Wyatt and other Books

If you’ve read Behind the Closet Door and Blood Brothers, you’ll enjoy Wyatt. As the third installment of the series, Wyatt delves into the lives of Rex Roland and Henry Peterson. Wyatt is grown now and is searching for answers. Here’s an excerpt.

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Wyatt sat by the edge of the creek on a large boulder
watching the trout. They were just out of reach, their
spotty sides shimmering in the afternoon sunlight. He was
distracted and a bit disappointed that his work had
followed him out here, and on such a beautiful day.
Wyatt was thinking about his name at the moment. He
realized that he didn’t hate it the way he used to. A leaf
fell into the water and circled around like a little boat
caught in a storm. He cast his line and the fish scattered.
He chuckled and went back to his thoughts.
His name had been difficult for him to accept because
of where it came from. When he was a boy, he’d gone on
a search for the truth about his past. It seemed strange to
dislike something that was such an integral part of who he
was. “What’s in a name?” he said and looked thoughtfully
at the water. If not for his past, he probably wouldn’t have
given it a second thought. It defined him, even though
most new age gospel would have said you shouldn’t let it.
Wyatt figured anyone who ate tofu couldn’t be trusted
anyway.
He was working on a new case and it wasn’t going
well. He’d had three recent successes and at twenty-three,
he had been gearing up for a promotion. Instead, he got a
transfer.

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If you haven’t read the first two, here’s an excerpt.

Henry stood gazing at the closed door, his shoulders
hunched as though an invisible weight pushed them
forward. His day had been quiet before this. He had been
in a stupor because of the rain. It had been pouring
buckets for days on end. He wondered if he should start
building an ark. This thought made him chuckle, the
corners of his mouth turning slightly upward, making him
appear quite handsome for a moment.
Henry was not usually noticed, a smile on his face a
rarity. He was twenty-four and had lived a nearly invisible
life in Lakeland for the past six years. His apartment was
nice enough, a little run down perhaps. His parents had
been middle class but they were gone now. He had no
other relatives so there was no one left to criticize his
living arrangements.
The door led into a closet. It was a standard walk in,
not big by any means, but large enough to store boxes.
There were hangers for his clothes and a bit of extra room
to spare. Henry’s was a closet filled with the typical items

for day-to-day living, as well as boxes of books and other
bric-a-brac left over from a time in his life that was best
left forgotten.
It was a closet in which his girlfriend stood, on the
wrong side of the door, clawing and scratching wildly.
This made him smile, broadly this time. He was not used
to this kind of attention. No, his girlfriend had barely
noticed him these last few weeks, but now she was
shouting his name to the rafters. Some of the words were
unpleasant, but he was starting to think that the tradeoff
might be worth it.

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Here’s a blurb for the second book in the series, Blood Brothers.

Henry Peterson is trying to change his ways. After his escape from the nightmare he created in Virginia, He is turning over a new leaf. After committing one last crime as a favor to Rex Roland, he heads to Florida.

He meets a pretty girl named Shelby and they hit it off. He’s happy for the first time in ages and relieved that his tortured past is staying in the basement where it belongs. The sunny weather, Shelby’s friendship and her dog Misty, all seem to help Henry become a better person and keep his inner demons at bay. The voices have stopped as well as most of the nightmares.

Wyatt Courtland is an eleven-year-old boy on the run. He’s on a quest to find the brother that doesn’t even know he exists. Wyatt has always carried the burden of rumors and speculation that his Dad is somehow tied up with Tom Willin who later changed his name to Henry Peterson. Finally, his Dad admits that Henry and Wyatt are brothers. Wyatt is an extraordinary boy whose lucid dreams sometimes predict the future. He uses these dreams to help him find the person he thinks will lead him to Henry, ex-cop Rex Roland.

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Featured writer this month

I’ve been featured again this month in Aneis De Vida magazine. But, before you read my latest essay, check out the essay I did for the December issue called “Fed a Strange Baby an Orange. It’s a funny slice of life story. Y’all will enjoy it. Here’s the link.