Winston & Ruby Fans! Your Collection Awaits!

When I wrote the first Winston & Ruby tale, I never expected those stories to become a series. And I certainly never expected that series to become one of my most popular. It seems whenever I feature one of the stories as a Free Fiction Monday piece, the others sell as well. Then I get The Question: When will you write another one? (As soon […]

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Business Musings: Beautiful Books

  I got really weird about a book recently. Dean and I stopped at the mail on the way out of town for a day off. On our days off, I often go to Starbucks and read a paper book. Why not read on my Kindle or iPad? Because my days off are no-screen days. Otherwise, I’ll obsessively check my email or text some friends […]

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A Nifty Book Trailer and News

I’m working really hard on a big Diving Universe saga, which is taking 99% of my brain power, it seems. I forget to do basic things, like letting you know about all the various projects of mine that have appeared. I’ve finally put Promo!!! on my daily calendar, with a specific assignment to see if that’ll work. It’s working tonight. I finished my pages on […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Blaming the Arsonist

UC Berkeley, January, 1969—In the midst of turbulent student protests on campus, a cherished building suddenly bursts into flames. Pammy Griffin, an alum who owns a women’s gym nearby, heads over to check out the fire and walks straight into a troubling mystery. Who wants Berkeley to burn? Hippies? Protesters? Or someone with an even darker motive?

But as Pammy investigates, she finds herself, and her gym, embroiled in a troubling turn of events. To catch the arsonist, she and members of her gym must confront some of society’s most brutal, and most hidden, violence using whatever weapons they can.

“Blaming the Arsonist,” by Edgar and Shamus award-nominated author Kris Nelscott, is free on this website for one week only.

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Writers And Snot-Nosed Aliens, Among Other Things

I mentioned a few posts back that I would have a lot of news this fall. And I do. It stuns me. First, let me thank all the people who have supported the Pulphouse Kickstarter so far. As I write this, we’ve hit two of our stretch goals and are halfway to the third. The first stretch goal guaranteed an extra electronic issue of the […]

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Slacker Kris and The Overdue Post of Doom

Okay, full disclosure here: Very little in the title of this post is true. I’m not a slacker. I got behind due to Life Events. (See this week’s Business Blog.) Then I spent a week catching up. And then I taught the Mystery Workshop here on the coast—and had a blast. Great storytellers, every one of them. Sunday, I face-planted. But I had work to […]

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The Runabout Published!

That’s right! The latest adventure in my Diving Universe hit print (and ebook and audiobook) today. You can finally find out what Boss has been doing. If you recall, the novel first appeared in Asimov’s earlier in the summer. That introduced Boss & crew to a brand new audience, as exemplified by Eric Kimminau writing for Tangent Online: Engrossing. Detailed. Imaginative. I had never heard […]

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Business Musings: Rethinking A Title

  I blame Marvel. As I finished my Kris Nelscott/Smokey Dalton novel, Stone Cribs, I realized that the victim in the book, Valentina Wilson, was one amazing woman. And she needed a story arc all her own. I knew how she was going to end up, and who she would be years after the events in Stone Cribs, but I needed to write the story […]

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Catching Up On Publications

Because my life has been unbelievably hectic this past month or two, I wasn’t able to update you on my latest publications as I promised I would. I have had several—although not as many as I will have this fall. So in no particular order, let me share the recent publications.   The latest Uncollected Anthology, Mystical Melodies,  hit the virtual stands last month. My new […]

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Diving Preorder

I promised I’d let you all know when the next Diving novel, The Runabout, was available for preorder. You can now preorder the ebook on various platforms, and you can preorder the audiobook. You’ll either have to wait until September 22 to get your print copy or see if you can find a back issue of the May/June Asimov’s which has the entire novel inside. […]

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