Author and longtime SCWCer Greta Boris will be joining us for the first time as a Special Guest Speaker come September. The first two titles in her forthcoming domestic suspense Seven Deadly Sins series, A Margin of Lust and The Scent of Wrath, are out this year from Fawkes Press. Been a long time in the making and we’re thrilled to have her. Greta will also team up with Megan Haskell (The Sanyare Chronicles) to conduct “Choose Your Adventure: A Publishing Guide for Aspiring Authors,” which debuted at this past February’s San Diego conference, to substantively address the modalities and serious considerations emerging writers must now factor when choosing a path to publication. It was a hit at SD31. It’ll be must-attend again in Irvine.
Good “Muse” Abides
In anticipation of the release of his second novel, CopWorld Press has acquired the rights to SCWC director Wes Albers’ Black & White. First published to wide acclaim from both civilians and law enforcement in 2012, the novel chronicles veteran San Diego Police Department patrolman John Hatch’s efforts to solve a gruesome murder between 911 calls and breaking in a rookie partner … Following a long hiatus, author-editor Robert Yehling returns to the conference with several new titles under his belt. Voices, his latest, is a “father-daughter-daughter relationship journey set against a half-century of rock and roll.” Pub. date from Open Books Press is May 9th.
More SCWCer titles that have dropped over the past few weeks include Indy Quillen’s Pursuit, the follow-up to her debut murder mystery. This time around tracker Fox Walker is tasked by the FBI to hunt down a fugitive survivalist and former Navy SEAL, then forced to question the reasons why … Ever-prolific author Linda Thomas-Sundstrom’s Angel Unleashed brings us a vengeful angel hell-bent on recovering her wings from those who stole them centuries before … Matthew Quirk’s latest thriller, Dead Man Switch, is out in hardcover from Mulholland Books. New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder (Paranoia and Guilty Minds) declares it “A tour de force.” And if you joined us for our 2016 Irvine event, you might understand why. (Be sure to check out an excerpt from Matt’s keynote below.)
In Alan Russell’s latest mystery, The Homecoming, out June 13th from Thomas & Mercer, a young girl mysteriously returns to her family after seven years, claiming to have been abducted by extraterrestrial nomads … And though we don’t yet have a release date, we do have a cover reveal for Cherie Kephart’s eagerly awaited memoir A Few Minor Adjustments. A poem of Cherie’s, however, “Dreams,” is included in the Magee Park Poets Anthology, 2017, available now from Aionios Books.
One more bit of good “muse” is that Eric Peterson’s The Dining Car (Huckleberry House) landed an Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Popular Fiction. A rollick of a novel edited by our own Jennifer Silva Redmond–who will of course be with us in Irvine–PBS’ “Barbecue America” host and author Rick Browne proclaims it, “A glimpse into a life we all dream about, it’s also an entertaining, engaging read with a deft touch of humor.” Deserved recognition.
It never ceases to inspire, how so many in our expansive SCWC community endeavor to produce such fine work by settling only for exceptional. Congratulations and success to all!
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–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC