New Look – New Bargains for October!

New Look – New Bargains for October!

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You have probably noticed that the blog looks different.  If you click on through to the CROSSROAD PRESS ONLINE STORE you’ll see that has changed, as well.  We are nearing the end of a major makeover – upgrading to a more professional, and integrated store and blog in the hope of serving our readers (and our authors) better.

I’ll make this short and then, hopefully, work back into a more regular routine of posting.

Working with authors Trish & Rob MacGregor (and through tireless formatting hours by myself, David Dodd & Aaron Rosenberg) we have reincarnated the Sydney Omarr Astrology series – one book of annual predictions for each sign.  Trish & Rob were the authors of this series for NAL, but the publisher has dropped it … now it lives again.  You can get all 12 in eBook and PRINT from the Crossroad Press Store or your favorite retailer.

BARGAINS: We have been busy with Book Bub promotions.  Live now is a .99 promotion on the children’s book THE SKELETON INSIDE ME … there is also audio, read by the talented Gigi Shane.  Coming up on the 10th James Dalessandro’s CITIZEN JANE will be featured at Bookbub in a True Crime promotion – and will also be available for .99.  His novel 1906 – which is amazing, and takes place during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake – will also be .99 during that period as part of a different promotion… this book is now re-released in audio – narrated by Gigi Shane – and is a must read for historical mystery buffs…

We have a new omnibus, just published, featuring the first three books of Paul Dale Anderson’s INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH series… the omnibus is only $2.99 and leads on into a much longer series.  This is also part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.  If you use that program, we have a number of books available through there, including historical romance, horror, mysteries and Ingo Swann’s “Penetration” which sounds dirty – but is about Alien contact and alternate dimensions…fascinating stuff.

Also in a a new omnibus format are the first three novels of Al Sarrantonio’s ORANGEFIELD Cycle – with Halloween creeping up on you, you don’t want to miss those…

Let us know what you think of the blog’s new look, and the store… we have gone GREEN (as in SSL) though we keep and process NO CREDIT CARD INFO in our store itself, using Paypal to handle that.  That said, account data is secure, and we are available anytime help is needed.

On to October!

The Link to our Store

We are in the midst of major changes here.  Among those was the installation of an SSL certificate.  Our store is on a sub-domain of crossroadpress.com – and there was a DNS entry that had to be removed for this to operate properly.  While we are waiting for that to propagate across the Interwebz… please use this link to reach the store, and sorry for any inconvenience.

CROSSROAD PRESS ONLINE STORE

-DNW

End of April Update – New Stargate SG-1 Novel MORE

End of April Update – New Stargate SG-1 Novel MORE

sg126webJust a very quick update … Fandemonium Books has just released Amy Griswold’s “Stargate SG-1 – Murder at the SGC” … we have this at Crossroad Press in ePub and Mobi formats.  You can find it at: The Crossroad Press Online Store

Also just released in hardcover and trade paperback formats:

John McIlveen’s debut collection: INFLICTIONS

and David Niall Wilson’s novel ANCIENT EYES – previously only available in a signed limited edition.

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An update to the MEAN STREETS STORY BUNDLE … not only does this bundle include the original 11 novels, four by Crossroad Press authors Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Tom Piccirilli, Clive Barker and David Niall Wilson – but now it includes TWO BONUS NOVELS – David Niall Wilson’s The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & The Crazy Case of Foreman James – and a book featuring Steven Savile’s JACK STONE…  That’s 13 BOOKS and you pay what you want.  Part of the money goes to charity.  It’s a good deal, and I hope you’ll pop on over to http://storybundle.com/crime and check it out…

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April Sales – New O.C.L.T. – Mysteries – More

April Sales – New O.C.L.T. – Mysteries – More

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Buy our newest books at AMAZON.COM / BARNES & NOBLE / One of our first original series projects was the series The O.C.L.T. – and I’m happy to announce that a new book is up for pre-order in that series, another is on the way, and the first four books are now part of an Omnibus edition, so you can catch up to where we are.  This omnibus contains:

Brought to Light – by Aaron Rosenberg
The Parting – by David Niall Wilson
The Temple of Camazotz – by David Niall Wilson
Incursion – by Aaron Rosenberg

It also includes a sneak preview of the tie-in novel No Laughing Matter by Kurt Criscione and an excerpt from the new novel – up for pre-order – Crockatiel – An O.C.L.T. novel. This book also features the character Cletus J. Diggs… it will release on May 1st, and the eBook is up for pre-order on all retail sites. If you are reading this newsletter, and would like a free copy of this book in return for a review, e-mail us at publisher@crossroadpress.com.

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Also new for April:

Shards – by Tom Piccirilli
Deep-Fried Homicide – a Laurel Falls Mystery – by Patricia Lee Macomber
Shadowman – by Dennis Etchison
Melody of Vengeance – by Michael A. Black
12-1: Twelve Short Thrillers & a Play – by Raymond Benson
Seacliff – by Felicia Andrews
The Great Apparitions of Mary – by Ingo Swann

Top Ten Bestselling eBooks in iBooks from Crossroad Press 3-13-2015

Top Ten Bestselling eBooks in iBooks from Crossroad Press 3-13-2015

Name Author Category Published
1906 – A Novel James Dalessandro Historical 01/22/13
A Murder of Mysteries Neal Barrett Jr., William Bayer, Raymond Benson, Bill Crider, Ed Gorman, Rob MacGregor, T. J. MacGregor, Patricia Lee Macomber, Jeff Markowitz, Deborah Morgan, Dave Pedneau, Bill Pronzini, Robert J. Randisi, David Niall Wilson & T. M. Wright Mysteries & Thrillers 12/18/14
The Thief of Always Clive Barker Paranormal 08/30/13
SGA-16 Homecoming Jo Graham Adventure 03/07/11
Cabal Clive Barker Horror 01/31/14
SGA-19 The Furies Jo Graham Science Fiction 06/20/12
SGA-20 Secrets Melissa Scott Science Fiction 08/15/12
SGA-17 The Lost Jo Graham Adventure 03/13/11
The Woman Jack Ketchum Horror 02/04/11
SGA-18 Allegiance Melissa Scott Science Fiction 11/30/11
Top Ten Crossroad Press titles on Nook 3-13-2015

Top Ten Crossroad Press titles on Nook 3-13-2015

Top Ten Audiobooks from Crossroad Press 3-13-2015

Top Ten Audiobooks from Crossroad Press 3-13-2015

These are the top ten audiobook titles currently from Crossroad Press! Check them out at Audible.com / Amazon.com and on iTunes!

Paul Dale Anderson’s “Instruments of Death Series” – An Introduction

Paul Dale Anderson’s “Instruments of Death Series” – An Introduction

IODOne of the things about traditional publishing that has always gotten my hackles up is the genre-specific marketing that rules it.  Through the 70s, 80s and 90s there was a very literal plague of novels that were doomed from the outset by being miscast to fit available slots.

In particular, a lot of novels were slapped between paperback covers with raised foil lettering and lots of blood in the imagery that were labeled “horror”.  These books came out like clockwork, sat on the shelves a short time, and disappeared to be replaced by another round of the same.  I actually had an agent during that period who told me I missed a chance.  I was out at sea, and could have been published in the big horror glut of the 80s, but there was a slot, and a time-frame and I missed it.  Didn’t matter if the book was good, just that it existed.  I’m sort of glad I missed out on that.

Anyway, a lot of good books got labeled incorrectly during that period, and among those books were a series of police procedurals that happened to include serial killers and some violence, by Paul Dale Anderson.

Paul is with Crossroad Press now, and we are re-structuring his series INTO a series and marketing them more appropriately.  Don’t get me wrong.  Horror readers will enjoy these but they are more accurately categorized in the bigger world of mysteries and thrillers, and they are definitely a series, though until now they have not been marketed as such.  We have a brand new book in the series due out soon… so I thought I’d have Paul write about  these – where the inspiration came from (shades of Kay Scarpetta).  Without further ado, I give you:

An Introduction to Paul Dale Anderson’s Instruments of Death series

I lived in Chicago and worked at the American Society of Clinical Pathologists’ Chicago headquarters, directly across West Harrison Street from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, when I wrote Claw Hammer. My ASCP job was to sell continuing education classes to pathologists, and I got to sit in on many of those classes because I was the person who registered them for various courses. I set up microscopes in classrooms at conference centers, ran the overheads and slide projectors, hawked new books published by the Society or the College of American Pathologists, and hosted elaborate cocktail parties for the Docs at national medical conferences. One of those ASCP classes featured the latest techniques of tool mark analysis available to forensic pathologists interested in identifying the instrument of death, and I was fascinated to learn about the variety of ways people quite often used common household implements to kill beloved family members and friends.

That class reminded me of several terrible tragedies that had happened to grade-school classmates of mine in my own hometown of Rockford, Illinois. I recalled awakening one dawn to the sound of sirens when I was only about eight or nine. I learned that a neighbor had allegedly gone crazy during the night and killed his entire family—all but one daughter who survived–with a claw hammer. The milkman, the same milkman who had just delivered milk to my house, discovered the bodies when he entered the neighbor’s house to put milk in the refrigerator. as he normally did twice a week. In those Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver days of the early 1950s, people were very trusting and nobody ever locked their back doors. All that changed, of course, after an entire family was killed in our close-knit suburban neighborhood. It never dawned on us that locking the doors would do no good if the killer lived inside the house and had keys.

Not long after that first tragedy, the mother of another female grade-school friend was electrocuted in her bathtub. Supposedly, a radio fell off a shelf and added 110 volts to an afternoon bubble bath and fried the lady like a lobster. Police arrested the lady’s husband and charged him with her murder. My young friend had to leave school to go live with her grandparents. I never saw her again.

One of my favorite uncles, Eric Ekebom, was a Rockford police detective sergeant and I remember asking to see his gun when I was too young to know any better. He told me he hadn’t had to use his gun even once in more than twenty years on the police force. He did carry a gun, he explained, but he said he really didn’t need one because “Good detectives use their brains and not guns to catch criminals.” I’ll always remember that. Eric was the detective who reorganized the Rockford Police Department’s record bureau in the 1930s. He became the police department’s forensic and identification expert, and he served as the President of the International Association for Identification, the largest forensic organization in the world, from 1956 to 1957.

When Pinnacle Books bought two of my novels and wanted them delivered right away, I wrote a rough draft of Claw Hammer and sent it off with the expectation I would have time to revise and polish the manuscript. I had one day between the time I received the page proofs and the deadline for getting the completed novel back to New York in time to make the publishing window. I over-nighted the proofs back. I have never missed a writing deadline in my life. In the old days when I was learning the newspaper business, we published what we had in order to make a deadline even if we didn’t yet have the full story. “Go with what ya got,” the editor called out as the deadline approached. Some stories were incomplete or inaccurate. We knew we always had the next day’s edition to round out the details or publish a correction. I’m glad Claw Hammer endured to see a next edition.

Claw Hammer was my first published psychological horror novel, and since its original publication in 1989 I have written nine additional suspense-thrillers/police-procedural novels set in imaginary Riverdale, Illinois. Riverdale is a combination of my native Rockford and Aurora and Oak Park, plus images from a dozen other northern Illinois cities where I’ve lived and written novels. Carl Erickson, the homicide detective from Claw Hammer, also appears in Pickaxe, Icepick, Sledgehammer, Box Cutter, and Pinking Shears. After Carl retires, Troy Nolan and Andy Sinnott take over Carl Erickson’s roles, both detectives appearing in Pickaxe, Icepick, and Meat Cleaver.

My comfort zone is sitting at my keyboard inside my own house writing novels and short stories or reading novels and short stories for review. When Gretta M. Anderson, my wife of 27 years, died three years ago, I abandoned the real world for multiple fantasy worlds where I could control the outcome of human interactions. Writing kept me relatively sane. Andy Sinnott is a lot like me. But you already guessed that, didn’t you?

I write not only for me and to maintain sanity, but I write for people just like me—and like you, dear reader–who love to read a good mystery. I try, first and foremost, to tell a good story because I love good stories. Some of my stories get really weird, and many of my characters bleed and feel pain and some die. I view the world as a dangerous place where bad things happen to good people. Not all of my stories have a happy ending. I hope you’re as glad as I am that Icepick does end happily for most of the characters. You’ll meet many of the same characters again in other novels. Unfortunately, not all of them survive.

I am neither a medical doctor nor a forensic scientist, nor am I a police officer or a civil engineer. I have, however, worked with medical doctors, forensic scientists, police officers, and civil engineers, and I have two earned master’s degrees and most of a doctorate. I have done extensive medical research for more than twenty years. I always try my best to be accurate in my descriptions of medical and police procedures. I also served time in the military, including tours in construction engineer units, and I am familiar with a variety of firearms. Nevertheless, my novels are works of fiction that spring from my imagination, and I do take liberties with verisimilitude in order to tell a good story. For me, story comes first. If you want fact-filled books, I can recommend a few textbooks you might find interesting. If you want good stories, read my novels.

** Editor’s Note**

We are PROUD to bring this entire series of books back in digital, and new additions in all formats, and even happier to bring some very cool mystery thrillers to a new readership who probably would never have picked up a Pinnacle Horror novel back in the day. Gotta love being “the publisher”.

 

-DNW

Steven Paul Leiva April 11th in Glendale, CA By the Sea Signing

Steven Paul Leiva April 11th in Glendale, CA By the Sea Signing

byseasteveYou are most cordially invited to my slightly different author event on April 11 at 2 PM, celebrating not just the release of my latest novel, “By the Sea,” but also the art of fiction and one of the finest independent bookstores in the country — Malcolm & Christine Bell’s Mystery & imagination/Bookfellows in Glendale, California.

The slightly different bit? The only copies of By the Sea, either hardcover or trade paperback, that will be available that day will be those that you have PRE-ORDERED FROM BOOKFELLOWS by calling Christine at 818-545-0121 by March 25.

Now why in the hell would we do this? Because I’ve arranged with my publisher, Handsome David Niall Wilson of Crossroad Press, to give Bookfellows a larger than normal bookstore discount for those pre-orders. So, every book you buy boosts a bit of the profit going to the store. And you get a discount as well. The hardcover retails at $29.99, but you’ll get it for $26.00. The trade paperback retails for $16.99, but you’ll get it for $15.00.

“By the Sea” is a modern comic adult fairy tale with an ensemble cast of Cinderellas. Instead of a kingdom by the sea, our story takes place in and around a residential hotel by the sea. The architecturally eclectic Briers Hotel is situated on Leech Beach, a not particularly inviting beach, being often fog-bound and always scruffy. But it’s the perfect setting for our Cinderellas, male and female, who put up with the scruffy-ness of life while striving to make it through their various personal seaside fogs. Theater; art; antiques; old movies; sex; more sex; death; fast and slow cars, chicken shit and cow poop; military bearing and erotic emissions — not to mention the wicked witch, the sea serpent by the sea shore, the village ogre, the village idiot, and several Prince Charmings — all figure into this merry tale with a multitude of happy endings.

More information on “By the Sea” can be had on my blog at:http://tinyurl.com/btsleiva

Bookfellows was Ray Bradbury’s favorite bookstore in his late years, as I detailed in one of my blogs on The Huffington Post, which you can find athttp://tinyurl.com/rbfav. But the important thing to note about Malcolm & Christine’s gem of a bookshop, is that it is the only independent bookstore in the Los Angeles area, maybe in the country, that has an emphasis on fiction. They have a heavy stock of fiction including mysteries, thrillers & suspense; science fiction & fantasy (the Mystery & Imagination half) and mainstream & literary fiction (the Bookfellows half). This makes Bookfellows an incredibly important resource for lovers of this most important of art forms.

Our event will be introduced by Jeff Cannata, fine actor, popular internet TV host, and brilliant podcaster (We Have Concerns — a top iTunes podcast), who also happens to have recorded a wonderful performance reading my novel, “Traveling in Space,” for the audiobook book edition which came out last year.

I will speak on moving from genre to genre in the writing of fiction, and read from Chapter One of “By the Sea.”

We will have munchies and libations, and there will be a RAFFLE!!

When you pick up your pre-ordered copy of By the Sea from Christine you will be given a raffle ticket, and at the end of the event we will raffle off a few obvious and a few unique items — detailed in the various postings below.

If you cannot make it on April 11, or live outside of the Los Angeles area, but would still like to support this maker of fiction and the bookstore that loves my kind of scribbler, call Christine at 818-545-0121 and order the book by March 25, and I’ll sign it for you that day. Christine will then send it off to you poste-haste.

I do hope you can join us on April 11 at 2 PM for a celebration of telling tales, creating characters, crafting scenes, and of this most wonderful of bookstores wherein such arts are cherished and given a clean and well-lighted place.

Congratulations TOM PICCIRILLI – Bram Stoker Finalist with Forgiving Judas

Congratulations TOM PICCIRILLI – Bram Stoker Finalist with Forgiving Judas

Crossroad Press would like to take a special moment to congratulate author and poet TOM PICCIRILLI – who have now become the first Crossroad Press author to make the list of finalists for The Bram Stoker Awards, presented by The Horror Writer’s Association …  Forgiving Judas is an original poetry collection, available currently in digital in all formats and available soon in print.

Forgiving Judas (B&N)Buy now at Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble.com / Smashwords / Apple

Tom has been with Crossroad Press longer than almost any other author.  We have been grateful and proud to work with him, and all of us are happy that he has been recognized once again for his talent.

You can get a copy of this award-nominated volume by clicking any of the links above.  It wil be available soon in print, and we’ll announce pricing and availability.

-CP