Sunday, May 06, 2007
For more info about the book, see Charles' blog and the Amazon page. If you loved the great swashbuckling fantasy novels of yore, you'll be thrilled by Charles' books. And if you've never read the great swashbuckling fantasy novels of yore, try Charles' book for an exciting introduction to the genre.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Visit my friend Shauna Roberts' blog and read her April 30th entry, "New Orleans Betrayed Again." Here's an excerpt: "Today we learned that foreign countries offered $800,000,000 in desperately needed aid—medical teams, body bags, bottled water, food, rescue dogs, ships to house people left homeless, and more—and our federal government turned almost all of those offers down. What kind of government do we have, to allow such incompetence?"
Ironic, that our government helps its own citizens less than it helps those in other nations, yet at the same time it rejects or ignores offers of help from other nations. Grrrr.
Some of my writing friends bemoan the fact that short fiction has lost so much popularity and is hard to sell nowadays. Fortunately, there still is a market for short fiction in the mystery genre. Below is the list of nominees for the 2007 Derringer Award, presented by the Short Mystery Fiction Society:
2007 DERRINGER NOMINEES
(For Stories Published in 2006)
BEST FLASH STORY
"Matched Set" by Jan Christensen (Winter 2006, Long Story Short)
"Vigilante" by Barry Ergang (Summer 2006, Mysterical-E)
"Snowflake Therapy" by Michelle Mach (June 2006, Thereby Hangs a Tale)
"Flight School" by Jill Maser (August 28, 2006, Flashshots)
"Home Entertainment" by Sandra Seamans (July/August 2006, A Cruel World)
BEST SHORT-SHORT STORY
"Even Steven" by Gail Farrelly (Winter 2006,Mouth Full of Bullets)
"Four For Dinner" by John M. Floyd (Seven by Seven)
"Interview" by Justin Gustainis (October 2006, Cape Fear Crime Festival)
"Elena Speaks of the City, Under Siege" by Steven Torres (September/October 2006, Crimespree Magazine)
"The Worst Door" by Frank Zafiro (January 2006, Dispatch)
BEST MID-LENGTH SHORT STORY
"Eden's Bodyguard" by David Bareford (September 2006, Thuglit)
"Shadow People" by Rex Burns (June 2006,Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
"Cranked" by Bill Crider (Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir)
"Uncle Blinky's Corner of the World" by Robert S. Levinson (March/April 2006, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
"Shanks on the Prowl" by Robert Lopresti (May 2006, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
BEST LONGER SHORT STORY
"Signature in Blood" by Annette Dashofy (Winter 2006, Mysterical-E)
"Strictly Business" by Julie Hyzy (These Guns for Hire)
"Daphne MacAndrews and the Smack-Head Junkies" by Stuart MacBride (Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir)
"See Also Murder" by Larry Sweazy (December 11, 2006, Amazon Shorts)
"The Valley of Angustias" by Steven Torres (October 2006, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
The SMFS website does not indicate when the winners for 2007 will be announced. The website also lists past winners, beginning from the first year of the contest in 1998.