A Gift for my Followers!


I’ve made a discovery. People want beauty in their lives, something that catapults them, even momentarily, to a dimension of feeling and awe where tears are a perfect expression of their emotions. Someone might ask them if those are tears of joy or sadness, and neither answer would adequately describe the wet glistening. They would be tears of appreciation. What might bring this on? Maybe it would be a sunset, where the colors in the sky are so unexpected and the gorgeous end of the day is in such stark contrast to the stressful experiences of the daylight hours, that the person cries, thankful that he didn’t miss those fleeting moments of  soul-stirring beauty.

What made me think of this? Yesterday I placed a photograph of a jaw-dropping sunset in Monterrey, Mexico, on my Facebook page in a post requesting people to visit my author website and become one of my followers. The response amazed me. I had done this before with pictures of my book covers or, God forbid, of me, and I don’t think anyone visited my website! But this beautiful sunset drew people’s attention and made them feel good. I received a nice number of new followers as a result, and this has made me very happy!

Followers receive my blogs, articles, videos, news and updates on what I am writing. These go to the e-mail addresses which you have provided me. I try to keep these entertaining! In the past I have included news about my novels, my father’s art, music videos, Corvette mysteries, and anything a little edgy and fun.

I have written short story “prequels” to my two novels. They can be downloaded free from Smashwords, and my website describes how to do this, but I thought that I would send “Nightfire!”  to you in .pdf format with this blog post. It is my gift to you and makes it convenient for you to read it.

“Nightfire!” is a romantic crime story that reveals the mystery of Corvette Nightfire’s grandparents. In the novel, Corvette Nightfire, who the grandparents are and what they did had a huge bearing on the destinies of Corvette and his father, Rogelio. While writing the story, I did research and learned a lot about the famous running indigenous people known as the Tarahumara who are natives of Chihuahua, Mexico. Corvette’s grandparents were Tarahumara, and they got caught up in a life of crime in the drug cartel of Sinaloa. What happened to them occurs in real life in the history of these people. This is a love story and adventure that was a joy to write.  I hope you enjoy it enough that you will want to read Corvette Nightfire!

To open this PDF file, simply click the link below, and you can read it on your computer. This assumes that your computer or device has the Adobe Viewer, which most have. If not, the viewer is free to download from the Adobe website.

Nightfire! The Corvette Nightfire Prequel PDF

If you do want to read this story (15 pages) on your Nook, Kindle, i-Pad, phone or other device not in PDF format, you can download this story for free in all formats from my Smashwords site. Here is the link: 

Link to Nightfire download on Smashwords


The Free Prequel Just for You!


Nightfire! is the short story prequel to the novel, Corvette Nightfire, which is the second volume of The Z Redemption Trilogy. This 9,000 word short story explains the mystery of Día and Luna, the Tarahumara natives who were Corvette’s grandparents. Inhabitants of the Copper Canyon in northern Mexico, Día and Luna, married while teenagers, became seduced and then enslaved by the Mexican drug-cartel men who invaded the mountains of their homeland to grow poppy and marijuana. The Tarahumara natives were famous world-wide for their ability to run for days in the mountains and steep canyons of their lands in Chihuahua, Mexico. The drug cartels forced many of the young Indian men and women to give up their lands and to run their marijuana through the desert and across the border to the United States.

Nightfire! cover image

Written in the fast-paced style of the novels of The Z Redemption trilogy, Nightfire! is a stand-alone short story that also provides enriching detail to the second volume in the series (Corvette Nightfire). Día’s plan to escape the drug cartel gets complicated by the birth of his son, Rogelio, in Texas in 1963. Moving and suspenseful, the story describes what Rogelio failed to find out about his parents when, as an adult, he made trips to Mexico to try to find them. It wasn’t until Rogelio’s son, Corvette, made a trip to the Copper Canyon in northern Mexico that the impact on the grandson’s destiny by the actions of Día and Luna began to be understood!

Download your FREE copy from Smashwords in any format for e-Readers, tablets, computers and phones simply by clicking the cover photo here!