STATES OF EXILE release Nov 2020

Dennis Jung – author

Dear Readers: My last novel (2020) STATES OF EXILE, was just selected as a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. That makes the fourth of my novels to be selected as a finalist. I can’t seem to break the ceiling. I’ve just completed my ninth novel, THE SIREN’S REFRAIN. In this story, the renowned travel writer, Leon Riser, is facing not only middle age but terminal illness. He has sequestered himself in his cabin in the Rockies, his only companion his private duty nurse, Fumiko Sato. An unexpected visit from his former step-daughter Bella forces him to revisit his troubled on and off again twenty-five-year love affair with Bella’s mother, the famous singer-songwriter Lou An Catskill whom he has not spoken with in over five years. It seems that Lou Ann, who struggles with Bipolar Disorder, has gone off the grid and walked out on her current husband. Bella enlists Loen’s help in finding her.

Out of obligation to Bella, Leon puts aside his physical limitations and conflicted emotions, and agrees to accompany Bella as far as Santa Fe, Lou Ann’s most recent domicile. Fumiko agrees to accompany them. All is not as it seems for Lou Ann’s current husband, who has ties to the Dixie Mafia, has his own reasons for wanting to find Lou Ann.

  Their search results in a sometimes painful reexamination of the seminal chapters in Leon’s and Lou Ann’s relationship.  All the while, Lou Ann is forced to face up to her own culpability in the failure of their relationship. Their separate but parallel cross-country odysseys eventually lead to Austin, culminating in revelations and reckonings amid the specter of violence. At its heart, THE SIREN’S REFRAIN is a story of a relationship that has endured both the passage of time and the very bonds that enabled and threatened it.  Settings include Colorado, Tahiti, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, the Big Island, Nicaragua, Honolulu, the Texas Hill Country, Austin, and the Yucatan.  Hopefully, it will be published early next year.

My two previous novels are available through the online book store at  This is probably the quickest way to order a copy. My earlier novels that were available on Amazon and were published by Martin Brown Publishing may not be available currently due to the publisher going out of business. I hope to republish them soon through Kindle Direct. Stay tuned.  

  My previous novel (published Dec 2019), THE ANGEL’S CHAIR, was selected as a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book awards in the Adventure/Drama category.

      The first novel in the Harper Harris series, STILL LIFE IN A RED DRESS, was selected as a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in the Adventure/Drama category. This novel also won First Place in the Mystery/Suspense category in the 2011 Southwest Writers Workshop Annual Awards. There was a nice mention of this novel on my publisher’s blog site  that I have included in my blog.



    I have included short essays about my books under the BOOKS Header. First chapters can be found in the SAMPLER Section. As always, I welcome comments and reviews on my blog or the Amazon site.

   I became interested in writing novels after receiving encouragement from friends who read my letters relating my travels in Asia and the Pacific. My use of visual imagery and my sense of place are what make my novels as much an escape to a geographical location as the mental landscape of my characters. Tapping into my background in anthropology, I weave into my stories a sense of the mythical and the universal in the human experience – the drama and the conflicts that consume us all, regardless of culture.

    For some additional insight into my take on writing fiction, I encourage you to go to my blog page and read my short essay THE ART OF THE LIE.  My novels appeal to readers who enjoy an escape to a world outside their experience. My characters, many of them loosely based on actual people, are often complicated and flawed, and for that reason, they don’t fit neatly into ones expectations of their motives, actions, or the outcomes of my stories. I also like to weave into my stories threads of history, a certain philosophical viewpoint, and my own personal viewpoint of the human condition. What I hope to accomplish is to tell a good story. I hope you enjoy them.

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