Bakery bouncers and guns (or the lack thereof)

B01C0SQJWC-200px-1.jpgNext week marks the release of a collection I am very excited to be a part of: Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns, edited by Eric Beetner and published by Down & Out Books.

All of the stories in the collection are required to not involve guns, and proceeds from the collection will benefit the nonprofit States United To Prevent Gun Violence.

Some of you might be thinking: “Why are you bringing politics into your writing career? Don’t you know that you’ll alienate part of your audience? You are a crazy person!”


If some people decide they don’t want to buy my books because I contributed a story to this, I’m okay with that. I’d rather have said something that nothing. Continue reading

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Me and JP

For a few months now, in the wilds of Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been teasing a Secret Project. The time has finally come to share it.

I’m co-writing a novella with James Patterson.

He’s got a new venture called BookShots. Shorter works, propulsive narratives. It’s a long story, but I got an audition, and then got the gig, and we’re finalizing edits on it right now.

It’s pretty damn exciting. Also exciting: Fellow Polis author Derek Nikitas in on board for one as well.

I don’t know what else about the project I can share, so that’s all I’ll say for now… so keep your eyes peeled, and more soon!

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Book tour and other cool stuff


So I recently got back from book tour—Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. It was a lot of fun. Chuck Palahniuk showed up to my Powell’s event, and bought my book and stood in line and asked me to sign it, which was kinda nuts. I also ate burritos and got some great books and did a bunch of other things. I would tell you more about it, but I don’t need to—I wrote a series about it for LitReactor.

Click here!

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Booked. reviews CITY OF ROSE


Always a pleasure to get the Booked. treatment. Robb and Livius take a deep dive into City of Rose. Lots of great insight here. Dig it.

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NEW YORKED marked down to $1.99


With the second Ash McKenna novel landing in less than a week, my publisher has marked down the eBook of the first, New Yorked, to $1.99 for a limited time!

Now, think about that. This is something I poured my heart and soul into for five years, and you can have it for less than what you paid for a cup of coffee this morning!

Not bad, right?

This is your chance to get in on the ground floor. I’m signed for four installments, and hope to finish it out with a fifth. It’s something that’s very personal to me, but also sometimes there are drag queen crime lords and men in chicken masks with guns. So it’s fun, too.

If you click here, you can see all the nice things people have said about it, and even read the first chapter.

And you can get it here:

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iTunes * Kobo

Already have it? Spread the word, or leave a review (reviews are a great way to help any author), or pre-order the next one, City of Rose!

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Guest post at Birth.Movies.Death


Pretty thrilled to say that I’ve written a scholarly essay about Road House for my favorite movie website on the internet. Yup. Pretty thrilled indeed. Check it out.

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Tour dates for CITY OF ROSE

The Feb. 9 release date for City of Rose approaches fast. Time to start spreading the word about places I will be, for signing books and reading stuff and drinking and other acts of general merriment.

I’ve included links to the Facebook event pages, where you can RSVP (which is not a requirement for any of this stuff—just show up!).

Feb. 9 – The Mysterious Bookshop, NYC

58 Warren Street, 6:30 p.m. This is a joint event with fellow Polis author, Dave White, whose new novel An Empty Hell comes out the same day. RSVP on Facebook.

Feb. 11 – Staten Island Barnes & Noble, NYC

2245 Richmond Avenue, 6:30 p.m. Reading/signing. RSVP on Facebook.

Feb. 15 – Powell’s, Portland, OR

3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 7:30 p.m. Reading/signing. RSVP on Facebook.

Feb. 16 – Noir at the Bar Seattle

Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 7 p.m. Reading with Johnny Shaw, Linda L. Richards, Dietrich Kalteis, Will Viharo, Sam Wiebe, Kat Richardson, Michael Pool and Owen Laukkanen. RSVP on Facebook.

Feb. 17 – Seattle Mystery Bookshop

117 Cherry St, noon. Reading/signing. RSVP on Facebook.

Feb. 18 – Noir at the Bar San Francisco

Iron & Gold, 3187 Mission St, 7:30 p.m. RSVP on Facebook.

Feb. 21 – Noir at the Bar LA

Mandrake Bar, 2692 S La Cienega Blvd, 8 p.m. Reading with Owen Laukkanen, Johnny Shaw, SG Redling, Patricia Abbott, Tom Pitts, SW Lauden, and Eric Beetner. RSVP on Facebook.

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