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Hi Everyone,

As the writing community in the Phoenix area has grown and flourished, I have personally moved in another direction.  I have stepped away from my other responsibilities in the community, and placed them in other capable hands.  This site is no longer a necessary tool to connect the disparate groups and projects together as I am no longer a community leader.  I do not have as easy access to the information that was so readily available to me before, and will no longer update the site.

I hope you found this a useful resource in the past, and wish the best in the future.

Best Regards.


Local Books – The Crossword Killings: In the Valley of Dry Bones (Herb Nash Mystery Series) (Volume 2)

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The Vietnam War rages on with no end in sight. While hippies are moving to the hills there is something horribly wrong happening in a suburban house on Laurel Street, in Phoenix.

Now, over forty years later, after the house is purchased at a foreclosure sale, a Mexican day laborer unwittingly finds an army surplus ammo box buried in the backyard containing some baby bones. But the police aren’t interested.

HERB NASH is a street wise but aging paralegal and part time private investigator. But now, after his last big case that made him a local hero, the phone keeps ringing. This time, he’s off to an Indian casino in south Phoenix, where he meets the eccentric retired dentist who now owns the Laurel Street house, and demands to know how those those bones got in his backyard. The case turns even deadlier when Nash butts heads with a glass ceiling breaking Los Angeles police sergeant on her way to the top, who once lived in the Laurel Street house, and just discovered she cannot bury her past forever.


Local Books – Murder on Camelback Mountain (Herb Nash Mysteries Book 1)

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When he thinks he’s about to keep an important business appointment in lawyer Lamar Madison’s cramped Phoenix law office HERB NASH finds himself shaking hands with a homicide detective who suspects them both of brutally murdering James Olivette, aka Jim B—small time con-artist and only son of one of the city’s wealthiest widows.

The detective tells them Jim B’s dismembered body parts were discovered earlier that morning splayed around a storm drain in the heart of an exclusive Camelback Mountain neighborhood. It gets personal for HERB NASH when the detective tells them both that their business cards were found tucked inside the dead man’s shirt pocket, making them the only “persons of interest” and potential suspects in the Jim B murder investigation.

Lamar convinces HERB NASH to fire up his PI license intended only for skip-tracing dead beat dads and credit criminals, and HERB NASH reluctantly uses it to open up doors in search of more likely persons of interest to keep the police busy and off his back. In the process he twice escapes a brutal death, takes down the most unlikely psychopathic killer, and discovers a startling secret about himself.


Local Books – The Gathering (End’s Beginning)

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by Randy Lindsay (Author)

Robert Williams didn’t expect an early honorable release from his mission, but upon his return home, he sees the reason for the surprise decision. Unemployment, rampant violence, and frequent food shortages have put the United States on the brink of another civil war. As the threads of society unravel, the Williams family must adapt to drastic changes as the long-foretold gathering begins to take place.

The Gathering coming January 14, 2014 from Cedar Fort

Local Books – Philosopher’s Requiem

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Anthology of short stories, poetry and artwork created by members of Dog Eared Writers Workshop. Our writing pieces range from thirty-page stories to seventeen-syllable haiku and encompass such diverse genres as science fiction, mystery, non-fiction and adventure. Our group is comprised of veteran writers, aspiring novices, and every level in between. Amongst our membership, we represent over a dozen published books, while for some of us Philosopher’s Requiem constitutes our initial foray into publication. A number of us write novels while others prefer short stories, and a few specialize in poetry. We meet biweekly to engage in writing exercises and lecture forums as well as group readings and feedback. Some of the pages of this anthology contain work achieved directly from our meeting activities; most of the haiku and senryu poems came out of one such activity. The final entry of this compendium consists of a poignant response to one of our writing prompt exercises which required each writer to compose a letter to a deceased loved one. Its author, one of the few original members of our group, died a week later.

Local Books – The Travelers’ Club: Fire and Ash

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Michael Bradley (Author)

The Travelers’ Club is back!

As 1880 draws to a close, the members of the secret British adventuring group known as The Travelers’ Club are back in the saddle and looking for trouble.

After spending more than fifteen years away, former Confederate Sharpshooter Ash Cooper reluctantly returns to Maryland. This time, Ash’s best friend Lord Reginald Harcourt is the fish out of water as he deals with “Colonial” culture.

With new members along for the ride, the intrepid team will take on international spies, wily women and the ancient Atlantean threat at the very Gates to Hell in the Territory of Arizona and the untamed American West.


Local Books – The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship

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Michael Bradley (Author)

This is not the 1880 you read about in your history books…

Confederate sharpshooter Ashley Cooper fled abroad after the South lost in the War of Northern Aggression. While selling his services as a mercenary, Ash had no idea that his chance rescue of a British aristocrat in Afghanistan would lead him to unimaginable challenges. While facing wily women and difficult travels with his new friend Lord Reginald Harcourt, Ash will also discover alien technologies, a world full of foes, and a showdown with creatures of nightmare that will determine the future of mankind.

Local Books – The Hanged Man

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Don Bapst

Fascinated by the haunting images of the earliest known tarot cards, PhD candidate Glen Harrison is determined to research their secular origins. But when Glen proposes his thesis, his Art History professors are less than encouraging. The tarot, they say, is merely decorative, not ‘true’ art. Unsure about his own ability to produce a dissertation, Glen begins to wonder if they aren’t right. Perhaps his attraction to the tarot lies not in their artistic qualities but in their distance from academic associations. Floundering, he scrambles to find a new direction, when a series of seemingly chance encounters and random finds takes him down a new and terrifying path. Perhaps there is something more to the tarot than he has allowed himself to believe. The clues he stumbles upon in the forgotten neighborhoods and hidden libraries of pre-911 New York lead Glen on an inevitable journey to the most hidden reaches of West Africa, where a mystery as dark and ancient as the cards themselves unfurls…

Local Books – The Equation (Yes after Yesterday)

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James Tarantin (Author)

The Legendary Larry King writes “The Equation is a Cross-Cultural Odyssey, an asset that will inspire in people the science of accomplishment.”

The Equation Book tells a true, cross-cultural saga that spans over 58 Years and explores exciting adventures on 4 continents.

The Story of a young lad named Omer, born to a wealthy family and shackled on an island of battling hierarchies.

The youth leaves his home, and meets great dangers and tragedies as he seeks to discover Time’s Silent Secret.

At the turn of the Millennium, the mission was to track historic clues and discover an Equation that was lost through the times … hidden in the margins. An Equation that whoever finds it will be Transformed. And with its 4 Rings of Power … design destiny.

A Revolution is inspired! Time Stops!

Will the lad transform or bite from the forbidden power and be carried to the brink of Death?

Local Books – Magic Mirror

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Sean Ellis (Author)

It begins with a mysterious disappearance….it will end with a world on the edge of destruction.

Twenty years ago, Derrick Sayler made a fantastic breakthrough, then vanished off the face of the earth. When Michael Rook, an environmental engineer with a deadly secret, finds a car belonging to the missing genius in a remote Oregon lake, the question of Sayler’s fate appears to be answered. But Rook’s discovery uncovers something far more immediate…and infinitely more dangerous. Willoughby Bane, Sayler’s former partner, is poised to unveil Magic Mirror, a magnetic-levitation space launch facility in the Canadian wilderness, but he cannot escape his obsession with his long-lost partner. Rook’s search for the unbelievable truth will put him on a collision course with Bane and Magic Mirror.