Monday, November 23, 2020

SMFS Member Podcast News: Guy Belleranti

The latest KRL Podcast features the mystery short story, “No More Excuses” by SMFS list member Guy Belleranti.  You can listen for free to the KRL Podcast here.


From the site:

This episode features the mystery short story No More Excuses by Guy Belleranti. It is read by local actor Sean Hopper. No More Excuses was published by the magazine Detective Mystery Stories in their September 2002 issue. You can learn more about the author on his website. Sean Hopper has read several other stories for the podcast. In each episode, we share with you mystery short stories and mystery novel first chapters read by actors from the San Joaquin Valley. If you enjoyed this episode please review or rate it as that helps more people be able to find us! Also, consider subscribing so you never miss an episode-both to this podcast and to the podcast newsletter. You can find more mystery fun on our websites Kings River Life Magazine and KRL News and Reviews. We now also have a Patreon where you can help support the podcast and the magazine and get special perks!

SMFS Member Publishing News: Frank Zafiro

Today is publication day for SMFS list member Frank Zafiro’s new book, Code Four. Co-written with Colin Conway, this is the fourth and final book in the series that began with Charlie-316. Published by Down & Out Books, the police procedural is available from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors in a variety of formats.



The last two years have been tumultuous ones for the Spokane Police Department. On the surface, the agency has suffered from scandal and police officer deaths. Underneath, a secret and deadly game of cat and mouse has played out.

Now the Department of Justice has sent investigators to determine if federal intervention is needed. Their presence disrupts everyone’s agenda and threatens to expose dark secrets. Goals shift from winning situations to simply surviving.

Not everyone will.

In this tense and explosive final installment of the Tyler Garrett saga, everyone’s true nature is laid bare. Garrett scrambles to maintain what he has built. Chief Baumgartner tries to protect his department. Captain Farrell’s plans crumble around him, and Officer Ray Zielinski’s career is at risk. Meanwhile, DOJ supervisor Édelie Durand diligently follows the facts where they lead. And through it all, the unflappable Detective Clint keeps his eyes firmly on the prize—Officer Tyler Garrett.


Sunday, November 22, 2020

SMFS Members Publishing News: BOULD* Awards 2020 Short Story Anthology: *Bizarre, Outrageous, Unfettered, Limitless, Daring

Numerous SMFS list members are in the new book, BOULD* Awards 2020 Short Story Anthology: *Bizarre, Outrageous, Unfettered, Limitless, Daring and several have won an award this year for their story in the book. Edited and published by SMFS list member, Jake Devlin, the read is available in both eBook and print formats at Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS members in the read, and the award he or she won where appropriate, are listed below.


Craig Faustus Buck with “Heavy Debt” as well as “Cuppa Joe” and “2 is for Taboo.”


Chris Chan with “The Six-Year-Old Serial Killer” as well as “Death on the Toilet.”


Lynne Chick with “Time Share.”


Jan Christensen with “Wicked Wanda.”


John R. Clark with “Flat Broke” as well as “Nowhere to Hide” and “Flat Broke.”


Missye K. Clarke with “Punxsutawney Kill.”


Maddi Davidson with “The Call of the Dead.”


Publisher/ Editor Jake Devlin with “Arrggh!!” as well as “Is Today The Day?” and “An Apocalyptic Micro Short Story.”


Lesley A. Diehl with “Room Service.”


Pamela Ebel with “Two Heads are Better Than One” as well as “Welcome to Bay City” and “The Devil’s in the Details.” “Two Heads are Better Than One” was selected as the Second Place winner.


Will A. Emerson with “No Matter” as well as “Moma’s Boy-The Tale of Edward and Sophia” and “Honor Amongst the Rigid Loyals 2.” “No Matter” was selected as the Third Place winner.


John M. Floyd with “Sightings” as well as “Mythic Heights” and “Eyes in the Sky.”


Heidi Hunter with “A Game of Cat and Mouse.”


Hope Isreal with “Till Death Do Us.”


Ken Lawrence with “The Coldest Goodbye.”  This short story was selected as the First Place winner.


Joan Leotta with “Long Live Quennie!”


Sharon Marchisello with “Halloween Justice.”


Abe Margel with “Message in a Bottle” as well as “The Garden.”


Bern Sy Moss with "The Blind Date.” This short story was selected as the Fourth Place winner.


Susan Oleksiw with “My Pal Charley Solves a Problem” as well as “Myrtle Volunteers.”


Pete Peyronie with "Paint Your Nude?"


KM Rockwood with “Staying Safe….VERY Safe.”


Steve Shrott with “Lydia” as well as “Belzie’s Breakthrough.”


Faye Snowden with “Mercy” as well as “Andromeda, the Chained Lady, or Storm in the Cane Field.”


Cathi Stoler with “A Grave Conversation.”


Louise Taylor with “Gas.”


Gabriel Valjan with “Tampons.”


Sylvia Maultash Warsh with “Flamingo Nights.”


Elizabeth Zelvin with “Rule One” as well as “Invisible.” 



Are you an adventurous, daring reader? Like to explore new frontiers? If so, this one's for you.

In this third annual edition, you'll find 54 of the weirdest, most outrageous, wackiest, scariest, puzzlingest (is that really a word?) short stories submitted for this anthology in 2020. (There were 21 in the 2018 edition, 43 in 2019, all selected by a panel of independent judges.)

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be shocked, scared, and maybe even perflutzed by some of the stories you'll find, in many different genres and styles. But with nearly every story, we know you'll be surprised.

We expect the 2021 edition to be BOULDer (no relation to the city in Colorado), and that'll raise the bar even higher for the 2022 edition. We might wind up changing “Limitless” to “Loopy” if writers can really let their inhibitions go and let their haywire creativity loose.

But now it's time for you to quit reading these promo bits, brace yourself and dig in. Have fun!

Saturday, November 21, 2020

SMFS Member Publishing News: Jan Christensen

SMFS list member Jan Christensen’s new book, Death At Paradise Beach: A Luna Saga, is available in both print and eBook formats at Amazon and other vendors. 



No one at the Sea Breeze Condominiums liked Barry Everhart. But when condo manager, 39-year old Luna Dearborn, finds him bludgeoned to death in the Texas coastal seagrass, the police seem to believe she’s a prime suspect. She quickly hires a shrewd, intriguing lawyer named Casper.The next day her mother and hippie grandmother arrive from Minnesota in a vintage VW bus for a planned visit. Further complicating her life, she’s met a new man who’s igniting some feelings she’s not sure are reliable.Between entertaining her quirky relatives, answering more police questions, and coping with a surprise visitor, Luna has less time to chill out on the condo’s roof garden and laze on the beach while her assistant manager takes charge. When he’s attacked and ends up as a suspect, Luna realizes that she needs to prove someone else is the killer. But there are more shocking surprises in store for her. Will she be able to prevent more deaths, including her own?

SleuthSayers: The Same Old Story by John M. Floyd

SleuthSayers: The Same Old Story: How many of you have unfinished or unpublished stories (or novels) stashed away in a drawer or under the bed, or in a folder someplace on yo...