Books by James R. Callan

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Intending to write from an early age, career and family took precedence. So, it wasn't until the kids were all out on their own and career was less important. Then, writing took over.

At the request of publishers, I wrote several non-fiction books. But fiction was always my goal. So I move into mysteries and suspense/thriller books. To date, I've had thirteen published books, accumulated some awards, and - of course, - a new book is taking shape now..

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Over My Dead Body (Father Frank Mysteries Book 2)
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 member...
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Political Dirty Trick: A Crystal Moore Suspense
Political Dirty Trick: A Crystal Moore Suspense
by James R. Callan
Not a political book. But a tense, suspense novel, played out during an election campaign.Crystal Moore's good friend Ron Drake is running for governor of Texas. Polls show he has 70% of the votes. But, fake news begins pouring out, and with two weeks left before election day, his numbers are now below his opponent's. Only Crystal...
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A Plot for Murder, A Father Frank Mystery: Murder at the Writers Conference
A Plot for Murder, A Father Frank Mystery: Murder at the Writers Conference
by James R. Callan
“From the first sentence, it captures your attention and carries you on an intriguing mystery-solving adventure,” Avid reader Sharon S.“...distinctively and enjoyably different. Father Frank is a really good character,” AuthorRoger B.Rod Granet, award-winning novelist and womanizer, is the main speaker at a writers conference. But after...
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A Ton of Gold, A Crystal Moore Suspense
A Ton of Gold, A Crystal Moore Suspense
by James R. Callan
"A Story woven to perfection." Ladywordsmith on Amazon Gold can blind one to reality. And a ton of gold ... Crystal Moore, a brilliant young computer scientist, discovers that someone is trying to kill her grandmother, Eula, the woman who raised her. Determined to find out who and why, her search leads to: • Arson • Kidnapping • Murder •...
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How to Write Great Dialog
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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Character The Heartbeat of the Novel
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 importance...
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Murder a Cappella: A Sweet Adelines Mystery
Murder a Cappella: A Sweet Adelines Mystery
by James R. Callan, Diane Bailey
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
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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A Silver Medallion (Crystal Moore Suspense Book 2)
A Silver Medallion (Crystal Moore Suspense Book 2)
by James R. Callan
Human Trafficking terrifies her. 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 escapes.To naïve Crystal, it's clear. The children must be rescued first, or the...
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