Just in time for Christmas

Retired detective Jim Nash gets caught up in the Christmas spirit when his girlfriend talks him into doing a stint as a mall Santa on the day before Christmas. All goes well, even without any eggnog, until Santa’s old instincts kick in during a bank robbery. Jim and his faithful companion Zelda follow the robbers to the mall’s roof, where he learns the story of why the trio of thieves picked this particular bank. Christmas spirit is eventually restored and both Jim and Santa, followed by Zelda, return home to a crackling fire and news that will forever change every Christmas in his future.

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Just in time for Halloween

Try Trick or Treat by P X Duke.

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Here’s one of Jim Nash’s favorite Halloween short reads. Don’t be put off by the scary-looking image. It’s suitable to read to the little ones over a couple of nights as Halloween approaches.

On All Hallows’ Eve, Lily hears an old ghost story about Captain Kidd and his merry band of buccaneers burying booty on Pirate Cay. With childish steadfastness, she is determined to go treasure hunting with the gang when she becomes convinced she has discovered a long-lost treasure while trick or treating with Zelda, her faithful dog, on Halloween.

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Rescue Me

Drug smuggling on the Baja and people smuggling on the Horn of Africa lead to a rescue mission in East Africa and a one-way ticket back to Mexico. This is a collection of three previously-published stories. It includes a brand-new release entitled Lie Cheat Steal.

94,000 words.

Dead Reckoning – During Harry’s well-deserved R&R on mainland Mexico, he picks up something he doesn’t own that forces him to flee across the Sea of Cortez to the Baja. While hiding out on an isolated beach, two mysterious gringas show up to complicate Harry’s life by attempting to implicate him in their own scheme, resulting in a mad dash up the Baja to escape the consequences of their actions.

Long Way Home – When Harry’s ex-wife, Sasha, and their daughter accompany her oil-company boyfriend on a working vacation to Africa, the trio goes missing. They get out a call for help that will lead Harry on an air and ground chase across the Horn of Africa to rescue his family before kidnappers can move them to their den on the Indian Ocean.

Payback – Harry’s comfortable family life is turned upside down when he learns that a former comrade long thought dead is alive and asking for help.

Lie Cheat Steal – The girls might be back in town, but that doesn’t mean that everything is going their way. In this sequel to Payback, Sasha’s drug-dealing past finally catches up to her, putting the lives of her husband and family and her closest friends in mortal danger.

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2017 – The Last President

Russell finally accepts that he has escaped the purging of humanity from the city.  He hunkers down in an abandoned house in a suburb far from the city’s center. In the mess left behind, managing for his day-to-day needs occupies every waking hour. When he accidentally encounters someone else doing the same, he sets out to discover who it is that is trapped in a situation not dissimilar to his own.

The world he’s known may be no more, but Russell has a plan, and so far, he’s very happy with it. He has a roof over his head. He’s got the goods. He’s got the girl. His plan appears to be working. Then a wrench and a stranger are thrown into the mix, and it’s anybody’s guess as to who will eventually win to save the day and the relationship in a new and unforgiving land.

Available at Amazon, AppleBarnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo and Smashwords. Also available at Amazon International Stores.

Last Stop to Nowhere

In Last Stop to Nowhere, Jim Nash is back, and this time he’s bent on revenge for his murdered wife. With a drowned hitch-hiker in tow who manages to convince him that he should drop everything and help her find her missing brother, Jim is drawn into the woman’s world of crooked friends, South American sicarios, and her innocent parents. Before he can say no, he finds her in his bed, in his life, and in no mood for him to say no as she draws him deeper into her world on the quest for her missing brother.

Available at the usual suspects: Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and Google Play Books. Also available at  Amazon International Stores.

Startup Blues – Jim Nash #14

Startup Blues, the 14th short in the Jim Nash series, is up at Amazon, AppleBarnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo and Smashwords. Also available at Amazon International Stores.

Being elected to the position of chief of police isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be when Jim has competent help to assist him. Bored with desk duty, Jim takes a short leave to use his P.I. license to help two sisters in their time of need. Persons unknown are harassing and threatening their high-tech startup business. To find out who, his quest leads him to gator country in the Florida Everglades, where he must separate business from the more than pleasurable sisters he is intent on protecting.

Dog Days, Jim Nash #13, is also available at Amazon, AppleBarnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo and Smashwords. Also available at Amazon International Stores.

Jim Nash is as content as he’s ever been—that is, until he manages to get himself arrested thanks to the new girl that has come into his life. While being held on trumped-up charges of murder, all the women in his life come together to post bond. With the local PD’s enthusiasm to pin the crime on him, he is forced into honoring payback in a form he will find very familiar.

No Harbor, Jim Nash #12, went live on the weekend

No Harbor, Jim Nash Adventure #12

No Harbor, Jim Nash #12

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Jim Nash is well on his way to a complete recovery from events in his past life. He’s in his second marriage and very happy. His job at the resort complex is secure. Then a blast from his past re-emerges and threatens to throw a wrench into his plans for the future. Will his bond with the new woman in his life be endangered? Tempted by old and familiar love into leaving the only safe harbor he has known, Jim is forced into making choices that could forever affect the new life he has chosen for himself.

Is anyone wondering where I’ve been?

Dead EndI’ve been busy writing-roughly 250,000 words a year. Some of my output is visible in the sidebar. It’s all accessible from the sidebar at the usual haunts: Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Google Play, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also available at Amazon International Stores.

I’ve also been putting together three Collections. More will be coming. Read about them here.

The covers on the Jim Nash Adventures series have been updated. I’m up to #11, Dead End.