Nathan was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1982, and although his family moved when he was only two, he still pines for “the Good Life.” He was raised in the small town of Campbellsport, Wisconsin, where his father was (and still is) the pastor of a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Nathan’s mother homeschooled him and his sister, and he gives his family great credit for instilling Godly values inside of him. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and prayers.” After graduating from high school, Nathan attended Crown College in Minnesota, where he met his future wife, Sierra. They were married in 2004 and now live in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In his free time, Nathan enjoys relaxing with his family, traveling, and snowboarding. He is also an avid college football fan, especially when it comes to his Nebraska Cornhuskers.
God, Girls, Golf & the Gridiron (Not Always in That Order)...A Love Story
Josh Roosevelt is in love.
And that’s only the beginning of his problems.
Returning from college to the small town of Morgan, Nebraska, Josh finds himself smitten with Erica Chamberlain. But the course to true love is lined with traps and hazards, from Josh’s inability to decode female signals, to her missions trip to Haiti and the threat of tropical romance, to introspection over the purity of his motives.
Meanwhile, his lifelong church has lost its mind—if not its soul. The new pastor (who replaced Josh’s dad) has a different gimmick every week and the quirky young adults group is constantly on the verge of revolt. Nothing is sacred anymore, but Josh doesn’t know if he’s just bitter because of what happened to his parents or if dear old Morgan Bible has really gone off the deep end.
With the help of his best friends Scotty and Cassie, and with plenty of metaphorical advice from Scotty’s golf-loving dad, Josh spends a summer pursuing Erica and contemplating his relationship with God. Will he ever get his chance to win her heart? And in what condition will he ultimately find his?
God, Girls, Golf & the Gridiron (Not Always in That Order) . . . A Love Story is a delightful read, filled with amusing, humorous characters and their real-life struggles and questions.
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Chasing the Wind - The Douglas Files: Book Five
Adventure, Action, Mystery
When renowned art connoisseur Alec Vanderbilt died, he left behind a centuries-old Bible that is a cherished family heirloom, a valuable collectors’ piece, and a possible treasure trove of CIA intel from Alec’s time with “the Company.” So P.I. Jackson Douglas knows reclaiming it for Alec’s daughter Abby (who claims to be its rightful owner) won’t be easy. But should it really be this hard?
Complicating matters are a host of government agencies, fake federal agents, spies, ex-girlfriends, and Alec’s son—each of whom wants the Bible for various reasons. However, nobody causes Jackson and Abby as much trouble as the mystery woman who joins the hunt with them—and against them—and then back with them—then back against them . . .
Pursuit of the Bible takes them from an opulent downtown L.A. hotel to an art gala on Santa Catalina Island, and from a game of cat-and-mouse aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight to a snow-covered mountain hideaway—with plenty of mayhem in between. If Jackson is ultimately to procure the Bible for Abby, he’ll need to stay one step ahead of the entire gang—not to mention stay alive long enough to figure out how to pull it off.
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Shot List - The Douglas Files: Book Four
P.I. Jackson Douglas has made a life and a name dodging bullets. But not this time.
After being shot and left to bleed out in an L.A. cemetery on New Year’s Eve, Jackson wakes in the hospital, attempting to recall the face of the shooter and the events that brought him to the cemetery in the first place. As he recovers—bugging the doctor to release him and relying on a particular nurse to look after him—he replays the previous three months, trying to figure out who wants him dead. East Coast mobsters? Corrupt Mexican businessmen? Someone (a scornful starlet, a creepy stalker) from his brief stint working in Hollywood? All of them have motives, but even as he relives his adventures—one of which led him to the cemetery—the pieces refuse to fall into place.
Identifying his shooter isn’t the only thing on Jackson’s mind. For several months, he’s been tormented by the choices (and their repercussions) he’s made since becoming a private eye. Is it time for him to give up the business for good? Will his quest to find his shooter give him new purpose? And how will he respond when he finds out he may not be the shooter’s only target?
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All an Illusion - The Douglas Files: Book Three
Adventure, Action, Mystery
Attorney Hillary McKenzie is not only the most beautiful woman Jackson has ever met, but also the most infuriating. To make matters worse, she’s his late brother’s fiancée and he owes her. So when she hires him to find a Las Vegas call girl named Arielle Coal—hoping that Arielle will testify on behalf of her client—he swallows his disdain for Hillary and for the task at hand and accompanies her to Sin City.
Locating Arielle proves tricky, and once Jackson finds her, the real trouble begins. He and Hillary become entangled in a web connecting Arielle to a U.S. senator, a local casino owner, and a host of shady characters. What links them all hits a little too close to home, and when the bodies start piling up, Jackson wants out.
Hillary refuses to quit, however, drawing them deeper into the web. From the streets of Las Vegas to the penthouse of a Strip resort to a decommissioned military base next to a small, peculiar town in the desert, Jackson and Hillary pursue the truth. When their chase endangers her life, Jackson is pushed to his physical, mental, and emotional breaking point. Can he pull a rabbit out of his hat, or will his and Hillary’s lives go up in smoke?
All an Illusion is a fast-paced, pulse-pounding adventure that won’t let you go, with excitement and danger ratcheting up at every turn, right until the explosive climax!
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Three's a Crowd - The Douglas Files: Book Two
For P.I. Jackson Douglas, working three cases at once is nothing compared to dealing with his three clients:
Ryan (the brunette) shows up at Jackson’s house drunk, thinking he’s Douglas Jackson—who was just found murdered under the Manhattan Beach Pier. Jackson invites her to stay with him until he can find out who killed Douglas Jackson and why—and what Ryan’s connection is to the murder. But she seems more interested in seducing him than revealing anything about her past.
Stephanie (the blonde) is being abused by her husband when Jackson chances upon her and rescues her. She has nowhere else to turn, and he promises he’ll take care of her. But the situation doesn’t seem to have any plausible solutions, and the longer Jackson harbors a married woman, the more he starts to question his motivations.
Marissa (the redhead) arrives at Jackson’s house seeking shelter from a boyfriend she fears is trying to kill her. Less than 24 hours earlier, that boyfriend had hired Jackson to find her. Sorting out fact from fiction entangles Jackson in a case of corporate espionage with national security at stake.
Relying heavily on a female detective who owes him one and a female journalist with a knack for getting at the facts—and getting under his skin—Jackson puts in long hours in an effort to create three happy endings. What effect will failure have on Ryan, Stephanie, and Marissa? And what toll will success take on him?
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Overnight Delivery - The Douglas Files: Book One
California P.I. Jackson Douglas intends to sleep half of his 30th birthday away. After all, it’s just another painful reminder of the tragedy his life has become, and avoidance seems to be the only coping mechanism that works.
But plans change when Jackson is contacted by his neighbor Connie and a “valley girl” named Shay, both of whom want to hire him. He reluctantly takes their cases, and while both seem harmless enough, he can’t shake the feeling that things are not what they appear.
Jackson’s ambiguous misgivings finally begin to take shape when Shay disappears. Jackson spends a hectic night chasing across Los Angeles, using every resource available to help Shay while simultaneously seeking to unravel the elusive truth about her identity. The search thrusts him into a decade-old feud between rival L.A. gangs, repeatedly putting his life in danger and forcing him into decisions that could change his life forever. Only when morning breaks does Jackson realize his cases are intertwined, leading to a showdown with a gang leader while everyone’s life hangs in the balance.
Black Male: a Douglas Files Short
Jackson Douglas is only an associate at MTR Investigative Services, and that for all of three weeks. But when a potential client shows up late one Friday, he offers to help.
Reggie Cameron is weeks away from opening a new restaurant, and his ex-wife’s sister, Leila, wants in on the action. Unless Reggie makes her a partner, she plans to tell the world that he stole twenty-five thousand dollars from her stepfather—and Reggie’s former employer. Reggie insists he didn’t do it, but fears Leila will use his past to stereotype him as a thuggish black jock, adding credence to accusations that could ruin him before his new career gets started.
Since none of the pros at MTR are available to take the case, Jackson is left to work alone. Hoping to prove Leila is actually the thief, he spends his Saturday tailing her and observes unusual behavior that appears to tie her to a local crime family. Despite the danger, Jackson pushes on, determined to help Reggie for reasons he can’t explain. Will he incriminate Leila in time, and in his efforts to do so, will he end up pushing too far?
WinterKill - A Douglas Files Short
A weekend ski trip with a trio of beautiful women should be a lot of fun.
If they didn’t have it in for Jackson.
And if one of them wasn’t being hunted by killers.
Jackson’s brother’s fiancée, Hillary, has been receiving death threats, likely tied to her career as a defense attorney. Getting away for a relaxing weekend seems prudent until they find evidence that someone is following their group. Hillary refuses to turn back, which puts Jackson on edge, seeing snipers behind ski lifts and questioning the loyalty of his traveling companions. And when a heavy snowstorm strands them all in their palatial cabin with a mysterious stranger, his paranoia seems perfectly apropos.
As the night wears on, fears become reality. Killers breach the cabin, forcing the group to use whatever means necessary to fight for their survival. As dawn nears, they hatch a plan to save themselves. But will they escape from danger, or place themselves in its very midst?
All is Calm?
Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and joy. But for the pastor of a church intent on transforming a simple living nativity into a Christmas Eve extravaganza at the last minute, there’s little room for holiday sentiments. From dramatic rewrites of the biblical Christmas story by a wannabe playwright to construction workers who can’t erect a stable stable, and from dueling gourmets unable to agree on the menu to an energetic 74-year-old woman with grandiose visions of recreating the ancient Holy Land in the sanctuary, the entire event seems destined for failure from the beginning. Throw in a series of mishaps, feuds between choir members, a shortage of actors to play Mary and Joseph, and the pressure of having four days to put it all together, and it’s (almost) enough to make a preacher cuss.
Can this church of crazy characters pull off their grand production? Can an overwhelmed pastor keep his sanity while managing all the details and simultaneously trying to prepare a sterling post-play sermon to impress his mentor? Can everybody survive when Christmas Eve dawns and the mayhem really starts? And can the true message of Christmas avoid getting lost in all the chaos?
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The Book of Levi
Parody, Satire, Christian
I don’t know where I’m going. I only know I felt a call. Not an out loud voice, not a vision in the clouds, nothing with any drama. More of a knot in my stomach. A duty. A resolution of course.
The world has changed since I started out. I can’t even remember how long it’s been, or sometimes, what it was like before I did. Or before It happened. All I know is what I see around me all the time, everywhere, constantly.
It started too long ago to remember and too innocently to even trigger an alarm. I suppose that’s how all the great disasters begin. Innocuously. It was never intended to be a movement of evil.
I don’t know if I can stop it. I don’t know if I can do anything. But that knot in my stomach, it tells me there is purpose in my journey. I don’t know what that purpose may or may not be. I guess when the journey ends, I’ll know. But for now, I walk on—alone—in faith.