Friday, July 13, 2012

New Mystery Reader Magazine reviews SOME DEGREE OF MURDER

Karen Treanor of New Mystery Magazine has reviewed Some Degree of Murder in the current issue of the magazine.

She gave it 4.5 of 5 "bolts" as a rating...so she liked it. The review tells the reader that "The story is as bleak and cold as a rainwashed murder scene" (a pretty good turn of phrase in and of itself by Ms. Treanor) and suggests that to the reader that "if you’re still in mourning for Robert B Parker, you might want to visit River City and see if that eases the grief a bit."


You can read the full review here.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summertime Appearances

I'll be making a few appearances this summer, starting on June 23rd at the Book Parlor (1425 W. Broadway, Spokane) from 11-2. It's a Saturday, so should be a fun time. I'll chat, answer questions, drink coffee, sign some books, maybe even do a quick reading, if the demand is there.

I will also be on Terry Hughes' "Art of Writing" television program on 6/29. It is being taped from 10-1, but I'm not sure when the broadcast will be.

On 7/10 at 6:30 PM, I'll be at the Liberty Lake Library to discuss "Spokane Noir." Should be fun. The wonderful organizer for this event, Pamela Mogen, even sent me some reference materials to help shape the conversation.

On 7/25, I have a private speaking engagement at the Liberty Lake Kiwanis (though I don't know if guests can come, so if you're up early...)

More to come on the summer front...but I'm already booked for a 10/9 event at the Shadle library from 6-8 PM.  The subject is "Being a Writer Today -- How to Make Your Dream Come True in Today’s World!"

On 11/15, I'll be at the IWL monthly meeting to talk about writing craft -- knowing your characters, creating suspense and a little bit about marketing.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Review of "No Good Deed"!

Brian Triplett of TheExaminer.com posted a detailed, insightful review of my short story collection, No Good Deed. He does a great job capturing the tone and mood of the book, and provides a lot of detail (but not too much) so that the reader will get a good picture about whether or not this book is right for him/her. He also mentions another collection, The Cleaner, which is also largely River City, but it contains one-off stories whereas No Good Deed is grouped by character, much like my other anthology, Dead Even.

A cool element to the review is that he got the book from the Spokane County Library District, which is beaucoup awesome, because that is what libraries are for.

If you're looking for River City stories to hold you over until the next full length River City novel (Place of Wrath and Tears - I'm working on it!), No Good Deed and The Cleaner will definitely give you your fix. The fun part about the stories for me (and hopefully for you) is that they explore support and lesser characters on their own center stage, which will likely never happen in a novel. I mean, who among you River City readers knows who Officer Aaron Norris is? Ah, but he pops up a little bit here and there, but not so much that I imagine you even recognize the name. But in "Helping Out", he gets to tell his story, and he is the star. That's just one example. You also get to meet characters who are not in other River City novels, but do interact with characters you already know, such as in the title story from The Cleaner (no, he's not a hit man).

Give them a try! They're free (at the library) or cheap ($2.99 for the ebook)!

Speaking of free, if you haven't downloaded it yet, my short story "The Bastard Mummy" is still free as an ebook on all platforms, such as Kindle or Nook. Add to that my two-story collection, "In the Shadow of El Paso," which is free from Smashwords in all ebook formats -- and will be free on Amazon as soon as they see it is free elsewhere.

Did I mention those were free?

Friday, May 4, 2012

"Some Degree of Murder" Reviews

Books and Beans has reviewed Some Degree of Murder, my latest book, penned with Colin Conway. The reviewer gave the novel 4 cups (out of 5), which equates to "Really Liked It." The review is here. Here's an excerpt:

Some Degree of Murder entertainingly examines people, what human nature is, and just what people will do when they're pushed right to the edge of a cliff, whether it's anger, grief, greed, or simple survival. Once someone takes that final step over the edge, there's no telling how far they'll fall, and all their decisions are relative (a degree) of where they're currently at.

After reading the entire review, I have to conclude -- she gets it. She gets what Colin and I were striving for in this book.

And that is always a satisfying connection.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Preview of SOME DEGREE OF MURDER

Brian Triplett of Examiner.com has previewed my novel (written with Colin Conway) Some Degree of Murder

Triplett does his usual good job of capturing the essence of the book, as well as the intention Conway and I had in writing it.

For those of you who wanted another River City novel, this is set in that fair burg, and you'll recognize several of the characters.

The book will be officially released on May 1st, but due to the way the different systems work, I will begin "releasing" it this weekend, so you may find it available in your favorite format even sooner!

Some Degree of Murder by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway
ISBN-13: 978-1475161182
ISBN-10: 1475161182

A young woman has been murdered in River City. Police Detective John Tower is assigned to the case but there are few clues to go on. As he digs into the case, he's soon picking up hints that this murder may not be the killer's first ... or his last.
Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground. He's just arrived in River City with a single-minded mission: find his daughter's killer and bury him.

In his search for a murderer, Tower uses his experience and training along with all the expertise of modern forensics.

In the hunt for his prey, Kelley uses intimidation and violence, tools which he wields with precision and anger.

Virgil Kelley and John Tower are on a collision course. Somebody is going to die.

River City will never be the same.

Review of the Last Horseman

Author Bonnie Paulson recently reviewed my novel, The Last Horseman.

She wrote:  I'm a fan of vets and this book did it for me. I'm new to Zafiro's work, but so far, he's hooked me.

I don't do summaries. You want to know what happens, read the blurb above. I do have to tell you my heart pounded, my breathing quickened, I clicked my Kindle button sometimes before I was even done with the page, it moved that fast.

Zafiro has hidden gritty bits of romance and in-your-face action into parts I wasn't expecting.

Don't be surprised, when you pick this up, to be taken on a ride and gripped so hard in his fist you're certain your lungs will never be the same. I loved it and am heading off to read another one of Zafiro's thrillers. Loved it!


You can learn more about Bonnie Paulson here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Someone Noticed...

My two-story collection, In the Shadow of El Paso, is available on Smashwords for free and Amazon for .99 (It will be free as soon as Amazon "sees" it is free elsewhere). Brian Triplett of the Examiner.com noticed and wrote about it, and featured Smashwords, its history and how it operates, too.

(Thanks, Brian).

At 13,000 words, this collection is really more of a short, two-part novella. The stories, "In the Shadow of El Paso" and "Jack's Town" are related and sequential.

Thanks to Matt Rose for designing a cool cover.

P.S. I am going to make this title available in print sometime next week (for cheap, cheap, cheap) for those of you who still prefer to hold paper in your hands.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Post GetLit! Thoughts

Wow.

That's the biggest thought I have after having had the chance to be part of Spokane's GetLit! festival, put on by my alma mater, Eastern Washington University.

I got to do a reading and be involved in a fun, well attended panel.

It is a thrill to be in that environment, surrounded by writers and readers and people who are completely grooving on the creative process.

So thanks. Thanks to EWU and Melissa Huggins and Asa Bradley. Thanks to Andrew Marcus Corder and Sam Ligon (for saying hello).  Thanks to K.L Cook for being cool at our reading, and to Rebecca Zanetti and Sherry Jones for being the same at the panel later in the day. Thanks to the local chapter of the RWA for being so supportive of their members and for considering me a friend of the chapter. Thanks to Bill and Louise Saylor for coming out on a Saturday. Thanks to everyone who was friendly (which was just about everyone I met!) and interested. Thanks to Brian Triplett for being a cool guy and a funny to boot*.

And thanks to my wife, Kristi, for being ever, ever supportive.

GetLit! was awesome. If you didn't check it out this year, do so in 2013. You'll be called you did.


Frank

*best exchange of the weekend goes like this:

Sherry Jones:  "I have a writer friend who is a Zen Buddhist, so she brings that to her writing. She talks about staying in motion to avoid that monkey mind. You know the monkey. He's the one in the background, telling you that you suck."

Me:  "I do know that monkey.  He hangs out at my house all the time. And he throws poo."

Brian Triplett (ten minutes later):  "The monkey pays half my rent."

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Free, New Zafiro eBook!

My two-story collection, In the Shadow of El Paso, is now available for free from Smashwords!

Carl is a Yankee cop in a small Texas border town. Isabella is a beautiful Mexican woman that everyone in town loves, including the hapless Pete and the wealthy, powerful Jack...but most of all, Carl. Part romance, part police procedural, IN THE SHADOW OF EL PASO contains two short stories that explore love, race, class and the ambiguity that exists on the southern border.

It will shortly be available in all formats on your favorite ebook site for free (or .99, if that platform doesn't allow for free books).
Many thanks to Matt J. Rose for the cool cover design!
You can go to Smashwords now and get it free in any format, and keep an eye out on Amazon, B&N, etc., as it'll trickle into those formats soon.
This is just a thank you to all the cool readers out there who enjoy my work. There is more coming, as you know, in the form of a couple of novels, but I will have to come up with some more free stuff before the end of the calendar year, too...
Enjoy, and as always, I'd enjoy anyone's feedback.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's Official -- Twice Over

First bit of news is that Snubnose Press will publish BLOOD ON BLOOD, a hardboiled crime novel by Jim Wilsky and me.

The Snubnose Press announcement is here, and you can read some of our thoughts about it on our blog, Harboiled Partners in Crime.

Snubnose is an excellent outfit with a great reputation, so being part of that family is pretty exciting.
I'm pretty pumped about this book, to say the least. Jim and I are starting work on the sequel, QUEEN OF DIAMONDS, but BLOOD ON BLOOD should be out sometime in May or early June. I'll update you all when the date is solidified.

I'm also excited to announce that May 1st, Colin Conway and I will be releasing our collaborative crime novel, SOME DEGREE OF MURDER. We've settled on a book cover, which was designed by local photographer and graphic artist, Matt J. Rose.

The description of SOME DEGREE OF MURDER:

A young woman has been murdered in River City. Police Detective John Tower is assigned to the case but there are few clues to go on. As he digs into the case, he's soon picking up hints that this murder may not be the killer's first ... or his last.

Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground. He's just arrived in River City with a single-minded mission: find his daughter's killer and bury him.

In his search for a murderer, Tower uses his experience and training along with all the expertise of modern forensics.

In the hunt for his prey, Kelley uses intimidation and violence, tools which he wields with precision and anger.

Virgil Kelley and John Tower are on a collision course. Somebody is going to die.

River City will never be the same.
 
As you no doubt gather from the description, this novel is set in River City, a fictional Spokane. Many of the characters from River City novels and short stories appear in the book. 
 
The book will be released May 1st as an ebook and in print. The ebook will be available via Amazon, B&N and all other normal ebook outlets. The print copy will also be available via Amazon or direct order or through any bookstore (just give them the title and authors or ISBN).
 
Also, watch out for the possibility of a release party/book signing...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Some Degree of Murder update (and Blood on Blood)

Coming in May of 2012, from me and Colin Conway...SOME DEGREE OF MURDER!

A young woman has been murdered in River City.  Police Detective John Tower is assigned to the case but there are few clues to go on.  As he digs into the case, he's soon picking up hints that this murder may not be the killer's first ... or his last.

Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground.  He's just arrived in River City with a single-minded mission:  find the killer and bury him. 

In his search for a murderer, Tower uses his experience and training along with all the expertise of modern forensics. 

In the hunt for his prey, Kelley uses intimidation and violence, tools which he wields with precision and anger.

Virgil Kelley and John Tower are on a collision course.  Somebody is going to die.

River City will never be the same.

This book was originally penned in 2004. Colin and I have revised it a few times since then, including its most recent (and most radical) revision to create a much tighter book. SOME DEGREE OF MURDER, like BLOOD ON BLOOD (my collaboration with Jim Wilsky -- more on that in a minute), is written in alternating chapters, with both characters narrating in the first person. This format creates a lot of natural tension and shows the reader a more complete picture than either character gets himself.

It was a fun book to write. Right now, one final review and light revision is in the works, as well as finalizing the book's cover. The cover shown in this post is one of the prototypes we are considering. We are looking to release the book in print and ebook formats sometime in early May. More to come!

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Also, just a little tease, but...it is all but official...Jim Wilsky and I will shortly have some very cool news regarding our novel, BLOOD ON BLOOD. We've reached an agreement with a small publisher and all that remains are the legal niceties (something about a contract or something?). Anyway, watch here and at our shared blog, HardBoiled Partners in Crime, for more info soon.

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Meanwhile...if you'd like to be a reviewer for SOME DEGREE OF MURDER, please contact me at frankzafiro@msn.com.  Whether you're a blog reviewer, work for a review site or mag or will simply promise a fair review on Amazon or B&N, I'd love to get you a copy of this novel to read.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Get Lit! Schedule for Frank Zafiro

Get Lit! sent me my schedule for this literary event. It is:

Event #1:
Author Welcome Reception

Date:
Friday, April 13

Time:
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (approximate)

Venue:
Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Skyline Ballroom

I don't know if this one is a publice event or not, but I plan on being there for sure.

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Event #2:
K.L. Cook and Frank Zafiro Reading

Date:
Saturday, April 14

Time:
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Venue:
Riverpoint Campus, Phase I Building, Room 122

Description:
In Love Songs for the Quarantined, K.L. Cook's characters are entrapped by fate and flaws: whooping cough forces a family into isolation and painful reflection; Clyde Barrow—of Bonnie and Clyde fame—arrives on a 13-year-old boy's doorstep; and a man struggles with his masculine identity in a time of financial uncertainty.

In Frank Zafiro's And Every Man Has to Die, the men and women of the River City Police Department struggle against the organized crime that poisons the community, but find that good does not always prevail. Each of these works faces head
on the question of who, or what determines our destiny.

This sounds like it'll be pretty straightforward -- a reading, about 30 minutes each. I don't know K.L. Cook, but I'm looking forward to the invitation. Anyone who writes about Clyde Barrow has to have some crime fiction blood pumping through the veins, eh?

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Event #3:
Fiction With Teeth Panel

Date:
Saturday, April 14

Time:
1:45 p.m.

Venue:
Riverpoint Campus, Phase I Building, Room 113

Description:
Russian crime syndicates. Vampires. Time travel. From detective fiction to paranormal romance, every genre comes with its own set of rules and characters, so how do writers  keep their readers chomping at the bit? Authors Frank Zafiro, Rebecca Zanetti, and Richard Miller will discuss the ways their stories both uphold and subvert genre conventions to create fiction as titillating as it is satisfying. Asa Maria Bradley, non-fiction and romance writer, will moderate.

This may be the most fun of all three events. I've not met Richard, though we've exchanged emails, and I look forward to meeting Rebecca. And I think the theme of this panel should keep things hopping along. And the ever-insightful Asa Bradley is sure to ask some compelling questions.

In addition to these events that I am involved in, there are a slew of other literary events throughout the weekend. Don't miss out, and see ya there!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waist Deep Review

Kevin Tipple has published his review of Waist Deep.

It is a positive review, in which Kevin writes that Waist Deep "is another intense and very good read that borders on the noir designation. Frank Zafiro often writes of dark things and this is another case of that and therefore the book is not a light read in any sense. It is also yet another case of why Frank Zafiro is building an incredible career and deserves to be on your reading radar."

Kevin is a reader and reviewer who has definitely always "got" Frank Zafiro crime fiction, seeing it for what it is and kenning my intent. His reviews always tell the reader enough to decided whether or not s/he would be interested and whether or not Kevin thinks the book is any good or not. His insight and honesty is why it is always worth the price of postage to me (and then some) to send a review copy his way.

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Waist Deep: When disgraced former cop Stefan Kopriva is asked by an old high school classmate to find a runaway sixteen year old girl, he reluctantly accepts. Driven by guilt over a terrible mistake that drove him from the force more than ten years earlier, Kopriva battles old injuries, old demons and long ago memories as he unravels the mystery of the missing Kris Sinderling...and seeks his own redemption.

Waist Deep is available in paperback and as an ebook (Kindle, etc.).

Friday, March 23, 2012

Upcoming Releases

Well, it's been since December since I've updated progress on forthcoming novels, so I thought I'd catch you all up. Please remember that everything is tentative and subject to change (and that the cover art here is just a placeholder. In some cases, I used it for the hard copy draft that I gave to readers for review. The "real" cover will be different, and much more professional).
BLOOD ON BLOOD is a gritty crime novel I wrote with Jim Wilsky. It is moving toward publication, possibly with a small press that I won't name yet. If that works out, and I really think it will, we're looking at a May/June publication. If not, perhaps a sooner, independent publication. But it is done and ready to rock and roll.

Half brothers Jerzy and Mick Sawyer are summoned to the prison where their father is dying. On his deathbed, he tells his sons about a diamond heist that he was part of and how some of those diamonds are still out there. He sets the two on a path of cooperation and competition to recover the jewels, each playing to his own strengths and against the other's weaknesses.

Jerzy is the quintessential career criminal, fresh out of a short bit and looking to get back into the action right away. Mick is the failed cop and tainted hero struggling to get by with a clean life that doesn't seem to ever pay off. Both men see this score as their ticket out. They have to work together, but the situation is, as one of the brothers observes, "part Hardy Boys, part Cain and Abel." Throw the sexy, myserious Ania into the mix and you have all the ingredients of a classic, hard boiled story set in the Chicago of today.

BLOOD ON BLOOD is written almost entirely in the first person. Chapters alternate back and forth between the two main characters. This format heightens the tension and highlights the two distinct voices of these characters (and both authors). BLOOD ON BLOOD is a gritty, dark novel of crime fiction.

AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE is currently being read by the last couple of my first readers. I have a few revisions to make to it already and will surely have more when those critiques come back as well...but it is probably 80% ready to go.  This one could go a couple of different routes to publication, so it could be out as early as April or as late as August. But it is coming, too.

Recently retired police detective Jack "Mac" McCrae is surprised by a visit from a young woman from his past. Rachel convinces him to help her unwind the mystery of an old photograph of her mother with a young child she believes is her sister...and possibly Mac's daughter. Mac goes with her to Cousins, Oregon, a small town ruled with an iron fist by Rachel's relatives, the Tate family. They run into dead end after dead end trying to find the little girl from twenty years ago that neither of them ever knew and both desperately want to connect with. Mac and Rachel must be tenacious and learn to rely upon each other to find the little girl in the picture.

SOME DEGREE OF MURDER is a novel I wrote with Colin Conway. It will get one more brush and shine pass from both of us before it is ready to go, probably in April sometime.

 This book is the story of two men searching for the murderer of fourteen year old Fawn Taylor. One is the detective assigned to solve the case, Detective John Tower. Tower is a cynical but still moral police officer. The other man is the young girl’s father, Virgil Kelley. Virgil is on the fringe of society and works for an organized crime boss in California.
Both men struggle to find the man who murdered Fawn, each employing his own means and methods. Can Detective Tower play by the rules and still find the murderer? Can Virgil Kelley find his daughter’s killer and still retain his stoic, selfish nature? Tower uses investigative techniques in his pursuit of the killer. Kelley, who has never met his daughter and only knows her through pictures her mother sent. He uses any means necessary to further his search. As their independent investigations move forward, both men encounter pimps, prostitutes, exotic dancers, outlaw bikers, other cops and eventually each other in an explosive endgame.
SOME DEGREE OF MURDER is told in the first person perspective of both characters, using alternating chapters (that's where I got the idea for this style of narrative for BLOOD ON BLOOD, actually).

I am also working on the first draft of LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP, the sequel to Waist Deep, but that one will roll out when it does, much like the fifth River City novel, PLACE OF WRATH AND TEARS.

What else?  Well...there's a novella brewing called CHISOLM'S DEBT, as well as an unnamed novella featuring Joe Bassen, the enforcer for Dominic Bracco in the River City world.

There are a couple of thins outside of the crime fiction world, too, but that's for another time and place.

Appearance on 3/23 and 3/24

I will be out at the Silver Spur Western Gathering today (from about 10-5) and Saturday (from about 9-3)! It's out at the Northern Quest Casino.

I will have all of my books available for purchase, both Gray Dog Press titles and independently published titles. And, of course, I'll be happy to sign them. The titles will be priced at a steep discount for this event.  So if there is a Zafiro title you're looking for, this is the time and place to get it.

I am presenting at the Author's corner at 4:30 PM tomorrow (Friday) and 12:30 PM on Saturday, where I think I'll do a short introduction, maybe a short reading and some Q&A.

I hope to see lots of you there!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Pair of Stories

Just tonight, KXLY (local Spokane ABC station) ran two stories about me and my writing career...as well as my being a police officer.

One was by Nicole Hensely, a web journalist, who took a series of photographs and wrote an article to accompany those photographs. She also quotes a few passages from my books. The link to Nicole's story is HERE.

Robyn Nance, a television journalist for KXLY, did a video feature that appeared tonight. They interviewed me and featured some of my novels. The piece, much like Hensley's, was very favorable. Hensley delved into the idea of place (real places) in fiction, while Nance did a great job of capturing my real personality. I was most grateful that she used footage that was important to me -- why I write about cops, and what I admire about the men and women I work with.

The video story is HERE.

I want to say thank you to both Nicole Hensley and Robyn Nance for featuring my work and treating me very well!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Get Lit! Spokane Invited Me!

I will be taking part in the Get Lit! Festival, sponsored by EWU, April 10-15, 2012. The festival is a very cool collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry authors, all of whom particiapte by invitation only.

I will be doing a reading on 4/14 (Saturday) at 10 AM, as well as being part of a panel discussion later on that same day, at 1:45 - 3:15 PM. This will take place at the Phase 1 building of the Riverpoint campus for EWU right here in Spokane.

Get Lit! is a great expression of local artists as well as a great expression of love for the arts by locals. I hope some of you will make it there, whether to see me or any of the other great artists. (Hint:  Jess Walter will be there, so that's worth the gas money alone).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Two Books Make 'Best of 2011' List!

Independent book critic Kevin Tipple has published his best reads of 2011 list, and two of my titles are on it!

My short story collection Dead Even is there, as well as my fourth River City novel, And Every Man Has to Die.

Kevin has always made a point to review my work, including the time he encountered subject matter that he really didn't want to explore in Heroes Often Fail. But he did so anyway, citing his respect for my other work and a willingness to take a chance. Ultimately, his review of that book was a positive one.

For 2011, he obviously liked Dead Even and And Every Man Has to Die more than a little, since they made his 'best of' list. I'm glad a critic (and one who reads a ton of books) thinks well enough of my work to put it on a list like that.

Both Dead Even and And Every Man Has to Die are available in paperback from Gray Dog Press. The ebook versions are available wherever you get yours...Amazon, B&N, etc.

Thanks for choosing Zafiro titles, Mr. Tipple!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Royalties to Remind.Org

Now that 2011 is over, I'm making good on my promise to donate all of my ebook royalties for my crime novel The Last Horseman to Remind.Org.

Remind.Org is dedicated to helping our returning soldiers in a variety of ways. Some are physical, others emotional or mental. It is a worthwhile organization that serves a worthy cause.

You can read more about my decision to support them here.

The grand total for 2011 ebook royalties for The Last Horseman was $141.22. I sent Remind.Org the money today, via their website.

I know, it isn't exactly earth-shattering, but it is a start.

Another classy touch that Remind.Org does is allow you to donate in honor of or in memory of a soldier. I decided that my donation this year would be in memory of Staff Sergeant David Biehl. David is the son of a personal friend of mine, his mother. She introduced him to my books and he was an enthusiastic reader. David served two tours in Iraq.Whenever I think of him, I remember how much his mother talked about the patriotic passion he had for serving in the U.S. Army. I am also reminded of how serving one's nation during wartime brings with it a psychological cost for those who have served. Sometimes the effects of combat linger long after the danger to life and limb has passed.

How can you help our returning warriors? Well, you can certainly donate directly to Remind.Org. I plan to once again donate all of 2012's ebook royalties for The Last Horseman, so if you want to read an action-packed novel set in Spokane and see 100% of the royalties go to Remind.Org, you can buy a copy. Or give one as a gift. Or get a friend to buy a copy. Or just spread the word. The book is available through any ebook outlet (Amazon, B&N, etc.).

If you're reading this and you are a fellow writer, then I would ask you to consider doing the same thing I've done here with one of your titles, even if you do it for just one month out of the year. If you accept this challenge, please comment on this blog post.

No matter how we do it, come January 2012, I'd love to move the decimal point one space to the right. But I'd be just as happy to know that people sent money directly to Remind.Org.

Here's what The Last Horseman is about: Sandy Banks is the last of The Four Horsemen, a vigilante group of ex-cops determined to right the injustices of a broken court system. But now the project is disintegrating, putting him in the middle of chaos. Betrayed by his final partner, blackmailed by the project head and pursued by federal agents bent on busting the case wide open, Sandy scrambles to escape this mayhem with his soul intact.

Have a safe and happy 2012, folks. And please take a moment (often) to think about the men and women who serve our nation, endure great danger and carry heavy burdens, all in support of our continued freedom.

Frank