Fox Spirit Books items this week:
A terrific review for DRAG NOIR over at British Fantasy. It’s taking a while, but people are discovering this book that brings a unique twist on the noir genre:
What I like about the anthology is that K.A. Laity has taken the time out to make sure she has made her idea live up to the expectations of many noir and drag readers. She has literally had the authors featured here go into the minds of their characters to bring them to life with all their problems, shattered dreams, bad love lives.
Well done to all the writers in this collection: you stepped up to a challenge and brought stories that were fresh ans surprising.
I’ve also got a piece on the Fox Spirit blog today about the necessity of promoting your books. Drag Noir is a good case in point. It’s been a long term commitment, continuing to get the word out to people who don’t know about it but who will appreciate it when they do. People can’t read a book they don’t know about. Let your excitement be known.
And always check whether You Left Your Biscuit Behind.
Apologies for dropping out of things lately: insanely busy trying to catch up. Lots of ways to entertain you, however. Example: read this wonderful review of Drag Noir that came out when I was literally on my way out of the country. Thanks, Plenitude Magazine and Latonya Pennington. The process of finding your audience can be slow, but when you do find them it’s so gratifying.
If you’re interested in crime writing at all, check out this issue of TEXT magazine: Crime Fiction: The Creative/Critical Nexus, edited by Rachel Franks, Jesper Gulddal and Alistair Rolls. I am very happy to have my close analysis of Dorothy B. Hughes’ The Expendable Man [PDF download].
But you want pictures, right? The whole album can be found here, but let me show you a glimpse of this amazing city (click pictures to embiggen). And there’s still the manuscript exhibit to upload!
I head out today to fly to Venice, where Renato Bratkovič will meet me to drive me to Slovenia for the Alibi Crime Conference where I will be one of the featured writers. I’m really looking forward to it: I’ve never been to Venice or to Slovenia so that’s exciting. Everyone seemed to have a grand time at the first conference last year. I’m sure I will post pictures or commentary as I go along though perhaps not as much as usual. Check my Twitter feed (which appears in the right hand column of this blog) or Facebook if you’re there. Of course I’ll write up my adventures when I return. Maybe I’ll run into a certain Venetian Lion…
I’m very happy to see HOW TO BE DULL getting out there in the world. It’s the antidote to our too ‘interesting’ times. Thanks Beverly Bambury for sharing the photo (and check out her publicity business!
Act quick and you can get the new edition of Drunk on the Moon for FREE!
This brand-spanking-new edition of Drunk on the Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology is FREE! for a limited time, thanks to Mr Brit Grit himself, Paul D Brazill, who created the werewolf detective and the crazy City he prowls. Take a gander at the contents:
Drunk On The Moon by Paul D Brazill
The Darke Affair by Allan Leverone
It’s a Curse by K A Laity
Insatiable by B R Stateham
Fear the Night by Julia Madeleine
Back to Nature by Jason Michel
Getting High on Daisy by Richard Godwin
Silver Tears by John Donald Carlucci
A Fire in the Blood by Katherine Tomlinson
Broken Bicycles by Graham Wynd
Great fun to play with Mr B’s world. Of course of course of course the title’s inspired by a Fall song. What’s that you say? It should have been inspired by a Tom Waits song? Well, that’s okay for normal people. Oh whatever! Just go get it and read all the stories including a new one by Graham Wynd.
Click the cover above to get it or just click here.
Up for grabs today: the 2nd Hard Boiled Witch saga, Toil and Trouble! Collect them all. Just 99¢/99p each (buy UK) for all the adventures of Dundee’s favourite witch.
Click the picture to buy!
Hecate Sidlaw finds herself caught between a wannabe witch and one of the oldest hereditary powers in the land. When she and her familiar Henry end up as seconds in a magical duel, will anyone be left standing at the end of the shootout? Enter the dark streets and weird magic of HARD-BOILED WITCH and your life will never be quite the same. This is the second episode in the short story series.
Also, be sure to wish my sweetie @lochee a Happy Birthday 🙂 wish I could be there to bake him a cake.
Happy Halloween! All this week, the first Hard-Boiled Witch is FREE! Help yourself and then try the others. They’re just 99¢/99p each. Click the image below or head to your Amazon.
Hecate Sidlaw eats punks like you for breakfast — at least that’s what her familiar Henry claims. When someone needs a protection spell or a nasty hex, they knock on her door. Hecate can handle most magical problems, but what happens when a new crime kingpin gets a magic man of their own?
This 20-page ebook single is the first in a new series from the author of WHITE RABBIT, OWL STRETCHING, and the CHASTITY FLAME thriller series.
“Laity has been proving for quite some time now that her noir prose ranks right up there with the likes of Meg Abbott, Dorothy B. Hughes, and Sara Paretsky.”
~ Vincent Zandri
“Laity knocks your socks off with the language and also with the dialog.”
~ Les Edgerton
“Laity is probably a figment of her own imagination, and what an imagination that is! A witty and inventive wordsmith. A natural storyteller. A one off!”
~ Paul D. Brazill
“Laity mixes genres in ways that are always rewarding… a compelling writer who is utterly readable.”
~ Richard Godwin
CHASTITY FLAME ADVENTURES BOX SET
This box set includes:
Chastity Flame, #1
Move over James Bond!
Chastity Flame works for a nameless organization. You won’t hear about the work she does either. She loves her job as a secret government operative. She foils criminal masterminds, travels the world, and finds new lovers in every city. Saving the world is hard work but will she risk the security of her country for some really wild sex . . . and the possibility of love?
Lush Situation, #2
Chastity Flame is back and hotter than ever. She’s sworn off meeting her irresistible colleague Damien, but how long can they really stay apart? Maybe a broken heart will make it easier to bury herself in work – and kick a few asses.
A Cut-Throat Business, #3
There’s a killer loose in London, protected in high places. Chastity Flame needs to look in the places the police can’t—or won’t—while a rogue colleague dogs her steps, looking for the key to secrets in her past. Can she find the killer before his blood lust rises again? And how will she cope with the most dangerous mission—moving in with her boyfriend, Damien.
Fabulous original cover design by SL Johnson Images!