Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cover Art

Here's the cover art for the US hardcover edition of The Cold Kiss.

The people at Tor did an amazing job. I couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The latest...

The Dutch rights to The Cold Kiss sold to Ilse Arkesteijn at Meulenhoff Boekerij in Amsterdam.

Once again, thanks to my agent, Allan Guthrie, and to Kevin Pocklington at Jenny Brown for putting in the hard work and making this deal happen.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Simon and Schuster UK

I'm thrilled to report that I just agreed to a three-book UK and Commonwealth deal with Simon and Schuster. They're going to publish The Cold Kiss in 2010, The Grove in 2011, and my third novel in 2012.

Thank you (again) to my extraordinary agent, Allan Guthrie, and to my new editor at S&S, Francesca Main, for making this happen.

Here's the link announcing the deal at Bookbrunch.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Der Kalte Kuss

I’m thrilled to announce that The Cold Kiss just sold to Marcus Gaertner at Rowohlt in Germany for publication in winter 2010/2011. Thank you to Allan Guthrie and Kevin Pocklington at Jenny Brown Associates for making this happen.

Friday, July 17, 2009

More Kindle News

First, and most exciting, is the addition of Allan Guthrie to the list of Kindle authors. Allan has made two of his award winning crime novels available on the kindle Two-way Split, and Kiss Her Goodbye. He also has a new novella up called Killing Mum, and while I haven't read it (yet), if it's anything like the rest of Allan's work, it's going to be great.

If you're a Kindle or ipod/iphone owner and you haven't read Allan Guthrie, this is your chance.


THE GROVE is still doing well. It's been up for seven weeks and the response has been unbelievable. One new development is that the book is moving onto some of the non-kindle top seller lists. It's in the top 50 of all mystery novels, both print and kindle, and it's the #1 hard-boiled mystery on all of Amazon.


In other news, I've been busy typing away on the new novel, and I should have a first draft finished by Halloween and the manuscript ready to go out by the first of the year. I'm also a third of the way through another new book that I should have finished by June 2010. If all goes well, which it rarely does, I'll have both these books ready to go by the time THE COLD KISS is released next summer.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Online Book Review

Here's a link to the interview I did with Stacey Cochran for the Online Book Review.

Online Book Review

Stacey is a really nice guy who is incredibly generous when it comes to helping other writer's promote their work. So if you get a chance, check out his books for sale on Amazon:

Claws, and The Colorado Sequence>The Colorado Sequence

Friday, June 5, 2009

New interview up

I just did an interview with Brian Lindenmuth over at BSG.

If you're interested in taking a look, here's the link:

Conversations with the Bookless

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's official...

Today my agent and I agreed to a deal with Tor books to publish my new novel THE COLD KISS. The plan is a summer 2010 hardcover release with a trade paperback to follow.

It’s been a damn good day, to say the least.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Grove is up

For those of you who own a Kindle, I just put The Grove, up for $.99.

Here's the link and a description:

The Grove

"Spare and evocative as a cornfield in autumn, The Grove marks the arrival of a haunting, powerful new voice in contemporary fiction. John Rector writes with deceptive grace, spinning out irresistible prose with a dark pulse between every line. This is psychological suspense at its most seductive. I loved it."

-Sean Doolittle, award-winning author of Dirt, Burn, Rain Dogs, The Cleanup, and Safer


The last time farmer Dexter McCray went off his medication, someone wound up dead. So, after waking from an alcoholic blackout to discover his tractor stuck in a ditch and the body of a teenage girl in the cottonwood grove bordering his cornfield, things look worryingly familiar.

With no alibi and a creeping suspicion that he might indeed be guilty, Dexter decides to investigate the crime himself. He can't tell anybody. Not his friend, the sheriff, who keeps offering to help him winch his tractor out of the ditch. Nor his estranged wife, whose love he's desperate to win back. And certainly not the Tollivers, his redneck neighbors.

Fortunately, Dexter's not entirely alone. He has some help.

In the shape of the dead girl herself.


Putting The Grove out there for the Kindle is a bit of an experiment in promotion, so please help me spread the word by encouraging your friends and family to pick up a copy.

BTW, if you like the cover of The Grove, you can find the guy who designed it here:

Bastardized Version

His name is John Hornor and he's one talented SOB.