Thursday, January 21, 2010

UNDER A RAGING MOON and HEROES OFTEN FAIL officially released at GDP!

Gray Dog Press has officially announced the release of Under a Raging Moon and Heroes Often Fail.  The announcement is on the website here:

The books are available for order right now directly from GDP's website.  Within a week, they'll be on local bookstore shelves and available for order from anywhere that sells books.

These are the first two books in the River City Series and are being re-issued by GDP.  The third book, Beneath a Weeping Sky, will be released on March 27th.

I will be appearing with a larger group of local authors at Borders in north Spokane (9980 N. Newport Hwy) on Saturday.  I'll be there from 12-2 PM but the event runs until 5 PM.  Come get your brand new copies of the first two River City crime novels -- signed, if you like!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Debbi Mack at has reviewed my forthcoming River City novel (#3 in the series), Beneath a Weeping Sky. 

She liked it a lot.  And what's more, she liked it for the reasons that I hoped a reader would like it.

Here's the link:

Author Appearance

I will be at Borders (9980 N. Newport Hwy) on Jan 23, 2010 from 12-2 PM for a local author event.  Come say hello!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book Covers Revealed! (and etc.)

Gray Dog Press has unveiled the book covers for the forthcoming River City books.

Beneath a Weeping Sky is the third book in the series and will be released March 27th.  In it, River City is plagued by a serial rapist.  Detective John Tower tries to catch him, while Officers Tom Chisolm and Katie MacLeod deal with their own ghosts in the process of helping him.

Under a Raging Moon and Heroes Often Fail are the first and second books of the River City Series, respectively.  In Under a Raging Moon, a serial robber is at work in River City and getting progressively more violent.  This novel focuses on the patrol officers as they try to stop the robber before he kills someone.  Heroes Often Fail features both patrol officers, detectives and bosses as everyone scrambles to find a six year old girl who is kidnapped in broad daylight.

These two books will be re-issued by Gray Dog Press on January 20th.

Once released, you can pick up your copy at any local bookstore or order it directly from the publisher at  The books should be listed in the publisher bookstore any day now.

It takes a couple of weeks, but the books will be available on Amazon, too.

Also, good news -- my publisher has tentatively okay'd a series of short story collections featuring River City characters and settings.  The first will be released in the Fall of 2010.  At this point, we are looking at doing this every Fall for about four years.

More good news -- my publisher and I also reached a verbal agreement for the publication of the fourth River City crime novel, And Every Man Has to Die.  Look for that in March of 2011!

Lastly, don't forget to check out the current issue of SpokeWrite.  As I mentioned before, my short stories "Vancouver Dreams" (as Frank Scalise) and "The Worst Door" are featured, as well as an interview with me.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

"The Worst Door" and an Interview!

My short story, "The Worst Door," has been published in the January 2010 issue of SpokeWrite, a local journal of the arts.

As I mentioned in my previous post, "The Worst Door" is a Finch and Elias story.  This one is told in the first person, from Finch's point of view.

In addition to the short story, my alter ego Frank Scalise has a short story called "Vancouver Dreams" in the issue.

And finally, there is an author interview featuring me. 

The journal features other regional writers, poets and artists.  You can get it at local bookstores (Hastings or Auntie's especially) or from Gray Dog Press directly: .

One final note:  "The Worst Door" was a finalist for the Derringer Award in 2006.