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He gives good thriller

J.D. Rhoades read my first novel in manuscript and gave it a blurb so sweet I wanted to have his adopted children. But the only reason I approached him for the blurb was that I already liked his stuff. Simply put, the man gives good thriller. So when I just happen to mention that his novel Lawyers, Guns and Money is available for a few days as a Kindle freebie, I’m doing both of you a favor. Just saying. 

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Friday finds

My homies find the perfect way to tell Anders Breivik to go fuck himself.

A new translation of Theodor Fontane, with great pictures of Stirling Castle.

The list of the covers of the e-books of the knockoffs of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Saul Bass was a genius. What, you don’t believe me? How about some more examples?

Ward-heeling with incense.” Genius. Just genius.

Racing stats? Racing stats?

Douglas Trumbull, the visual effects pioneer behind Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey, talks about the cinema of the future. What will it be like to watch The Hobbit in its higher-resolution version?

I left my hardanger in San Francisco.

Tales from a radio obsessive.

Mining the sky — a few links, a few thoughts.

Want a free Monster? Of course you do. And here it is.

“I defy any writer to move to Paris and not be posing like Hemingway in a café within the first few months. I had that kind of Lost Generation love when I first moved to Paris. Actually, I wrote about this in an essay for the Huffington Post years ago, about the way that hanging out in cafés and pretending to be a writer like Hemingway actually did make me a writer. I wouldn’t necessarily have self-identified as a writer before I studied abroad in Paris. I was more of a reader than a writer. But I guess if you pretend to do something for a while, you realize that, oh, wow, that was just a way to do get to something that I guess I secretly wanted to do.”

That is one deserted highway.

Having fun with a feeb.

Don’t steal art.

Is watching this video really worth three minutes of your life? Once you know, it will be too late.

“Eric Danville, author of The Complete Linda Lovelace, and a technical adviser on the Amanda Seyfried film, once asked Lovelace: ‘Why did you join up with feminists trying to ban porn instead of feminists trying to fight domestic abuse?’ Lovelace’s response? ‘The people fighting domestic abuse never approached me. Catherine [MacKinnon] was the first person to really approach me’ says much about how she led her life. Dance with the one that brought you.”

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E-freading

“E-freading” as in, “Read a free e-book.” The free Kindle edition of my first novel We All Fall Down is up right now, just waiting to snuggle into your handheld device or properly app’d laptop. I’m keeping it gratis until early next week, so if you’ve been holding off on reading a crime novel that’s been praised by the New York Post and the Star-Ledger, here’s your shot. You want to hear what other writers said about it? J.D. Rhoades called the novel “fast-moving and twisty,” and Kristy Kiernan called it a “hugely promising debut.” Shucks, I’d want to read the book myself, if I hadn’t already written it. Here’s your link. Have fun.

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So I wrote this novel . . .

Here’s that literary news I threatened you all with last week — my first novel, We All Fall Down, available right now through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and in the near future via Kindle and a number of other e-book formats.

Some of you may have read We All Fall Down here in its larval form a while ago, but now it is revised and even slightly expanded, just waiting to be unleashed on some unsuspecting beach this summer. It’s a crime novel, a police procedural, and a character study of a very tough, very vulnerable woman cop, all rolled into one. I like her, and if enough people find her interesting I’ll probably write the other two novels about her I have plotted out in my head.

Personally, I think We All Fall Down is pretty hot stuff, but fortunately you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s the estimable novelist and blogger J.D. Rhoades, no slouch himself in the crime novel department, as anyone can tell you who’s read Breaking Cover, Good Day in Hell, or Safe and Sound. He graciously agreed to look at an advance copy of We All Fall Down and here’s what he said:

A small time crook breaks into the wrong house at exactly the wrong time and soon finds himself in more trouble than he ever dreamed possible. A young, tough female police officer on the trail of an alleged cop killer faces the dug-in corruption in her own department and her own demons, and it’s soon a breakneck race to see which one will take her down first. Fast-moving and twisty, Steven Hart’s We All Fall Down delivers one electric jolt after another. It’ll keep you up at night.

Whoot! I could dine out on that review for years, but here’s another advance notice from another novelist, Kristy Kiernan, whose opinion I sought because her stories of domestic drama and friendship are as far as you can get from the crime genre. Here’s what the author of Matters of Faith and Between Friends had to say:

Hart keeps the stakes high and the action fast right from the get-go in this hugely promising debut. The characters are complex and winning, the plot tight, and especially rewarding, the writing itself is excellent. Set aside some time — I predict you’ll want to read We All Fall Down in one sitting.

Boo-yah! I hope to get a lot more reactions, but those two sure put a smile on my face. This morning I saw my first reader review, which calls the book “a first rate crime novel.” So my smile is now a little wider.

If you order the book, please be sure to post your response on the Amazon and B&N pages. Here’s a link to the publisher’s web site, which features a couple of other must-reads. E-book editions will be coming along soon.

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