It is with great honor that I find myself the featured author on the site of Caleb and Linda Pirtle today with my new book release WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW. You can find it at and I hope you’ll take a look at it. He does such a great job with presenting authors and their books.

I appreciate all of you who have been so supportive of my books and thank each and every one of you. If you’ve read any of them and would like to leave a review on, simply go to the book’s page and scroll down to Customer Reviews and write it there.

Author Jackie Taylor Zortman





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WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW – Released today!

Just released ! I am re-releasing my book WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW as its second edition after two years of it being unavailable. It is the exact same book with a different cover. The Kindle is up on Amazon right now at You’ll find the paperback at

.  I’m very excited to have Pete’s book available again. If you click on the cover, it should enlarge for a better view.

All his life, Pete had a passion for wolves, which is the reason I chose this cover for his book. I want to see him live on within the pages and help those who have lost someone near and dear to them. I appreciate all of you who have supported me and this book in it’s original edition and in the second.

My grandson, Pete.


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  • Jake is still anxious to meet you and can’t understand why that feeling isn’t mutual. Afterall, he’s a super nice guy with good looks and a warm personality. Miss Berta adores him from the moment she meets him and Tomi is beside herself to get to know him better. He has warm attractions to Berta as his mother figure and Tomi as a love interest, though not one of those together forever kind of deals. Not him. That’s not his style.

Jake knows a thing or two about fighting wildfires and is on the spot when one breaks out. I forgot to tell you he’s a Hotshot firefighter and he also rides a cool looking Harley and doesn’t even own any other vehicle.

If you want to know why he stopped in Kimble, Colorado and why Miss Berta makes him her pseudo-son, read the ending and it will knock your socks off. I promise!

You can meet Jake at . Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle. Amazon’s got that covered with a FREE download at and you can read it on all your devices.


You don’t want to miss this one!


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Read an excerpt from: JAKE-Whiskey Water & Wildfire

Jake is a handsome free-wheeling firefighter with a Harley. He rides until his clairvoyance tells him he has arrived where he’s supposed to be. This time he is drawn to a wildfire like a moth to a flame where he meets luscious little Tomi in her cowboy boots and short skirt, and Miss Berta who immediately makes him her pseudo-son. Why does he allow that? The ending tells it all and will surprise you.


From experience Jake knew that fire-fighting brought out some primal instinct that would only be sated with good sex. Tonight was not going to be an exception. They clung to each other in what seemed to be physical and emotional desperation to prove one had survived and needed the comfort and warmth of another person. Jake believed it had something to do with having stared the Grim Reaper square in the face. Since that wouldn’t apply to Tomi, it was a puzzle for Jake that she seemed to feel it, too.


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My new book: JAKE – Whiskey, Water & Wildfire

My new book is an eBook novella and is now available on at . It is called JAKE –  Whiskey, Water & Wildfire and is $4.99. This is the first of three novellas in my Drifters Series and is a Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle, Amazon has a FREE Kindle reader, and you can download it in seconds to read it on your PC, tablet or phone.

Jake is a woman’s wildest dream and a Hotshot Firefighter with a Harley. He rides for miles in all weather conditions until some town mentally flags him down. When he rides into Kimble, Colorado all he wants is ice water and food for his rumbling gut. Inside a cafe he finds someone he isn’t looking for, and Tomi causes him to break all his steadfast rules.

When a wildfire ignites, Jake is the only one on scene prepared to fight it. It’s what he’s trained for and the thing he loves to do the most.

What makes Jake feel that Kimble, Colorado is where he’s meant to be? Why does Miss Berta adopt him as her pseudo-son and why is he drawn to her as a mother figure? Are the answers simmering inside the fire or is it something else?  The ending will surprise you.

If you happen to buy and read it, it would be awesome if you’d take a minute to write a review on Just a couple of lines will do. On the other hand, if you hate it, please don’t bother.

As always, your comments are most welcome.

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It’s Starting to Resemble “THE SHINING” Around Here

The winter and constant snow we are having is normal. The problem is we haven’t had “normal” for several years now, so we have become spoiled. We enjoyed those clear roads back and forth to Ridgway and/or Montrose. Today the snow is coming down steadily. It’s actually quite pretty since there is no wind to blow it in all directions. Since we have a healthy snowpack already on the ground, things are eerily quiet. Snow tends to muffle sounds effectively, so we hear very little. That adds to my reference to “The Shining”. Since we live up high, I can see the highway easily and areas of town on days when the snow is a gentle veil instead of a solid white curtain with roaring winds. However, there is little traffic to see today and the highway south might be closed for avalanche control. That has been a huge problem this winter and it is frequently closed for that reason. The wild critters are hanging close to our deck, hoping for food of any kind. They are good at stealing the birdseed. The buck in the picture just lost his antlers yesterday. Now we can’t tell the bucks from the does.

In reality, this sort of day is perfect to tend to things such as chili for dinner, the ever growing weekly pile of dirty laundry or working on one’s latest book. I intend to do all three of those things. After lunch I also plan to grab my Kindle and read a good book for a few hours.

Like our cat, I tend to be lazy and sleepy on these long winter days when I don’t even want to venture outside. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or if it’s good to actually give your body permission to relax and rest. My guess is it is the latter.

I have my next book, a novella, written and professionally edited.  That has kept me busy for a very long time and I need to tend to the final details. Meantime, I am off to the kitchen to make a big pot of chili.

Thanks for stopping by. As always, I’d love to hear your comments.



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Yes, My Husband Worked the BTK Investigations

Homicide Detective R. B. Zortman

My husband’s first twenty-year law enforcement career was for the Wichita Police Department in Kansas. He was a detective for  thirteen years, a homicide detective for the final eleven and retired in October 1981 as the senior homicide detective for the last three.  I am frequently asked if he worked the BTK cases. Yes, he worked the first four BTK cases in January 1974, April 1974, March 1977 and December 1977. He even spent the night in  the Otero home (the first case, with four victims) as both a detective and SWAT Team member on the theory that killers often like to return to the scene of their crimes.

Recently there has been a lot of publicity about those BTK cases, but I’m not here to talk about the specifics of them. I’m going to focus on some strange personal ironies that occurred between the first four cases from 1974 through 1977, the last ones between 1985 and 1991 and his arrest in 2005.

When BTK was arrested on February 25, 2005, the name of the street where he was taken into custody was Kechi Parkway. I’d never heard the name Kechi (Key-cheye) before, and I liked it. My husband mentioned it was a Native American name. We were awaiting the flight and arrival of our now fourteen year old Siamese cat from Little Rock, Arkansas, so I decided we’d name the new kitty Kichai, which is the way the Indians spell it. It means He who walks in the sand.

An irony that cropped up after the arrest is that my husband’s homicide partner’s wife worked for a bank near Park City, Kansas  and unknowingly managed transactions with BTK many times during the years my hubby and his partner were searching for him. In addition, they lived just three miles from the home of BTK.

While reading “A Serial Killer’s Daughter”, I discovered that BTK rode the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge railroad train in May 1999. We live just twenty miles from Silverton and went there often to watch the train come in and the passengers disembark. Most of them immediately went to a nearby restaurant for lunch where we frequently ate among the train passengers. There’s a good chance we sat and ate lunch in the same room with BTK and never knew it. If not, we likely saw him get off the train with his daughter.

While publicizing her book on Dr. Phil the other day, Kerri Rawson said she believes we aren’t catching this sort of criminal quickly enough because they are looking for someone who isn’t normal in appearance. However, from the very start, my husband told me BTK was not going to look like some weirdo. He would not stand out in a crowd.  In appearance, he’d look very much like the average guy next door.

Personally, I am enjoying reading Kerri Rawson’s book. It is well written and, to me, quite interesting. I hope she has great success with it and that it gives her a measure of closure. Her book is “A Serial Killer’s Daughter”. She has a perspective that nobody else could possibly have and I hope writing it was cathartic.


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This morning it suddenly occurred to me that I have neglected my blog far too long. I’ve been totally engrossed in my work in progress that is taking me in a totally new direction. When I’m seriously writing, I tend to neglect the housework, and meals aren’t up to par, either. My husband is extremely patient when I am at my computer all day but I am starting to notice signs of cabin fever in him, which is unusual.

With all the snow we are having this winter, coupled with cold temperatures and wind, getting outside to walk has become a rare treat. Since we do that together, I know the hubby misses it, as I do.  I am once again watching  snow accumulate as I write this. The positive side is new snow will keep him occupied shoveling, snow-blowing and plowing, and all of those chores give him aerobic exercise while it occupies his mind.

An author friend of mine suggested I write something different for a change, both in size and subject. Oddly, a title and protagonist immediately leaped into my mind. It is nothing like what I’ve written in the past for the last seven years in books and twenty-six years in short stories and articles. It is coming soon, and I will save the reveal for the big moment.

I have to tell you it is very refreshing and has put a new lilt in my enthusiasm to write. It has been a lot of fun and I am finally reaching the end of the project, with things like formatting and cover yet to be accomplished. It was still a lot of hard work, and perhaps even more work than usual, but I love the new direction.

Sometimes that is all we need in our lives – focusing in a new direction. It has worked for me and I’ll bet it will work for you, if you are ever in that bogged down feeling that sometimes haunts us during the winter months when the weather controls our lives.

Thanks for stopping by and as I always remind you, comments are most welcome.



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My guest author today, J. L. Greger,  is a fellow member of the Public Safety Writers Association and also a  friend and author. She is a triple threat, being a scientist, research administrator and novelist. Her new book The Flu is Coming is being released at just the perfect time and her suggestion as to when it might be best to read it, is right on the money.

Snowbound vs. Quarantined

Author J. L. Greger

As a child on a farm in Illinois in the 1950s I thought being “snowed in” was a fun adventure. As an adult I think it’s worrisome. I bet many of us will find themselves snowbound this winter. We already have in some parts of New Mexico  — which is unusual.

Let’s put being snowbound into perspective. The isolation for most of us lasts only a couple of days. Our main concerns are cancelled plans, snow removal, and nerves frayed by kids’ and spouses’ whines. If we’re honest, the snow is beautiful.

Now let’s consider the isolation of a quarantine. Under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, states can invoke legally enforceable quarantines to control epidemics and to respond to acts of bioterrorism. A legal quarantine would only be invoked in the U.S. when there are no effective treatments or preventative measures, e.g. vaccines, for a contagious disease. Basically, the rights of a few individuals are lost (They’re isolated.) to protect the larger population.

Pretty scary. Thus, I thought a quarantine was the perfect situation for my new novel — The Flu Is Coming.

In The Flu Is Coming, a new type of flu — the Philippine flu — kills nearly half of the residents in an upscale, gated community in less than a week. A quarantine is invoked. It makes those who survive virtual prisoners in their homes. The Centers for Disease Control recruit Sara Almquist, a resident of the community, to apply her skills as an epidemiologist to find ways to limit the spread of the epidemic. As she pries into her neighbors’ lives, she finds promising scientific clues but unfortunately, she also identifies the criminal past of several of her neighbors Violence erupts when they try to escape the quarantine.

Don’t you think The Flu Is Coming would be the perfect book to read when you’re snowbound or anytime?


The paperback version of The Flu Is Coming is available at: The Kindle version at:


Bio: J.L. Greger is a scientist and research administrator turned novelist. She likes to include tidbits of science in her award-winning thriller/mystery novels: Murder: A Way to Lose, Riddled with Clues, and others. To learn more, visit

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Decided it was time to take down my Christmas blog when I got an email from my husband’s cousin telling me it looks great today. This is that time of year when I lose track of time and stay so busy I have to keep my schedule very handy. We have somewhere to be every single day this week and into the next one. In between appointments, I have managed to rewrite my WIP about six times. May this be the last one before my editor gets it. But I consider that real progress, considering the just passed holidays and the hubbub that goes with it.

We had a quiet New Year’s Eve with my hub sleeping through the midnight fireworks and  me pretty much not able to see them very well due to the falling snow. Oh yes, we have plenty of snow to keep us busy with shovels, snowblowers and the snow plow on the Jeep. But that’s what we expect in Colorado. What we don’t expect are these unusually cold temperatures that have been hanging around lately. It was minus four degrees when we got up. But it was a sweltering sixteen by the time we left for Montrose and twenty when we returned several hours later.

However, the purpose of this post is simply to update my blog and to hope all of you had a safe and happy new year’s eve and are enjoying 2019 so far. If I pull myself together soon, I might even take down the tree and Christmas decorations on schedule this Sunday.


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