Cash-and-Carry (book 5)

Candy, the current headstrong love of Austin Texas teen Steven Paul, is determined to make a difference when she signs up for a 30-day stint aboard the Greenpeace ship, The Manatee. Her goal, to help bring to the world’s attention, the cruel business of shark fin harvesting. Candy promises to call from every port of call.

A call does come, but not from Candy, but from a local Austin news woman, Stacey Keys, and the news is devastating-Candy’s been plucked from the ship by unknown kidnappers leaving Steven Paul no choice-he has to gather his crew and find and rescue Candy based upon the barest of clues. Steven Paul and crew set off in what turns out to be an odyssey rife with peril.

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Poached (book 4)

The summer of ’76 continues. Battered and bruised, Steven Paul seeks only relaxation when he makes a promise, in jest, to the beautiful West Austin woman he’s infatuated with–a promise in which if certain events were to occur, he’d join forces with the lovely, headstrong woman in her desire to bring about change in the nefarious international business of dealing in poached animal parts. In making the promise, Steven Paul is secure in the knowledge he has a better chance of being struck by lightning. but then lightning strikes. Steven Paul, the young woman, and his crew are off on an insane mission to make a difference. The mission leads them to Central America and they soon learn that poaching is indeed a deadly business.

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Wayward (book 3)

It’s the summer of ’76 and a nice Cuban family living in exile in Austin, Texas is thrilled when their teenage duaghetr is befriended by another teenage Cuban girl. It’s a happy time for all until their once-lovely daughter turns moody, distant, disturbed, and finally disappears. Their one and only clue an impound notice for her abandoned car. Distraught, the family turns to their churchgoing friend, Detective Williams, an Austin PD investigator. Bad news is, their daughter is of age and so there is little he can do officially. Yet, he thinks he can help by introducing them to a resourceful West Austin teen he’s recently befriended. With introductions made, everyone hopes that the wayward teenager will simply be found and convinced to return home. This hope fades as Steven Paul’s seemingly simple quest turns deadly.

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Vertigo (book 2)

A Texas oil tycoon’s daughter is held hostage in a villa outside Rio de Janeiro, and both the US and Brazilian governments are unable or unwilling to do anything to help.

A black Austin City detective named Williams may have an unorthodox solution. Through his investigation of unrelated crimes in the exclusive West Austin Tarrytown neighborhood he has come to know and respect a young scofflaw named Steven Paul. He believes this young man and his motley crew may be the answer to the prayers of his fellow church-going friend, the girl’s father, and he decides to make the introduction.

Only two thousand miles and a strongman separate Steven Paul and his crew of youngsters from success in their mission.

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Hindsight (Debut Novel)

It’s the summer of ’76, and Steven Paul is days shy of his seventeenth birthday, when he hooks up with his oddball friends for a day in their local West Austin, Tarrytown park. The plan is simple – the consumption of cold beer, cheap weed, and a large Conan’s pizza.

All’s well in the exclusive park when a seemingly frail bull terrier catches the boys’ attention. This dog is an oddity, for stray dogs do not exist in this part of town. High and their curiosity piqued by this abnormality, the boys feel compelled to investigate.

The timid and skittish dog leads Steven Paul into a ransacked house next to the park and onto a crime scene that sets into motion a string of events with far-reaching consequences.

It’s survival of the fittest.

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Dear Reader:

I’m writing you this letter to welcome you to As an aspiring author my website is still in its infancy, and as a new novelist, I hope my early novels will gain a following that will in turn allow this site to evolve.

Much as I hate to admit it, because of alcohol, cars and a compulsion to help friends, I’m currently an inmate at the Polunsky Unit, home to Texas’s Death Row, thank God only near it, not on it.

“Write what you know,” the how-to books teach. Hmm, okay, that gave me some pause? I know myself and my talent for getting into trouble. Nothing to write home about, but perhaps entertaining?

Now my thoughts often take me back in time, and this is where I would like to invite you readers to tag along. Go back with me to the year 1976, back to the big city of Austin and its wealthy section, Tarrytown. Back to a time when everything was possible, when my friends and I teemed with optimism, and mortality was not on our radar. I believe you will enjoy our antics, our adventures, perhaps enough to make you smile, laugh, keep you in suspense, make you want to turn the page. I invite you to have some excitement with us, safely, vicariously.

Writing my first novel was the hardest endeavor I have ever embarked upon. There was no path of least resistance, only obstacles to overcome. Now the ball’s in your court. Take a chance and read “Hind- sight,” the first novel in the “Steven Paul” series. I believe you’ll find my friends and me colorful characters. “Vertigo,” second in the series, is soon to be in the editing phase, and the third, titled “Wayward,” will be fast on Vertigo’s heels. I hope you will read and enjoy. I look forward to your feedback. I can be reached through this site or directly via snail mail at: Steven Wilson 1638937, Polunsky Unit, 3872 FM 350 South, Livingston, TX 77351, or at for the price of a postage stamp. Selected letters will be printed and answered here. Happy reading!

Sincerely, Steven Paul