Alex and Greta spend some time at nearby Lake Tahoe on the border between Nevada and California


Writing fiction is a creative challenge. Each word and sentence must carry its own weight. There is no music, color, or sound-effect dramatizing or softening the author-intended meaning. No motion picture helps cover gaps or adds pacing to the story. Other than six b&w illustrations, my new book, A Woman’s Prerogative, rides on the back of the nearly 100 thousand words between the covers…plus one other vital ingredient: you, the reader. You choose when to open it; you bring your mood, set the pace, and inject your own self and values into the spaces between words as you read.  It’s your novel, too, when you finish!

Creating and launching Prerogative consumed much of my last two years. It is now wading its way through the monsoon of books customarily falling from the sky this holiday season. Hooray!

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 34 in the book:

“Quid finally twisted the radio knob hard to OFF, and it broke into his hand. He threw the pieces out the open window. Bam! Bam! Bam! He slammed the dashboard with his hand.

“I’M CURSED!” he screamed out into Death Valley as he mashed down on the accelerator. The old stick-shift truck shuddered as it gained speed reluctantly. “GOD HATES ME AND THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT ME!” he yelled.

“Even the Devil doesn’t want me,” he croaked again, and he eased up on the pedal. The truck speedometer retreated counterclockwise downward from ninety as the truck pressed on reluctantly across the endless desert.”


The book is selling briskly in both the digital (eBook) and Print editions. It is just starting to show up in local bookstores and online retailers as it takes time to get out through the pipelines. FYI: The ISBN number is 978-1-7322108-4-4. Ask any book retailer to look it up if it is not yet in stock.

In November Prerogative earned a 4-star rating out of 4 stars by a professional Reviewer. A condensed version is below. I also receive regular, unsolicited, testimonials from readers I know and many I don’t know. I anchored three such testimonials below to show the differences those individuals readers had in their feelings about just the book’s ending. Very interesting.

My publishing team and I just reduced the price 30+% for both editions to encourage readers to use them as gifts. ‘Tis the season. Print is now $14.99; eBook is $9.99. And Amazon, for one retailer, may have Special Deals running.

Both women and men seem attracted to this “Romantic Thriller with Historical Roots.” Be sure to read the brief but 99.9% true Prologue and the EndNote.

In closing, here are three of the testimonials from late November chosen because they each hone in on the ending:  

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“What a book! You are an exceptional author. The story moves right along. I found the interwoven plots were intricate but easy to follow. The details of Greta salvaging a family business while Alex has a go at trying to find a long-lost gold mine were fascinating. But the abrupt, surprise ending left me uneasy.” —D. Norris, author of, “I’ll Go-Reflections from 61 Years of Ministry.”

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“It’s 3 AM Wednesday morning in wintery Cleveland and I just finished the book. Could not put it down. It’s solid, front to back. I liked the ending and saw it coming.” —J. Cindrich, Croatia, and USA

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“I found Alex, 34, and the two supporting men, Quid, 27, and Frank, 65, to be well-developed characters. I could easily conjure images of Alex as a handsome, hi-tech geologist and professor as well as a romantic; Frank,65, a wizened but wise gold prospector with a big heart; and Quid, Alex’s reckless younger brother who was both funny and dangerous at times. I was less able to connect with wealthy Greta, 32, the primary woman in the story. While I appreciated Brandt’s focus on portraying her as a knowledgeable, assertive business-woman with political ambitions, I felt she lacked depth and warmth. Despite my feelings about Greta, I appreciated the book’s realistic conclusion, which was satisfying and likely, given the page-turner subtleties of the story. Additionally, the book appears to have been professionally edited, as I only noted a few errors in Greta’s lively business-turnaround efforts and Alex, her lover’s, high-risk gold-seeking gamble. I recommend it to readers who enjoy modern adventures and the relationship stresses and joys they can produce. I also think the actual historical roots of the characters and reality of the narrative added authenticity to this work of fiction.” —Cecilia L., a professional reviewer for the OnlineBookClub of over half-million active members. Note: The Full Review is Condensed here.