Allow me to take you on a journey within the twisted churning void of my inner self.

Within these pages may you find the essence that is me – may I guide you through the tunnels of my thoughts and bath you in the radiant glow of my opinion.

I offer you ‘Dann’ just as I am..

Many ask me why l write.
I write my books for me.
I tell my stories for my readers.


I am not sure if my works are badly written good stories or well written bad stories.

Not too sure if I care either way.

I do care that, in my “Walk With Dann Collection”, I am telling my life as brutally truthful as possible via a fictional perspective.

In shame and in honour.

I learned as I wrote and I wrote as I learned. Now as I work on various projects I can say that I am an ‘Author’. And I do so with pride.

Which brings us to my latest published work.

A book I pray no other soul ever will have to write.

The mere writing of which has damaged me in a way that cannot and will not be healed.

My second born Son, Delaney “Jordan” McLean Verner, spent eleven years in the care of Ontario’s Catholic Children’s Aid Society.

During those eleven years he managed to either fall or be pushed through every crack in our broken child welfare social services system.

After the 11 years he was  “Aged Out” of their system. This is the practice of releasing the youth with a monthly cheque into society at the age of majority. To continue their live’s as adults.

Whether they are ready or not. “BUBBA” was not ready. Eleven years later he would tie a karate belt around his neck and the hang himself on Christmas Morning 2019.

Although “BLACK DIAMOND: BUBBA’S STORY” is the biography of my son, but it is also a “”CALL OF AWARENESS TO THE PLIGHT OF OUR CHILD SOCIAL SERVICES.”

Here is the link to the biography:  paperback edition

Paperback Cover

The Biography of the tragic life of my son, Delaney Jordan McLean Verner.

Here is the link for the eBook Edition:


To quote Victoria Chapman, from,


“Black Diamond, Bubba’s story is a real life depiction of the unfortunate realities of what happens when a family requires support and ends up in a broken system.

It highlights Jordan’s personal journey through mental health and addictions, and the long term impact and effect that falling through the cracks of the social service system, can have on someone’s life.

Jordan committed suicide Christmas morning 2019.We must do better FOR our people as a humanity!A reformation of the social service system, is required immediately to work with and for our people that require support the most! #MissV

I’m so proud of you for writing Jordan’s story and being a voice for those dismissed by the system Dann Shake Verner”

Although “Black Diamond: Bubba’s Story” is my son’s biography, it is also a “Call to Awareness & Action”.


Let not Jordan’s suicide be for naught. Let it open an avenue of discussion and ACTION.The majority of the system we are presently using were developed after the first and second world wars to deal with the large amounts of youth left orphans and such.

It is now 2020.

Many decades have passed without any re-vamping of the many agencies and facilities involved in Child Protection/Welfare systems.

To quote Bob Dylan,”The times they are a changing,

In this case, changing times are long over due.

“Let us all step forward and demand action NOW!!!


I did this so you, the reader would see that life is full of mistakes and my life began “DAMAGED”.

As the following volumes that followed show, I learned as I wrote and I wrote as I learned. Now as I work on various projects I can say that I am an ‘Author’. And I do so with pride.

I care that my ‘stand alone’ books, such as “The Last Canadian Cosmonaut” touch your heart. It, too, is a fictional telling of a past life experience. An experience that can not be duplicated.

I pray that my other collection, “Walking On Dawes”, shows that the gang life, although often ‘exciting’, leads only to karma biting your buttocks. Even though at first beginning to read the tales you may believe I am glorifying gang life style – I assure you that by the end of each volume you will understand the logic behind my message.


“Walk With Dann Collection” & “Walking On Dawes Collection”

I combined “Walking On Dawes Collection” into a one volume set “Walking On Dawes Trio”.$17.99 C.A.D.

Same as I have done with my “Walk With Dann Collection” is now available in a one volume 4 in 1 collection. $24.99

Buy both complete collections for $42.98 – if purchased separately $61.93 – a savings of $18.95Just saying …..

The Complete Walk With Dann Collection - 2nd Edition

My Walk With Dann Collection, Volumes 1, 2 & 3

1st Edition


Damaged” is my first book.

Like me, it is raw and full of mistakes.

I have left it “unedited” as life has left me.

LightHouse Dann Verner


Volume 1, “DAMAGED” takes you on a Walk from my birth till I meet my second wife.It is rough, crude in fact, numerous format conversion errors. I left It raw on purpose as a testament to the honesty of my words and work.It contains humour, murder, explosions and motorcycles.It may or may not be fictional or may even be non-fictional.

The second volume, ‘BANE’, Walks you through my middle years and three decades of marriage.It does not contain the excitement of it’s predecessor.

It contains much more.It is a fictional/non-fictional tale of how many different ‘Walks’ we take in our lifetimes.It tells of love, hate, health, sickness, richman, poorman, ice creams and life screams.

It begins to show you who I was and who I was becoming.

“No willful wrongdoing ever escapes Miss Karma or Her Brother Chaos.”


My third volume, “BOON” Walks you deep into my fictional/non-fictional personal life of trials and tribulations. My uniquely twisted none the norm perception of my various realties.

It is a depiction of life as lived. A no-hold barred account of everyday life in an everyday low-income Canadian home. You will laugh, you may cry at points, you WILL be taking a true “WALK WITH DANN”.



My first ‘standalone book’.

My personal favourite.

I thoroughly enjoyed the emotional ‘Walk’ while writing it and relieving that period of my life and that time of history.

The calmest years of my chaotic lives.

Below is a tidbit of the volume to whet your appetite

LightHouse Dann Verner

A fictional journey of a hippie on a Harley exploring the times.”


The smell of the ocean danced on my nostrils as I walked, slipping and sliding, across the flats. My eyes darting to and fro, carefully scanning ahead for sink holes.

I should have been walking the other direction. Towards the junior high school. Towards hippie teachers trying to teach me of science, faith and nature.

I could hear the train in the distance. Pulling it’s tonnage of sugar cane around the bend to the refinery.

The tug boats crested the horizon. Their wake spewing behind them as they pushed against the mighty tanker so as to slow it’s unforgiving momentum. Lest it run ashore.

The shore. My foster home was there. High up the hill. It’s windows like two large eyes, taunting me with guilt.“Go to school“, they seemed to say.

I can’t“, my reply.



Walking On Dawes Collection


Walking On Dawes Collection”



This is a tale of a family who live their lives within the government projects and gang life.

Except ‘Little Ray’. He and his family want him to break the cycle and live a normal life.

There is tragedy, laughter and most of all ‘insight’ within. A fictional tale that is also non-fictional.

A family who grew up in the projects of  Toronto. That was their reality and there was nothing wrong with it for everyone lives in a neighborhood, only the name and addresses are different.

The first “WALK” of an ongoing inter-connected Collection of fictional “Walks”.

The raw and naked truths from an experienced eye and soul of a Canadian Cosmonaut.

A tale of the original “URBAN VIKINGS.”

LightHouse Dann Verner

“Walking On Dawes – Volume 2”




This is a portrait of a broken man living a broken life in a broken world where family and friendship are one and the same.”

A man who was once “DAMAGED” but now was merely broken.

Where wrong choices can lead to lifelong regrets. Haunting the very soul and stabbing the heart daily to remind you of the penalties of actions.

Where a man can be all alone and unnoticed in a crowded room.

Where sadness shadows joy and joy masks sadness.

Where happiness and good times balance out with sadness and tragedy.

This is the life of one man and his family, on one street in one city.

A man who let his darkness blind his Light.

A tale that will surprise you at the end.

Walking On Dawes Collection

Volume 4


6315 – The Original Urban Viking



My first published book,


Click the link below:


All my books in e-Book format are available at:

Paperbacks and e-Book formats are available at:

Amazon is strange. For some reason my books in eBook format are available at Amazon.CA while my paperbacks are available at Amazon.COM  –  something to do with stupid Laws.

Sooooo, if you have been trying to get eBooks go to

ALSO …….









My Amazon Author Page with links to purchase all my books

Click to Purchase LightHouse Verner Books on Amazon


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The Biography of the tragic life of my son, Delaney Jordan McLean Verner.

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