Last Train Out

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Blurb

Clay and his adopted daughter, Jenna, look forward to their upcoming “homeland tour”” to Russia. His intentions are pure. Hers, not so much. When she goes missing, his worst fears are realized. She is not the innocent little girl he thought she was. Not even close. Their only hope now, with or without her approval, is to catch the Last Train Out.

From the Author

This book is very loosely based on our own adoption experience. It’s a “what if” look at a possible “homeland tour.” This is just me facing my greatest fears, worrying about everything that could possibly go wrong. Let’s hope it’s not a self-fulfilling prophecy!

Top [Amazon] customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
I like to read stories set in places I haven’t been …
By Greg Holmes on February 3, 2016
Format: Paperback

I like to read stories set in places I haven’t been before, and since this one was set in Russia, it fit the bill in that regard. The story is fast paced and well written, with a credible plot. The author injects a fair amount of humor into the story, even when the protagonist is in a terrible fix. I found it best to read in a few days, in order to keep all the characters straight.

4.0 out of 5 stars
Hold on tight!
By Lucy Ang on January 4, 2016
Format: Paperback

Last Train Out is very fast-paced, with lots of twists and turns. The protagonist, Clay, uses a lot of self-depracating humor. A fun read overall.

4.0 out of 5 stars
Good read
By Amazon Don on January 1, 2016
Format: Paperback

Learned a lot about Russia!

About the Author

Originally from Sacramento, California, I have been calling Nashville, Tennessee home for the past 20+ years. I am married, with a young daughter, two one pugs and one cat. I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember, though I haven’t published much yet. My stories are often inspired by my greatest fears and/or frustrations. Writing things down in a safely fictionalized way helps me to understand myself and the world around me. My other titles are Lottery President, Operation Detour, and Temporary Insanity.

Trump candidacy

Donald Trump’s candidacy reminds me of my novel Lottery President (Kindle/paperback).  Hopefully for his sake, it won’t end the same.

Here’s one of my brothers reading it.  He seems to be enjoying himself.  I swear I didn’t pay him to do this. :)



My Novels

Last Train Out, eBook (iBooks, KoboNook) and paperback

Clay and his adopted daughter, Jenna, look forward to their upcoming “homeland tour”” to Russia. His intentions are pure. Hers, not so much. When she goes missing, his worst fears are realized. She is not the innocent little girl he thought she was. Not even close. Their only hope now, with or without her approval, is to catch the Last Train Out.


Operation Detour, paperback and Kindle
Lottery President, paperback and Kindle
Temporary Insanity


Russian Adoption
(From Nashville to Astrakhan and Back)

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Respect

So much about writing novels, I’ve found, comes down to respect. Respect for the reader and their precious time. Respect for the authenticity and believability of the characters I’m creating. And most importantly, respect for reality; asking myself “how would this play out in real life?” Luckily, there are millions of ways something might play out, but it still has to fall within that realm.

Man-eater

From my novel, Operation Detour:

It’s a surreal experience; like a dream where everything is out of place and juxtaposed. As I am hopping down this bunny trail, convinced I will soon be meeting my maker, the old Hall & Oates song “Man-Eater” comes to mind. I start singing.

Oh-oh here she comes
Watch out boy, she’ll blow you up
Oh-oh here she comes
She’s a man-eater

Here’s that song on Last.FM, FYI: http://www.last.fm/music/Hall+&+Oates/Maneater?ac=maneater

Let the story tell the story

A bit of advice to myself (and any other writers out there):  Once you’ve laid the groundwork of your story, come up with the main characters, basic premise, and rough outline, at some point you have to just let the story itself tell the story.

You, the writer, are just the narrator.  Try not to get in the way.  🙂

Grammar

Below is a screenshot of an ad that showed up on one of my websites.  Hopefully for the sake of anyone clicking that ad, the search results find a college that knows the difference between plural and possessive forms of various words like, say, “college.”  🙂

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