Happy (Belated) Birthday to “The Reluctant Captain”

Happy (Belated) Birthday to “The Reluctant Captain”

Between work and concert band rehearsal last night, I totally missed that yesterday, March 8, marked the one year anniversary of the publication of The Reluctant Captain, my first novel.

Since I’m a writer, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mark the occasion with a few words (OK, a whole bunch of words).

The first two words that come to mind are: “Thank You!”  There are so many people to thank for making this happen and I know I pretty much did it in the Dedication of the book, but I’m going to do it again:

  • My family – to my wife and son who put up with me being locked away in my office when we could all be doing something together, for listening to me, and especially to my wife, who has read this book…many times. Also to my mother (for instilling in me a love of all things British and Scottish), my father (for instilling in me a love of science and electronics) and my sister (for showing me what courage and perserverance really mean).
  • My friends Donna, Keven, and Melanie – who ready the second draft and…actually enjoyed it.  Thanks for your encouragement and advice.
  • Megan McDowell, my editor – for helping correct all the things I missed after going through it so many times, I though my eyes would bleed.
  • Emilee Smith, my cover illustrator – for sharing her talent and making the HMA Daedalus come to life. I loved the cover so much that we had it framed and it hangs in our living room:


  • The Sherburne Public Library – for hosting my first book signing.
  • The Colgate Book Store for taking a chance to sell signed copies of my books.



From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who has read my book. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you took a chance on the book and many people have said very nice things about the book. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your support and kind words. I especially wish to thank everyone who also took the time to write a review on either Amazon or GoodReads – it means a great deal to me to hear feedback and know how people feel about it.


So What’s up in 2016?

If you haven’t been reading this scintillating blog, I wrote and submitted an entry to Simon & Schuster’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds fan fiction contest. My unabashed love of Star Trek  should come as a surprise to no one who knows me or has read this blog. I jumped at the chance to write a Scotty story. I should find out in the next few weeks if it was selected (keep your fingers crossed for me!) and stay tuned to this channel for future updates.

I’m also well into the sequel to The Reluctant Captain, tentatively titled The Reluctant Something (I’m still working on the title, obviously). It takes place roughly two years after the events of the first novel. It features new adventures from the main characters of The Reluctant Captain and some new characters as well.

If you’ve stumbled here because Google was having an off day or you haven’t yet read The Reluctant Captain, please consider reading it. It’s gotten 4 1/2 Stars on Amazon and 4 stars on GoodReads, so don’t just take my word for it. There’s links on the right that will happily take you to my online store, Amazon, Nook, or iTunes so you can purchase it (convenient, huh?). And if you live in the area, you can also purchase it at the Colgate Book Store in Hamilton, NY.

Thanks again!

Happy Journeys,




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