Monday, November 17, 2008

Book Talk!

I'm pleased to announce that I'm the featured author on Book Talk with Jen, a fiction blog. The blog focuses a lot on romance, but not exclusively. Jen did an interview with me that will be running all this week.

Here is the link:

She asked some good questions and there is a contest for some free books, so check it out!

Deadlines is OUT!

Deadlines, the dark fiction anthology containing my short story "In Your Warm and Darkened Grave," is now available from Comet Press!

You can find it on Amazon or at any other bookseller.

Cheryl Mullenix, the editor, has put together a great collection of spooky stories. If you like dark fiction (horror-esque), this is worth a try.

Monday, September 29, 2008

More News

A few things to report.

First up, some sad news. Mouthfull of Bullets has discontinued publication. The magazine had a good run, even breaking into a print version for a while. I have no doubt that it would have continued to rise in prominence, but the editor simply didn't have enough time to dedicate to publishing the magazine. These things are often labors of love, paying little or nothing and gobbling up huge chunks of time. I saw this briefly when I served as an associate editor for Colin Conway's online mag A Cruel World. Real life responsibilities such as work and family can't be neglected and so projects like a small crime fiction magazine sometimes fall by the wayside.

On a personal note, the demise of MFoB means that the remaining three installments of "The Bastard Mummy" won't appear there. It looks like I'll need to find another home for that story.

Good news. My short story, "A New Life" is now up at Mysterical-E. This is the third story in the four-story arc involving Shae and Laddie. The audio version is also available. You can listen to it (or read it or both) here:

This issue also contains positive reviews of my novel, Heroes Often Fail and the anthology Medium of Murder, which I contributed to. Those are here:

On another note, November 2008 has been announced as the release date for the Comet Press anthology Deadlines. My short story "In Your Warm and Darkened Grave" will appear in this book. I've seen the galleys and the editors have done a great job. Cover art is forthcoming, but you can read more about Comet Press here:

I'll pass it on when this anthology is available for purchase.

All of the anthologies that I've had stories in are listed on my website, here:

I still have a few copies of most of them, so feel free to email me if you would like to buy one.

I have started work on a new book, tentatively titled At This Point in My Life. While it is a mystery, it isn't a River City novel. It's still in the very early stages, but shaping up to be an interesting ride.

Speaking of River City...well, things are still delayed. More to come.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Bevy of News...

...some happy, some sad.

First up, we'll start with something happy. My short novella/long short story "The Bastard Mummy" has found a home. And it is a perfect home, presented in a perfect fashion. The story is appearing in four parts over the course of a year in MOUTHFULL OF BULLETS. Part One is up now in the current issue (Summer 2008). Here is the link:

This story features Detectives Finch and Elias, who are mostly bit players in the River City novels, but pop up here and there in the short story arena. The sort-of prequel to "The Bastard Mummy" is called simply "Finch and Elias" and it is available for 49 cents on Amazon Shorts right here:

Other stories featuring the duo include Elias in "Core Issue" and both of them in the short-short "The Worst Door," which was a finalist for the Derringer that year.

I have to say that the editor, B.J. Bourg, picked a great spot to end the first part. I'm pleased to be in this great crime mag and looking forward to "The Bastard Mummy" being part of the next three issues, too.

How about some more happy? My short story, "In Your Warm and Darkened Grave," will appear in the forthcoming anthology from Crimson Highway magazine. More details are on the way, but I'm looking forward to seeing this one come out. Crimson Highway features "dark romantic fiction." I was fortunate enough to be featured in their first publication, a preview issue in October 2006.

Okay, on to some sad. It looks like there will be a delay in the publication of Beneath a Weeping Sky (the third and latest River City novel), as well as the re-issue of Under a Raging Moon (the first River City novel). It pains me to say so, but that's the case. I'll lay out the details here at a later date, but I only make the announcement now because as September draws very near, a lot of people have been asking me when that new book is coming out.

At this stage, the best I can say is that there will be a delay.

I know that some folks are going to be curious about the what's and why's of this situation, but please understand that for business reasons, I won't be able to answer those questions at this time. I am only putting this information about the delay here today because I feel that I owe it to those readers who have shown interest and loyalty to me and the River City novels.

Hopefully, everything will work out and I'll be able to announce a new release date soon. In any event, I'll have some news for those of you who are interested soon.

Thanks for the continued support. Please check out MOUTHFULL OF BULLETS. In addition to "The Bastard Mummy," there are some fantastic crime fiction always.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Some News and Notes

I finished the editing on the the revised version of my first novel, Under a Raging Moon. It will be re-released by Aisling Press at the same time as my third book, Beneath a Weeping Sky (mid-September).

Revising an already published (and now technically out of print) book is tricky. I found a lot of small things to change here and there, added a completely new scene and tried to primp and preen and polish. The story is essentially the same, but I hope I added a little bit more depth and smoothness.

In other news, the Summer issue of Mysterical-E is out.

My story "Laddie" is featured, both in print and audio. I narrated the audio version. Give it a listen and tell me what you think.

I finished a new story this weekend, a dark and ironic Christmas tale called "My Christmas Fate." I'll let you know where it ends up.

I'll be diving back into the fourth River City novel, And Every Man Has to Die, now that the bulk of my editing is done. I'm about 35,000 words into the first draft and things are coming along nicely.

Don't forget about the anthology Hardcore Hardboiled from Thuglit, available wherever books are sold. In addition to well-known authors such as Ken Bruen and Charlie Stella, the anthology includes my short story "Rescuing Isaac."

If you like "Rescuing Isaac," you can read a sequel of sorts called "Dead Even" in the anthology Medium of Murder, from Red Coyote Press.

Lastly, I wish you all a happy Independence Day. Take a moment and reflect upon the freedoms we enjoy and our good fortune to live in this nation.

Friday, June 20, 2008


As of yesterday, I've finished my last round of editing on Beneath a Weeping Sky.

This book, the third in the River City series, is scheduled for a Fall release from Aisling Press.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Another HOF Sighting

Heroes Often Fail is featured in the current issue of Eastern: The Magazine. It is an alumni magazine for Eastern Washington University...where, coincidentally, I got my BA in 1998.

Not really a review, but more of a summary, the unnamed staffer at ETM does a nice job of summarizing the book, building some tension without giving anything away. There is mention of the forthcoming Beneath a Weeping Sky, too.

You can check it out here:, under the SIGHTS and SOUNDS section.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Here is a belated review of Heroes Often Fail from Crime Scene Scotland. Definitely not a fluff review, but with some positives and criticisms. Give it a look.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hardcore Hardboiled hits the streets!

The Thuglit anthology, Hardcore Hardboiled (ISBN 0-7582-2266-1 ) has hit the streets. It features the best stories from the first year of Thuglit, as well as original stories from such well known noir writers as:

KEN BRUEN (author of American Skin and Priest)

SEAN CHERCOVER (author of BigCity, Bad Blood)

VICTOR GISCHLER (author of Shotgun Opera and Gun Monkeys)

CHARLIE STELLA (author of Mafiya, Shakedown)

DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI (author of The Blonde, The Wheelman)

It is my hope that this anthology gets some high profile exposure, as Todd Robinson (AKA, Big Daddy Thuglit) deserves the success. His eZine is an excellent place to find hard-hitting, neo-noir short stories.

I was lucky enough to see my story "Rescuing Isaac" published there. I got even luckier when it was selected to be part of this anthology.

So do me a favor. Run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore and order this'll kick your ass. I promise.

Mouthfull of Bullets, Year One

My short story "Short Till" is now available in the anthology, "Mouthfull of Bullets, Year One."

This book has limited availability right now, but I have a few copies. So here's what I'm going to do...

The first THREE people to email me the phrase "Atlas is a smart guy" (it's from the story) at my address of will get a FREE signed copy of this anthology.

On top of that, anyone who pre-orders a copy of my Fall release, Beneath a Weeping Sky, will go on a list for a drawing for the remaining THREE copies of this anthology that I have on hand. To pre-order, just email me and tell me you want to reserve a copy.

This anthology contains a calvacade of great shorts that have appeared in the online/print magazine Mouthfull of Bullets. You'll enjoy them all.

Why are you still reading this? You've got some winning to do!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

What I'm Doing Now

Just thought I'd tip my hand...I'm currently working on the fourth novel in the River City series, And Every Man Has To Die. It will be published about this time next year. I'm only about 20,000 words into it, but it is flowing nicely and I'm enjoying the story quite a bit.

Meanwhile, the third book, Beneath a Weeping Sky, is still on track for a Fall 2008 release.

I also received news of a story that will possibly be included in another anthology, but I won't say any more until it's official.

Saturday, April 5, 2008


The short story anthology Medium of Murder will be officially released at the end of April from Red Coyote Press. My story, "Dead Even," (a River City tale starring Dominic Bracco) is featured in this anthology.

I, however, have copies now. And you can have them early! They're available for $12 apiece. Sign them for you? Of course -- that's my favorite part! I can ship 'em, too. Just email me at and we'll work out the shipping details.

This is the second anthology from Red Coyote Press that I've been fortunate enough to appear in. The first was last years Map of Murder, which included my story, "In the Shadow of El Paso." I don't have any more copies of Map of Murder, but there are some available directly from the publisher at .

My thanks to Red Coyote Press for publishing "Dead Even."

Monday, March 31, 2008

"Shae" at Mysterical-E

My short story, "Shae," is up at MYSTERICAL-E's current issue.

"Shae" is the first story in a quartet of stories about the characters of Shae and Laddie. The story arc is told in reverse chronological, with the events in "Shae" being the last to occur in the timeline.

It first appeared in slightly different form two years ago in CRIME AND SUSPENSE.

In addition to the printed version, there's my attempt at narrating an audio version. It's a low-end production for sure (me in my study using a simple recording program), along with a low-end attempt on my part to narrate (complete with some Irish brogue that maybe works and maybe doesn' be the judge).

Here's the link:

I'd appreciate any feedback. Shoot me an email at .

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Beneath a Weeping Sky update

I've finished the first draft of Beneath a Weeping Sky.

There will be plenty of editing (with some help from a few readers and editors), but finishing the first draft felt good.

In Beneath a Weeping Sky, it is Spring of 1996. River City is plagued by a serial rapist who is getting progressively more violent. The officers and detectives must find out who he is and stop him before it is too late, all the while haunted by their own demons from the past.

Katie MacLeod would probably be considered the main character in this book, with Thomas Chisolm and Detective Tower taking second billing.

This book is still slated for a Fall release from Aisling.

"Heroes Often Fail" Review

Here is a link to a recent review of my second River City novel, Heroes Often Fail:

Saturday, March 1, 2008


Here's a link to a new review of Heroes Often Fail in the online magazine of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine (FMAM).

FMAM is a great mystery mag. One of my Stefan Kopriva stories ("Five for Fighting and a Murder Misconduct") appeared in it a couple of years ago. I'd encourage you to bookmark the site and enjoy some good fiction from a wide sampling of short mystery fiction authors.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Big Read Seminar

Today, Dawn Richard and I presented a seminar at the library called "How to Write and Sell a Mystery Novel." As these things go, it was quite well-attended (meaning you just never know) and it was FREE, by the way. Lots of good questions from the people who attended. I saw some writers in the audience, though some of them don't know it yet.

The picture here is of Dawn and I at the gala kickoff for Big Read, an NEA-funded event that is going on right now. Our seminar is part of that program, but there is a lot more to it. I'd urge you to check it out, particularly if you like movies or books.

The next presentation of our seminar will be at Fairchild AFB Library on March 6th at 6:30 PM. If you can make it, I'd love to see you there.

Thanks to all the folks who came out today, asked excellent questions, bought a few books and had some interesting observations, to boot.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Some Anthology News...and a little novel news, too.

I just received word that Mouthfull of Bullets is going to publish a "Best of Year One" anthology. The Chief Editor, B.J. Bourg, emailed me this weekend with the news. My short story, "Short Till," will appear in the anthology. It was first published in the debut issue of MFoB. The anthology itself will be printed through and distributed by Bourg and the authors themselves.

As you can see, the cover is sharp. The line-up inside reads like a who's who of short mystery fiction, including an introduction by one of my favorite people, John Floyd.

If you would like to get a copy of this one, the best method would be directly from me.

Also, another anthology I am scheduled to appear in, Medium of Murder, firmed up the release date to April (a big month, because Aisling's Oh, Enemy Mine, containing three of my stories, is also due out that month!). The cover for that book turned out great, too. It contains my short story, "Dead Even," which features Dominic Bracco.

Lastly, I just wanted to say that I'm about 80% finished with the first draft of Beneath a Weeping Sky, the third book in the River City series. It is scheduled for a Fall release, and I expect to be finished with the first draft before the end of the month...which is why I'm going to end this entry right here.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Upcoming Appearances

I'll be making a couple of appearances in support of the local library program, BIG READ.

T. Dawn Richard ( and I will be appearing twice, giving a presentation on "How to Write and Sell a Mystery Novel."

Here's the specifics:

February 23, 2008 - 2 PM - Shadle Public Library
March 6, 2008 - 6:30 PM - Fairchild Air Force Base Library

Admission is free, of course.

Also, I had a writing "postlet" appear at the Short Mystery Fiction Society's discussion group. If you're curious about the use of slang in police fiction, here's my take on it: