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Do you dare?

October 28, 2019

Unknown RealmsDo you dare venture into Unknown Realms? The wild imaginations of ten talented authors will take you places you never dreamed of, and won’t soon forget.

You can get your digital copy here in whatever format you need:

I am especially pleased to have my story, The Demon of Corpus Christi, included in this collection. It’s been a chaotic year for me and I didn’t get much writing done, but at least I have a new title to offer you. Plus, it’s teamed with works by a host of stellar authors and produced by Fiction-Atlas Press, so you’re bound to enjoy the entire collection.

For more information, an excerpt, and your chance to win a paperback copy of Unknown Realms. please visit Karen Docter’s Killer Book Bench at To enter the giveaway, just post a comment on Karen Docter’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Binge on books

July 1, 2019

Summer HamperHave you had enough winter and are dreaming of summer? Maybe you’re looking forward to getting time off, kicking back, and escaping into a few good books. Indulge in a book binge with this Summer Reading Hamper. Enter the giveaway for a chance at great prizes. You’ll get your choice of which books you want to win. You can enter to win all the books in the promotion or select the genres you would like to win.

Naked Came the Sharks by Jed Donellie and Devorah FoxI’ll humbly suggest “Naked Came the Sharks” for your reading pleasure. Set on the south Texas beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, it’s filled with quirky characters and a mystery that’s both fun and intriguing.

The giveaway starts and ends in July so bookmark the giveaway page and don’t let your summer get by without entering.

Need more bargains? Fantasy! Thriller! Mystery! A summer’s worth of reading entertainment all on Sale! Half-price or FREE.

The competition is fierce!

May 17, 2019

It’s OWSCYCON Cover Wars, and our heroes are duking it out.

Lady BlackwingLady Blackwing has entered the semifinals in the Fantasy Cover Wars! Your vote can send her to victory.

Detour, A Big Rig Thriller

Archie Harlanson is just thrilled. He’s advanced in the Thriller/Horror Cover Wars! Vote for him or he might run you over with his K-whomper. (OK, no, he wouldn’t do that. He’s one of the good guys.)

Vote for these champions!


This is epic

May 15, 2019

OWS CYCON 2019Hey, #Book-lovers! Mark your calendars for #OWSCyCon2019. We’ve got a whole weekend of books, games, and contests galore from May 17th-May 19th. Sign up for email reminders to make sure you don’t miss a beat!

Or, RSVP to the Facebook event page so you don’t miss a minute!

What’s in store for you? Whatever your reading preference, it’s all here:

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Thriller/ Horror
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
  • and stories that defy categorizing.

Chances to get to know your favorite author better and to discover new ones. Giveaways and discounts. Discussion panels that give you insight as to how those stories you so love come to be. Drama as characters and book covers that have captured your imagination go head to head in Character Battles and Cover Wars. Kick back and let someone else do the reading for you with StoryTime.

The gates open May 17 but you can get previews. Follow the Blog Tour nowand learn how imaginary worlds get created. Pick the winner in the @Brackify #Tournament.  First round, May 15. And Character Battles start May 16.

Wear your most comfortable virtual walking shoes because you’ll want to visit every virtual booth. Look for mine in the Fantasy, Thriller/Horror, and Mystery/Suspense sections.

The ‘official’ cover reveal for ‘The Red Hand’: Clues in plain sight

March 26, 2019

So excited about having a new Frank Nagler Mystery to read.

Michael Stephen Daigle

“Of course they were red, the hand prints. The color of blood, red; the color of life, dripping between the hollow cracks of the siding. Leaking, crimson, chosen carefully. I’m here, the killer said, bragging. Try to find me. – Jimmy Dawson.”


A note on the cover. A wall in the Ironton, N.J. police station is covered by the haphazard taping of crime scene photos.  Detective Frank Nagler stares at the wall daily seeking the path to the killer. How close will he get, and more important, how close will the killer get to him?

Thanks to Anita-Dugan Moore, graphic designer for Imzadi Publishing and Cyber-Bytz for another stunning cover.

This is the prequel to the other three Frank Nagler Mysteries, set 20 years before  “The Swamps of Jersey.”

“The Red Hand” is Nagler’s baptism into the world of horrific crime, and to the heartache that would haunt him…

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Changing genres: Experimentation in writing

February 25, 2019

Writers: In a slump? Some thoughts about that here. Also, observations about tackling a different genre.

Michael Stephen Daigle

“A chef pulls at the edges of their menus to see what new tastes can be created, a photographer tries new mediums, combining old and new, an engineer, a teacher, a social worker, turn their efforts sideways to gain new perspectives and possibly see new solutions to existing problems.

When I wrote the last word of the fourth Frank Nagler mystery, “The Red Hand,” I leaned back in my chair exhausted. It had taken eighteen months to complete the work, half again as long as the other three.

I needed a break.

All writers reach that point. It can be a combination of writing-centric concerns – a certain what-do-I-do-now-panic, too many ideas, no place to put them, or  something  outside of writing, something real-world, because writers do have real lives.

For me it was a combination. I had had shoulder surgery to correct painful tears and bone spurs which…

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Enter the dragon’s lair

February 11, 2019

After two Facebook takeovers, Inky decided he wanted his own group. Thus, something new: Inky’s Lair.  He asked me to share this invitation:

Welcome. I am Inky, author Devorah Fox’s guardian, or in more contemporary parlance, personal assistant. This is my lair, a crucible if you will. Here you will get a bird’s eye, or rather a dragon’s eye, view of what goes into her wonderful fantasy stories and mysteries that you so enjoy reading. You will help me with important decisions about character names, story titles, and book cover concepts. I’ll share sneak peeks at upcoming works, links to free stuff, and other delights. So don’t be afraid … enter. (No advertising unless approved by me.)

Inky's Lair, a Facebook group for book lovers

So come, join us in this slightly magical place to hang out, enjoy book talks, and savor the best toasted marshmallows, not mention dragonalia of all sorts.

The address:

Nagler Book Four: ‘The Red Hand’ accepted for publishing

January 30, 2019

Can’t wait to read it.

Michael Stephen Daigle

Among the favorite words an author likes to hear are: “I really liked your book.”

The other favorite words are: “Your book has been accepted for publication.”

So, I am pleased to announce that the fourth in the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery series, “The Red Hand,” has been accepted for publication by Imzadi Publishing of Tulsa.

Thanks to Janice and Anita for their hard work to get to this point.

I mean, fours book in the series. I know there are authors who have written dozens of books, and good for them.

But I have written four (so far).

The Nagler mysteries take place in a purposely closed setting – Ironton, New Jersey – a town that has seen better days rife with dirty politics and the scourges of urban America.

The reluctant hero is all this is Detective  Frank Nagler, broken hearted, mildly depressed and yet, by the  third…

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Beyond the Mask Release Day Giveaway

January 29, 2019

Source: Beyond the Mask Release Day Giveaway!

It’s “Beyond the Mask” release day! If you preordered an ebook copy, it should now be in your hot little hands. And please join us on the Facebook page hosted by C. L. Cannon for our release day party. Meet the authors and learn a little more about what’s beyond the mask. Of course, there will be games, prizes, and giveaways. Inky the Dragon and I are taking over today, January 29, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

“Beyond the Mask” includes my story, “Lady Blackwing Gets Her Moniker.” This is the second adventure for Mercedes, a part-time college student, barista, and aspiring writer. You can read about the accident that endows her with her baffling powers in “Lady Blackwing.”


January 25, 2019

This has absolutely nothing to do with books or writing, mine or anyone else’s.

Yesterday I spent half a day assembling a rocking chair. I had bought it online and had failed to see the fine print: “some assembly required.” So it was an unpleasant surprise when it arrived in a flat pack.

I swore that I would never do another one of these. I know that a considerable amount of thought, creativity, and engineering goes into designing these projects such that the parts can be loaded into a box and shipped, and upon arrival can be assembled with a few tools (usually supplied) and even less expertise by blooming idiots. However, the designers of RTA furniture fail to take into account someone like me, a COMPLETE blooming idiot. I have no talent or patience.  I had to research hex nuts to find out which end is “up.”

I could have returned it. But I really wanted that chair, so I tackled it. Four hours, three split cuticles, two broken nails, and several colorful metaphors later, I had it put together. In my defense, one bolt was ever so slightly misaligned and required some editing with a mallet on my part. Indeed, the instructions did advise that two people might be required to align the holes for the fasteners.

I will readily admit that even with the supplied “single end wrench” I did not get all the bolts as tightened as they probably should be. But I gave the chair a test sit and it didn’t collapse. This morning it’s still there on my patio, all in one piece, rocking gently in the breeze, seductively murmuring “come hither.”

My compliments to the designers. This is a very comfortable chair. It has a nice high back and wide arms. It rocks back just so far and then stops at a perfect angle. I foresee many a pleasant hour sitting on the patio drinking coffee or perhaps an adult beverage (like the one I sorely needed after my construction exercise). It’s roomy and supportive for reading. Or writing. So maybe this post is about books after all.

resin wicker RTA rocker

By the way, about those hex nuts? Study the nut and you’ll see that one end is flat and the other end is slightly crowned. The crowned end is “up.”