Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jack Bertolino is back in Blonde Cargo

About Blond Cargo, the 2nd Jack Bertolino thriller:

I am so pleased to share the highly anticipated second Jack Bertolino installment from New York native and now Los Angeles author John Lansing, BLOND CARGO (Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing eBook; October 20, 2014), which is $1.99 now through November 2, 2014, $5.99 after November 2, 2014. This gripping eBook from the former writer/producer of Walker, Texas Ranger and Co-Executive producer of the ABC series Scoundrels continues the story that began in The Devil’s Necktie.

Jack Bertolino is back…in the sequel to John Lansing’s bestseller The Devil’s Necktie!

Jack’s son, Chris, was the victim of a brutal murder attempt and Vincent Cardona, a mafia boss, provided information that helped Jack take down the perpetrator of the crime. Jack accepted the favor knowing there’d be blowback. In BLOND CARGO, the mobster’s daughter has gone missing and Cardona turned in his chit. Jack discovers that the young, blond mafia princess has been kidnapped and imprisoned while rich, politically connected men negotiate her value as a sex slave.

John Lansing taps into the real life world of cops, crime, drugs and murder in BLOND CARGO to deliver another sizzling whodunit.

About the Author:

John Lansing spent five years writing for TV hit Walker, Texas Ranger, and another three years studying the life of an NYPD Inspector. What emerged from his combined writing about a cop and time spent with an actual cop was Jack Bertolino—a fictional character with very real-life stories. Lansing was also a Co-Executive Producer for ABC's Scoundrels. John's first book was Good Cop, Bad Money, a true crime tome with former NYPD Inspector Glen Morisano. The Devil's Necktie was his first novel. A native of Long Island, John now resides in Los Angeles.

“A fantastic read…This extremely fast and well-thought-out thriller will remind some of James Patterson’s early works. The action is great right up to the end and, luckily, Jack Bertolino will be staying on the fiction scene to continue his search for any and all bad guys to come.”

—Suspense Magazine (Blond Cargo, Jack Bertolino #2)

Price discounts:

2nd Jack Bertolino thriller: Blond Cargo is $1.99 now through November 2, 2014,$5.99 after November 2, 2014.

1st Jack Bertolino thriller: The Devil’s Necktie is $1.99 from October 6 - 19, 2014!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Forever The Road avalable now

Eugene, OR – Travel. Destiny. Beer. Three travelers in India battle their hearts and their destinies as an awakened evil prepares to destroy all life. The third book in Anthony St. Clair’s ongoing, non-sequential Rucksack Universe fantasy series, Forever the Road is available for pre-order at select stores. This fantasy novel will be released worldwide as an e-book and trade paperback on Sept. 8, 2014.

“Forever the Road takes the world to a pivotal moment of destruction or renewal,” says St. Clair. “Yet this story, like travel and like life, is ultimately about connection: our longing to connect with others, and what happens when we don’t.”

Set in the fictional city of Agamuskara—which means “smiling fire” in Hindi—the book tells us more of the story of Jay (the world’s greatest traveler), Faddah Rucksack (the world’s only Himalayan-Irish sage), and the mysterious more-than-a-bartender Jade Agamuskara Bluegold. Forever the Road has been described as a seamless blend of “an intimate story of friendship and romance with an epic, mythological tale on the scale of Tolkien.”

Official webpage:

About the book: 442 pages. Travel. Destiny. Beer. The world’s greatest traveler never thought he’d be staying put.

Jay had planned to move on after marking Agamuskara, India, off his list of places to see. Then two strange men steal his passport, and the long-roaming loner stays in Agamuskara to find it. After years of globetrotting with no companion but his trusty big backpack, Jay befriends the stout-quaffing, ever-grinning Faddah Rucksack, the world’s only Himalayan-Irish sage. Now Jay finds himself being steered toward an unknown fate by a man who lost his own destiny long ago.

No Jake or Jade is better than Jade Agamuskara Bluegold at slinging drinks, destinies, and decisions. Yet after spending ten years helping The Management keep the world turning, the solitary, mysterious bartender at the pub at Everest Base Camp has begun to doubt the life she chose over another path. When Jade’s uneasy friendship with Rucksack leads her to help him unravel the mystery at the heart of the city, Jade finds her loyalties changing in ways she never could have imagined.

When the bartender and the backpacker meet, forces are set in motion that won’t just change the world forever—they might end it. Then Jay accidentally awakens an ancient evil, and only Jay, Rucksack, and Jade stand between it and its terrible purpose: destroying all life in a smiling fire.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


For Immediate Release:
Contact: Leah Withers – Tor Publicity

A storm is coming…

Hurricane Fever

Tobias Buckell

“Buckell has written a smart and well-constructed tale that’s filled with excitement and the flavor of the Caribbean isles… So don’t wait for a dark and stormy night to read this novel; you'll have plenty of fun.”

—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Tor Books is proud to publish HURRICANE FEVER, the latest pulse-pounding techno-thriller by New York Times bestselling author Tobias S. Buckell. In Buckell’s high-octane 2012 thriller Arctic Rising, readers met an intriguing espionage agent by the name of Prudence “Roo” Jones. Now, in HURRICANE FEVER, a stand-alone novel set in the same near-future, Roo takes center stage as a plot for world destruction threatens life as we know it.

The seas aren’t always calm for an ex-spy living in the Caribbean, particular as hurricanes come fast and hard against the shores of the islands he calls home. But any peace he might have had is shattered when an old spy buddy sends him a mysterious message as his dying act. Suddenly Roo is in a race against the weather and the clock to stop a plot intent on releasing a chemical weapon across the world.

Buckell is the author of Halo: The Cole Protocol which saw eight weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Arctic Rising sparked interest with its themes of the effects of global warming and its sharp and pointed projection of our very likely future if we continue affecting the environment at our current rate. These themes return in HURRICANE FEVER and with this novel Buckell is in fine form with a carefully crafted kinetic techno-thriller, perfect for fans of action-packed espionage within a smartly drawn geo-political landscape.

“Buckell solidly links the political and the personal… The scenes of sailing and spying action move quickly, and the climax, set on a supersized satellite-launching cannon, is one white cat shy of a Bond movie.”
—Publishers Weekly on Hurricane Fever

“The sf in this thriller is subtle but packs a punch as the author imagines how climate change might affect the fragile ecosystems (and political systems)
of the Caribbean. The thriller elements are strong with action, danger, a sexy but duplicitous blonde, and a hugely appealing hero.”
—Library Journal on Hurricane Fever

“This one will give you the shivers, even as it makes you sweat.”
—NPR, All Things Considered, on Arctic Rising

“A fast-paced SF action thriller that presents a multifaceted look at the global warming crisis.”
—Library Journal, on Arctic Rising

“Buckell focuses as much on action-thriller set pieces as he does on teasing out a plausible future, placing the novel somewhere around the intersection of Michael Crichton and William Gibson.”
—Kirkus Reviews, on Arctic Rising

TOBIAS S. BUCKELL is a New York Times bestselling author whose books and fifty-plus short stories have been translated around the world. He is the author of the novels Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, Sly Mongoose, Halo: The Cole Protocol, Arctic Rising, and now Hurricane Fever. Buckell hails from the Caribbean, where as a child he lived on boats in Grenada and the British and US Virgin Islands. When he was a teenager, a series of hurricanes destroyed the boat his family was living on and they moved to Ohio, where he still lives today with his wife and daughters.

Tobias S. Buckell
A Tor Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-7653-1922-7
$24.99/272 pages
On-Sale Date: July 1, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Latest VA News


September 4, 2014

VA Rallies Community Support for Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month

Nationwide Efforts Show how “The Power of 1” can help Veterans, Servicemembers in Crisis

WASHINGTON – One small act could save the life of a Veteran or Servicemember in crisis – that’s the inspiration behind “The Power of 1” campaign. The campaign will launch this September during Suicide Prevention Month and is a joint project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

“The campaign emphasizes the effect that just one person, one conversation, or one act can have on the life of a Veteran or Servicemember by offering hope and opening the door to support,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, Interim Under Secretary for Health. “It also is designed to spread the word about VA and DoD mental health resources and suicide prevention efforts.”

A new public service announcement, “The Power of 1,” will reinforce this message by focusing on the small, everyday actions that can play a pivotal role in improving a Veteran’s life. It will be broadcast on television and radio stations Nationwide during September. In addition, a Suicide Prevention Month Web page,, offers interactive tools to learn more about the Veterans Crisis Line and how small acts make a difference.

“Sometimes, when we suspect a Veteran or Servicemember in our lives may be going through a crisis, we are unsure how to help — but we all have the power to take the first step to reach out, to find time in our day to talk with the Veterans close to us and see how they’re doing,” said Dr. Caitlin Thompson, Deputy Director of VA’s Suicide Prevention Program. “It takes only a moment, and just one small act can start them down the path to getting the support they need.”

VA will also collaborate with community organizations throughout the month, with specially trained suicide prevention coordinators in 151 VA Medical Centers across the Nation spreading the word at local events, sponsoring health fairs, and working with DoD to help

Veterans and Servicemembers get the support they deserve. In addition, VA will coordinate with local and regional groups — including community partners, Veterans Service Organizations, health care providers and prominent Veteran supporters — to spread the word about VA’s mental health resources. Together, this network will encourage Veterans and the people in their lives to educate themselves about suicide risk, identify warning signs and learn the steps to take in a time of crisis.

Those steps include contacting the Veterans Crisis Line or using its online chat and text-messaging services for free, confidential support from specially trained and experienced responders. Veterans, Servicemembers and anyone concerned about them can call the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1), chat online at, or send a text to 838255 — even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. All Veterans Crisis Line resources are optimized for mobile devices.

“Taking that first step to connect with someone in crisis can feel daunting, but the Veterans Crisis Line offers support for those concerned about a loved one,” Thompson said. “One call, one chat, or one text can open the door to hope.”

To learn more about the Veterans Crisis Line or to find a local VA suicide prevention coordinator, visit For more information about VA mental health resources, visit

Friday, August 29, 2014

Guest Post by Tina Ayres

This is from Tina Ayres who edits THE ORIGINAL VAN GOGH'S EAR ANTHOLOGY.

Tina doesn't write often enough to please most of us and I really appreciate it when she does and allows me to be the first to set it free on the world.

You don't have to be dead to be a ghost. It is usually a gradual thing. A slow and steady decline of the quality of life and the acknowledgement of existence. We are all the same you see. Whether anyone likes to believe it or not. Some people just seem to slip between the cracks until the world seems to forget that they still are.

Isolation leads the soul to fear dying. It is not the death, nor being forgotten. It is the fear that the loneliness of life will follow you to the grave. Beyond the void, you will be stuck, as alone and invisible as when you were breathing. In life bearable in death eternal. Alone forever is a fate worse than hell.

Eternally alone. No words, no feelings just numb. Numb to the pain and blind to the masses. The matters of the world matter not when you are not in it.
It happens at all ages you know. The youngest of children alone on the playground. Children avoid them and the teachers whisper in the corners, "there is just something..wrong with them. They are not like the rest" They forget that we are all the same you see. It happens to the elderly who have the curse of watching their bodies decline, who have outlived everyone they have ever known. Sometimes you just find that in this world you are alone.

Alone and still living left without feeling. But that is just a lie. A lie to the self to help you keep going. Shut out the indifference and turn off your dreams. Hide your soul away, protect it well. Don't let them close. Never let them close. The world doesn't know. It cannot understand. No one can hurt you if you don't let them in. You love them all anyway that is just how you are.

People go about their lives unaware they encounter ghosts in the flesh nearly every day. The people who do not fit. The edge of madness for them is not so far. They walk around empty, stare at the walls. Silently longing, dreams never spoke. Listening intently silent for things no one else can hear.

It all comes down to closeness and love. A soul alone is a very lost thing. Love is the dream to which the soul clings. In life and in death buried within the self the one thing timeless, eternal and deep. The ageless eternal longing of the soul to just belong to another at the end of it all.

Copyright 2014 by Tina Ayres and Baryon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Donald Grant Newsletter

Donald M. Grant Publisher Newsletter # 90
Wed 8/27/2014 8:18 AM

Welcome to issue #90 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

27 August 2014


Note - If your order is over $300.00 you may pay in 3 monthly
installments. Please say so in the Comment box when you check
out. Your order will be shipped to you after the final payment is


Phil Hale, Dave McKean and Jae Lee have done original illustra-
tions in copies of the Dark Tower novels they illustrated. You
can choose the illustration you want and they will sold in the
order that we receive the on-line order (please do not phone
our office). If the book you want has been sold you will be
offered alternatives (putting second and third choices in your
order won't hurt).

Orders can be placed and images can be seen at:


We have finally received the last 20 copies of the edition from
Phil. Unfortunately for us, his original binder in England had
retired and these last 20 books cost us more than $100 per copy
than the first ones that Phil sent us. Phil has signed these on
the limitation page as well as on the original pencil drawing that
is bound in.

They can be ordered at:


We have only 3 copies left of the Lettered Edition of BRAD-
BURY: AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE by Jerry Weist. We will give
$200.00 off the total price if you order a copy of both the
Lettered Edition and the Limited 350 copy Numbered Edition.

You can of course order either edition alone at:


Rick Berry has up for sale the original paintings he did for the
Easton Press limited Edition of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. We
have posted them as a service to Rick and his fans and if you
wish to purchase one you will be dealing with Rick directly.
Images and information are posted at:


Phil Hale has created his own web side and is offering originals
for sale. You can check it out at:


In 2010 we sold our last copy of the Gift Edition of DESPER-
TION. Or so we thought. We just found a few cases of the book
in our warehouse/barn and have just 7 copies left. While they
last they are available at our original price of $75 plus shipping.
Illustrated by Don Maitz it was released a week prior to the
Viking Trade Edition:


You can still order copies of the slipcased Artist Edition (signed

Thank you.

Robert K. Wiener, President
Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Note from Richard Kadey

Dear Reader,

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, wasn’t a killer when he was unjustly sent to Hell, but he learned a lot about murder while he was Downtown. Stark escaped back to LA to take revenge on the men who killed his girlfriend and sent him into the Abyss. Along the way, he reluctantly saved the world from destruction. Now it looks like he has to do it one more time.

The old gods that once ran the universe are coming back and they’re not happy. With no help coming from God or Lucifer, Stark is the only person alive with the strange skill set to do anything about it. He just wants some time off, but finds he has to pull the world’s bacon out of the fire. Again.

I hope you enjoy the new book. It takes Stark into new areas, while calling back to his origins. Have a drink. Have a smoke. Punch a shark. Whatever you do to relax, and take a look at THE GETAWAY GOD, out today.

It has teeth, but it doesn’t bite. I promise.