New Editions AND the NEW ADDITION!

That's Willa Evelyn Harwood in the middle.

Lately I've been spending a fair amount of time pondering the difference between the words "edition" and "addition." Today they come into play like never before as Thomas & Mercer publishing releases new editions of both THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNIUS. In no small part this is due to your support! I thank you once again for all your patronage and assistance in making my writing career a reality. I'm super excited about working together and the new opportunities this partnership involves--basically, Thomas & Mercer is a publishing wing of Amazon and they'll be using powers of the mighty sales site to promot and merchandize the book.

On the other hand, there's an addition that I'm even more proud of: that's my little girl, Willa Evelyn Harwood, who was three weeks old yesterday! (Her birthday is 1/28.) She's gaining weight, healthy as any parent could ask for and seems *very* advanced for her age (not my words)! I'm pretty sure she'll be reading within the month. (Kidding.)

If I may be so bold as to ask you for another favor, please help me to spread the word about This Is LIfe and Young Junius. You've likely bought them before. Now a good review, a Fb "Like" or a word to your friends can do so much! I'll be announcing new giveaways in the days and weeks to come. I look forward to your participation. As always, I'm also happy to sign your copies. Just drop a line and ask me. 

More audio, CrimeWAV stories and dispatches from Palms Nation to come. As always, I'm yer boy.

One Week to New Releases, Palms Baby Addition AND new CrimeWAV now!

First things first: here in the Palms Universe, there is a new addition -- a Palms Baby! Little Willa Evelyn Harwood has arrived. You can see some pics of her and geek out with me here on Facebook. Fatherhood? It's absolutely awesome and amazing. You already knew that? Yeah, I know you did.

What's more, in less than a week, Thomas & Mercer releases YOUNG JUNIUS and THIS IS LIFE -- both on Feb 19. Depending on how you look at it, either your faves are now out for you to read, share with your friends and review online, OR they're back from a new publisher to jump all over the Amazon charts. Either way, they'll be here soon! Snap 'em up, tell your friends, review, all that goodness!

I'll be back on Tuesday to give you more news and touch base, but for now here is Richie Narvaez giving you his new story "Ibarra Goes Down" from CrimeWAV! Click here to download or listen to "Ibarra Goes Down." Enjoy it!

If you'd like to enter on Goodreads to win a copy of THIS IS LIFE, follow this link. Good luck! 

Please tell your friends about the new releases and help to spread the word however you can. Thank you for helping to make it all a reality! --yer boy!

Back to the WAV! Jed Ayres reads "Hoosier Daddy!"

The CrimeWAV and therefore your boy Seth Harwood are both BACK!!

As Rakim says, "it's been a long time." And it has.

Apologies about that fade-ish-ness. But here things are again: me (Your friendly neighborhood Future Urban Crime Kingpin), a story (in this case Hoosier Daddy by Jed Ayres), and You. The three of us together at long last.

So grab your ear buds, pop 'em in that iPhone which now likely streams our stuff without any troublesome downloading and... click on the following link:

Jedidiah Ayres reads "Hoosier Daddy." -- Click here to listen or download. 

Jedidiah Ayres is the author of the collection A F*ckload of Shorts and Fierce Bitches (due in early 2013). He is also co-editor of the anthologies Noir at the Bar volumes 1 & 2 and D*CKED: Dark Fiction Inspired By Dick Cheney. Find him at his blog Hardboiled Wonderland

Bouchercon Bound!

Hey there! Tomorrow night, 10/4/12 I'm flying out of SFO bound for CLEVELAND and this year's Bouchercon Conference The World Crime and Mystery Convention.

On Friday afternoon, I'll be appearing on the panel "Morality in Crime Fiction" (Fri 2:45-3:35) led by Ali Karim and featuring some great authors! More on that here at Ali's blog.  The complete listing of scheduled events and panels is here. Enjoy the con!

If you'll be there, I hope you'll come find me and say hi. If you want to meet up, email me or hit me on Twitter/Facebook.  -- Yer Boy!!

20-Minute Discussion on Writing and Craft

Couple of weeks back I had this conversation with Brion and Dave of the Roundtable Writers Podcast. We covered a lot of ground (see minutes below) and really got into some interesting stuff. I hope you'll enjoy it and maybe even get something out of the listen. Let me know what you think when you're through. Comments here are much appreciated.

Click here to download/listen to Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Seth Harwood

In case you're interested, see the episode's full breakdown after the break.

Three Book Deal and a Film Option!

COMING SOON!COMING SOON!In FallIn FallYeah. Wow. So today's news is BIG. And I've had to wait on it for a long time now. Then, last night PubMarketplace dropped the following (in deals/sales):  

Seth Harwood's IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, about a smart, tough FBI Agent as she tracks a serial killer in Alaska, to Andrew Bartlett at Thomas & Mercer, plus the previously-published THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNIUS, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World).

Film rights to YOUNG JUNIUS, the story of a fourteen-year-old boy avenging his brother's murder in the housing projects of 1980s Boston, optioned by producer Daniel Wolfe, by Brooke Ehrlich of Brooke Ehrlich Artist Management.

FallFallWhat this means is that Thomas & Mercer (Amazon's crime imprint) will publish This Is Life, Young Junius and In Broad Daylight!! These will be available in both print and ebook format. Three books! It's looking like This Is Life and YJ will come this fall, likely October, with IBD to follow in the spring. And...

AND... And we've sold an option on Young Junius for FILM!!! As you'll see in the above video, Daniel Wolfe, an awesome up-and-coming director is definitely the man for this job. He loved the book, wanted the option, got it, and now we'll see where this leads. I've been really impressed with his work thus far, including this awesome video for Time To Dance by the Shoes (warning: NSFW, disturbing and awesome!) starring a famous actor you'll recognize immediately.

The timing here is entirely coincidental, but I also leave tomorrow morning for five weeks of vacation and writing! I'll be in southern France and Western Mass. Couldn't be more excited! Drop a comment and let me hear from ya!

Happy Palms Mommas Day!

Did you know the day after Mothers Day is now officially Palms Mommas Day? Sure is! Now you’ve heard.

I’m here to say a big thank you to all the lovely and wonderful Palms Mommas out there. Hello, thank you, and I’m thinking of you. Much, much love.

So what do you get that wonderful Palms Momma on your list? I can tell you about a couple of new and cool items in the SH Bookstore online. For every item purchased, I’ll refund $2 as a way of saying thanks. Thanks to you and to help you get that Palms Momma something nice.

First up, in The Name of Palms, we’ve got THIS IS LIFE and, for a limited time, Czechmate to put on your bookshelves.

Also the new in print A Long Way from Disney. This collection is a really big hit with all the mothers and mommas out there! Get yours a copy today and let me know how you want me to personalize her copy.

A few of you have been asking for me to sell audiobooks on the site. Well, I’ve finally done it. In Broad Daylight, featuring the ultimate Palms Momma—Jess Harding—is now available for sale as a big single download. It’s a folder of all the book’s audio files, trimmed just to one good, long listen. Grab a download today and put it in somebody’s ear—gently, and with love.

Thanks for your continued support and stay tuned. Lots more great stuff happening this spring and summer. Just around the corner.

Re-Podcast: What Happened to Everything c/o WordPlaySound

Hey folks!

I'm happy to be back in your ear-piece today with this re-podcast of an old Disney story "What Happened to Everything." (Click to listen)

I met Ryan Singleton at this year's AWP conference in Chicago and he told me about his new literary stories podcast WordPlaySound. We were able to collaborate on this story that he featured here.

I hope you enjoy the story. If you'd like to a copy of A Long Way from Disney, you can find them in print NOW here. Enjoy! I'd be so happy to sign one for ya!

Book Guys Interview and K7 Questions!

Okay okay! Yes, it's been too long since you called in and asked your K7 questions about In Broad Daylight! This goes without saying. My bad. Maximum.

But now I'm here, joined by Paul the Book Guy talking shop, Palms, action and yes, answering your K7 questions whether they're spoilers or not! So come on and give a listen!

Click here to download or listen to Book Guys Ep 40 - Palms Sunday

We're also joined on the show by Sir Jimmy and the amazing teenaged novelist Spencer Brokaw! This kid will knock your socks off! Check out his website: Spencer Brokaw's Web Site and get your copy of The Impenetrable Spy right here. He wrote it when he was ten. Damn! How many ten year olds do you know who can spell Impenetrable!?!?!

Thanks to everybody for being on the show, especially to Paul Alves for putting it together. Enjoy!

The Wrong Kind of Reading with Pinckney Benedict

I can't say enough how thrilled I am to be featured on this podcast with Pinckney Benedict. As someone who has been reading his work in prize story anthologies for a while, it's great to share the stage.

Click here to download or listen to the complete episode.

This episode comes courtest of the fine folks at Booked. The Booked Podcast is a regular weekly installment of fine fiction coming to your ears from live events, along with reviews and interviews. The staff there is Livius Nedin, Robb Olson and Mlaz Corbier. They're as good a bunch of guys as you could ask for.

Thanks to them for recording and distributing this event!

First Pinckney reads from Pig Helmet and the Wall of Life and then after a short delay, I read from Young Junius. Hope you enjoy!

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