Archive for May, 2017

N@TB RichmondLast night’s Noir at the Bar in Richmond, Va., turned out to be a great success and evening of writerly camaraderie.  Organized by Marietta Miles (Route 12) and hosted by Eryk Pruitt (Dirtbags) at McCormack’s Irish Pub, the night gave nine crime fiction writers an opportunity to read some of their writing and meet other crime writers over a few cold drinks and a lot of laughs.

And a special shout out to reviewer David Nemeth for visiting, all the way from Delaware.

Photos of the evening below (courtesy of Shawn Reilly, and if you want to see/hear what a Noir at the Bar is really like, here’s a link of me reading a chapter from Outside the Law. Enjoy!

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Our host and organizer, Marietta Miles, reads.

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MC Eryk Pruitt (in the white shirt way in the back)

 

 

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Yours truly, reading a chapter from Outside the Law.

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Group photo! From left, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Ward Howarth, Phillip Thompson, Eryk Pruitt, SA Cosby, LynDee Walker, Jamie Mason, Marietta Miles

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U2 during the opening concert of the global The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in Vancouver… and so does one of the most durable rock bands ever … U2 has kicked off its Joshua Tree 2017 tour with a packed house in Seattle, and the first photos and set list have been released. And I couldn’t be stoked about that. I’ve made no bones about the depth of my fandom for the band whose music and live performances rise to the level of a spiritual experience at times and whose songs are as enduring as the joshua tree itself. I’ll be at next month’s Washington, D.C., show for my fifth U2 concert.

I’m sure the set list will change from show to show a little bit, but the Seattle show list certainly rocked for any real fan:

Bono during the opening concert of the global The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in Vancouver

B-Stage Open
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Years Day
A Sort of Homecoming
Bad
Pride (In the Name of Love)

Main stage
Where The Streets Have No Name
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With or Without You
Bullet the Blue Sky
Running to Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God’s Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit

Encore
Beautiful Day
Elevation
Ultraviolet
One

Encore 2
Miss Sarajevo
The Little Things That Give You Away
I Will Follow

In another era, when we were all younger, Bono and U2 asked us “How long must we sing this song?” Looks like the answer may be: as long as we can hear their heartbeat.

(Photos: www.independent.ie)

Outside-02-215x330Well, that’s been awesome…Outside the Law made the Amazon Best Seller this Brash-Booksweek, reaching #40 in the United States, and #15 in Canada, as well as #1 in the Mystery/Hardboiled category. That’s a first for me — one that could not have been accomplished without the great crew at Brash Books.

So, what’s next?

First, my third Noir at the Bar happens Friday, 19 May, in Richmond, Va., at McCormack’s Irish Pub. If you’re in the area, and in the mood to hear some scruffy, sometimes manic crime writers read from their works, come on out. My first N@TB happened  couple of years ago in Durham, N.C.; I read at another in Baltimore not long after. I love the N@TB atmosphere…just a bunch of writers in the corner of a bar holding forth on some of the best crime fiction you’ll ever hear.

Next, I’m back to writing … the next Colt Harper story is now well underway. Not giving much away yet, but the working title (which will inevitably change) is “A Gun in My Hand.”

N@TB Richmond

 

Outside-02-215x330Pleased to report that beginning TODAY and continuing for only 48 hours, Outside the Law is available for a reduced price via a Bookbub promotion. That means you can get the e-book version of Outside the Law for only 99 cents — a savings of $4. You can download a copy from any platform (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, etc.).  So, if you haven’t already, get on it. This deal ends on the 17th.

And stay tuned for another promotion later this week …

Audio book fans, Outside the Law is now available on audio: Mystery Scene Audio Ad

As promised, the second (Kindle) version of Deep Blood is now available via Amazon. Click here for more info on this expanded version of the first Colt Harper novel.

And after you’ve read it, get the next one, Outside the Law, from Brash Books.

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