Friday, September 25, 2009

Beneath a Weeping Sky PREVIEW

If you'd like to read the opening chapter of my forthcoming novel, Beneath a Weeping Sky, you can do so on my website.

If you have any trouble finding it, the link is here:  http://frankzafiro.com/res/BAWS.pdf

Beneath a Weeping Sky will be published in March 2010.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lots to Be Thankful For

Last night, I wrote the acknowledgements for Heroes Often Fail, as well as brushing up the ones for Under a Raging Moon and Beneath a Weeping Sky.  I also finalized my dedication for Beneath a Weeping Sky.

In the process, I realized that I had a lot of people to thank.  I won't belabor the point here -- you can read about it when the books are published.  But it did make me realize that I had a lot to be thankful for.

One of the things that came to mind (after my wife, kids, family, friends, health and a job -- all pretty large considerations) is the opportunity I've had as a writer to share my stories with an audience.  Yeah, it's a lot smaller group than say, Stephen King or J.K Rowling.  But the magic is still the same.  And that's something very much worth being thankful about.

So...I'd like to say a few thanks right here and now.

Thanks to all of the magazine editors who have featured my stories in their pages.  Same for those who have put together anthologies that have included my work.  I am grateful to be part of that.  And thanks to Wolfmont Press and Aisling Press for first publishing Under a Raging Moon and Heroes Often Fail, respectively...as well as letting go when the arrangement no longer worked.

I'm grateful to Russ Davis and Gray Dog Press for picking up the River City Series and running with it.  I intend to do you proud.

And I'm exceedingly grateful to you, the Reader.  These stories and novels are alive in my mind when I write them, but the greatest thrill is transferring those images, characters and events to another mind.  Making that connection.  It is, as Master King points out in his seminal book about writing, a form of telepathy.  It's wonderful, it's addictive and to quote one of my favorite movies as a teenager...it's a kind of magic.

So Sir and/or Madam Reader...thanks for traveling to River City with me, and hanging for a while.

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Publisher for River City Series!


I'd like to say, "Thanks!" to all the readers who have kept asking me, "When is your next book coming out?"  I now have an answer:  March 2010.
 
As of today, I have signed with Gray Dog Press to publish my River City novels.  They will be publishing the third book, Beneath a Weeping Sky, in March 2010.  Prior to that, in January 2010, Gray Dog Press will be re-issuing both Under a Raging Moon and Heroes Often Fail under their imprint.
 
Under a Raging Moon was originally published by Wolfmont Press in 2006.  That edition is now out of print, though there a copies available and floating around Amazon, etc.  The Gray Dog Press version of Under a Raging Moon will be a revised one.  I've polished and pruned the book, as well as adding in small pieces here and there and a couple of new scenes that I wish I hadn't cut in the first edition.
 
Heroes Often Fail was originally published by Aisling Press in 2007.  That edition is also now out of print, but much like UaRM, there are copies available in places like Amazon.  The Gray Dog Press version of Heroes Often Fail will not be markedly different than the previous edition.
 
This will be the first publication for Beneath a Weeping Sky, the third novel in the River City series.  In it, River City is plagued by a serial rapist. Although an ensemble novel, the clear front-runner character in this story is Officer Katie MacLeod. Katie is a five year veteran who has worked hard to establish herself as a good cop in a field still dominated by men. She has done the near-impossible; she's earned the respect of the rough and tumble officers that work graveyard shift. But like all of us, Katie has her weaknesses, too. And deep in her past is an event that she has to face now that she is fully involved in the task force put together to catch the serial rapist. Especially after that rapist turns his sights on her.
 
This book is a cross between suspense and a procedural. If you're looking for a CSI fix, you want to get to  know the River City characters better or you're looking for a roller coaster ride, Beneath a Weeping Sky will fit the bill.
 
I'm very excited about this development.  Gray Dog Press is planning to continue to publish the River City Series beyond this third book (the fourth book, And Every Man Has to Die, is currently in the first draft phase), so I'm looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.
 
Frank
 
P.S.  Gray Dog Press has also accepted my Frank Scalise novel, All That CountsAll That Counts is a novel about life and a man's discovery about what is truly important in it. Graham Wilson is a thirty-something recreational hockey player who decides to follow a long-held desire to become a goaltender. His transition is both comedic and inspiring as he seeks to challenge himself in the midst of a mundane life. Also on display is the curious paradox of the recreational game in American culture (i.e., it means everything, but it is only a game, but it is more than a game, but...). When his team's regular goalie leaves, Graham steps unsteadily into the crease, causing conflict on a team that is used to winning.
 
Graham's journey is a microcosm of life. Humor, inspiration, camaraderie, love and spite all make their appearances both on and off the ice as Graham struggles to learn what truly is "all that counts."
 
Look for more news on this book at http://frankscalise.com/ and follow the blog at http://frankscalise.blogspot.com/ .

Monday, September 14, 2009

News Alert...

Watch this space carefully in the coming days...I may (if things go aright!) have some excellent news to report.

Much like a goalie with a shutout up on the board going into the last five minutes of a game, though, I don't want to say too much until the buzzer sounds.

Keep an eye here, though.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Short Story "Walter's Night" Accepted!

My short story called "Walter's Night" was accepted for publication.

It will be published in Issue # 19 (Apr. 15, 2010) of YELLOW MAMA, an online 'zine.

"Walter's Night" is sort of a dark crime fiction homage to "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." That's all I'll say for now.

The link for YELLOW MAMA is: http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/yellowmama/

I'll post again once "Walter's Night" is published.