CENTER STAGE

A Political Thriller

“An entertaining political thriller—smart and engrossing. No shortage of political intrigue depicted with astuteness and emotional drama.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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Writer’s Tips: Keys to Writing Dialogue

The keys to writing dialogue? Appreciate the fundamental purposes are to; develop characters and propel your plot. There are sub-purposes, but those are the two basics.

I am the author of Center Stage—A Political Thriller, a novel about a rock star’s exit from the Las Vegas stage to the United States … read more


Georgia on My Mind

The political world has Georgia on its mind.  Which side has the edge?

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer nailed it, “Now we take Georgia, and we change America!”

The January 5 Senate elections, an unprecedented two Special Election to decide the Senate’s majority, will determine the Senate’s composition. If the Democratic … read more


Blame for No Stimulus?

Blame for failure to enact a Economic Stimulus?

It’s not merely Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump, or President-elect Joe Biden—blame all of them.

Pelosi was intent to deny Trump any victory before the election. The Speaker believed she held two aces, a Biden presidency, and the Democratic-controlled … read more


TRAVEL THE WORLD—VIA YOUR FAVORITE NOVEL

I have visited Italy twice in the last few years, Rome and Milan on our last trip. From Milan we took advantage of the great Italian high-speed trains for day trips to Venice, Florence, and Lake Como—I adore the history, food, scenery, and spirited, yet relaxed vibe of the Italian … read more


ARETHA—A FEMINIST AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER

We all loved Aretha Franklin.  Her voice was beyond that of a mere mortal.

Aretha, and all you need is one name to know who we are talking about, had a soaring, earthy voice that combined the purest elements of jazz, opera, gospel, blues, and soul. The Queen … read more


BILL CLINTON IS YESTERDAY—IS OCASIO-CORTEZ DEM’S FUTURE?

Being anti-Trump is the greatest motivator for Democrats.  However, winning in 2020 will require policies to persuade moderates and independents.  Where are the Dems after the self-described, Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is poised to capture a Congressional seat and re-write Democratic policies?

To show how far Dems have travelled since the … read more


Summer Travel – The Magic of Venice

I would not describe myself as a world traveler.  As a young man my travels were restricted to cross-country trips, Hawaii, New York and Washington D.C., with one trip to the idyllic island of Moorea in Tahiti. I am making up for lost time.  In the last years I have … read more


BEST DEM STRATEGY ON SUPREME COURT—DELAY, DELAY, DELAY

There are legitimate arguments to oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; but there also has been histrionics, fear and loathing.  The cold, hard political calculus—barring a major, unforeseen disqualifying discovery—Kavanaugh is likely to be confirmed.  Shouting nightmarish scenarios will mobilize the base, but the best strategy is one of delay, … read more


CELBRITY BUZZ DOMINATES CULTURE—BUT POLITICS?

To treat my torn muscles, I go to Sports Rehab LA, a great physical therapy clinic in Los Angeles.  The clinic’s walls hold many athletic jerseys, signed balls and photos.  My first thought—if athletes go here for physical rehab, it made sense for my aging body to … read more


DEM RESISTANCE:  WHO DOES IT MOTIVATE? DEMS OR GOP?

The public shaming of Trump administration officials, whether it be Sarah Sanders at a restaurant or Congresswoman Maxine Waters egging on those to “form a crowd and push back”—who does it motivate?  Will it increase turnout with the progressive base or backfire and help … read more


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$19.95
January 12, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-64543-794-9