The Faking of the President is here!

Today is the release of The Faking of the President anthology with Three Rooms Press. 19 tales of White House Noir that Publishers Weekly calls “highly entertaining.”

My story “In Mother We Trust” is set during the 2024 election with Mike Pence as the Republican candidate. Trump refuses to leave office which sets off all kinds of shenanigans, Calexit being one of them. I tell the story from Karen Pence’s POV which required me to do a lot of research into the Pences. That was interesting to say the least. I had a lot of fun writing this and it was quite the challenge!

And CrimeReads singled my story out in their “10 Books You Should Read this April!”

Three Rooms Press is hosting several virtual launch parties on Facebook Live in the next few weeks beginning with one tonight. I’ll be reading at the virtual L.A. one on May 19 with the other Los Angeleno writers. More on that to come!

In the meantime, check out this cool promo!

Buy the anthology now at these venues:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Indiebound

Bookshop

10 Books You Should Read This April

CrimeReads came out with its “Top 10 Books You Should Read This April” list and selected The Faking of the President as one of them. On top of that, they singled out my story, along with Angel Luis Colon, as stand-outs. Woot!

My story “In Mother We Trust” is set in the near future during the 2024 election with Mike Pence running as the Republican candidate. It’s told from Karen Pence’s POV and she will do anything to ensure her husband’s rightful place as president. This resolve is tested when Trump refuses to leave office. Throw in Governor Elon Musk of California and the looming possibility of Calexit and you have a noir thriller that one reviewer wrote “reads something like a prequel to Handmaid’s Tale.”

The Faking of the President is out April 21, 2020 with Three Rooms Press but you can preorder it now!

Meet THE FAKING OF THE PRESIDENT Authors

The Faking of the President comes out April 21, 2020 but if you’re curious who is in this anthology (besides me!), check out this fun Q&A. Three Rooms Press asked us TFOP “cabinet members” why we chose our specific president to write about and who our favorite president is. Find out the answers by clicking on the cover below!

The Faking of the President Review from Publishers Weekly

The upcoming anthology I’m in just received its first review and it’s a good one from Publishers Weekly! Woot!

Check it out here: Publishers Weekly review

For more information about the book, here’s Three Rooms Press editor and publisher, Peter Carlaftes, talking about the inspiration behind The Faking of the President and the process of putting this White House noir collection together: Inspiring Change Through Noir Fiction

I’m so excited to be a part of this unique collection! It includes my dystopian story “In Mother We Trust” set in the not-too-distant future of the 2024 election.

Preorder now!

THE FAKING OF THE PRESIDENT: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir pulls back the curtain on the “new norm” for America’s highest office, with a collection of bizarre new stories by a diverse group of renowned authors that take readers across the chasm of reality into an alternate universe—where Nixon takes a wacky psychedelic trip with Elvis Presley; where a time-traveling renegade targets members of the George Bush administration with disastrous results; where a spy seizes a sudden opportunity for power after Woodrow Wilson’s stroke. The stories are outlandish—but when it comes to the White House of today—strange behavior and kinky, zany antics are no longer implausible.

Spinning new tales of White House noir, these yarns confirm that absolute power—minus checks and balances—absolutely corrupts. THE FAKING OF THE PRESIDENT acknowledges the wacko state of politics today, and openly wonders how far down the rabbit hole the American presidency can go.

The line-up of award-winning authors includes Eric BeetnerPeter CarlaftesChristopher ChambersSarah M. ChenAngel Luis ColonS. A. CosbyNikki DolsonMary Anna EvansKate FloraAdam Lance GarciaDanny GardnerAlison GaylinGreg HerrenGary PhillipsTravis RichardsonS. J. RozanAlex SeguraAbby Vandiver, and Erica Wright.

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!

Amazon

Down & Out Books

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!

Click on the cover to pre-order!

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:

Down & Out Books

Amazon

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!