The Last Straw is more than a page turner, it’s suspense mixed with mystery that finds us readers playing detective and wondering what’s going to happen…” Goodreads reviewer


The Last Straw-Bullet Book #11.

Co-written with Manning Wolfe

(Starpath Books 2019)


Biology teacher Barbara Gibson believes in using science to make the world a better place. The fact that she achieves this through poisoning people doesn’t bother her in the least. Thrown into the recipe is a copycat poisoner, threatening anonymous letters, and an underestimated former student who is the detective assigned to the serial murders. The end result is a deadly mixture of hate, fear, and revenge. Will Barbara and the copycat get away with murder? 
Or… will Detective Monica Ruiz stop the killing and save the children?

“The quick high paced book was perfect for the short time I had to read. There was never a dull moment. I LOVE the title…totally fits!” Amazon reviewer.

More about the Bullet Books Here




With Austin Mystery Writers

Lone Star Lawless- One More Time

(Wildside Press 2017)

 Award-winning Austin Mystery Writers have penned tales of crime in the Lone Star State, ranging from frightful to funny.” Amazon reviewer

There are but a few stories that qualify as truly Western. Among them are ‘One More Time’ (V.P. Chandler)An entertaining read, featuring several award-winning authors.” Kicking Fuhrman for Western Writer’s of America magazine

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Everything is bigger in Texas, including the crimes!

One More Time, features an old Texas Ranger who is asked to rescue a kidnapped girl. The pursuit stirs up memories of a similar event in his youth and he’s forced to face the decisions that have haunted him through the decades.

I’m thrilled to have been a part of another AMW anthology. We were able to assemble an amazing collection of award-winning authors. This anthology was the vision of Gale Albright, whom we all miss dearly. Her vision, drive, and enthusiasm compelled those of us at AMW to reach beyond what we thought we could do. I’m happy to say that two of her stories appear in it.

Lone Star Lawless includes stories by the Austin Mystery Writers: Gale Albright, V.P. Chandler, Kaye George, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller. The friends who contributed are: Alexandra Burt, Janice Hamrick, Scott Montgomery, Mark Pryor, Terry Shames, Larry D. Sweazy, George Wier, and Manning Wolfe.


Murder on Wheels- Rota Fortunae

(Wildside Press 2015)

Winner of the 2016 Silver Falchion award for best short fiction anthology 

Being a Texan, I feel it’s only right for me to recommend Murder on Wheels, presented by the Austin Mystery Writers.” Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series and much more.

Fourteen year old stowaway Tim Brooks thought he would hide on the merchant ship until it arrived in port in Charleston. He picked the vessel Rota Fortunae to hide aboard and that was a serious mistake in this tale of the same name by V. P. Chandler. There is a secret in her hold and one that can’t be explained easily. Out of all the tales in the book this one of adventure, and the mystical was my personal favorite.” Flash Bang Mysteries

My three favorites were by V.P. Chandler, Scott Montgomery, and Reavis Wortham, all of them terrific, and different from each other as night and day. Reading enjoyment doesn’t get better than that in a single book! Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.” Billy Kring, author of the Hunter Kincaid series

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Released April 2015 My story in this collection is Rota Fortunae. A boy from London, Tim, stows away on a merchant ship headed to Charleston. An exotic tattooed man is held prisoner in the hold. Everyone on the ship is terrified of the man and Tim wants to know why. He couldn’t possibly be more dangerous than the blood-thirsty captain or the first mate, could he?

The eleven stories in Murder on Wheels put the pedal to the floor and never let up! Whether by bus, car, tractor, or bike, you’ll be carried along at a breakneck pace by the talented Austin Mystery Writers. These eight authors transport you from an eighteenth-century sailing ship to the open roads of modern Texas, from Alice’s Wonderland to a schoolbus yard in the suburbs of Dallas. Grab your book, hold on to your hat, and come along for the ride! (A portion of the proceeds will go to Meals On Wheels ) Add it to your Goodreads shelf! 


Other Projects

Author In Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide To What It Really Takes To Get Published

(Writer’s Digest Books 2016)

“Nourishment for the writer’s soul and motivation for the writer’s heart.” James Scott Bell, best-selling author and writing instructor


I’m proud to have had a small part in this book about writing. It was a collaboration between Writer Digest and writers in the Writer Unboxed community. Here is a portion from the introduction written by the indomitable Therese Walsh.

“The team at Writer Unboxed has provided a guiding light on that well-traveled road for more than a decade now, publishing more than 3,500 essays and interviews about the craft of writing and the writing life. It’s our pleasure to shine that same light for you here, and it’s our hope that you’ll join us on our website and our Facebook group whenever you need to be reminded that you do not walk the road alone. So often Writer Unboxed community members say they read exactly what they needed to read, exactly when they needed to read it, on our site. We hope you get that sense time and again as you read these pages.”

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indiebound. It has a soft-release date of November 1st, though many will receive pre-ordered books in mid-October. Consider, too, adding it to your ‘want to read’ shelf on Goodreads.


Review of Murder On Wheels in Mystery Scene Magazine







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