About Howard & Debbie
I am delighted to announce my debut novel, Howard & Debbie, published by Rare Bird books, will arrive in bookstores the week of February 12th, 2019. If you’ve been to my website previously, you may have seen this book under the title For Feck’s Sake (FFS). Here’s the scoop on that (not terribly interesting so I will keep it short): Named after the two main characters, Howard & Debbie is what I have called the book since its earliest days. Not the most exciting title, but certainly the most accurate. In an effort to have a punchier title that could possibly leap off the shelf and into the reader’s hands, I came up with For Feck’s Sake (the main protagonist is a lovable loser named Howard Feck). Not a bad title, but even after I made the change (pre-Rare Bird), everyone involved with the project, including myself, still called the book Howard & Debbie. It may not be the catchiest title, but, as my publisher pointed out, it is the most honest one and I would do well to get out of my own way here. It was what the book wanted to be called, it seemed. And, more importantly, what my brave early readers, my editors, and the fine folks at Rare Bird couldn’t help but call it. It took very little convincing that Howard & Debbie was the right title all along. Because for those who have read it and worked on it, Howard Feck and Debbie Coomb, though entirely fictitious, have come to life. I may have written it, but it is their story.
I hope you like it. I hope Howard and Debbie come to life for you too.
Back cover text:
Lonely loser Howard Feck has just fallen in love over the internet. His online paramour, the sexy and vivacious Deborah Fairchild, seems to be every man’s dream girl. Howard sure lucked out. But when he arrives in Deborah’s small town to consummate their digital relationship, he learns a dangerous truth: Deborah Fairchild is actually the fictitious online persona of violent sociopath Debbie Coomb. If only he had learned this before Debbie kidnapped him. Normally Debbie kills the men she lures into her isolated farmhouse, but Howard’s innocence and kindness has disarmed her. Soon their relationship evolves from hostage and kidnapper to husband and wife. Everything seems to be working out fine until a major event in their relationship unleashes painful memories of severe past abuses. She returns to her horribly violent ways, forcing an ill-prepared Howard to defend himself and save Debbie from herself.
Packed full of hope, horror, and humor, along with surprising twists, Howard & Debbie casts a strange and sensitive eye toward love in the digital age, domestic violence, and the dual price of loneliness and revenge.