Wednesday, March 25, 2015

From one blog.... to another

The Montclair State First Year Writing faculty has a blog called DEEP DOWN IN THE CLASSROOM , and I just posted there about reading aloud from LAID SO LOW in front of several hundred students and faculty.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Thursday, September 4, 2014


I can't tell you how thrilling it is every time someone asks me when my new book is coming out. In fact, it is just about equal parts compliment and pressure, and writers need both. So thanks!
The good news, here is your first glimpse of Laid So Low
Laid so Low is the second book in the Mr. Bachman series of Jersey shore thrillers. It is a prequel to Heartless Cruelty, Mr. Bachman's debut. Laid So Low presents to the reader the slightly younger, slightly less mature, 29-year-old, 1979 model William Bachman. He's utterly devoted to his students -- some things don't change with time. 
This Mr. Bachman is married... or at least he is at the beginning of the book. 
This Mr. Bachman faces obstacles and threats more evil than those found in Heartless Cruelty.
This Mr. Bachman, no matter how much he rejects being put into the position of hero, must find a way -- because defenseless young lives are at stake.
Heartless Cruelty presented the reader with a William Bachman who was remarkably world weary for a popular, still-young teacher, well-liked, even loved, at the Jersey shore. Laid So Low will provide some background and some insight into what has formed this man. He wants to be neither the hero, nor the protagonist. In the end he will be called upon to be more than either. He will be callled upon to be a champion for those who have no other.

So, loyal readers.... Here is the promised first glimpse of Laid So Low, book 2 in the Mr. Bachman Series of Jersey Shore Thrillers.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Return to Atlantis

I'm honored to be asked to be the guest speaker at the annual dinner of the Friends of the Long Branch Free Public Library. I will be talking about my books and reading from Heartless Cruelty and, for the first time anywhere in public, Laid So Low.
The dinner is at 6:30pm, on Wednesday, June 11. The location is Charley's Ocean Grill, 29 Avenel Boulevard, Long Branch.
You Long Branch folks: if you have thought about being a Friend of the library, this would be a nice time to do it. But member or not, anyone may attend the Friends of the Library's dinner. The cost is $40/pp. I'd love to see you there.

More info? Here are some links: The library's FB page
The library's website      Charley's Ocean Grill

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Thanks, Betsy!

High praise indeed from Betsy Hays Gatti, author of Riding with the Wind: Hi Richard, just finished your book and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it! Well done indeed and love that the protagonist is a teacher, and all the literary and film references (I was about to correct you on the Ida Lupino v. Mary Astor in Maltese Falcon but saw how you handled it later in the book, clever). Your writing is by turns poetic and earthy, shades of Elmore Leonard in places and certainly a page turner. Best luck with this and the prequel!