Friends and Readers,
I'm very happy to report that my new book,
Full Measure, will be published Oct. 7
by St. Martin's Press. I worked for three years on this --
my first literary novel -- using everything I've learned as
a writer to bring you, I hope, an unforgettable read.
is set in my adopted hometown of Fallbrook, California.
It's a story of two brothers. Patrick Norris is the younger,
and has just returned home from bloody combat in the Sangin
District of Afghanistan. He fought with the Dark Horse
Battalion of the United States Marines -- the legendary 3/5.
He carries inside him both demons from that war, which he
tries to hold in check, and dreams for a future. With a few
dollars of combat pay that he was able to send home and
save, Patrick buys a used fishing boat, on which he plans to
guide fishing clients on San Diego Bay. And there's a woman
here in Fallbrook whose memory he carried into battle
halfway around the world...
His older brother, Ted, is a down-on-his luck loner, a guy
who just can't seem to catch a break. He adores Patrick,
calls him a hero, which Patrick wants no part of. Ted has
dropped out of college to drive a taxi around Fallbrook.
He's always looking for a woman but he just can't connect in
any good way. Instead, he falls in with a group of racist
propagandists and agitators known as the Rogue Wolves, led
by former Fallbrook scourge Cade Magnus. Magnus has returned
to Fallbrook to carry on his grim work.
Patrick and Ted's mother and father are third-generation
owners of Norris Avocado Growers -- a beautiful 80-acre
ranch in Fallbrook. When a devastating wildfire destroys
most of their trees, Patrick and Ted have to set aside their
dreams -- and their differences -- and help save the family
But enough already. I just wanted to whet your appetite for
I'll be kicking off my author tour at the Fallbrook Library
on September 23. Come on down if you can.
I'll be telling you more in the coming weeks, so keep an eye
Twitter pages. St. Martin's Press is
sponsoring a giveaway on Goodreads, too, so don't miss that.
Best and Soon,