Livia's (James’ wife) novel Spirit Catcher is now available for both the Kindle and the Nook. This is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense novel that also has some strong Western elements (including cameo appearances by some characters who may be familiar to a few of you). I think it's a fine yarn, of course, and you can find more background information about it on LIVIA'S BLOG today. Check it out.
In the restored ghost town of Fury, Colorado, actress Dallas James makes her living by reenacting life in the Old West. One day, her act becomes all too authentic – as she is joined by the ghost of one of Fury's past residents, Boone Cantrell.
Soon Dallas finds herself falling in love with the ghost–but Boone's only chance to stay in her world requires unraveling the complex web of history that brought him back from the dead – and he's running out of time.
Rosamund Sholto is a confident, cosmopolitan professional woman, successful and well-educated. Yet nothing has prepared her for the awful realisation that her younger sister Phoebe’s “accidental” death in a fall from a Swiss mountain was not accidental at all and almost certainly engineered by her husband, the ruthless politician Aidan Britton who is only a heartbeat away from becoming Prime Minister.
Suspecting that Aidan has more than just his wife’s death to cover up, Rosamund goes on the run; with the press, the police, the security services and her brother-in-law’s private army of political enforcers in pursuit.
A gripping thriller of chase and pursuit, this is an updated, feminist reworking of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps and the first appearance of feisty archaeologist heroine Tamara Hoyland, who was to become Jessica Mann’s most renowned series character.
The cover for The Dead Man #6: Kill Them All by Harry Shannon has just come in from Carl Graves and we think it's one of the best yet. The book comes out in August.
Emmy-award winning writer/producer Phoef Sutton has joined the ranks of Dead Man writers and his notion for his upcoming novel is, as you might expect, refreshingly original and darkly funny. We can't wait to read it!
Advance reading copies of James Reasoner's The Dead Man #5: The Blood Mesa has just gone out to reviewers and bloggers. The book will be published in early July.
1. Black Coffee - Julie London 2. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - The Arthur Murray TV Dance Orchestra 3. Oily Bird - Jack Fascinato and His Orchestra 4. Jungle Concerto - Xavier Cugat 5. Tampico - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra 6. Can't Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams 7. Josette's Theme (from "Dark Shadows") - The Robert Cobert Orchestra 8. Smoke - Randy Carlos 9. Always It's You - The Everly Brothers 10. If I Loved You - Percy Faith and His Orchestra 11. As the World Turns - Ginny Gibson 12. Lovely Hula Hands - Louise Akeo and Her Royal Hawaiian Girls 13. Theme from Sherman's Heroes - 101 Strings 14. Bell Hop - John Shakespeare 15. Hands Off the Man - Peggy Lipton 16. If I Had You - Queen Latifah 17. Julie, Do Ya Love Me - Bobby Sherman 18. Peter Gunn - Quincy Jones 19. Waltz (from "The Big Country") - Jerome Moross 20. Caravan - Los Admiradores 21. Terasina (from "Walk On the Wild Side") - Elmer Bernstein 22. Time On My Hands – Esquivel
Dicey Tales is a periodical that features articles supporting the Barbarians of Lemuria (BoL) roleplaying game. Our goal is to expand the reach of BoL beyond Sword and Sorcery into the full realm of the pulps. Every issue features official expansions of the BoL rules allowing the system to encompass all of the various genres of pulp adventure- Two-fisted adventure, Western, Outer Space, Lost World, and many more.
Issue #1 of Dicey Tales launches our two-part foray into the classic adventure pulps. With this issue of Dicey Tales the world of daredevils, soldiers of fortune, occult investigators and cloaked crime-fighters will now be fully incorporated into the BoL system.
Another Lost Treasure that is on the verge on going to press is The Completr Adventures of the Suicide Squad.
These are the escapades of 3 American gentleman, a blond, a red-head and a dark haired fellows who go through life before and during the Second World War rescuing blond ladies, usually in a red dress from impossible situations from dastardly villains. This is not enduring literature for the ages, but it was a great escapist literature for our grandfathers.
The Boche don’t fare very well, and there’s a great poster of the Squad defacing a propaganda poster of Adolf Hitler. The Japanes fare less well, with Oriental thugs being decimated en masse, with never a scratch nor injury to the members of the Squad.
There are a total of 23 stories, almost all appearing in Ace G-Man Stories. There are also a great batch of covers to illustrate the Dustjacket, and the internal illustrations are full of action.
The project will go to press, just as soon as Robert Weinberg completes his introduction, and with a bit of publisher’s luck, it will be ready for Pulpfest in Columbia, Ohio at the end of July!
J. Allan Dunn – one of the most popular writers for the pulp magazines of the early 20th Century – wrote voluminously on every subject imaginable. Here are three of his swashbuckling tales of pirates, full of colorful action, beautiful women, and daring high-seas escapades!
The Golden Dolphin, a complete novel, tells the story of an expedition to discover what happened to a ship lost in the South Seas.
The Marooner, a novella, is the story of Long Tom Pugh, infamous buccaneer in the Caribbean, and his ship, the Scourge.
Forced Luck, another novella, tells of Barthelemy Bart Portuguese, superstitious freebooter, who believed a gold amulet guaranteed his success.
Ivan E. Coyote is one of North America’s most beguiling storytellers. Bow Grip is a breathtaking story about love and loneliness; in it, a good-hearted, small-town mechanic struggles to deal with a wife who has left him for another woman until a used cello and an acquaintance’s suicide attempt compel him to make some changes in his life.
With quiet authority, Bow Grip is about one man’s true rite of passage—trying to keep the ghosts of personal history at bay with a heart that’s as big as the endless prairie sky.
Thirteen years ago, Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances. Now, the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry – and tries to live outside the shadow of his past.
Frank is hunting with his red-tailed hawk, Armistead, when he finds it. A teenage boy’s body – barely concealed behind a pile of brush in a part of the forest Frank recently visited with his daughter, Nicole. It’s a truly gruesome crime scene – one of the many things Frank doesn’t miss about working homicide in the big city.
But what Frank finds in the dead boy’s wallet is even more disturbing: Nicole’s phone number, scribbled in ink on the edge of a bill. He pockets the evidence and flees. Days later, his daughter is in jail. His past is coming back to haunt him. And his reputation – and life – are on the line . . .
A KILLING SKY
When a Congressman's daughter disappears, Charlottesville P.I. and falconer Frank Pavlicek follows a trail of family secrets to the most dangerous discovery of all--the truth.
When an expert falconer is found shot to death, P.I. Frank Pavlicek smells something far more deadly than a simple hunting accident. Something is contaminating the surrounding woods-something the Feds don't want to discuss. Seeking justice for his friend's life, Pavlicek threatens to uncover a group of domestic terrorists with a chilling agenda.
Frank Pavlicek, a PI and a falconer, returns in his fourth mystery, this time leaving his adopted Virginia town to return to his old beat, New York City. Accompanied by his daughter, Nicole, a PI in training and an accomplished hacker, Frank comes to New York to help out Darla, also a former NYPD officer and current PI, after she takes on a strange case in which a physician accuses the developer of her building of having her beloved pet cat killed by an owl.
Frank draws on his falconry skills to get to the bottom of the strange story, which gets even stranger after evidence surfaces that there really is someone in Central Park hunting with a large owl.
The plot is fast paced, twisty, and complex, but it's never unbelievable, despite the presence of owls, illegal immigrants, secretive developers, gang wars, and stories from the Underground Railroad.
AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES MAKING THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .
TODAY’S FIND . . . MYSTERY!
PEACE, LOVE, AND MURDER
A BO FORRESTER MYSTERY
KINDLE EDITION ~ $.99
Finding a corpse in the trunk of your cab is a rotten way to start the day. For Bo Forrester, things go straight downhill from there. The cops are asking a hell of a lot of questions. The murder weapon turns up too close for comfort. And the attractive woman giving him the eye turns out to be Trudy Hauser, a cute-but-crazy deputy dead set on arresting him for murder.
Bo returned to Rhodes, an upstate New York college town, hoping to reconcile with his parents, gentle hippies who couldn’t accept his decision to join the Army at eighteen. Twenty years later, the commune where he grew up is a subdivision and his parents are long gone. Pondering his next move, Bo takes a job driving a cab. And he has no clue how the bullet-riddled body of art philanthropist Fred Davies ended up in the trunk.
Now, he can’t turn around without bumping into Trudy—it’s not her case, but that’s not slowing her down. The local cops, suspecting robbery as the motive, are right behind her. When Davies’s beautiful widow asks Bo for help, he can’t say no. Starting his own investigation, he plunges into a world of privilege, corruption, and high-stakes greed. A lot of people had reason to want Davies dead: a flirtatious art history professor with a taste for booze and men; her insanely jealous, ex-felon husband; the business partner with a secret addiction; and an avant-garde artist who proclaims that murder is the ultimate art form.
As the body count escalates, Bo must combine the skills he learned as a soldier with the values he grew up with on the commune to flush out a vicious murderer—if he manages to stay alive that long.
Even though he had a string of novels published during the seventies and eighties, including some paperback originals for Gold Medal, I can’t find out much about Ron Faust other than he was once a baseball player and a journalist.
I remember reading most of his early outings and being impressed by his vivid use of various South American settings. Faust also manages to take fairly standard plots and take them in unexpected directions.
The Long Count is one of my favorite of Faust’s novels. Again it features a South American setting, a Hemingwayesque hero, and a driving narrative that pounds through to the end of the tale.
THE LONG COUNT
They called him Racine.
He used to be a top heavyweight contender in the good old U.S. of A. Now he was stuck in South America, where he had tried to get back into a game he was too old for.
He had accidentally killed a boy in the ring and they wouldn’t give him back his passport. So, he figured if he could get to the Ambassador, his problems would be over. They weren’t. They were just beginning.
Because when Racine crashed the Ambassador’s party, he ran into a bunch of young terrorists, who kidnapped him along with the Ambassador and a few friends. They murdered a couple of bystanders in cold blood. And Racine could figure what they had in mind for him.
Suddenly everything he’d learned as a prizefighter came zipping into his head. He was a survivor, dammit.
They were going to have one helluva a time killing him . . .
For some reason, Faust never made it into the top rank of writers, yet he had the skill to do so – a familiar story in the annals of publishing where success is most often determined by factors other than talent.
BLACK DOG BOOKS HAS COME UP WITH ANOTHER WINNER . . .
Four hard-boiled novellas of crime and intrigue around the Sport of Kings.
Known from Saratoga to Belmont and throughout the racing circuit, Chief Van Eyck keeps the bookies and fix games in check—whether using a little strong-arm, or the nickel-platted death secured in his wide right fist in the process.
And Van Eyck is never above picking up a few greenbacks on the side thanks to an inside tip or two from the jockey club.
Grab a stool, order a strong one and slid to the edge of your seat as the ponies and Van Eyck both give a thrill ride from wire to wire!
FIRST TIME IN BOOK FORM
With an introduction by Robert J. Randisi, author of the Rat Pack, Joe Keogh, Miles Jacoby, Nick Delvecchio and Henry Po mystery series; founder of the Private Eye Writers of America.
THE RIGHT GUY COPPER THE BET HEAT OF THE MONEY HORSE MONEY
From the heart of Africa to the streets of Harlem, a new hero is born sworn to support and protect Americans of all races and creeds; he is Damballa and he strikes from the shadows. When the reigning black heavy weight boxing champion of the world agrees to defend his crown against a German fighter representing Hitler’s Nazis regime, the ring becomes the stage for a greater political contest. The Nazis’ agenda is to humble the American champion and prove the superiority of their pure-blood Aryan heritage. To achieve this end, they employ an unscrupulous scientist capable of transforming their warrior into a superhuman killing machine.
Can the mysterious Damballa unravel their insidious plot before it is too late to save a brave and noble man? Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers are proud to introduce pulpdom’s first ever 1930s African-American pulp hero as created by the acclaimed author, Charles Saunders.
“Racism and sexism were a few of the ugly aspects of the pulps we’d all like to forget,” Editor Ron Fortier comments. “Minority groups based on race, sex and religion were ostracized and either ignored completely or denigrated in their outlandish portrayals. Since its creation, Airship 27 Productions has made it a goal to address these wrongs and help correct them within the context of providing top-notch action fiction to our readers. DAMBALLA is a major step in that direction and we are truly excited about its release.”
Praise for DAMBALLA and writer Charles Saunders has already begun. “Having revolutionized the genre of epic fantasy with the creation of Imaro, a black warrior easily equal to such classic characters as Tarzan and Conan, Charles Saunders has done it again. This time he has created DAMBALLA, a true hero in every sense of the word. Battling racism and evil in the 1930’s, DAMBALLA is no pale imitation of The Shadow or The Avenger. In fact, after reading this excellent book, I think that they would be proud to consider him a brother in the ceaseless war against crime and injustice.” Derrick Ferguson – “Dillon and the Voice of Odin”
DAMBALLA by Charles Saunders features a cover by Charles Fetherolf and interior illustrations by Clayton Hinkle, with book design by award-winning artist Rob Davis.
AVAILABLE 06/17/2011 ~ $24.95 ~ $3 DIGITAL COPY
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!
An ebook collection of three new stories of the macabre, from Stephen Bacon, Mark West, and Neil Williams.
Taking the horror in the everyday, this features childhood memories, a seemingly idyllic English town and a car seat found in a skip - all perfectly normal, all leading to a point of horror.
Conrad Williams, British Fantasy Society Award winning author of "One" says, 'Here are three writers with singular voices who have, nevertheless, somehow managed to merge their talents to imbue the whole of this slim collection with a kind of menace that is like oil on skin: difficult to remove and persistent. For relative newcomers to show such restraint, to trust in the subtle and the unsaid, is rare indeed.'
Gary McMahon, author of "Pretty Little Dead Things" and "Concrete Grove" says, 'These three chilling tales ably demonstrate that horror can be found in the most mundane places, and a sense of unease is always much closer than we think.'
When a man known only as The Deacon set up camp outside Rookwood, a murder of crows took to unnatural, moonlit flight. The crows came to Rookwood; trouble soon to follow. Things were already strange in that God-forsaken town, but no one could have predicted the forces and fates about to meet in a dust-bowl clearing in the desert. A Preacher. A Demon. An Angel. A Gunslinger.
A bargain with the darkness was signed in blood, and broken, and as such deals usually do, it went south. Now the fate of lost lovers, faith healers, ancient Gods and the Devil himself collide in a circle of wagons tended by the damaged and deformed, the saved and the shorn. There's a power come to Rookwood, and this one-horse town is about to be transformed. Such deals are only made and broken . . . on Hallowed Ground.
From Steven Savile, International bestselling author of Silver, The Last Angel, and The Sufferer's Song, and David Niall Wilson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Deep Blue, This is My Blood, and Heart of a Dragon, comes a tale of the old west, magic, enlightenment and damnation readers have said is like Stephen King's The Gunslinger meets Daniel Knauf's Carnivale . . . HAT TIP TO BILL CRIDER
A woman shoots a man to death on a crowded street in Boston, claiming that he raped and murdered her eleven-year old daughter. Except he didn't, because this woman never had a daughter. Another man stabs an MIT professor to death in front of a crowd in Harvard Square, saying that he witnessed the professor running down his wife in the street. Except the MIT professor was three thousand miles away when the man's wife was killed.
Reporter Bill Conway discovers that these victims are connected to ViGen Corporation, a shadowy pharmaceutical company. When he tries to investigate ViGen Corporation and their role in these deaths, he soon finds himself framed for murder. And that turns out to be the least of his problems . . .
I’M A BIG FAN OF TAMORA PIERCE’S YOUNG ADULT FANTASY NOVELS, SO I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE THIRD BOOK IN THE BEKKA COOPER TRILOGY FOR QUITE A WHILE . . . THERE IS STILL A BIT OF A WIAT AS PUBLICATION ISN’T UNTIL OCTOBER . . . BUT I’LL GET ME E-COPY THE FIRST DAY IT’S AVAILABLE . . .
The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want—a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City — while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.
Oscar Jade, a private detective who lives in a one-room flop above a beachfront watering hole, has a screaming hangover. A good-looking dame walks into his life and says her husband wants her dead. A man with a gun is following her. It's just another day in paradise . . .
“You need to get all these stupid ideas out of your head, about how you're gonna be tough guys, and not give anything up, 'cause we're not having a picnic, and I'm not going to be playing shuffleboard with you here. You're out in the middle of nowhere. Nobody's gonna hear you screaming, or crying, or praying to God. The cops aren't coming to rescue you. This is old country – things have been dying out here for a long, long time, and there's no funerals, or writeups in the paper. It just gets covered up, and forgotten. You'll be gone, just like the dinosaurs..."
This week, Koop checks out a new TV show coming your way all about the first Playboy Club in Chicago in the early sixties. The Ask Koop segment talks about retro accessories to make you pad retro yet functional . . . Koop also has lots of events across the world for you to check out.
He'll let you know about a new business that will be partnering the Cocktail Nation, some cool parties to attend, and revue with Koop as he heads back to 1959 with a CD he picked up that covers a rock n roll DJ who recorded some cool beatnik type poetry. Also tonight, Koop has quite a few original vinyl recordings to share with you, and of course, the cover art will be posted on the website . . .
Naughty Ones ~ I Dig Your Voodoo Martini Kings ~ You Only Live Twice Octobop ~ Playboys Theme Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica ~ Phoenix Goodbye Harmonicats ~ Mambo Jambo Jennifer Keith ~ An Occasional Man Jack Jones ~ Michelle Orchestra Superstring ~ Evidence Mad Daddy ~ What is a Fisteris Frank Sinatra ~ Call Me Jackie Gleason ~ I Only Have Eyes For YOu Narco Lounge Combo ~ Aztec West Living Brass ~ Sunshine Superman Manuel And the Music Of The Mountains ~ la Vien Rose
Love sometimes means having to solve your ex-girlfriend’s murder.
Burleigh Drummond, a fixer, ignores a voice-mail plea for help from his ex-girlfriend Coco Robicheaux. She broke his heart when she dumped him, so why should he care? He goes about his job of manipulating the imbroglios of bluebloods and politicos. Still, Drummond misses Coco and regrets not answering her call.
The next morning he is rousted from bed by two extremely unpleasant homicide detectives with the news that Coco has been raped and bludgeoned to death. The detectives also share they have been instructed to do nothing about the case, but should he provide them with evidence . . .
As Drummond investigates he discovers Coco lived a clandestine existence in the city’s netherworld and had been drafted as an unwitting pawn in a plot to disrupt the upcoming mayoral election. As often happens with pawns, she was sacrificed.
When threats cloaked as friendly warnings escalate to an old-fashioned beating, Drummond enlists a reputed mercenary, a black-separatist reporter, and a computer hacker to assist in his investigation and, eventually, revenge. As Drummond negotiates through the maze of deception and he finds himself at odds with his blueblood clients, the police chief, the mayor, and a gay crime syndicate.
TURN-ABOUT BEING FAIR PLAY, MY BUDDY LEE GOLDBERG PIMPS ME OFF . . . AS WELL AS MY UPCOMING SHOW . . . PREMIERING AUGUST 2, 2011, 9PM, ABC . . .
Back when I was a teenager writing my .357 Vigilante books as "Ian Ludlow," my publisher thought it would be nice if I met some of their other writers who lived in my area. One of 'em was "Pike Bishop," who was writing the Diamondback westerns.
So they set us up on a lunch.
I was expecting a leather-skinned, laconic cowboy with a boots and a Stetson...and he was expecting a hardened, streetwise tough guy . . .
ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALL TIME LEE GOLDBERG BOOKS IS THE MAN WITH THE IRON ON BADGE. IT IS SUCH A QUIRKY TALE THAT IT ALMOST DEFIES DESCRIPTION AND CERTAINLY DEFIES CATEGORIZATION – AND THAT’S THE THING I LIKE ABOUT IT THE MOST . . .
LEE HAS RECENTLY RELAUNCHED THE NOVEL ON KINDLE UNDER THE TITLE WATCH ME DIE WITH A FABULOUS NEW COVER. THIS IS GREAT NEWS, AS THE BOOK WILL, HOPEFULLY, AND FINALLY, FIND THE AUDIENCE AND ACCLAIM IT DESERVES . . .
Harvey Mapes is a 26-year-old security guard who spends his nights in a guard shack outside a gated community in Southern California, reading detective novels, watching reruns, and waiting for his life to finally start... which happens when Cyril Parkus, one of the wealthy residents, asks Harvey to follow his beautiful wife Lauren.
The lowly security guard jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his private eye fantasies and use everything he's learned from Spenser, Magnum, and Mannix. But things don't exactly go according to the books...or the reruns. As Harvey fumbles and stumbles through his first investigation, he discovers that the differences between fiction and reality can be deadly.
With the help of his mortgage broker neighbor and occasional lover Carol, Harvey uncovers a blackmail plot that takes a sudden and unexpectedly tragic turn...plunging him into a world of violence, deception and murder... and forcing him to discover what it really takes to be a private eye.