MURDER-A-GO-GO’S out now!

It’s out in the world now! The anthology that I’m in featuring short stories inspired by the songs of The Go-Go’s is available for purchase. My story “Fading Fast” is a revenge tale gone horribly wrong.

All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood which really makes me happy. And the Foreword is written by Jane Wiedlin! Thank you to Holly West for making this happen and for being an amazing editor. Purchase links below!

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BOLO Books Reviews MURDER-A-GO-GO’S

BOLO Books takes a look at Murder-A-Go-Go’s and includes my story “Fading Fast” as one of his favorites.

“Sarah M. Chen also provides a timely story that will stick with readers long after the final word. ”

I was inspired to write this story after I read about a young couple who sought revenge against a man who abused her. The justice system failed her as it does for so many victims of sexual assault and abuse.

I’m so excited for this collection to come out and it’s only in one more week! Edited by Holly West and includes such talented authors like Lori Rader-Day, Hilary Davidson, and Patricia Abbott. With a foreword by Jane Wiedlin herself!

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MURDER-A-GO-GO’S Out Soon!

I’m so excited to be part of this collection of short stories inspired by the music of The Go-Go’s. Editor Holly West has put together an awesome line-up of talent which I’m honored to be included with. What’s really cool is that all proceeds go toward Planned Parenthood.

My story “Fading Fast” is a revenge tale involving young love, regrets, and family ties. And the Foreword is written by Jane Wiedlin herself! I was a huge fan of The Go-Go’s when I was a teen. I ended up not seeing them in concert until 10 years ago at the Hollywood Bowl and they sounded amazing.

And here’s the incredible cover!

And check out the praise this cool little collection is already generating!

“I always suspected that twinkle in the Go-Gos’ eyes was a coded invitation to a darker world. In the hands of these 25 stellar crime fiction writers, ‘We Got the Beat’ and ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ become evil little gems. A totally rad read.” –Alan Hunter, Original MTV VJ, SiriusXM Host

“Shock and awe, that sums up my reaction to Murder-A-Go-Go’s. Shock to live in times when ‘The Whole World Lost Its Head’ and awe at the response of these gifted writers. Buckle up for a ride that will leave ‘Skidmarks on Your Heart.'” –Sara Paretsky, bestselling author of the V.I. Warshawski crime series

“Who knew those happy songs by one of all-time favorite bands, the Go-Go’s could inspire such dark, noir, spine tingling stories?!! It’s a collection of tales of distinctly female rage–the murderous kind and other wise–to keep you up at night!” –Alison Arngrim, TV’s Nellie Oleson and New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch

“This is the music-driven anthology you didn’t know you needed, but after you read it, you’ll realize your bookshelf was lacking without it. This is a killer line-up of writers, and under Holly’s steady hand, they don’t play a single false note. Murder-a-Go-Go’s has got the beat.” –Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse

“With 25 stories from a greatest-hits list of authors, it’s no surprise that Murder-a-Go-Go’s is a fascinating, addictive anthology, with story styles spanning the entire breadth of the crime fiction genre. Like the songs these writers used for muses, each story contains the energy of a pop group and the rawness of a punk band, with some of the darkness and vulnerability that underscores the Go-Go’s themselves thrown in for good measure.” –Steph Post, author of Miraculum

Out March 25, 2019 through Down & Out Books!

Preorder here:

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HOLLIS FOR HIRE is out!

The second short story collection featuring private investigator Nate Hollis is available now! Gary Phillips, editor and creator of Hollis, asked me to write a story featuring his P.I. and I couldn’t be more thrilled. And to be included in a collection with Naomi Hirahara, Scott Adlerberg, Phillip Drayer Duncan, and the legendary Sara Paretsky? Sign me up! It’s all noir and a lot of pulp so those of you who dig that kind of thing, should check it out.

My story “The Parachute Kids” has Hollis investigating the murder of a foreign exchange student from Korea. It’s set in a world of privilege, bullying, and pursuing the American dream. Hollis for Hire is out now with Pro Se Productions.

THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD makes BOLO Books’ 2018 Top Reads

So excited to see BOLO Books come out with their Top Reads of 2018. It’s always a treat to see which books make Kristopher’s list. I always learn of must-read books so it’s great for holiday shopping (for myself too!).  But it was even more special to see The Night of the Flood as Top Anthology of the Year. Thank you, BOLO Books!

STILETTO HEELED is out now!

I’m thrilled to be in this all-female special issue of Switchblade. It’s the Stiletto Heeled: Women of Noir issue. All women authors featuring stories with protagonists who are women and edited by Lisa Douglass, who is yes, a woman. How cool is that?

It’s my first publication in this anthology and it’s about time. Scotch Rutherford started this killer magazine a couple years ago and it’s already made quite a name for itself in the noir community.

This special issue includes my short story “Influencers” set in the world of hip hop and YouTube. It’s available on Kindle now and the print will be released in a few weeks. So check it out!

 

 

DEADLINES anthology honoring William E. Wallace

I was humbled when Ron Earl Phillips asked me to contribute a story for an anthology honoring the late great William E. Wallace or “Bill” to those who knew him well. He was an investigate reporter, crime fiction writer, devoted fan of the genre, and ardent supporter of all of us in the crime fiction community.

I met Bill only once. It was at Left Coast Crime in Portland. Travis Richardson, Stephen Buehler, and I hosted an Author / Reader connection where we discussed short story writing with anyone who wanted to sign up (and hey, we offered free books and drinks!). Bill signed up and I knew Travis had met him before. Travis had nothing but praise for Bill and I immediately agreed when I met him. Extremely intelligent, kind, and witty. After that we became friends on social media and I found myself looking forward to reading his thoughtful posts. They were encouraging, humorous (often times with a dark twinge to it), and introspective. A true gentleman and talented writer who is missed by all of us in the crime fiction community.

All proceeds of this anthology go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Here is a lovely post that Ron Earl Phillips, editor of Shotgun Honey, posted: DEADLINES

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Sisters in Crime / Los Angeles panel at Pasadena Library

I’ll be speaking at the Sisters in Crime / LA panel at the Pasadena Central Library on Thursday, September 13 at 7pm. This is a panel featuring 11 of us writers in the latest SinC/LA anthology The Last Resort.

Hope to see some of you there!

SISTERS IN CRIME/
LOS ANGELES PRESENTS
LAst RESORT
Thursday, Sept. 13 • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Central Library
Donald Wright Auditorium

Murder-A-Go-Go’s

I’m so excited to be part of this upcoming anthology “Murder-a-Go-Go’s” inspired by music of The Go-Go’s. Holly West is our awesome editor and she’s worked so hard on this. AND all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood which is my favorite part of all. But the lineup is finally announced and wow, it’s so fun to see who else is in this book. A stellar lineup, for sure!

And did I mention…Foreword by THE Jane Wiedlin!

My story “Fading Fast” is dark (OK, nothing new, right?) but it was inspired by a news story I read about a young couple who thought they were doing the right thing (or at least the righteous thing) but it ended up going horribly wrong. It really stuck with me and so it became my inspiration for “Fading Fast.”

Coming soon by Down & Out Books!

Noirville is out in the world!

My short story “A Real Scorcher” was selected out of hundreds to be included in British publisher Fahrenheit Press’s first short story collection aptly titled NOIRVILLE. It’s about a couple who go on a “let’s save our marriage” road trip to Mexico only to unexpectedly stop in Plaster City, a town nobody visits on purpose.

Copies are available at Fahrenheit Press’s website and also Amazon. And through 3/31, it’s free shipping for paperbacks. All the way from the UK!

Here’s the description of Noirville on Fahrenheit Press’s website:

Noirville – Tales From The Dark Side

It’s NOIR if we say it’s NOIR…

Towards the end of 2017 Fahrenheit Press launched a short story competition to showcase talented crime fiction writers from all around the world.

Our crack panel of judges whittled down the hundreds of entries we received to the 15 stories contained in this anthology. We believe these authors represent some of the most exciting crime fiction being written today.

This anthology contains stories by

  • S.E. Bailey
  • Sarah M. Chen
  • Patsy Collins
  • Russell Day
  • Jen Delozier
  • Paul Gadsby
  • Joe Guglielmelli
  • Chris Hyatt
  • Scott Miles
  • John Scheck
  • John Schreier
  • Jeff C. Stevenson
  • Alex Shaw
  • Marc Sorondo
  • Glenda Young

With huge thanks to our awesome judges;

  • Janet Emson
  • Gordon McGhie
  • Kate Moloney
  • David Nemeth
  • Jo Perry
  • Verity Wilde