PRAISE FOR FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS AT CRIMESPREE

Thank you to Dan Malmon for writing up a killer review for FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS, out now with Short Stack Books. And he even gives my story “Besties & Blow” a nice shoutout!

Check it out here: CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE

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WINDWARD LAUNCH PARTY SAT 11/12

I’ll be heading to Crime Bake this weekend in Dedham, MA for the launch of Level Best Books’ anthology WINDWARD: BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES edited by Kimberly Gray, Harriette Sackler, Shawn Reilly Simmons, and Verena Rose. My story “Grateful Touring” features Deadheads, cigarette smuggling, and leaf-peeping.

Crime Bake is one of the first mystery conferences I ever attended, back in 2008, and I absolutely loved it for its intimacy, informative panels, and camaraderie.

I’m really looking forward to this trip. Everything that’s going on post-election is so troubling and seriously getting to me. It will be nice to get away for a bit to concentrate on what I love: books and crime fiction.  Plus I absolutely love Boston.

Hope to see many of you fellow writers and book lovers there!

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Available now on Amazon

It’s the 1980s! Love it or hate it?

Today, I’m lucky to be a guest poster on Motive Means Opportunity. I discuss the new anthology that I’m thrilled to be a part of FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS, out now with Short Stack Books. It’s a collection of stories all inspired by the decade of decadence, the 1980s.

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I grew up in the 80s so for me, it brings back fond memories. I talk about what I remember the most and what inspired me to write “Besties & Blow,” a story about a young SoCal woman on her quest to see Oingo Boingo at the Greek Theater. There’s plenty of bitchin’ music, back-stabbing, and blow.

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Thank you to E. Michael Helms for inviting me and to MMO for having me!

I LOVE THE 1980S!

It’s Happy Pub Day to FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS: EIGHTIES-INSPIRED NEON NOIR edited by Michael Pool. My short story Besties & Blow is one of 18 stories in this bitchin’ collection by Short Stack Books. Besties & Blow has Danny Elfman, the Greek Theater, Oingo Boingo, spoiled SoCal girls, and of course lots and lots of cocaine.

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It was a blast to write and I’m honored to be in this totally awesome collection along with such talented writers as S.W. Lauden, Sam Wiebe, Dietrich Kalteis, Eryk Pruitt, Preston Lang, Greg Barth, Jen Conley, Kat Richardson, C.S. DeWildt, and many others. Thanks to Michael Pool of Short Stack Books for putting this over-the-top totally radical collection together!

If you want to know what inspired all of us to write our 80s stories for this collection, go to Dietrich’s blog Off the Cuff.

MANHATTAN BEACH LIBRARY EVENT

The event at the Manhattan Beach Library Monday night 10/17 was really fun. Lida Sideris, Sybil Johnson, Jennifer Chow, and I discussed writing mysteries in the South Bay. We all live in the South Bay except for Lida who I didn’t realize grew up in Hermosa Beach.

Here are some pics. Manhattan Beach Library is a beautiful recently-renovated library.

Thanks to all who came!

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TEN GREAT BOOKS BY UP-AND-COMING CRIME FICTION WRITERS

I’m so thrilled that FINN and I are included on this list by Rob Hart, author of the killer Ash McKenna series. I’m in great company with Danny Gardner, S.W. Lauden, and Eryk Pruitt among many others.

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The Strand Blog – ten great books by up and coming crime fiction writers

And if you haven’t read Rob’s NEW YORKED or CITY OF ROSE yet, don’t wait another second! SOUTH VILLAGE, the third in the series, is out today.

THE STRAND – Ten Great Books by Up and Coming Crime Fiction Writers

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WE’RE WRITERS WITH MANY TALENTS!

Today I’m up on Writing Wranglers and Warriors where I discuss the appeal of collaborating many art forms. Writers are creative people so many of us paint, play in bands, dance, or design. I’ve been lucky to participate in several readings and book events that partner with live music or film viewings and I think this is such a wonderful idea.

Power to the artist!

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NOVELLA TALK AT THE THRILL BEGINS

Today I’m up at The Thrill Begins with the amazingly talented writers Rob Hart and E.A. Aymar as we discuss the popularity of the novella. Is it just a passing trend or is it here to stay?

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GRIZZLY SEASON LAUNCH FOR S.W. LAUDEN AT BOOK SHOW – A SUCCESS!

What a fantastic launch party! There were readings from yours truly, the always entertaining Danny Gardner, and of course, the star of the show himself, S. W. Lauden with the launch of his second Greg Salem book GRIZZLY SEASON by Rare Bird Books. Then we were entertained with an acoustic set from the talented Jeff Whalen of the band Tsar (which Steve plays drums for). Thanks to Steve and Book Show for throwing such a fabulous shindig.

(Credit for pics goes to Travis Richardson, Renee Asher Pickup, and others)

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Reading from my short story “Besties and Blow” which will be in the upcoming 80s FAST WOMEN, NEON NOIR anthology by Short Stack Books.

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The star of the show, S.W. Lauden reading from GRIZZLY SEASON.

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Jeff Whalen from the band Tsar.

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No idea why I look so angry!

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Danny Gardner

GRIZZLY SEASON LAUNCH

Sunday, October 2 is the launch of S.W. Lauden’s Greg Salem sequel, GRIZZLY SEASON, from Rare Bird Books at Book Show. Danny Gardner and I will be reading and there will be an acoustic set from Jeff Whalen.

It’s 3-5pm so come on by!

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