Friday, April 27, 2012

Preview of SOME DEGREE OF MURDER

Brian Triplett of Examiner.com has previewed my novel (written with Colin Conway) Some Degree of Murder

Triplett does his usual good job of capturing the essence of the book, as well as the intention Conway and I had in writing it.

For those of you who wanted another River City novel, this is set in that fair burg, and you'll recognize several of the characters.

The book will be officially released on May 1st, but due to the way the different systems work, I will begin "releasing" it this weekend, so you may find it available in your favorite format even sooner!

Some Degree of Murder by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway
ISBN-13: 978-1475161182
ISBN-10: 1475161182

A young woman has been murdered in River City. Police Detective John Tower is assigned to the case but there are few clues to go on. As he digs into the case, he's soon picking up hints that this murder may not be the killer's first ... or his last.
Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground. He's just arrived in River City with a single-minded mission: find his daughter's killer and bury him.

In his search for a murderer, Tower uses his experience and training along with all the expertise of modern forensics.

In the hunt for his prey, Kelley uses intimidation and violence, tools which he wields with precision and anger.

Virgil Kelley and John Tower are on a collision course. Somebody is going to die.

River City will never be the same.

Review of the Last Horseman

Author Bonnie Paulson recently reviewed my novel, The Last Horseman.

She wrote:  I'm a fan of vets and this book did it for me. I'm new to Zafiro's work, but so far, he's hooked me.

I don't do summaries. You want to know what happens, read the blurb above. I do have to tell you my heart pounded, my breathing quickened, I clicked my Kindle button sometimes before I was even done with the page, it moved that fast.

Zafiro has hidden gritty bits of romance and in-your-face action into parts I wasn't expecting.

Don't be surprised, when you pick this up, to be taken on a ride and gripped so hard in his fist you're certain your lungs will never be the same. I loved it and am heading off to read another one of Zafiro's thrillers. Loved it!


You can learn more about Bonnie Paulson here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Someone Noticed...

My two-story collection, In the Shadow of El Paso, is available on Smashwords for free and Amazon for .99 (It will be free as soon as Amazon "sees" it is free elsewhere). Brian Triplett of the Examiner.com noticed and wrote about it, and featured Smashwords, its history and how it operates, too.

(Thanks, Brian).

At 13,000 words, this collection is really more of a short, two-part novella. The stories, "In the Shadow of El Paso" and "Jack's Town" are related and sequential.

Thanks to Matt Rose for designing a cool cover.

P.S. I am going to make this title available in print sometime next week (for cheap, cheap, cheap) for those of you who still prefer to hold paper in your hands.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Post GetLit! Thoughts

Wow.

That's the biggest thought I have after having had the chance to be part of Spokane's GetLit! festival, put on by my alma mater, Eastern Washington University.

I got to do a reading and be involved in a fun, well attended panel.

It is a thrill to be in that environment, surrounded by writers and readers and people who are completely grooving on the creative process.

So thanks. Thanks to EWU and Melissa Huggins and Asa Bradley. Thanks to Andrew Marcus Corder and Sam Ligon (for saying hello).  Thanks to K.L Cook for being cool at our reading, and to Rebecca Zanetti and Sherry Jones for being the same at the panel later in the day. Thanks to the local chapter of the RWA for being so supportive of their members and for considering me a friend of the chapter. Thanks to Bill and Louise Saylor for coming out on a Saturday. Thanks to everyone who was friendly (which was just about everyone I met!) and interested. Thanks to Brian Triplett for being a cool guy and a funny to boot*.

And thanks to my wife, Kristi, for being ever, ever supportive.

GetLit! was awesome. If you didn't check it out this year, do so in 2013. You'll be called you did.


Frank

*best exchange of the weekend goes like this:

Sherry Jones:  "I have a writer friend who is a Zen Buddhist, so she brings that to her writing. She talks about staying in motion to avoid that monkey mind. You know the monkey. He's the one in the background, telling you that you suck."

Me:  "I do know that monkey.  He hangs out at my house all the time. And he throws poo."

Brian Triplett (ten minutes later):  "The monkey pays half my rent."

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Free, New Zafiro eBook!

My two-story collection, In the Shadow of El Paso, is now available for free from Smashwords!

Carl is a Yankee cop in a small Texas border town. Isabella is a beautiful Mexican woman that everyone in town loves, including the hapless Pete and the wealthy, powerful Jack...but most of all, Carl. Part romance, part police procedural, IN THE SHADOW OF EL PASO contains two short stories that explore love, race, class and the ambiguity that exists on the southern border.

It will shortly be available in all formats on your favorite ebook site for free (or .99, if that platform doesn't allow for free books).
Many thanks to Matt J. Rose for the cool cover design!
You can go to Smashwords now and get it free in any format, and keep an eye out on Amazon, B&N, etc., as it'll trickle into those formats soon.
This is just a thank you to all the cool readers out there who enjoy my work. There is more coming, as you know, in the form of a couple of novels, but I will have to come up with some more free stuff before the end of the calendar year, too...
Enjoy, and as always, I'd enjoy anyone's feedback.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's Official -- Twice Over

First bit of news is that Snubnose Press will publish BLOOD ON BLOOD, a hardboiled crime novel by Jim Wilsky and me.

The Snubnose Press announcement is here, and you can read some of our thoughts about it on our blog, Harboiled Partners in Crime.

Snubnose is an excellent outfit with a great reputation, so being part of that family is pretty exciting.
I'm pretty pumped about this book, to say the least. Jim and I are starting work on the sequel, QUEEN OF DIAMONDS, but BLOOD ON BLOOD should be out sometime in May or early June. I'll update you all when the date is solidified.

I'm also excited to announce that May 1st, Colin Conway and I will be releasing our collaborative crime novel, SOME DEGREE OF MURDER. We've settled on a book cover, which was designed by local photographer and graphic artist, Matt J. Rose.

The description of SOME DEGREE OF MURDER:

A young woman has been murdered in River City. Police Detective John Tower is assigned to the case but there are few clues to go on. As he digs into the case, he's soon picking up hints that this murder may not be the killer's first ... or his last.

Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground. He's just arrived in River City with a single-minded mission: find his daughter's killer and bury him.

In his search for a murderer, Tower uses his experience and training along with all the expertise of modern forensics.

In the hunt for his prey, Kelley uses intimidation and violence, tools which he wields with precision and anger.

Virgil Kelley and John Tower are on a collision course. Somebody is going to die.

River City will never be the same.
 
As you no doubt gather from the description, this novel is set in River City, a fictional Spokane. Many of the characters from River City novels and short stories appear in the book. 
 
The book will be released May 1st as an ebook and in print. The ebook will be available via Amazon, B&N and all other normal ebook outlets. The print copy will also be available via Amazon or direct order or through any bookstore (just give them the title and authors or ISBN).
 
Also, watch out for the possibility of a release party/book signing...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Some Degree of Murder update (and Blood on Blood)

Coming in May of 2012, from me and Colin Conway...SOME DEGREE OF MURDER!

A young woman has been murdered in River City.  Police Detective John Tower is assigned to the case but there are few clues to go on.  As he digs into the case, he's soon picking up hints that this murder may not be the killer's first ... or his last.

Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground.  He's just arrived in River City with a single-minded mission:  find the killer and bury him. 

In his search for a murderer, Tower uses his experience and training along with all the expertise of modern forensics. 

In the hunt for his prey, Kelley uses intimidation and violence, tools which he wields with precision and anger.

Virgil Kelley and John Tower are on a collision course.  Somebody is going to die.

River City will never be the same.

This book was originally penned in 2004. Colin and I have revised it a few times since then, including its most recent (and most radical) revision to create a much tighter book. SOME DEGREE OF MURDER, like BLOOD ON BLOOD (my collaboration with Jim Wilsky -- more on that in a minute), is written in alternating chapters, with both characters narrating in the first person. This format creates a lot of natural tension and shows the reader a more complete picture than either character gets himself.

It was a fun book to write. Right now, one final review and light revision is in the works, as well as finalizing the book's cover. The cover shown in this post is one of the prototypes we are considering. We are looking to release the book in print and ebook formats sometime in early May. More to come!

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Also, just a little tease, but...it is all but official...Jim Wilsky and I will shortly have some very cool news regarding our novel, BLOOD ON BLOOD. We've reached an agreement with a small publisher and all that remains are the legal niceties (something about a contract or something?). Anyway, watch here and at our shared blog, HardBoiled Partners in Crime, for more info soon.

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Meanwhile...if you'd like to be a reviewer for SOME DEGREE OF MURDER, please contact me at frankzafiro@msn.com.  Whether you're a blog reviewer, work for a review site or mag or will simply promise a fair review on Amazon or B&N, I'd love to get you a copy of this novel to read.