A Celebration of Sleuthing:
Mystery Writers Key West Fest Set for Mid-August
This is a “must” for all mystery fans!
Register now at www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.
Key West, FL. — World-class mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers will be gathering in Key West to reveal their sleuthing savvy and whodunit know-how during the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for August 14-16, 2015. And you’re invited to join them.
Sponsored in part by the Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and the Key West Citizen, this “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed festival offers multiple workshops, presentations and panel events, mingling with authors, consultations with publishing industry experts, and book signings.
Shirrel Rhoades, publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks, is a co-founder of the Fest along with mystery writer Michael Haskins.
Shirrel Rhoades and Michael Haskins
Taking place this year at Key West’s luxurious Beachside Marriott, Mystery Writers Key West Fest stars international bestselling suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, author of the wildly popular”Lincoln Rhyme” book series, the first of which was adapted to the 1999 film “The Bone Collector” starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
Jeffery Deaver and Heather Graham
Open to mystery fans, authors, and aspiring authors, Fest guests will learn first-hand how to craft their own tales of crime, murder and mystery from Deaver and other high-profile mystery genre luminaries — including award-winning Florida author James O. Born, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham, and bestselling Chicago crime writer Libby Fischer Hellman. The 90-minute panels also include one on Law Enforcement in the Keys, a popular presentation that provides a bird’s-eye view of what crime is really like in the Florida Keys, led by DEA agent Ken Davis.
The popular sleuth fest also includes a luncheon with Deaver, dinner with O. Born, and the presentation of the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award.
The Jerry Award and Jeremiah Healy
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, the Jerry Award salutes the late author’s legacy as a beloved and influential mentor to aspiring writers. The winner receives a unique Jerry statuette, a book publishing contract, and receives free admission and lodging at the Fest. Candidates wishing to compete for the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award are invited to submit the first three pages of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than June 30, 2015. Finalists will be notified August 1, and will have until August 10 to submit full manuscripts.
Featuring a who’s-who array of award-winning and bestselling mystery and crime fiction authors, this year’s Mystery Writers Key West Fest is sure to be a hit. Registration is only $125 for nearly three days of sleuth-worthy events. Rooms for attendees also are generously discounted, but early bird discounts end July 10.
Don’t delay. Attendance is limited. Register today!
To register, simply visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You Sure It’s the Rolling Stones?
Mark Howell Tells How Two British Lads Posed As Members of the Famous Rock Band While Crossing America!
At this very minute the Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and their wild bandmates — are touring North America. Earlier this week the boys were in Detroit. Tomorrow they’ll play Orchard Park, New York. Then they wrap it up on July 15 in Quebec City.
They call it the Zip Code Tour.
But are you sure it’s the Stones?
Mark Howell chuckles as he recalls how easy it was to fool people when he and a pal crossed America, their British accents convincing pretty young women that they were members of the “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World.” He says, “We had a blast.”
Howell’s book about it – titled The Naked Girl In The Treehouse - might be called a roman à clef, a true story masquerading as fiction. It’s a hilarious romp, the mad misadventures of two English lads crossing America in 1964 in an electric-blue Plymouth Savoy.
Mark Howell went on to become “legendary” in the publishing world, that term applied to him by Paperback Fanatic. His career stretched from Montreal to London, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. He edited romance books, ghostwrote spy novels, published pulp paperbacks. His name became known in the underground publishing world. In Florida in the 1980s, as editor and senior writer of the Key West arts and politics publication, Solares Hill, he won 17 journalism awards.
But Howell’s favorite accolades came from those who thought he was a Rolling Stone, a pretense that held up well until an astute Midwestern girl noted that newspapers were reporting the Stones to be in California at that moment, not here in her presence!
Howell’s pal emerged from a confessional “talk” with his girlfriend du jour, nose freely bleeding. “Well, I think that went pretty well,” he announced.
As did their odyssey.
You can follow this hilarious journey, page by page, by downloading The Naked Girl In The Treehouse now — only $3.99 for the ebook, or $14.95 for the handsome 6″ x 9″ paperback.
For the paperback edition, go here.
And yes, there is a naked blonde beauty waiting in a treehouse at the end of their cross-country trek. But let’s not get ahead of the story.
“All is true,” states the narrator of this funny almost-true novel from Mark Howell. But like they say, why let truth get in the way of a good story.
As stated in a June 3rd article in Foreign Policy titled ”The Pentagon Anthrax Scandal Is Getting Worse by the Day”
“U.S. Defense Department officials said on Wednesday that a total of 51 laboratories in 17 states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries have received potentially dangerous samples of anthrax from a U.S. Army lab in Dugway, Utah – dramatically expanding the scope of a scandal that raises serious questions about the Pentagon’s ability to properly oversee its stocks of deadly pathogens.”
But this latest anthrax scare is a mere echo of that earlier 2001 anthrax attack that has never been fully explained.
The FBI case name for that deadly incident was Amerithrax. Letters containing live anthrax spores were mailed to several media headquarters and to two US Senators. Five died and 17 others were infected.
Microbiologist Bruce Edward Ivins became the focus of the FBI’s investigation and he committed suicide as a result. But today even the FBI’s lead investigator has doubts about his guilt.
Case Closed is a novel based on those true events … and as more facts come out the book seems less like fiction than a prescient revelation of what really happened.
The New Atlantian Library is proud to publish an updated edition of Louis M. Weinstein’s Case Closed — along with new material on the rejection of the FBI’s flawed case by two goverenmental agencies, numerous US Congressmen and Senators, and even the FBI agent who managed the major parts of the investigation.
This updated edition of Case Closed follows Lew Weinstein’s passion for seeing the truth come out in the FBI’s handling of the Amerithrax Case. Weinstein began writing novels when he was 55 years of age, finally taking the advice of his high school English teacher, who said he should write. After graduating from Princeton and the Harvard Business School, Lew enjoyed a long management career in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including his last position as CEO of a biomedical research institute focused on infectious disease research. In 1980, he was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from New Jersey. Lew Weinstein lives with his wife in Key West, FL.
In the true-life-inspired thriller Case Closed you will find a plausible explanation of what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks … and why the FBI doesn’t want America to know the truth.
Yes, you can own the ebook edition in a matter of seconds by clicking the link below. Priced at only $3.99 it’s available in a format to fit your personal ereader device — Kindle to Nook to Kobo to you name it.
Or you can order the 6″ x 9″ paperback for only $14.95 and have it in your hands a matter of days.
Does fiction sometimes foretell reality? It certainly seems that way to readers of Case Closed.
Great Western Tales for as Little As
$2.99 an eBook!
Yippee-ki-yay, pardner! Remember when you used to spend Saturday mornings at the movie theater, taking in all those great ol’ Western double features?
Well, return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear …
Absolutely Amazing eBooks brings you some great Western tales — new and old — for only $2.99 or $3.99 per ebook. Less than the cost of a glass of sassparilla.
For a light read in the traditional Western mode, try The Sheriff of Whisky Hollow by Mark Ryno. Follow the sheriff as he hunts down the meanest varmint in the Old West, that snake-eyed outlaw George Peele. You’ll feel like you’re sitting front row at the Saturday movies.
Or set your sights on this epic tale, Etched in Stone Where the Buffalo Roam by James R. Fox. Here you’ll follow an Indian brave (no, they weren’t “native Americans” quite yet) as he meets up with Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Hughes, and other characters in this sprawling historical drama.
Want the good ol’ stuff — Western stories by Zane Grey himself? We got ‘em, double-books that give you two classic Westerns for less than the usual price of one. Zane Grey’s Two-Gun Tales #1 gives you The Last of the Plainsmen and The Last Trail, while Zane Grey’s Two-Gun Tales #2 offers up the groundbreaking Riders of the Purple Sage and The Rainbow Trail.
And if you like “revisionist history” we’ve launched a new series where H.L. Osterman retells those Western romances by Randall Parish as Erotic Western Thrillers. Take your pick — The Strange Case of Cavendish: Second Take or Beth Norvell: Second Take. A whole new concept in storytelling, the collaboration between a modern author and his long-ago counterpart.
“A tidy collection of Westerns that will bring out the boy in you,” says Nick Teranzi of Online Critics Corner.
Here’s the New Bill Craig Mystery You’ve Been Waiting For …
Marlow: Something Wicked Is Already a Bestseller!
You’ve probably become addicted to Bill Craig’s hardboiled private eye Rick Marlow. That’s why the series is an Amazon bestseller.
“Bill Craig’s Marlow books have developed quite a following. And I count myself among that number,” notes Mark Howell, former editorial director of Gold Eagle, the action-adventure division of Harlequin Books.
Marlow: Something Wicked is the 6th entry in the highly popular mystery series. And it marks Craig’s 46th published book. He published his first novel at age 40 and says it only took him 34 years to become an overnight success!
This time around (as the titled tells us) Marlow faces a very formidable adversary. A storm is approaching Key West and something wicked is blowing into town with it. Tina Cord had been on the run from a psychopathic stalker when she arrived on the island. Then she met Marlow. Now he may be the only one that can keep her out of the stalker’s hands. Lola Ponsberry, Walter’s secretary, had also arrived in Key West running from her past, and now it has caught up with her. A maniacal child seeking vengeance has re-entered Walter Loomis’ life. Yes, something wicked has arrived on Key West. The question is, who will survive?
You can be reading Marlow: Something Wicked in about thirty seconds if you click one of the following links to download an ebook: Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, KoboBooks.com, or AbsolutelyAmazingEbooks.com. The price of these Marlow novels is still only $3.99 each, less than the cost of many on-demand TV shows.
If your prefer a 6″ x 9″ paperback, click here. The ink-on-paper edition is only $14.95 — in keeping with Absolutely Amazing eBooks’ policy of making its books affordable.
Find Out Why Everybody Loves The Quilters Club Mysteries
Special Offer: Download the Entire Series Up to Now (4 ebooks) for Only $9.95 …
That’s less than $2.50 Each!
Marjory Sorrell Rockwell is a bestselling author who had rather be stitching patchwork quilts than writing mysteries. But these whodunits seem to flow out of her like a grandmother telling stories to the family by the fireside.
You will love the small-town adventures of Maddy Madison and her Quilters Club pals — Cookie, Bootsie, Lizzie, and of course Maddy’s precocious granddaughter Aggie. Set in the small Midwestern town (pop. 2,574) of Caruthers Corners, Indiana, this gaggle of middle-age women and their families encounter crooked politicians, murderers, and bank robbers … while dealing with the town’s eclectic history of Indian fighters, witches, Vikings, the Underground Railroad, heritage quilt counterfeiters, Watermelon Festivals, and quarreling founding fathers!
These entertaining cozies have been runaway hits on Amazon, with some titles ranking #14 in the world for Mystery Cozies about Crafts. Great going, Marjory!
Recently, this star mystery writer released her 5th book in the Quilters Club Mystery Series, a heartwarming puzzler titled Sewed Up Tight.
Those quiltmaking gals are at it again, this time taking on the ghost of a forgotten town founder that reputedly roams the old Beasley Mansion, scaring people to death — literally. Based on “true facts” these stories explore the rich history of the Midwest and its easy-going peoples.
You can instantly download Sewed Up Tight for only $3.99 (ebooks readable on your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad/iPod, and other devices). Or you can own a 6″ x 9″ paperback for $14.95 each.
But wait! If you’re not already a reader of the Quilters Club mysteries, you’ll want to catch up. To make that easy, AAeB has created a special bundle — the first four books in the series that lead up to Sewed Up Tight — for only $9.95.
Here you get The Underhanded Stitch, The Patchwork Puzzler, Hemmed In, and Coming Unraveled in one easy-to-read four-volume anthology.
Readers love these gentle mysteries. Amazon reviewers have said:
- “Think: Janet Evanovich. A light mystery that’s very satisfying.”
- “A delightful combination of characters; especially love Grammy and Agnes. Marjory Rockwell sticks to business; no excess digressions. Anyone who enjoys a quick cozy will love this one!”
- “I really love quilting mysteries, so I really enjoyed this book…great price and good mystery. I hope to read more by this author.”
- “Well written, fun characters with realistic dialogue. I enjoyed reading it.”
- “This is a pleasant series and very quick to read. Thanks to the author. I look forward to reading more Quilters Club Mysteries.”
- “The characters are so much fun and one can identify with them if a quilter and mystery fan!”
- “Loved the characters and the way they meshed together! Wish I had neighbors and friends like these; can hardly wait for the next adventure!”
- “Wow! Love these mysteries! Just the right mix of mystery and entertainment, along with colorful characters and a fun setting in a small Midwestern town.”
- “An easy read and just what I need to relax from a hectic schedule. Keep them coming. Real enjoyment.”
- “Marjory Sorrel Rockwell really knows how to spin an entreating mystery that doesn’t need sex or raunchy language to make the story exciting!”
- “I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. I like the characters in the quilt bee/private investigators. It was funny, interesting and an all-around good read. I recommend any of Marjory Sorrell Rockwell’s Quilters Club mysteries.”
And on they go, a growing group of fans who are hooked on these warm and likeable quasi-detectives who love to quilt.
So grab Sewed Up Tight (No. 5) right now. Or catch up quick with this specially priced bundle of the first 4 mysteries in the Quilters Club series.
Online Critics Corner Picks Its Five Favorite AAeB Books of 2014
Absolutely Amazing eBooks has published some terrific books (both ebooks and paperbacks) this past year … but don’t take our word for it.
We called on a group of literary bloggers known as the Online Critics Corner and asked them to tell us which of our 100-plus books they liked best … and why.
Here are their insightful comments:
Hayes Brandwell picks Ebola by Dale Dapkins. “Talk about ‘ripped out of the headlines,’ this thriller shows AAeB can turn on a dime, by publishing this fact-based thriller before Ebola was an item on the nightly news. This little upstart publishing company is (as it describes itself) absolutely amazing when it comes to picking interesting topics.”
“New Concept …”
Byron Rupert McCafferty picks Beth Norvell/The Strange Case of Cavendish by Randall Parrish and H.L. Osterman. “This is a totally new out-of-the-box publishing idea that caught my imagination. A modern-day author paired up with an old-time pulp writer, updating a book for today’s readers. That unique concept was applied to the Western romances of Randall Parish, turning them into illustrated erotic Western thrillers. Adventure and sex, what more could a young man ask for?”
“Eye Candy …”
Marcy Birdweather picks After Life by Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero, and Jane Newhagen and Changing Tides by Alexandra Dietz. “I want to compliment AAeB for adding photography books to its lineup. These two books are Key West centric (the publishing company is based in this Southernmost City). One gives us images from the Key West Cemetery, the above-ground crypts, the eerie mausoleums, the stone angels and decorative cherubs, even the iguanas that inhabit the tumbledown tombs. The photographs are visually wonderful. The second book offers intimate portraits of the eccentric and interesting denizens of the island. These photos reflect a sure eye for characters and intriguing personalities. I’d like to encourage AAeB to publish more photography books; the editors seems to have a knack for discovering fresh new talent.”
“Information please …”
Nicolas Gilmartin Teranzi picks Basics of … books. “Since I’m usually more interested in factual books than fiction, I want to congratulate AAeB on its new how-to line, what could be described as its version of Idiot’s Guides. But these new books don’t treat readers like idiots; more as busy people looking for simple explanations. The eclectic choice of subjects – Business Law, Beekeeping, and even Pottery — indicates a wide-ranging reference series with plenty of surprises to come.”
Martha Griswold picks The Quilters Club Quartet by Marjory Sorrell Rockwell. “I’m a sucker for cozy mysteries, particularly puzzlers that remind me of Angela Lansbury in TV’s “Murder She Wrote.” That’s why I’ve become hooked of AAeB’s Quilters Club Mysteries by Marjory Sorrell Rockwell. But what I want to call out here is something quite new, the bundling of the first four books in the series into a single anthology. I hope the publisher will do this for its other series, providing an easy and affordable introduction for new readers.”
There you have it, the critics have spoken.
If you’d like to sample any of the above titles, you can download them in time for Christmas for only $3.99 each. Paperbacks are available too.
Simply go to your favorite online bookseller and choose the version for your Kindle, Nook, iPad/iPhone, PC, Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy, whatever. The titles are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboBooks, or Absolutely Amazing eBooks.
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