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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Critic in Me

I've been called a critic from a large magazine. I regularly post in Suspense Magazine.

" Many people look to you for advice regarding what to read, and your endorsement means a great deal." Isabella Maldonado, author of Blood's Echo that I called a "high-octane thriller."

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I cover blurbed Deborah Ledford's police procedural series as "Raising suspense to a higher level," "White-knuckle suspense at an electrifying pulse," and " Standing round of applause for this blast of a thriller." She is now an Edgar Award winner and three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize.

I hit the cover again with John Lescroat's novel, penning Damage will leave you gasping.

The Someday Quilts Mysteries by Claire O'Donohue got her protagonist, Nell           Fitzgerald, dubbed ” A modern day Jane Marple on steroids.”

Outpost Hell by Jake Bible - "a darkly comical sci-fi battle for survival...  put H G Wells creations The Island of Dr. Moreau to shame"

John David Bethel's Blood Moon "... will leave you wondering about the depravity of humans for the sake of blood money."

Kill 'Em With Kindness by C S DeWildt, "A true pulp fiction tale of redneck noir "

"2016 book of the year by far." The Rabbi's Knight by Michael J Cooper.

No Angel (My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hell's Angels) by Jay Dobyns. 

"Gritty, raw, explicit's like a wreck you know is going to happen but you can't look away ..."

Until Her Darkness Goes by Rana Kelly "...fresh exposé on an old, worn theme, sex, drugs and rock and roll."
Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams "
an electrically charged plot, sinister and evil, one jolt after another, keeping the reader amped."

J. E. Gurley's Shadow Walker  "Street-tough guide to the netherworld"

All examples of what I can do for you so why are you not having your publishers send your latest and greatest to me today. Reach me at markpsadler@gmail

Monday, February 29, 2016

What do mystery writers read? Or do they?

During Left Coast Crime 2016 #LLC2016 I was a little, I was going to say alarmed, but lets cut it down to concerned, to hear comments to the point that as authors we don't read very much anymore; we are too busy writing. Makes you wonder do we read each others books? Mystery writers are very friendly willing to help their fellow writers with advise, marketing ideas, passing on of knowledge etc. but to what avail if we don't stop and smell the book glue?
Doubling duty as a reviewer as well as author, I do read many of my friends books and there are some magnificant books to be consumed. I also feel that even as genre writers we don't need to pigeon-hole our style and should feel the ability to pass on a little literature into our work. I asked some if they had read particular authors that I have made a habit of reading just because they are gosh, just darn good storytellers and was surprised to be met with blank looks.
Now while these authors names may not trip off the tongue as easily as say John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Wouk, Norman Mailer, Daphne du Maurier, Graham Greene, John Le Carre, Stephen King the following as especially worthy of your attention (recommended books in parentheses). Nevil Shute (A Town Like Alice; The Pied Piper; The Chequer Board), Jim Crace (Harvest; Quarantine; The Pest House; All That Follows), Jennifer McMahon (Winter People; Dismantled; Promise Not To Tell), Jo Nesbo (the Harry Hole detective series), David Morrell - pick any you can't go wrong, Paul Cleave (his Theodore Tate detective series), Luis Alberto Urrea (The Hummingbird's Daughter; Queen of America; Into The Beautiful North).
It’s okay to put down the laptop for a little while and get lost in someone else’s world for the moment. It may expand your horizons and expand the grey matter and who knows, improve your writing.

Monday, February 22, 2016

While spending the last three years writing Kettle of Vultures I continued to grow a list of agents or publishers to send my novel to upon completion. Unlike with non-fiction, publishing professionals are generally only interested in fiction after it is completed.
During the years I was writing I also continued to read and review other’s novels for Suspense Magazine and as a Vine reviewer for Amazon. A friend, knowing of my review work, asked me to look at a debut novel that a New York attorney had recently had published. She had written about it, and him, on her blog and since it was a police-procedural thought of me as a way to get him a little more exposure. I was happy to do so.
The novel itself was fine, I was happy to review it and recommend it. A good solid debut crime novel. As I finished it I thought that in comparison mine was at least as good, and so I wondered who his publisher was. Perhaps they would take a chance with Kettle of Vultures.
I approached Moonshine Cove Publishing, and the rest is history. Within a few weeks I had signed a contract and have been preparing the final version of the book and preparing for publication and marketing. There have been back and forward emails as the publishers and I go over all the final edits to be sure the novel is perfect to be read. In the meantime I am preparing to head up the road to Phoenix next weekend to Left Coast Crime, a writer’s gathering, to meet and greet authors I have met and/or reviewed – Suspense Magazine has opened some doors for that would not have been available with that type of exposure. I have ordered copies of both novels to available for Tucson Festival of Books on March 12-13, just a short few weeks away.
I am also ready to launch a social media blitz to go along with Kettle of Vultures being released starting with a review in the March issue of Suspense Magazine and a blog-radio interview with Blondie and The Brit. I have prepared a Pinterest page that visually explores some of the images I talk about in the novel to give readers a new dimension in the reading process.
Hope you will tag along on line, buy a copy online when it becomes available, or for those of you in Arizona come check me out at the festival in March. You will have two opportunities to buy an autographed copy of Kettle of Vultures 1) at the West Pavilion on Sunday the 13th between 10AM to noon 2) at the Mostly Books location at 2PM. I’ll be looking for you so come find me.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

News from Moore, Oklahoma!

My nine-year old granddaughter, Chebri Sadler began her illustrious quest to be poet laureate of Oklahoma with the grand prize in Poetry!

Autumn Is Here

by Chebri Sadler

As the wind blows
The leaves shake
I love the pie my Mom loves to bake

As the wind makes it cool ever day
Here comes Spring
In the middle of May

I always lift my head to say
"Wow! What a wonderful time it was today!"

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My Journey Through War and Peace by Melissa Burch - a review

Journaling as a way of writing memoir has proven very successful for Burch in this debut offering. All but the last few pages, the recapping of what you read, are written during her early twenties, at a time when she struggled with home life. A difficult relationship with her father and her mother's plunge into alcoholism led Burch to strike out on her own, running from her struggles and desperately searching for meaning in her life.
Her journey as a war photographer in the battle fields of Afghanistan during the Russian invasion may have been more of an outreach than the average twenty-two year old, let alone a young lady, would tackle but she does and with success, in fact going back in a return tour of duty. In that segment of her life she endures and enjoys a eye-opening endeavor and takes on a strength unlike most of her age. No wall-flower status at all.
Her continued forays in the world of film and personal relationships, her grasping for a spiritual life she her take on physical relationships and additional hardships while filming in Soviet Russia all while looking for an independence and a reliance on a spiritualism that is always almost in her grasp.
By sharing space in her younger years, and hinting at a future as yet undocumented, Burch takes us along on some of the formative times of her life and leaves us asking for the next chapter.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell - a review

I am very familiar with Mr. Morrell's work having read his work, followed the advice in his books on how to write and have had the pleasure of meeting him on a couple of occasions. His work never disappoints. His research is meticulous. With Inspector of the dead he has raised the game to a new level, writing in the style of Victorian England as well as about that time period. His Thomas De Quincey has a Sherlock Holmes quality to him - that character having been written in the 1920's - even though De Quincey precedes the Holmes era by a couple of decades - all in all I'm saying that the writing is elevated to a Conan Doyle level, allowing an already fine novelist to be ranked with those whose names we speak in literature a century later.

In this story line De Quincey and his daughter Emma, assist the local British constabulary in protecting Queen Victoria from one of several attempts on her life during a time when the British economy was being afflicted by the Crimea war. Pulling from actual historical facts, and using the political characters of the day, Morrell weaves a story for the ages and I hope that he continues in this Victorian vein as I am hooked again, as I am on every other series Morrell wrote.

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