Charles Blue grew up in a middle class neighborhood with no idea of his family background. His parents’ tragic and suspicious death by fire changed that. A grandmother, a San Francisco fortune teller and part owner of the Mystic Eye Occult Shop, took Charles into her home and started to teach him about his hidden “abilities”. For 25 years, Charles barely accepted his powers, until friends began dying by fire. He and his girlfriend Bell now had a reason for learning all they could about incantations and spells to combat a powerful, unknown adversary.
A Charles Blue Paranormal Mystery #1 Available in hard copy and ebook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and worldwide online and through bookstores.
The Last Family of Wizards
In 1990 Charles and Bell have enjoyed a month of calm enjoying the comfort of Charles’s Santa Cruz home while his San Francisco Victorian is being remodeled after the 1989 earthquake.
Their calm is short lived when they agree to investigate the sudden flash and disappearance of a young musician. This takes them to the gold rush town of Volcano, an area of mystery and danger.
A Charles Blue Paranormal Mystery #2 coming in 2023.
On Guard in the General’s Chorus
Korea, 1967 and 1968.
The Vietnam conflict was escalating. The cold war was raging. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King had been assassinated.
In Korea,the Navy ship USS Pueblo was captured,and over a dozen North Koreans tried to blow up the South Korean president.
And at Recreation Compound #1, barely two miles from the DMZ, forty touring Army musicians and singers attempted to keep sane through it all. Boo was a dollar a lid.
Revised 2nd Edition in hardcopy and ebook available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Onward Through the Fog
Eight short stories of drama, comedy, adventure, and reminiscence, and two mystery novelettes: “The Great Pearl Alley Caper”, and “The Girl Next Door”. The short stories include a wannabe beatnik/hippie/punk, a frustrated writer, a love sick coworker, a remembrance of childhood, and a peace-seeking individual in a not-too-peaceful situation. In the two novelettes, winebars and bistros are meeting places for heroes and villains,for the workingman and bum, for loves won and lost, and for rising bodycounts.
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A Young Upstart
In 1977 I entered a period of my life where self doubt and depression were nearly everyday occurrences. Not liking these attitudes, I began self analysis using the Gestalt therapy teachings of Fritz Perls. From 1977 to 1980 I hung out at the Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse at the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell, California. It was in this wonderfully social environment that I began sketching hundreds of contour drawings of patrons and writing poetry and stream of consciousness meanderings. This booki s a compilation of many of those works.
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The Mountain Dulcimer
This book is a guide for beginning dulcimer players in the joy of playing their instruments.
After a short historical section, I explain the modes and how to tune your dulcimer to play in the different major and minor keys.
Included are several classic folksongs. These are shown with musical notation showing the melody as well as tablature notation showing the dulcimer notes and/or rhythm.
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