Another book becomes a paperback offering!

Thanks to Gary Stebbins, another of my “Harrison Thomas” mysteries is now available in paperback.  Identity Ride was the second of the series, and is in some ways my favorite, as this book was when I started using real people and events  (modified) in significant ways.  Most of the locales used are real, and some of the events modified just a bit to fit the needs of the plot.  I also really like some of the characters who do not appear it the others.

All 7 of my books are still available as e-readers for any platform from Amazon, of course.    I think Gary’s labors are done for a time, as we do not intend to create paperback versions of the other three. He can relax and wait for the next Harrison Thomas novel, which I am now creating.

Books by David Preston

Motorcycle 201 – 2nd edition.                                             Published 2015 

Meant for people new to motorcycling or those returning to motorcycles after years away.  Information on what to do and not do, what to purchase and how, riding techniques, and a lot more. Includes a glossary of terms. First written in 2000 after my son asked what he’d need to know before he bought a motorcycle. Published as Motorcycle 101 in 2003. Edited and revised to become Motorcycle 201 in 2010. Redone again in 2015.  Available as an e-reader or in paperback.

Mourning Ride                                                                      Published 2011 and 2015

My second novel. The first in the Harrison Thomas mystery series.  Harrison was the English teacher in The Third Marcia, and this novel picks up 25 years later after his wife has been killed.  He takes his Kawasaki Concours on a motorcycle ride in his grief, and adventures ensue.  Available as an e-reader, and now as a paperback as well.  

Motorcycle Heart, Theory, and Practice                             Published 2011

Essays on topics related to motorcycles.  Available only as an e-reader.


The Third Marcia                                                               Published 2012

My first novel!  Originally written in the late 1980’s when I was an English teacher at Kamiakin Junior High.  The characters were fictionalized versions of me, my colleagues, and students.  Sat in a drawer for 25 years until published as an e-reader.  In many ways my favorite book. The English teacher is Harrison Thomas, which became important later.


No Corner Left Unturned                                                   Published 2012

A 2nd book of essays. More motorcycle topics, plus high performance car pieces and other topics of interest.  Available only as an e-reader.


Identity Ride                                                                      Published 2013 and 2015

The 2nd novel of the Harrison Thomas mystery series, prompted by readers of Mourning Ride who liked the main characters and wanted more.  I formed a “plot team” of friends who had read the first one, and they provided terrific plot details and ideas which I used. Harrison starts on a vacation ride on his Kawasaki Concours down the Oregon Coast, and events quickly veer toward the serious. Available as an e-reader and now, as of today, also available in paperback.


Triathlon Ride                                                                    Published 2014

The 3rd novel in the Harrison Thomas mystery series. Harrison meets a woman who’s into triathlons and he begins to attend them in support of her efforts. And then people start to die.  In this one he rides a new Yamaha FJR.  Available both as an e-reader and in paperback.


Farrier Ride

The next Harrison Thomas mystery is underway!       Published in late 2015?


About david

I am a 73 year old motorsports nut who lives in Snohomish, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Rocket 3 (2020) and a 2016 Ford Focus ST. What else would you like to know?
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1 Response to Another book becomes a paperback offering!

  1. Don says:

    I’m not the best writer around so bear with me. I have enjoyed your books greatly. Easy to read. Keeps me focus. Love the action. Even more so, is because I know these places. It’s cool to see them in a different setting. It’s like when I was playing a XBOX about 2 years ago. The setting was in Seattle. The art work was really well done. Even down to the Metro bus sign. Well enough of that. I do want to say I finish reading both your books “Triathlon Ride”. As like I thought. You did a great job. I’m ready for another one. Bartholomew and Harrison need to go on a cross country road trip adventure. Those two really make the book. The neighbor in the wheel chair. I can’t remember her name. But these three really seem to come together good in a story. I like it.
    The way you blinded Harrison in to the “Identity Ride” was great. The idea of using the Seattle underground. For the mystery location. I was not expecting that. One thing for sure you got the rain coming down right. Typical Seattle. Only thing was the story ended or I should say. It was shot. I was just getting into the story of the young lady and the new kid in school. I could see that as longer adventure. But either way it was a very good story and fun to read.

    You have another Harrison Thomas book coming out!! Cool. Will be looking forward to that one as well. So for all three have been great.

    I will say the scene or part of the book where the lady in the triathlon dies was a tear jerker. So emotional. Even I felt pissed off about what the other guy did to kill her. But he got his just reward!!!!

    All your books are great. Not because I know you. Because they are well written, great story line with emotion. Keep your attention focus so you just can’t wait to get to the end. Keep on doing what you are doing!!

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