Winner of the $50.00 Amazon gift card missing!

David McQueen won the drawing for the $50 Amazon gift card by buying A Line in the Sand at the pre-pub price of 99 cents, and joining our email list. But the contact info was incorrect or mishandled. HELP US FIND DAVID! Hints: he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and possibly works for the federal government.

While you’re at it, Line is still on sale for a limited time for .99. And we are offering another $50 gift card to iTunes of Amazon in a drawing to be held Oct. 19. And send an email to to enter the drawing.

A ride any reader will want to take

Reviews are in for “A Line in the Sand” . . .

“a memorable, highly recommended story of killers, cartels, and innocents changed by a series of deadly encounters.” Midwest Book Review

“It’s a ride any reader will want to take, a journey with surprising outcomes.” Readers’ Favorite Reviews.

“If you’re looking for a book that goes out with a bang give [it] a try.” Long and Short reviews of an early version.

Preorder the ebook now for only 99 cents!


A Line in the Sand now on Amazon

pre-order now for delivery Sept. 24.

No fantasy or legends here, no far-away galaxies or mists of a distant time. A Line in the Sand is an unblinking look at some tough, terrible realities that decent people don’t deserve but have to endure anyway. BUT you will find exciting action, complex characters and thought-provoking narratives in A Line in the Sand by Fred Andersen.

“A Line in the Sand” now on Nook

Pre-order the new book by Fred Andersen at B&N.

It’s a story of horrible violence, thrilling action and emotional suspense. Two heavily-armed killers are defeated by a man with a button; a kidnapping takes place in the most strongly-guarded part of the city; a Mexican drug cartel is busted—or did it simply transform itself into something even more evil? And above all, while Mallory have a good time this weekend?

“A Line in the Sand” now available for pre-order: 99 cents

A new suspense novel from Fred Andersen

When are you safe? Who do you trust? Is it ever right to do wrong? These questions drive the characters in A LINE IN THE SAND, the story of four near-strangers who must band together to defeat a vicious and powerful gang, while hiding their actions from law enforcement.

Read an excerpt and pre-order at a big savings. Just 99 cents! Release date September 24. Check it out at:

What should a writer read?

As a mystery/suspense writer, what should I be reading to learn and grow in my craft? The best sellers: Paretsky, Patterson & Slaughter? (Sounds like a bond-trading house). The classics? Definitely, but just how classic: 90s? 40s? Dickens? Deuteronomy?

Well, I guess I just read stuff I pick up and like. And one thing I pick up often to read, in bits and snatches, is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Not for its anti-war-bureaucracy-conformity stances, or for its famous conundrums and satire. I read it for the writing, the language, especially the spiraling, inspiring, is-that-even-a-real-adjective? descriptions:

a chaotic bus depot honking with horns, blazing with red and yellow lights and echoing with the snarling vituperations of unshaven bus drivers pouring loathsome, hair-raising curses out at each other, at their passengers, and at the strolling, unconcerned knots of pedestrians clogging their paths, who ignored them until they were bumped by the buses and began shouting curses back.

And callipygous, which I had to look up, and which has a surprisingly specific meaning. (I won’t deny you the pleasure of this discovery).

And then there’s this:

Major de Coverly straightened with astonishment at Milo’s effrontery and concentrated on him the full fury of his storming countenance with its rugged overhang of gullied forehead and huge crag of a humpbacked nose that came charging out of his face wrathfully like a Big Ten fullback.

Charging out of his face like a . . .

Oh, my!

The Advocate’s Dilemma by Teresa Burrell

Attorney Sabre Brown’s day is going well until she walks into her office and finds a dead man sprawled across her desk. When, Bob, her best friend and colleague is suspected of the murder, and Sabre’s minor client has information that might clear him, Sabre has a dilemma. How does she help her best friend without betraying the confidence of the child she is sworn to protect?

New “Lily” Review by Jennie Reads


The book takes place in the long ago days of Hollywood. There is a bombshell actress with a past and a brain as well as the every day guy who is just trying to do the right thing – in between trying to keep a job as a screenwriter and controlling his alter ego Detective he writes about. While there is some sleeping around it is done in the days of “cut away” scenes.

The murder mentioned in the summary happens pretty late in the story but at this point I was nicely pulled into the characters and their entwined secrets.

Jennie Reads: “I read them all so you can read the best!”

Lily Torrence by Fred Andersen

My favorite movies that nobody else cares about: 1

We all have them, guilty pleasure movies with bad reviews and no fans, but you just happened upon it one night on Channel 44 or whatever.

So here’s one of mine.  Rancho Deluxe (1976). Rancho was contemporary western with a gorgeous Montana setting based on a novel by gorgeous Montana writer Frank McGuane. It starred Jeff Bridges and Sam Watterston as modern-day rustlers in the outlaw-country West: their hair is long, their attitudes anti-establishment and the music is by Jimmy Buffett (semi pre-famous).

The Neg: all forgotten movies have them.

  • Lame backstory re the Bridges and Waterston characters.
  • Sam Waterston as an Indian.
  • Director Frank Perry would soon after  commit career suicide with Mommy Dearest.
  • Horrible Reviews. Roger Ebert: “I don’t know how this movie went so disastrously wrong. 1 1/2 Stars.”

The Pos:

  • The stars don’t matter cuz the flick is rustled by a gang of ruthless character actors.
  • Slim Pickens as the cattle detective Henry Beige: This would be the role of a lifetime if he hadn’t already done that in Dr. Strangelove.
  • Clifton James, the archetypal movie blowhard of the ’70s, as a baffled beauty- parlor-owner-turned-land-baron.
  • Charlene Dallas as Beige’s irresistibly fetching “niece.”
  • Harry Dean Stanton and Richard Bright as a pair of dimwitted co-conspirators.
  • The gorgeous Montana Scenery in almost every shot.
  • Sam Waterston as an Indian!

The Why:

  •  With a face like that and a name like that, how did Charlene Dallas not become a star?

The Highlight

(Since this is virtually the only clip from the movie on YouTube, you know we’re talkin’ obscure!

Until next time . . .

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting Avengers Infinity War

You will probably hate my blog.
Sorry. I like to post about stuff that is from the world of the real, the tough, the hard (maybe even -boiled) and the classically goofy. It won’t all be OLD, but it will be CLASSIC.
●What does the sound of a distant train horn mean when you are poor and lonely and dreaming of a better place?
●What was it like to be having breakfast in Oahu, Hawaii one morning, and walking outside to see a Japanese fighter plane strafing a line of bullets right up your street?
●In my book, the characters are in the grip of their times, the 1930s and ‘40s. A 2017 reader has an entirely different frame of reference. Today there is a level of acceptance that simply did not exist back then. If you were a public figure, especially in Hollywood, you were not gay.
But, in a way, so what? After all, to be in the upper echelons of Hollywood, you had possibly already given up your name, your family history, your cultural background, your natural hair color or hair line. You may well have had sex you didn’t want to have, given up a child or a spouse, and betrayed the one friend or colleague you had sworn never to desert. After all that, the loss of one’s open expression of sexuality was perhaps a minor quibble, or in an overwhelmingly closeted world, maybe even a relief.