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Party over here, Party over there,…What the H#@* is a Twitter Party?

Party Time! Yes it is. Trestle Press will be holding a number of them, in the virtual sense. Feel free to drink all you want; it is a virtual party, the drinks are on you, sorry. Trestle Press will be hosting at least four of them between now and the New Year. The dates will appear below with the Trestle Press twitter link so you can party hardy dude. I mean if you are going to…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 13, 2011 at 2:57am — No Comments

Col Bury "Manchester 6"


Admission I need to make before we go any further: I really had no idea that “flash fiction” could be this much fun before I got to read work from Darren Sant, Luca Veste, Sue Mydliak,  McDroll, and now Col Bury (hopefully I didn’t leave anyone out, if I did excuse me, sorry).

I am not sure what possess an author to try to tell a story in such a short word count, but for these people it works and works well. I am not just curious but totally enthralled when I read this stuff.…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 13, 2011 at 12:45am — No Comments

Hardit Singh releases “Fast Lane” with Trestle Press

UK author Hardit Singh releases the digital short story “Fast Lane’ with Trestle Press today.

“Fast Lane” synopsis and a bit on the author:

“Detective Vincent Perez operates on both sides of the law and is comfortable with doing so. However, he doesn’t realise he is slowly losing himself in the darkness, he is trying to stop.

 It is only when he endangers…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 12, 2011 at 2:19am — No Comments

R. Thomas Brown, author of "Old Man Coyote", Guest Post



One of the difficult things for me when describing my work (either when self-publishing or when querying an agent or publisher) is to place it within a genre. My stories play with crime, some elements of noir, but not all-in in most cases. I include the supernatural when the story feels right, but it’s not quite horror, but doesn’t feel much like dark…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 12, 2011 at 12:53am — No Comments

McDroll "Kick It"

I think the title should have just been “Kick A$%”. This grouping of flash fiction is in your face and fast paced. There is a very good reason why this title has been charting on Amazon Kindle UK literally within hours of its release, it is that good. The characters are rich, the prose is just to the point, punch you in the gut tight, and the speed at which McDroll delivers the action is blinding. I for one am a fan and a reader won over, no questions asked.

Here is the synopsis and…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 11, 2011 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Graham Smith to release “11 The Hard Way” with Trestle Press!

Graham Smith is teaming up with Trestle Press to release “11 The Hard Way”. It is set for release November 16, 2011. Here is what you can expect from the stories, and a brief bio:

“11 Hard boiled stories of murder, misconception and mayhem. Nothing ends as expected. Everything can change in an instant. Tense, thrilling and funny. You’ll be cheering on, laughing at and…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 11, 2011 at 5:09am — No Comments

John Hansen Guest Post

How To Write A Crime Fiction Anthology

You are all familiar with anthologies. Maybe you love them, maybe you hate them, or maybe you are on the fence about them. Nevertheless, you are familiar with them. But haven’t you ever wondered about how an anthology is put together from an editing author who is undergoing that process this very moment?

Most often an anthology is put together this way: the editing author picks a theme, requests submissions, chooses their…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 11, 2011 at 2:47am — No Comments

Benjamin Sobieck “Maynard Soloman and the Job Nabbin' Illegal Immigrants”

I don’t know at times what to say about this series by Benjamin Sobieck. Maynard Soloman is so funny, his views so skewed,  and his politics so out there, that one can only help but laugh their butt off when reading this.

True Story: I was reading this on my Kindle waiting to pick up my youngest daughter at school. I was laughing so hard reading the bonus material, the recipe for Maynard’s Hamburgers, that I was getting those sideways glances. I really didn’t care; sometimes you just…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Indie Press, Trestle Press, Hits Grand Slam!!! Wait, There is More….

“Amish Knitting Circle” now occupies the numbers 2,3,4,5 rankings in short story fiction in all of Amazon Kindle, not just category, overall. Check it out here:

They also are…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 10, 2011 at 6:19am — No Comments

McDroll, author of "Kick It" Guest Post

Me? A published writer? Don’t be daft…. Yet this week, it actually happened. Still can’t quite believe it but I’m loving every single minute of it. It’s been great to see the look on my colleagues’ faces when I’ve told them. Had all sorts of responses from, ‘Well, you’ll be self publishing,’ to ‘Oh, an e-book, not a proper book.’ Well, stuff the lot of them! Trestle Press is going all out to get some great writers out there so that people can read some fresh new fiction. And e-books…do you…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 7, 2011 at 9:01pm — No Comments

The G-ZONE- ONE HOT WEEK- November 7th

Another barnburner of a week here on my blogtalk radio show, The G-ZONE. We start off the week with Amazon Kindle #1 Best-Selling author Karen Anna Vogel. She is releasing her new novel “Knit Together: An Amish Knitting Novel” Monday, so we will be discussing that along with her plans for here her Best-Selling “Amish Knitting Circle” digital short series. Here is the lineup of guests and the times they will be on:

Monday: Karen Anna Vogel-6pm EST

Tuesday-Stuart Nager- 4pm…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 7, 2011 at 11:46am — No Comments

B.R. Stateham discusses his journey with Turner & Frank

 My Two Old Friends

            As a writer, characters come and go.  Sometimes writers create a single novel.  They populate it with intriguing characters and an interesting plot.  Yet once it's finished they pop it off to their publisher and wash their hands of it.  The novel is down.  The characters forgotten.  Time to move on to the next project.

            Not me.  Since the moment I wrote my first story there were two things I wanted to achieve; create unforgettable…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 7, 2011 at 2:10am — No Comments

Paul Grzegorzek to release “The Follow” with Trestle Press

Paul Grzegorzek will be releasing the novel “The Follow” with Trestle Press. Here is the synopsis of the novel and Paul’s biography:

“The Follow is a crime novel set in Brighton on the south coast of England.  It's a beautiful, vibrant City, but also the drug death capital of the country and full of heroin and crack and the associated crime that goes with it.

The main Character, Gareth Bell, is a thirty-something police officer working on the intelligence unit, which doubles as…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 5, 2011 at 6:04am — No Comments

An Experiment, for us it is Number One, starring Nigel Bird

Are there any absolutes right now in this wide open frontier known as digital publishing? I think not. What I do know is that there is plenty of what I do not know, and that is: what is the best price point for a piece of work? How much should it be sold for? Why do readers buy one story but not another?

When I have totally understood that and write the book on it, I will tell you. As it stands now we at Trestle Press put our stories up with very easy to understand price tags: $.99…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 4, 2011 at 5:02am — No Comments

A Scattering of Ashes

I’ve been writing since I was 13.  I’d recite tales of Conan the Stamp Collector in the schoolyard and have my friends in stitches.  I saw my first story published in a newsletter back in 1992 for the Creative Writers’ Sig.  They weren’t very good, but I certainly had a passion for it.  My time in the Army has been rich with characters and events from various dangerous parts of the world.  I began to think seriously about publishing short stories a few years ago after I completed a tour of…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on November 1, 2011 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Ninety nine cents, what the heck am I getting?

For ninety-nine cents, what the heck am I getting? In most cases a lot! Think about this moment and follow with me. When you went to the supermarket last time what did that buck grab you? A pack of gum, no, a 20 oz. carbonated beverage, again no, toilet paper, one roll and a little change maybe, a loaf of bread, again no. Enough of that? Good. Now picture an author hard at work on a story. How long do you think they labor over a digital short story? Minutes, an hour, more? I go with the more…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on October 29, 2011 at 2:04am — No Comments

McDroll to release “Kick It” with Trestle Press

McDroll will be releasing flash fiction with Trestle Press. The title chosen for the series is “Kick It”. Here is what you can expect to find, this will be released Thursday, Nov. 27,2011:

“Kick It is a collection of five short stories. Three of the stories feature Gemma Dixon, a young CID officer starting at the very bottom of the career ladder, thrust into a world of violence and hardened criminals. Her colleagues may disregard her abilities but Gemma is made of strong stuff and…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on October 25, 2011 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Tuesday , The G-ZONE, 4 authors, it is a Noir/Hard-Boiled author panel at 4pm EST

Today is going to be fun, but then again every day this week is going to be fun.  Yesterday was a blast, I had 4 authors on: Bob Hamer, Benjamin Sobieck, Lisa Taylor and Michael Tabman. It was an action/thriller panel. Great stuff and I learned a ton from the authors.Go back into the archives and listen in. Here is the link for all the shows, this is the ,main one:

Now today I…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on October 25, 2011 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Sprinting To Marathon Nigel Bird Guest Post

Writing and athletics. Not things I usually link together.

I was thinking about the different skills used in longer and shorter events - the marathon and the sprint, the novel and the short story.

There aren't many sprinters out there who can turn in a good marathon time and there aren't too many middle-distance runners challenging the 100m world record. They have different muscle strengths and skill sets which mean that it doesn't work to spread the net too…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on October 25, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments

Monday’s Guests on The G-ZONE for our Action/Thriller panel, 4pm EST


My friends it is going to be a busy week on The G-ZONE. Each day I will have a post listing the guests and their bio’s. Here are the four guests I am honored to and lucky enough to have on, in no particular order:


Bob Hamer retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 26 years as a Special Agent. He worked organized crime, gangs, terrorism, and child exploitation.  Much of his career was…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on October 24, 2011 at 9:42pm — No Comments

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