It’s About the Back List

Recently I attended a writing presentation by Casey Bond, YA author and marketer extraordinaire. She was speaking in Huntington at the Huntington Fiction Factory portion of Arts Night Out, sponsored by our local convention and visitors bureau.

One of the things she talked about was the woefully neglected promotion of an author’s back list, those books published several years ago, but still wildly relevant and exciting if you did’t get to read them when they were first published.

So, as I’m shopping a new manuscript, here are teasers from my two older novels.

Father’s Trouble$ 

FT w sticker     “The weekend Maggie Malone stunned her parents with the announcement that she was leaving her “perfect” husband of twenty years, she learned her mother could go her one better.  She had a secret  she had been keeping for almost fifty years……

Maggie was thoroughly puzzled.  She quickly tried to imagine what her mother was talking about. What gossip? Family memories flashed by in fast forward, but no mental picture that Maggie could recall prepared her for what followed. Her mother was angrier than Maggie had seen her since she was a teenager. She wanted to ask a question, but dared not interrupt.

Sara stopped again to compose herself. “You remember what I always told you about your grandfather –– my father and how he died of a broken heart after my mother died?  Well, what you don’t know –– what I never told you is this –– Richard Lawrence Burgher died in prison.”

Published in 2003 by MidAtlantic Highlands Press. Still available at Amazon,com.


amo, amas, amat…an unconventional love story                   2nd Ed cover

MAY 1984   “After several more weeks of arguing over the proposed counseling session, Nick had acquiesced. It wasn’t Mary Cate’s persuasiveness that had moved him, however, it was Race’s astute observation. “You’re between the proverbial rock and hard place, my man! If you go and what’s really bothering you comes out, she’ll leave you in a New York minute. And if you don’t and the marriage breaks up, what’s to keep daddy from finding a way to fire your ass? Either way, you’re history. You’d better go and just play it cool, man,” he’d said via long distance. That had gotten Nick’s attention. Not that Mr. Randolph was the vindictive type, but you never knew. Fathers are protective. A divorce would certainly give him a new perspective on the club’s tennis pro, and it wouldn’t be a favorable one, he had reasoned. So, Nick had agreed to go – at least once – then left it up to his wife to make the appointment with the counselor.”

Published 2011 by CreateSpace. Available at 


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