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Murder in Ocean Hall – Free on Kindle! Black Friday Special!

Black Friday Special! Why wait in line to buy some giant piece of electronics that you don’t need? Instead, stay at home and download┬ámy novel Murder in Ocean Hall for free on the Kindle. Starting at the Smithsonian, the book is a tour of DC that one reviewer called, “A profile of the nation’s capital…




Guest Blog on Digital Book Today: Reading Novels is Good for You

I have a guest post on Digital Book Today on how reading novels is good for you. Novels teach essential skills, such as concentration, careful reading (not skimming web pages) and the ability to frame and express a story. Novels are more than just entertainment. Immersing yourself in words on a regular basis will improve…




What Jeff Bezos Should Do Now

Congratulations, Jeff Bezos, you just bought yourself a newspaper. Even the most stalwart defenders of The Washington Post would agree that the current business model is untenable. It was high-minded journalism made possible thanks to the generous support of low-brow classifieds. Garage sale ads paid for Woodward and Bernstein. But Craigslist stole that income stream…




Always Right: Margaret Thatcher and 1979

Britain in 1979 was the sick man of Europe. Militant trade unions controlled the country, overthrowing successive governments. General strikes made life miserable. Britons suffered through a “winter of discontent” with power cuts, transport strikes and trash piled up in the streets. Inflation as high as 21% wiped out the savings of people who had…




Murder in Ocean Hall – 99 Cents on Kindle

I’ve cut the price on my novel Murder in Ocean Hall to just 99 cents on Kindle! This murder-mystery is set in DC, but in the real city beyond the monuments. It makes a perfect gift for anyone who wants to learn more about how Washington works – or doesn’t. Murder in Ocean Hall has…




Don't Mess Up My Block – First Amazon Review

My novel Don’t Mess Up My Block has its first Amazon review! And it’s a good one: As someone who spent many years dealing with consultants, federal contractors, and federal employees …. this book rings all too true. The people, places, and situations are much too familiar … for me, it was a non-fiction “day…




Murder in Ocean Hall – The Perfect Inauguration Gift!

Beyond the pomp and ceremony of the Presidential Inauguration, there’s a whole other city, a real city, where people work and live in a world far removed from the ideals and monuments of the Washington you see on TV. It’s a place where ordinary folks struggle to find good schools and survive in a rapidly-changing…




Don't Mess Up My Block – Free on Kindle!

Get my funny satire Don’t Mess Up My Block for free today and tomorrow on Kindle! This novel takes aim at self-help experts, social media gurus, business consultants and other American charlatans. I wrote the book as a parody of self-help titles like Who Moved My Cheese and The Secret. However, Don’t Mess Up My…




Alephs, Pumpkins and What It Was: My Year in Reading

So, what did I read in 2012 that was any good? I started the year with What It Was by George Pelecanos. It was the first book by this DC writer that I’ve ever read. And it was also the first book I ever read on an iPad, an experience I found to be surprisingly…




Don't Mess Up My Block – Free for CyberMonday

Get my biz book satire Don’t Mess Up My Block for free this CyberMonday! My funny novel follows Laurent Christ, self-annointed business guru, as he travels the country dispensing bad advice to clients large and small. The book skewers social media consultants, big government, corporate-speak and other evils of contemporary America.