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What I’m reading and other stuff

 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?






The Next Big Thing



The lovely and gifted A.C. Wise tagged me for this whatchamajigger.  Thanks Alison! I normally avoid things like this because I’d rather be working on a project than talking about it but a ten minute break won’t hurt.


 Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing: 


1. What is the working title of your book?


She Collects Grave Nectar


2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s part of my massive Division Mythos, and is a pivotal moment in Michael Johnston’s life. The initial spark came from an image, or snapshot of a scene, too, the way most of my work does. It came from my own fears of going blind and stumbling into that gray area between life and death, that single nanosecond where both are one before life ceases and death begins and a new life is rebirthed.


3. What genre does your book fall under?

Supernatural Thriller. But it’s not for lazy readers. My work doesn’t go over well with those types. That said, if you’re well-read and have a lot of imagination you’ll dig it.


4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

For the main character, Michael Johnston, I’d pick Christian Bale if he was ten years younger because Mike Johnston is kinda like Batman. For the girl who collects grave nectar I’d pick the girl from The Lovely Bones movie because she’s kinda creepy in a good way, mostly due to her eyes.


5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A Special Forces soldier with a hidden past meets an odd girl in a cemetery bordering our world and another and what she wants from him is soul-shattering.


6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I don’t know. What do I look like, a mind reader?


7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A rough guess: three months of heavy drinking. I’m still working out all the pivotal moments.


8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Tom Piccirilli’s Shadow Season since my Special Forces protagonist is blinded and faces incredible entities as well as a profound mystery. Peter Straub’s novel Koko since there’s this complicated and creeping dread. And Stephen King’s Dark Tower series because it’s a mixture of many things both concrete and surreal.


9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Michael Johnston’s character arc runs through most of the thirteen Division Mythos books and this one was inspired by how little of his past he’ll reveal to other characters, even to his best friend in the series, John McDonnell (The narrator of the second Division trilogy).


10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It has one zombie, one ghoul, and one vampire who walk into a bar full of politicians?



Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

The mighty A.C. Wise tagged me. Authors I’m tagging because I think they are amazing like A.C. Wise:


Cate Gardner.

Douglas E. Wright.

Mercedes Yardley.

Shaun Ryan.

Robert Dunbar.


Rules of The Next Big Thing

***Use this format for your post

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)

***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.


Be sure to line up your five people in advance.

Within This Garden Weeping




Still recovering from his brush with the magical, Red Piccirilli’s parents move them out of town and down a dead-end road where they feel things will be safe and quiet for their son. But when a strange old man with an agenda visits Red’s mother, the boy is quickly thrust into another world. He’ll learn from a broken god how to harness the incredible power that has been lying dormant since his last encounter with Glory on the Green…

Within This Garden Weeping (the 2nd Red Piccirilli book) will be released digitally before the end of the year. Very exciting! It also features great artwork from Dani Serra. I love that guy! I have an idea for a graphic novel that I think I’ll run by him one day to see if we can team up. Yeah. Go team!

This is much darker than the first book, Before Leonora Wakes, but is crucial in Red’s character arc in the Division Mythos, and it also sets things up nicely for the third book, The Collected Songs of Sonnelion.

With my Historical/Thriller novel The Lesser People finished and in the hands of my buddies Shaun and Kevin, I’m working on a new novella called Gossamer, and finding the pivotal moments for the Michael Johnston novel She Collects Grave Nectar, which will be a badass book in the Division storyline.

Also check out A.C. Wise’s post called The Next Big Thing. I’ll be participating in that next week and talking about She Collects Grave Nectar! Neat! Thanks, Alison! And thanks to everybody who has dove into the Division Mythos and trusted me with your time and money. You all rock!

Shock Totem #4 free for Kindle Today

Go get Shock Totem #4 for free on your Kindle today. It’s a great issue. I love those guys.

Thanks to any who spread the word!

In the last year and a couple months I’ve sold five books to Delirium/Darkfuse, and it still blows my mind. Dave Thomas just interviewed me on their website, which was a lot of fun, and I reveal some secrets. Have a gander.

Also neat to see that Goodreads has a feature that lets me list the Division mythos on my author page. It’s going to be pretty amazing to watch that fill up with all 13 books in the next few years.

Glad I stumbled across that. I learn something new every day.

Jonathan Maberry just guest posted on Book Den, too. Check it out!

Darkfuse has the Delirium novella subscription available for Kindle now too.

And my newest novella DOWN HERE IN THE DARK wants to rock your socks off. Go snag it and leave me a review on Amazon or Goodreads. I’m also giving away a few copies but you have to hurry…

My latest novel (the sequel to Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children) is going to go all gang busters on you. It’s dark and vivid and wants you to give it a chance.

Stay tuned for an interview with Greg Gifune and a guest post I’ll be doing about the first Red Piccirilli book BEFORE LEONORA WAKES.