Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Death of Tarpons now in paperback!

HI folks,

I'm jazzed! My first novel, The Death of Tarpons, is now out in paperback. Click on the photo below and it will take you to the site where you can glom onto a copy.



It's now available in both ebook and paperback forms. And, the screenplay I adapted from it and which placed as a semifinalist in the Nicholl's Foundation Awards is getting looks from Hollywood folks. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

This is what I looked like when I wrote this puppy...




The novel is about 85% autobiographical and I wrote about half of it when I was fifteen. It was awarded a Special Citation from the Violet Crown Book Awards which I'm very proud of.

Blue skies,
Les

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gerald O'Connor's marvelous novel!

Hi folks,

Just want to bring your attention to a novel I highly recommend, Gerald O'Connor's beautiful novel, The Origins of Benjamin Hackett.


This is a book that is very close to my heart. Gerald wrote this book in our online class and we all recognized the genius of the writing immediately. It's a powerful, emotional story and that alone makes it well worth the price, but what really transcends this book is the lyrical, Irish poetic voice that inhabits the book. He has a voice that will move him quickly to the forefront of literature.

It goes on sale tomorrow and I'd urge you to glom onto a copy. It's available in either ebook or paperback format. It's a book that I think you will agree has watercooler value. You know--that kind of book that the day after you read it, you'll go to work, bleary-eyed after staying up all night unable to put it down, and say to your workmates, "You've got to read this book!"

You've got to read this book!

Blue skies,
Les

Saturday, January 28, 2017

THE DERRINGER AWARD

Hi folks,

James R. Tuck, put together a collection of crime and noir stories centered around country music songs and invited me to send him a story which he accepted. Down & Out Books published the book in August. He just told me that the story, SNAKE FARM, has been nominated for a prestigious Derringer Award.


I'm stoked! It's my second Derringer nomination and maybe this time I'll cop one of these things.

You might want to glom onto this. Just click on the cover above. Lots and lots of terrific stories here.

Blue skies,
Les

Monday, January 23, 2017

THE RAPIST reviewed on Austrian television show!

Hi folks,

Just heard from my German publisher, Frank Nowatzki of Pulp Master, that a leading Austrian TV station reviewed The Rapist on the program, Kulturzeit (Culture Time). The review comes on at the 20:45 spot on the program. Here’s a written version of the review. There is also a Google button you can hit to translate it from the German:




 And, here's the broadcast itself. The Rapist review plays at the 20:45 mark of the show.



Blue skies,

Les

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Katja Bohnet review of The Rapist in CulturMag

HI folks,

Just received another wonderful review of The Rapist from German reviewer, Katja Bohnet, in CulturMag. It's in German, but there's a translate button that quickly translates it into English.

At: CulturMag




Me, sleeping with my copy of the German edition and my "buddy"...

Click on the photo for some other reviews from Germany.


Blue skies,
Les



Sunday, January 8, 2017

*WRITERS' POLICE ACADEMY APPEARANCE*

Hi folks,

One of the events I’ll be participating in this coming year is Lee Lofland’s annual one-of-a-kind Writers’ Police Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin from August 10-13, 2017. There’s nothing like it in the world. It gives crime and suspense writers an up close and personal look at how law enforcement works. Lee has asked me to appear and talk about my experiences on the other side of the law—as a former burglar, armed robber, prison experience and other activities I participated in during my outlaw days.

This is an amazing opportunity for writers who use crime in their writing to “get it right.” This is an unprecedented gathering of both the top crime/thriller/mystery writers in the world along with the top law enforcement authorities.

At least two of my own students have attended this remarkable event—Maegan Beaumont and Mary Edelson—and both rave about the experience.

Go here for all the info you’ll need: http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/


CONFERENCE

·         INFORMATION
·         REGISTRATION
·         PRESENTERS
·         SCHEDULE
Exciting NEWS!
The 2017 Writers’ Police Academy is a One-of-a-Kind Thrilling Experience for Writers!
When:
August 10-13, 2017
Where:
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
International Public Safety Training Academy
Green Bay, Wisconsin
As always, there’s far too much to see and do in a single weekend, so get plenty of rest, wear comfortable shoes, and prepare to be blown away by THE event of a lifetime!
Hotel:
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Green Bay
2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313
920-494-7300
*The hotel is conveniently situated near Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, and features several restaurants, AND, the famous Oneida Casino!
Airport:
Austin Straubel International Airport
Airport Code – GRB
Shuttles are provided between the airport and the Radisson, our event hotel.
ONEIDA CASINO – Plan to stay an extra day or so to take advantage of this unique opportunity – slots, table games, poker, roulette, craps, great food, and live entertainment!
Even more exciting details for the even bigger and better 2017 Writers’ Police Academy are on the way.
That’s right, we’re pushing our own limits to take 2017 to a level of unbelievable excitement and heart-pounding action. You will not believe your eyes.
This is THE experience of a lifetime!
Registration details TBA.
*This is a one of a kind event, featuring real police, fire, and EMS training at a renowned international law enforcement training academy. Top instructors and experts! It is THE event of the year. An experience of a lifetime!
*Space for the 2017 Writers’ Police Academy is limited. So please register early. Available slots will go quickly.
Registration – TBA
Registration includes transportation from the Radisson to the academy and back (to the academy in the morning and back to the hotel at the end of the day), and to all off-site activities and sessions, lunches at the academy, all workshops, Friday night reception and all sessions at the hotel.
The Saturday night banquet, of course, is extra, and optional. But you will not want to miss the festivities and the fantastic food, as well as the company of your fellow WPA recruits and faculty.
*Sisters in Crime offers a whopping $150 discount for SinC members attending for the 1st time. Join SinC now to receive your discount!
Registration opens – TBA.
Breakfasts and WiFi are free for WPA registrants staying at the Green Bay Radisson. Hotel provides shuttle service to and from the airport.
Our negotiated hotel room rate is TBA.
We will post the hotel reservation link sometime during the second week of February. When calling the hotel to make your reservation please be sure to ask for the Writers’ Police Academy special rate!
Please, please, please reserve your rooms ASAP. Once our reserved block is filled we will not be able to extend it. This is a very popular hotel that’s used by the Green Bay Packers as well as vacationers who like to take advantage of the fabulous casino.
*Again, space for the 2017 Writers’ Police Academy is limited.  So please register early. These slots will go quickly.
Registration opens SOON!

If you’re not yet a subscriber, consider going to Lee’s blog, The Graveyard Shift, the premier site for writers to learn substantive and accurate information about police procedures and all things relating to law enforcement. If you want your book to be accurate, this is the best resource out there.


Hope to see many of my writer friends there! Look for me in the bar or in the casino when I’m not doing a presentation…

Blue skies,
Les