Want a free copy of my novella? [UPDATED]


UPDATE: All copies are now spoken for. Thanks for playing!

I recently updated the print edition of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella. This is for a few reasons:

1. I wanted to use a different font.

2. I wanted to add in the cover and release information for New Yorked.

3. There was a typo I was burning to fix.

The new edition looks very nice—but now I’m left with a handful of copies of the old version. So I’m going to give them away! I’m sorry you won’t get the new font and will be subjected to a typo, but hey—free book!

There are 10 copies available. Want one? Hit me up on Twitter or on Facebook. Just ask. First ten folks, I’ll send them a copy. United States only. I’ll pick the winners and mail them out, probably later this week.

All I ask in return is that you consider leaving a review of The Last Safe Place on Amazon, or that you consider pre-ordering a copy of New Yorked. Or both, if you’re feeling saucy.

None of that is required. The important thing here is: I’d like to clear some space on my bookshelf, and I’d like to get these into the hands of readers.

Calling all reviewers!

Do you have a website or a podcast where you review books?

Would you like to review New Yorked?

You can get the book from Edelweiss at this link.

Or you can hit me up! Sadly, I have a limited number of print galleys and they’re already spoken for. But I’ve got e-galleys, too.

Hit the contact page and get in touch.

Galleys! Plus, first review from a stranger!

10359391_10205524150565801_2839162067821429887_nWhen your first novel is published, you’re in store for a long line of firsts: First edits. First proof pages. First galleys. First Goodreads review, etc.

I was lucky to get two firsts yesterday: My galleys came in, and they look fantastic. (Also in: Not Even Past by Dave White, a gorgeous-looking Polis paperback that proves I’m in really solid hands here—it’s a testament to a high standard of quality.)

Then, I got my first review from a stranger! People I know have read it, and while I trust their comments, there’s still a little part of me that feels they’re being kind because they know me. And here’s the first person who I’ve never met, who I wasn’t even friends with on Facebook, who has already finished the book.

Reading the review last night, I was struck speechless. That someone would respond so positively to something I wrote is an incredible feeling.

This was a great introduction to Rob Hart. If you haven’t heard about him, it’s time for you to get acquainted with him. You can thank me later.

Read the whole review here.

Learn to sell yourself and your work like a pro

My marketing class is back on the slate at LitReactor! This is a fun one.

I am no great fan of people who run classes on social media for authors that run several weeks and cost hundreds of dollars—most of what they teach is filler, and you really only need to know the basics. That’s why this class is shorter and a little more affordable.

Basically, what you’ll learn here is the nuts-and-bolts stuff—what you should be doing, what’s a waste of time, and how to present yourself in such a way that you don’t look like a goofball.

Doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, or if you’ve got a few publications under your belt. There’s stuff here for all skill levels.

Check the description, and if you’re interested in taking it but have questions, feel free to drop me a note.

Two ways you can get a sneak peek of NEW YORKED


We’re a few months out from the release of New Yorked. Want to get a sneak peek? There are two ways to do that. 

The latest issue of Thuglit includes an excerpt of the first chapter. Special thanks to the mag’s editor, Todd Robinson, for including that. It’s also full of awesome crime stories, so this is a good bang for you buck. Get it here.

I’ve also added the first chapter to The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella (eBook only, not the print edition). You can find that here.

How to survive a writing conference

Left to right, Ed Kurtz (The Forty-Two), Hilary Davidson (Blood Always Tells), Todd Robinson (The Hard Bounce), Rob Hart (New Yorked).

I’ve got a new piece up at The Lineup, about how to survive a writing conference. Trust me, it ain’t easy. So much walking! So much drinking! It’s nuts.

Here’s the first tip, for free:


At my first Bouchercon, I went the whole first day without drinking any water. My hangover on day two persisted until the early evening. This year, I forgot to eat dinner one night. With the time difference and the heavy restaurant meals, it’s easy to get sidetracked. Remember, your body has already been hammered by travel (unless you’re lucky enough to be a local). Be smart. And pack some aspirin, just in case.

Click over to see the rest of the article, which is also free.


On Thursday I’m flying out to Long Beach for Bouchercon, the year’s biggest crime and mystery convention. Last year was my first, and it was a blast, even though it was in Albany, one of the worst cities in America.

(I can say that—I lived in Albany on and off when I was a political reporter. Albany in the winter makes the ice planet Hoth look like a fun and friendly place.)

Here’s a guide to MysteriousPress.com at Bouchercon—what I’ll be doing, what Otto Penzler will be doing, and what our authors will be doing.

You know those book bags you get when you check into the conference? Some of them are going to include a Polis Books sampler, which has the first chapter of New Yorked. I’ll also have a handful of copies of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella for sale—if you want one, let me know, or track me down at the conference.

Otherwise, I will be bouncing between panels and hanging out at the hotel bar, because, as we all know, that’s where the real business of these cons goes down.