B.R.Stateham's Blog (169)

Wow! What a Morning Surprise.

Wow!  Early this morning I get up and check Amazon.Uk and find out Call Me Smitty, the beginning three story set of this series, was ranked #71 in Kindle books and #100 in books.

 

I guess the redesign of the series' cover really did improve things!

Added by B.R.Stateham on October 4, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

Three Deadly Sins is now avaible

Three Deadly Sins the latest edition to the Call Me Smitty series is now available on Amazon.com.  Two short stories and a novella featuring Smitty--a man of unusual talents.  A rather efficient hit man with a well defined Code of Ethics.

 

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Added by B.R.Stateham on September 18, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Talking about Chandler again

Another blog about Raymond Chandler.  This time Chandler not at his best.  But . . .

Check it out here:

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on July 26, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Raymond Chandler Trap

We writers get ourselves into all kinds of traps.  Here's one which I think catches all of us sooner or later.  Tell me what you think.  Find it here:

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on July 24, 2011 at 4:28am — 1 Comment

Putting humor in a blog, and writing about what makes a good police-procedural.

Writing a blog and putting a little humor in it (or attempting to).  At the same time discussing what ingredients you need to make a standard police-procedural really work.  An experiment on my part in my blog today.  Go take a look and tell me what you think.  Find it here:

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on July 16, 2011 at 5:51am — 2 Comments

Depression and being a writer of Noir/Hardboil

Over on my blog I wrote some thoughts on being a writer who has to work his way through spasms of depression.  And you know we all do, as writers.  All the time.  Go over and check it out.  Leave a few comments.  Find it here:

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on May 6, 2011 at 2:55am — No Comments

Success in the ebook publishing rat race

Over on my blog I have a few thoughts on why some ebook publishers seem to succeed--and some don't.  Drop by and make a comment or two.

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on May 1, 2011 at 2:33am — No Comments

Do readers of noir prefer the bad guys over the good guys?

On my blog tonight is a little musing about three characters I write.  Two homicide cops and a professional killer.  And the more vocal fans who prefer the killer.  So what does that say about those who read the genre?

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 28, 2011 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

Everybody has their own little check list when it comes to writing.

The rules of writing.  Seems like everyone is coming up with a list of rules on how to write the prefect story.  I have a list.  But I don't call them rules.  Rules sounds so coldly efficient, don't you think?  Mine are 'suggestions.'  Take a look at them and tell me what you think.

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 27, 2011 at 1:32pm — 1 Comment

People we think we may know.

A series I'm trying to write is based off a guy I actually knew.  And didn't know at the same time.  A stranger with a smiling face whom I knew since I was born.  Yet someone holding back a big portion of their life no one knew about.

 

Go over there and see what I have to say.  Maybe you'll agree with me.

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 19, 2011 at 12:58am — No Comments

Talking about ebook sales, and Lady Luck, on my blog site today

How do you sell ebooks?  By social networking alone?  By thumping the streets with shoe leather to every book store you can find and hawking your wares personally?  Go over and read the blog.  Make a comment.  It doesn't hurt.  Much.

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 18, 2011 at 3:05am — No Comments

Black and white hardboiled/noir movies

Over in my blog I wrote about watching Dashiell Hammitt's 'The Glass Key' on Turner's Classic Movies.  The movie had Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and William Bendix in it.  A great movie.  Go over and read it and see if you agree with me.  Maybe you will.  Maybe you won't.  But let's have some fun talking about it.

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 16, 2011 at 6:20am — No Comments

I.J. Parker . . . forgive me.

Writing is a mystery.  And the fame that comes to one writer and bypasses another even a greater mystery to contemplate.

 

We have a great writer here in Crimespace.  She writes a wonderful set of novels called the Sugwara Akitada series.  Her name is I.J. Parker. If you are into historical detectives, her Akitada novels are for you.  The best of the best.

 

But success . . . fame. . . recognition.  A mystery.  Read my blog and see what I have to say about it. …

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Added by B.R.Stateham on April 10, 2011 at 3:37am — 1 Comment

The need for heroes in the genre called hardboiled/noir

Over on my blog today I talk about the need all of us have for a hero to be in our lives.  Whether we want one or not.  And especially so when we read  hardboiled/noir.

 

Click below and come over and read it for yourself.  Make a comment or two.

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 8, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments

I'm not saying you need to listen to it, but . . . .

If you didn't hear my interview on Giovanni Gelati's The G-Zone blogtalk radio show, you can listen to it now.  Yeah, yeah . . . I know.  I sound like a Southern hick.  Big deal.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2011/04/06/br-stateham-rw-doyen-stop-by-the-g-zone-to-talk-about

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 7, 2011 at 4:11am — 2 Comments

Drop in at the G-Zone and let's talk shop, baby.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 am EST, I'll be the guest on Giovanni Gelati's blogtalk rado show, the G-Zone.  We'll tak about books, writing, what goes on in the warpred mind of a noir writer.  And other goodies.  So tune in, dial up, and join the conversations!

 

Find the conversations here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 6, 2011 at 6:59am — No Comments

Call Me Smitty: Deadly Intent

Part two of a four part series featuring the stories of a character of mine called Smitty is now available. Only .99cents each.  A total of 12 stories when all is said and done.  You can find it here:

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Added by B.R.Stateham on April 2, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Maybe you're interested; maybe not

I've reactived and renamed an old blog.  It's now called In the Dark Mind of B.R. Stateham. You can find it here:

         http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com

 

The last couple of entries talk about luck and writers need to have some.  Come over and take a peek.  Make a comment.

Added by B.R.Stateham on April 1, 2011 at 1:09am — 3 Comments

There's a new paying gig in town

Boys and girls, there's a new emag looking for stories we like to write.  The magazine is called Voluted Tales, and they're looking for submissions.

 

And the good news is---they are a PAYING mag!  Not much, to be sure.  But still . . . paying!

 

Go find them at http://www.volutedtales.com

 

They bought one of my Turner/Frank short stories.  Which means they're brand new and just waiting for 'real' writers to…

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Added by B.R.Stateham on March 19, 2011 at 12:22am — No Comments

Call Me Smitty short story anthology cover

A small publishing house called Trestle Press is coming out with an anthology of 12 short stories featuring my dark eyed hit man character, 'Smitty.'

 

What do you think?

 

Added by B.R.Stateham on March 13, 2011 at 6:25am — 5 Comments

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