Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Roll Call

We're lucky enough to have some great UK friends and writers on board with the blog - which I love. I like the idea of having some sort of global touch with other people who love the written word. We have been a little dry on comments in here lately so I'm getting out the heavy tackle and going fishing in big water, across vast lands and seas.

I have noticed with interest on our blog stats that we have regular visits from folks in Canada, France, Germany, Russia, and Australia just to name a few international locations. Now I suppose this could be one world traveler. A modern day Marco Polo, but I don't think so.

SO, I know everyone is always busy but if you have a second, just one little minute, drop us a line and say hello. We'd love to hear from you folks in other countries.

Of course that goes for anyone living here in the US of A too. Say Hey, so we know someone is out there. Throw a brick through our blog window....something....anything.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Preview Review of BLOOD ON BLOOD!

Brian Triplett, an independent reviewer for Examiner.com, published his preview of BLOOD ON BLOOD.

You should read it.

BLOOD ON BLOOD continues to go through the publication process, with cover decisions in the works. Snubnose has been great about including us in the discussion, which is one of the many benefits of working with an independent publisher.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Rookie Mistakes - A Short Series

As the time gets shorter before BLOOD ON BLOOD comes out from the great folks at Snubnose Press, I have quickly realized that I have no clue on how this is all gonna shake out in the weeks to come.

Now Frank, my annoyingly talented, experienced and veteran writing pardner no doubt has the next 6 months mapped out with appearances up and down the west coast. Yours truly here, on the other hand, will be stumbling up to the start line, 'coming out of nowhere with tears in his eyes' and no idea of where or how in the HELL I got here. I'll be staring off into space when the starting gun goes off and once I do start running, I'll trip coming out of the blocks....and if it's the hurdles, I'll hit every one as I careen down the track.

I will need a LOT of damn help here okay?? This will be the first of a few editions of what I'm calling Rookie Mistakes:

Book Signings;

Now HEY, I'm in the selling business, been selling food nationally and internationally for as long as dirts been around. Been in little hot stuffy offices, been in gleaming posh boardrooms, been in meetings with translators and in towns you've never, EVER heard of. Dealt with some of the biggest assholes you could imagine - literally characters out of some of the stories you've written - but luckily, some of best people you could imagine too. So what the hell, what's the big deal with a book signing right? I'm not some kid, I don't spook, I'm a damn good bullshitter -  refined over the years, aw schucks/thank you maam/yessir, or I can do the NY - Manhattan thing too. If I don't know, I'll sound like I know. I can sell screen doors to a submarine....So what the hell, what's the big deal with a book signing right? What am I whining about?

Well, I'll tell you the big deal. I have good instincts, that's the big deal. Like real good instincts. I can read tea leaves for cryin' out loud. And I AM spooked. Here it is,....I have this vision of 3 people all day, 2 of them think I'm an idiot and a pretender, the minute I say 'hi'....and the third one got the book mixed up with another one and thought I was somebody else. I might be wrong on this, it could 4 people all day and 3 of them think I'm a poser.

Here is what I want and need from you folks - Book signing stories, advice, successes and dismal failures. I want it all, the good, bad, do this, DON'T EVER do this. Cough it. Hep' me now.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Blurb Preview for BLOOD ON BLOOD!

Cindy Rosmus, the editor of "Yellow Mama" and prolific short story writer, had this to say about our forthcoming hardboiled crime novel, BLOOD ON BLOOD:

"Blood on Blood never lets up. Zafiro and Wilsky give us brotherly hate and a desire to please a cold-as-ice dad who should’ve been castrated at birth. And of course a blonde bitch to complicate things. Who gets the blonde? And the ice? Ex-cop Mick, or gangster Jerzy?"

Cindy is a hardcore cool chick, a helluva writer and her indie online mag is a hard-hitting, gritty, excellent showcase of crime fiction. Both Jim and I have been lucky enough to have had stories published there, and Jim has one coming up later this year.  Cindy herself is frequently published in other venues, and her stories are edgy, sexy, dark and exciting. 

You should check her out, as well as Yellow Mama.

BLOOD ON BLOOD will be published later this month by Snubnose Press.