Books by James R. Callan

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James R. Callan took a strange path to becoming a writer. He took a degree in English, then sometime later entered a Ph.D. program in the field of mathematics. And after a thirty year detour through mathematics and computer science, returned to writing.

He splits his time between Texas and Mexico, so naturally his books take place in Texas and Mexico. And all his children write. One writes technical papers, another writes for a motorcycle magazine, one writes music, and the youngest is a multi-published YA author. His wife, who claims she does not write, has won an award for a short story she wrote (under duress, she claims).

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Cleansed by Fire (Father Frank Mysteries Book 1)
by James R. Callan
Churches are burning and a man is murdered, plunging a small Texas town into a state of fear. Father Frank DeLuca, pastor of Prince of Peace Church, is thrust into an impossible dilemma when he hears that another church will be burned. But the disturbing information comes to him via the confessional, and church law forbids him from...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
Over My Dead Body (Father Frank Mysteries Book 2)
by James R. Callan
A large corporation is seizing land by eminent domain. Syd Cranzler stands in its way, threatening a court battle. After a heated meeting with the corporation representative, Syd is found dead from an overdose of heart medication. The police call it suicide. Case closed. But Father Frank, Syd’s pastor, and Georgia Peitz, another...
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A Ton of Gold (Crystal Moore Suspense Book 1)
by James R. Callan
A 178 year-old folktale causes murder, kidnapping, and arson in 2012 Texas. A contemporary suspense novel, in which Crystal Moore, a young computer scientist, is dragged into danger when thugs set out to kill her only living relative, the 76 year-old grandmother who raised her. Crystal has no idea who would want to harm her grandmother...
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How to Write Great Dialog
by James R. Callan
Shows How To use dialog to: develop characters, set the scene, add conflict, foreshadow, further the plot, help the reader identify with characters, show how characters relate to one another, and add tension. The problem of attributions is clearly explained. The concept of a dialog signature is explained and illustrated. All this...
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Categories: All Children's Lit; All Teen Lit; Writing and Publishing
Character The Heartbeat of the Novel
by James R. Callan
This book on character development for the novel writer lays out in clear cut form what the writer needs to do to create memorable characters. Some of the topics included are: •The importance of selecting names for your characters •How to sculpt your characters •Points to consider when creating a character for a series •The...
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Murder a Cappella: A Sweet Adelines Mystery
by James R. Callan
The international singing competition in San Antonio starts with a bang. Actually, it starts with two bangs - one for each woman gunned down in front of the Alamo. Tina Overton, a member of the same chorus, takes the murders personally, and vows to find out what happened. With the help of Angela - her roommate, "deputy," and fellow...
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Y2K, the Novel
by James Callan
The President of the United States calls longtime friend Sean Schuster to help guide the country through the dangerous end of the century. Sean is quickly caught in a web of fraud, deceit, greed, corruption and murder. And his biggest challenge turns out to be staying alive—and keeping his family safe. Set against the tapestry of...
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Categories: Action and Adventure; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Contemporary Fiction
A Silver Medallion (A Crystal Moore Suspense Book 2)
by James R. Callan
Human Trafficking terrifies her. Seeing it face-to-face forces her to act. Human Trafficking terrifies Crystal. Seeing it face-to-face forces her to act. In 2015, Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas -- a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Women's Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
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