Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gimme Five

2010's been a crazy-ass writing year for me, full of massive highs and crushing lows (to borrow a phrase from Craig Finn), so it only seems fitting I'm sending it out with a bang. Said bang is my list of five top crime stories from 2010 over at Death by Killing. (That's right, I said "five top" instead of "top five"; it was a hell of a year in crime fic, and who am I to claim authority as to the best five stories out there?)

Mondo thanks to Chris Rhatigan for the opportunity, and for plugging my Kindle short story collection, 8 POUNDS (buy it now for your Kindle or free Kindle app for just $0.99!) And to all of y'all reading this, have a safe, happy, and kickass new year...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Odds and Ends

I'm taking a quick break from hall-decking and eggnoggery to point y'all toward a few cool 8 POUNDS developments.

THING THE FIRST is a lovely review from Naomi Johnson over at The Drowning Machine. Naomi's reviews are a go-to for me these days when I'm looking for something new to read, so being included among the well-reviewed on her site is quite a thrill.

THING THE SECOND is 8 POUNDS' inclusion in Steve Weddle's "Best of Whatever" list over at Crime Factory's Day Labor blog. In case you've been living under a rock in some collapsed portion of a cave in a remote mountain range on the dark side of some as-yet-undiscovered moon, Steve is the editor of the always spectacular Needle Magazine, as well as a badass author in his own right (in fact, he might just turn up in a top five list of mine, to be published any second over at Death by Killing), so such an inclusion in his best-of list is high praise indeed.

THING THE THIRD is John Kenyon selecting "Seven Days of Rain" from 8 POUNDS as one of his top five short stories of 2010 over at Death by Killing. John, a Spinetingler Award nominee and fellow Thuglit alumnus, had previously been so kind as to review 8 POUNDS on his blog, and when I look at the rest of the folks he selected for his list, I can honestly say I'm honored to be in their company.

The holiday season is rife with schlock and sentimentality, so if you've had your fill it's best to look away, 'cause I'm about to throw another yule log on the schmaltz bonfire. When I look back over this past year, I'm extremely grateful for the kindness of all those who've supported my writing. My heartfelt thanks to all of you, and best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. Have a merry Christmakkuhkwanza, all.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Just in time for the holidays...

If you pop over to Women of Mystery today, not only will you find an interview with David Cranmer, editor of Beat to a Pulp, you can also enter to win a copy of BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE! (Man, that's a lot of links for one sentence.)