Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Little of This and That

Since I haven't done a "what's going on" update in awhile, I have a number of fun items to share with you in case you don't already know about them.

First, there are some pre-order contests going on for a couple of books I'll be talking about here soon. The first is Hilary Davidson's second novel, THE FIRST ONE TO FALL. You can find the details for her creative contest here. And the second is for Daniel Palmer's second novel, HELPLESS. Details for that one are here.

Bill Cameron's DAY ONE is free on ebook here and here. I'm not sure how long you have on this deal, so hop to it and don't miss out!

Michael Lister has THE BODY AND THE BLOOD from his John Jordan series free on Kindle right now, if you're a Kindle owner. I really like this series and thought this was the best book of the series to date. This offer is only this week, so if you want this one, move quick!

This is rather cool. The NoirCon 2012 folks are having their first ever NoirCon Poetry Contest. They are defining Noir Poetry as "1.) Poetry that makes reference to the subject matter, dialog or style of film noir or the hard-boiled detective genre, or, 2.) Poetry that invokes stark urban landscapes and atmosphere, and which either alludes to crime and perilous attachments or else seems to bear dark knowledge of this territory, or 3.) Poetry that tells the story of tortured souls - lovers, psychopaths, obsessives - drive down deadly paths, following desperate plans that are doomed to failure."

You can get all the details on the contest here.

If you're an Ed McBain fan, Thomas & Mercer will be re-issuing some of his 87th Precinct books.

And I know it's early to be excited about this, but I heard from Michael Koryta that his next book, a traditional crime novel this time, is due out in October 2012. It's called THE PROPHET, and I can't help it, I'm SOOOOO excited.

Just a reminder that I've set up the site and requirements for the Criminal Plots II reading challenge for 2012. I hope you'll join us for that. There's still some time to finish Criminal Plots I and get in on the drawing for the prizes.

The last item I want to mention tonight is related to xuni. There are starting to be occasions where I'm able to provide some bloggers books for review from our authors. If you have a blog and would be interested in reviewing books in the future, please complete my little form below so I can contact you when opportunities come up and see if you're interested. My promise is always that I will not ask anyone to read anything that I myself did not like. You would never be required to say anything other than your honest opinion about the books and you don't have to like everything I do, but I'm just promising that I won't be contacting people about just any old books.

Hope you're having a grand week filled with wonderful crime novels! Happy Reading!


Evelyn December 16, 2011 at 4:57 PM  

Thanks for the heads up on the free Kindle books. Just got one & am still learning about all the free sources.

Hilary Davidson December 19, 2011 at 2:56 PM  

Thanks so much for including the pre-order contest for THE NEXT ONE TO FALL here, Jen!

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