It’s been a while since I’ve sent out a Newsletter, and I’ve actually gotten e-mails through my website from people saying they look forward to my Newsletters more than my books. I’m sure they’re just kidding.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. With most of the Covid restrictions lifted, things seem to be getting back to normal.

As I announced in my last Newsletter, the new Rebecca Watson crime thriller, titled, Minutes to Midnight, was published on October 31. Here’s a quick rundown on the book.
Detective Rebecca Watson of the Eugene Falls Police Department is getting ready for her Drill Weekend in the Navy Reserves when she gets the call from her lieutenant. He wants her to check a crime scene of a serial killer who was severely injured during an automobile accident while transporting bodies in 55-gallon drums. Her boss believes this is an open and shut case, but upon further investigation Watson realizes the serial killer had a partner. While working the case, she is activated in the Navy onboard the USS Vella Gulf.
While working onboard the ship, she uncovers there may be a serial killer on the Vella Gulf who is murdering prostitutes in each port. Nothing can prepare her for the gauntlet of turmoil and trouble that may lead to her demise by uncovering the true motive behind the murders.
Relentlessly pursuing two unknown serial killers, one at home and one at sea throws Watson into emotional disorder as she fights to keep control—driven to bring these monsters to justice.
Okay, so it’s more than a quick sneak-peak of the book, but I thank you for pushing through. And if you enjoy what you’ve read so far, here’s the link to purchase the book. Minutes to Midnight (A Rebecca Watson Novel Book 2) (

November. I’ve always had a great fascination with November. Fall rolling in. The leaves changing colors. And family get togethers for Thanksgiving. For me, this day is about family and friends. Growing up, we’d gather around the table to celebrate this festive holiday at a different relative’s house each year. The food was always amazing, and the desserts were divine. By the time you finished stuffing yourself, usually around the fourth helping, we’d gather around the television and watch football.

After joining the Navy and having my own family, these annual trips back to my hometown became sparse. Being deployed meant leaving loved ones behind. During these times apart, I developed another family—a military one. Although we couldn’t be home enjoying home-cooked food, we still had a pretty good spread from the cooks on the ships. It’s one of the few times the Navy went all out for their sailors. And the NFL provided the games through the Armed Forces Network. Getting the games were great because it brought a little home to those of us who enjoyed watching football on Thanksgiving.

After retiring from the Navy, being able to meet every year with friends and family has been wonderful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for my service to my country. Although I can never get the time back, I missed with my family, the experiences and relationships I’ve established while serving helped me through those hard times.

Since retiring, I discovered yet another family—a family of writers. Writing never came easy to me. In fact, it had been elusive. A foreign concept. One I didn’t start until 2011. That’s until I discovered the Panhandle Writers Group, a group of local writers who meet once a week to help each other become better at the craft, no matter the genre. I’ve since published six books.
As I sit here writing this article, I realize I’m truly thankful for the many blessing in my life. I have a loving family, great friends, a supportive writers group, and readers like you.
I hope you’ve found something to be grateful and thankful for this holiday. And if you’re reading this article, I’m grateful for your patience to read all the way to the end.

Warmest regards,

James Glass

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James Glass retired from the United States Navy after 22 years of service. After retiring, he exchanged his rifle for a pen. He and his family moved back to the Florida Panhandle. He’s married and has two children. James is also the President of the Panhandle Writer's Group.

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