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Wine and Dine Literary Society

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This past Wednesday evening Becky and I had the pleasure of attending a book-club meeting in Livermore, California where I addressed the Wine and Dine Literary Society. They had chosen How Much Do You Love Me?, my historical novel on the Japanese internment of World War II, as this month’s read. In the picture you see Rex and Linda Beach who hosted the event. Consistent with the group’s title, Becky and I were initially wined and dined in the form of a fabulous dinner (including Teriyaki Salmon as the entree and lemon meringue pie/strawberry shortcake for dessert). Then followed the book discussion.

The discussion was fun for me because all of the members had already read the book. As a result, we were able to discuss all aspects of How Much?, from the “secret” to the various moral implications inherent in the plot.

Beach Book Club_Four_28Feb15A very special guest (see photo to right) at the meeting was Dave Okasaki, a Japanese American who had been born at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas. Although he was too young to remember the internment, the event was pivotal in his life because of the effect the experience had on his family. He explained to us how important President Reagan’s 1988 signature of the Civil Liberties Act was to him. In that declaration, the U.S. apologized for the World War II internment. Mr. Okasaki said that the monetary grant he received was not nearly as important as the government’s official acknowledgment that sending them to the camps had been an injustice.

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Stories you can listen to, #9: Lemonade or Iced Tea

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In my continuing series of short stories, Lemonade or Iced Tea, although relatively short at 900 words, is told from three points of view: mother (Emily), daughter (Janet), and fiancé (Timothy). Will Timothy end up marrying Janet? You decide.

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White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy receives acclaim from Kirkus Reviews

 

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White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy is the third in my trilogy of thrillers. Here is a copy of the Kirkus review:

KIRKUS REVIEW

In Tag’s (Category 5, 2005, etc.) thriller, a scientist learns that Nazis are planning a return to power with an attack of worldwide proportions—and that her family in Colombia may be behind it all.

Linda Kipling’s father, on his deathbed, relays shocking news: Linda’s family fled Germany at the end of World War II. Her father was unaware of the true atrocities of the Nazi regime, but her uncle Friedrich certainly wasn’t, based on letters he’d written to Kipling’s mother. Friedrich has apparently been plotting a Nazi “comeback” for some years. Kipling makes cousins Dieter and Axel Müller nervous when she flies to Cartagena, Colombia, to see what they might know about Friedrich’s purported plan; clearly, she’s onto something big. She and Victor Silverstein, her boss at the Naval Research Laboratory in California, connect the Nazi scheme to missing NRL researchers in Greenland and a couple of NRL scientists murdered in the U.S. Friedrich’s letters hint at the plan’s catastrophic goal, and global warming may not be as natural an occurrence as people believe. It may seem that the author is setting up a preachy environmental message on climate change, but he instead dishes out a solid thriller rife with action and suspense. Parts are reminiscent of a murder mystery, as Capt. Jane Stigler of the Federal Center for Data Examination, whose former well-respected boss was one of the people killed, investigates the murders with technical director Andrew Peters. Other scenes smolder with tension, like Kipling’s trying to escape the Müllers’ compound after realizing that her cousins are no longer interested in letting her live. Anticipation is at full steam for most of the story: Dieter and Axel, who are, at least for readers, indisputably the villains, have a Plan B should their Greenland operation be discovered, and it’s even more ominous than what’s already taking place. A few of Kipling’s actions are questionable: She’s smart enough to avoid going to the NRL or home when she’s being trailed by an assassin, but she rather foolishly keeps her cellphone on—a beginner’s mistake in this day and age. Still, Kipling’s a worthy protagonist, and she and Silverstein, featured in Tag’s prior novels, may earn new fans.

Global warming is a mere plot device for this substantial thriller.

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Kirkus Reviews (or Kirkus Media) is a respected American book review magazine, founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus (1893–1980). Click here to go directly to the Kirkus review of White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy.

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Stories you can listen to, #8: Jimmy Boy

In my continuing series of short stories, “Jimmy Boy” is told from the point of view of Delores Weaver, an elderly woman riding out Hurricane Iniki in Kauai, Hawaii, in September of 1992. It isn’t long before Delores and her husband, who has Alzheimer’s, have to move from their apartment to a storm shelter. It’s… View Article


The Japanese Internment of World War II, Part 8: Internment in Hawaii

This blog is Part 8 of a series discussing the internment of Japanese in the United States during World War II. This sequence is meant as an accompaniment to my historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? To cover an aside, Part 8 takes a slight detour to the flow established in the previous… View Article


Stories can be really short! Stories you can listen to, #7: The Long Walk Home

I wrote this story specifically, and was lucky for it to be accepted, for publication in Storybytes, an online magazine.  Stories published in this magazine have word counts of a power of 2. My story is 128 words long, which is 2 to the power of 7. Click here to listen to or read the story…. View Article


New review just posted for Category 5

As most of you know, until I switched genres to historical fiction with How Much Do You Love Me? I wrote thrillers, a trilogy: Category 5, Prophecy, and White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy.  The first in this series, Category 5, which focused on weather modification and hurricanes, has a brand new review. I am posting it here because this reviewer,… View Article


The Japanese Internment of World War II, Part 7: Assembly Centers

Image courtesy of www.pinedalememorial.org This blog is Part 7 of a series discussing the internment of Japanese in the United States during World War II. This sequence is meant as an accompaniment to my historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? Part 6, “One Family’s Journey to their Internment Camp,” discussed one family’s journey… View Article


Stories you can listen to, #6: Jailbait

In my continuing series of short stories, Jailbait is told from the point of view of a young woman who finds herself in serious trouble after accepting a ride while hitchhiking.     As youngsters and teenagers, we’ve all made stupid decisions that have landed us in trouble. Some of us have even made them… View Article


Readers! Listen up! It’s not OVER until it’s OVER!

My historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? came out on August 12th, and I’ve been reading reviews since. Several of them gave me the disquieting feeling that the reader hadn’t finished the book. Finished? “Why wouldn’t anyone finish the book? Is your book that bad?” you ask. How Much? is a mystery and… View Article