Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Oct20

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee

Murder and Mayhem 10 years ago Penny Halle came to me and asked if Ruth and I could help her set up a mystery day. We brought in 7 authors and did a 2 hour panel. The next year we went bigger, a whole day of panels and more authors. Last fall we had around 14 authors and the event ran from 9 – 5. In less than two weeks we are hosting Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee for the first time, version 2.0 if you will. The facility is awesome, food courts, right in a hotel with a casino. We have 23 authors coming in. There have been a load of books donated for the book bags. Our book seller is geared up and ready to rock. We’ve had t-shirts and...

FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker

FULL MEASURE, by T. Jefferson Parker, is a departure from the crime novels he has written in the past. This book is about the bond between siblings as well as those connected through military service. It puts a potent face to the names and numbers of those serving as they transition from war to peace, and from serving in the military to becoming a civilian. It is a novel that touches on many issues from PTSD to the plight of an agricultural family. The plot focuses on the experiences of those soldiers returning home. It also has sub-plots of political/controversial issues about governmental overreach and the right to bear arms. Although...

BRAVO By Greg Rucka

Growing up in Wisconsin every winter we spent a lot of time sledding. The anticipation while climbing a hill towing your sled, jumping on and grabbing the handles like your life depended on it, the rocketing down a slick hill that lasted for hours and seconds at the same time and then the end sitting there dazed and exhilarated wanting to do it again. THAT is what it’s like reading Greg Rucka. And in BRAVO the hill is a mile long and covered in ice. Make a pot of of coffee and grab on tight, you’re in for a Hell of a ride.

THE SPECTRE: CRIMES AND JUDGMENTS BY KATE (AND DAN...

::Kate and Dan are looking a bit yellow. Dan is wearing a red shirt with blue shorts. Kate’s hair looks like a spikey starfish:: K: It’s October. This is the time of year when we tell SCARY TALES OF HORROR IN OUR TREEHOUSE! D: Sounds kinda like the Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror”. Let’s not do this bit. I don’t want to get sued, and I’m worried that this jaundice could lead to hepatitis. K: ::changes out of red dress:: But it’s the spookiest time of year! How else can we celebrate the season without tapping into annual pop culture tropes? D: This is the Internet age; anything can be a clever reference. Any reference can be a callback to a...

So you got a book deal. Now what? Oct04

So you got a book deal. Now what?

So you got a book deal. Now what? Diving deep into crime writing after a couple decades running a digital media company, I vowed to bring a business approach to my creative pursuit. Call it pay back. At thirty, I’d chopped off my pony tail and set aside writing fiction to wear a suit and write proposals to insurance company execs. Now my suit self owed something to the writer. Everyone starts out as the new kid on the block, even if “kid” is kinda stretching the term. I shed the shackles of dry-as-a-bone business writing and squeezed story from my brain. The calibre of my work was up to me. Sweat, fear, crunching revisions,...

Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore

BROKEN SOULS Stephen Blackmoore August 2014 DAW Books, Inc.   Ask any married person and they’ll tell you that marriage takes a lot of work. Being married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte? Well, that presents an entirely different set of challenges. BROKEN SOULS by Stephen Blackmoore opens with necromancer Eric Carter meeting someone who might be able to get him out of his marriage of inconvenience. Carter’s wife is nothing like the nice girl next door. Hell, an entire nation of people worships this “woman” as the Grim Reaper in a wedding dress. Through a series of events in Blackmoore’s previous book, DEAD THINGS, Carter...