Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Out of the Black

Publication day is here...



Written in a spare, laconic style reminiscent of Elmore Leonard or Robert B. Parker, this fast-moving, bleak thriller driven by the economic realities of modern America will appeal to fans of suspense fiction from the grittier side of the mean streets.— Library Journal



There's a lot of stuff coming in the next couple weeks, but here are a few early reviews and links.


Reviews:

Booklist

New York Journal of Books

Out of the Gutter

Spinetingler

Out of the Black

My Life in Stories

Kemper's Book Blog

A Bookworm's World


Interviews:

Lit Reactor

Shelf Awareness

The Reading Frenzy


I also did a live interview on KMTV's "The Morning Blend" earlier today.

KMTV: The Morning Blend


There are a couple radio interviews coming up. The first is this Saturday afternoon, August 31st, with Suspense Magazine at 1:20 CST.  The next one is on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 9:25 am CST, and it's with Back Porch Writer.

Suspense Magazine

Back Porch Writer


There is a lot more coming up in the next several weeks, so please check back. I'm going to do my best to keep this page updated this time around. If you decide pick up a copy of Out of the Black, thank you very much. I hope you enjoy it.

And as always, thank you for reading.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bestseller

So much for my promise to keep this blog updated.

In my defense, I’ve been working non-stop on the new book, and if all goes well it'll be released sometime in September 2012. I'm also hoping to have a new novella available sometime this summer.

The biggest news so far this year is that Already Gone officially became a national bestseller after hitting #8 on the Wall Street Journal’s Bestseller list in the US.

Wall Street Journal.



The book also reached #1 on Amazon earlier this month, and it hit #5 on the Heatseeker chart in the UK. So, it looks like 2012 is off to a great start.

There’s also a very nice review in The Los Angeles Review of Books this week.

L.A. Review of Books

And here's a radio interview I did last week for the Mulberry Lane Show.

Not much else to report. I’m still ironing out signings and convention appearances for the year, and I’ll be posting updates as things develop.

Until then, thanks for reading.

JR

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Just a quick update to start 2012.

Simon and Schuster released Already Gone in the UK on December 8th, and the response has exceeded all my expectations. It hit the Heatseekers Chart the first week after the release, and climbed into the top five the second week. I have no idea where it is now, but with any luck the momentum is still going strong. I’ll post a new update when I hear more.

A lot of really good reviews have come in since my last update, and I’m flattered so many people are enjoying the book. Here are a couple of my favorites that popped up recently:

The Nerd of Noir @ Spinetingler Magazine

The Lincoln Journal Star

Milo's Rambles


I also did an interview with Ray Banks at his blog. You can read that one here:

The Saturday Boy


Several people have emailed asking about appearances and signed copies. Here’s what I’ve got set up so far:

Left Coast Crime (Sacramento, CA) in March.

Bouchercon (Cleveland, OH) in October.

Thrillerfest (NYC) in July.

Noircon (Philadelphia, PA) in November.


There are a couple tentative in-store signings in the works, but I'll post those when I know the final details. If you want a signed copy, but you don't think you'll make it to any of these stops, just email me here, and I’ll give you an address where you can send your books. We’ll figure it out.

That’s it for now, but since one of my 2012 resolutions is to update this blog more often, you should hear from me again soon. Until then, I want to say thank you to all the readers, reviewers, and friends who picked up copies of the books and helped me spread the word in 2011. I had a fantastic year, my best yet as a writer, and it wouldn’t have happened without everyone’s support.

And as always, thanks for reading.

JR

Monday, November 7, 2011

Still Rolling...

Already Gone has been out for two week, and the response has been fantastic. The book hit the ground running on day one, and it's still going strong. This one is easily my fastest selling novel so far, so thanks to everyone who has picked up a copy or is planning to.

I've been busy working on the new book, so I haven't put together a signing schedule for Already Gone yet. If you'd like your copy signed and you don't want to wait, go ahead and email me at john@thecoldkiss.com, and I'll give you the information on where you can send your books.

In the meantime, I went on KMTV's The Morning Blend today to talk about the books, movie stuff, and writing in general. If you'd like to see how it turned out, here's a link:

The Morning Blend


I also did a interview with Suspense Radio last week. Here's that link:

Suspense Radio.


Here's another interview I did earlier this week. This one with Jedidiah Ayres over at the Barnes & Noble, Ransom Notes blog.

Ransom Notes


And finally, in case you haven't seen it, Duane Swierczynski wrote a great guest review of Already Gone for the Kindle Post blog.

The call is coming from Inside the house.


As always, thank you all for supporting the books.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Already Gone

Today, my third novel is officially published.

If you’d like to read a few early reviews, you can find them below:

Review #1

Review #2

Review #3

Review #4

Review #5

I also wanted to say thank you to all the people I’ve met over the past few years who have stepped in to help me along. I feel lucky to be able to do what I do, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the friends, editors, publishers, publicists, marketing teams, critics, radio show hosts, producers, screenwriters, reviewers, and especially the readers who have taken time out of their lives to read my stories. I’m humbled by the support, and I hope you enjoy Already Gone .

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Two days...



October 25th, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Big Week

My novel, The Grove, hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller list this week.



I really want to thank the readers out there who picked up a copy and made this happen. This was a huge milestone for me, and I’m still in shock and still grinning like a fool.

Lost in that great news, I also released a collection of my early, dark suspense stories on Monday. The collection is called The Walls Around Us, and it’s available as an ebook through Amazon. If you're interested in seeing what I was writing when I first started, this will show you.

Next Week is Bouchercon, and I have a few appearances lined up.

First, I’ll be reading at Noir @ the Bar on Wednesday night, 9/14. The reading starts at 8:00PM, and the address is: Meshuggah CafĂ©, 6269 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO. (314-726-5662). The guys have been on me for a couple years to come out and do one of these, and I’m excited the stars have finally aligned. Now I can see for myself if the rumors are true.

On Thursday 9/15, I’ll be on the BAD SEED (Sex, Violence, and Everything that makes a book great) panel from 9:00PM – 10:00PM along with Christa Faust, Chris Holm, Scott Phillips, Benjamin Whitmer, Jonathan Woods, and S.J. Rozan. Scott Montgomery from Austin’s Book People is moderating this one, and from what I’ve been told, there’s a bar in the room. This one should be fun.

On Saturday 9/17, I’ll be on the BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN (The Troubled Protagonist) panel from 2:30PM - 3:30PM along with Chelsea Cain, Kevin Guilfoile, Sophie Hannah, and Katia Lief. Jordan Foster is moderating this one.

I hope to see everyone at the panels. If not, I’ll be in the signing room after each one if you want to stop by and say hello.