New! Books and Goods Page

I have great tidings for interested parties looking to purchase Book 1: The Last Hour. At my Shop page at, where you may purchase books, posters, pins and prints using Paypal! For direct access, go to Before you know it, Book 2 will be available also. Exciting times, these!

Speaking of products, take a look at the first finished character poster created for one of my Kickstarter Backers:


Funding a Huge Success!

Onward and upward! $3,623 have been pledged to publish and print Book 1 and 2! I’ve devoted an entire page on this site for Thank you’s and acknowledgements. With the Kickstarter campaign at an end, I’m filling my days and evenings with creating book marks, posters, and of course the books themselves! I’ve sent Book 1 to the printer and await the print proof to make sure all is done to the highest standards. Within several weeks of my saying it’s A-Ok, the books will be packaged and on their way to all my funding backers. Soon after, it will also be available on my NEW Catalog page along with my nifty and uplifting Lapel Pins, posters, book marks and the PDF digital version of the book.

So, with everything on schedule and running smoothly, I’ve “got nothing on my mind but my hair!”* and it’s off to the Grand Canadian Steam Punk Expo in September! I hope to get lots of inspiration to enhance the Hecock artwork. Tally ho

And Happy Birthday to my first-born, Joshua!

Leda, Jay and Mel


*turn of the century expression meaning “nothing to worry about.”

60 Hours to Hecock!

This will be the last post campaigning for my Kickstarter project. I’m happy to report that more than $3000  were pledged! So, this is your last chance to be a part of it and get your name printed on a dedicated page in Book 1, and all kinds of rewards, including the books! With the extra money, I hope to pass on some extras in everyone’s envelope.

I’ve been having so much fun Steam Punking my Cast and Crew (the models and those key people who have researched for me.) Here is a sampling of a few. You will find an entire page of them in the book. If this tempts you, there are still eight pledges open for being Steam Punked… just click that link.)

Anke Arnold, Font Designer

Anke Arnold, Font Designer


Carol Rogers, New York State Parks


Patrick Sirianni, History Buff and Would-be Bootlegger


Get Steam Punked!

My Kickstarter campaign has really taken off! It is already 75% funded. I have 16 days left to raise the final $682 and I’m planning several updates to the project.

It seems that the most popular reward for backing the project is for the $100 pledge, where you become a character in the book. There were only ten available and all are now taken. So, I created a NEW reward… for $75 I will recreate you as a cartoon, outfitted steam punk style, and feature you on my blog. PLUS I will send you an 8×10 glossy of the “new” you. There is a limit of ten, so better hurry!

In case you haven’t visited the project, you need to know that you get more than just a cartoon for $75. There are the print versions of the first two books of my graphic novel series, “Hecock”, the pdf versions, a beautiful inspirational lapel pin, books marks, and two fine art prints of my paintings.


Of course, any amount of support is much appreciated. Go to the link, watch a really cool video short, and check out the rewards for anything from one dollar and up. Thank you for all your support!


3-2-1 Launch!

Monday is the big day my Kickstarter Campaign is launched! The link will be available that day, so check your email Monday. The campaign only lasts for 30 days, so please visit the site as soon as you can. And if you could please lend a helping hand and send the link to as many friends and neighbors, I would be obliging to you. The more, the merrier.


I have totally worn out my little brain working on the video and all the fun rewards, proof reading and editing a million times, and getting professional help (not that kind, although I probably need it! A professional proof reader, my friend Jeannine McDevitt) to make sure my grammar and spelling is spot on. Whew! Check your email Monday for the link to my project on Kickstarter. Have a great summer, folks.

The Book Trailer!

Hi, everyone! This moment has been a long time coming. I’ve had to overcome quite a few obstacles and delays but we made it!

I’m so excited to share a sneak peek at my book trailer for “Hecock”! It’s part of an upcoming Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds to publish Book 1 of the graphic novel series. Kickstarter is a really safe way to support a worthwhile project because your pledge is never taken until and unless my entire goal is met. If we don’t make it, the campaign stops and no money changes hands. BUT if we do reach our goal, look out! Everyone will be handsomely rewarded with copies of the book and a bunch of other goodies. So… enjoy the 1 minute trailer and keep an eye out… the first week of June will be the launch of my Kickstarter Campaign!!

Oh, and PLEASE share with EVERYONE you know, on your FB, Pinterest, family, email friends, neighbors, librarians and teachers! The more people who see it, the more likely I can meet my goal and publish Book 1 by August 1 this year!!! Book 2 and 3 will follow within months. Click here for more info on Kickstarter and how it works.