Facing the haunting Sour Notes of an out of balance life

Days after high school graduation, Freddie McDougal was a pall bearer in his twin brother's funeral. As the town gathered to mourn the loss of popular, athletic Dean McDougal, Freddie slipped away to pursue his music. He vowed never to return.

Seventeen years later, he comes home for his father's last days. Navigating old friends, enemies, and family, he uncovers a horrible truth—what happened the night of Dean's automobile accident wasn't what he believed. Digging for the truth will disrupt the very core of Freddie's life.

Sour Notes is a novel of imperfect people in flawed families who must find a way to heal their wounds.

Try Before You Buy

Browsing in a bookstore, a book catches your attention. Maybe it was the title. Perhaps the cover drew you in. Curious, you open to the first chapter and read the opening lines:

I wrapped my hand around the brass handle of my brother’s casket and tightened my grip. Sweat trickled down the back of my neck, soaking the collar of my new dress shirt.

It wasn’t really new, of course. The shirt was a hand-me-down from Dean. Mom insisted I wear it for the funeral. I didn’t want to, but it wasn’t the day to argue.

Being subjected to secondhand clothes as a little kid was bad enough, but how many eighteen-year-olds wore cast-off clothing from their brother? Their dead brother? Their twin brother?

Intrigued, you take the book to a comfortable chair, settle in and read a few chapters. If it’s compelling, you’ll take it to the register. If not, you’ll put it back on the shelf and move to the next one. After all, life's too short to read books you don't enjoy.

Why shouldn’t the buying experience work the same in the digital age?

I understand. You don't know me. You haven't read one of my books. You're deciding whether Sour Notes will be worth your time and money. To tempt you, I'm offering a FREE sample of the first four chapters. You can download it to your Kindle, Nook, or any other e-reader. You may also read it directly on your computer.

If you enjoy it, I hope that you will purchase the book to find out the rest of the story.

If not? I thank you anyway for taking the time and effort to give the story a try.

No matter what you decide, I wish you Happy Reading!

P.S. Providing your email address for this free sample does NOT subscribe you to my monthly newsletter or anything else (though you're always welcome to join). I will let you know when I release a new book, but that's it. You can even unsubscribe from that whenever you want, including right after you download the sample. Why do I make it so easy? Because I hate spam as much as you do.

Reader Reviews

It’s a rare occasion now that I find a book that makes me forget to walk the dog, but this one did!

  Delivering notes of tenderness, bewilderment, love, and loss, Sour Notes is a chronicle of raw emotion and self-discovery that is anything but sour.

  I couldn’t stop reading Sour Notes.

  This beautifully clever work of fiction reads something like a memoir, featuring in-depth flashbacks that smoothly marry moments present and past. 

  Sour Notes is a fascinating read by a master storyteller.

  I couldn't put this book down!! Highly recommended!

  Sour Notes is as much about accepting the past as making the most of the future.

Wow!! What a fantastic story - I could not put it down!

  If you're looking for your next emotional rollercoaster novel... this is it!