2019 Update

2019 was a tough year.

My goal was to transition to writing full-time by the end of 2019. As part of that plan I set an ambitious goal of five releases. As it was, I ended up with four releases and five completed novels. The last one, a new book in The Mad Mick Series will not release into January due to some unexpected delays.

I decided I wanted to be a full-time writer in 1980. Yes, that’s correct, 1980. This has been a long, intense journey. I wrote six complete novels that I could never find an agent for under the old agent/publisher system. In 2005 I completed that sixth novel and collected more rejections for the pile. I quit writing for nearly ten years after that, not starting again until 2014. That was the year I wrote the book that would become The Borrowed World and decided to launch it through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. The title was based on a quote from Cormac McCarthy, one of my favorite writers.

So I go into 2020 as a full-time writer nearly forty years after setting that goal for myself. Thanks to everyone who helped make that happen. If I have any advice to offer, it’s work hard and be persistent.

What happens now? I have six books planned for 2020 in the genres of Science Fiction and Thrillers. More on that later.

The Latest

My latest release came in August. BLOOD BOUGHT is book 4 in The Locker Nine series. It’s available now in audio, ebook, and paperback. People REALLY seem to be liking this one.

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BLOOD BOUGHT: Locker Nine 4
Kindle: https://amzn.to/2UsI5E6
Paperback: https://amzn.to/2LnM4xy
Audio: https://amzn.to/2LqK2Ni

What’s next? In the coming days I’ll finish Borrowed World 7, THE UNGOVERNABLE, for all of those folks who have been asking for an update to that series.

I’ll also have some BIG NEWS for you in the next update. Thanks for reading.

Compound Fracture Release

As of today, the long-awaited next book in the Locker Nine series is available. I hadn’t added to this series in a while and folks have been asking so I decided to go ahead and more forward with it. The good news for fans of this series is that I’m nearly done with the 4th, and probably final, book of the series. It should release in July.

The ebook and paperback formats of Compound Fracture are available now. Audio is still about ten days off but it complete and in Audible’s hands. The ebook and paperback aren’t linked yet on Amazon so you’ll have to click a different link depending on which format you’re interested in.

Ebook of Compound Fracture

Paperback of Compound Fracture

What’s Next?

My next book should be dropping on February 1st.  This one will be the sequel to The Mad Mick.  I had been planning a different book but response from readers pushed this book to the front of the line.  Look for Masters of Mayhem in paperback and ebook on February 1st with audio running a little behind that.  To hear more about future books, scroll down below the cover image.

What happens after that?

Well, I’m already nearly 1/3 of the way through the next book in the Locker Nine series.  Don’t have a title for that one yet but I’m hoping to release it in April.  That should be followed by an installment of The Borrowed World coming in early summer.

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Thanks for reading!

The Mad Mick!

The latest book, THE MAD MICK, is out in ebook and paperback.  This is a new series and though The Mad Mick was mentioned in the second Locker Nine book, Grace Under Fire, you don’t have to read any other books to dig in and enjoy this one.


“Rock-solid characters, buzz-saw action and backstories deserving of books of their own. Amazing…”

Conor Maguire nearly lost his daughter Barb when she was three years old, injured by the drunk driver that killed his wife. When the justice system failed him, Conor — the son and grandson of IRA bombers — retaliated against the driver in dramatic and gruesome fashion.

While an ironclad alibi prevented the police from pinning the murder on Conor, it did not prevent a covert agency within the US government from recruiting the talented young bomber and machinist. For over twenty-five years, Conor designed and built custom weapons of death and destruction at his compound in the mountains of Virginia.

Then a series of devastating terror attacks brought down the United States. Conor and Barb assumed they were safe in their secure compound. They had food and a water source. They were armed and highly-trained. Then Barb was kidnapped.

The kidnappers, needing slave labor for their farm, didn’t know why Conor was known as The Mad Mick. They didn’t know the fear and respect his name invoked in the shadowy world of covert operations. They didn’t know that when it came to protecting his family, he was without conscience, without compassion, and without equal.

But they would soon find out.



Summer 2018

Just a quick update.  I know the website has been sorely neglected but summer is here.  It’s time for travel, goofing off with the kids, taking care of the farm, and then there’s the day job.  Switched On has been out for about a month now so I hope you’ve read it AND reviewed it.  Those reviews really help.

If you’re wondering what’s next, I’m hoping to finish my next book in August and release it in September.  It’s called THE MAD MICK and is based on an adventure of the Conor character in Grace Under Fire.  He was the affable Irishman on a bicycle who helped Grace and her family out.  He’s got a cool story to tell and you can read it about it soon.

Stick with me.  I’m writing as fast as I can.  I have another 5 or 6 books already planned out so there’s a lot more on the horizon.  Thanks for your support.

Matter of Facts Podcast

I’m kind of behind on posting updates to the podcasts I’ve appeared on.  I was on the Matter of Facts podcast twice.  The first time I was referred to them by a reader so the guys interviewed me but had not read the books yet.  After the interview, they read the books and apparently loved them.  So they had me back on for a second interview to ask questions about the books while they were fresh in their minds.  It’s some good discussion.

Episode 25 – Interview with Franklin Horton, author of The Borrowed World series

Episode 31: Lessons Learned – The Borrowed World by Franklin Horton

More Podcast Fun – j2Cast Prepper Show and In The Rabbit Hole

Made a second appearance on the J2Cast Prepper Show with Jeff and Jesse to talk about the latest book, No Time for Mourning.  You can listen here:


I also have the opportunity to appear on one of my favorite podcasts, IN THE RABBIT HOLE, and discuss my books.  You can listen to that one here:



Good Times in Gonzales

Good Times in Gonzales, LA

In early March 2017, I drove to Louisiana to attend a preparedness expo with a group of friends and fellow authors.  The show was a dud but I had a fantastic time hanging out with these guys all day then getting together for food and drinks each night.

In the picture below, that’s me on the left, author Steve Bird to my right, Chris Weatherman (A. American) to his right, and then Johnny Jacks on the far right.  Several folks confused Steve and I for brothers.  Just because we’re bearded, gun-loving hillbilly authors doesn’t make us brothers.  Or maybe it does.

You can find these guys at:

Chris Weatherman – Angery American

Steve Bird

Johnny Jacks