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Acclaimed Science Fiction writer, Harlan Ellison, died last week.  He was a legend for two reasons–his writing and abrasive personality.  He was a force of nature that was hard to withstand.  I met only once.  We appeared on a panel together in 2005.  It was the most intense hour’s of my life (the picture is of me after the panel).  He called me “a fucking idiot” but I made him laugh too.  What made me run afoul of him only to turn it around moments later I haven’t told many people out of fear it would get back to Harlan.  Now he’s gone, I can share what happened, what was said and the secret I never told.  There are thousands of anecdotes about Harlan and this one is mine.  You can listen to it below.  I hope you like it.

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I’m going to be at this year’s Left Coast Crime convention held the world’s biggest little city Reno!! This is my appearance schedule.

I Get a Kick Out of You: How Much Violence Is Too Much?
With Robin Burcell,  Parnell Hall,  David Putnam, Travis Richardson and with me moderating.
Friday, March 23rd, 11:30am-12:15pm

Simon Wood’s Life as a Casino Private Investigator
This is a special event open to six people only. Sign up here.
Friday, March 23rd, 12:30pm-1:30pm

I Gotta Be Me: Self, Traditional & Hybrid Publishing Options
With H.S. Clark (Moderator), Colleen Dunn Bates, Heather Haven, Sheila Simonson and me
Saturday, March 24th, 10:15am-11:00am

The Not So Secret Life of Authors 
With Lou Berney, Bill Fitzhugh, Linda Joffe Hull, Christa Faust, Catriona McPherson and with me emceeing
Saturday, March 24th, 5:15pm-6:00pm

If you’re coming, I do hope you’ll by and say hi.

 

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SAVING GRACE has been out a few weeks so I thought I would clue you in on some of the background.  The driving force behind the book is how the media can be manipulated by internal and external influencers.  Don’t worry the book isn’t a fake news rant but I was inspired by real world events over the last decade.  MYSTERY FANFARE asked me to write something for him, so please enjoy The Flexible Truth.

Please leave a comment on the blog.  And if you’ve not read the book, maybe it’s time to pick it up…

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It’s that time of year, so if you’re looking to give a book for Christmas and you’re going to make it one of mine, bless your heart. If you want to get a book autographed or personalized to that special someone (even if that special someone is you) go to my bookshop. Remember that my next book, SAVING GRACE is due out in the New Year but I should have copies ahead of time so you can be first on the block to read it.

Alternatively, I can mail out a bookplate or sign ebooks via Authorgraph.com. Just email me with your requests and I’ll do my best to make it happen. All the details are on the bookshop.

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I am one of the contributing authors to 25 FOR ONE, which is an ebook consisting of twenty-five thriller and mystery novels by twenty-five authors, where all the money goes to the survivors of the hurricanes that struck Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. All the money goes to the One America Appeal. The collection includes my book THE FALL GUY. Details about the project and the writers involved can be found on the website.

The book has been out for a week and it’s been selling well but we’ve got a long way to go.  Please support us and by buying the book, but also by mentioning the book on your social media outlets. The book will only be available until Christmas. Thanks!

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I am happy to announce the release of the mass paperback edition L’évadée from French publisher City Editions. How to describe the book? I’ll let the publisher do that…

Récemment diplômées, les étudiantes Zoé et Holli prennent la route pour Las Vegas afin de décompresser et de profiter de la vie. Mais les choses tournent mal. Les deux jeunes femmes sont enlevées par un psychopathe que la presse surnomme « le Numéroteur ». In extremis, Zoé parvient à s’évader. Mais pour elle la vie a changé et rien ne sera plus comme avant. Tourmentée par les remords d’avoir laissé son amie entre les mains du tueur, Zoé tente de retrouver des pans effacés de sa mémoire et d’obtenir que justice soit faite pour Holli. Quand elle apprend qu’un crime qui ressemble à son propre enlèvement vient d’être commis, elle décide de se lancher sur les traces de son bourreau. Mais « le Numéroteur » est lui aussi à l’affût de Zoé. Pour lui, ce n’est pas une survivante, mais simplement celle qui s’est échappée… pour un temps.

Terrifiant et machiavélique : un thriller insoutenable.

I do like the tagline they’ve given the book. So if you’re French or know someone, I hope you’ll check it out.

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November has quite a few bargain books for you to enjoy for my American, British, Australian & German friends.  Here they all are!!

PAYING THE PIPER: The Piper is the infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to chronicle his latest kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing.  Now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s children. He can have them back as long as he can pay the ransom, but it’s a ransom not measured in dollars, but in blood.

Just $1.99 at Amazon.com

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Zoë and Holli’s Vegas road trip goes wrong when they’re abducted. Zoë escapes leaving Holli behind. A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a murder that eerily resembles her abduction. Her attempts to find justice for Holli brings her to the attention of the “Tally Man.” For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.

Just 99p at Amazon UK & $1.49 at Amazon Australia

RACHE IST BITTER: The Piper is the infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to chronicle his latest kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing.  Now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s children. He can have them back as long as he can pay the ransom, but it’s a ransom not measured in dollars, but in blood.

Just 2,99 Eur at Amazon DE

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It’s Halloween and I’d be amiss if I didn’t offer up some of my Halloween scares for you to enjoy this all hallows eve.

In THE SCRUBS, James Jeter, the notorious serial killer with a sixth sense, holds court inside London’s Wormwood Scrubs Prison. He’s the focus of the “North Wing Project.” Under the influence of a hallucinogen, Jeter can create an alternative world known as “The Rift” containing the souls of his victims.

Pardons are on offer to inmates who’ll enter The Rift. Michael Keeler has nothing to lose and little to live for. He’s sent into The Rift to learn the identity of Jeter’s last victim.

It’s a mission where the guilty can be redeemed, but at a price…

 

In DRAGGED INTO DARKNESS, people spend their entire lives staving off the dark — but no matter the measures taken, black paths and shadowy pits lurk in the unlikeliest of places, waiting to pull the unwary into the depths of despair. These eleven tales offer a morbid sampling of the many forms and fashions of terror — from the subtle prickling of neck hairs at the kiss of a ghostly breeze to the raw-throated screams and feverish clawing of a desperate fight for survival. Witness eleven people torn from their ordinary lives and cast into twisted realities that test their sanity, faith, and very will to live… A pilot must land a crippled aircraft on an impossible runway… A doctor feels far too much sympathy for his deformed patients… A schoolgirl’s secret contract could cost her mother’s soul… A woman whose pack rat obsessions hide the obscene… For these and seven others, the darkness comes from within and without, subtle, deadly…and relentless.

Road-Rash-500In ROAD RASH, Straley might think his life is cursed, but it doesn’t compare to what lies ahead of him on life’s highway. He’s on the run with the proceeds of a botched bank robbery. It’s all he has. His crew is dead and his getaway car just died on him. He’s on foot with the cash when he comes across a two-car pileup. There’s no saving the drivers, but he can save himself and steals one of the wrecked cars. But he boosts the wrong set of wheels. Within an hour of driving off, he develops a rash that eats away at his flesh. No doctor can help him–only the car’s original owner. If Straley wants his skin back, he must journey on the road to redemption, which ends in the heart of Central America.

I hope I’ve given you something to keep you busy this Halloween. 🙂

 

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