As a reader, I like historical fiction because it takes me to a time and place where people and circumstances engage my imagination. For the past 15 years, I've written historical fiction for the same reasons. The purpose of this website is to introduce readers, reviewers and book sellers to my books and givesome insight to what I write and why I write.
Because my focus in past years was on writing, little time was spent working on getting published. In Oct 2013 things began to change when Moonshine Cove published Death in Emily 3,the first in a series of four Morgan Westphal historical mysteries.
I recently completed the final volume of the ARRIUS trilogy set in the second century Roman Empire. The novels feature the protagonist Marcus Arrius, a centurion and later
praefectus stationed in Judaea and Britannia who faces not only the
challenges of the battlefield but his own growing disillusionment with
Rome. The first volume, Sacramentum (Oath), was published in July, 2017; Volume Two, Legacy, was published in April, 2018. Volume Three, Enemy of Rome is
projected for release in early January 2019. Meanwhile, a couple of other writing projects are
Looking for Steiner, a modern quasi-mystery/thriller novel set primarily in Vietnam was released in Aug, 2017. Since I already had a novel published that year and to prevent overusing the name "Preston Holtry," it was published under the pen name "Wayne Preston."
Synopses of all my published books are available in this website
Copies of my published books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and e-book. You may also buy them directly from the publisher who will offer (book sellers only) a 50% discount plus S&H for orders of ten or more copies
I am a member of the Historical Novel Society which recently reviewed The Good Thief, book 4 of the Westphal mystery series and the first two books of the ARRIUS Trilogy, Sacramentum and Legacy. The reviewer for Legacy ended by saying: "Recent military realities are reflected in this book and contribute to its intensity. It is a gripping read. I am looking forward to the third book in the series."
I also have an author page on Amazon and a profile on Goodreads. If you've readthe novelsand liked them, I encourage you to write reviews on Amazon or B&N saying that you did.
You can learn more about me and my approach to writing by visiting the "Bio" page.