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Review: "Wrecked" by Tricia Fields

The series that began with the award winning, The Territory, and continued in Scratchgravel Road, continues in the recently released Wrecked. While this novel could be read as a standalone, because of the numerous references to the two prior books scattered throughout this novel, readers who have read the earlier works will appreciate this one more. Some of those references are clear spoilers for the prior books.

 

Deep in…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 19, 2014 at 11:38pm — No Comments

A Breach of Etiqette

She awoke with intense pain, in her head, her back. Dense smoke filled the air and flames leapt along the wall across from where she lay. Ghostly figures moved around her. Were they shouting? She only heard whispers above the ringing in her ears. Warm blood ran down her face. It was hard to breath. The stench of melted plastic was intolerable.

The last thing she remembered was sitting across from that dreadful young executive. She could not comprehend that despite her seventy years of…

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Added by Karyn J. Powers on April 19, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Attack of the M's, Part II

Today, I turn the coveted blog chair over to a wonderful woman I've met at Killer Nashville and didn't get to spend as much time talking with as I would have liked. Today she honors me by stopping by my place on her blog tour to promote her latest endeavor, Murder In The Worst Degree. So be nice to her…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on April 18, 2014 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Before Nightfall available at special pre-order price

I'm very pleased to announce that my new novel, Before Nightfall, is now available for pre-order through iTunes.

As a special bonus, if you pre-order Before Nightfall ahead of its release date of 5 June, you can pick it up for just $0.99. RRP upon release will be $2.99.

Here's the link - happy shopping!

http://bit.ly/1lahKpJ

Added by Rachel Amphlett on April 18, 2014 at 11:07am — No Comments

Tango mystery Dead on Her Feet, published by Booktrope

I'm very excited to announce the release of Dead on Her Feet.  Some of you know I've been working on this for a verrry long time, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for your support!

Publisher's blurb: 

"For those who dedicate their lives to "chasing the ghost," searching for that elusive moment of perfect connection on the dance floor, tango is a drug.

A drug that proves fatal.

When a much-hated member of the Atlanta tango community is stabbed…

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Added by Lisa Fernow on April 18, 2014 at 3:35am — 1 Comment

JOHN MCFETRIDGE - BLACK ROCK

Synopsis/blurb............
 
Montreal 1970. The “Vampire Killer” has murdered three women and a fourth is missing. Bombs explode in the stock exchange, McGill University, and houses in Westmount. Riots break out at the St. Jean Baptiste parade and at Sir George Williams…
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Added by Colman on April 17, 2014 at 6:07pm — No Comments

The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt



My Cold War thriller, The Bone Church, debuts on April 15th and I’m nervous, excited and more than a little bit relieved. Honestly, it feels like my daughter’s wedding or something.

Here’s an idea of what it’s about:

In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on April 15, 2014 at 3:53am — 2 Comments

Name that Book Contest

The second Ace Herron novel is ready to go, but lacks an important element: the title. I'm offering a free and autographed copy of the book to the reader who makes the best suggestion. You have a week. Details here:

http://www.seitzbooks.com/name-that-book-contest.html

Added by Stephen Seitz on April 15, 2014 at 12:32am — No Comments

Review: "The Contractors" by Harry Hunsicker

Anyone who has read the Lee Henry Oswald series by Harry Hunsicker knows that the author does not write the Dallas Chamber of Commerce ad copy type of books. The Dallas streets in his books are not of glitter and not necessarily always mean. Instead, these streets are broken dreams, cracked asphalt and the five dollar whore on the corner who might be turning tricks to feed the child she will soon lose to the state. These are streets where nobody cares because everybody has a…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 14, 2014 at 1:45am — No Comments

Attack of the M's, Part I

I was going to title the next two weeks' worth of material Attack of the Marylins, but then I realized that this week my guest's name is spelled Marilyn so...

Actually, this first week is another in the award winning (or so to be award winning, or rather, deserving to be known as award winning) series Around the…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on April 11, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

North Texas/USA: Dallas Book Festival, Saturday, April 12th

Join us 12 PM-5 PM at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street. Parking underground at Wood or nearby at Wood & Ervay.

     The Festival offers a range of events for readers, authors, artists, musicians, and children including Alma y Corazaon Tejano Ballet Folkorico, the Black Vegetarian Society, a Discovery Wall "trip" to the Cleveland Institute of Music complete with performances by its students, and a young poets' workshop.

     AuthorSpeak will include a…

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Added by L. A. Starks on April 10, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Review: "Lion Plays Rough: A Leo Maxwell Mystery" by Lachlan Smith

Teddy Maxwell had been the best criminal defense lawyer in town though he certainly wasn’t the most ethical. A gunshot to the head took him down and pretty much stopped his legal career. These days while he does show up at the office, he has a hard time with memory issues and various cognitive problems. It’s been two and a half years since that day and Leo Maxwell still hopes that someday his brother might live on his own.

 

In the meantime Leo has a major trial coming up with…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 9, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

I MADE A MONSTER!

If you happen to have visited this blog before, you may be aware that I write three kinds of fiction – dark crime (Perfect Day and Perfect Peace and the Crime-Mystery-Suspense Short Story Collection), light crime (The Queen of Hearts), and horror (Comeback and the Horror Short Story Collection).  In my writer’s mind all these genres are one and the same.  To me it’s all the same world, only slightly different aspects of it and viewed from a slightly…

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Added by PJ Shann on April 6, 2014 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Computer Dependency

<a href="http://stephenbrayton.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/computer_dependency.jpg"><img src="http://stephenbrayton.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/computer_dependency.jpg" alt="computer_dependency" width="279" height="229" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-776" /></a>I know, I know. I didn't post last week. First time in years.

Well, all I can do is humbly ask for your forgiveness and explain the reason. I didn't have a computer from which to post. Why? Because for a…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on April 4, 2014 at 5:40pm — No Comments

On the way to 221B Con in Atlanta

The car is gassed and ready, road food is being prepared, clothes being assembled, and video equipment is ready to be picked up.

This trip will be a first for me: I plan to document it as I go, via periodic Twitter updates. I'll also be making a documentary for YouTube, and I hope to get at least one episode of "Book Talk" in the can through interviewing my fellow authors.

So, if I won't see you there, maybe you'll see me!

Added by Stephen Seitz on April 3, 2014 at 1:51am — No Comments

Award for Strike PRICE

STRIKE PRICE won the 2014 Texas Association of Authors' best-in-category award for mysteries and thrillers.  http://books.txauthors.com/category-s/1981.htm?searching=Y&sort=13&cat=1981&show=10&page=2

Added by L. A. Starks on April 2, 2014 at 2:13am — No Comments

The new DI Andy Horton by Pauline Rowson, Shroud of Evil, number 11 in the series, now published

April sees the publication of the eleventh in the DI Andy Hortonpolice procedural crime series,Shroud of Evil.…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on April 1, 2014 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Sleeping With Veronica Lake

Authors continuing series created by others is the rage right now. Among the first was Max Allan Collins, finishing up Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series. (This is a bit of a special case, as Collins had worked hand-in-glove with Spillane for years, and was asked to complete the unfinished Hammer novels by The Mick himself.) Ace Atkins is continuing Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series at the behest of the Parker estate. More recently, Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe has been resurrected…

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Added by Dana King on April 1, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

Pen Names

I've read some interesting blogs lately where authors are using and recommending a pen name because they have had really bad experiences with readers or trolls on Amazon.  I've had one such experience.  I wrote it off to that one person.  But if this is more common maybe a pen name could protect you from having such personal attacks.

What do you think?

Added by Brian Hoffman on April 1, 2014 at 4:03am — No Comments

Former Homicide Detective Shares How He Got Criminals to Talk

Law and Order: SVU

Law and Order: SVU

It is always exciting to come upon an article about someone whose career offers me insight and inspiration as I constantly strive to learn more about criminal psychology and use that knowledge…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on March 30, 2014 at 1:55am — No Comments

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