RSS

Mystery Writer’s Toolbox Program

Toolbox 001

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at the Winnetka Community House, Winnetka, Illinois, Richard Davidson will present at Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop (OCWW):

“The Mystery Writer’s Toolbox”

Dick’s workshop will cover a wide variety of formatting and storytelling aids designed to simplify the construction of a mystery novel and enhance its impact on the reader, with specific clues about the way to approach the development of a new mystery, comparing his techniques with those of several other writers. If time permits there may be a brainstorming exercise for mystery development.

Richard Davidson is the author of the self-help guidebook: DECISION TIME! Better Decisions for a Better Life. He has written the five novels that comprise the Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series: Lead Us Not into Temptation, Give Us this Day our Daily Bread, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Thy Will Be Done, and Deliver Us from Evil. He has edited an anthology, Overcoming: An Anthology by the Writers of OCWW, and he has had pieces included in the last two annual anthologies published by the Military Writers Society of America. His latest novel, Implications, continues to chronicle the exploits of Arthur Blake and the investigative associates who aided him in the earlier mystery series. It is the first volume in a new series, The Imp Mysteries.

Dick will accept manuscripts for critique, but will comment on them in writing, to the author, because the body of material to be covered in his main program is large. Please follow the submission guidelines on the website: ocww.bizland.com. Dick will not have time available for in-session discussions of manuscripts during the workshop.

 
Comments Off on Mystery Writer’s Toolbox Program

Posted by on January 3, 2015 in Resources

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series

Here’s the full Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series:

Temptation Front Cover

Lead Us Not into Temptation (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume I), 

VBW Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 978-1-60264-407-6 (paperback) 

ISBN 978-1-4581-7381-2 (Smashwords Edition eBook) 

ASIN B0052MGI6Q (Kindle Edition eBook) 

Arthur Blake, former NASA engineer turned minister, receives an emergency appointment to be pastor of the United Methodist Church in Parkville, a distant suburb of Chicago, following the bizarre sudden death of the church’s unusual former pastor. Pastor Blake’s attempts to unravel the mystery that shrouds his predecessor become involved with tracking the child of a possibly bigamous soldier in World War II England, art and jewelry treasures plundered by the Nazis and their sympathizers, and the eventual results of childhood sibling conflicts in combined families. Arthur’s allies in his investigation include Parkville Police Chief Bobby Andrews, County Medical Examiner Irma Custis, and the married team of Penny and Joe Gonzalez who work for a clandestine government agency. During the course of Lead Us Not into Temptation, the reader discovers how seemingly minor historical events lead to major present-day dislocations in church, village, and family relationships.

Daily Bread 2nd edition Front Cover

Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume II – Second Edition)

RADMAR Publishing Group

ISBN 978-0-9829160-5-6 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-4580-6717-3 (Smashwords Edition eBook)

ASIN B0052MQI66 (Kindle Edition eBook)

Arthur Blake, Pastor of Parkville United Methodist Church, has to deal with the aftereffects of a traumatic communion incident. He works to assist the authorities in investigating the cause while doing his best to convince members of his congregation that it is safe to return to church. Working with the police and federal agencies, he discovers that the terror of the initial event is minor compared with the potential chaotic impact of future disasters being planned by the perpetrator. The investigation is interwoven with several relationship situations that affect the final outcome.

Trespasses Front Cover 001

Forgive Us Our Trespasses (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume III)

RADMAR Publishing Group

ISBN 978-0-9829160-1-8 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-4657-3739-7 (Smashwords Edition eBook)

ASIN B005SULQ6Y (Kindle Edition eBook)

Arthur Blake, Pastor of Parkville United Methodist Church, tries to assist his father to resolve his trauma after learning that his best friend, recently killed in a car accident, may have been an imposter with a heinous background. The investigation reveals that the presumed accident was but one link in a chain of murders. Blake works to determine the true identity of his father’s friend, while also discovering the man’s past activities and affiliations. Arthur works to solve the murders in conjunction with his colleagues at ABC Consultants. He also draws on assistance from associates at a covert government agency with which he has worked before. The coordinated effort to solve the puzzle examines incidents that span the period between World War II and the present in order to defuse the personal, national, and international dangers resulting from them.

Thy_Will_Be_Done_Cover_for_Kindle

Thy Will Be Done (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume IV)

RADMAR Publishing

ISBN 978-0-9829160-2-5 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-3013-4293-8 (Smashwords Edition eBook)

ASIN B009JU6EZM (Kindle Edition eBook)

The sudden death of a young woman attending Parkville United Methodist Church infuriates her brother and leads to congregational outrage over his outburst and subsequent murder. The investigation of that slaying by Pastor Arthur Blake and his associates leads to revelations of a previously undetected criminal organization operating in the area. Unraveling the mystery and scope of this group entangles Arthur and his associated investigators in a web of conspiracies extending from Illinois to both U.S. coasts and through Mexico to Guatemala.

Deliver Us from Evil Front cover

Deliver Us from Evil (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume V)

RADMAR Publishing

ISBN 978-0-9829160-3-2 (paperback)

ASIN: B00EBDUXFY (Kindle Edition eBook)

Arthur and Irma’s wedding day has finally arrived, but an unexpected interruption leads to their need to investigate a possible murder committed by someone close to them. With the aid of friends and federal agents Penny and Joe Gonzalez, they follow a series of clues, crisscrossing the United States to learn more about the murder, related subsequent events, and the significance of a rare object brought home by a veteran of the Iraq War. A second murder close to Pastor Arthur Blake’s church involves them in a new investigation, assisting Parkville Police Chief Bobby Andrews. Are these murders and the tracking of that strange object connected? Will marriage deteriorate or improve the relationship between Arthur and Irma? Character flaws in many relationships color the outcome.

By the time you finish reading The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, you’ll know the predicted location of a real ancient treasure. Hopefully you will have also had many hours of reading enjoyment.

 
Comments Off on The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series

Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Historical Fiction, Mystery

 

Tags: , , , ,

OUR VOICES Anthology from MWSA

Image

OUR VOICES is the title of the new anthology by Military Writers Society of America authors. My account of the actions of the Sixth Naval Beach Battalion on D-Day is a featured article, “Omaha Beach”. This was the first organized unit to land, and their mission was to care for all the other troops that would follow them. All who landed on June 6, 1944, and subsequent days were and are heroes who turned the tide against the Nazi forces. Honor those who remain, and keep all veterans and their families in your prayers.

 
Comments Off on OUR VOICES Anthology from MWSA

Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Resources

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

The Bookshelf Expands

Lake Geneva and books 003With the completion of the five-volume Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series plus the editing and publishing of Overcoming: An Anthology by the Writers of OCWW, the bookshelf for Richard Davidson has expanded to seven volumes:

DECISION TIME! Better Decisions for a Better Life

The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series:

Lead Us Not into Temptation (Volume I)

Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread (Volume II)

Forgive Us Our Trespasses (Volume III)

Thy Will Be Done (Volume IV)

Deliver Us from Evil (Volume V)

and Overcoming: An Anthology by the Writers of OCWW (Richard Davidson, Editor)

Visit the Davidson Books blog for more details.

The current mystery is whether the next book will be a mystery novel or something totally different. Watch this space for news in the near future. Visit http://readworthybooks.blogspot.com for reviews of the foregoing books.

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

When Don’t You Have to Make a Decision?

When Don’t You Have to Make a Decision?.

Check out the continuing importance of the first book Richard Davidson wrote.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Resources

 

The Old Is New

The Old Is New. is the initial post on the new RADMAR, Inc. blog. After a few initial efforts through VBW Publishing, RADMAR has become the publisher for books by Richard Davidson. They will soon add books by other authors as well. Learn more about the past activities of RADMAR, Inc. which has long been involved in education, training, and international development.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Commentary

 

Go to my Decision Time! Blog for the Secret of a Great Life & Other Life Tips.

Image

For many years I’ve been wanting to write something that announced the secret of life (as soon as I figured out what it was). Today I actually did it, If you click on the Bible picture above, you will be magically transported to my Decision Time! blog, where you will find an article on The Secret of Living a Great Life. The secret is there. All you have to do is to apply it to your daily lifestyle.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Commentary, Religion, Self-Help