Benjamin Sobieck's Blog – February 2012 Archive (18)

What Squirrel Tastes Like: Indie Crime Fiction

It's odd sometimes how writing and reading slips into other parts of your life. Take eating squirrels, for example.



This past weekend, I had the privelege to travel into some of the prettiest country in Minnesota. The southeastern part of the state is sculpted by limestone bluffs overlooking lazy streams and picture-perfect farmland. Take a look from the top of…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 28, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

"Cleansing Eden - The Celebrity Murders" Explodes on Amazon UK

Wow.



Readers in the UK responded in a huge way to…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 28, 2012 at 12:11am — No Comments

Free Through Feb. 26: "Cleansing Eden" Crime Novel

Don't wait! The Cleansing Eden crime thriller novel is back as an e-book on digital bookshelves. To kick things off, this 5-star e-book is yours for…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 24, 2012 at 11:27pm — No Comments

A Political Humor E-Book That Gets It Right

Does it really matter what political parties "stand for" any more? What if you stripped away the bumper stickers, the phony piety and hollow everymanism to expose their true essence? You'd probably end up with something similar to ninjas and pirates. Both hate each other. Why? Who cares. Let's fight.



There are similar scenes in Laura Roberts's excellent humor novella,…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 20, 2012 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Worth Checking Out: Partners in Crime Blog Tours

The world of indie author promotion is full of pitfalls. Of greatest concern are the grifters selling advertising they know goes no where. Directory listings, display ads and various boutique social networks all vie for attention - and dollars. The odds can stack up quick against an honest author in a dishonest Internet.…



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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 20, 2012 at 11:07am — No Comments

Anyone Write Horror, Too?

The sequel to the fantastic 8 Days of Madness horror anthology (of which I'm proud to say I am a contributor) is looking for submissions.



Authors, this is an annual anthology hosted by Chris Allinotte - a terrific guy and bonafide horror guru.…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 19, 2012 at 2:11am — No Comments

When is it OK to kill dogs - and other animals - in crime fiction?

There are two reasons people will be talking about The Wrong Delivery - Corrin's Eyes, by McDroll:

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 17, 2012 at 11:14pm — No Comments

FREE E-BOOK of a Funny Detective Short Story

Maynard Soloman Solves the War on Drugs FREE - ALL E-Book Formats Supported



"Maynard is the philosopher-cum-man-of-action that we all wish we could be, the detective who solves mysteries by turning idiocy against itself." - Peter Rozovsky, Detectives Beyond Borders (Spinetingler Award winner)





"I recommend to everyone who is looking for a quick read. It's perfect…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 16, 2012 at 11:14pm — No Comments

What "Justified" Got Wrong (And Right) About Kidney Transplants

SPOILER ALERT: DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FEB. 14, 2012, EPISODE OF JUSTIFIED.



Tonight's episode of Justified featured a creepy doctor bad guy taking both kidneys from loveable bad guy Dewey Crowe. To get his kidneys back, Dewey needed to find $20,000 in four hours - presumably the time it takes to die from a lack of kidneys.…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 15, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Spinetingler Award-Winning Blog Reviews Maynard Soloman

A fantastic review of 4 Funny Detective Stories - Starring Maynard Soloman from Detectives Beyond Borders:

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 12, 2012 at 12:27am — 2 Comments

Review: "11 the Hardest Way" by Graham Smith

Let's get this out of the way first.…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 10, 2012 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Three Reasons I Gave My Royalty Check to Charity





There are three reasons I decided to donate my royalty payment to the National Kidney Foundation.



1) It's a great charity, rated four stars (the highest possible) by…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 9, 2012 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

"4 Funny Detective Stories" Charts on Amazon in Less Than 24 Hours

It's been out for less than 24 hours, but 4 Funny Detective Stories - Starring Maynard Soloman is already #31 in the political humor category. Thanks for sticking with the series, readers!…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 9, 2012 at 9:07am — 3 Comments

Need a Laugh? "4 Funny Detective Stories - Starring Maynard Soloman"

Fresh off of Trestlegate, 4 Funny Detective Stories - Starring Maynard Soloman is now available at…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 8, 2012 at 11:23pm — No Comments

How to Spot a Fake Amazon E-Book Review

John Hansen is one of those up-and-comers I'm sure I'll brag about knowing before he got big. Case in point: This articulate post about how to spot a fake Amazon e-book review.



"Fake" in this case means the review has…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 6, 2012 at 11:33pm — 1 Comment

The Finger in the Freezer & A Free E-Book

The Finger in the Freezer is the name of the flash fiction piece I'm submitting for Canadian horror writer Chris Allinotte's 9 Days of Madness anthology. The stories are sure to be full of blood and guts, spiced with some thought-provoking social commentary. I hope mine can be one of them.…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 6, 2012 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Would You Read a Novel Written in Three Days?

In most cases, I would say, "No" or "Only if I knew the author was already talented, just going through a coke relapse."



I don't know if Laura Roberts is taking sleigh rides between paragraph breaks, but I do know one thing. She wrote Rebels of the 512 in three days as part of a contest. Even a crackhead slamming keys for three incoherent days would have to admit that was an ambitious…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 5, 2012 at 11:38am — No Comments

An Update After Yesterday's Events

After yesterday's news about my publisher and I parting ways, I figured it was a good time to do three things:



1) Head to the grocery store for some frozen Prozac. Sawbones says drinking is bad for the kidney they plugged into me a couple…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on February 3, 2012 at 8:14am — No Comments

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