let’s just say that there was a surprise hiding in that meteor.

This is still in the early stages but I hope to have it available by Halloween. Fingers crossed!

So, that catches everybody up. I hope you are doing your best during these strange and difficult times. Know that we indie writers are still out here wishing each of you much love, luck and bacon!


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Posted by on August 11, 2020 in Uncategorized


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