The Protectors Anthology Sale

If you haven’t bought the Anthony finalist for best anthology, Protectors 2: Heroes, have I got a deal for you. I happen to have several of them here taking up space and not making any money for The National Association to Protect Children’s HERO Corps, to which 100% of the proceeds are donated. If you don’t know the HERO Corps, they train wounded veterans to assist law enforcement in hunting online predators. So it’s time to move some books.

It’s got original, exclusive stories by Laird Barron, Graham Wynd, Rios de la Luz, Gary Phillips, Richard Prosch, Hilary Davidson, Joelle Charbonneau, Josh Stallings, Scott Adlerberg, Neliza Drew, and myself, as well as “Silvia Reyes” by P.J. Ward, which was longlisted for the year’s best horror, by Ellen Datlow. You also get stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Joe Lansdale, Reed Farrel Coleman, Harlan Ellison, Wayne Dundee, and Holly West’s “Don’t Fear the Ripper,” which was chosen for inclusion in Otto Penzler’s new Jack the Ripper anthology.

Cover price is $26.95, but I’ll let them go for $19 shipped (media mail, US only) and I’ll sign or inscribe them to your liking.

And I’ll do one better: I also have copies of the 500 page trade paperback of Protectors, the first anthology, with original, exclusive stories by Ken Bruen, Jen Conley, Todd Robinson, Ray Banks, Patti Abbott, Les Edgerton, James Reasoner, Johnny Shaw, Josh Stallings, Dave White, and Charlie Stella, plus hard to find classics by Chet Williamson, George Pelecanos, Roxane Gay, and Bill Cameron. It’s $18.95 cover, but I if you want it and Protectors 2: Heroes, I will sell them for $30 shipped in the US. And of course I’ll sign and inscribe them.

Want them? Just shoot me an email via the Contact Form, I can take Paypal or check. That’s cheaper than Amazon, and the HERO Corps will get a nice boost. And it lasts until they’re gone.

(That’s the deadly Hilary Davidson holding Protectors 2: Heroes, which is hefty enough to use as a murder weapon)

Forsooth, saying sleuth!

Art Taylor rounded up the anthologists nominated for the Anthony Award this year over at SleuthSayers, and invited us to briefly chat about editing anthologies and what we think makes a great story.
Hop on over to SleuthSayers to hear what Todd Robinson, Chris Irvin, Kenneth Wishnia, Art Taylor, and I had to say.

 

Pluckery among the Anthony Award nominees 2016

Bouchercon 2016 just announced the 2016 Anthony Award nominees, and I am thrilled to know so many of the deserving names, and to be involved in two of the nominated books.

First of all, congratulations to everyone who made the ballot. This is a fan-nominated award, and nothing is more dear to a writer’s heart than to know their books are actually being bought and read. So, thank all the readers for reading and nominating!

The full list of nominees is available at the official Bouchercon page. But to be selfish, the ones that I’m in are both anthologies:

Protectors 2: Heroes, Stories to Benefit PROTECT, was my baby this year and contains 55 stories. You can get the full list here. The book itself is nominated for best anthology, and Holly West’s story “Don’t Fear the Ripper” is also up for best short story! Big congratulations to Holly. You’ll be seeing more of this story, it’s also been selected for a Ripper anthology.

ThugLit Presents Cruel Yule: Holiday Tales of Crime for People on the Naughty List, edited by Todd Robinson, contains my story “Letters to Santa,” plus stories from Johnny Shaw, Hilary Davidson, and many more. Johnny’s story “Feliz Navidead” is also nominated for best story. It’s a Chingón tale, and if you haven’t read or heard one, they are hilarious. Congrats, Johnny!

Some of my favorite writers are up for the award as well. (Many of them have stories in Protectors anthologies, too)  Josh Stallings’ fantastic ’70s glitter heist novel Young Americans is up for best paperback original AND best audiobook, New Yorked by Rob Hart and Concrete Angel by Patti Abbott are up for best first novel, Hilary Davidson’s “The Siege” is up for best short story, Chris Holm’s The Killing Kind is up for best novel, Joelle Charbonneau’s Need is up for best YA novel, Chris Irvin’s story collection Safe Inside the Violence is nommed for best short story collection, Erin Mitchell’s story from Dark City Lights is up for best short story, and … well, just read the whole list. I’m getting tired!

Congratulations again to everyone. I’m thrilled to be nominated for Protectors 2: Heroes, and to have a story in Cruel Yule. And congrats to Erin for her first published story getting nominated in Dark City Lights! Go read it, there are many great NYC tales in there, including my own, “The Big Snip.”

Whew, now let me go pour a celebratory glass of scotch…

Anthony Award nominee (and winner) Hilary Davidson holding Protectors 2:

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Protectors 2: Heroes release day!

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Protectors 2: Heroes is now available! Most retailers still have it a the reduced pre-order price of $6.99, a dollar off retail. For e-books it’s on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, and you can order the e-book direct from the Protectors Books website, and we’re offering a special:

You can order Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT AND Protectors 2: Heroes for a discounted price of $12, which is $1 off retail.

The trade paperback is available through Amazon, and will be on Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Powell’s shortly. You can also order it from your local bookstore. It is a hefty 608 pages and contains illustrations by children’s book artist Linda Sarah, comic book artist Dennis Calero, illustrator Dyer Wilk, and artist Jyl Ion, plus 55 stories by an army of authors, from all genres.

Here’s the full table of contents, from legends to rising stars to emerging writers, all who support PROTECT’s cause: protecting children from all kinds of abuse and exploitation. 100% of the proceeds are donated to Protect’s lobby. If you’re unfamiliar with PROTECT, they are the political lobby of the National Association to Protect Children, whose victories include the Circle of Trust act and the HERO Corps, which hires wounded veterans to assist law enforcement in hunting online predators.

Table of Contents:
When!? by Linda Sarah
The Questions by Alison Arngrim
City Water by Allison Glasgow
Black and White and Red All Over by David Morrell
Silvia Reyes by P.J. Ward
Plan B by Andrew Vachss
Gatekeeper by Richard Prosch
The Night Watch by Susan Schorn
One Night in Brownsville by Gary Phillips
Silverfish by S.J. Rozan
Parental Guidance by Scott Adlerberg
Superhero, With Crooked Nails by Rachael Acks
Angel by Terrence McCauley
Mr. Nance by Linda Rodriguez
Something I Said by Bracken MacLeod
El Puente by Rios de la Luz
Mesquite by Graham Wynd
Level 5 by C.R. Jahn
On the Road to La Grange by Karina Cooper
Reprisals: Enmity by John A. Curley
The Whistler in the Graveyard by Chad Eagleton (illustration by Dyer Wilk)
Solar Highway by S.A. Solomon
Jibber Jabber by Reed Farrel Coleman
Doll: A Poem by Jyl Anais Ion (illustrations by Jyl Anais Ion)
Doggone Justice by Joe R. Lansdale
The Occurrence of the Black Mirror by Teel James Glenn
Sister Cecilia by Hilary Davidson
Croatoan by Harlan Ellison®
Little Howl on the Prairie by Thomas Pluck
Things Held Dear by Neliza Drew
49 Foot Woman Straps It On by Laird Barron
Moon Over the Midwest by Elizabeth Amber Love
Sixth Floor by Albert Tucher
Adamsville by Clare Toohey
Point of View by Will Graham
High Meadow Storm by Wayne Dundee
Out of Context by Joelle Charbonneau
Lone by Alex Segura (illustrations by Dennis Calero)
Love and Valour on ‘the Victorian Titanic’ by Gill Hoffs
Just Pretend by Martyn Waites
Freak by Charles de Lint
The New Heroes of the Old Fairgrounds by K.L. Pereira
When the Hammer Comes Down by Josh Stallings
Stretching Fifteen by Angel Luis Colón
Bounty by Jerry Bloomfield
Light-Bringer by Laura K. Curtis
Hercules and the Spawn of the Titans by Michael A. Black
How to Paint Your Dragon by Andrew D’Apice
Don’t Fear the Ripper by Holly West Two Views by Tim Daly
A Hundred Pearls by Errick Nunnally
Snapshots by Christopher Irvin
Deceit by Joyce Carol Oates
The Perfect Weapon by Zak Mucha
An Open Letter to the Children of the Secret by Dionysios Dionou
Behavior is Truth by Gwyndyn T. Alexander
Pigeons for Protect! by Linda Sarah

Protectors 2: Heroes trade paperback now available for pre-order

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Behold the deadly wordsmith Hilary Davidson holding the massive trade paperback of Protectors 2: Heroes like the fearsome weapon against child abuse that it is. 608 pages of beautiful and thrilling fiction, poetry, essays, art, and memoirs from an array of legends, rising stars, and emerging artists all joined for one cause: PROTECT. You can see the full table of contents on the Protectors Books website.

If you can’t judge the size of this tome, here is next to Louie, a baby beluga of a tomcat, dwarfed by its towering mass. He tried to eat it. He was defeated.

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And for a little peek inside, at the illustration for Chad Eagleton’s story by Dyer Wilk, flip it open…

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The e-book has been available for pre-order for a while, but now you can get the trade paperback on Amazon. I’ll post links when it is available from bookstores, which should be soon.

Protectors 2: Heroes ebooks available for pre-order

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Protectors 2: Heroes is now available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle at a reduced price of $6.99, a dollar off the retail price. It will be available shortly through Kobo as well. No Kindle? You can order the e-book direct from the Protectors Books website, and we’re offering a double special:

You can order Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT AND Protectors 2: Heroes for a discounted price of $11, which is $2 off retail. I can do this because buying direct saves the 30% cut the e-tailers take, so PROTECT gets a bigger donation even with the temporary discount. We take payment through Paypal, and send the e-books and Kindle and epub format.

If you pre-order now, you’ll get Protectors 1 emailed to you in a few hours (it’s a manual process) and you will get Protectors 2: Heroes on September 15th (or maybe a little earlier…) which is the official release date.

I can’t take pre-orders on the paperback at this time, it is just too much to take on logistically, but I will be offering a similar two-fer deal and reduced direct sale price once the print book is ready. I will have copies for sale at Bouchercon 2015, and at any Noir at the Bar events after the release.

If you’re on the fence, here’s the full table of contents, from legends to rising stars to emerging writers, all who support PROTECT’s cause, protecting children from all kinds of abuse and exploitation. 100% of the proceeds are donated to Protect’s lobby. If you’re unfamiliar with PROTECT, they are the political lobby of the National Association to Protect Children, whose victories include the Circle of Trust act and the HERO Corps, which hires wounded veterans to assist law enforcement in hunting online predators.

Table of Contents:
When!? by Linda Sarah
The Questions by Alison Arngrim
City Water by Allison Glasgow
Black and White and Red All Over by David Morrell
Silvia Reyes by P.J. Ward
Plan B by Andrew Vachss
Gatekeeper by Richard Prosch
The Night Watch by Susan Schorn
One Night in Brownsville by Gary Phillips
Silverfish by S.J. Rozan
Parental Guidance by Scott Adlerberg
Superhero, With Crooked Nails by Rachael Acks
Angel by Terrence McCauley
Mr. Nance by Linda Rodriguez
Something I Said by Bracken MacLeod
El Puente by Rios de la Luz
Mesquite by Graham Wynd
Level 5 by C.R. Jahn
On the Road to La Grange by Karina Cooper
Reprisals: Enmity by John A. Curley
The Whistler in the Graveyard by Chad Eagleton (illustration by Dyer Wilk)
Solar Highway by S.A. Solomon
Jibber Jabber by Reed Farrel Coleman
Doll: A Poem by Jyl Anais Ion (illustrations by Jyl Anais Ion)
Doggone Justice by Joe R. Lansdale
The Occurrence of the Black Mirror by Teel James Glenn
Sister Cecilia by Hilary Davidson
Croatoan by Harlan Ellison®
Little Howl on the Prairie by Thomas Pluck
Things Held Dear by Neliza Drew
49 Foot Woman Straps It On by Laird Barron
Moon Over the Midwest by Elizabeth Amber Love
Sixth Floor by Albert Tucher
Adamsville by Clare Toohey
Point of View by Will Graham
High Meadow Storm by Wayne Dundee
Out of Context by Joelle Charbonneau
Lone by Alex Segura (illustrations by Dennis Calero)
Love and Valour on ‘the Victorian Titanic’ by Gill Hoffs
Just Pretend by Martyn Waites
Freak by Charles de Lint
The New Heroes of the Old Fairgrounds by K.L. Pereira
When the Hammer Comes Down by Josh Stallings
Stretching Fifteen by Angel Luis Colón
Bounty by Jerry Bloomfield
Light-Bringer by Laura K. Curtis
Hercules and the Spawn of the Titans by Michael A. Black
How to Paint Your Dragon by Andrew D’Apice
Don’t Fear the Ripper by Holly West Two Views by Tim Daly
A Hundred Pearls by Errick Nunnally
Snapshots by Christopher Irvin
Deceit by Joyce Carol Oates
The Perfect Weapon by Zak Mucha
An Open Letter to the Children of the Secret by Dionysios Dionou
Behavior is Truth by Gwyndyn T. Alexander
Pigeons for Protect! by Linda Sarah

Protectors 2: Heroes cover reveal

Here she is…

release date: September 15th 2015

Available for pre-order SOON.

More info at the official Protectors Anthologies Website.
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