Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Everybody's got an opinion

Over the summer, the blog Original Books reviewed my first three novels, Forgiving Solomon Long (2005), Deliver Us From Evelyn (2006), and Tribulation House (2007). They inducted Trib House into their "Elite List," but were not so kind to the first two:

FORGIVING SOLOMON LONG (2.5 stars): "Everything about this book was just average for me. It was neither good nor bad, as it is with most debut novels."

DELIVER US FROM EVELYN (1.5 stars): "This book is really lame as a whole, and the stupid end and stupid romance don't help. It's basically a waste of your time."

TRIBULATION HOUSE (4.5 stars): "This is the only book Chris Well should have ever written. An excellent read."

Anyway, some people liked all three books. If you want to buy a signed copy, order it from Mysteries & More. Supplies are limited! (Sample chapters and plot info are available on my site.)

My website also has a preview of my 2010 book, the 3-in-1 whodunit collection The Kentucky Geezers Mysteries.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Publishing news: Patterson signed for 17 books through 2010

The prolific fiction team captained by James Patterson has promised 17 books to publisher Hachette through 2012. According to Publishers Weekly, the deal includes new entries for Patterson's three detective series, starring Alex Cross, the Women's Murder Club, and detective Michael Bennett. There will also be young adult titles, summer thrillers, nonfiction books, and "other surprises."

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More publishing news:
‘The Lost Symbol’ to Lead Fall Book Sales (LA Times)
Disney to Buy Marvel and Its 5000 Characters for $4 Billion (NY Times)
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Warner Bros. creates DC Entertainment (Press Release)
Web to Print and Back Again (PW)

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Best Mann: Bigfoot, Kryptonite, and Mogo-Pogo

Best Mann For The Job #27: One of our desperate fugitives discovers a little more about the gas station and museum of oddities. As we mentioned before, the GAS -- FOOD -- MUSEUM OF ODDITIES comes from the original novel detailing Grace's former life as an unhappy lady pro wrestler.

Best Mann For The Job stars Grace Mann, a woman with a complicated past who returns home to become sheriff of Hope Falls, Tennessee. This serial drama aspires to the style of the classic serial comic strips, with the crime-bustin' chops of a rural Dick Tracy, the small-town charm of Gasoline Alley, and the emotional touches of The Heart of Juliet Jones. (Or if you prefer, imagine if T.J. Hooker became the new sheriff of Mayberry.)

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BEST MANN FOR THE JOB (Teaser Trailer) 00:15

BEST MANN FOR THE JOB (Official Trailer) 1:59

Best Mann: "What IS this place?"
Best Mann: Seriously, the town is small
Best Mann: "Any word on those bank robbers?"
Best Mann: KA-BOOM ("Mann Vs. Superman")
Best Mann: "The tank's cracking!"

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A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.