Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Enter the Goodreads Giveaway for THE MEMORY AGENT by Matt Delaney!

Goodreads is giving away 100 copies of THE MEMORY AGENT in Amazon Kindle format. Enter here before July 17, 2017!


                                                                     

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Great article about James Gunn exploring new ways of working

You can read the full article here.

Check out his latest in his space opera trilogy, TRANSFORMATION!

Amazing Bookreporter Review for Steve Holgate's TANGIER!

Holgate weaves an exquisite tapestry of espionage, June 17, 2017


                                       



This review is from: Tangier (Paperback)
“The real Casablanca is nothing like the movie. But Tangier is. You can get into a lot of trouble very quickly in Tangier.” Like 1940s Casablanca, “Tangier was an easier city to get into than it was to leave.”

Stephen Holgate weaves an exquisite tapestry of wartime espionage, intrigue, and mystery, in his astounding debut novel. The only things missing are Bogart romancing Bergman, and Dooley Wilson (“Sam”) singing 'As Time Goes By'. With a novel-length flashback to 1940s French-occupied Morocco, Tangier is the real Casablanca.

In a parallel plot in 1995, Christopher Chaffee is forced out of his D.C. bureaucratic position, for padding expense accounts. His France-born mother receives a letter dated 1940 (the year Chris was born) from her son’s father, Rene Laurent, who presumably died in a Vichy prison. Now Chaffee is in Tangier, tracing that letter to its origin. At passport control, Chaffee explains his predicament: “I was born Christopher Laurent. My mother remarried and I took my stepfather’s name. The man I am looking for is my father.”

Ousted from France in 1940, Rene Laurent was “a diplomat without a country.” He boards, along with other exiled Europeans, in the Great Expectations-like ch√Ęteau owned by a femme fatale: “Yet an air of weary elegance clung to the decaying villa.”

Returning to the present (1995), Chaffee meets various characters and “vagaries of fortune.” American piano man and ex-pat Pete Draper drags Chaffee to a gig at La Crepuscule in a neighboring town, where “[a]n ancient woman sat at a table near the end of the bar, absently waving an ebony cigarette holder.” Madame Dubois was the “[l]ast bit of jetsam left from the high tide of French colonialism.” Madame may have heard of someone who knows someone who may have known Rene Laurent.

Picking up pieces of a discarded life, Chaffee constructs a composite of who was his father, told by a masterful author. This arduous search takes Chaffee on an unexpected expedition of self-awareness. Chaffee “had been looking for his father, and only now did he realize he had finally found himself.”

The author is a native Oregonian living in Portland. Holgate served as a diplomat at the American Embassy in Morocco. He has published several short stories, freelance articles, and produced a single-person play. Tangier is one of the most satisfying debut novels I’ve enjoyed in decades.

Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy for Bookreporter

Friday, April 28, 2017

Two Starred Reviews for Carpenter

Congratulations to Emily Carpenter for earning starred reviews in both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly for THE WEIGHT OF LIES, which hits the shelf on June 6.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Another congratulations to Spencer Kope and his newest review of COLLECTING THE DEAD on BookLoons!



Read the full review here.

Emily Carpenter has two new books in the works with Lake Union Publishing!

Jeanne Dams' new cover for THE MISSING MASTERPIECE, published by Severn House!

Congratulations to Shannon Kirk! THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF VIVIANNE MARSHALL has been selected as a Literary Classic!


Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall by Shannon Kirk, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.
Vivienne Marshall has loved and been loved more greatly than many could ever hope for in a lifetime. As she lies on her death-bed she is reunited with Noah, a childhood sweetheart who passed away years earlier. Noah joins Vivienne as she begins her journey into the afterlife, easing her into the process of choosing the life she'll lead in heaven once she departs from her earthly body. As Vivienne explores her celestial options she's torn between the ethereal world awaiting her and the loved ones she must leave behind. 
If only for the satisfaction of savoring the remarkable eloquence found within the pages of this book, The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall would be ranked as truly exceptional. But when such exquisitely penned lines are coupled with a story so riveting as this, one can't help but delight in this marvelous novel. Author Shannon Kirk's The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Outstanding cover for Michael Gellert's THE DIVINE MIND coming from Prometheus Books!


Rave review for COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope in Library Journal's "Books for Dudes"


This is one propulsive mothereffer of a novel. Magnus “Steps” Craig is a star bad-guy tracker for the FBI. After particularly heinous crimes, or when the Authorities suspect a serial killer, they fly in Steps in from wherever and set him a-go because he’s just as good as Horace the bloodhound from Carl Hiaasen’s Scat. What he sees is like a substance—he calls it “shine”—on whatever the killer has touched. Sort of like glow-in-the-dark paint that only he can see. Could be green, could be blue, but there are a lot of particulars to each one that makes it unique to the person Steps is searching out. He has a minder, Jimmy, who serves as a footman of sorts and who injects healthy doses of humor into everything. Of Jimmy, Steps says, “He’s like all the PE teachers I’ve ever had rolled up into one and sprinkled with Nazi dust.” But Steps is pretty torn up by the times he has failed, with “too many nightmares competing for my sleeping hours. The bodies are stacked like cordwood outside the door to my dreams….” Steps has become preoccupied with one killer who has, so far, eluded him for ten years. At the same time the team is frantically on the trail of the “Sad Face” killer, a nasty dude who has offed a lot of women in Northern California and has a young girl under lock and key. Do you like action? Kope skips details in favor of movement, unless it’s CSI-type procedures. VERDICT It’s like Cheetos. You want more.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHANNON KIRK!

The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall has been named one of three or four finalists in the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition in the following category: Popular Fiction. The winners will be announced on April 7th!

San Francisco Chronicle Review for Phil Donlay's SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT!


SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT
We rated this book: Five Stars
$26.95

Seconds to Midnight is the seventh book in the Donovan Nash series written by Philip Donlay. The book’s protagonist, Donovan Nash, is on an Eco-Watch flight studying a solar flare above Northern Canada, when all of the sudden a Boeing passenger jet appears out of nowhere and almost hits the Eco-Watch plane. Nash and his crew manage to recover; however, the Boeing doesn’t and crashes into a lake. Stepping into rescuer mode, Nash’s crew turn the plane around and rush to the crash site. They see a sole survivor, a young woman, stagger onto the ice. When they reach her, she whispers, “Don’t tell anyone or they will kill everybody” and blacks out. What follows is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse as Nash tries to figure it all out.

Like his previous thrillers, Donlay’s Seconds to Midnight is impossible to put down. The action starts from the first page and doesn’t let go until the very end. The plot is wild and unpredictable and leaves you wondering what would happen next. Fortunately, it all comes to a satisfying conclusion at the end with all the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed. In addition, the characters are quite developed and multifaceted.

I would recommend Seconds to Midnight to anybody who enjoys fast-paced thrillers.

Reviewed By: Michael Shulman

Monday, March 13, 2017

Very proud to be the agent for James Gunn:

2017 marks Jim’s eightieth year in science fiction, if we date Jim’s transformative moment to when he saw H.G. Wells speak at the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium in 1937.  At that momentous occasion, Wells spoke on his idea of the “Open Conspiracy,” of people of intelligence and good will working together to make a better world.  Jim coined his own version of this idea, “saving the world through science fiction."

The third volume of Jim’s Transcendental trilogy, Transformation, will be out from TOR, and Jim has since written a number of companion stories that will be coming out in Asimov’s over the next several months.  McFarland will be publishing Jim’s memoir STAR-BEGOTTEN Later in the year.



We salute you, James!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Check Out This Cover!

Gorgeous jacket art for Emily Carpenter's upcoming THE WEIGHT OF LIES publishing this June. 



In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

New News!

Congratulations to Matt Coyle on his nomination for BEST MYSTERY NOVEL for DARK FISSURES to be awarded at Left Coast Crime in Honolulu in March!








AND... Herewith is the final cover for the UK edition of THE METHOD by Shannon Kirk!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

DEEP SIX by D.P. LYLE should be nominated for The Best Humorous Mystery for the Lefty Awards at Left Coast Crime

Left Coast Crime will be taking place in Honolulu this March. I'd nominate it myself but will be unable to attend. It ROCKS!
Check out the award categories with the following link: