Today I’m excited to announce that one of my former students, Harley Mazuk, has his FIRST NOVEL coming out in January from Driven Press! Harley’s stories have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and elsewhere. He’s been working damn hard at this craft and the book will be a dynamite read. Join me in congratulating him today as the book’s cover is revealed:
White with Fish, Red with Murder
Fans of Harley’s writing will already recognize private dick Frank Swiver from several short stories published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. In this, his first full-length story, Frank is caught between his two great loves—wine and women—while on the clock to solve a case.
San Francisco, 1948.
Frank Swiver is a down and out private eye with a taste for wine and women, not necessarily in that order. Frank readily accepts an unexpected job offer from well-known wine connoisseur General Lloyd F. Thursby to find the murderer of his very good friend, Rusty O’Callaghan. Invited to attend an exclusive wine tasting on Thursby’s private rail car, Frank takes along his secretary-come-lover Vera Peregrino to complete his cover. Thursby entices his guests with the promise of a taste of a rare California wine: the Ravensridge Blackbird Noir.
All does not go to plan, though, when General Thursby is murdered before the wine tasting has even begun. Frank is caught up in the allure of his former lover, Cicilia, who also happens to be the dead Rusty O’Callaghan’s widow. Locked into the private carriage until the passengers reach their destination, the guests proceed to pull some corks and theorize who among them could be the killer.
When Vera is arrested for Thursby’s murder, Frank must change his perceptions and find the real killer, or lose both Cici and Vera . . . and maybe even his life.
White with Fish, Red with Murder will be available for pre-order soon.
Harley Mazuk was born in Cleveland, the last year the Indians won the world series. After growing up in Shaker Heights, he attended Hiram College and spent his junior year at Elphinstone College, Bombay University. His B.A. is in English lit, and now that he’s gainfully retired from work, he’s a full-time writer. Harley, his wife, and two children live in Maryland. His passions are writing, reading, and he shares his character P.I. Frank Swiver’s love of California wine.
Video Event: Reading from EVERYONE PAYS at Borderlands Books, San Francisco
Sunday, July 24, 2016: I read from EVERYONE PAYS at Borderlands Books in the Mission, still my favorite bookseller this side of the sun. They’re great and have always supported writers, podcasters, podcasting writers, and everything important in the world. Whenever you come through San Francisco stop in, buy books, tell ’em YOUR BOY sent you.
Lots of great friends, fans, folks came out to this event and stuck around for some awesome Q&A, booksigning, and general love. Many thanks to all of you in attendance!
July 24, 2016—Reading at Borderlands Books, San Francisco.
At 3PM that Sunday I’ll be reading a selection from my newest crime novel EVERYONE PAYS!
The lucky patrons at my all-time favorite bookstore: Borderlands Books will also get to ask YOUR BOY those burning questions and get that custom book inscription which makes all my novels just that much more special on your bookshelf!
Borderlands Books is located in San Francisco’s well-known Mission (District). It’s also the place that carried my crime novel JACK WAKES UP before it was picked up by Random House. Borderlands Books is special to the podcast community having hosted podcast authors and continually believing in our audiences LONG BEFORE anyone else. The store, located in San Francisco at 866 Valencia Street is also unique in that it only sells new and used books of the Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror genres.
Can’t make the event, but you seriously need that autographed edition? It’s covered! The fantastic staff at Borderlands Books are the to take your request! Simply call or email those folks, give them your details and I’ll make sure your personalized hard-cover is safely waiting for you.
Does anyone remember the reading with ‘El Siglericus Maximus’ (the ambitious FDO) at Borderlands Books? If so, I’d love to hear from you, join the Palms Mommas & Palms Daddies Facebook Group and share the memories!
VISIT: Borderlands Books Website and learn about this unique bookstore that sells new and used books and carries only Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror genres.
Amazon / Thomas & Mercer have some COOL SUMMER DEALS this July!
With the first deal you can pick up a Kindle edition my whimsical science-fiction novel: AS MUCH PROTEIN AS AN EGG! It’s a writerly take on the great Kurt Vonnegut’s style and is only ¢.99 all July! Pick up a copy and enjoy!
Next is your opportunity to get a Kindle edition of THIS IS LIFE. This is the second book of the: Jack Palms Crime series and is marked down to just $1.99 for your device all month.
Lastly: a special deal for those crazy Brexit folks! With all the noise in politics and worry about the Pound, I suggest you pick up a nice mystery/thriller to take your mind off the problems. For just a single quid (or just £1 Pound Sterling) get your own Kindle edition of IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, just in case it’s unavailable in the future (kidding)!
Grab them up, tell your friends, and spread that discount-priced goodness!
Thanks to Paul Vogelzang for having me on his show!
It was great to sit down with Paul Vogelzang, the host of “Not Old–Better“, and talk about my newest crime novel EVERYONE PAYS. We also talked about podcasting, teaching, the successful processes of a professional writer and other career path trivia. Good times!
Paul’s got a great audience and I’m very happy to post this interview for both our followers! If you’re new to this blog: Join the Nation (my mailing list) and I’ll send you my Crime Blotter! It’s full of regular updates and news straight from YOUR BOY’s mouth!!
I’M BACK!… with more from my live event at the Mysterious Bookshop this past May. New York City’s famous Mysterious Bookshop is your home (and mine) for all things crime fiction, and a regular stop on any crime novelist’s book tour. We had a great time that night that included a wonderful discussion about the writing process and craft, as well as how I created my newest characters: Clara Donner and Danny Hendricks. If you already have your copy of EVERYONE PAYS you know whom I’m talking about, if not go get your copy today!
What do the first American Private Eyes have in common with classic Jordan “retro” sneakers?
I’m glad you asked, because that’s where I start in my newest essay featured in this month’s edition of Crimespree Magazine. Entitled “From Gunshoes to Gum Soles and Dicks to Kicks”, it’s now available for your inquisitive mind over at: CrimespreeMagDotCom. Read it today, online or wait for the Crimespree Magazine dead-tree edition, to be available in stores near you real soon.
I’ll tell you a secret: you should check out those folks over at Crimespree Magazine. They’re the best at covering my understanding of the World of Crime Fiction. It’s my crime fiction and they’ve got it covered.
Back to my news! In my essay, “From Gumshoes to Gum Soles and Dicks to Kicks”, I get into my own interest in Jordans. How my interest came about and just how many I currently own. What role they play in my writing process? How new protagonist Clara Donner wears her Jordans out on the courts of San Francisco when she plays pickup.
I hope you’ll give it a look over at Crimespree Magazine. Tell ’em YOUR BOY sent you!
The 1995 Classic Jordan XI, the shoe Michael Jordan wore during his BEST NBA SEASON (and my personal pick for best all-time sneaker) goes on sale tomorrow! “Hallelujah!” says this Revivalist… who’s very much interested in purchasing his own pair of the new Navy with GUM SOLES! But good luck buying yourself a pair. These Jordans are a limited release and only a handful of pairs will be sold off to drawing winners!
MAY 12, 2016 — Seth Harwood reads from EVERYONE PAYS at Boston’s Noir @ the Bar
Trident Booksellers & Cafe’s ongoing author appreciation events bring a new installment to the long running national series Noir @ the Bar. Listen as Seth takes to the podium to read from the newest crime novel: EVERYONE PAYS.
This podcast features Chapter One of EVERYONE PAYS, taking you along for a homicide investigation into one of the city of San Fransisco’s uglier cases. Meet my newest protagonist: Clara Donner — Detective with the San Fransisco Police Department.
What’s in a name? Coming up with the title for EVERYONE PAYS.
I’m often asked how I come up with my book titles. For my newest novel: EVERYONE PAYS I had no shortage of ideas. Ultimately, one of the main characters from the novel led the way. In Chapter Nine, Father Michael is walking the streets of the Tenderloin and one particular phrase from his internal monologue stood out from all the other possibilities.
That’s where it came from, but you’ll have to read Chapter Nine to get the full context as to why this became my book title. Of course, EVERYONE PAYS wasn’t the only title in the running before publication. If you’re interested in learning a little about my creative process and my thoughts about choosing this title, check out this post. It’s a list of all my alternate book titles, and the full story of how EVERYONE PAYS earned its name.