Saturday, June 30, 2012

Murder Mystery Suspect Senator Brighton Questioned

Still want to enter the Murder Mystery Blogfest? You've still got until the end of the day to sign up here.

The detectives have Senator Brighton of The Charge at the top of their suspect list. He may look like Captain America in his campaign ads, but people closest to him know that he's got some very dark secrets. Secrets that would make killing Lenny Glow look like a misdemeanor. And the detectives have already sniffed out the fact the Senator has done some backroom dealing with Lovely Lenny. So let's see what info they can get out of the good Senator...

The Senator stands to shake hands with the detectives as they enter. "I'm sorry to have kept you gentlemen waiting. I was just on the phone with my good friend the police commissioner. Good old Jack has got himself yet another grandbaby, that old dog."

"There is no reason to make a show of how well connected you are. Any Nancy Drew detective with a Hello Kitty notepad could figure that out. And frankly...sir...I've questioned a witch, a god, and a demon before lunch, so there is not much use trying to intimidate me."

"Well, alright. You're a man who gets to the point. I like that," the Senator said with the charm still thick. Only his eyes lost their sparkle.

"Lenny Glow has been funding your campaign for years and in return, you've looked the other way as he's bullied single moms and little old ladies out of their homes for his own personal gain."

"Oh, I don't know about that. I believe in free enterprise and Mr. Glow is a business man. As sad as it is when someone loses their home, that's just business sometimes. But I'm a sympathetic man, I contribute thousands of dollars a year to churches who help those poor indigents."

"This isn't a TV debate. I couldn't care one lick for your politics. This is about a murder. Now I couldn't help but notice....Lenny's campaign donations dried up this year."

"You don't really think I would kill a man because he stopped making campaign donations?"

"I couldn't say why you would kill a man. But no, that's not your motive. There is a reason Mr. Glow stopped funding your campaigns. He didn't need to. He stumbled on something more valuable than money. A secret. Something horrible. Something that could end your career and possibly even end your life. I don't know all the details, but it isn't hard to guess. I'm thinking you had more involvement in the genocide in Texas than you admit, and you sent your buddy to the firing squad for your crimes and you went back to the country club."

The Senator smiled, but it came out more like a sneer. "Careful, detective. That's quite an accusation. I don't take kindly to slander."

"Instead of doing Mr. Glow's bidding for free, you decided just to end his life."

"I hate to break it to you, but you're wrong. I'm a good Christian man, and I ain't saying I'm free of sin and I ain't saying that I didn't have my problems with Mr. Glow, but I don't practice witchcraft. If I wanted Mr. Glow dead, it wouldn't be death by spiders."


So the Senator has motive, but maybe not the means? But the detectives know better than to take the Senator at his word....

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest

Banner by Cody Underwood

Ahoy mateys! Okay, I've got that out of my system, I promise to keep my pirate lingo to a minimum. I have an exciting announcement. Court Young and I will be hosting the Buccaneer Blogfest, an event designed to help bloggers build their platform and create connections. Together we will sail the blogging seas! Arrrgggh!

This blogfest is open to all bloggers and want-to-be-bloggers who post about writing, books, publishing, and everything related. Bloggers at all levels of experience are welcome, and Courtney and I are happy to advise and support new bloggers on all things bloggy. Participants are strongly encouraged to follow each other and comment on posts. The idea is to build new connections and a larger blog audience.

The blogfest will run from 7/9-8/3 with three prompts per week. If you have to miss posts, don't make that a reason not to sign up, a few missed posts are fine. If you're not a writer or don't have a current novel or WIP, alternate prompts will be available for week #2. This is an outline, more detailed instructions for the prompts for each day will be made available the weekend before each week. Also, you are welcome to adjust the dates +/- a day or so if you have other commitments.

Please put any questions in comments!

How do I participate? 

1) Add your blog link to the linky below

2) Throughout the fest, visit the other blogs as much as you can and comment.

3) Post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with the prompt of the day

4) Re-post the Linky & Buccaneer banner on your own blog to show your pirate pride and promote the blog fest

5) Finally…Have Fun!

1. Intro Week (July 9 – 13)

a. (July 9) Introduction: Tell us a little bit about you and your blog. Post the sign up linky for this blogfest in your post. Include your other social media links so we can follow.

b. (July 11) Why you did you start blogging? What are your goals for your blog?

c. (July 13) Interview the person signed up below you on the linky and post that interview. 

*During this first week, you are strongly encouraged to go around and follow the other participants in the blogfest - both their blogs and other social media.

2. Work in Progress (July 16 – 20)

a. (July 16) First paragraph of novel or WIP

b. (July 18) Character interview

c. (July 20) Share your light bulb moment with us. How did you come up with the idea for your WIP?

3. Reading (July 23 – 27)

a. (July 23) What are you reading? What books are on your shelf?

b. (July 25) Favorite authors and why?

c. (July 27) Recommend or review a book of choice. Tell the interwebz why you love it!

4. Final Countdown (July 30 – August 3)

a. (July 30) Social Media: Share your feelings and opinions about social media and it's relation to writing and reading.

b. (Aug 1) Host a giveaway using Rafflecopter or a similar tool. If you don't have anything you'd like to giveaway, we'd be happy to let you post the Rafflecopter form for a CQ sponsored giveaway.

c. (Aug 3) Reflection post: Share your experience from this blogfest. What are the next steps you want to take with your blog?

*Courtney and I will also be hosting a treasure hunt in this last week where you can win prizes by visiting each other's blogs.

Why Should I Participate in the Blog Fest?

To sail the seven seas of the internet and make new friends. We plan to have tons of fun over the next few weeks and we hope to inspire you to write!

Make the most of this blog fest by visiting and commenting on other people’s posts. Leave comments and let the blogger know you visited. Don’t be a stranger. If you like the blogs that you sailed upon make sure to follow them so when the fest is over you can keep in touch.

I was inspired by Courtney's photo of her as a pirate, so I decided to add my own. Of course, mine is pretty lame compared to hers. I do think my husband and son make a pretty good Captain Hook and Peter Pan.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Murder Mystery Suspect - Senator Brighton of The Charge

The time has come! Sometime this week post your suspect for the Murder Mystery Blogfest. Just give us a general introduction. The detectives will send you interrogation questions later. All the details can be found here. This is a great opportunity to highlight the villain from your novel or create a suspect just for this.

I'll be using Senator Samuel Brighton, from my upcoming novel, THE CHARGE.

Apologies to Matthew McConaughey, but he's just too perfect.

From The Charge:

The man's voice from the doorway caused the fiery energy in the room to fizzle at once. Lena knew Senator Brighton's face well. Two years ago, his presidential campaign ads had been drilled into her consciousness so deeply that upon seeing him she could still hear him say, "I live for God, family, and country. I am every man." In her head, he was like his ads. An attractively weathered working man with a sparkle in his gray eyes and a full head of thick blond hair - with just the right touch of gray - sitting on a front porch or leaning up against a fence telling you he will make it all okay. He seemed like the father she had always dreamed about, strong enough to fight off the monsters and gentle enough to stroke your hair and comfort you after.
This man seemed so different it rattled her brain-washed subconscious. His face was almost purple and his pit stains stretched all the way down to his waist. She considered for a moment he might be having a heart attack. When he noticed Lena and Will he smiled broadly, wiped his hand on his slacks, and reached it out towards Will. Will shook it.
"It's a scorcher today," the Senator said. "I bet I could throw some steaks on the sidewalk and they would sizzle."
Will laughed in a way Lena wasn't familiar with. Convincing, but having heard the real thing, Lena knew it was fake. "Yes, sir," he said. "This is Lena Lowell."
"Why, of course." The Senator took her hand and actually kissed it like they were in an old movie. It took a lot of willpower for Lena to not wipe her hand on her shorts. "My dear, you are looking as pretty as a glass of ice cold lemonade."

Senator Brighton's press team says that the Senator is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Glow and that implications that he may have been involved in the man's death, are frankly, quite ridiculous. According to the Senator, "Lenny and I were close friends for many years. He was a fine business man and a pillar of the community. My condolences go to his wife. He will be missed."

Of course, some conspiracy theorists believe that the Senator may have been involved in Lenny's death. Anonymous sources say that the Senator had been in Lovely Lenny's pocket for years and Glow may have had information on the Senator that would have led to a scandal of epic proportions. So, was the Senator tired of doing Lenny's bidding? Or perhaps he shut him up before he could implicate him in his dirty doings. Is the veteran Senator above the law or can Stein & Candle get close enough to question him?

Want to play the game with us? Sign up here:

For more paranormal detective fun, check out The Stein & Candle Detective Agency, Vol. 2: Cold Wars, recently released from Curiosity Quills Press. If you're new to the series, you can also pick up The Stein & Candle Detective Agency, Vol. 1 for only 99 cents for a limited time!

Friday, June 22, 2012

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Blogfest

Today is the day, it's the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Blog hop! hosted by my friends Jaycee DeLorenzo and Victoria Smith.

I shall be introducing you to Lena, the heroine from my upcoming debut novel THE CHARGE. As spokesperson from the Texas Freedom Campaign and with her choices in men making her a paparazzi magnet, Lena is no stranger to being interviewed. Desperate to be taken seriously, Lena generally won't entertain interviews with inane tabloid questions, but in this one case she'll make an exception, for her thirteen year old foster sister's feature article in her middle school paper.


Brianna sat up straight in her chair, her hair tied back in a professional twist, and held her new pen with a pink fuzzy ball on the end expectantly. Lena had to smile. She had never seen anyone look quite so serious while holding such a silly pen.

Brianna looked down at her paper and read her first neatly written question. "Who is a better kisser, Warren or Will?"

"Seriously? That's your question? Brianna..."

Brianna betrayed a tiny smile. "You said personal questions were okay. Please? Off the record? Who is the better kisser?"

"Victory," Lena said. 

"You mean the Senator's daughter?" Brianna said with wide eyes.

"That's the one."

Brianna seemed to have no response to that. Lena figured both Will and Warren would appreciate that answer.

"Oooookay," Brianna said, "I know you turned Will down for a date the first few times. What made you change your mind?"

Lena smiled to herself and thought. "I'm not sure. It was a gut decision. He's from a family of politicians. I can tell when he's being real and being fake. And he acted real around me. He also smells fantastic."

"But you liked Warren even more...."

"Not at first. I didn't really think much of him in fact. He was cute, of course. But unambitious. Ignorant of the world. Reckless."

"So why did you choose him?"

"These things aren't always rational. I just knew."

"On your first date with Will, he came to pick you up in a limosine with secret service guards and you went to that really fancy restaurant where you said the wine costs more than the mortgage, right? Where did Warren take you on your first date?"

"It depends what you mean by "date". In the beginning, we didn't really leave the hotel room."

"Oooooo...." she taunted comically.

Lena could feel herself blush. "That's not what I mean. We were fugitives. We couldn't do out."

"So how would you describe your hero?


"Oh, right."

Lena couldn't help but smile when she thought of him. "He's the kind of man who would be happy with a simple life. Grilling burgers in his backyard. Coaching his kid's baseball team. He's just a good man."

"He probably won't have a life like that," Brianna said quietly.


Why do the nice guys get all the attention? Enter your novel's villain in the murder mystery bloghop coming up next week. Create your suspect and then solve the clues to find the killer. It could even be your own suspect!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wilde's Army Giveaway

Today, or all week actually, I'm posting at the group blog If you're not familiar with it, it's definitely worth a follow. We post about craft and publishing, especially for science fiction and fantasy. We also host critique sessions.

Today I posted an interview with Krystal Wade, who many of you already know. In this interview, she talks specifically about her job as Young Adult and New Adult Acquisitions Editor for Curiosity Quills Press. So if you're thinking about submitting in that category, check this out for a leg up on the competition!

As you may know, Krystal also has a new book coming out on 7/4, Wilde's Army, the sequel to Wilde's Fire (Darkness Falls). Don't want to wait? Enter the giveaway to get a free digital review copy of Wilde's Army, plus some Wilde's Fire swag (poster, magnets, etc.)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MORE Wilde's Fire Contest Success Stories!

I am thrilled to welcome two more of my friends to Curiosity Quills Press as Wilde's Fire Contest success stories! I never imagined that my little contest would have such a positive impact on my blogging friends and I couldn't be happier about it. I look forward to walking this road with you!

Jamie Ayers
Jamie Ayers, an awesome blogger that I've had the pleasure of knowing online for a while, posted her official success announcement here. It is a must read. She talks about her publishing journey, which like mine, was long. :) Although those of you without success stories yet may feel a little bittersweet about other people's success stories (I know I did), this one will remind you that success rarely comes overnight. As Jamie says, "Trust your gut! And believe every rejection in life just means God has something better planned for you down the road." 

Jamie's paranormal YA, 18 Things, reportedly reduced Krystal Wade to tears on several occasions, which is a very good thing.

Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith, also known as the "Twenty Something Fiction Writer" posted about her success here, and she includes a V-log to prove that us writers are more than stationary head shots. Victoria is one of the famed NA Alley sisters, contributors to an amazing blog that has been working hard to advance the New Adult genre. And now Victoria has the pleasure of calling herself a New Adult author. It seems like there are more of us every day!

Victoria's NA sci-fi romance, Crimson Hunt, was chosen in part for it's stellar voice. I can't wait to read the whole thing!

Congratulations again! And welcome to Curiosity Quills. I'm so happy to be a part of our ever-expanding network of amazing authors.

The Critique Partner Spotlight Series - Tony Lavely

Mercenaries: A Love Story

My upcoming debut novel, THE CHARGE, wasn't a solitary achievement. It's been through numerous drafts and three rounds of beta reads. Along the way, I collected an impressive group of critique partners and beta readers and I will be doing a series where I spotlight some of them.

I'm starting at the beginning. Tony Lavely was one of the first beta readers for the THE CHARGE. In fact, at the time it was a very different novel with a different title. But nonetheless, Tony and the others in the first round of betas were critical in helping the novel become what it is today. I met Tony on, a great place to find betas and critique partners if you're just starting out. He read my manuscript in the fall of 2010 and was the very first beta reader to get back to me with his feedback.

Tony had the insight to pick out the specific line of dialog that was a turning point in the novel, but wasn't believable enough, making the whole plot weaker. It was brilliant and I probably wouldn't have found it on my own. I have re-worked that scene quite a bit since then.

Tony is a Vietnam Era veteran living in Massachusetts and happily married to a wife he met during a tour of duty in Italy. After thirty years as a Manager of Hardware Design, Tony is now retired and has ample time to pursue writing. He is a dedicated pantser and confidently believes that The Muppet Movie is one of the best movies every made. He has several works available on


Mercenaries is a coming of age thriller that I had the honor to beta read. I found it to be dark, complex, and unpredictable, with bold young protagonists.

At fifteen, Rebecca thought she had everything she needed: Melissa, her best friend, and good grades at school. Then the life she knew was snatched away from both her and her annoying younger brother, Michael. Forced to confront their worst fears, Becky and Mike managed to survive the experience and they both grew a little wiser in the process.

Then, the man who had dragged her and Mike to the edge of sanity wanted her help. The audacity of the young and handsome Ian Jamse, South African mercenary, was unbelievable and his request preposterous. Would she be the bait to lure a child sex-trafficker to justice? What followed was a descent into a world of danger the previously naïve Rebecca had never imagined.

Twelve Words is an anthology of short stories by new, independent authors. Author royalties will be donated to Reading is Fundamental, the nation's largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.

Tony, thank you for offering the support and feedback that I needed so desperately in the beginning stages. It was the positive feedback and constructive suggestions from you and the other betas that inspired me to keep working at it.

Tony blogs at and tweets at!/tlavely.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Murder Mystery Blogfest


Attention nefarious villains of the blogging world, the paranormal private investigator duo, Stein & Candle, will be visiting your blog to question you about the suspicious murder of Lenny Glow. Hired by Lenny's widow, Bertha Austin Glow, the hardboiled detectives will be on the case from June 25-July 8th, 1958 (er...2012, but don't tell them that).

Love a good murder mystery? Here's how you play:

1) During the week of 6/25, post an introduction to your suspect on your blog. You may invent a character for this game, use a character from the article below, or use a character from your current WIP or published work. Please use the banner above and link to this post in your post.

2) Once you have posted your introduction, the detective duo will interrogate your suspect by sending you some interview questions. We ask for your email when you sign up so we may send you these questions. We will not use your email for any other purpose. Please post your suspect's answers to these questions by 7/1. Stein & Candle author, Michael Panush, will be visiting your blogs and will give out awards for some of the most creative suspects.

3) On 7/2, the detectives will post clues on this blog as to which suspect they think killed Lenny Glow. You will have until 7/8 to use the clues and the information on the other blog posts to decide who killed Lenny could even be your own suspect! Your participation and guesses can win you entries in the blogfest raffle.

You can win one of multiple copies of:
And other prizes:
  • A first page critique by author Michael Panush
  • A two-pass query critique by Sharon Bayliss
Want to play? Sign up on the linky at the bottom and begin your research on the murder of Mr. Glow by reading the tabloid article here, furnished by Michael Panush himself.

Who Killed Lenny Glow? : LA Mogul Murdered By Wild Witchcraft
By Hal Hobbins. First appeared in the Sneaky Peek Magazine, circa 1958

Dig this, rabid readers – if our sleazy city of Angels ever had a devil in residence, then it was Lenny Glow. A big time developer with a sideline in politics and vice, Lucky Lenny had his fingers in a baker’s dozen of dirty pies. What peculiar peccadilloes did he possess? Well, along with a nasty habit of acquiring property like a tiger acquires meals, the good Mr. Glow routinely doled out bribes to our fine elected officials. The mayor’s office and the honorable LAPD were often ready recipients of big Lenny’s avaricious affection. In return, the eager-to-please politicos and the cash-crazed cops looked the other way when Lenny’s hired goons persuaded unwilling owners into parting with precious property. And that’s not all, my voracious voyeurs of vice, for Large Lenny had recently started dealing in dope. Now, you wouldn’t find fancy-pants Glow hawking heroin on the corner. Instead, he used his fleet of trucks to transport the stuff in for local syndicates, using some of his construction companies as a front. Nothing was ever proven but suspicions went high as Lenny’s mansions started to make palaces look tiny. In his trademark sharkskin suit and terrible toupee, Lovely Lenny became a fixture at the swankiest hotspots in our hopping city. More often than not, someone with movie star looks and appetites to match was on his arm – which his dearly beloved bride Bertha Austin Glow must enjoyed as much as the gray in her usual platinum blonde beehive hair-do.

Unfortunately, it seems that Glow recently bit off more than he could chew. Rest assured, my rapacious readers, Glow’s sin caught up to him in a most unusual way.

Last night, the Glowster was found dead in his ritzy beachside pad. The method of death, a committed connoisseur of carnage and crime may ask? Glow’s belly was stuffed full of poisonous spiders. Those eight-legged creepy crawlies had been dancing the Twist all through his guts. Soon as his cleaning lady gave his belly a poke, a swarm of them burst out of his mouth and spilled into the room. Now that’s what I call a bad case of indigestion. So now the daring detectives are scrambling to solve this whodunit and it seems they’ve struck a sensational snag – an overabundance of sinning suspects, each one of whom could be the guilty party.

So who clipped Glow?

For more research, check out The Stein & Candle Detective Agency Series, Vol. 1, available for only $0.99 until 7/8.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Wilde's Fire Contest Success Story!

Congratulations to Jessa Russo! The runner-up in the Wilde's Fire Editor Judged Contest has just signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills! Her novel, EVER, a ghostly YA paranormal romance has found it's home. 

"Krystal Wade is now my AMAZING editor, and EVER will soon be published (AAAH!) by Curiosity Quills. I am beyond thrilled, and beyond blessed, and beyond even finding the appropriate words to describe how incredible this feels! I can't wait to share EVER with all of you soon!"

Jessa, I'm so happy to have you as my newest publishing house sister! I may also have some super top secret information about ANOTHER contestant who will be announcing signing with Curiosity Quills on Monday...but my lips are sealed until then.

I also wanted to share a nice email I got today from author Amy Black.

Just written my first book 'Eternal Unfolding Of The Luminous Mind') and -
prompted by your feature on literary agent Mark Falkin - sent it off to him.
Well, he loved it right off the bat (even though his website says no
erotica!) - it is, and it isn't, but readers will have different reaction.
Then, my husband Jack, who is a comic science fiction fan, and all things
Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy), wrote a 28,000 word comic
novel - and planning a second - and put it on Amazon Kindle. 
We have not written anything before, but your blog started a whole
avalanche of creativity in the Black household!

I'm overflowing with warm and fuzzy feelings today! Congratulations to Amy & Jack!

While I have your attention (hopefully), I wanted to announce something unrelated. Curiosity Quills has three books discounted to 99 cents for a limited time to promote the author's upcoming releases. Feel like doing some shopping?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Never Surrender Blogfest

During the second week of June--that's the 11-16--Elana Johnson is hosting the Never Surrender blogfest. This is something anyone, anywhere can participate in. 

All you have to do is blog about a time you didn't surrender. Trained for a marathon? Queried agents? Had to study for an entrance exam? I'm looking for inspirational stories that you have experienced. Hard things you've accomplished because you didn't give up. I want to be inspired by you!

Anyone who blogs this week for the theme can enter to win one of three $15 B&N gift cards. Everyone who blogs this week will receive a SURRENDER swag package.

Don’t blog? Put the cover of Surrender up on your FB wall, or pin it on Pinterest, or change your twitter avatar to the cover. Use the words “Never Surrender” somewhere to go with the picture, and link back to this post. 

Sign up in this form to make sure you get the swag package. Elana will visit each blog to read your inspirational "never surrender" moments. 

It's not particularly original, but the thing that stands out to me is becoming an author. I can't think of anything I've faced that required more stick-to-it-iveness. I've wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first novel when I was fifteen. At fifteen, I liked to keep everything private, even if it wasn't particularly scandalous, and I saved my novel on a floppy disk instead of the family hard drive. There was only one copy. After months of work, the floppy disk degraded and I lost everything. I was devastated. That story died with the floppy disk because I couldn't bring myself to re-create it.

Then, in my early twenties, I wrote another novel. This time I kept it on my hard drive and had back-up copies like a normal human being. I went through the whole process. I got critique partners, I queried agents, I even went to a conference and pitched an agent in person. But I was too self-conscious to handle criticism, and that made it hard to improve. I remember that failure seemed like a horrible prospect. The novel was the best thing I had going on and if I didn't get it published it would be the end of the world.

I managed to shelve that project without a total mental breakdown for one reason. I made the decision that I could put aside my dream to become a writer if I was able to get the one thing I wanted more. As soon as I decided that, I got what I really wanted. I met my husband. For several years after that I didn't write at all. Frankly, I was just too happy and distracted. Then in 2009, I was going for a jog and a story idea fell out of the blue and completely consumed me.

So from 2009-2012, I worked tirelessly to write, edit, repeat, query, edit, repeat, and so on. My life happiness no longer hinged on getting my novel published, but ironically, that made it possible for me to be even more determined. I decided that I was going to keep working at it until I was successful, not just because I wanted to meet my goal, but because I loved doing it. I decided that I was okay with failing and I was going to do it either way. For me, accepting that failure was a possibility and deciding to try anyway made it so much easier to keep plugging away. I wasn't preoccupied with failure or success because I already decided it didn't matter.

Fifteen years after I wrote my first novel, I signed my first publishing contract. If I had known at fifteen that I wouldn't be published until I was 30, it would have been upsetting to say the least. But I know now that there is a right time for everything. And it's never too late to try again.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wilde's Army Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

Wilde's Army, by Krystal Wade - Cover

Big news! Our friendly contest judge, author Krystal Wade, has another book coming out on 7/4. Book Two in the Darkness Falls trilogy, Wilde's Army, is already getting some great reviews. And check out the lovely cover!

To celebrate, Tara West is hosting a giveaway where you can win an autographed copy of Wilde's Fire. The entry form is below. Good luck!

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Looking for blog tour stops: YA Steampunk Adventure Noir, Dinosaur Jazz

Dinosaur Jazz (Jurassic Club, Vol. 1), by Michael Panush - Cover

Its Jazz Age meets the Mesozoic Age in a world where cave men, gangsters, hunters, zeppelins, pirates, warlords and dinosaurs clash for a chance of survival. All that and more is waiting for you in Dinosaur Jazz, a tale of high adventure in a prehistoric world.

Is that wild or what? On June 13th, author Michael Panush will be releasing this quirky pulp series from Curiosity Quills Press. "Readers can expect a blend of alternate history, steampunk, and adventure noir. Lovers of Panush’s pulpy writing style will find that familiar tone once more, this time painting a very new world – filled with ferocious, man-eating dinosaurs, savage Ape Man tribes, Jazz Age gangsters, zeppelins, pirates, and strange ruins from a lost civilization."

Would you like a sneak peak? I'm looking for bloggers who are interested in reviewing Dinosaur Jazz and/or interviewing Mr. Panush as part of a blog tour to promote his upcoming release. If that sounds like something you would like to do, please contact me at sharon(at) or use the "Contact Me" form. You can also pick up a review copy at NetGalley

If you're wondering how I got that nifty Curiosity Quills email...I'll tell you. I'm now working for them! My job is to help manage their social media accounts and coordinate online promotions. Is that not the coolest job ever?