Monday, January 28, 2013

Breakfast Links

This morning brought more choice links than Jimmy Dean. (Okay, one of 'em went up this weekend, and anyway, I'm pretty sure I recycled this joke from a prior post, but whatever; just go with me on this.) Here's what's new in the land of me:

DEAD HARVEST gets a rave from SF Book Reviews! Here's a taste: "It is a very fast paced novel, with plenty of action, superb characters, deception and mystery all the way through. I highly recommend Dead Harvest, and I’m looking forward to the next in what should be a superb series."

Book Chick City selects THE WRONG GOODBYE as one of their Top Five Books You Should Be Reading Right Now!

And last, but certainly not least, FEEDING KATE, a stellar anthology benefiting the Lupus Foundation that features a reprint of my short "The Well," is now available on Amazon! Check it out and help a good cause in the process.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SF Signal Mind Meld

For those who haven't seen it, SF Signal has a great recurring feature called Mind Meld in which they pose the same question to a host of fantasy and science fiction authors. Today, I participated in my second of them (alongside Mary Robinette Kowal, Lee Battersby, Paul Kemp, and many more), this one on the topic of how SFF has influenced my life. You can read it here. And if you missed my first a few months back on the topic of heroes, feel free to check that out as well.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Stoked

Today wasn't supposed to be a good day.

See, as I write this, I'm home sick from the day job. That flu that's been going around? HOLY HELL I HAZ IT. Been laid up for going on a week. But once the morning's NyQuil-haze abated, and I fired up the ol' computer over my morning cup of cough-medicine, my whole day changed.

DEAD HARVEST made the preliminary ballot for a Best First Novel Stoker.

When I was a kid, I read a ton of Stephen King. But once I burned through his whole back catalog, I needed fresh blood to quench my thirst. King, you may recall, won the first ever Stoker for Best Novel back in '87 (in a tie, says Wikipedia, with Robert R. McCammon), which is what sparked me to mine their nominations to stock my to-be-read pile. And with past nominees like Koontz, Powers, Straub, Gaiman, Rice, Harris, Bradbury, Carr, Ketchum, and Oates (just to name a few), they've never steered me wrong.

The fact that I might one day be in the running for a Stoker never crossed my mind.

To be clear, I'm not nominated yet. "Nominee" is only bestowed among those who make the final ballot. Fingers crossed I do.

Thanks to all who got me this far. It means a ton. And to any friends out there who happen to belong to the Horror Writers Association, I'd very much appreciate your support.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Look, Ma, I'm a Bestseller!

Yesterday, Longfellow Books released their list of Top 100 Bestsellers of 2012, and I'm delighted to report DEAD HARVEST was on it, slotting in at #69. The stalkeriest amongst you might recall I had my DEAD HARVEST release party at Longfellow. They're a fantastic indie bookstore, well worth checking out, and I look forward to getting back there for another in the future... THE BIG REAP, perhaps?

And in other news, Owlcat Mountain published a lovely review of THE WRONG GOODBYE. Here's a taste (click through to read the rest):

"What I love about Holm’s Collector novels is that they avoid the most commonly used tropes in fantasy fiction... THE WRONG GOODBYE is a great novel, filled with adventure and a straightforward storytelling style that makes this book a real treat."

Many thanks to Longfellow and Owlcat Mountain both.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE. (Or two.)

Shockingly, with over 1,000 votes cast over two weeks for The Qwillery's Cover of the Year edition of Cover Wars, at close of voting DEAD HARVEST was tied for first with Chuck Wendig's also-stunning BLACKBIRDS cover!

You read that right. Cover Wars ended in an Angry Robot sweep. Which, for the record, sounds like the greatest dance-floor move in history.

Thanks so much to all those who voted (with an extra-special shout-out to the 492 who voted for me). And to my army of volunteers who manned the phone banks, organized rallies, or went door-to-door marshaling people to the polls... um, never mind that didn't happen. MAYBE IF IT HAD I WOULD'VE WON OUTRIGHT.

(He kids, kiddingly.)

And, of course, huge thanks to Sally Janin for putting on such a cool contest; designers rarely get the props they deserve for making our books look so fantastic, and the dozens she's highlighted throughout the year definitely deserve their props. To that end, congrats to my editor, Marc Gascoigne, and Martin Stiff at Amazing 15 for collaborating to create such a kickass cover for DEAD HARVEST (and for the two kickass covers that followed). And finally, reluctant grumbly congrats to Chuck Wendig and Joey HiFi, the latter of whose gorgeous cover design renders any accusations of widespread vote-tampering and election fraud preposterous. Fact is, it's so pretty, I'd hang it on my wall in a heartbeat.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

One Last Push!

Voting for The Qwillery's Cover Wars closes at 11:59 tonight, and the field is closer than ever. It's down to DEAD HARVEST, designed by Marc Gascoigne and Amazing 15, and Joey Hifi's cover of Chuck Wendig's BLACKBIRDS. And look: I love Chuck's cover. It's darn pretty. But man, would I like to bring home the win.

If you haven't voted, please take a sec and do. And may the best cover* win.

*As defined by this author, meaning DEAD HARVEST.

Friday, January 04, 2013

The House of Crime and Mystery

Wow. I just got word that DEAD HARVEST placed in the top five for its category in the House of Crime and Mystery 2012 Reader's Choice Awards, just behind the likes of Gillian Flynn, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, and Craig McDonald, and ahead (I'm told) of Stephen King!

Thanks to Jacques for putting on the whole affair, and thanks also to everyone who voted for me. And a special shout-out to fellow honorees David, Elaine, Mons, Peggy, Robert, Owen, and Craig, all of whom (save Elaine, whom I've known forever now, it seems) I had the pleasure of meeting out on tour this year.

Spinetingler's Best Crime Fic of 2012

I'm delighted to report this morning that R. Thomas Brown named the Collector series to Spinetingler's list of Best Crime Fiction of 2012! Thanks, Ron, for the nod!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Two New Best-Ofs

Today brings news of two new year-end best-of inclusions for the Collector series! First, Paperless Reading listed DEAD HARVEST among the Best Debut Novels of 2012. And second, reviewer Terry Weyna gave both DEAD HARVEST and THE WRONG GOODBYE honorable mention in her post of the Best Books of 2012. Thanks to Ken and Terry both!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Memorable's good, right?

Jon Jordan, the evil genius behind Crimespree Magazine, just named THE WRONG GOODBYE one of his Most Memorable Reads of 2012! And given the astonishing talent that comprises the rest of the list, I'd say memorable is a good thing, indeed. Thanks, Jon!

Still Feeling the Love in 2013

It's cold. And early. And, much as I would like to continue with my forced-editing-march through THE BIG REAP*, the day job beckons. So I'll keep this short. But good news is good news, regardless of hour or temperature. With that in mind...

Bane of Kings released his list of the 25 Best Books of 2012, and THE WRONG GOODBYE came in at #10!

Also, SFFMeta.com aggregated the Top Fantasy Books of 2012 as determined by average review, and DEAD HARVEST clocks in at #14!

And finally, the folks at Black Gate were kind enough to feature DEAD HARVEST in their recurring New Treasures post, so a hat-tip to them as well.

Thanks, all. Now, off to work for me.

*Note: This was not sarcasm. Forced-editing-marches may not sound like fun to you, but right this sec, there is literally nothing I would rather be doing. Yes, I know it's weird.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Lucky '13

So. 2013. Pretty crazy, that. Some folks might not be too wild about a whole year of 13, but me? I don't mind a bit. Hell, my first fiction acceptance was on a Friday the 13th, so maybe 13's lucky for me. Guess we'll find out.

So far so good, says I, because I woke today to a fresh round of year-end book-love.

First, Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves selected DEAD HARVEST as one of her Rather Lengthy List of Books I Adored This Year. I'm one of four in her horror subsection, alongside Robert Pobi's BLOODMAN, a book that's high on my to-be-read list after having the pleasure of hanging out with Robert in Quebec. I'm honored to share some virtual shelf-space with him here.

Second, OzNoir named THE WRONG GOODBYE one of his Best Reads of 2012, a mere fifteen of the staggering 181 books he read this year! I'm sharing list-space with such staggering talent as Megan Abbott, Donald Ray Pollock, George Pelecanos, James Cain, and Johnny Shaw, so you can be damn sure I'm happy to be on that list.

And last, but certainly not least, The Fiction Stroker called DEAD HARVEST his favorite book of the year in his look back at all things entertainment for 2012.

Thanks, all, for the kind words. It's mighty gratifying to have folks connect with the Collector series. Writing it's a labor of love, to be sure, but without an audience who really gets 'em, what would be the point?

Now, onward and upward. THE BIG REAP still needs finishing, and after that... who knows where the year will take us? Here's hoping it unleashes a baker's dozen of awesome for you and yours.