First things first, I guess. Blood and Gold: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta is out. I got copies today and it looks great (and big--it's a big, big book, a true historical epic). Here's what a box of 'em looks like:
Prolific author and reviewer James Reasoner said this about it: "In BLOOD AND GOLD, award-winning author Jeffrey J. Mariotte and acclaimed TV producer/writer Peter Murrieta have joined forces to create a compelling blend of history, legend, and folklore. BLOOD AND GOLD is more than a richly detailed examination of the life and dangerous times of legendary California bandit Joaquin Murrieta. It's also a colorful, entertaining novel full of passion, violence, and adventure, a splendid retelling of those days in early California when men and women would do anything for gold."
And People Magazine on Espanol said this, in a full-page article (I don't actually know what it says, but I assume it's all good stuff):
In other news, noted Western-book reviewer and writer Andrew McBride took a look at the Six-Gun Justice anthology, in which my short story "The Fox and the Snake" appears, and selected it as one of his two favorite stories in the book, writing, "THE FOX AND THE SNAKE by JEFFREY J. MARIOTTE tells of Fox Caldwell, an old widower living alone in the Arizona wilderness c. 1915, who was once an outlaw. But then the past comes calling: a daughter he hasn’t seen for years, and a posse serving an old warrant led by a lawman wanting personal revenge. Mariotte wastes not a word in this taut, superbly-written tale. Once more, the cinematic qualities of the writing brought movies to mind, perhaps a Sam Peckinpah-directed end-of-the-west elegy with a script by Elmore Leonard." Praise doesn't get much groovier than that.
Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I are venturing back into the world (vaxxed and masked) with appearances at TusCon 48 in Tucson, AZ, November 12-14. Here's my schedule:
Saturday – Autograph Area 2:00 pm 3:00 pm Jeff Mariotte, Marsheila Rockwell, S.A. Bradley, Gloria McMillan, Jennifer Roberson
Saturday – Ballroom 3:00 pm 4:00 pm There’s a lot of stuff you shouldn’t talk about. But a lot of those things are topics that we probably need to talk about. How do we not 3rd rail ourselves? – Cameron Blackwell, William Herr, Frankie Robertson, Jeffrey J Mariotte
Saturday – Ballroom 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Comics are far beyond superheroes, any story can be told in a comic, how did we get there and why is that awesome. – Bruce Wiley, Jeff Mariotte, Cynthia Ward, Frank Powers, Curt Booth, John Vornholt
You might note that it's a busy Saturday afternoon... the rest of the time we'll probably be in our hotel room working, because both of us are SUPER busy. Find out what Marcy's up to here: https://mrockwell.dreamwidth.org/201878.html, and be sure to check out her powerful, moving poem in the latest issue of Augur Magazine.
As for me, I've turned in the third Cody Cavanaugh Western novel--three in nine months. The first, O'Meara's Gold, will be out in February from Wolfpack Publishing. More details soon. But now I'm working on three contemporary police-procedural mysteries for Wolfpack, also three in nine months. So if you need me, look for my keyboard.
Finally, on top of everything else, I'm working in building out the content for the brand-new jeffmariotte.com! It's past due and then some. Not only will the site be completely refurbished, but it'll include my blog. So this one will be going away whenever the latest payment runs out. I'll post here when the new website is live, but after that all new posts will appear there instead of here. Thanks, as always, for reading.
I've literally been so busy I haven't even had time to write a post about all the latest developments. But I'm pulling myself away from my novel-in-progress (Passage to Pedregosa, the third Cody Cavanaugh Western, for Wolfpack Publishing) to try to catch everybody up.
The biggest news is the announcement of the historical epic I spent much of the pandemic year of 2020 working on, with a co-author of some repute. The book is called Blood and Gold: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta, and the co-author is one Peter Murrieta. Notice a similarity between those names? Peter is a direct descendant of the legendary Gold Rush-era bandit, and he brought family stories to the book that have never been told in print. I've been fascinated by Joaquin Murrieta for decades, and my old friend Russell Binder of Striker Entertainment brought Peter and I together to finally tell his story. The book will be published on October 27 by Sundown Press, and the Kindle edition is available for preorder RIGHT NOW! The paperback will follow shortly.
Here's the amazing cover, by Emmy Award-winning, Golden-Globe nominated filmmaker and animator Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life):
Peter Murrieta is an accomplished guy as well. The two-time Emmy Award winner is the creator of the TV series Greetings from Tucson and has been a writer and producer on NBC’s Welcome to the Family, ABC’s Cristela, TV Land’s Lopez, Norman Lear’s Netflix reboot of One Day A Time, CBS’s Superior Donuts, and Netflix’s MR. IGLESIAS. He is the Director in Residence of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State University and a recipient of the Imagen Foundation’s Norman Lear Writer’s Award for his dedication to broadening the diversity of the entertainment industry. He recently inked a first-look deal with Universal.
Then there's this story out from Deadline: Hollywood:
EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Emmy-winner Peter Murrieta, who recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Television, is teaming up with Russell Binder’s Striker Entertainment to option and adapt Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s forthcoming novel Blood And Gold: The Legend Of Joaquin Murrieta.
Keep reading at the link above.
So, yeah, that's happening.
But that's not all!
The October issue of The Big Thrill, the official magazine of the International Thriller Writers organization, just came out, and they interviewed me about my Kindle Vella thriller Flesh of All Sorrows. Check out that interview here! And read the book here (weirdly, you can't read Kindle Vella works on a Kindle, apparently, but you can read them on the site on any device).
And the October issue of the Sisters In Crime email newsletter came out, with this bit in it:
"Jeff Mariotte sold the first three books in a new police-procedural series to Wolfpack Publishing, for publication in 2022. The series, MAJOR CRIMES SQUAD: PHOENIX, focuses on detective Russ Temple, head of the brand-new unit. As an Army CID special agent, his partner and best friend was murdered by a corrupt agent causing Russ to leave the army and go home to Phoenix, AZ, where in addition to solving crimes, he's on the lookout for corruption in the Phoenix PD. The first three books are THE SQUAD, THE STORM, and THE CASTLE."
And I have a new Western short story called The Snake and the Fox, published in an anthology called Six-Gun Justice! The anthology was put together by pals Richard Prosch and Paul Bishop, who host the super-fun Six-Gun Justice Podcast. My story is, in part, based on the true story behind the above photograph. I'm in the book with a crew of great writers, many of whom are also good friends. You'll want to give this one a read if you love Western short fiction (and who doesn't?)!
Like I said, kinda busy these days. I'll be working on these as soon as I turn in Passage to Pedregosa on November 1st. So I'd better get back to it. But first, one more thing--any day now I'll be launching my brand-spankin'-new website, with its own blog! So this one will be going away after a while. I'll give you plenty of warning, and I think we'll be migrating the most recent posts over to that one. Be sure to follow me there!
P.S.: Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell, brilliant wife and sometime collaborator, has been busy, too, selling stories and poems right and left. But her biggest news is something I'm not allowed to mention yet. Follow her at MarsheilaRockwell.com for all the latest!
I've been a fan of police procedurals ever since I read my first Joseph Wambaugh novel, back in my twenties. Later in life I got to meet and spend time with Joe, and he's just as entertaining and pleasant as one could hope for. There are lots of great writers working in the field, among them pals Michael Connelly, Robin Burcell, Paul Bishop, Don Winslow, T. Jefferson Parker, and many more. It's a natural genre for former law-enforcement officers like Wambaugh, Burcell, and Bishop, because they've already learned the ins and outs of police work and can convey it with absolute credibility.
It's harder for some of us, who have never been cops and may or may not have spent some of our younger days avoiding them.
I've done my homework, I think. I've been on ride-alongs with the San Diego Police Department's gang unit, in Arizona with the PDs of Douglas, Sierra Vista, and Gilbert, and with the Border Patrol. The chief of police in Douglas was a good friend and I've spent hours talking about the job with him. Another friend was a police officer there. And one of my good college friends became one of the most celebrated detectives in the history of the LAPD, and an advisor to Michael Connelly and James Ellroy, among others. I've taken Citizen's Police Academy courses in Sierra Vista and Gilbert, and have been through the Writer's Police Academy. We have an entire bookcase at home devoted to police procedure and true crime nonfiction.
In the world of tie-ins, I've written novels based on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami (I've also written comics/graphic novels based on both), NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans, and Narcos, and of course I wrote the nonfiction true-crime tie-in to Criminal Minds.
But I've only really written original procedural thrillers twice. Of my first attempt, Empty Rooms, Michael Connelly said "Empty Rooms is a searing, no-holds barred journey into darkness. Jeffrey J. Mariotte knows the key is character, character, character and has delivered a story about men who relentlessly work the case at the same time the case works them. I was pulled in from the start on this one and it never let up. I highly recommend it."
T. Jefferson Parker added this: "Empty Rooms is as good and moving as a thriller can be. Keenly observed and deftly written, it’s something you’ll want on your shelf as long as you have one. Mariotte’s characters come off the page at you, and through them, the author spins a tale truly of our time. I couldn’t put this one down."
My second is the one that's currently being serialized on Kindle Vella, Flesh of All Sorrows. I don't know if anybody's read it yet, because Kindle Vella doesn't seem set up to tell people that yet (or if it's there, I haven't found it). I think it's safe to say that if you liked Empty Rooms, you'll like this one. It's set closer to home, in fictional Sossaman, Arizona, and involves a compelling and diverse cast of characters.
But that's not what I'm here to talk about.
I'm here because I've just sold a brand-new police procedural series to Wolfpack Publishing (also the publishers of my soon-to-be-released Cody Cavanaugh series of semi-traditional Western novels)! Wolfpack is one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Although originally established as a publisher of Western fiction, it's branched out into mysteries and thrillers, action-adventure, and other genres, and I'm honored to have a second series in its lineup.
My forthcoming series is called Major Crimes Squad: Phoenix, and the first three books (which I'll be writing starting in November and wrapping up by August 2022) are tentatively titled The Squad, The Storm, and The Castle. They revolve around Detective Russ Temple, who's been tasked with forming and running the new Major Crimes Squad, the jurisdiction of which ranges across the whole of Phoenix, AZ. Temple operates in a police department firmly in our present moment, torn between reformers and defund-the-police movements and police unions trying to protect their own by any means necessary. His anti-corruption stance just might make him the target of some of his brothers and sisters in blue, but he'll do what he thinks is right--even when he's wrong. His fellow members of the MCS have their own ideas, of course, and they're an interesting lot (one of whom is Detective Deacon Glass, who has moved from the Sossaman PD to this one (and therefore from Flesh of All Sorrows to MCS: P). There will--I promise--also be some connection between MCS: P and Empty Rooms. It's all one world!
More detail to come, of course--I haven't even started writing yet, and can't until I finish the third Cody Cavanaugh novel. But I'm anxious to get going. This is going to be a wild ride! I hope you'll join me.
Some people remember their first exposure to Tarzan. I'm not one of them. I'm pretty sure it was Johnny Weismuller movies on TV when I was a child in the late 1950s/early 60s. Later in that decade, I was a faithful viewer of the Ron Ely Tarzan show (in color!), which I considered truer to the character than Weismuller's monosyllabic portrayal. By then, I had learned that Tarzan had originated in stories and books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and I sought them out and loved them. Through my teen years I read the Mars, Venus, and Pellucidar books, too, and some of the standalones. I had friends who were Burroughs experts--none more so than the late Dick Lupoff, who wrote one of the best books on Burroughs's work.
As a tie-in writer, there are always those pop-culture characters you'd love to write but never have the chance. Conan and Spider-Man were two of those, but eventually I got to write them both. Tarzan, for a long time, was a kind of Golden Fleece, always out of reach.
But then, I took a weekend trip with pal Bob Boze Bell, artist and publisher of great True West Magazine, down to the 2019 Dum-Dum in Willcox, AZ. The Dum-Dum, also known as ERBFest, is an annual gathering of Burroughs fans and scholars. In 2019, Bob was the keynote speaker, and I tagged along because I wanted to meet those folks and see some cool Burroughsiana.
While I was there, I was fortunate enough to meet some of the people from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., including Christopher Paul Carey, the Director of Publishing, and Jim Sullos, the President. These are people with some of the best jobs in the world--and Chris gets to do his at a desk that Burroughs actually used. Burroughs wasn't thrilled with the way he was being published, and thought he could do a better job himself. He was one of the first authors to incorporate himself, and as the corporation, he put out many of his own books. The company still puts out Burroughs books, comics, and related material today, as well as handling the licensing for other products. They keep Burroughs's timeless work alive for each succeeding generation, and it's a noble effort. I had a couple of good, long talks with Chris, who's an author in his own right, and we agreed that we'd like to work together sometime.
That, in itself, was enough to make the trip worthwhile for me. But on the way back I started telling Bob about an idea I'd had for a Western novel. The idea was mostly the setup. Bob asked, "What happens next?" I didn't know. But I started to think about it.
That novel eventually became O'Meara's Gold, the first book in the Cody Cavanaugh series that Wolfpack Publishing will be putting out soonish (I'm working on the third one, Passage to Pedregosa, now). And the conversations with Chris ultimately led to this:
I'll let ERB, Inc. describe it: "Announced at PulpFest/ERBFest 2021 this past weekend in Mars, Pennsylvania: TARZAN AND THE FOREST OF STONE, a new novella by award-winning author Jeffrey J. Mariotte to be published in 2022 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. The story will be published under its own covers in both trade and limited editions, and will be set during the classic canon directly after the events of TARZAN AND THE LION MAN by Edgar Rice Burroughs."
So I got to write a Tarzan novella, which will be published by the same publishing house that put out many of Burroughs's own works. And I got to tie it directly to a Tarzan novel by Burroughs himself. The writing life doesn't get much more fulfilling than that.
Four books eventually grew out of that one weekend trip to Willcox (more, if Wolfpack extends the series after the first three). That's a pretty good return on investment, I'd say. I'm having a very productive year, book-wise and word-count-wise, and I'm having a great time doing it.
My wonderful wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is having a banner year, too, selling poems and short stories all over the place. Her latest published poem appears in the online and print versions of SF poetry mag Scifaikuest. Check it out!
Be sure to check out Marcy's posting of her CoKoCon schedule! She'll be busier than me.
Here's my CoKoCon schedule. It's virtual this year, so you can check in from anywhere in the world.
Both of my panels are on Saturday, September 4th.
Empty Rooms is as good and moving as a thriller can be. Keenly observed and deftly written, it’s something you’ll want on your shelf as long as you have one. Mariotte’s characters come off the page at you, and through them, the author spins a tale truly of our time. I couldn’t put this one down.
--T. Jefferson Parker
Author of The Jaguar and The Border Lords
Should you be curious about Empty Rooms, you can still grab a copy here.
Empty Rooms is a searing, no-holds barred journey into darkness. Jeffrey J. Mariotte knows the key is character, character, character and has delivered a story about men who relentlessly work the case at the same time the case works them. I was pulled in from the start on this one and it never let up. I highly recommend it.
Author of The Lincoln Lawyer and The Gods of Guilt
A couple of notes regarding the Kindle Vella publication of my thriller Flesh of All Sorrows. I originally said I would post new episodes (what Kindle Vella calls chapters) weekly, but I've changed that to twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday. Chapter 5 went live today.
Also, the book's going to be written up in The Big Thrill, the official magazine of the great International Thriller Writers organization. The writeup will be out on October 1. So if you want to get a head start before the hoi polloi come along, you should start reading now!
Finally, I've learned that reading it doesn't require a Kindle device or app. It's formatted to be easily read on a phone, tablet, or computer so all you have to do is go to the link and get reading. Please remember to hit the "Like" button at the end of each episode, and "fave" the book. That's the only way it budges in the rankings.
It's easy to see that we're currently living in a golden age of thriller writing. Any era in which James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman, T. Jefferson Parker, Megan Abbott, Don Winslow, Gillian Flynn, and John Connolly (and you can add your favorites--these are just some of mine) are all writing is hard to beat.
But what are not getting as much attention as they deserve, in this golden age, are what I consider the last golden age of thrillers--the decade spanning the mid-60s to mid-70s. Because the signature of the Bookbinder--the serial killer whose capture elevated protagonist Danny Mansfield's father to local fame and national prominence--involved choosing victims based on physical characteristics described in thrillers of his day, and rebinding those books in the flesh of his victims, my thriller Flesh of All Sorrows is somewhat of a love letter to some of the great thrillers of the day.
Here are just a few of my favorites (which, coincidentally, also appear in the novel).
Most people know Roderick Thorp today, if they do at all, because his 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever was adapted into a little movie called Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis as John McLane (called Joe Leland in the novel). It was a good, taut thriller, as one might expect given the nature of the story. But Joe Leland also appeared in an earlier Thorp novel, 1966's The Detective, which is my favorite of Thorp's works. It's a much, much longer book, with Leland investigating a case with more twists and turns, as well as being a character study of Leland himself. This one was also made into a movie, with Frank Sinatra as Leland and a terrific cast that included Lee Remick, Jacqueline Bissett, Robert Duvall, William Windom, and Jack Klugman. The Detective makes an appearance relatively early in Flesh of All Sorrows.
William Goldman is one of my favorite novelists and screenwriters. Not everything he wrote was brilliant, but his batting average was better than most in both fields. My personal collection includes all of his novels, most in first edition, and they're some of my most prized books. The Bookbinder was a fan, too, particularly of Goldman's best thriller, the 1974 novel Marathon Man (he also wrote the screenplay for the hit 1976 film with Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, and Laurence Olivier). Both works still stand up today. Many years ago, I was on a long car ride with another great thriller writer, Joe R. Lansdale. We were talking thrillers, and he opined that the Marathon Man novel was a perfect thriller. I have to agree.
Goldman is one of the three Gs who were writing fantastic thrillers in the 60s and 70s. One of my favorites who didn't make it into the book was Thomas Gifford, whose first novel, The Wind Chill Factor (1975), which was published by G.P. Putnam's after winning the $15,000 Putnam Award. The book pitted John Cooper against Nazis and an international conspiracy, and it led to other great novels including The Cavanaugh Quest (which, in turn, provided a last name for my character Cody Cavanaugh, soon to appear in his own series of Western novels), Hollywood Gothic, and The Glendower Legacy. Gifford is largely forgotten today, but he shouldn't be.
The third G is James Grady, who I'm delighted to call a (Facebook) friend. He exploded into American consciousness with 1974's Six Days of the Condor, which was adapted in 1975 as Three Days of the Condor with Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow, and Cliff Robertson. He's written more about Condor, as well as several standalone thrillers and a brief series about private detective John Rankin that I hoped would go on longer, and he's still going strong. Six Days makes a visceral appearance in Flesh of All Sorrows.
Danny Mansfield's mother in the book, Drew Laurel Winter, is also a novelist, though she only wrote one book, the semi-autobiographical The Strawberry Roan. It became a bestseller and enjoys new bursts of sales every time the Bookbinder's case hits the news again. The Strawberry Roan is fictional, but it also plays a role in the story.
A thriller about books--what could be better? Flesh of All Sorrows is now available on Kindle Vella. Please check it out, and spread the word. Thanks!
A couple of years ago, my agent of 15+ years and I broke up. At that time, I decided to take what I knew about the book biz--from decades as a bookseller/bookstore owner, writer, and publishing exec--and handle my own career. I would write what I wanted to, and work only with publishers who understood what I wanted to do, who knew the genres I wanted to write in.
How's that going? Glad you asked.
As of right now, I have four books under contract, and a fifth (already written) that should have a contract any moment now. I've done some comics work and some short fiction. And now I'm trying something entirely different--a serialized novel, through Amazon's Kindle Vella program. You have to have a Kindle or a Kindle app to read it, but the app is free and should work on any device.
Serialized novels are new to me, but they're not new. Back in the old days, newspapers used to run serialized novels. Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers is widely considered to be one of the earliest successful serialized novels--proof of concept, if you will. More recently, the pulp magazines serialized novels. More recently still, Stephen King's The Green Mile first appeared as a serial novel, albeit in skinny little books instead of in a magazine or newspaper.
I've published 50-some novels, won some awards, earned some readers. But this is a fish of a different color, or something.
The book? It's called Flesh of All Sorrows (bonus points for you if you recognize the relatively obscure reference). The description you'll see at the Vella site is this: Newly minted police chief Danny's Mansfield's father, a former chief, became locally famous by catching the town's most notorious serial killer. When it seems the real killer isn't in prison, Danny risks destroying his father's reputation, his brother's political career, and his mother's legacy to learn the truth. Meanwhile, the grandson of the original killer has discovered the old man's trophy cache. He's a supremely troubled young man in search of an identity. And he thinks he's found it...
It's about cops, killers, the modern West, courage, betrayal, love, fear, and honor. It grew out of two different areas--my friendships and interactions with police chiefs from different Arizona cities, and my extensive research--including reading, writing, lecturing, and teaching--into the minds of murderers. Most specifically, serial killers and mass murderers.
It's intended to be the first in a series that will not only explore how killers are made, but the nature of police work in a changing world. This one is set pre-pandemic, but the next one will look at cops in the age of George Floyd's killing, the "defund" movement, etc. Ripped from the headlines, you might say.
Of course, there'll only be a next one if Flesh of All Sorrows is successful. That's where you come in.
The first four installments will be live on Tuesday, July 27. I'll post here when they are. The first three are free, but after that you have to pay to keep reading (in tokens, which I'm guessing will not be the physical kind you earn at Chuck E. Cheese). I'm hoping you'll try the first three and be intrigued enough to keep going. Beyond that, I'm hoping you'll be enthusiastic enough to tell friends, to tweet, Insta, Facebook, whatever your favorite way is to influence your posse. Because I won't have a big publishing company (or a small one) behind me. It's just me and the faceless anonymity of Amazon. Jeff Bezos has billions, but he's not going to spend a nickel of it to promote my book (or, y'know, pay his warehouse workers a living wage). Especially if he sees this.
So please read. Please spread the word. That's the only way this serialization thing works. I'll keep the installments coming. The book's already done. It'll be complete on Vella, a week at a time (though I can speed that up if there's demand--I'm not sure yet, and don't know if anybody is, what the optimal interval should be. You can also "thumbs up" and "Fave" the installments, which will push it up the Amazon food chain.
Updated: It's alive! It's alive!
Nine out of 10 doctors agree that it's good to elevate your heart rate periodically. You could spend time on an exercise bike (boring) or go for a run (cold). Or you could read the books contained in the Pulse-Pounders Thriller Bundle, collated by bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson and released by the good folks at Storybundle.com. One of my very favorite of my novels, River Runs Red, is included in the bundle.
Why do I like RRR so much? in many ways, it's the most "southwestern" of my novels. It pulls together threads from some of my favorite writings about the American West, by people like Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey (who even makes a cameo appearance!), and more. It also contains some of my favorite fictional characters and some of the most vivid characterizations of my career. That's all background, though, to the suspenseful and horrific goings on in West Texas.
You don't have to take my word for it. Here's what some of the most celebrated thriller and horror writers around said about it:
"Based on actual government programs, Jeffrey J. Mariotte's River Runs Red is a fascinating blend of espionage and the occult with several jaw-dropping plot twists and one of the best action sequences I've read in a long time."
--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose and First Blood (Rambo).
“Mariotte can flat out write. This is a smart, fast, terrific read. This river runs.”
--Don Winslow, bestselling author of The Force and The Cartel
"In River Runs Red, Jeffrey J. Mariotte seamlessly weaves our modern and ancient terrors into a breathless, fascinating novel of magic, murder, and friendship. Mariotte's one hell of a writer, and this is his best work yet!"
--Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and Red Hands
"Mariotte keeps you entertained and gives your gray cells something to chew on while they're helping you manufacture monsters in your mind's big-screen, surround-sound theater.... Nowadays, you can escape from horror fiction; but don’t let this horror fiction escape from you.'" --Trashotron.com
"River Runs Red is an ambitious epic of a supernatural thriller combining elements of spy fiction—and fact—with flat-out horror." --fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com
"Mariotte has created an entertaining, fast-paced tale of supernatural danger that takes as many twists and turns as a river ride... and, like most great rides, it picks up breathtaking speed toward the end. Fans of the unconventional in supernatural thrillers will enjoy this book." --sfrevu.com
But wait, you say. Aren't there some other books in this "bundle?"
Yes, and I'm so glad you asked. Here's the skinny, as described by Kevin J. Anderson:
D.J. Butler offers an omnibus of six complete novels in his Rock Band Fights Evil series. Heaven doesn't want them. Do they have a chance in Hell? In Animal, Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido present an edgy, intense thriller of a serial killer targets those who torture innocent animals—who is the real animal? Ignition, by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, is a tense terrorist hostage crisis at the Kennedy Space Center.
New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin take you right into the zombie apocalypse in Still of Night. The dead rose. We fell. But not everyone thinks the war for survival is over. Heroes rise in times of crisis, and these are their stories....
As a StoryBundle special sneak preview, before the book is released to the general public, we're including Mike Thorn's Shelter for the Damned. While looking for a secret place to smoke cigarettes with his two best friends, troubled teenager Mark discovers a mysterious shack in a suburban field. Alienated from his parents and peers, Mark finds within the shack an escape greater than anything he has ever experienced. But it isn't long before the place begins revealing its strange, powerful sentience. And it wants something in exchange for the shelter it provides.
Wardenclyffe by F. Paul Wilson takes readers into the mind of genius inventor Nikola Tesla, in a 1906 experiment with a giant electrical tower to transmit power worldwide…but Tesla abandoned his experiment. Was it a conspiracy…or a terrifying discovery?
In Jeffrey J. Mariotte's River Runs Red—As teenagers, Molly, Byrd, and Wade faced inconceivable evil in an underground labyrinth on the banks of the Rio Grande. Reunited as adults, they discover that their terrifying experience was only the beginning.
In Craig Martelle's political thriller People Raged and the Sky Was on Fire, a terrorist plotting an attack on Washington DC. stays one step ahead by hiding in plain sight, always there, but never seen. Rick Banik—a patriot for the new age. A race against time. A fight against bureaucracy. A maze of red tape and dots that don't want to be connected. How many people must die for the plot to be uncovered? How many will die if it isn't?
Richard Fox offers a tense Iraq War thriller, Into Darkness. After a deadly ambush in Iraq leaves two soldiers in terrorist hands, intelligence officer Eric Ritter journeys into hostile territory to rescue them.
Turning farther from our normal world, in Michelle Cori's Convergent Lines, human-fae hybrids have existed alongside humanity for thousands of years. With long lives and magic, they shaped the world. Until a curse ...
Dean Wesley Smith shares a Cold Poker Gang novel, Freezeout, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch presents a new Diving Universe novel, Squishy's Teams and a bonus—a previous novel in the series, Boneyards.
That's fourteen books total that will keep your pulse racing, your eyes darting across the sentences, and your imagination engaged. Three weeks only. – Kevin J. Anderson
So what's the deal? you ask. What's all this great reading going to set me back?
Again, I'll pass the ball to Kevin:
For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of five books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.
If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular books, plus NINE more! That's 14 books total!
This bundle is available only for a limited time at http://storybundle.com/
It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.
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Me again. Three weeks. Fourteen gripping thrillers. Pick 'em up while you can!
In other news, my novel Spider-Man: Requiem is out in audio format. It's a terrific novel (he said, modestly)--a Peter+MJ love story mixed with creepy occult horror. If you pick it up from Audible.com, you can get it for free when you start a 30-day Audible trial. Even if you cancel at the end of the 30 days, you can keep the book. So, really, you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain!
And don't forget, you can still get your hands on The One That Got Away: Women in Horror Anthology, Vol. 3, featuring Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell's terrifying tale "The Recliner." Marcy made some appearances around the web, and wrote about them here. She also discusses the forthcoming International Association of Media Tie-In Writers anthology Turning the Tied, which we're both in with separate stories.