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I like to write stories that define and defend contemporary families. You'll meet septuagenarians who find they're never too old to rekindle a relationship, true and tested love between an older woman and a younger man, a fatalistic relationship between a dying man and a woman with the gift of healing, a family kept alive for generations by making their deceased loved ones into gemstones, and whatever else I come up with. Click on the page titles to see more information, book trailers, recipes, read excerpts and discussion guide questions.

The following books, with noted exceptions, are available from me as well, at a cost lower than retail, though postage and tax may increase the cost. For mailed signed print copies, please connect with me (click) for prices.

These books and links found below
First Children of Farmington series of early readers
Brave New Century, with Paula Mowery, Kathy Rouser, Teena Stewart
The Buried Treasure Series: The Last Bequest, The Map Quilt, The Newspaper Code
Taste and See, vol I - sixty first chapters by John 316 Authors
Taste and See, vol II - more first chapters by John 316 authors

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These online outlets: (NOTE: some of my editing clients list my name on their products--I am not the author)
Books a Million
Barnes and Noble
Apple iTunes
Christian Book Distributors
Audible (select titles)

Also available for order at your favorite book seller.

E-mail me for information about ordering directly from me. 

From Fox Ridge Publishing, December 15, 2017
Centrifugal Force

ISBN Print 978-0-9967683-6-8
Electronic ISBN: 978-0-9967683-7-5

Library of Congress Control Number:  2017918611
$2.99 Ebook
$16.99 Print
316 pp
Available from:

Former lovers attempt to rectify the past to save their children and preserve the fragile world in crisis. 

Rachel Michels made a poor choice which resulted in her biggest blessing, her daughter, Maeve. When the father of that blessing returns decades later, she knows he wants something she’d taken from him. Rachel has lived in near seclusion and mistrust, fearful of losing the one person who’s kept her life from coming unglued. 

Professor Gervas Friedemann returns to Wisconsin, seeking a missing ancient artifact, along with help for his oldest daughter who is suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder. With the European Union at stake, blackmail could negatively impact a crucial vote in the German Parliament unless Gervas recovers an irreplaceable relic he left in the United States on a lecture tour a lifetime ago. He knows who took the piece of history he once flaunted—the woman who had stolen his soul. He only hopes she still has the ring.

From Prism Book Group, November 11, 2016
When nobody loves you, you have nothing to lose.

Lily Masters is not getting involved with any fake job scheme covering a sex trafficking operation supposedly cooked up by her stepbrother, prison guard Art Townsend. Hoping to get help at a friend’s place deep in the woods of northern Wisconsin before a blizzard, Lily loses her way. At first, she doesn’t realize how fortunate she is to be found by Cam Taylor, a poetry-spouting former lit professor. Cam has his own reasons to hide while writing a biography of his Civil Rights activist grandparents and accidentally stirs up a cold case murder involving a potential Supreme Court judge. When trouble follows, either of them is the likely target.

Beneath every story is layer upon layer of trust and lies. Who can they believe when things go from surreal to devastating?

From Fox Ridge Publications, September 1, 2016
Requiem for the Innocents

Justice, mercy, and humbleness collide when four people pray for different answers to the same situation. How will God answer all of them?

What is wrong with trying to cure cancer? Brother Able, hospice chaplain, asks himself that question every day. His boss, Dr. Rich Bernard, performs closet genetic experiments at Paradise House. He blackmails Able into keeping his secret. When a grieving husband asks Able to pray for his dying wife, Able finally breaks his silence.
Libby Davis might be prepared to accept death, to sacrifice herself for Rich’s greater cause but fails to comprehend the love of a husband who cannot let her go and the son who’s a whisper from the edge of reason. Brother Able wades into battle for those innocents in her life. If he wins, it won’t be only Libby’s family he saves.

E-Book $4.99
Print $14.95
Purchase online at the following retailers
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From Prism Book Group, March 25, 2016
Love Is...
Romantic novella
Christian fiction

She needs a movie set miracle, he needs cash...can a farmer morph into a movie star in five days? 

If Shelly has her way, Danny will become America’s next heartthrob and she’ll get her own promotions company. He’s already gorgeous, a little naive, and needs to work on that accent. To Danny, Shelly is on the pompous side, but holds the key to his real dreams...if he can figure out all the rules, say the right things for the daily vlog session, keep his heart strings in place, dodge Shelly’s vicious former boyfriend and the movie star diva. 

Shelly is about to lose a lot more than her heart if she can’t get a handle on her wounded pride and learn who to trust.

Purchase: Kindle stand alone - $2.99
Bundled Print book with two other novellas in the series $13.99

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Now available as Audio Books on
$8.95 paperback - discounts for libraries and educators available
$2.99 e-book (the Potawatomi Boy only is .99)
average $3.95 for Audible versions

Green Leaf’s cousins are all older than he and don’t like to play fair. He longs for a friend his own age he can play with, explore and fish with. When he meets a Luxembourger boy, Henri, Green Leaf is sure they could become friends, but Henri’s words are strange to Green Leaf. How can they play and explore together?

Green Leaf’s mother says, “Friends learn to speak one another’s words.” But will Green Leaf learn to say his friend’s words well enough to save Henri when he falls into danger?

Paperback, 36 pp. Fully illustrated with a two-page hidden pictures spread.
Glossary, References included

ISBN-10: 0985621524
ISBN-13: 978-0985621520

Order at any bookseller or at online retailers.

ISBN: 978-0-9856215-4-4

Huldah Hartz loves to watch the butterflies and grasshoppers. The flowers around her new home are pretty, especially the ones that grow close to the dark woods, where Papa and mama say she must not play. When Bessie the cow wanders away, Huldah's mother sends the curious girl to find the cow and bring her home. But Bessie doesn't want to come, and Huldah doesn't know which way to go. As night falls, Huldah crouches by an oak tree. How will she ever find her way home? Who will save her from the wild animals her father warned her about?

Paperback, 36 pp. Fully illustrated with a two-page hidden pictures spread.
Glossary, References included

ISBN: 978-0-9856215-3-7

How can John learn to love a new stepfather?

When John Klessig's father dies suddenly, Mama marries Mr. Ernst, who is very different from Papa. His beard and his boots are big, and he doesn't want to help new families the same way Papa did with the inn. Without warning, fire threatens the village. John and all his neighbors, including the Indians, help each other as friends. But where is Mr. Ernst? How can John and his new stepfather learn to love and respect each other?

Paperback, 36 pp. Fully illustrated with a two-page hidden pictures spread.
Glossary, References included

Matthew LaCraft: The Yankee Boy

Publication date: July 2014 
38 pp. 5.5 by 8.5 inches 
Print ISBN 978-0-9856215-6-8

How can one boy change the minds of his neighbors?

When Matthew LaCraft’s father gives up his ship, the Mary Jean, Matthew is going to have to stay home and go to school. Worse, it’s a new school his father helped to build. Matthew would much rather go to school with the boys he knows in Boltonville. When a Potawatomi boy, Green Leaf, attends the new school, not all the neighbors are happy. What can Matthew do to help everyone get along? Will his plan work?

Matilda Brinker: The French Girl

Publication date: October 2014 
36 pp. 5.5 by 8.5 inches 
Print ISBN 978-0985621551

Amazon: Ebook Print

How can Marie fit in with her new friends? 

Marie Brinker moved to America with her family. Her friends have new ways of dressing and talking, and making crafts. Will the new sewing machines take away her father’s tailoring work? Will Papa like his new quilt instead of his featherbed? When her neighbor Augusta makes a poor choice at the county fair, Marie must decide who is a true friend and what new customs to follow. 

Ann Riley: The Irish Girl 

Publication date: October 2014 
24 pp. 5.5 by 8.5 inches 
Print ISBN 978-0-9856215-7-5

Who can Ann find for a grandfather?

With so many aunts and uncles, why doesn’t Ann Riley have a grandfather? Her friend, Katie Murphy, has a special grandfather who tells stories and remembers all the things he did at home in Ireland. When Katie’s little sister tells Ann that everyone has to have a grandfather, Ann decides to find one of her own. She asks all her neighbors to be her grandfather. But Green Leaf’s grandfather doesn’t speak the same language, the miller is too busy, the store owner too important, the cooper too fussy, the bagpipe player too loud, and Father Rehrl away too much. Who can be Ann’s grandfather?

Product Details

a historical anthology with three other fabulous writers - Paula Mowery, Kathleen Rouser, and Teena Stewart

Life and love in the big city at the dawn of the 20th century


The Last Detail
A medical missionary on home leave who never thought he'd marry falls for a young woman who feels trapped in her small-town life. After their courtship and marriage comes the real test of life.
Can they survive the marriage?

ISBN-10: 1940099447

ISBN-13: 978-1-940099-44-6
$3.99 eBook/$14.99 Print

release date: January 8, 2014

Publisher: Pelican Ventures

The Buried Treasure Mysteries - click on book link pages for details and buying guide.
The Last Bequest

(originally released as the Gold Standard)
Book One of the Buried Treasure series
2.99 eBook, $14.95 paperback

When schoolteacher Judy Winters’ aunt dies, Judy returns to the farm to figure out how to handle her handicapped inheritance, her glib boyfriend Graham, Aunt Louise’s possible murder, the handsome farmboy next door who couldn’t have done it, and one very opinionated cat.

$2.99 electronic
$14.95 paperback

Death in rural Wisconsin is only the beginning to new chaos in Robertsville.

What do a stolen piece of revolutionary agricultural equipment, a long-buried skeleton in the yard, and an old quilt with secrets have in common? Hart and Judy Wingate, who met in The Gold Standard, are back to solve the mystery of The Map Quilt. Hart’s new battery design could forever change the farm implement industry. But after the death of Hart’s most confrontational colleague in a fire that destroys Hart’s workshop, the battery is missing.

Title: The Newspaper Code, Author: Lisa J. Lickel

The Newspaper Code
eBook 2.99, print $12.95

The Newspaper Code is the third book of the Buried Treasure cozy mystery series. Judy Wingate, a new mom, and her NOT-BFF, nosy reporter Olivia Hargrove, team up in a testy relationship to solve the murder of elderly civil servant Esme Espe who may have uncovered millions of dollars of missing city treasury money. Old friends and new ones join the race to find the money before the murderer.

Grace has a secret.

Healing Grace: a novelJust like her aunt, and her grandmother before her, she could fix anyone with a touch, at a cost she never questioned -- until her husband developed cancer and died. Believing no one would forgive her for not being able to save him, Grace runs from the life she knew, hoping even God wouldn’t find her in a little out-of-the-way town in Michigan. It takes a very sick man and his little boy to help her face her past, accept who she is and battle her way back to redemption. Just when she and Ted begin to hope for the future, he relapses. Grace faces the ultimate choice once again: Trust God to work through her precious gift, or let a terminally ill man die. What if the price is more than she can pay?
 eBook $2.99, Print: $14.95
Print 9780990428190
Ebook 9780996768344

co-authored with Shellie Neumeier

Publisher: Black Lyon
Electronic: $3.99; Paperback $15.95

One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin,
Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives.
Large Print $27.89

  Love can heal even the deepest scars …
After seven years with no clue as to the whereabouts of Ann Ballard’s
missing husband, nearly everyone presumes him dead.
Winner of the Grace Award for excellence in Inspirational Fiction, 2011.

Publisher: Black Lyon
Electronic: $3.99; Paperback $16.95
Barnes and Noble
Also in Large Print. $27.89

from the authors in the John 316 Marketing Network is now available in electronic format at Amazon and Smashwords. Read first chapters for a taste of the book before you buy. The first chapter of Meander Scar is included. FREE

FreeQuincy Radio Theater!
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The following are episodes that I wrote.

As the Neuron is Lost, episode 1
A campy, sudsy radio soap set at Myra Memorial Crossroad Hospital, where
"We Fix Broken Hearts"

As the Neuron is Lost, episode 2, coming

As the Neuron is Lost, episode 3, coming

During Prohibition, the feds aren't the only ones upholding the law
in Barneveld, Wisconsin

In 1948 Wisconsin is a lot more attractive to aliens than dusty New Mexico