Welcome to Beautiful Ornery Dangerous, my novel, my characters, their world.

The Story

When Lewis Cook, a motherless young mechanic who rarely considers consequences, leaves town with Jordan Kytte, a twenty-something woman who rarely tells the truth, their world turns upside down inside of two hundred miles. Smitten with love, Lewis acts brashly in her defense at a liquor store -- and the pair flee a triple murder. Seeking refuge, they hole up with her sister and sickly “nephew.” And there Lewis finds a sense family for the first time – and he ultimately risks arrest for the good of his newfound family, rushing the boy to the ER. The rest is beautiful, ornery and dangerous.

Read the prologue, Dreams out of Bugtussle, online at Bull & Cross

photo of Rambeler taillights and fins
April 22, 2017

A Poem

photo of trotting coyote down asphalt highway
The coyote postures, pensive, its rib-cage
outlined easily in thinning mottled grey fur.
Bony shoulders roll in their sockets,
jut as its neck lowers, nosing the ground,
frantic over new-found scent -- breathes up dust.
In circling dance, fore paws lob over back paws,
cross over, cross back, unsystematic, frenetic,
as the coyote veers, lurches for best direction.
The pack’s yipping yaps, yapping yips gather
into a wheeling tangle of dog-knees, perked ears,
gnashing teeth, nipping each other’s bony ankles,
mistaking those standing in the scent for the scent.
ALL     Packed into one devouring mind,
they race the leader for the kill.
Originally appeared in Houston Poetry Fest 2001 Anthology