Sunday, November 24, 2013

Author Yveta Germano On The Cutting Edge | Novel Ideas

Yveta Germano is an exciting writer. Exciting? Why do I say that? I think I am justified in saying that she is exciting simply because she attacks social media, promotion and writing with such amazing energy. I posed this set of “cutting edge” questions to her and she, without doubt, gave me the strongest set of responses I have ever read. Many authors have been stumped by these questions– enjoy!
What makes you a great writer?
“I make sure I know the character, literally get inside his head, and become a part of the story.”
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Why did you want to write a book?
I never asked myself that question. I’ve been writing stories ever since I can remember. My mom told me that, as a child, I never wanted to sleep. So when other kids went for their afternoon nap at daycare, I’d sit in the middle of the room and tell them stories I made up while they fell asleep. Even the teachers listened to me. That’s why I never asked “why,” I just had to figure out the “when.”

What makes you a great writer?
I make sure I know the character, literally get inside his head, and become a part of the story. I love using dialogue because it moves the story and makes it real. I do not like books where you’re told everything you’re supposed to feel and imagine. I try very hard to let my readers become as much of a part of my book as I am.

What is inspirational to you?
Life writes the best stories. I suppose it’s the little things in life that have the power to inspire me almost every day. It’s easy to miss them if you are too fixed on the future or on what has been. My younger daughter, Victoria, taught me a valuable lesson. She often says, “Today was the best day of my life.” She means it every time, day after day. When I finally understood the importance of her view of life, I began to see something wonderful and inspirational, no matter how big or small, every single day. Sometimes it’s just the fact that we are alive that inspires me to create something that’ll last long after I’m gone (I hope).

How did you approach writing?
Like almost everyone else – I picked up a pencil and a notebook and started to write (many years ago). I’ve been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for a number of years now. It’s a great resource and their conferences are usually packed with wonderful speakers and editors. I write much more like a professional these days; trying to have some sort of a synopsis and staying clear of the usual pitfalls that editors and readers hate. It’s been a long learning curve, but it’s worth it.

What do you think a great book needs?
Characters readers care about, a story that hasn’t been told a dozen times before, a voice that’ll make us ponder or send shivers down our spines.

How do you feel about the independent writing world?
I love it and I hate it at the same time. I love it because I love the fact that I could self-publish Bring Me Back and keep control over the content. Many wonderful, great books have been published independently because nowadays publishers are so driven to earn money, they often accept subpar books for publication only because they are written by a celebrity or someone well-known to the public while passing on stories that should definitely be published.
I hate it because, unfortunately, there are many self-published books on Amazon that are so poorly written, they should have never been published. They clutter the site and confuse the readers. In their quest to sell books, self-published authors reduced the prices of their books to the levels that are so low these days, it’s nearly impossible to make a living writing self-published books. If you don’t do it for the love of writing, you may end up being disappointed. Today’s readers do not appreciate the amount of time that goes into writing a good book. They are spoiled by the free or almost free books out there, and they download them just because they are free but never read them anyway. It’s kind of sad.


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Author Interview as a Movie Pitch: Rob Armstrong.

OK, just to be a bit different, we’re going to do this interview as if you were pitching your book to a studio.

You’ve got 2 minutes. (or whatever)

GO! 

Why did you pick this title? 
Who Iced Fat Pauli is really a question, even though I don't use a question mark. The answer leads the reader to the rest of the story.

What’s the logline? 
A local murder leads to series of related killings, which ultimately expose a political conspiracy by extreme right-wing Israelis, a rogue CIA contractor and an Iranian spymaster bent on destabilizing Israel.

What’s the Teaser Pitch?
Retired CIA officer, MacKenzie Roberts, leads a top secret group of agents, in the search for Fat Pauli's killers using old-fashioned tradecraft and state-of-the-art cyber-sleuthing. In the process, Mac's super-hacker, M.C. Trudeau -- a quirky young woman with multiple piercings and a penchant for Indian food and '60s music -- becomes the target of an assassination. Unlike the majority of espionage thrillers which is male-dominated, my characters include a number of strong, smart women, including M.C., the first female CIA Director and a top field officer and hand-to-hand combat expert. Most of the action is in London.
 
Who is your HERO and how does he (or she) change in the book?
MacKenzie Roberts is the narrator. He's a retired CIA officer, now a college professor in Killarney, Ireland. His retirement agreement with the agency allows him to be called back into action from time to time, which the DCI does regularly. He was first introduced in The Old Spy and was the main character again in A Summer of Deception. Working with M.C., they peel back the multiple layers of the complex plot. Each layer reveals a new twist or turn in the storyline -- deception, international intrigue, conspiracy, Israeli politics. M.C. is an MIT-educated computer genius who can hack into just about anything. She also has encyclopedic knowledge of '50s, '60s and '70s rock, even though she wasn't even born then. They are a study in contrasts. Mac is sophisticated, worldly, laid-back and wise. M.C. is a bundle of high-tech energy in outrageously colored sneakers.
Why should I, the typical reader, buy this book? 
Because it's a hellofa good read. And it's only 99 cents. And if you like it you can go back and read the other two in the series and you won't have spent three dollars. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ted Cruz, Frank Sinatra, Total Amnesia and Author Tim Northway | Novel Ideas

Ted Cruz, Frank Sinatra, Total Amnesia and Author Tim Northway | Novel Ideas:

When I say that Tim Northway is a fascinating person– I do not say that in jest. Tim is the epitome of interesting, conversant and intellectually aware of his own talents and limitations. “Total Amnesia” is one of his best works to date and he knows it. Not only does he know that he has a hit book on his hands– he also knows that he has a chance at making a difference to the way we think.             


Q) I want to ask you to begin with to explain to our readers what makes “Total Amnesia” such a special read?
A) It is a new concept in Sci-Fi.  It isn’t about aliens fighting aliens or an adventure story of interesting new worlds.  These are fascinating stories, particularly when written by an excellent author.
The story does begin with an alien invasion of Earth, but its intention is to set the reader up for the BIG picture!
But Total Amnesia is talking the science in the fiction and applying it to the spirit, not just the physical universe.  Its entire basis is that you ARE a spirit.  So why aren’t you acting like one?  Why can’t you simply fly across the universe and blow up a star?
“Oh no no no!”  You say. “You can’t ‘fly’ without a spaceship you’d freeze!  You can’t blow up a star, you’d get vaporized!  And what if there’s a populated planet nearby.  You’d kill them all!  Furthermore, you can’t see without eyeballs and optic nerves or hear without Semicircular Canals and Tympanic membranes and you certainly can’t think without a brain!  Right?”
Wrong.
In this story, flying across the universe is the most natural thing a spirit does.  Agreeing with all the material constraints is the most un-natural thing you do!  How did you get into this condition?  That’s the adventure of Total Amnesia.
Q) Interesting concepts and ideas, Tim. What in your opinion makes a great writer?
  1.  A great story!
  2. Imagination
  3. Hard Work.
Q) Many people say that they find writers “inspirational.” What is inspirational to you?
I’m a free spirit, non-conformist, freedom fighter.  I like to come up with a concept along those lines, and create a story around that.
In Total Amnesia I started with a concept of having TOTAL freedom and then I asked myself why not?  The barriers become immediately apparent:
Your brain tells you what to think, you body dictates how you feel, the environment controls your actions, you are confined to a food-craving, oxygen-burning body in an atmosphere on a planet!  You can’t go anywhere without bringing along your fragile hunk of meat and caring for it.
This was my attempt to explain it all and it took me on a WILD, unexpected journey!
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Review: The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

The Cormorant

Review By Terry Irving

A lot of writers try to do this. Write in a tumbling, stumbling, flood of images, sound, and sensations. Not just tell a story but make you hear it and feel it and damn near live it.  Very few succeed.

Hell, a lot of daredevils try to walk on a wire but only Philip Petit managed to make it between the Twin Towers--back when there were Twin Towers.

Chuck Wendig is a Philip Petit of novelists.: one of the very few who can pull off a flow of descriptions, obscenities, emotions, and imagery without suddenly making the reader stop and say "Hey, that didn't work." I know I can't do it and I'm smart enough not to try. I swear there were only one--maybe two times when I was reading "The Cormorant" when I even noticed the individual words going by--where he'd lost the rhythm, He's like a jazz drummer who just keeps riffing...it all comes tumbling out as if he was Jack Kerouac, cranked up on Benzedrine and writing "On the Road" on a single roll of paper without stopping from beginning to end.

Is it clear yet that I think he's a really good writer?  Just checking.

OK, I haven't read either of the first two books about Miriam Black: the anti-heroine heroine of "The Cormorant," so you Wendig addicts will just have to bear with me. Miriam is a uber-Goth runaway who dresses in ripped black and sunglasses. She has lived on the street for years and is comfortable with the stealing, lying, cheating, and the casually-cruel people who surround her.  Miriam has a Gift/Curse--if she touches a person, she will instantly know all the details of their death. I gather that in the earlier books, she mostly used this to show up right after the Big Blowoff and rob the Dearly Departed.  Lately, she's been trying out killing people to see if she can break the inexorable process of the future she's forced to witness but in Cormorant, she is hired to meet this guy in Florida who wants to know how he kicks off and is willing to pay for it.

It's weird but it's a lot of money so off she goes. Everything around Miriam is either already broken or she breaks it--her cars are old junkers with busted air conditioning, the places she stays are dumps, the places she eats are diners.  She reaches the client deep in the Florida Keys and then ... well, then the plot begins.
The plot is strong and weird and fits Miriam like a black leather glove with the fingers cut off. It turns and twists and dives--I sat up all night reading this damn book on my cell phone, for Pete's sake. It's well put together, nuanced, and in the end, satisfying--with no easy outs.

Now, what interested me about The Cormorant was that everything I've just written is completely true and yet, it's only about half of what's really going on. The writing is a scary, wild, obscene crash of sound and yet there are elements and overtones of Shakespeare and  Rimbaud and Dante hidden deep inside. Miriam Black is a solid taut block of arrogance, anger, and screaming rage--except that when you look back at what she's actually done, you see a very different person. Someone who wants others to be happy, hates the death that washes around her, and never, ever stops fighting. (The descriptions of the muscular, desperate, physicality of her battles are worth the entire book alone). She isn't a fake bad person nor a fake good person--she's really both..

It's the same with a great deal of the world she inhabits and, I suspect, with Wendig himself. Yes, it's angry and obscene and burned and broken but it's not flimsy or disappointing. There are good people hiding all around--they look like people you'd cross the street to avoid--but you'd have made a mistake. With Wendig, I suspect that he puts out an image of uncaring obscenity and brash idol-smashing but it's like good modern artists. They need to learn how to paint a Vermeer or a Winslow Homer before they can throw it away and dribble paint like Jasper Johns.

OK, enough. Read his books. Read this book. It's like going over a waterfall, you'll be blinded in the foam, smashed against rocks, twisted and bent and changed and come out smiling and saying, "Hell, let's do that again!"

On a personal note, The Cormorant starts in Philadelphia and travels through Florida to the Keys. In the 70s I did the same thing and one of the wonderful surprises of the book is that both places are the older, cooler, worn down places I remember from back then and not the soulless Disney-fied strip of condos and marinas that it's become today. OK, perhaps it's not real but it really is better.

I used to hitchhike down for Spring Break and pay $5 to camp on the grass at Fiesta Key and damn near wept when I showed up and it was a KOA--all nice and clean and wouldn't THINK of having a scuzzy tent anywhere on the premises.  In the Keys, though, you can see how it was expensive and formal back in the 30s and 40s, and then sank into disreputable scruffiness in the 60s and 70s. The great thing is to realize that--in time--it will get scruffy and broken-down and become the hideout for people with no money who still want to sit by the ocean.  And another generation of hitch-hikers and novelists will discover it and love it.

(Disclosure: Geez, I hate being ethical. Wendig writes for Angry Robot--a lot--and I'm going to have my FIRST thriller published by Exhibit A, the red-headed stepchild of Angry Robot in May 2014.  On the other hand, I've never met him and I don't owe him any money.  I think it all cancels out.)

Dan Newman

 Dan Newman
The Author, Dan NewmanThe son of a globetrotting international aid worker, Newman, who was born in England, grew up on St. Lucia in the Caribbean – where The Clearing is set – then in the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland in Southern Africa, then Canada, then England again, then Australia, and then…
Well, you get the picture. His education was similarly global; primary school beneath swaying palms in the Caribbean, secondary school in Africa at an international boarding school (witnessing apartheid throttle a nation across the border in South Africa), and then undergrad and grad school in Canada and Australia respectively.
There were starts and stops on the career track, too. He played semi professional football in Africa, and had trials at a number of clubs in London – all of whom chose to callously snuff out his boyhood dreams. (It turns out the ability to actually control a football is quite important to those who manage these teams.)
To put himself through school, Newman spent time as a sweaty mover (be nice to those guys), a plant pot cleaner (less so to them), and a beer brewer. Eventually, after taking a keen interest in journalism and heading to Australia to complete his graduate degree, Newman found a way to avoid doing any actual real work by writing copy for corporations. Later still, that became a career in corporate communications.
And that’s where he finds himself today: in Toronto, Canada, plying his trade for a Fortune 500 company.
You can find out more about Dan at his chilling website here.
And make sure to follow Dan on Twitter @DanNewmanWrites too.

The Clearing by Dan Newman


The Clearing by Dan NewmanIn 1976, four boys walked into a jungle. Only three came back alive.
Haunted by terrifying childhood memories he doesn’t fully understand, journalist Nate Mason returns to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia where he grew up.
Back then, as the son of a diplomat, he was part of an elite social circle. But during a weekend of whispered secrets and dares in a decaying jungle mansion staffed by the descendants of slaves, Nate’s innocence was torn apart.
The survivors of that gathering blamed what happened on a myth, an unseen terror from the bush. No one believed them. But now. almost forty years later, is the truth finally about to come out?
Within hours of arriving back on the island, Nate becomes convinced he’s being followed. He soon discovers that his search for answers could cost him his sanity as well as his life, as he realises that some childhood nightmares never go away.
Can childhood nightmares haunt you for the rest of your life? How much do you need to believe in a monster for it to become real? The Clearing is a dark and atmospheric psychological thriller, full of intrigue, terror and superstition, which examines our deepest fears of the unknown. A potent mix of the friendship and bravery of Stand By Me and the betrayals and fear of Angel Heart.

Tom Vater


The Author, Tom VaterTom Vater studied publishing, journalism and English literature in Oxford, before traveling around Europe, including the newly opened former communist states of Eastern Europe, as a punk rock guitar player.
He now works predominantly in South and South East Asia, where he writes in both in English and German. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Times, The Guardian, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Discovery, The Asia Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire and Penthouse. He is The Daily Telegraph‘s Bangkok expert.
Tom spends most of his time on the road, researching stories and fulfilling assignments. His travels have led him (on foot) across the Himalayas, given him the opportunity to dive with hundreds of sharks in the Philippines, to criss-cross the US in search of former CIA agents and to witness the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of people in the world. His countless journeys have left him stranded in dozens of train stations, airports and bus terminals around South Asia, Europe and the US.
On assignments, he’s joined sea gypsies and nomads, pilgrims, sex workers, serial killers, rebels and soldiers, politicians and secret agents, artists, pirates, hippies, gangsters, police men and prophets. Some of them have become close friends.
His most recent non-fiction book, Sacred Skin, is the first English language title on Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, co-authored with Aroon Thaewchatturat, and published world wide to huge critical acclaim in 2011. Sacred Skin has been the subject of two TV documentaries and has been reviewed in more than thirty publications, including El Mundo, CNN, Die Zeit, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.
Find out more about Tom at www.tomvater.com, or at his: Facebook page or follow Tom on Twitter @TomVater

The Cambodian Book of the Dead by 

Tom Vater

The Cambodian Book Of The Dead by Tom Vater, July 2013Cool crime in a hot climate…
Private eye and former war reporter, Maier is sent to Cambodia to track down the missing heir to a Hamburg coffee empire.
His search leads him into the darkest corners of the country’s history, through the Killing Fields of the communist revolution, to the White Spider, a Nazi war criminal who reigns over an ancient Khmer temple deep in the jungle.
But the terrifying tale of mass murder that Maier uncovers is far from over. And soon Maier realises that, if he is to prevent more innocent lives from being destroyed, he will have to write the last horrific chapter himself.
The Cambodian Book of the Dead – it’s where Apocalypse Now meets The Beach

The Man With The Golden Mind by Tom Vater

"In trouble again… and a long way from home…”
Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms.
Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets. But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.

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William Sutton


Will was born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1970. He appeared in Babes in the Wood aged nine, learned blues harmonica from his Latin teacher, and drove to California in a Volkswagen beetle. The Author, William Sutton
Despite writing plays and stories, he got a creditable degree and started singing in pubs and writing plays in Edinburgh. He moved to London to study acting with the renowned clown, Philippe Gaulier, and won two radio play competitions for LBC Radio. This was the beginning of his woes.
Over the years, he’s tried his hand at a variety of things in order to keep scribbling. He’s acted in the longest play in the world, The Warp (around 24 hours). He’s played guitar for the inimitable Philip Jeays from Vancouver to Edinburgh. He’s driven actors, including the gangster, “Mad” Frankie Fraser.
He’s also translated Latin, taught Greek and guitar. He’s even taught Geography, and Spanish, which he doesn’t speak. He’s tutored the Sugababes; they turned sixteen and never took the exam, but he did teach one to play Leo Sayer’s ‘When I Need Love’.
Fetching up in Brazil he had the idea for Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square one dark windy night in 2002. During the process of writing it, he scribbled articles for magazines about sponges, weird musicians and bad English.
He also played cricket for Brazil. No, he’s not Brazilian, but they wouldn’t have a team if they were strict on the regulations. Will’s team came third in the South American Cup. Out of three.
Find out loads more about Will at his website www.william-sutton.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @WilliamGeorgeQ

Exhibit A Books by William Sutton

1. Lawless and The Devil of Euston Square (August 2013)

Lawless and The Devil of Euston Square by William Sutton

Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square, by Will Sutton
“Before Holmes, there was Lawless… Before Lawless, the London streets weren’t safe to walk…”
London, 1859. Novice detective, Campbell Lawless, stumbles onto the trail of Berwick Skelton, an elusive revolutionary, threatening to bring the city to its knees with devilish acts of terror.
Thrust into a lethal, intoxicating world of sabotage and royal scandal – and aided by a gang of street urchins and a vivacious librarian – Lawless sets out to capture his underworld nemesis before he unleashes his final vengeance.
Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square is the first of a series of Victorian mysteries featuring London policeman, Campbell Lawless, on his rise through the ranks and initiation as a spy.
Murder. Vice. Pollution. Delays on the Tube. Some things never change…

Lawless and The Flowers of Sin (August 2014)

Lawless and the Flowers of Sin by William Sutton


Before Holmes, there was Lawless… Before Lawless, the London streets weren’t safe to walk…
A Foundation for Fallen Women. A chess automaton. An impossible theft.
Reluctant inspector of vice, Lawless must take a fruitless reckoning of London’s shadowy nether world. Hyposcrisy, double standards: just what we expect from stuffy Victorian society.
But Lawless was not expecting the trail that his questions open up: from the erotic booksellers of Holywell Street down the darkening passageways of Haymarket bordellos to backstreet cast-offs of the high life.
When reputations are at threat, those running the show can be merciless in defending them.
A Campbell Lawless Victorian mystery sure to appeal to fans of David Liss and George MacDonald Fraser.

John Matthews


John Matthews was 26 when his first novel was published. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller, though he has also penned two screenplays and a YA novel.

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His books have been translated into 12 languages with total sales over a million, with his biggest seller, Past Imperfect, included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.

You can find out more about John at his website.






 

Letters From a Murderer by John Matthews


Letters From a Murderer by John MatthewsNew York, 1891. A new breed of cop for a new breed of killer…
One genius criminal profiler. One ruthless, streetwise cop. Both will need all their wits to capture the most notorious killer of all time.
New York, 1891. A prostitute is found brutally murdered. The victim bears the same hallmarks as a notorious recent killing spree in England.
Could it be that killer has crossed the Atlantic to fresh killing grounds? Or is this simply a copycat murder? Fear spreads through a city already rife with cut-throat gangs, corruption and vice.
Aristocratic English pathologist, Finley Jameson, is teamed up with Joseph Argenti, a streetwise New York cop, to solve the case. But as the body-count rises and the killer taunts his pursuers in open letters, Jameson & Argenti find themselves fighting not just to prevent yet more victims, but also to save the city’s very soul.
The first in a series of hard-boiled New York Victorian mysteries, featuring Finley Jameson & Joseph Argenti.
If Arthur Conan Doyle had been asked to write a sequel to Gangs of New York, then this would be it.

Charles Lambert


Charles Lambert was born in England and educated at Cambridge, but has lived in Italy for more than twenty years. The Author, Charles Lambert
His short fiction has been shortlisted for the Willesden Short Story Prize and his story ‘The Scent of Cinnamon’ won him an O. Henry Prize.
His most recent novel Any Human Face was described by the Bookseller as “immensely impressive … holds you completely enthralled throughout” and in The Telegraph Jake Kerridge described it as “a slow-burning, beautifully written crime story that brings to life the Rome that tourists don’t see – luckily for them.”
The View From the Tower and the novel that follows will continue this suspenseful exploration of Rome’s dark side.
Visit Charles Lambert’s website at charleslambert.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @charles_lambert.

Exhibit A Books by Charles Lambert

The View From the Tower by Charles Lambert


The View From the Tower by Charles Lambert“Can she trust them? Can you?”
Helen is in a hotel room with her lover in Rome, when a gunman murders her husband, a high-level politician, less than a mile away.
Helen immediately finds herself both a suspect and suspicious of those around her – including her friends and her husband’s family, and her lover, Giacomo, an ex-terrorist with a new wife and a reinvented life.
As Helen struggles to understand her husband’s death and the extent to which she and the people she knows may have been responsible for it, she is forced to examine her own past and peel back the years of secrets and lies.
The View From the Tower is a gripping psychological thriller about love and betrayal, certain to appeal to fans of le Carré and William Boyd.

Matteo Strukul


The Author, Matteo StrukulMatteo Strukul is an Italian author of pulp-crime fiction. His first critically acclaimed novel The Ballad of Mila was shortlisted in his native Italy for the Premio Scerbanenco / La Stampa and won the Premio Speciale Valpolicella. This is the first in an on-going series focused on a female character, the Italian Bounty Hunter Mila Zago, a.k.a. Red Dread.
Matteo Strukul is also a well-known graphic novel writer. Together with international artist Alessandro Vitti (MARVEL and DC), he created Red Dread, a comic book series with Mila Zago as protagonist. The series is published by Italian independent label Lateral Publish and was awarded the Premio Leone di Narnia as “Best Italian comic book series of the year”.
Creator and founder of Italian literary fiction movement, Sugarpulp, Matteo is also the artistic director of the Sugarpulp Festival – an international event focused on crime and popular fiction – as well as being line editor of Revolver, a crime fiction imprint of Edizioni BD.
Matteo earned a PhD in European Law of Contracts at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and lives between Padua and Berlin with his wife Silvia.
Visit Matteo Strukul’s website at www.matteostrukul.com and follow him on Twitter at @matteostrukul.

Exhibit A Books by Matteo Strukul

The Ballad of Mila (March 2014)

The Ballad of Mila by Matteo Strukul


“When you read Matteo Strukul, wear something washable.
The action is non-stop, and the blood flies off the page.”
- Linwood Barclay, bestselling author of Never Look Away and Fear the Worst)
Pray the cops find your first…
Imagine Elmore Leonard behind the wheel of a car in Grand Theft Auto as one Italian woman set out to cut the mafia down to size – one limb at a time
Two perfectly matched gangs are fighting for control of the North-East Italian region of Venetia. But a formidable young woman with vengeance on her mind has plans to upset the balance. Abandoned by her mother and violated by a gang of criminals just after they slaughtered her father, Mila Zago is a cold-blooded killer, a deadly assassin. Brought up by her grandfather on the Sette Comuni plateau under a rigid martial code, she returns home to seek her revenge, conspiring to create a spectacular showdown reminiscent A Fistful of Dollars.
The Ballad of Mila is the first novel in an on-going series focused on the formidable female Italian Bounty Hunter Mila Zago, a.k.a. Red Dread.
As well as being shortlisted for the Premio Scerbanenco / La Stampa, it won the Premio Speciale Valpolicella 2011, and in its graphic novel format was awarded the the Premio Leone di Narnia as “Best Italian comic book series of the year”.
“You’d better pray the cops find you first…”

Sean Lynch: Wounded Prey

Wounded Prey as Thriller of the Month

Amazon: Wounded Prey: Introducing Detectives Farrell and Kearns
We had some absolutely fantastic news this week in the office as we discovered that the wonderful Sean Lynch’s Wounded Prey was made Thriller of the Month over at E-Thriller. We are so delighted that he has been selected for this – he most certainly deserves it! Following the success and attention that has recently come from Sean’s appearance at CostCo we are overjoyed about this award! This has been a brilliant few months for Exhibit A with Dan O’Shea’s Penance being Thriller of the Month in September! Follow this link here to see the full review of Sean Lynch’s book over at E-Thriller  :)

Wounded Prey

WoundedPrey “It’s time to finish what he started…”
A young girl is snatched in broad daylight from outside her school and later found brutally murdered and hanging from a tree.
When recently retired San Francisco Police Inspector, Bob Farrell, sees this on the news, he realises his worst nightmare has just come true. The same brutal killer a government agency stopped him from putting away twenty years before is once more on the loose.
As the killer wreaks a trail of blood and destruction across North America, Bob Farrell teams up with rookie cop Kevin Kearns and sets out to track down their lethal prey.
But Farrell and Kearns are not playing by the rules any more than the killer is, and soon the FBI have all of them in their sights…
A visceral and heart-wrenching cross between No Country For Old Men and Silence of the Lambs, this is an exhilarating debut from a thrillingly authentic author.

Praise for Wounded Prey

“With Wounded Prey, Sean Lynch delivers a hell for leather, wild ride of a debut with the “been there done that” authenticity that lifts it above other thrillers. I just added Farrell and Kearns to my short-list of favourite characters, and Vernon Slocum to my worst nightmares! Think First Blood meets No Country For Old Men.”
Matt Hilton, bestselling author of the Joe Hunter series
“If you love a good thriller, you’ll blaze through this one, and personally, I can’t wait for the next Farrell and Kearns novel! What a great debut!”
My Bookish Ways
Wounded Prey is published by Exhibit A Books and is available now. This is a great debut and I certainly look forward to more.”
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“Knowing my predeliction for reading crime books written by those who have experienced this world at first hand, Sean Lynch was an absolute find for me! With not only experience as an Infantryman in the US Army and a long career in law enforcement, Lynch is perfectly placed to imbue this novel, a brutal and bloody tale of the pursuit of a psychopathic killer, with a frighteningly accurate depiction of the essential natures of both killer and pursuer – and yes, this is definitely not one for the more nervous nellies among you, so be warned. Personally, I couldn’t fault this visceral, violent and completely enthralling thriller.”
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“Sean Lynch understands his heroes and what drives them, and while they have considerable skills on their side, Slocum is a true monster, his reign of terror is shocking, and he really does seem larger than life. While redemption is the biggest theme of the novel, the author also deftly explores the inner workings of a very, very sick mind, and what made Slocum what he is. Be prepared to go to the dark side in this harrowing, fast-paced thriller.”
- Kristin Centorcelli at Criminal Element
“With its smooth prose, plausibly flawed characters and brilliant central villain, Wounded Prey is a welcome addition to the crime landscape. Its a read-in-one-sitting kind of book, and promises great things for Lynch down the line. If you’re looking for the new Michael Connelly – a big thriller with heart, plausibility and sense of grounding that few other writers can match – then you’re really going to want to keep an on Lynch. He keeps this up, he’ll be a big part of the next generation of thriller writers.”
- Russel D McLean in Crime Scene Scotland
“It’s not too uncommon to find a good novel, but it is more rare to come upon a novel as absorbing as this one, where reading it causes the external environment to drop away and time to pass without noting it. Wounded Preyis a very disturbing, graphic, violent, terrifying novel; but it is a novel that deserves a wide readership. Author Sean Lynch has the background in law enforcement to know the nature of his plotting; but even more importantly, he is an excellent writer. I consider it not just worth the initial reading, but worthy of re-reading as well. I look for more from author Sean Lynch, as he has become a must-read author for me.”
Mallory Heart Reviews
Wounded Prey is a non-stop thrill ride of a book. Unrelenting, brutal, scary, and at times skin-crawling in its depiction of atrocious crimes. And yet it is also funny, warming and believable.”
Tony Healey
Amazon: Wounded Prey: Introducing Detectives Farrell and Kearns

The Clearing by Dan Newman


The ClearingHaunted by terrifying childhood memories he doesn’t fully understand, journalist Nate Mason returns to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia where he grew up.

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In 1976, four boys walked into a jungle. Only three came back alive.
Back then, as the son of a diplomat, he was part of an elite social circle. But during a weekend of whispered secrets and dares in a decaying jungle mansion staffed by the descendants of slaves, Nate’s innocence was torn apart.
The survivors of that gathering blamed what happened on a myth, an unseen terror from the bush. No one believed them. But now. almost forty years later, is the truth finally about to come out?
Within hours of arriving back on the island, Nate becomes convinced he’s being followed. He soon discovers that his search for answers could cost him his sanity as well as his life, as he realises that some childhood nightmares never go away.
Can childhood nightmares haunt you for the rest of your life? How much do you need to believe in a monster for it to become real? The Clearing is a dark and atmospheric psychological thriller, full of intrigue, terror and superstition, which examines our deepest fears of the unknown. A potent mix of the friendship and bravery of Stand By Me and the betrayals and fear of Angel Heart.

 | exhibitAbooks.com: The Clearing The Clearing on Amazon

Bartholomew Daniels

Rotten At The Heart by Bartholomew Daniels



Rotten at the Heart by Bartholomew Daniels

Introducing Wm. Shakespeare: Detective. 

 For fans of David Liss and, of course, Shakespeare himself… 

The Author, Bartholomew DanielsWho better to solve a crime than the keenest observer of human nature in history? Rotten at is the first in a series of Shakespearean mysteries featuring and narrated by the Bard himself. London, 1596. With his patron’s mysterious death leaving Will on the brink of ruin and eviction, he’s forced to fall back on his own inimitable powers of observation in order to ferret out the killer and in so doing unravel a conspiracy that goes straight to the beating heart of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Rooted in historical fact and written in Will’s own accessibly Elizabethan voice, Rotten At the Heart explores the intersection of religion, politics, and corruption, and underscores the sacrifices that honour demands when a troubled man finally discovers his own.
Praise for William Shakespeare: “The great master who knew everything” - Charles Dickens

Bartholomew Daniels

is an avid book collector and it was through his purchase of a wooden chest of unwanted novels and forgotten papers at an estate sale in Illinois last year that he made the extraordinary discovery of several lost Shakespeare journals.Bartholomew is also a close friend of novelist Dan O’Shea, who encouraged him to set about editing these manuscripts so that modern readers might be able to thrill to them also. Bartholomew Daniels said: “Shakespeare the writer is the colossus of English literature. But Shakespeare the man is an enigma. These manuscripts I’ve been privileged enough to discover and edit cast new light on Shakespeare’s secret life as a detective in the cut-throat world of Elizabethan England.” Bartholomew Daniels was from his mother’s womb untimely ripped on April 23, 1959. The Chicago-area writer is a long-time Shakespeare aficionado, and sees the chance to edit the Bard’s lost journals detailing Shakespeare’s unfortunate adventures as an unwilling Elizabethan gumshoe as the chance of a lifetime. Mr. Daniels can be reached online at BartholomewDaniels@yahoo.com or you can follow him on Twitter as @BardBoiled. In real life, due to legal entanglements and security concerns surrounding the lost manuscripts, Mr. Daniels lives at a secure, undisclosed location.

The Professor by Robert Bailey


“In trials, like sports, sometimes winning means everything…” Thomas Jackson McMurtrie is a living legend scorned. Forty years ago, he gave up a promising career as a trial lawyer to become a law professor at the University of Alabama at the request of his mentor, Alabama football Coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant. Now Tom is forced into retirement, betrayed by both a powerful colleague and his own failing health. Meanwhile the young family of one of his oldest friends is killed in a tragic road collision. Believing his career is over, Tom refers the case to a brilliant, yet beleaguered, former student, who begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy, buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery and greed. But as the eve of trial approaches, the young attorney’s case begins to unravel. In over his head and at the end of his rope, he realises there’s only one man who can help… The Professor is the first in a series of tense legal thrillers featuring the enthralling and brilliant legal team of McMurtrie and Drake, combining the thrills and authenticity of a John Grisham novel for the audience that flocked to Friday Night Lights.

The Author, Robert BaileyRobert Bailey was born in Huntsville, Alabama, the son of a builder and a schoolteacher. From the time he could walk, he’s loved stories, especially those about Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Robert obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from Davidson College in North Carolina. Law School at the University of Alabama followed, where Robert made Law Review, competed on the school’s trial team and managed to watch every home football game. For the past thirteen years, he’s been a civil defense trial lawyer in his hometown of Huntsville. He’s married to the incomparable Dixie Bailey and they have two boys and a little girl. When Robert’s not writing, practicing law or being a parent, he enjoys playing golf, watching Alabama football and coaching his sons’ little league baseball teams. The Professor is his first novel. Follow Robert on Twitter @RBaileyBooks. via Robert Bailey | exhibitAbooks.com.

The Professor on Amazon

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Terry Irving


The Author, Terry IrvingTerry Irving is an American four-time Emmy award-winning writer and producer. He has also won three Peabody Awards, three DuPont Awards and has been a producer, editor or writer with ABC, CNN, Fox and MSNBC. He is currently finishing the second novel in the Freelancer series, featuring Rick Putnam, of which Courier is the first. These stories will delight readers of mysteries and thrillers, as Terry weaves engrossing tales about the hard-hitting drama behind the headlines.

Here’s what The Bookseller magazine had to say about Terry joining us.

Exhibit A signs Terry Irving

 
Angry Robot crime imprint Exhibit A has signed two new novels from award-winning journalist Terry Irving.
Exhibit A commissioning editor Emlyn Rees bought world English, translation and dramatisation rights to Irving’s novel Courier, as well as an as-yet-unnamed sequel, from Dean Krystek at Word Link USA.
Courier is the first in a planned series of thrillers called Freelancer set in the 1970s, and follows Rick Putnam, a Vietnam veteran who now works as a motorcycle courier for one of Washington DC’s leading TV networks.
Irving began his career doing a similar job, and later went on to work as a producer, editor and writer for news networks ABC, CNN, Fox and MSNBC. During his news career he won several awards, including four Emmys and three Peabody Awards.
Courier will be published simultaneously in the US and UK in May 2014 as a paperback and e-book.
Visit Terry Irving’s website at terryirving.com and follow him on Twitter at @terryirving.

Exhibit A Books by Terry Irving

Courier (May 2014)

Courier by Terry Irving

Get ready for the ride of your life…
It’s 1972. The Watergate scandal has Washington on edge. Rick Putnam, a Vietnam veteran and motorcycle courier for one of the capital’s leading television stations, is trying to get his life back together after his nightmarish ordeal in the war. But when Rick picks up film from a news crew interviewing a government worker with a hot story, his life begins to unravel as everyone involved in the story dies within hours of the interview and Rick realizes he is the next target.
Before Twitter and Facebook, the fastest way get a story on the news was on a BMW R50/2 motorbike. It was also the fastest way to get killed…
Courier is a political conspiracy thriller as exciting as Three Days of the Condor, with a lead as cool as Easy Rider, all set in Nixon-era Washington.
Written by a four-time Emmy award-winning writer and producer, this is a killer blend of action and surprise twists, certain to appeal to fans of James Ellroy and Dennis Lehane.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Interview with Sean Lynch, Author of Wounded Prey (From Bookish Ways)

Sean Lynch’s brand new book, Wounded Prey ( Bookish Ways review),just came out at the end of May, and is one of my favorite crime novels of the year so far! Sean was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about the book, and more, so please give him a warm welcome! sean-lynch-700x696 
Wounded Prey, your first novel, just came out and I really enjoyed it! I have to ask, how did you celebrate when you found out the book had sold? Once I came down off the ceiling, I took the family out to a steak dinner. I’m a big believer in breaking bread as commemoration.  

In your bio, it says you began writing as a rookie cop. Were there any particular cases that inspired Wounded Prey? Bits and pieces of a number of actual cases inspired me, both from my direct experience and those of other cops I worked with.  

Your villain, Vernon Slocum, is about as bad as it gets, and I imagine you had to visit some pretty dark places when writing his scenes. Did you require any decompressing after writing his scenes? Great question. Believe it or not, all of my writing, whether about Vernon Slocum or any of the other characters which sprang from my sub-standard mind, was how I decompressed from my real job.  

What made you decide to set Wounded Prey in the 80s, as opposed to the present? I wrote WOUNDED PREY in the 80’s, so the story is technically accurate for the era. Also, the Vietnam veteran angle, as well as the Reagan Administration cutting mental health funding, created a unique germination medium for what became Vernon Slocum. Years later, when I was re-editing WOUNDED PREY for submission to literary agents, I contemplated updating the narrative to a modern time-frame. But I quickly gave up on that idea; Vernon Slocum is truly a man of his times. The 1980’s is where he belongs. WoundedPrey-300dpi (2) 
You have a military and law enforcement background, which I’m sure helped in your writing, but did you have to do any specific research for the book? I really didn’t, I’m ashamed to admit. Other than some historical stuff I obtained from an older cop who was combat Marine in Viet Nam, and saw action in the Chu Lai Peninsula, everything else is a by-product of things I already had fermenting in my noggin.  

Who, or what, are some of the biggest influences on your writing? I was inspired by a great number of creative influences. Writings such as the Continental OP series by Dashiell Hammett, the scripts of Rod Serling, the films of Howard Hawks, Walter Hill, and Sam Peckinpah, to name a few.

 Are you a plotter or a pantser? Unquestionably a panster. I’ve never had anything more than an opening scene in mind before I sat down and started to write.

 What piece of advice would you give to a struggling writer? Write. Do it. Like everything else, the more you do it, the better you get. Stop quitting halfway through something, because it isn’t perfect, and FINISH A WORK. You can always edit later. If you’re lucky enough to have people surrounding you who will give you honest criticism, and not just stroke your ego, and you can digest it and take it to heart, you’ll undoubtedly go far. Like most important things in life, NOT QUITTING is the key ingredient.

 I read that you enjoy late night creature features. What’s one of your favorites? Howard Hawks’ original 1951,’The Thing From Another World.’ Absolute top-flight script, music, mood, and tone. Still gives me goose bumps.  

Favorite beer? That’s the toughest question you’ve asked, Kristin! I drink Bass and Boddingtons in the winter, and Dos Equis Amber Lager and Third Shift in the summer. But pushed into a corner, my favorite beer is…drum roll, please…Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Outstanding brew. Like all good beers, they get better the more you drink…  

What’s next for you and your intrepid investigators, Ferrell and Kearns? I’m ruminating on a sequel to WOUNDED PREY as I write this, and don’t have anything definitive laid out yet. Maybe I’ll re-write Farrell and Kearns into angst-ridden, hormonal, teenaged vampires and put them in the Pacific Northwest. How about, ‘Twilight of Vernon Slocum: The Awakening’ for a title?  

Keep up with Sean: Website | Twitter
About WOUNDED PREY: “It’s time to finish what he started…” A young girl is snatched in broad daylight from outside her school and later found brutally murdered and hanging from a tree. When recently retired San Francisco Police Inspector, Bob Farrell, sees this on the news, he realises his worst nightmare has just come true. The same brutal killer a government agency stopped him from putting away twenty years before is once more on the loose. As the killer wreaks a trail of blood and destruction across North America, Bob Farrell sets out to track him down. But Farrell’s not playing by the rules any more than the killer is, and soon the FBI have both of them in their sights…
via Interview: Sean Lynch, author of Wounded Prey | My Bookish Ways 2013.