Last year was difficult and filled with reminders of mortality. Suffice it to say that without my Bride, Clarice, and a plethora of medical angels, well, you know.

Meanwhile, I’ve tried to maintain an upbeat presence on Facebook, and enjoyed reviewing Clarice’s novels as she writes.

2021 is still challenging, but we’re working through it, one day at a time.

See you on Facebook.


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Moving my E-book to Amazon

After due consideration, I’ve decided to simplify, and move the E-book version of Premium Mixed Nuts to Amazon. (I know it was available there before, but the details are long and boring.) Anyway for the crowds of you who are clamoring for this marvelous tome, it should show up in a few days. I truly appreciate your patience through this whole ugly affair.

Aaand now it’s up! Click here until they get all their ducks in a row.

Maybe Hurricane Dorian is messing the Amazonians up.

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Book Signings

Thanks to everyone who braved the rain to come out to see us at North Side Grille on Thursday!

And to those who bore the heat and humidity to share time with us at Bonhoeffer’s Cafe & Espresso on Saturday.

We had a blast!

Not to mention all the folks last weekend who visited us at The British Beer Company and Beth’s Bakery & Cafe in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Thanks, everyone, for all your support!

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Out in Public!

My bride, Clarice G. James, and I look forward to meeting friends, both old and new, as we celebrate the release of her third book, Manhattan Grace, and my first, Premium Mixed Nuts: An Anthology, this month. We hope you’ll join us.

This week, Clarice and I will be appearing in Sandwich, Massachusetts!

Friday, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, we’ll be at the British Beer Company at 46 Route 6A. This place was the inspiration for a restaurant that figures prominently in Clarice’s 2017 release, Party of One.

Saturday, June 23, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, we’ll be at Beth’s Bakery & Café, 16 Jarves Street.

Next week we’ll be in New Hampshire.

On Thursday, June 28, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, you’ll find us at North Side Grille, 323 Derry Rd., Hudson, NH

Finally, Saturday, June 30, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, we’ll be with Eleanor Gustafson, Konnie Viner, and Nancy Ferrin as part of “Meet & Greet Christian Authors” at Bonhoeffer’s Café & Espresso, 8 Franklin St., Nashua, NH (Refreshments served. Parking on left behind Gate City Church)

Come on down!

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Another Lesson Learned

Lesson Number One: When announcing an event, always provide ALL “Who, What, When, and Where” information!

Join our AUTHOR PANEL for a free interactive writers’ workshop entitled “LESSONS LEARNED ON THE WAY TO PUBLICATION.” 

Geared for pre-published writers, our panel of six local authors will share their experiences and answer your questions about the writing and publishing processes.

Enjoy refreshments while you chat with non-fiction authors Susan H. Call and Konnie Viner, and fiction authors Ellie Gustafson, Clarice G. James, Ralph D. James, and Jeremiah Peters.

·         DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2018

·         TIME: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

·         VENUE: Winchell Room, Manchester City Library 

·         ADDRESS: 405 Pine St., Manchester, NH 

CONTACT: cjames@claricejames.com or Text 603-689-8945

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Writers’ Workshop: Lessons Learned on the Way to Publication

A panel of six local authors will present a WRITERS’ WORSKSHOP: LESSONS LEARNED ON THE WAY TO PUBLICATION  on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This FREE step-by-step workshop, based on the authors’ personal experiences, is geared toward BEGINNING WRITERS—most especially those who want to write for publication.

Here is a partial list of the topics to be discussed:

  1. Developing Your Idea
  2. Manuscript Format
  3. Your First Five Pages
  4. Your Unique Voice
  5. Character Development
  6. Edit, Edit, Edit
  7. Critique Groups or Partner
  8. Build Your Platform
  9. Web Presence
  10. Submission Guidelines
  11. Before Submitting Your Manuscript to An Agent or Publisher
  12. What To Include In A Book Proposal

The authors welcome your curiosity and questions! Register online for this FREE event now. We look forward to our time together.


CLARICE G. JAMES, Workshop Facilitator (Contemporary women’s fiction): Clarice writes smart, fun, relatable contemporary women’s fiction from a Providential worldview. Her Published titles include: Party of One and Manhattan Grace (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.) and Double Header (Mountainview Books, LLC.)

SUSAN H. CALL (Non-fiction and Speaker): Susan Call holds a Masters in Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Susan lives in Londonderry, NH. A Search for Purple Cows, a memoir published by Guideposts Books, is a story of hope and healing.

ELEANOR GUSTAFSON (Literary & Biblical Fiction): Ellie graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois—where she met her husband, Jim, while teaching horsemanship. She and her husband live in Haverhill, MA. Ellie’s last two books from Whitaker House include The Stones – A Novel of the Life of King David and Dynamo. She has another novel coming out this July entitled, An Unpresentable Glory.

RALPH D. JAMES (Short Stories): Long ago, a high school creative writing teacher told Ralph he had an excellent grasp of the absurd. In 2014, he retired after forty years in the engineering and construction industry. His lovely bride, Clarice, a writer herself, suggested he try his hand at writing again. The result was his anthology, Premium Mixed Nuts. Perhaps his teacher was right. Ralph and Clarice live in New Hampshire.

JEREMIAH PETERS (Speculative Fiction): Jeremiah has been a natural storyteller his whole life. He has been a pastor with the Primitive Methodist church of the USA since 1979. Over the years, he’s been a guest speaker at many youth retreats and rallies. He and his wife, Jodie, have raised six wonderful children and have ten grandchildren. They live in Sandown, NH. His book A Message to Deliver was published by HopeSprings Books.

KONNIE VINER (Non-fiction): Konnie wrote Rested Soul, Resilient Heart to help women find hope and healing by trusting in God’s unconditional love and faithfulness. She is a former crisis center advocate, founder of a ministry for abuse victims, and leader of abuse support groups. She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas and M.S. in Business Management from the University of Redlands, CA. Konnie resides in New Boston, NH.

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Missing Georgia

I was ordering take-out Monday evening, when my ex-motel room office door opened to reveal a tall, willowy blonde in an expensive suit. Behind her, the Seaver Inn’s neon sign reflected incongruously off her black Bentley.  I’d have recognized Georgia Kollett, my landlord’s thirty-year-old wife, anywhere.

She glanced over her shoulder, then quickly closed the door. “Please, Mr. Cable, I need your help.”

I hung up, rose, and extended my hand. “What can I do for you, Mrs. Kollett?”

Her immaculately manicured fingers were like ice.

“Please, call me Georgia.”

“Okay, Georgia. Have a seat and tell me how I can help. Would you like some water?”

“Yes, please.” She settled into the leather guest chair I’d bought when business picked up after the Hammett case.

I filled a plastic cup from my water cooler and handed it to her.

“Thank you.” She gingerly removed her sunglasses. Her left eye was bruised and swollen.

“Quite the shiner. How’d that happen?”

“I don’t know. I was with two old friends for what was supposed to be a four-day girls’ weekend in Gatlinburg. We had fun Saturday and Sunday, but I woke up this morning with this.”

“Do you have any other injuries?”

She shook her head. “I don’t think so. But when I looked for make-up to cover the bruise, I found something in my purse.”

She dumped out her handbag on my desk. Among her cosmetics, tissues, and other feminine paraphernalia lay three empty .45 caliber shell casings. “Once I realized what they were, I tried not to touch them.”

“Good thinking, especially under the circumstances.” I picked one up with a pencil and sniffed. It was recently fired. “Have you called your husband?”

She grimaced. “I’ve tried several times, but Charles hasn’t answered.”

I dialed Kollett’s office and got his voicemail. “Charles Kollett Real Estate and Developers cares about your call, so please leave a mess—”

I hung up. “Nobody at the office, apparently.”

“There’s been no answer all day. I think Inez must have quit.”


“The new receptionist. She’s only been there a couple weeks.” She frowned. “Charles has problems keeping office help.”

I scribbled a few notes. “What did your girlfriends have to say?”

She returned her belongings to her purse, leaving the cartridges. “I haven’t seen them since Sunday, and I’ve been unable to reach them by phone.”

“So, that’s three spent shell casings, three missing people—and one black eye.”

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Bookmarks Came!

Yesterday I got my box of bookmarks for Premium Mixed Nuts! UPrinting, in Van Nuys, California did a great job on them. Clarice and I have both used them before, and always been happy with the results.

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Writer’s Workshop

Clarice’s Writer’s Workshop at the Hudson library on Saturday, January 20th was a good outing. We had six published authors on the panel, and about a dozen guests. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera, so we’re at the mercy of one guest who took one picture. She says she’ll post it on her blog, but I haven’t seen it yet.

Anyway, there were good questions, cogent answers, captivating readings, and tasty snacks, too. Our guests seemed to enjoy the presentation. Clarice and I stopped for lunch at the Lobster Boat afterward.

We have another outing planned for February 24th at the Hooksett, NH library.

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My books arrived today!

I had just enjoyed a nice lunch with my Bride at Longhorn Steakhouse, and was turning into our driveway when she cried, “There are boxes on the porch. Your books must have arrived!”

She was right, of course. CreateSpace had said they’d arrive on the twenty-second. Clarice was certain they’d show up before that. (She’s having an author event at the Hudson, NH library on the twentieth, and wants me there with her.) Looks like she’s gonna get her way. 

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