27 July 2011

FREE: Simian's Lair (A Tale From The Land of Verne)

From David Burton, the author of Scourge: A Grim Doyle Adventure, comes Simian’s Lair (a children’s fantasy short story) – FREE for a limited time. Grab your copy now! (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download Kindle for PC for free – or download it to your iPod/iPad/iPhone/Blackberry/Android – and read it on your mobile device.)

This 'Tale From the Land of Verne' is a children's short story that takes place in the world of the Grim Doyle Adventures. Enjoy reading about some of the characters you know from Scourge!

Four orphans from the land of Verne are lured into Simian's Lair - a dark abode whose purpose has been lost to the ravages of time. In it dwells an evil that must be cleansed, and from it, they must retrieve a secret that's been locked away for centuries. Join them, along with Madam Patrice and Master Rickett, on a journey where courage is found in the darkest of places.

Also includes the first chapter of Scourge: A Grim Doyle Adventure

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26 July 2011

NEW – Mean Streets: Tales of Urban Terror [Kindle]

If the gunshots don’t wake you, the agonizing screams will. When darkness descends on the concrete jungle people check the bars on their windows and the locks on their doors, praying to stay safe during the night. The wicked are always on the prowl. People hunker down in houses, apartments, the back seats of cars, or inside cardboard boxes down a fog-shrouded alley trying their best not to be noticed by the people and things that walk and slither in the shadows. Most get lucky and are left alone. Most, but not all…

Evil never rests. Mean Streets presents seven chilling tales of urban horror and moral decay from acclaimed writers Gord Rollo and Gene O’Neill with a special introduction by Kealan Patrick Burke.


07 July 2011

New Forensics Blog for Writers

Tom Adair is a retired, internationally recognized, forensic scientist/CSI in Colorado (US). I am excited to announce that he's recently launched FORENSICS4FICTION, a forensics blog aimed specifically at mystery/crime writers. (Fun categories for the historical, science fiction, and fantasy/paranormal writers coming soon.)

Tom welcomes questions about forensics and law enforcement in general . Email him your questions/suggestions.

Thanks, Tom.

02 July 2011

On My Bookshelf: Stumbling Forward by Christopher Truscott

“If this idiot gets elected to Congress, we’re moving to Australia.”

Categorized as a political novel, this book is so much more. I have to be honest and say that I don’t have a lot of interest in politics, let alone American politics, but Truscott’s easy writing style hooked me in the sample and kept me reading me to the end. What happens behind the political scenes was interesting, not to mention educational, but for me it was more about the character dynamics. A sprinkling of humor, some classic one-liners, and a dash of sexual tension all add up to make this a great read.

Clarissa Rogers is a young idealist who’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, however, that means serving as communications director for a hopelessly egotistical, opportunistic and unqualified congressional candidate.

It isn’t too miserable at first. Alex Hogan has no chance of actually getting elected to represent Minnesota’s 7th District. Then he gets lucky—again and again and again.

As Election Day nears, Clarissa’s hit with the reality that winning may not be the best thing. Along the way, she captivates a womanizing political consultant, draws the attention of people who could change the world, and emerges as the one person who might actually be able to send Alex Hogan to Congress.


Christopher Truscott is a former journalist who now occasionally works as a political strategist. He’s a veteran of two dozen local, state and federal campaigns over the last 10 years. When he’s not obsessing about politics, he can usually be found watching the Minnesota Twins or telling people about his cats, Benny and Boo. He lives in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., and can be reached by e-mail at chris.truscott@gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/christruscott.