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Sunday, October 15, 2017

New releases from authors I know

cj Sez: I'm happy today to offer some suggestions for your to-be-read pile...and hopefully, you'll take the time to post your own review after you've read them. 

† The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn by Frank Kelso is a coming-of-age story of the American West in 1853. The story tells the adventures of a 13-year-old English boy whose missionary parents were slain by the Indians they came to convert. A passing mule-train rescues Nigel, and he has a choice: an orphanage or an apprenticeship on the mule train. eBook available today for the pre-order price of 99 cents on Amazon . . . http://amzn.to/2xO5F4z

Frank Kelso grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, the origin of the Santa Fe Trail, so writing western themed books fit in with his upbringing. His parents considered storytelling a family tradition, and the taller the tale, the better. A biomedical research scientist in his day job, Frank writes short stories and novels—including the recent California Bound.

Frank is also the co-publisher of The Posse, the anthology of Western short stories that includes my historical fiction “Bad Day at Round Rock.”

A couple of 5-star reviews of The Posse and my short story “Bad Day at Round Rock:”

The Posse has a little bit for everyone who loves the Old West. If you're like me, and a romance reader, you will thoroughly enjoy Lyn Horner and cj Peterson's romantic tales of the Old West. Excellent stories, woven in with period details. If you're a lover of Old West "grit" the other stories will grab hold of you and not let you go!

Solid mix of short fiction by collection of western writers. I liked the variety and different approaches. All the stories were well crafted. My personal favorites were Bad Day at Round Rock, The Savage Posse, and Set a Thief.


† Trouble in Summer Valley by Susan Tanner is the latest entry in the Familiar Legacy series, written in concert with several very talented authors. The story is about Avery Wilson who knew starting over would be hard, but she never expected to be in an all-out war with her ex. What was he planning next? Her goal of equine rehabilitation for wounded veterans on her Alabama horse ranch was slipping from her grasp, and her precious horses were in danger. Available on Amazon  http://amzn.to/2znuGlz
           
Susan Tanner’s Trouble in Summer Valley is a romantic mystery showcasing one smart feline named Trouble. Because Ms. Tanner is a horse lover as well as a cat lover, her upcoming Trouble books will have backstories which feature the world of horses.

5 out of 5 star review: Trouble is back! This time he is in Alabama and has temporarily adopted a new human female, Avery Wilson, who is being threatened by her ex-husband on the courthouse steps. This is also where she meets and is rescued by Dirks Hanna who has been sent by the IRS to determine if her Summer Valley Ranch should be certified to host Veterans with PTSD.

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In 1986, Sandra Scoppettone, a founding SinC member, reported that the New York Times Book Review had not reviewed a book by a woman in months. SinC volunteers analyzed the book reviews appearing from 1985–1987 and determined the percentage of reviews of female-authored books dropped from fifteen to six per cent.

Since then, the international Sisters-in-Crime writers organization has spent more than thirty years promoting women writers. Their Publishing Summit Report 2017 is available here:  http://www.sistersincrime.org/  (cj Sez: SinC is an organization for crime writers, and its members are both sisters and misters.)


That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj Sez On a personal note ... congratulations to grandson Jeff who passed the Alabama bar exam in July and was part of the group sworn in last week by the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice as an attorney-at-law.  Sa-lute!

And now a brief word from my sponsors:
“Bad Day at Round Rock” in The Posse Western anthology of 8 short stories @99 cents
Choosing Carter  -- Kindle  /  Nook  /  Kobo   /  iTunes/iBook
Deadly Star --  Kindle  / Nook  / Kobo
California Kisses—10 book publisher’s bundle (includes Deadly Star) @ 99 cents
The Great Outdoors  8 book publisher’s bundle (includes Choosing Carter) @99 cents
Bodies in Motion — 10 book publisher’s bundle (includes Choosing Carter) @99 cents
Note: The “look inside” invitation on the book bundles gives you a taste of the first book.
Newsletter sign-up:  cjpetterson@gmail.com
Stop by my author pages for more info . . .

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trouble is on the move, 2017 Awards

cj Sez: Trouble is on the move, and it all began with author Carolyn Haines … I’m talking about Trouble, the black cat shamus star of her Familiar Legacy mystery series. 

A number of books are scheduled for the series, and three have launched: Familiar Trouble, Trouble in Dixie, and Trouble in Tallahassee. The fourth book, Trouble at Summer Valley Ranch, will launch October 9. The first book in the series, Familiar Trouble written by Carolyn Haines, is currently available free on Amazon Kindle.  http://amzn.to/2uqmHUY

Blurb:  BLOOD IS THICKER... Sometimes a unique talent is inherited—and such is the case for Trouble, son of Familiar the black cat detective. Trouble’s rather indolent life in the sleepy town of Wetumpka, Alabama is upended when a serial killer arrives on the scene. Trouble begins to apply the skills he learned from his dad and his hero, Sherlock Holmes.

A 5 out of 5-stars review: “Cats can get into plenty of trouble. Trouble the cat is just the opposite - he works hard to keep his "biped" OUT of trouble. Witty, amusing and tense, Familiar Trouble is a fun and engaging read.”

cj Sez:  You get ’em, Trouble.

I’m happy to share the good news of recent award-wining authors. Maybe someone you read? If not, maybe someone you should read?

The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) announced its Carol Awards winners for the best in Christian fiction published in the previous calendar year (2016). The winners were announced September 23 during the annual conference awards dinner. www.acfw.com/carol/carol_award_finalists_2017 

Contemporary
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

Historical
Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart

Historical Romance
The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Romantic Suspense
Always Watching (Elite Guardians) by Lynette Eason

Debut
You’re the Cream in my Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo

The Private Eye Writers Association announced its Shamus Awards for 2017. The Shamus Awards were given to private eye titles published in 2016.  The winners announced in the PWA newsletter. For more details, go to:  http://www.privateeyewriters.com/news.html

Best Private Eye Novel
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman

Best First Private Eye Novel
IQ by Joe Ide

Best Original Private Eye Paperback
The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan  

Best Private Eye Short Story
“A Battlefield Reunion” by Brendan DuBois  in AHMM, June

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!!

Tell me about your good news, and I’ll be happy to share that also.

Got my royalty check recently and decided I better not quit my day job. Oh wait… I did that already. Sigh.

That’s it for this post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
And now a brief word from my sponsors:
“Bad Day at Round Rock” in The Posse Western anthology of 8 short stories @99 cents
Choosing Carter  -- Kindle  /  Nook  /  Kobo   /  iTunes/iBook
Deadly Star --  Kindle  / Nook  / Kobo
California Kisses—10 book publisher’s bundle (includes Deadly Star) @ 99 cents
The Great Outdoors  8 book publisher’s bundle (includes Choosing Carter) @99 cents
Bodies in Motion — 10 book publisher’s bundle (includes Choosing Carter) @99 cents
Note: The “look inside” invitation on the book bundles gives you a taste of the first book.
Newsletter sign-up:  cjpetterson@gmail.com
Stop by my author pages for more info . . .