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In THE PSALTER, a murder and a 1,200 year old church relic set Father Michael Romano on a search for the truth—about his personal beliefs and his past. His quest to discover the reason for his friend’s death leads him to an ancient story of forgeries and an epic history of medieval war to control the church. Some would rule for their own ambition, and others for the sake of the people. Still, there are those who would commit any wickedness to ensure the secrets are never told.

Those who enjoyed n the Name of the Rose, The Blood Gospel, and The Da Vinci Code will enjoy THE PSALTER.  

This discounted Kindle book is only $0.99 on May 16.


Mike Romano slipped into the confessional. The screen behind the lattice grill slid open. “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”

“For the love of God, Romano, not again.”

“Will you hear my confession, Father?”


“What do you mean?”

“I mean you haven’t sinned. You didn’t sin yesterday or the day before, last week or last month, and you haven’t sinned today.”

“How do you know?

“I’m playing the odds.”

“I need absolution.”

“No, you don’t. You need some fun. Go have a beer, see a movie, take in a comedy show. Do some damn thing that’ll make you laugh.”

“It’s your job. You have to do it.”

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! I absolve you from your imaginary sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Get lost.”

“That’s not right. It’s not the whole thing.”

The priest slammed the sliding screen shut.

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History fascinates me, particularly reflecting on how historical events shape who we are. That has a major impact on my blog posts and stories, and it’s a fundamental theme in The Psalter. When I read a novel, I want to be entertained, of course, but I also want to learn something historically, philosophically or be provoked. Umberto Eco’s character opined in The Name of the Rose, “Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means…” That’s what I ask when I finish a book; and when I write, I want it to mean something.

When I was a student in the French countryside, I tasted things I never imagined existed. Everyone has their preferred comfort foods. Mine happen to be a slice of pungent camembert or brie cheese and a nice Bordeaux. As a child of the sixties, I’m partial to Crosby, Stills and Nash, Aretha Franklin, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, soul music, country rock, progressive bluegrass, folk, Eric Satie and Vivaldi. I love to dance; and salsa, swing, and rock make my toes tap.

I write in the mornings. Inspiration seems to gestate at night, because I generally wake up with a scene in my head that has to be written right away. The scene usually leads to others. With any luck, I have a few or several pages.

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