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From Fighter Pilot to Book Publisher…RIP Lieutenant Colonel Neil Levin (USMC Ret.)


My former publisher passed away on January 1, 2015, in Oceanside, CA. The day after his passing, I reflect on what this man did for my writing career. Before 2008, I was a longtime freelance writer with multiple credits in national publications. But my one dream…the dream that seemed to elude me for nearly two decades…was to get my first novel into the hands of a traditional publisher, i.e., a publisher who believed in my work enough to invest time and money into my work.

Shelf Unbound Magazine honors the Michael Neill Adventures

This week I learned that two books in the Michael Neill series, 'Red Sky at Morning', and 'Tempest of Fire', have been named Notable Books in the 'Page Turner' category by Shelf Unbound Magazine.

Shelf Unbound lists the best of small press and independent books in a digital format. Here's the link to the current edition of their online publication:


My Dogfight with Jargon

Military pilots joke that we would fall apart without acronyms and jargon - well, I joke about that.

Aviation has a language of its own. Can you decipher this:

"Ghost 11, Jacksonville Center, descend at pilots discretion, you are cleared BIGGI at or below flight level two-four-zero."

'Trinity Icon' is a contender

'Trinity Icon' is a finalist for's Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction. Today the site posted all five contenders for their 'Mystery, Suspense & Thrillers' category. The third book is up against works by such authors as Lisa Carter, Steven James, Ronie Kendig, and Michael Koryta! The winners will be announced December 13th (I can't look!). Wanna see the finalists for the other categories? Everything from Amish Romance to historical fiction.