Jul 20, 2016

Help An Author Out - Read and Review My Work

As many of you know, I have been quite prolific in writing tons of pulp fiction - so much so that not only do I have my own Amazon Author's page, but one of my stories was published within the past few weeks. But like many authors, I'm also responsible for marketing my work, and want to generate some buzz...and here's where I'm asking for your help.

It's simple: I'm asking that, if you are willing, to review any (or all) of my work online. Whether it's a blog post or an Amazon review, I would greatly appreciate it. Let me provide some basics to get you started:

  • First, you can easily order my work via Amazon - just click the author's link page above. Or check out the Where Stories Come From tag if you're looking for a story of a particular genre. 
  • If you want a reviewer's copy, simply e-mail me via contact form. For my work for Pro Se Productions and Space Buggy Press, I can easily connect you with someone for a complimentary electronic copy. Airship 27 Productions does not provide review copies, but you can purchase my work for Black Bat Mystery Vol 3 and Legends of New Pulp on PDF for very reasonable prices. 
  • If you receive a complimentary electronic copy, please follow the FTC's Blogger Disclosure guidelines. 
  • I'm OK with reviews either on Amazon or in a blog - all I ask is that you please e-mail me a link. (I'm more than happy sharing your reviews via social media as well as this blog).
  • Please give an honest review. If you love it, that's great. If you are meh, please share why you're meh. Hearing honest criticism allows me to grow as a writer, and no reviewer should feel obligated to provide a positive review.
  • Finally...if you acquire a complimentary copy, Do Not Distribute It Via Bittorrent, Download, or other illegal sites.  Small indie authors like me rely on royalties...in fact, we write to earn money. You may think "Ideas are free, man, and we're helping you with exposure." I've ranted about digital piracy before in this blog, and quite honestly, I am willing to go full DMCA on someone who's pirating my work.
As a newly minted author, I'm always grateful to read reviews of my work...even the negative ones. But I also wish to get the word out about these great books, because not only am I featured, but there's some great writing by some really cool people. 

So please - if you can purchase and write a review, great. If you want to touch base and have me make a connection, that's even better. If you're not a reviewer, please feel free to forward this post via social media. 

And as always, thanks for reading! 

Jul 12, 2016

Support the Blog via Amazon Prime Day

Well, you're probably wondering if there's a way you can help support the blog, other than Patreon (which, as of this post, doesn't exist).

There actually is - today is Amazon Prime Day, where you can sign up for free and get huge deals. Plus, if you click the graphic below and sign up/purchase stuff....I get a small percentage. (That's right - I'm an Amazon Affiliate)

More blogging goodness is coming your way!

Jul 11, 2016

Mondays With Columbo: CANDIDATE FOR CRIME

Columbo  episodes work best through a variety of factors: a seemingly simple murder that has a major, unseen complication; opportunities for Columbo to interact in a world not his own; and most importantly, an engaging antagonist - one who can be either charming yet arrogant (like Jack Cassidy); willing to attempt some psychological manipulation (like Robert Culp); or have some sense of likability (like Clive Revill)

Columbo: Season 3's  Candidate for Crime is one of the lesser Columbo episodes...it's not bad, and is completely watchable, but the tone feels old-fashioned and several aspects of the episode don't quite fit.

Part of it is the passage of time: the idea of a politician having an affair with an aide is slightly more "acceptible" now than it was then. (It also hurts that Ken Swofford, who plays the soon-to-be-deceased campaign manager, seems to be rehearsing his later  role as Frank Flannigan for Ellery Queen Mysteries). It's hard to believe in our current media-saturated client that an affair could "stay hidden." (It's also a shame that, even within the more cynical view of politics in the early 1970s, more couldn't have been made about the candidate's possible indiscretions....at least, other than marital).

Much of the problem with Candidate for Crime is due to the casting of Jackie Cooper as the main lead, a candidate for U.S. Senate. Cooper feels like a last-minute addition to the cast, and his acting style feels completely wrong. (This should be more of a charming wheeler-dealer; Cooper feels more like a character from a bad 1930s political drama). When it comes to moments of intimacy with his mistress, Cooper looks less like a man with enough charisma to seduce a younger woman and more like a grandfather handling one of his grandchildren.

(Seriously, those particular scenes really feel wrong with an unavoidable tone deafness).

However, there are quite a few moments that make Candidate for Crime worth watching. One of them is Columbo dealing with a high-end tailor; although there is some awkwardness, there's also a great moment of Columbo's investigative process, playing the innocent but keeping track of the finer details. There are also two really brief scenes involving a young Katey Segal, which shouldn' t be too much of a surprise, since Candidate for Crime was directed by her father Boris Sagal.

Is Columbo: Candidate for Crime a complete success? No, but it's also eminently watchable.

For a different set of opinions, please check out this episode of The Columbo Podcast