Publishers Weekly declared her 2010 thriller Rock Paper Tiger an “electrifying debut.” The book went on to become a New York Times bestseller and has since been followed by two other titles featuring Beijing-living Iraq War vet Ellie McEnroe. Hour of the Rat was short listed for Left Coast Crime’s Calamari (international mystery) award. And Dragon Day was named a Seattle Times Best Mystery of 2015. A standalone, Go-Between, is Lisa Brackmann’s latest. Of it PW affirms, “The edgy plot never lets up, touching on the war on drugs, for-profit prisons, and nefarious nonprofits.” Lisa will be joining us come September to discuss her writer’s journey and how she developed her unique form of suspense noir. We can’t wait to rowdily welcome her to the SCWC fold.
Good “Muse” Abounds
Summertime’s almost here and with it the usual many of hot new SCWCer releases. The latest include Greg A. Mongrain’s To Kill a Sorcerer, the first in his Immortal Montero series, which combines crime mystery with the shadowy paranormal underworld … Out June 7 is longtime author/workshop leader Alan Russell’s follow-up to Burning Man (A Gideon and Sirius Novel), Lost Dog … From E.V. Fairfall, the second installment in her Sleeping Tom YA romance series, Waking Gabriel, drops July 15 … And from A.K. Patch, September 1 will deliver the second in his award-winning Apollo series, Delphi’s Chose.
On the honors front, shout outs to International Book Awards finalists Matthew J. Pallamary’s Night Whispers, in the Horror category, and Ara Grigorian’s Game of Love, in Romance … And in the NEORWA Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest, Linda Rhoades nabbed First Place for her “Season Pass” manuscript in the Mainstream with Romance Elements category. Congratulations and continued success to all!
Next update, we’ll be rolling out more of the well over three dozen workshops that will be slated for LA14 (in Irvine). Be sure to never miss any latest news from our greater .COMmunity by subscribing to periodic updates or joining us on Facebook or Twitter.
–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC