Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Via Lee Goldberg--- James Strauss and his Fake Writing Credits

James Strauss and his Fake Writing Credits

Via Dave Zeltserman--- THE INTERLOPER now available -- paperback and ebook!

THE INTERLOPER now available -- paperback and ebook!

Via Criminal Element-- The Poor Boy's Game by Dennis Tafoya

The Poor Boy's Game by Dennis Tafoya is reviewed here.

Mystery Fanfare: Cartoon of the Day: Genre

Mystery Fanfare: Cartoon of the Day: Genre

Review: "The Scent Of New Death" by Mike Monson

One simply can’t judge a book by the cover. That is certainly the case here with a picturesque cover that conceals an intensely brutal novella that has, among other elements, incest, bondage, rough sex, and plenty of violence and bloodbaths on nearly every page. Overall, this read is a good one featuring a large cast of characters, a number of backstories for each one, and multiple intense storylines. However, readers are warned that The Scent Of New Death by Mike Monson is very much an adult novel that will offend and horrify some readers.  



It has been a bad June afternoon for Phil Gaines. After robbing a Wells-Fargo Bank branch in Pleasanton near San Francisco, his partner Jeff successfully drove them away from the bank and to a planned rendezvous with Phil’s wife, Paige. Then Phil’s meticulous plan went out the window and things went wrong in so many ways. Phil may practice “Zazen” (a form of mediation) and strive to live an ordered life so as to not draw attention to himself, but that is easier said than done. Zen training does not solve everything.

What follows is a hardboiled multilayered novella that is very graphic in terms of language, sexual situations and descriptions, and near constant violence.  Shifting between Phil, Jeff, Paige, and numerous other characters, author Mike Monson weaves multiple complicated backstories of the various characters into a very complicated present day situation.  An incredibly violent tale of lust and betrayal in and out of the bedroom, The Scent Of New Death builds to a dark climax that changes all who survive the final showdown.

Readers are again cautioned that storylines involving incest of a child of the age of 18, bondage, rough sex, as well as frequent brutal and bloody murders are present throughout the book. This is not a cozy style read in any way possible as everything is fully on the stage for the reader to see and experience. It simply can’t be stressed strongly enough that this is very much an adult read and only suitable for adult readers.


The Scent Of New Death
Mike Monson 
http://mikemonson.org/ 
Out Of The Gutter 
http://www.gutterbooks.com/ 
April 21, 2014 
ASIN: B00JUCXK4C 
E-Book (print also available)
$2.99
Material supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Via Patti Abbott--- NEEDLE MAGAZINE

I never have read one of these as they have always been way more than I could afford. But, I hear lots of good things. Spring issue details here.


2014 Tony Hillerman Writers Conference

So wish I could go do this, but it is just not possible.

TONY HILLERMAN WRITERS CONFERENCE 2014

Rough Edges: Rough Edges Press Website

Rough Edges: Rough Edges Press Website: Livia's put together a website for Rough Edges Press with information on all the books we've published so far. The last time I co...

Brings Barry Ergang To Mind

Just saw this and it immediately brings Barry Ergang to mind.....


Among other books Barry has written is PUN-ishing Tales: The Stuff That Groans Are Made On available at Amazon and Smashwords.

Lady Sandra: Crochet project finished from the end of MARCH unt...

 This is her most recent stuff......

Lady Sandra: Crochet project finished from the end of MARCH unt...: I made a whole bunch of slipper for the shelter. See below and  and   I made a pair of slippers for my neigh...

Via Crime Time Preview: Poker in TV Crime dramas

 Poker used to make an appearance in CASTLE from time to time....

Crime Time Preview: Poker in TV Crime dramas: WHEN is it appropriate to reference a high-stakes poker game in a TV series? When the stakes are high, of course. While there are certainly...

Monday, April 21, 2014

CrimeFictionWriter: Published

CrimeFictionWriter: Published: My essay "Eat Fresh" appears in the May/June 2014 issue of Texas Gardener.

Ed Gorman's blog: Lawrence Block's Borderline from Hard Case Crime spelling corrected

Ed Gorman's blog: Lawrence Block's Borderline from Hard Case Crime spelling corrected

Via The Rap Sheet-- Bullet Points: Post-Easter Bunny Edition

Bullet Points: Post-Easter Bunny Edition

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Books Every Writer Needs to Read

I admit to not having read any of these.....

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Books Every Writer Needs to Read: Books Every Writer Needs to Read

Winning Writers--- Contests and Services to Avoid

Saw this thanks to a mention by C. Hope Clark this morning...

Contests and Services to Avoid

Via The Passive Voice--- Suing e-book reviewers and being a public jerk: Two bad ideas in one

I have noticed more and more authors advocating that reviewers should be sued for a review the author did not like......

Suing e-book reviewers and being a public jerk: Two bad ideas in one

The REAL Sam Houston National Forest

Last night the CBS show THE MENTALIST allegedly went to the Sam Houston National Forest to work a case. The first and most obvious problem was, upon arrival at the site, they showed land with mountains on it. Since the real life Sam Houston National Forest is just a little bit north of Houston anyone doing anything on the show should have known better.

Been there years ago and it was/is a great place. You can read more about the real place here.

Via Lesa's Book Critiques-- May Mysteries from Penguin's Berkley Prime Crime & Obsidian

May Mysteries from Penguin's Berkley Prime Crime & Obsidian

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Comic Strip of the Day

 Well worth reading....

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Comic Strip of the Day

Via Erika Dreifus (The Practicing Writer) -- Monday Markets for Writers

Monday Markets for Writers

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: San Jacinto Day!

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: San Jacinto Day!: Battle of San Jacinto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : The Battle of San Jacinto, fought on April 21, 1836, in present-day Harris County...

Via Randy Johnson-- Antiques Con – Barbara Allan

Antiques Con – Barbara Allan

Your Monday Could Be Worse


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Via io9--- The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening

The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening

Little Big Crimes: Hunters, by John M. Floyd

Little Big Crimes: Hunters, by John M. Floyd: "Hunters," by John M. Floyd, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May 2014. So, where do you get your ideas?  That's ...

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: KILLING SECRETS . . .SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER LEFT ...

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: KILLING SECRETS . . .SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER LEFT ...: Quick Facts                                          R elease Date:  April 17, 2014                   Genre:  Romantic Suspense ...

KRL This Week-- Easter mystery short story & much more in KRL's Earth Day & Easter issue

As posted elsewhere yesterday.....

In celebration of Earth Day Kings River Life Magazine is only featuring ebooks this week. We have reviews & giveaways of 5 mystery ebooks-"Unholy Matrimony": a Lucille Mystery By Peg Cochran, "Sketcher in the Rye": A Portrait of Crime Mystery By Sharon Pape, "The Sleuth Sisters" By Maggie Pill, "Twisted" By Laura K. Curtis and "Grand Delusion" by Matt Witten http://kingsriverlife.com/04/19/celebrate-earth-day-with-5-mystery-ebooks/

Also up an interview with one of the founders of Untreed Reads, a leader in ebook publishing & publisher of many great mystery novels & short stories http://kingsriverlife.com/04/19/digital-first-publisher-untreed-reads/

Also this morning we have a review & giveaway of another mystery ebook- "Killer Blonde" by Elaine Viets http://kingsriverlife.com/04/19/killer-blonde-by-elaine-viets/

And we have a review & giveaway of a fun enovella mystery, "Dummy of a Ghost" by Sue Ann Jaffarian http://kingsriverlife.com/04/19/dummy-of-a-ghost-a-ghost-by-sue-ann-jaffarian/

Don't miss this fun Easter mystery short story by Gail Farrelly http://kingsriverlife.com/04/16/in-your-easter-bonnet-an-easter-mystery-short-story/

Lastly this week in KRL check out this fun article by Sharon Tucker about Susan Wittig Albert's mysteries about herbalist China Bayles http://kingsriverlife.com/04/19/celebrate-the-rites-of-spring-with-three-mysteries-by-susan-wittig-albert/

As always, you can find all of these and more, including a bunch of fun Easter & Earth Day articles this week, by going to our home page and scrolling down http://KingsRiverLife.com

Happy Easter & Earth Day,
Lorie

KRL is now selling advertising & we have special discounts for
mystery authors & bookstores! Ask me about it!
Mystery section in Kings River Life http://KingsRiverLife.com
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Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Att...

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Att...: Amazon.com: How the West Was Written: Frontier Fiction, 1880-1906 eBook: Ron Scheer: Kindle Store : The chapters of How the West Was Written...

Via Writer Beware®: The Blog-- Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist"

Writer Beware®: The Blog--Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist"

Via The Passive Voice---What’s Barnes & Noble’s Survival Plan?

 In the early 90s Barnes and Noble bought the chain I was working for called Bookstop. I still remember a 7 am staff meeting where we were introduced to Riggio who, among lots of things that were flat out wrong, proceeded to tell us all that we had been doing everything wrong to sell books. All books were created equal and could be sold like potatoes as all potatoes were equal. That was when I first was introduced to his mantra--"a potato is a potato is potato and a book is a book is a book." I never thought it was remotely true about potatoes, but I knew for sure he was totally wrong about books.

It is just unfortunate that those many of us who loved books and knew something were marginalized by those in charge who wanted nothing more than larger salaries, more and more perks, and fancy job titles while they drove the company right off the damn cliff.


What’s Barnes & Noble’s Survival Plan?

Sample Sunday-- Excerpt from "Bartholomew Mortiman" in "Mind Slices: A Collection Of New And Previously Published Stories"

Since this is Easter Sunday and a small part of the story, I thought I would share a sample from “Bartholomew Mortiman” today. Some of the themes that run through a lot of my work appear in this story which was first published long ago in Starblade Magazine.

BARTHOLOMEW MORTIMAN
STUDENT BARTHOLOMEW MORTIMAN
PRESUMED DEAD, FIRE UNEXPLAINED.
  COMPILED FROM AP, UPI WIRE REPORTS. . .

Today, fire fighters recovered the remains of a journal from the destroyed apartment of Bartholomew Mortiman. Mr. Mortiman, undergraduate at City College, is believed to have perished in the intense fire, even though his body has not been recovered. While known for his odd behavior in a neighborhood famous for eccentricity, in recent weeks his personal torment had apparently grown. Fellow students said that the troubled Mr. Mortiman had caused several outbursts recently in classes. While he had always questioned the usefulness of the college experience and his course work, recently he had become more agitated and prone to wild accusations. According to classmates, his quality of work declined at the same time his comments about “something evil coming for him” grew.

Reporters were shown some of the recent artwork that Mr. Mortiman had created in the last weeks before his apparent death. The dark images seem to make use of a considerable amount of blood, gore, and a figure in various paintings that may be a representation of Satan. Neighbors and friends dispute the suggestion by Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents that Mr. Mortiman was a collector of firearms and possibly a known drug dealer and user.

However, a portion of his personal journal, released by ATF agents, seems to confirm the ATF position. ATF agents say that part of the journal was covered by a large cross and accompanying rosary, which may have protected it from burning. Despite the intensity of the fire, these few pages are almost perfectly intact and do not show any signs of singeing or water damage. The following is, according to the ATF, the complete portion of the journal that survived the fire.

Friday, April 9th

Sarah had asked me to attend her church tonight. Despite my long-standing personal misgivings about religion, I said yes. I never should have gone with her. Many questions have been answered, but the burden of such knowledge is almost more than I can bear. Now I have a responsibility to try to stop something that I may not survive. Since I have been led to this confrontation all my life, it is my hope that I will survive. Hopefully, the ancient legends and stories are true. If not, I leave this record as witness to my plans in the hope that others will follow in the battle…..



The very positively reviewed book is  available for $2.99 at the following sites….
I hope you will take a look.

Kevin

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter


Sandi This Evening

This was taken earlier this evening as Sandi sat outside enjoying the sunset....



The Education of a Pulp Writer: Despair

The Education of a Pulp Writer: Despair: Vladimir Nabokov’s Hidden Noir: Despair . A review by Edward A. Grainger (yours truly) is live now at Criminal Element. As always, I hope ...

Via Venture Galleries--- Lee Child says go ahead and break those writing rules.

Lee Child says go ahead and break those writing rules.

Via Nigel Bird-- One Man's Opinion: GRAVESEND by WILLIAM BOYLE

One Man's Opinion: GRAVESEND by WILLIAM BOYLE

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: The 5-2 Blog Tour

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: The 5-2 Blog Tour: I try to alert everyone when there's a new poem at Gerald So's site The 5-2 Crime Poetry Weekly .  It's always fun to see a new ...

Via Biff Bam Pop!--- Saturday At The Movies: Draft Day

Cracked Rearview Mirror Blog: My Newest Crime Novel: TOPAZ MOON

Cracked Rearview Mirror Blog: My Newest Crime Novel: TOPAZ MOON: My latest crime novel Topaz Moon was first released this week as an ebook. The paperback version hit the streets a short while back. The...

Rough Edges: Now Available from Rough Edges Press: Klaw - W.L. ...

Rough Edges: Now Available from Rough Edges Press: Klaw - W.L. ...: A legendary action writer returns with a novel of brutal violence and bloody revenge! John Klawson has a promising future as a gunsmith in...

The Joy of Story: JOHN LINDERMUTH STANDS UP FOR THE BAD GUYS

The Joy of Story: JOHN LINDERMUTH STANDS UP FOR THE BAD GUYS: I take great pleasure in welcoming back to my blog a writer I much admire, J. R. Lindermuth. As usual, I asked John to write something abou...

Via Bookbrowsing--- Death by Misadventure by E.E. Smith

Death by Misadventure by E.E. Smith

Mystery Fanfare: Cartoon of the Day: The Easter Bunny

Mystery Fanfare: Cartoon of the Day: The Easter Bunny

Via My Reader's Block--- Murder at the Museum of Natural History: Review

Murder at the Museum of Natural History: Review

Lesa's Latest Contest--- Sherlock Holmes fan giveaway

As posted elsewhere early Friday morning....

If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, you might be interested in this week's giveaway, two mysteries with traces of Holmes. I'm giving away copies of Michael Robertson's Moriarty Returns a Letter and The Spook Lights Affair by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini. Details available at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.


-- Lesa Holstine 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Via Randy Johnson--- Glorious – Jeff Guinn

Randy reviews Glorious by Jeff Guinn here. Because of his review, I checked and the Plano Library System is going to have copies so I put a hold on one. Appropriate it is coming out next month as by then no doubt it will be 100 plus everyday and with the massive drought here, it will feel like Arizona.

Via Benjamin Leroy---A Series of Questions, a Series of Answers

A Series of Questions, a Series of Answers

The FFB List--Link Corrected

Patti took the day off again and I missed the memo. Sorry about that folks. BV Lawson has the list and links here.


Saturday afternoon update---Barry alerted to me to the fact that something strange had happened to the link since it was posted correctly yesterday evening. It has now been corrected as of 3 pm and one hopes it stays in place. My apologies.

The Education of a Pulp Writer: Free ebooks!

The Education of a Pulp Writer: Free ebooks!: For the next several days I'm offering two of my collections for free. Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles, Vol.II  and The Ed...

Via Dave Zeltserman--- Now an audiobook: Julius Katz and Archie

Now an audiobook: Julius Katz and Archie

Back Home Early

Back home early thanks to massive AETNA and WAL-MART screwup. They did not fix Sandi's insurance record as they assured her multiple times yesterday they would and had. Their failure means Sandi could not see the cancer doctor or have the IVIG infusion as scheduled. Just was able to do blood work after we payed $100 to do it.

Needless to say the patient is NOT pleased. 

FFB Review: "FAST ONE" by Paul Cain (Reviewed by Barry Ergang)

Friday means Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott here. Barry is back today with his review of FAST ONE by Paul Cain.


FAST ONE (1933) by Paul Cain
reviewed by Barry Ergang


I can enthusiastically recommend Fast One to any reader who loves the hardboiled school—especially from the pulp era—but don’t ask me for a detailed plot summary. That’s next to impossible. Suffice it to say that a tough character named Gerry Kells, who is visiting L.A. from New York and who seems to know every major racket boss in southern California, is in the first chapter framed for a murder he didn’t commit, and who spends the remainder of the book either dodging or deliberately confronting cops and hoods with words, fists, and firearms. Along the way he considers trying to take over L.A.‘s rackets himself.

It’s an aptly titled book because the story roars along at a hectic pace. The pace is aided in no small measure by Cain's staccato prose style, which almost redefines “lean and mean.” But the pace and the story’s complexity are the book’s undoing because there is no characterization for readers to relate to. Most of the players—including the principal female—are referred to only by their last names. The absence of character definition reduces them to mere names on the page. It’s frequently an effort trying to recall from one chapter to another who's who and who's done what to whom.

Fast One has long been hailed as the ne plus ultra of hardboiled gangster tales by the likes of Bill Pronzini, E.R. Hagemann, and Raymond Chandler. David A. Bowman, in his introductory essay to the 1987 Black Lizard edition I have, writes: “Cain took the hardboiled style as far as anyone would want to. Fast One is the Antarctica of hardboiled writing. There is nowhere else to go.”

Forget about any insights into the human condition or any other sorts of profound meanings. Just buckle up and go along on the wild ride.

For more on this novel or the Golden Age of Detection follow the link to the GA Detection wiki. http://gadetection.pbwiki.com/Fast-One



Barry Ergang © 2007, 2014
Former Managing Editor of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine and First Senior Editor of Mysterical-E, Derringer winner Barry Ergang's work has appeared in numerous publications, print and electronic. His website is http://writetrack.yolasite.com/.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Education of a Pulp Writer: The Education of a Pulp Writer

 The book has a new cover  with the same great content. You can read my review here if so inclined.

The Education of a Pulp Writer: The Education of a Pulp Writer: The Education of a Pulp Writer & other stories * contains some of my earliest, darkest, and most demented characters on the fringe of ...


Ed Gorman's blog: Forgotten Books: Cross Country by Herbert Kastle

Ed Gorman's blog: Forgotten Books: Cross Country by Herbert Kastle

Do Some Damage: Why Needle mag exists

Do Some Damage: Why Needle mag exists: By Steve Weddle Back in 2010 when we started this magazine, I solicited stories from some talented folks. Some were friends, while many we...

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: NASA discovers first Earth-sized planet orbiting i...

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: NASA discovers first Earth-sized planet orbiting i...: NASA discovers first Earth-sized planet orbiting in life-friendly zone : For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbi...

Reminder - Dallas MWA on Saturday, May 3, 2014

As posted elsewhere....

 9:30am is the time to hear speaker Reavis Z. Wortham.

As a boy, award-winning writer, Reavis Z. Wortham hunted and fished the river bottoms near Chicota, Texas, the inspiration for the fictional setting for The Rock Hole. He was born in Paris, Texas, but lived in Dallas. “We grew up in the city and went to school there, but every Friday evening my parents put us in the car and made the 120-mile drive to Chicota, where we truly lived at my grandparents’ place in the country until Sunday evening, when we came back to the city. Our true home was that little farm in Lamar County.” Reavis graduated from W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas. He attended Eastfield Junior College and graduated with a B.S in Industry and Technology from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M, Commerce). Upon graduation, he began a teaching career in Garland, Texas. He received a Masters in Education from E.T.S.U. and after ten years in the classroom, Reavis took the job as Communications Specialist for the GISD and remained in that department until he retired as Director of Communications in 2011.

He is the author of Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now CafĂ©. Humor editor and frequent contributor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine, he writes on everything from fishing to deer hunting. In addition to several other magazines, his work has appeared in American Cowboy and Texas Sporting Journal. A retired educator of 35 years, he and wife Shana live in Frisco, Texas. They have two daughters, Chelsea and Megan.

Since 1988, Reavis has written a self-syndicated weekly outdoor column for numerous Texas newspapers.



Please turn off cell phones during program and refrain from talking among yourselves while the speaker is talking. Try to keep your questions "general" rather than very specific to your own personal plot -- this will be more helpful to the whole audience.

The Dallas MWASW group meets the first Saturday of each month at Texas Land & Cattle, 812 South Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There is a $5.00 door fee, cash only (correct change greatly appreciated). All who attend are invited to remain for lunch. Contact info: james@gaskin.com

James
--
James E. Gaskin
http://www.gaskin.com
Writer / Consultant / Speaker
Latest book: Email From a Dead Friend (Kindle)

Via Western Fiction Review-- Little Man and the Dixon County War

Little Man and the Dixon County War

Writer Beware®: The Blog: Another Small Press Horror Story: Silver Publishing is Gone

Writer Beware®: The Blog: Another Small Press Horror Story: Silver Publishing is Gone

The Education of a Pulp Writer: A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway) *

The Education of a Pulp Writer: A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway) *: Check it out. *Swiped from Bill Crider. Always steal from the best, right?

Review: "Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel" by Nevada Barr

It was supposed to be a simple and relaxing float trip for National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon and friends. Heath Jarod and her daughter, Elizabeth, will be along as will Leah and her daughter, Katie. Both the girls are teens and have little in common. The Fox River in Northern Minnesota is the destination. The trip is to serves as a much needed break for Anna as well as a way to test various methods and equipment for paraplegics to access the wildness. For Heath the trip is another step in trying to get her life back after the fall that broke her back.

Too much group togetherness causes Anna to go off to the river by herself for a little personal time at the end of a very long day. That loner instinct may ultimately save all their lives when a group of four men arrive in camp. They are not here to enjoy the beauty of the north woods or the companionship of their fellow travelers. They are there on a kidnapping for ransom mission and have very specific targets in mind--- Leah and Katie. The men may be much more at home in the city, but they have a plan, weapons, and plenty of cruelty and find the women without weapons and with no cell service no way to reach the outside.

What follow is a sort of Die Hard type scenario as Anna uses the element of surprise to begin to turn the odds in the captives. As the stress for all ratchets up and the unforgiving environment takes a toll it becomes questionable who will survive this rolling north woods confrontation.

The 19th book in the series that began with Track of the Cat is a good one. While there is plenty of action and mystery involved, human psychology is the primary component of the book. Delving into the mind of Anna as well as the other characters to showcase how things are being dealt with as various events occur occupy large sections of the book. Despite that happening, the overall pace the story remains constant steadily pulling readers along to the ultimate final violent confrontation. The book contains the briefest of mentions of earlier events making it possible to read as a stand-alone if you are new to the series.

Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel  
Nevada Barr
Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Publishing Group)
2014
ISBN# 978-0-312-61458-4
Hardback (also available as an e-book and audio)
350 Pages
$26.95

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2014