Americans: Daylight for Kindle just $2 for October!

Americans: all month of October, In Broad Daylight is a part of's 20 Kindle Books for $2 deal. That's right: you can get all the crime thriller goodness of In Broad Daylight for just $2 on your Kindle. 

Don't have it? Pick it up.

Have it already, tell somebody else about it. Spread the word. 


Brits: In Broad Daylight now on sale!

Friends and neighbors across the pond! You in the UK! Hey!

Big news is that for all of September In Broad Daylight is just £1 for your British/Scottish/Irish/Welsh Kindle! Hooray Jess Harding!

Here is the link to the book on

So check it out, download a copy now while it's just ONE QUID and enjoy some thrills. Tell your friends! Drop a review on it!

All that goodness can be yours. 

Bonus fact: all month the book has been hovering within and just around the top 100 of Kindle books on This is Awesome Sales! Thanks again to the good people at Thomas & Mercer!

Seth reads from In Broad Daylight at Bird & Beckett Books

Front window of Bird & Beckett BooksFront window of Bird & Beckett BooksClick here to listen or download this audio episode of updates and my live reading from In Broad Daylight.

Here’s the latest reading and live event for In Broad Daylight. I was so happy to visit Bird & Beckett Books here in SF on August 7th. We had a great crowd and this reading comes just as my good friend and co-reader Jim Sidel gears up for the publication of his novel The Last Survey. It'll be coming out from Roundabout Press in 2014.

What’s more news this week is that I'm teaching an ONLINE crime writing class this fall through Stanford Continuing Studies. Info at: 

Writing Mysteries and Thrillers: How to Craft Successful Plot, Action, and Characters

Registration starts August 19 and the class is limited in size so hurry.

Another reading! If you’re here in the Bay Area, I hope you’ll come out this Saturday, August 17th to Borderlands Books in the Mission for a reading from In Broad Daylight. Who knows? You might even see Scott Sigler there! If you'd like a signed copy of IBD, you can pre-order yours from Borderlands following these directions.

Jim SidelJim Sidel

My friends at the Booked Podcast run a sister site to CrimeWAV, one that has a lot of what you guys are looking for: stories, interviews, reviews, you name it! Lots of FREE audio content! I was on there a while back reading from Young Junius. You may recall I co-ran that here. These guys have put together an Anthology of awesome fiction called, The Booked. Anthology! It's now here on Amazon. In it, you’ll find my new story “To the Bone." Need another reason to buy it? Better not. It's here on Amazon. 

My next reading is at Borderlands Books on Aug. 17th, 3PM. If you're able, come on out. If not and you'd like a signed copy of IBD for yourself, here's how to contact them for signed copies.

You in the UK? If so, check out This Is Life here. It's a part of Amazon's UK Kindle 100 for August! Just one quid!

Promos this round are from Mark Berry and J.M. Porup. Music by Kelly Vogel, my sweetie. Her new album Lessons Unexpected is just out and available on iTunes here.

Two San Francisco Readings for In Broad Daylight

San Franciscans: been missing the audio stylings of yours truly? Well now you can come out twice in August to see AND hear me reading from In Broad Daylight. Get your own signed copy too!

The first reading is Wednesday August 7th at 7:00 at Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park (653 Chenery St.). "Killing Your Darlings." This one features my friend Jim Sidel from the Iowa Writers' Workshop reading from his upcoming book The Last Survey. He's an awesome writer and the event is one you won't want to miss. Here's the link for more info:    

The second event is in the friendly halls of our good old friend Borderland Books, the place where podcasters are king! Might even see Scott Sigler show up if you make this one. We kick it off on Saturday afternoon August 17th at 3:00 and hang out until 4:30, then go across the street for an impromptu pub crawl at Phoenix. Be there! It'll rock! Link to more info about the event is here.

The Return of Jewball OR: How a big time author reinvented himself digitally

OR: What you lose (and win!) by being digitally successful vs successful in physical bookstore terms (if those still exist).

I think you'll be interested in this podcast from Litquake's LitCast. It's Neal Pollack speaking as the keynote at Litquake's digi.lit conference in SF this June. [Click here to download now or listen away!] This talk seems particularly relevant to me because Neal's gone down a road very similar to my own. That is, except he's packed stores, gotten six-figure deals in the past and otherwise been very "successful" in traditional NY Publishing terms. He was evan a McSweeney's child! And now he's with Amazon's Thomas & Mercer Imprint, just like me. He explains why, what he's lost by being here and what he's gained. It's very interesting and enlightening listening for any author in today's media space. So check it out. Thank me later.

I first became aware of Neal when he wrote this essay in the NY Times Book Review about why he would self-publish Jewball. He even talked about doing a Kickstarter campaign just about the same time as when I did mine. I posted about all this back here on the AuthorBootCamp site. Now this fills in the rest of the story: how even with the platform of the NYTBR (!) the self-published book didn't sell and he turned to Thomas & Mercer. Definitely a turn I didn't see coming! He didn't even wind up doing the Kickstarter campaign. Why not? Who knows.

Anyway, here's the whole deal. You'll hear a lot that parallels the path I've gone down, the one you've followed me along, and also a lot of the reasons I'm happiest now with Thomas & Mercer. How I plan to keep on keeping on. Actually, on that note, In Broad Daylight is part of Amazon UK's Kindle 100 books for August. If you're over there, drop a review and pick up a copy. It's only ONE QUID! Who looks out for you. That's right. 

The digi.lit conference was great too, by the way. Stay tuned for a future LitCast that features my panel on what writers need to know to self-publish in the new digital space. 

Greater Than Gatsby and Thank You!

In Broad Daylight rocks the charts!

And my author rank leaps into the top 20!

Last week, June 19th specifically, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT was Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal. That means that they marked the price down to $1.99 promoted the living *Daylights* out of it (yes, I did), and it sold a crap ton of  copies!

How many copies? Well, more than Jack Wakes Up has sold EVER!! In one day. How about those Daylights! (again.)

At its apex, IBD peaked in Kindle bestsellers at #5! Those of you who've been with me since the first Palms Sunday will recall that my previous high was #45 overall! So I say, "Woot!" to that. A woot and a holla!

It also hit #1 in Crime, Mystery and Women Sleuths! That's right! NUMBER ONE! 

And me? As you can see below, I made it above our man J.R.R. when I was #76 in Authors on the site. But guess what: it didn't stop there!

You can see that I hit #22 and topped even The Great Fitzgerald. Did it stop there?

NO! I climbed as high as #16 in all authors on Amazon. Can you believe that!?!? That's some elite company.

It was a very exciting ride, as you can imagine. And I want to thank you all for your support. You helped me get here and we did it together. Lots of hard work and elbow grease, but it is and has been worth it! 

Rest assured that I'll keep rocking it, bringing you more awesome content and further FREE podcasts. If you have the gumption, please share the link to In Broad Daylight with your friends on the social medias and tell them about the book. I'm hoping we can keep the chart ride going and make this THE beach reading mystery of the summer!

Kindle Daily Deal: In Broad Daylight!

Wow! Feels like I've been all over the internet today posting this news everywhere BUT here on the blog. Duh! But act now and it's not too late to snap up In Broad Daylight as part of today's Kindle Daily Deal and get it for $1.99. 

Yes, I've been posting here on Twitter and on Facebook and even Google+! So get on board with me on those if you haven't already. Otherwise, here's a recap of today's excitment (so far)! Updates to come.

  • IBD starts out at around 5,000 in books and then rockets to #162 by late morning. 
  • People start seeing IBD advertised on their Kindle screens! (See right.)
  • Finally IBD busts into the Kindle 100 bestsellers in Books! Woot/Holla!
  • Then... Larry Bird's number--it's at #33!
  • Then it goes right into the top ten!
  • It also hits #1 in Crime and #2 in Women Sleuths.
  • By nightfall and this writing, the peak has been #8 in books. Stay tuned for more and go grab up your copy at $1.99 if you get this fast! 


==> Thursday AM update: IBD is now the #5 Kindle Book

AND I'm the #17 author on the site! More pics to come! <==

Link here to grab In Broad Daylight now! Tell your friends!   

*FIXED*--CrimeWAV for June: Johnny Shaw reads "Luck"!

Welcome to the **FIXED** June edition of CrimeWAV. I’m very happy to feature my friend, and label mate from Thomas & Mercer, Johnny Shaw on this month’s show.

Click here to download or listen to the right and edited version of “Luck” by Johnny Shaw.

Johnny Shaw was born and raised in the Desert Southwest on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his novels, DOVE SEASON and BIG MARIA. He is also the creator and editor of the online fiction quarterly BLOOD & TACOS, a loving homage to the men’s adventure paperbacks of the 1970′s & 1980′s.  And for you audio aficionados, check out the Blood & Tacos Podcast.

His short stories have appeared in Blood & Tacos, Plots With Guns, Thuglit, and in a number of anthologies. The story "Luck" first appeared in Thuglit #1, edited by Todd Robinson, another awesome writer and friend of the show. Be sure to check out Todd’s book, The Hard Bounce, when you’re looking for something awesome!

Johnny lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Spinetingler Award-nominated artist Roxanne Patruznick.

You can find him online at or follow him on Twitter @BloodAndTacos

Johnny, Tyler Dilts, Eric Beetner, Gary Phillips, Paul Bishop and myself will be talking crime and hardboiled noir at the California Crime Writers Conference later this month in Pasadena. Come on out if you’re close by.

I’m also happy to present a promo on this week’s show for Mark Berry and his podcast Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun. Find it and listen now on

Thanks for listening. I’ll be back next month with a story from Court Merrigan


Forum for your pics with In Broad Daylight

Matthew McRoberts with IBDMatthew McRoberts with IBDThanks to Matthew McRoberts (see right), we now have a Fanspace Forum to share your pics of yourself with the new book IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. It's called In Broad Daylight and You and now all it needs is... that's right: YOU!

So get on over, add your picture, and join the goodness. We'll get all the pics into a block soon to rotate on the front page. 

If you haven't already gotten your copy of In Broad Daylight, you can get it here from Amazon or pick up a signed copy from Borderlands Books here. Doesn't even have to be a paperback: show your Kindle Love!

THAT is the goods. Still want a free copy? Enter the contest ==> Get yourself to this post and drop a comment to join in the ranks!

In Broad Daylight - Now in Print!

IN BROAD DAYLIGHT is out today! Listen here for my Short Audio Missive about the new release!

You can get it online from Amazon in Paperback and eBook, as well as signed copies at Borderlands Books (info here). I hope you'll pick up a copy!

There are THREE WAYS you can help me make this a big release:

1) Pick up a copy! Go ahead, for Kindle it's just five bucks!

2) Drop a sweet review of In Broad Daylight on Amazon or Goodreads. Do this only if you've already listened to the podcast or read a preview.

3) Help spread the word on social media! Spread links on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, etc. Rock and roll with me! Tell one person or fifty!

What else? Well, I'm holding a contest here all week (at least). Comment below to let me know which main character you'd like to see in the next book I write and/or tell me why YOU deserve a free, autographed copy of In Broad Daylight on your shelf. I'll be picking 3-5 winners soon!

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