Books by Tony Seton
more than 40 Francie LeVillard Mysteries have been published
since 2013, she was actually born from the pen in 1986. Back
then she lived in Mill Valley in a world without cellphones and
wifi. Now seven of her original cases — plus a bemusing short
story — are in print for your elucidation and reading pleasure.
World War II is ending in
four months. Abby Lansing and Jim Riley are high school seniors
in a small Montana town and are different as two people can be.
Until We Meet Again is a story that reaches far beyond the bounds of teenagers
as it portrays the maturity of deep caring and unselfish love
that Abby and Jim have for one another. It is a love that will
stand the test of time.
Quality journalism requires that a
news report answer six questions Who, What, When Where, How, and
Why. The answer to Why often lags because it takes time to track
it down. Most people can answer the first five questions applied
to the lives they are living, but not so many choose ask
themselves Why. Is There a Why?
explains how that question can be successfully approached, if
you’re ready to discover the answer. It will change your life.
Imagine if E. B. White’s Stuart Little married, fathered
five little ones, and then passed away. His widow and children
would face major challenges. Karyl Hall’s A Family's Spirit
bright and dear stories about the family engaging life.
for parents and children, they are not only precious -- and
sometimes poignant -- tales, they are gracefully instructive.
Bright Wise Solution is a novel about school reform. A
novel? Yes, well, people want to be entertained. They don't want
some boring treatise from academia, do they? So this book
explains not only how schools can truly educate in an exciting
way, but there are some interest characters, a gunshot, a
poignant bit in Vietnam, a couple of very bright children, and
an angry stupid person. Plus a number of first-rate journalists.
Terry Moran has picked up the proverbial pen and spoken from his
heart. In his new book, Stories for the Hungry Romantic, he writes about what every person wants, and needs. It is probably our most powerful feeling ... that hunger
for romance. It drives us beyond reason as we reach for that
ultimate connection ... love. You’re on the path. Feed your
In Volume X of The Francie LeVillard Mysteries,
the finest consulting detective since Sherlock Holmes has four
new cases: a man shot to death on the sidewalk outside the
Cypress Inn; a repentant formerly-shady politician and an angry
widow; a dying scientist who may have discovered how to
eliminate most violence from Earth; and a beloved teacher is set
up for a fall by a paranoid administrator.
may be Gerard Rose's most important book to date. In a
compelling story based primarily on fact,
The War to End
tells how the lives of two best friends are upended by the
attack on Pearl Harbor. One young man is sent to fight the war
in the Pacific. The other, an American of Japanese ancestry, is
sent with his family to an internment camp. But after a year, he is sent to fight the
Nazis in Italy, and comes home with medals.
most jurisdictions in California, if the police get a call about
domestic violence, someone is going to be arrested. Even if no
one is injured. Even if the caller tells the deputy that any
contact was purely accidental. Even if the caller was lying. The
deputies thinks it's the law. It isn't. It's why many innocent
people are jailed, families are destroyed, reputations are
is the latest book by the remarkably prolific Duncan McCollum.
It is the fascinating story of a ten-year-old Jonny McDougall
who has been asked by his Uncle Charles to look after an ancient
and mystical kaleidoscope while his Charles is in Europe
fighting the Germans in the air during the First World War. One
day, Jonny looks through the kaleidoscope, and he sees...yes,
well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
Volume IX of
In The Storage Locker, her friend
overhears a strange conversation that could be criminal. In Fixing Poor Grades, the
body of a local college professor is found floating in Lake El
is about a man unfairly arrested
who comes to Francie to see about the system being changed. And
in The Dream, a friend who doesn’t believe in past
lives has an experience that seems to defy explanation.
Coaling Station A / The
Rise and Fall of an Oil
Boomtown! is Duncan McCollum's
second historical novel about 19th Century California. The
honest and courageous town folk struggling against the greedy
and violent big money crooks. Oil roughnecks and barroom brawls,
corrupt officials bought off by the special interests, and a
journalist serious about his obligation to get the truth out.
Dustin Propper was in a slow
downward spiral when he had a couple of curious coincidences.
People came into his life and moved him in a strange – for him –
new direction. It all led, after a long trek into the Himalayas,
to Mokki’s Peak, where he saw a bird fly backwards...and himself
has always been known as an artists' colony, and its generally
Bohemian culture. But no one expected a Gnome to be spotted at
dozens of different spots around town. Now in Gnome Alone in
Carmel, Karyl Hall reveals the amazingly true story of the
Gnome's fascinating and poetic travels around this amazing
and poetic California Central Coast village.
Twelve alien spaceships took up positions
over the United States. It was a silent alarm. Then, unbeknownst
to the rest of the country, four every-day Americans were beamed
up to meet with the alien commander and his deputy. They learned
the frightening truth about what was going to happen to the
Earth if....it was a very big if. In fact, ifs don’t get any
The Adventures of Little Big Jim by Duncan
McCollum is the first of a series of historical novels about
life in the then-new state of California. Duncan knows whereof
he speaks, drawing on many stories told over the five
generations of his family who first settled in The Golden State
from the time of the Gold Rush.
The Francie LeVillard Mysteries --
One story is drawn from the terrifying early days
of the Third Reich when Sherlock Holmes worked with Francie's
great-grandfather of the Deuxième Bureau. A second is about a
client who goes rogue to bring justice against four people she
holds responsible for her brother's death. And in the third
story, Francie recounts her early days as a political reporter
at a television station in New York.
The fascinating life story of Sam "The Morning
Man" Salerno. He met and interviewed celebrities and top sports
figures galore, in Las Vegas and on the links on the
Monterey Peninsula. In his tenth decade, Sam has a weekly
radio show in the clubhouse next the Del Monte Golf Course
Ross was a television news reporter at the top-rated station in
the #1 market. One frigid winter morning he was sent out
to LaGuardia Airport where the police were pulling a "floater"
out of Flushing Bay. No, not one floater; the one was chained to
another body. The two were victims of the violent drug war that
had long plagued New York. It was the beginning of a trail that
led through more killings and serious personal challenges to a
T J Moran's
first book...a delicious compilation of eleven
Stories for Starving Romantics.
The book is an excellent prop for a single person looking to connect.
Also great bedtime reading to put a smile in your dreams. And T J should
know about the heart. After all he's a cardiologist.
Candace Brinkman arrived at the party
convention with more than enough votes to
deliver the nomination. Plus, she had the money and the machine
– and a ten-point lead in the polls – to win the general
election and send her to the White House. But then Life
intervened, and suddenly the trademark control that had gotten
her this far began to crack.
Once upon a time there was a little
boy named Hamilton, and a little girl named Egberta. They were
the best of friends. They loved to travel, and
Hamilton & Egberta had amazing adventures. A score
of those trips are told in this
were bedtime stories Gerard Rose told to his children decades
ago. More stories are promised.
I was lying on my bed when suddenly the doorbell rang. Maybe
it’s the FedEx guy and he was bringing a positive
reply to one of the myriad resumes I'd sent out. How was it
possible that all those skills and that brilliance could go to
waste. Brilliant? Uh-huh. I was half-way down the staircase when
I realized that there was no doorbell in the house. But that
didn't stop me from looking to see who had rung it.
A Dog's Tale by Ron Wormser...actually it's by Ron
and Pepper, his late miniature
Schnauzer. A delightful, thoughtful, amusing, poignant, engaging,
purposeful story, by two very fine writers.
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most important fictional
characters in all of literature the world around. A member of a
Sherlockian society for the past 30 years, I have contributed numerous papers to their bi-monthly black tie dinner
meetings. The "Musings on Sherlock Holmes" consist of six essays
and a play, all but one of which were delivered/performed before
the Diogenes Club of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
A Rich & Valued Life
is the story of
Martin Needler's more than eight decades on the planet,
beginning in Manchester, England shortly before the Germans
began bombing his city and reporting up through his he important
role he played in illuminating mistakes in U.S. policies in
Latin America .
Anyone who has worked in radio will recognize the people in this
story. Radio is a strange animal in that it attracts people who
are weird but figure that they can hide out behind their voices.
"No Soap, Radio" looks behind the curtain of radio
reporting some of what really happens at some radio stations.
Craghead's first novel, The Enchanted Emerald,
he tells an exciting story of a future, sans technology but
replete with magic, and with young Michael trying to wrest
control from his sister to save all from her evil curses.
features a wide range of cases from the abduction of a stolen
albino ball python to a scurrilous campaign to unseat the
sheriff; an evil sponsor of terrorists to a divorcee plagued by
someone who is playing "pranks" on her in her own house.
The ever-brilliant Yankee Point
detective makes life better for the good people at the expense
of those wearing the black hats.
Albano's Life Is a Bumpy Road is a
(mostly) cheery collection of stories
about his living in New York, his mu-sic, the Mets, fishing, girls, owning
a deli, California, and his great love of people and
A serious journalist, Cody Howard was bounced from his
network reporting job. He wound up in Monterey at a station
where news was not very important. But then he stumbled upon a
big story of prison corruption. Lucky for him, he had made new
friends including neighbor Roy Deki, and Francie LeVillard. Together, they untangle a
curious web of facts and lies that reveal some very important truths.
Police work is not what you see on
TV. In the
real world, it’s tougher, it’s grittier, and there’s a lot more
on the line. Frank DiPaola flew to Los Angeles to maybe become an
actor. Instead he became a cop. He also became an actor. He also
David Thoreau was casually shooting the fall foliage above Paradise
Pond when he saw out of the corner of his eye a flash of color,
an artful form, and a compelling face. It was math instructor
Lauren Stacy. She, too, saw something special in him
that hijacked her attention. It was the beginning of an
In, Western Hero, this latest historical novel from one of our finest
storytellers, Gerard Rose weaves an important tale of courage
and purpose, at home and on the battlefield, as he recounts the
life of a true western hero.
Volume VI of
LeVillard Mysteries features four new cases pitting the
world's finest consulting detective since Sherlock Holmes
against a nefarious real estate agent, a newspaper owner with an
outsized ego, a radio talk show host without scruples, and a
psychiatrist dangerously cheating on her patients.
Pat DuVal escaped the ugliness of the Deep
South when he went into the Army. Mustering out at Ft. Ord, California,
he became the first black deputy in Monterey
County, and also followed his dream of singing.
This is the first collection of the miscellaneous works.
Selected Writings include
novellas, various bits, and a book review. All
except for the book review are fiction. There is some delicious
romance and light humor, smart politics and deep feelings, smart
pitching, and unreality television.
Your Future / How You Can Manifest the Perfect Life
explains how to
reach higher consciousness. No kidding...No gimmicks, no games. A deeply
thoughtful exploration by a man who's done the work himself.
Jennifer is a
screenplay about a social
studies teacher from sleepy Santa Morino, California. Suddenly
she found herself putting her life on the line for her country.
She never thought that she’d be in danger. But that was because
she didn’t realize that politics in Our Nation’s Capital – even
in the Oval Office itself – can be a deadly game.
Rose's For I Have Sinned is another historical novel and
a marvelous sequel to his earlier
Bless Me Father.
His tales are both fact and metaphor, and serve to provide
greater understanding of our own lives.
Phillip Hewes left a good teaching
job in a wealthy area on the Maryland Eastern Shore because it
was too comfortable. He accepted a position teaching English Lit
at Lassen Community College in Redding at the northern end of
the Sacramento Valley. He soon discovered -- first to his
considerable dismay and then to his awe-struck delight -- that
the real reason he had crossed the country had little to do with
teaching college students.
Bless Me Father
Rose's telling historical novel about growing up in the mid-20th
Century. His story mirrors the lives of many people who grew as America did,
through the tumultuous Sixties and the War in Vietnam.
The fifth volume of The
Francie LeVillard Mysteries features
a broad spectrum of
cases, in which the challenges for Francie -- the world's
finest consulting detective -- are both professional and
personal. From dealing with a pseudo godfather to rebutting a
slander campaign against an honest doctor. And then there’s
gangland slaying in Salinas that buckles her knees.
The Shadow Candidate
is a political thriller by consultant Rich Robinson. Plenty of
sex, corruption, and murder, presented by a man who has seen it
all. Read it
before you vote again.
In the fourth volume
of The Francie LeVillard Mysteries, Francie comes
across a clue to a murder on the beach by Spanish Bay in
Code Book. There are five other cases in this book: Her
Brother's Keeper, What a Drag, For the Love of
and Kayaker. All of them will capture your attention.
Live Better Longer is an
important work by Dr. Hugh Wilson, a pioneer in age management. It's
not about Botox; it's about true good health...for life. He
exposes false myths and provides a clear path for many to follow
to a longer and better life.
In volume three of The Francie
LeVillard Mysteries, there is an unnecessary killing in a
case of international intrigue; a brilliant engineer is
suspected of corporate espionage; a third case comes right off
of today's headlines; and then there is the case of a dangerous
man who won't let go.
in LA Noir is a detective novel set in Los Angeles a few years after
WWII. The corruption is ugly, the torture is painful, and the romance
will touch your heart.
In the second volume
of The Francie LeVillard Mysteries, we first go back in time
to the case that turned her into a world-class detective. Next a matter of murder and survival at
her own house. Followed by a frightening case of nuclear
espionage. And finally an ugly tale about the people who are
supposed to be protecting us.
Boy Captain is a excitting fact-based historical novel about American naval hero Joshua
Barney. He was not yet 16 when he became a ship's captain...in the middle of
the Atlantic, during a storm. He later served in the American Navy
during the Revolution and the War of 1812.
The first volume of
The Francie LeVillard Mysteries featuring the finest
consulting detective since Sherlock Holmes. The three stories in
this volume are Doc's
A House Divided,
and Raggedy Ann,
and there is a play,
Flight to Nowhere.
Early Troubles is a first novel by Australian-born Carmel attorney
Gerard Rose. He writes of his Irish roots as the country struggles to be
man dies -- well not really, and only for a split second -- and
then he returns to life on Earth with a vital and terribly
exciting secret he needs to share with the whole planet. Then he
sees this woman at the Aquarium, and at Trader Joe's, and, well,
there's this wonderful dog...
Ramos landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He fought his way across Europe
until Germany surrendered. Then he stayed in the Army through the Cold
War, serving in Europe, Asia, and South America. This is his life story,
The Dedicated Life of an American Solider.
An exciting novel about
an evil woman and her boyfriend who try to kill her ex-husband
through stress. She would do anything to hurt her ex-husband,
including getting involved with a con man. When she is found
dead, the question is was she murdered, or did she kill herself.
It all amounts to a case of Mayhem.
From Terror to Triumph,
true story of Herma Smith Curtis telling of her early life surviving the
Nazi take-over of Austria, and her subsequently successful new life on the Monterey Peninsula.
Autobiography of John Dough, Gigolo
story of a hedge fund manager who quits making money to help 5
very special women make better lives for themselves. There's a
divorcee, two widows, a gangster's moll, and a good friend's
for a Healthy California is a road map for the Golden State,
written by Bill Monning while a highly-esteemed member of the California
Assembly. Subsequently he won a seat in the state senate and became
There are two
stimulating novels in this book...
The Omega Crystal
is about an exciting solar discovery that the oil industry is
sitting on. A news guy, a "spook" and luck come together to
And New Moves follows the story of the
once-news guy and the brilliant spook as they re-locate to the
Three Lives of a Warrior is
the powerful memoir of Phil
Butler, who spent eight years as a prisoner in North Vietnam and
came home to a new life.
Lining is a compelling, dear, engaging, important,
heart-warming story of romance, politics, media, and guns, torn
from today's news headlines, and born from a true situation,
starting with a man shooting off a pistol at noon in the middle
of a main street.
Hustle Is Heaven,
the late Duncan Matteson wrote about his 80 years of
life and becoming a major developer, investor, and
leading philanthropist. (This was a private printing.)
Truth Be Told
is a novelized version of a true story about an historic civil
rights case of sexual harassment against a top-50 American law
school. The school wanted to sweep it under the rug, but an
honest woman and a strong lawyer wouldn't let them.
The Denny LeVett Story...So Far
is a true account of the amazing life of a boy who grew up in
Iowa and later became a pilot, a world-renown antique gun
collector, a sports car race driver, a hotelier, a political
maven, a dog lover, a real estate magnate, and a valued friend
to many. (Coming soon)
The updated version of
The Quality Interview / Getting It Right
on Both Sides of the Mic is based
decades of journalism including over 2,500 interviews. It
explains how to conduct an interview clearly and directly to
elicit -- and deliver -- quality information..
Don't Mess with the Press / How to Write,
Produce, and Report Quality Television News
is a how-to guide to producing the finest in
This book is in the process of being updated and with a new
focus on writing, producing, and reporting news online.
Right Car, Right Price
is a quick and easy guide to finding and buying the car or truck
new or used that best suits your individual needs. The book was
reviewed by Autoweek,
the bible of the industry, which called Right Car, Right
Price "the right stuff."
This was my first
book to be published. A fellow I knew had been contracted to
write it but didn’t want to so he paid me to do it.
Addison-Wesley was the publisher. The market for micro-computers
was changing so rapidly that most of the book was out of date
before it was printed.
Award winning videos by Tony Seton
Divorce -- Collaborative Style is an
half-hour public television report on the how to dissolve a
marriage with integrity, for much less money, and in much
less time. The collaborative process, pioneered in the early
1990s, also works in most other legal disputes because it's
based on two parties being truthful and acting like adults.
is a half-hour public television program that explores
significant changes in child-rearing. This award-winning
documentary is for everyone who
is a parent, or thinking of becoming one. It also notes that not
everyone should be a parent, especially those who are feeling
pushed into having a child by family or friends.