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.

 

Synopsis:

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.” 

 

Synopsis:

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. 

 

Synopsis:


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?

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Little Big Crimes Review: Woodstock by Michael Bracken

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SMFS Member Publishing News: Art Taylor

SMFS list member Art Taylor’s short story, “The White Rose of Memphis” is now out as part of the Barb Goffman Presents Series at The Black Cat Mystery & Science Fiction eBook Club (Wildside Press). The story originally appeared in NEEDLE: A MAGAZINE OF NOIR. The  read is free and can be picked up here.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

SMFS Member Publishing News: Richard Helms

SMFS list member Richard Helm’s latest book, Brittle Karma: An Eamon Gold Novel is now out. Published by Barbadoes Hall Communications, the read is available in eBook and print formats at Amazon.  

 

Synopsis:

Richard Helms' Derringer Award-winning and Shamus Award-nominated San Francisco private eye Eamon Gold returns in BRITTLE KARMA, a classic tale cast in the molds forged by Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Robert B. Parker. Eamon Gold turns away a potential client named Abner Carlisle, a recently paroled armored car robber, who is looking for a man named Eddie Rice. Rice was the wheelman for the robbery a quarter century earlier, and ran off with the take of almost twenty million dollars--and Carlisle's daughter. Gold believes Carlisle intends to murder Rice, and refuses the case. After Carlisle is murdered in his hotel room, Gold becomes intrigued when he discovers the insurance company will pay ten percent of whatever fraction of the robbery take he can recover. Gold is temporarily bucks-up, but has no paying client on the horizon, so he dives in on spec, trying to make a little quick bank on the coldest of cold cases. Along the way, he encounters crooked cops, an aging porn star, an ex-Army Ranger turned gangland muscle, the boozy estranged wife of a City Supervisor, dangerous mobsters, and a surprise player he never saw coming.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Laura Ware

SMFS list member Laura Ware’s short story, “The Vampire Versus the Elder Court” appears in the recently released anthology, Nightly Bites Volume 3. Published by Kydala Publishing, Inc., the read is available in both eBook and print formats at Amazon and other vendors.

 

Synopsis:

A varied collection of vampire stories from flash to novella-length, from the past to the future. Sometimes they mingle with other supernatural creatures, sometimes they're the only non-human of the story.

 

THE STORIES

"Blood on the Ice" by David H. Hendrickson

"Nun Survived" by Rebecca M. Senese

"Job Interview", "Dracula Makes House Calls" and "Don't Move" by Trent Walters

"Jamie: Blood of Betrayal" by Joleene Naylor

"The Vampire vs. The High Court" by Laura Ware

"Blood" by Kate Pavelle

"A More Ancient Killer" by Bonnie Elizabeth

"One Who Cannot Be Destroyed" by Barbara G.Tarn

"Young Monster Hunters in Love" by Stefon Mears

"Rebels of Seduction" by Meyari McFarland

SMFS Member Publishing News: David H. Hendrickson

SMFS list member David H. Hendrickson’s short story, “Blood on the Ice” appears in the recently released anthology, Nightly Bites Volume 3. Published by Kydala Publishing, Inc., the read is available in both eBook and print formats at Amazon and other vendors.

 

Synopsis:

A varied collection of vampire stories from flash to novella-length, from the past to the future. Sometimes they mingle with other supernatural creatures, sometimes they're the only non-human of the story.

 

THE STORIES

"Blood on the Ice" by David H. Hendrickson

"Nun Survived" by Rebecca M. Senese

"Job Interview", "Dracula Makes House Calls" and "Don't Move" by Trent Walters

"Jamie: Blood of Betrayal" by Joleene Naylor

"The Vampire vs. The High Court" by Laura Ware

"Blood" by Kate Pavelle

"A More Ancient Killer" by Bonnie Elizabeth

"One Who Cannot Be Destroyed" by Barbara G.Tarn

"Young Monster Hunters in Love" by Stefon Mears

"Rebels of Seduction" by Meyari McFarland

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Friday, November 13, 2020

SMFS Members Published in Cozy Villages of Death

Numerous SMFS list members are published in the recently released anthology, Cozy Villages of Death. Edited by SMFS list member Lyn Worthen, who also wrote the introduction to the book, the read is published by Camden Park Press in print and eBook formats. The read is available at Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS members in the book are:

 

Lauryn Christopher with “Tea and Roses.”

 

John M. Floyd with “Valentine’s Day.”

 

C.C. Guthrie with “Cahoots.”

 

Ben Harshman with “"Aloha, Captain!”

 

Margaret S. Hamilton with “Dealing at the Dump.”

 

Ursula Hoult with “Death and Other Changed Plans.”

 

Clifford Royal Johns with “Death in the Lower Forty.”

 

D.T. Langdale with “A Clean Kill.”

 

Annie Reed with “Murder Runs in the Neighborhood.”

 

Merrilee Robson with “Death by Natural Causes.”

 

Joseph S. Walker with “"Villainy in the Vertical Village.”

 

Kelly Zimmer with “Crossed Off.”

 

Synopsis: 

Secrets hide behind those peacefully shuttered windows... 

Deception awaits around the next curve in the road. Rumors spread over garden hedges, fishing ponds, and knitting circles. Neighborhood cats discover a boneyard. 

And when Death strolls through the tranquil countryside or checks into the quaint village inn for the weekend, it's the intrepid - and often accidental - investigators who must find and decipher clues, unravel mysteries, and bring the killer to justice. 

Includes stories by John M. Floyd, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Annie Reed, Lauryn Christopher, C.C. Guthrie, Joseph S. Walker, Margaret S. Hamilton, Ben Harshman, C.J. Mattison, Clifford Royal Johns, D.T. Langdale, Kelly Zimmer, Merrilee Robson, N.K. Wardley, and Ursula Holt. Edited by Lyn Worthen.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Jungle Red Writers: A Which? A What? A Witch Bottle by Judy Penz Sheluk

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SleuthSayers: The Best American Mystery Stories by Michael Bracken

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SMFS Member Publishing News: Judy Penz Sheluk

Today is publication day for Where There's A Will: A Glass Dolphin Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk. This is the third book in the series that began with The Hangman’s Noose. Published by the author’s publishing company, Superior Shores Press, the read is available in both print and eBook formats at  Amazon, and other vendors. 

 

Synopsis:

Emily Garland is getting married and looking for the perfect forever home. When the old, and some say haunted, Hadley house comes up for sale, she’s convinced it’s “the one.” The house is also perfect for reality TV star Miles Pemberton and his new series, House Haunters. Emily will fight for her dream home, but Pemberton’s pockets are deeper than Emily’s, and he’ll stretch the rules to get what he wants.While Pemberton racks up enemies all around Lount’s Landing, Arabella Carpenter, Emily’s partner at the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, has been hired to appraise the contents of the estate, along with her ex-husband, Levon. Could the feuding beneficiaries decide there’s a conflict of interest? Could Pemberton?Things get even more complicated when Arabella and Levon discover another will hidden inside the house, and with it, a decades-old secret. Can the property stay on the market? And if so, who will make the winning offer: Emily or Miles Pemberton?

Monday, November 9, 2020

SMFS Member Podcast News: Peter DiChellis

The latest KRL Podcast features the mystery short story, “The Belle Hope” by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis.  You can listen for free to the KRL Podcast here.

 

From the site:

This episode features the mystery short story The Belle Hope written by Peter DiChellis. It is read by local actors Maxwell Debbas and Brianne Vogt Debbas. The Belle Hope originally appeared in the Malice Domestic anthology Nancy Pickard Presents Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical in April 2018. You can learn more about the author on his website. 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.

SleuthSayers: Sin & Syntax by Steve Liskow

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

SleuthSayers: Pay to Play -- Yea or Nay? by John Floyd

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Cam Writes: A Story Call, A Mural, and a Song by Claire Murray

 Cam Writes: A Story Call, A Mural, and a Song by Claire Murray 

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SMFS Members Published in All Due Respect 2020

Today is publication for the book, All Due Respect 2020. Published by All Due Respect, the read is available in both print and eBook formats at Amazon. The SMFS list members with short stories in the book are:

 

BV Lawson with "Quaking in My Boots.”

 

Mike Penncavage with "The Last Supper."

 

Stephen D. Rodgers with “Mad Dog.”

 

Synopsis: 

Twelve short stories from the top writers in crime fiction today. 

Featuring the work of Stephen D. Rogers, Tom Leins, Michael Pool, Andrew Davie, Sharon Diane King, Preston Lang, Jay Butkowski, Steven Berry, Craig Francis Coates, Bobby Mathews, Michael Penncavage, and BV Lawson. Edited by Chris Rhatigan and David Nemeth.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

SMFS Members Published in Peace, Love, and Crime: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of the '60s

Numerous SMFS list members have short stories in the new anthology, Peace, Love, and Crime: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of the '60s. Edited by SMFS list member Sandra Murphy,  and published by Untreed Reads, the book is currently exclusively available in various eBook formats at Drive Thru Fiction. It is also available for preorder at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors where it becomes available on November 10th. The SMFS list members with short stories in the anthology are:

 

Jack Bates with “The Preacher's Daughter.”

 

Michael Bracken with "Jimmy's Jukebox."

 

Maddi Davidson with "Little Old Ladies From Pasadena.”

 

Jeanne DuBois with “Wooden Ships.”

 

John M. Floyd with “Suspicious Minds.”

 

Linda Kay Hardie with “Cooking with Butter.”

 

Wendy Harrison with "Nights in White Satin."

 

James A. Hearn with "I'll Be Seeing You."

 

Heidi Hunter with “Aliens in MacArthur Park.”

 

Karen Keeley with “Lovely, Just Bloody Lovely.”

 

Mary Keliikoa with "Breaking Up is Hard To Do."

 

Paul D. Marks with “Can't Find My Way Home.”

 

Terrie Farley Moran   "It Ain't Me, Babe."

 

Claire A. Murray with "Spirit in the Sky."

 

Josh Pachter with  “Won’t You Come Out Tonight?”

 

Merrilee Robson with "You Better Not Tell."

 

Earl Staggs with “Aunt Laverne and Elvis.”

 

Joseph S. Walker with "Mercy."

 

Synopsis:

Rebellion, revolution, and rock and roll defined the ‘60s. As music moved from country to folk protest songs, rock became the voice of the “turn on, tune in, drop out,” generation. Peace, love, and harmony were the goals. Meditation, mysticism, and psychedelic drugs were the way to enlightenment. Peace, love, and crime were often the result, sometimes humorous, sometimes deadly.

And the music played on. As Harold says in The Big Chill, “There is no other music, not in my house.”

Spinning their chosen tunes and the tale of its matching crime are: Earl Staggs, Jack Bates, Linda Kay Hardie, Jeanne DuBois, Terrie Farley Moran, Heidi Hunter, Merrilee Robson, Claire A. Murray, Michael Bracken, Maddi Davidson, Joseph S. Walker, Dawn Dixon, Karen Keely, Paul D. Marks, Wendy Harrison, Mary Keliikoa, Maxim Jakubowski, James A. Hearn, C. A, Fehmel, Catina Williams, Josh Pachter, and John Floyd, talented writers all.

SMFS Members Published/Recognized in The Best American Mystery Stories 2020

Several SMFS list members have stories in or are recognized in The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 edition. Edited by C. J. Box and Otto Penzler, the read is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is available in audio, eBook, and print formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the book or recognized in it are:

 

John Floyd with ““Rhonda and Clyde” Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue #5.

 

Rick Helms with “See Humber and Die.” Originally published in The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods, edited by Michael Bracken of the SMFS. 

 

Other Distinguished Stories of 2019 

Michael Bracken with "The Town Where Money Grew on Trees." Published online by TOUGH on 11/5/2019. Editor Rusty Barnes. 

Jim Doherty with "Twelve Good Men and True," Black Mask 2019 Yearbook (Vol 37, No. 3). 

Paul J. Garth with “Paper Boats” in The Desperate and the Damned: A Toe Six Anthology. Co-edited by Sandra Ruttan of the SMFS. 

Joseph S. Walker "Bonus Round" from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2019 AHMM. 


Synopsis:

A collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award–winning author C. J. Box.

C. J. Box , #1 New York Times best-selling author of the hugely popular Joe Pickett series, selects the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year in this annual “treat for crime-fiction fans” (Library Journal).

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SMFS Member Publishing News: Robert Mangeot

SMFS list member Robert Mangeot has a guest post, “Unhappy Place, Unhappy Story” at Trace Evidence. In the piece he discusses writing his short story, “On Loan From the Artist" found in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: November/December 2020 and the role of setting in the tale. The essay can be read here.

SMFS Members Published in A Grave Diagnosis: 35 Stories of Murder and Malaise

Several SMFS list members are in the new anthology, A Grave Diagnosis: 35 Stories of Murder and Malaise. Published by Carrick Publishing, the read is currently available in eBook format at Amazon. The SMFS members in the anthology are: 

 

M. H. Callway with “The Eternal Bakery of the Fractal Mind.”

 

John M. Floyd with “The Rocking R.”

 

Blair Keetch with “'Sleep, Perchance to Die.”

 

Rob McCartney with “The Red Cord.”

 

Rosemary McCracken with “Hooked.”

 

Ed Piwowarczyk with “Danny and Me.”

 

Merrilee Robson with “In His Element.”

 

C.A. Rowland with “The House of Elizabeth Dandridge.”

 

Steve Shrott with "Sometimes Miracles Happen."

 

Sylvia Warsh with “Days Without Name.”

 

Amazon Synopsis:

Evil and illness are intertwined in this third Carrick crime anthology.

 

Our 35 authors each take a stab at answering the question: What happens when murder seems like the best cure for what ails you?

 

Join us for this pandemic publication and find out how we spent our COVID-19 isolation.

Authors:

Catherine Astolfo

Rosemary Aubert

Jayne Barnard

Thom Bennett

Susan Bowman

Jane Petersen Burfield

Linda Cahill

M.H. Callway

Melodie Campbell

Donna Carrick

Rosalind Croucher

Lisa de Nikolits

John M. Floyd

Mary Fraser

Delee Fromm

Therese Greenwood

Elizabeth Hosang

Blair Keetch

Laura Kulmann

Hayley Liversidge

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Rob McCartney

Rosemary McCracken

Lynne Murphy

Joan O’Callaghan

Ed Piwowarczyk

Rosalind Place

Merrilee Robson

C.A. Rowland

Steve Shrott

Madona Skaff

Caro Soles

Blake Stirling

Kevin P. Thornton

Vanessa Westermann

The First Two Pages: Rattlesnake Rodeo by Nick Kolakowski

 The First Two Pages: Rattlesnake Rodeo by Nick Kolakowski

SleuthSayers: When News Gathering and Entertainment Values Collide by Barb Goffman

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Weekly Magazine: November 2020

Several SMFS list members are published in Mystery Weekly Magazine: November 2020. The read is available in both print and eBook from the publisher and at Amazon. The SMFS members in this issue are:  

 

Eve Fisher with ““The Devil In Salem Meadows.”

 

John Floyd with “The Barlow Boys.”

 

Rick Helms with “Low and Slow.”

 

Robert Mangeot with “Handed, On a Gold Plate.”

 

Synopsis:

“Bystander Boondoggle” by Carl Robinette: Down on his luck, he just wants to enjoy a quiet holiday alone in his shack, but his plans are thwarted by murder, intrigue and romance.

“Low And Slow” by Richard Helms: When hit men called The Conductors show up at Alvy's house looking for a satchel full of cash while he is smoking a pork shoulder in the back yard, Alvy serves up a few surprises before dinner.

“The Devil In Salem Meadows” by Eve Fisher: Professor John Franklin, debunker of occult phenomena, is in rehab after a bad car wreck. There he finds three witches who know an old spell that can cause death when chanted—and who like to chant a lot.

“Handed, On A Gold Plate” by Robert Mangeot: Wade angles to become a superstar pick four lotto auditor, one stage left camera flash at a time. First, he has two problems: finding his signature on-screen pose and maybe stumbling onto a rigging scheme.

“The Barlow Boys” by John M. Floyd: Ezra Barlow, a farmer in the depression-era South, is a loving father, but he's also a drunk and a gambler. When he winds up targeted for death by a gangster in nearby Shreveport, his two young sons realize it's up to them to save the family.

“Minuet At The Silver Goose” by Bob Williamson: Hospitals can a dangerous place if you're a murderous televangelist with a heart condition and the man who invented the heart monitor is just down the hall.

“Blind Alley” by Ellen Butler: Karina just wanted to get home to her boyfriend, but accidentally bouncing a blind man off her bumper puts a wrinkle in her evening plans.

“The Disappearances” by Neal Suit: A former Dallas detective turned small town Sheriff investigates a series of baffling abductions. It's as if people are vanishing in their homes. When the Sheriff uncovers the perpetrator, he has a unique if troubling solution.

Custom cover art by Robin Grenville-Evans. Lettering by Taylor Esposito.

SMFS Member Publishing News: John M. Floyd

SMFS list member John M. Floyd’s short story, “Lucy’s Gold” appears online today at Frontier Tales Magazine. It can be read online for free here.

SMFS Members Published in Bloody Christmas: A Holiday Anthology

Several SMFS list members have short stories in in the recently published anthology, Bloody Christmas: A Holiday Anthology. WMG Publishing, Inc., the read is available in print and eBook from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS members in the read are:

 

Lauryn Christopher with "Some Folks Just Need Killin'."

 

Ron Collins with “Bobo.”

 

Dayle A. Dermatis with “Why Don’t You Make Gingerbread?”

 

Annie Reed with “A Killer Party.”

 

Synopsis:        

Take stories detailing all the nastiest parts of human behavior, from theft to murder to mayhem, throw in some of the “lesser” darkness that humans can provide during the holidays, and assemble them into one volume—welcome to Bloody Christmas. 

These stories, dark and vicious, form the perfect antidote to the holiday season’s sugary sweetness. So, consider this the savory part of the holidays for those whose reading tastes get darker in the darkest part of the year. 

As Alfred Hitchcock used to say, read these stories with the lights on—and the doors locked, curtains drawn, and protective gear at hand. One never knows what lurks in the darkness. 


Includes:

“Asking For It” by C.H. Hung

“Some Folks Just Need Killin’” by Lauren Christopher

“A Crafty Affair” by Bonnie Elizabeth

“A Hidden Gift” by Meyari McFarland

“The Perfect Gift” by Robert Cutchin

“Why Don’t You Make Gingerbread?” by Dayle A. Dermatis

“A Killer Party” by Annie Reed

“Wild Nights and New Roads” by Lisa Silverthorne

“Sister Silence Night” by Michael Warren Lucas

“Bobo” by Ron Collins

“Christmas Dessert” by Juliet Nordeen


Little Big Crimes Review: My Simple Plan by Ariel Gore

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SMFS Members Published in California Schemin': The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology

Today is publication day for California Schemin': The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology. Published by Wildside Press, the anthology was edited by SMFS list member Art Taylor, who also wrote the introduction to the book, and features short stories from several SMFS list members. The read is currently only available in print from the publisher, but it is expected that other sites will be carrying it soon. The SMFS list members with short stories in the book are:

 

Dixon Hill with “No Postman, No Doorbell.”

 

Kim Keeline with "California Hold'em.”

 

Gabriel Valjan with “Elysian Fields.”

 

 

Publisher Synopsis:

 

California Schemin’ is a new anthology of thrilling tales by nineteen of the world's best mystery authors. The official anthology of Bouchercon 2020, it is edited by the award-winning Art Taylor and features brand new works by acclaimed and award-winning writers like Scott Turow, Walter Mosley, Anne Perry, Anthony Horowitz, Cara Black, Janet A. Rudolph, and Catriona McPherson. As the name implies, each tale in California Schemin’ features a Californian theme, exploring both the heights of ambition and the depths of depravity in the Golden State's shadowy streets. Filled with twists and turns, intrigue, betrayals, wit, and whimsy, California Schemin’ is the perfect book for any mystery lover!<P>Included are:<P>

 

Jennifer Berg, “Schemes in the Dark”

Cara Black, “Cabaret aux Assassins”

David Boop, “Call Before You Die!”

Chris Dreith, “Old Soles”

Dixon Hill, “No Postman, No Doorbell”

Anthony Horowitz, “Camberwell Crackers”

Kim Keeline, “California Fold’em”

R.J. Koreto, “The Hollywood Gangster”

Joyce Kreig, “Last Call at the Zanzibar”

Ellen Clair Lamb, “The Assistant”

Catriona McPherson, “The Finishing Touch”

Walter Mosley, “Fearless”

Anne Perry, “An Affaire of Inconvenience”

Eileen Rendahl, “A Spoonful of Poison”

Christopher Ryan, “Hellhounds: Hollywood Demons”

Linda Townsdin, “Re-entry”

Scott Turow, “Tell Him No”

Gabriel Valjan, “Elysian Fields”

Carrie Voorhis, “The Fandancer’s First Murder”

SMFS Member Publishing News: Jaqueline Seewald

Today is publication day for SMFS list member Jaqueline Seewald’s latest book, Highland Heart: Love in the Time of War. Published by Luminosity Publishing LLP, the historical romance is available in print and eBook formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. To celebrate the release of the book today, she is interviewed on the Jamie Tremain blog where she discusses her new book and her overall writing process.

 

 

Synopsis:

Love in the time of war. 

Highland Heart is a sensual historical romance set in England and the Scottish Highlands in 1745 at the time of the second Jacobite Rebellion. The romantic involvement is between a French aristocrat who is part Scottish and a British army officer who finds her as desirable as she finds him. Try as hard as they might, their overwhelming passion for each other cannot be denied. But people and events come between them nearly destroying their relationship since they are politically on opposite sides. 

PUBLISHER NOTE: Historical Highland Romance. 89,900 words.