Beautiful weather here which always lightens my mood. Working hard on my Crime novel THE WOLVERINE and think I can reach my goal of finishing the first draft by the end of the month then I can whisk it off to my readers Shaun, Kevin, Chris and Charlene. Very excited to hear their feedback!
Lately I’ve read, or am reading:
The second Detective Kubu novel THE SECOND DEATH OF GOODLUCK TINUBU by Michael Stanley (the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, whom I met at Bouchercon last month.) Love the series and can’t wait to finish this one and get my hands on the third novel which recently won the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original. Michael and Stanley are also working on some interview questions about writing as a team and the aspects of the Detective Kubu series. Very wonderful guys and I highly recommend giving the series a chance!
Also reading BEAUTIFUL SORROWS by Mercedes Yardley. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking. Along with Cate Gardner and A.C. Wise, she’s easily one of my favorite speculative writers. Beautiful Sorrows is like a soft kiss on the lips and a sledgehammer to the heart. You can grab a copy from Shock Totem! You can also read this interview with M about Beautiful Sorrows where she mentions me because we’re both so damn awesome.
I also read the second Jack Reacher novel DIE TRYING by Lee Child. Met him at Bouchercon last month, too. These are such fun and fast reads. Really looking forward to #3.
I gave my first blurb to Les Edgerton (another writer and very interesting man I met at Bouchercon) for his wicked novella THE RAPIST. He’s tackled some very hard subject matter with a deft hand, filled it with textures and colors a lesser writer can only dream of. It’s not an easy read, but it’s well worth the time. Can’t wait until it comes out to see how people react to it.
I had a great review from Steven Pattee at Horror Talk for WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL. He called it “Poetry for those who hate poetry…” and said, “Be prepared for an asskicking from this novella.” Really happy with all the feedback this story has received since it’s probably my favorite novella I’ve written so far.
And it shouldn’t be too long before the second Red Piccirilli book WITHIN THIS GARDEN WEEPING is released digitally by Darkfuse. It takes what happened in Before Leonora Wakes a big step further into the dark heart of the matter that is Division. Artwork by Dani Serra.
What has caught your interest lately? Read anything that has floored you?