Third Time’s A Charm by Eric Beetner

It’s always a great day when Eric Beetner stops by the site. You can check out Eric’s previous guest posts, as well as my reviews of his work, in the Eric Beetner archive. Eric’s most recent book, The Devil At Your Door, was released last week by Down & Out Books. It’s the final entry in the Lars and Shaine trilogy, and both Eric and his characters traveled from pillar to post to finally make it to this point. Read on to see just how convoluted a journey it’s been for the devil to finally be at your door.

On Stitching a Fictional World into the Real One by Nick Kolakowski

It’s a pleasure to welcome Nick Kolakowski back to the site. Nick’s work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, North American Review, Thuglit, and Crime Syndicate Magazine. His debut novel, A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps, was released in 2017 and introduced Bill and Fiona, “chattery and gun-happy anti-heroes,” to the world. The sequel, Slaughterhouse Blues, is out today, and Nick has stopped by to talk about what it was like to change the setting from one entirely of his own imagination to one that required a careful interweaving of real locations and details.

The Straggler by Scott Adlerberg

It is an honor to welcome Scott Adlerberg to the site today. Not one to anchor himself to any one genre, Adlerberg has previously written crime fiction (Spiders and Flies), psychological thrillers (Graveyard Love), and even noir-fantasy (Jungle Horses). With his newest release, Jack Waters, Adlerberg has shifted gears yet again, this time giving readers a story set in the early 1900s South and Caribbean that tackles issues of race, class, and revenge, and how titular character Jack Waters deals with each. Today, Adlerberg explains his aim in bringing Jack to life as both “racial straggler and social class chameleon.”

Waiting for inspiration to write? Never going to happen by Khaled Talib

Khaled Talib is a Singapore-based former journalist whose articles were syndicated worldwide and whose short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Khaled on two novels, Incognito (World Castle Publishing) and his latest, Gun Kiss (Imajin Books). Today Khaled stops by to warn that if you’re waiting for inspiration to write, you may be waiting for a long time.

An Addiction Worth Cultivating by Ivan Obolensky

It’s a pleasure to welcome Ivan Obolensky to the site today. An accomplished author of both nonfiction articles as well as short fiction, Eye of the Moon is his debut novel. Set for release on February 6th, Eye of the Moon brings the twenty-year-old mystery surrounding the death of a legendary socialite home to roost as family members, guests and servants are summoned for a reunion they will never forget. Drenched in Egyptian occultism, elegance, and intrigue, Eye of the Moon has been described as Eyes Wide Shut meets Agatha Christie.

It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter

Today I’m taking part in the blog excerpt tour for Lynn Slaughter’s new YA mystery novel, It Should Have Been You, in which teen Clara Seibert struggles to deal with the death of her twin sister. But as if that isn’t difficult enough, she soon begins receiving threatening emails warning her, “It should have been you…but soon.” Read on below for an excerpt from chapter three, and check out the links at the end for other blog tour stops.

Death in the Devil’s Range

It was a pleasure to work with Michael Patton on his debut novel, Death in the Devil’s Range, which finds California rancher Dan Williams drawn into the investigation of the murder of his reclusive neighbor, a retired nuclear physicist whose killing may have ties to Nazi-era technology and a missing World War II submarine filled with gold. The second book in the series is forthcoming later this year.

Rusty Barnes

A Mile or so, Less as the Crow Flies by Rusty Barnes

I’m pleased to welcome Rusty Barnes to the site. An established author who’s been published in over two hundred journals and anthologies, Barnes most recently found success with his novel Ridgerunner, a story set in rural northern Appalachia, the area where he grew up. Today, Barnes talks about how he went about creating the feel for his newest novel, Knuckledragger, a story that takes place far away from Barnes’s familiar environs.

A World Of My Own by Terrence McCauley

Award-winning author Terrence McCauley returns to the site today. McCauley’s first two novels, Prohibition and Slow Burn, were set in 1930s New York City. He shifted gears with The Devil Dogs of Belleau Wood, a novella set during World War I, before charging hard into his current University series featuring James Hicks. The University is not an institution of higher learning, but rather a clandestine intelligence organization that has been on the frontlines of global espionage for decades. The latest in the series, A Conspiracy of Ravens, is out now.

Remo Went Off

“I’ve worked with Elizabeth on both self-published and traditionally published books. Each time I found her to be extremely professional, timely and she provided a great knowledge of the genre of crime fiction, as well as fixed my grammatical travesties. I could go with any number of people to correct my spelling, but Elizabeth gave my writing a bit more that I feel really helped push it to its final stage.” — Mike McCrary


The Savage by Frank Bill

“Do what you must to others and abandon weakness.”

For as long as Van Dorn can remember, those words, which represented his father’s worldview, were drilled into him at every opportunity. Little could Van Dorn have realized just how grim things would become, and how ruthlessly he would have to put that philosophy into action in an America spun violently out of control in author Frank Bill’s latest, The Savage.


Savannah Sleuth

It’s a pleasure working with Alan Chaput on his Vigilantes for Justice mystery series set in Savannah, Georgia. The first book in the series, Savannah Sleuth, was released December 8, 2017, with the second story featuring Savannah social icon Patricia Falcon, Savannah Secrets, slated for a March 2018 publication date.


Just Want to Dream Better by Trey R. Barker

Trey R. Barker is the author of over two hundred short stories, some of which you can find in his collections Where the Southern Cross the Dog and Remembrance and Regrets, as well as the critically acclaimed Barefield trilogy. Recently, Barker has been exploring the world of Jace Salome, a deputy sheriff in Zachary County, Texas. When The Lonesome Dog Barks, out now, is the most recent entry in the series, following Slow Bleed and East of the Sun.

The Battle for Reading High School by Jon Bennett

It’s a pleasure to welcome Jon Bennett to the site today. I had the honor of working with Jon on his novel Reading Blue Devils (Open Books). In the book, Bennett uses a fictional student rebellion at Reading High School in Ohio to tackle serious topics such as bullying and racism, the struggling American educational system, and the very nature of good and evil, yet manages to do so with his tongue planted firmly in cheek throughout most of it. Today, Bennett shares a secret about American high schools that helped inspire his novel: bathrooms are where you get the true pulse of a school.
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Gun Kiss

“I’ve worked on two manuscripts with Elizabeth, both of which were picked up by publishers, and there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be returning to her for my next. With her legal background and editing skills, Elizabeth is super sharp and astute. Not only will she correct your copy to the standard, but her development skills will catch things you didn’t notice. She’ll let you know what needs to be corrected, offer suggestions for change, and sensibly question details so that the story sounds logical, without distorting your writer’s voice. Take my word for it, you’re in safe hands.” — Khaled Talib