Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

'Booklist' checks in on 'Hang Fire'

Here's the advance notice on 'Hang Fire' from Booklist, the reviewing arm of the American Library Association. Not too shabby, and a hopeful beginning to the review season.

Advanced Review – Uncorrected Proof   Issue: March 1, 2013
Hang Fire.   Kisor, Henry (Author)   Apr 2013. 246 p. Five Star, hardcover, $25.95. (9781432826857).

Porcupine County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is glad to have Revolutionary War reenactors for a week. Any outside money in the economically depressed area can’t hurt. But when one of the participants is killed by a shot from an antique muzzle-loader, Sheriff Steve Martinez and his already undermanned staff are obligated to investigate. They conclude that the death was a tragic accident. On the other hand, it turns out that the dead woman’s camp persona was “prostitute,” and she had numerous customers in the camp. Over the next few months, Martinez notices a number of “accidental” deaths involving antique muzzle-loaders in the Upper Midwest. Martinez’s law-enforcement instincts aren’t amenable to coincidence, so he begins his own investigation, quickly discovering that he is both hunter and prey. This is the fourth Steve Martinez mystery from Kisor, former books editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. His series mines the same territory as Bill Crider’s small-town crime series featuring Dan Rhodes, who, like Martinez, is a thoroughly engaging protagonist. In both series, personal rivalries, quirky personalities, and big-fish/small-pond distractions form a fascinating undercarriage for cleverly built mysteries.
— Wes Lukowsky

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The last one for a while

. . . the last in my mock street ad campaign for a while, that is. This one, set in the center of Odessa, Ukraine, seems to be is the most striking—and the most improbable. I doubt very much if mystery novels set in Upper Michigan will ever be translated into Ukrainian. Meanwhile you can pre-order the hardcover of Hang Fire now, if you like, at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The ad campaign continues

Here's another mock billboard created with Photofunia. I should add that pub date for Hang Fire is April 19, and the hardcover will be available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com in May. Ebook to follow some time later.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The ad campaign begins

. . . with a little help from Photofunia, a Web site that allows you to upload your own photos into a large variety of interesting templates, the result of which is useful for promoting your book (or other product) on social media. Here's my first try.