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Two Mystery Stories, Some Freebies, And A Deal

AHMJan-Feb2014CoverThis month, I have two new mystery stories out. They couldn’t be more different.

The first, “Asset Protection,” is a novelette about shoplifting. Yes, shoplifting. And so much more. You can find it in the current issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

The second story is an artier piece in Crimewave 12Called “Trial,” it explores something much darker than shoplifting, and in a much shorter fashion.

I guess because one story is appearing in the U.S. (the Hitchcock story) and the other in the UK (the Crimewave story), there’s no better time than to tell you about a US/UK special that Kobo is running for this weekend only. Look very carefully at the listings, because one novel is only available in the US (the crime novel, Bleed Through), and another only in the UK and Australia (the Diving novel). However, the Fiction River anthology, Time Streams, is on special in all three places. (And it too has a story of mine that is, in its own way, a crime story. Here’s what you do. Go to Kobo, order the book, and type in the code. I believe it’s one book per code. Then enjoy!

The list:

Bleed Through (US only)
Diving into the Wreck: A Diving Universe Novel (UK/AU only, which I can’t link to from here in the US)
Fiction River: Time Streams (US/UK/AU)

 And the code:


crimewave12coverAnd if you want to read a story of mine, check out “G-Men,” for free on WMG Publishing’s website. The story will be available until next Thursday. And the serialization of Spree continues, every Tuesday. The latest installment is here.

Finally, until Wednesday, you can hear one of my favorite Dean Wesley Smith stories, read by Dean, on the WMG free podcast. You can find that nifty story here. Listen while you surf the web and order stuff.  Then encourage him to write more of these Captain Brian Saber stories. I do all the time, but I’m just the wife. He listens to you guys.


  1. Sandra Hofsommer Sandra Hofsommer
    November 9, 2013    

    Haven’t seen the Hitchcock magazine, but will look for it. I have read “Bleed Through’.” But a crime novel? Anyway, my book group is reading it for our November discussion. I have. never received any of the Fiction River stuff.

    • November 9, 2013    

      Good heavens, Sandy. There’s a huge crime in the front of the novel, and one in the middle. 🙂 That’s how crime novels are defined these days. 🙂 I’ll let WMG know that the FR stuff that they should have sent you hasn’t arrived.

  2. Sally Sally
    November 9, 2013    

    Hmph. I already haaaaaaave all of this I want, mostly.

    Maybe I’ll go to an actual bookstore and buy an actual AHMM.

  3. November 9, 2013    

    I’ll be getting the Hitchcock issue – I need to study it to see what I need to do (and write) to get published there and what better place to start than by reading your story first?

    Congrats on the sales!

    • November 9, 2013    

      Thanks, Elle. They also put up excerpts on their site and entire stories in their free podcast, so you can learn more about what they like. I’ll be honest, though. Linda always surprises me with her choices, so you do need to give the editor the chance to buy something they “don’t normally buy.” 🙂 Good luck!

      • November 9, 2013    

        Write something unique that could fit into what they publish, but isn’t necessarily a carbon copy. Got it. Thanks for the advice!

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