April 2022 Newsletter



I hope this finds you well. If you are reading a good book and would like to share it, let me know and I’ll post it on Facebook and mention it in my next newsletter. I’m reading “Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Letters.” (I’ve started outlining “Stealing Van Gogh.”)

Last month’s “Stealing Renoir” program at Daviess County Public Library was a lot of fun and broadcast live on their Facebook page. This is the link to the short video on their website.

I mentioned that “Portrait of Jeannne Samary,” by Renoir is now at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. This is the picture featured on the Daviess County Public Library link mentioned above.

I will be back at the Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St, Owensboro, KY 42301, today, Thursday, April 28. My presentation on “Let the Earth Breathe” is free. It will also be broadcast live on the library’s Facebook page from 6 pm to 7 pm, Central time. This is the link.

Have you heard the term, “sweat bees?” They’re also called, “hover bees,” or “flower bees.” These are the small bees that are native to the region. There’s a picture of a flower bee on a Monkey Flower (mimulus ringens) on page 31 of “Let The Earth Breathe.” It’s a fly! A Syrphid fly, another example of bio-mimicry and Mother Nature’s remarkable diversity. (It’s tough to send pictures via email, so there’s a picture on my website.



I was at Bullitt County Library for Earth Day and presented a program about “Let The Earth Breath.” I will be at the Midway Library May 3rd and May 10th talking about the book and autographing copies if you’d like to stop by. They have a garden space at both branches, so part of the presentation will be a walking tour. Here’s the link to my website with the list of upcoming presentations and all the details. This is the link.

I’m on the last scene in Chapter 24 of “Stealing Picasso.” Maybe two more chapters to go; I’m on target for a fall release. Part of the joy in writing is the research, and there are always inspiring surprises. For example: It’s estimated that approximately 1,100 of Picasso’s works have been stolen! “Femme en Blanc” is one of those rare, recovered paintings. After a lengthy court battle, the painting was returned to the grandson of the original owner. Still to be recovered: an estimated 100,000 pieces missing from the 600,000 pieces of art stolen from Jewish citizens. It’s estimated that the Nazis looted 20 percent of all the available art in Europe. Here is the picture.



Here is the link to my recent videos. They are short, 5-6 minutes.

Reviews on Amazon are a big deal and really help me out. If you haven’t already, please take a minute or two and review one—or all of my books. The links to each book are below. You will have to scroll down the page to reach the review section.

Stealing Renoir

Mystery Island

Let The Earth Breathe

A Promise Moon

Shadows of Chaco Canyon


Thank you!  Happy reading.