Excerpt from Atchafalaya

Frank “Fox” Comeaux, the owner of a local bait shop, was also a tour guide operator, shuttling tourists through the endless and confusing arteries of the Atchafalaya. He was a short, stocky man, yet with an intimidating posture and a greasy smile. Fox’s only child, Alex, worked alongside his father running the bait shop, but rarely accompanied him on the …

Suck The Heads, Pinch The Tails!

We call them Crawfish, Ditchbugs, Crawdads, Mudbugs, or Louisiana lobsters – but for the love of a spicy tail – never call them crayfish! That’s just wrong! Sinfully wrong and usually spills out of the mouth from individuals who hail from north of the Mason-Dixon line where they likely pronounce pecan: pee-can! If there is one food synonymous to Louisiana, …

Excerpt From Chapter 21 Closer To Home – Retaliation

He watched Marsh walk to the front of the building and lean against the brick wall. Shaw got out of the truck and walked down the center of the parking lot toward the driveway exit. Marsh lit a cigarette just as Stacey Allen walked out of the building and straight up to him. She was a tall, skinny blonde gash …

EAT New Orleans!

Whether you are visiting New Orleans, Louisiana for the Mardi Gras Carnival season, or taking in a New Orleans Saints football match, or simply enjoying a romantic weekend at one of the Vieux Carré’s historic hotels, leave plenty of time to eat New Orleans! When I travel, either here or abroad, my destinations are determined by food. Yes, attractions factor …

Gentlemen – In Your Defense

WARNING: These are personal reflections and comments on a charged and intensely debated subject. We call it: “The Gospel According To O’Leary!” If you are EASILY OFFENDED – stop reading. If you are a die-hard FEMINIST – stop reading. If you are a whiny little girl who feels she is ENTITLED – stop reading. For the rest of you, agree …

Throw Me Something Mister!

The Mardi Gras, or Carnival season, begins on the Twelfth night following Christmas and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras originated from the pagan practices in ancient Rome. Christian religious leaders arriving in Rome felt it would be easier to adopt some of the local traditions instead of eliminating them all-together: more bees with honey than vinegar, …

Meet Grace Doucet in CLOSER TO HOME

Grace was Shaw’s Office Manager and a brilliant accountant. She and Garrett had been married for twenty-two years and had no children. Shaw was always amused by Grace. She and Bronagh had been best friends since elementary school and was Bronagh’s polar-opposite. Grace had a suntanned-complexion, short blonde hair, and she was spunky and high-strung. She had a flair for …

Sgian Dubh

The sgian dubh, pronounced Skee-An Doo, is a small single-edged knife, bearing a 3 or 4-inch blade that is most often associated with the traditional Scottish dress. Sgian, from the Gaelic meaning knife, and Dubh meaning black, originated in the Scottish Highlands. Although some believe its name, black knife refers to the material used to craft the handle, black actually …

Meet Bronagh Stewart in Closer To Home

Bronagh lived out of town, but she was going to be in Baton Rouge for some Christmas shopping and to meet Grace for the evening. Bronagh planned to spend the night with Grace and her husband, Garrett. Grace was certain Shaw would fall head over heels for her friend. Not likely, he had told himself. He liked being a bachelor, …

Closer to Home Crime Drama Novel

Excerpt from Chapter 18 Closer To Home How Shaw Handles The Hard “F”

After the service, Shaw was listening to sweet little Mrs. Eileen and her mostly deaf husband, Mr. Harold, when he eyeballed Bronagh chatting with Martin. Martin leaned in and kissed Bronagh’s cheek. Martin was Shaw’s height, six foot, well dressed, and a nice looking man. Shaw watched Bronagh shake her head, disagreeing with Martin, as he stroked both of her …