Friday, July 30, 2010

Tri-City Appearance

I will be at the Hastings in Richland, WA on Saturday, July 31, from 4 PM to 7 PM.  If you're a Tri-City mystery lover, please come by and say hello!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Zafiro Titles on Amazon!

After weeks of different issues popping up, I have finally uploaded Frank Zafiro titles up on Amazon directly.  Currently, you should be able to download Kindle versions of:

UNDER A RAGING MOON
HEROES OFTEN FAIL
BENEATH A WEEPING SKY
THE CLEANER
NO GOOD DEED

Furthermore, the River City anthology, DEAD EVEN, will be available in Fall 2010.  Also, the Frank Scalise novel, ALL THAT COUNTS, should be available on Kindle on Amazon within the week.

If  you're an eReader, I hope these titles are soon downloaded onto your Kindle/Nook/Sony Reader/etc.

Frank

Friday, July 23, 2010

Short Story Published

My short story, "Core Issue," will appear in the Summer 2010 issue of SpokeWrite, a journal of fiction, poetry, essay and art.

"Core Issue" is a Finch and Elias story (minus Elias) and is one of the River City stories that will be featured in this Fall's River City anthology, Dead Even (Gray Dog Press).

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fall Anthology to be titled "Dead Even"

The forthcoming print anthology from Gray Dog Press will be titled Dead Even, after one of the many stories included in the collection.  There will be a total of fifteen short stories, grouped by the lead River City character involved in that story.  The characters I explored in this book are:  Katie MacLeod (three stories), Finch and Elias (five), Paul Hiero (two) and Dominic Bracco (five).

Readers should know Katie MacLeod pretty well, especially after Beneath a Weeping Sky.  Finch and Elias, on the other hand, have only ever had extraordinarily minor roles in the the novels.  For those that don't recall, they are homicide detectives and work as partners.  Paul Hiero is also a very minor character in the novels, though he'll get a more prominent support role in a future novel.  And if you've never heard of Dominic Bracco in the novels...well, I don't think he's ever been mentioned, actually.  But he's been featured in a number of River City short stories and I believe he'll have a support role in an upcoming novel, too. 

Dom is an interesting character -- a transplanted New Jerseyian trying to set up shop here in River City.  Imagine someone Tony Soprano might have kicked out of Jersey, and you're getting close.  "Dead Even," the title story, was a finalist for the Derringer Award in 2008.  Another included story, "The Worst Door," (Finch and Elias, was a finalist in 2006.

Dead Even is slated for a late September release from Gray Dog Press.  I will post the exact date soon. 

In the meantime, if it's River City short fiction you want, the eBook version of The Cleaner and No Good Deed are available (at Smashwords, B&N, Sony...in any format you need).

The Cleaner:  A frustrated crime scene cleaner...an off duty cop in a jam...a patrol officer who believes in a strange fate...a holier-than-thou Internal Affairs whose world gets turned upside down...plus those that are crazy, surrounded in sadness or just trying to get by - these are the many and varied characters of River City, brought to life in 17 short stories by the author of the River City crime novels.

No Good Deed: An ex-cop looking for redemption...an American man and an Irish lass interwined in love and violence...a cop with a conscience that he doesn't always listen to...a retired cop looking to repair a broken relationship with his drug-addicted son...a Yankee cop in the West Texas...these are the characters you'll meet and explore in No Good Deed. 

I put these collections out in order to make more River City fiction available, all in one place.  Ninety-five percent of the included stories were published in magazines or anthologies, but I've gathered them together for this anthology.  I even included a couple of stories that I thought were pretty good but had a hard time finding a home for one reason or another (usually just not a good fit in one particular genre -- "Gently Used" is a good example of that).

So for those of you who have entered the eBook age...here ya go!