Your Guide to New Developments, Exclusive Content and Giveaways at WildBlue Press
May 24, 2015 THIS WEEK’S CONTENT
|Volume 1 No. 5|
On the Horizon at WildBlue
How can literature be instrumental in creating community? How can online media facilitate relationships through literature? How can an independent publishing house promote self-determination among its authors and dialogue between authors and fans? These are some of the questions driving our efforts at WildBlue Press. The eZine is one of our modes for exploring these questions. It is a work-in-progress, but we are already beginning to cover some interesting ground. Readers who subscribe for our free membership will receive the publication two times per month, granting them access to exclusive content from authors and experts in our expanding genres, as well as advanced notice of contests and giveaways. In the near future our eZine and website will be undergoing some changes to provide more multimedia content as well as a platform for members to interact with each other and WildBlue authors. Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already!
Coming Soon To WildBlue
This Summer: new true crime books from Burl Barer, Steve Jackson, John Ferak and Carolina Sarassa, as well crime fiction mysteries and thrillers by John Robinson (Cameron Bane) and Debbi Mack.
Steve Jackson will be sending dispatches from the field as he joins the NecroSearch International team in Perm, Russia. Follow Steve’s blog series as he and other NecroSearch members track down the remains of the Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich Romanov, the brother of Tsar Nicholas, who was assassinated in June 1918 with his secretary and secretly buried in the country side by their Bolshevik executioners.
Look for our upcoming video and multi-media features. We will be integrating more photo albums, video interviews and interactive media into the eZine in the coming months. See Bradley Nickell’s interview on Good Morning Las Vegas below!
“And this, my friends, is my job as a true crime writer. I am your guide into this terrible world, to guide you safely in and then out again. So fasten your seatbelts and get ready for the ride of your life…”
—Kevin Sullivan, author of the new WildBlue True Crime KENTUCKY BLOODBATH
Steve Jackson will be interviewed by Aaron Habel and Justin Evans on Generation Y Podcast about NO STONE UNTURNED, his work with NecroSearch International in Russia, and upcoming releases at WildBlue Press. Catch his pre-recorded interview starting Monday afternoon here
Kevin Sullivan will appear on Darkness Radio on Tuesday May 26th at 10 pm eastern time with Tim Dennis. Find the link to the live stream here!
Bradley Nickell appeared on Fox News Radio Las Vegas Talk Now with Heidi Harris on Friday May 15th
Bradley Nickell made an appearance on KTNV News 13 Las Vegas on the May 16th episode of Good Morning Las Vegas with Victoria Spilabotte. Brad will appear with Daniele Dreitzer, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center. Double click for full screen.
KENTUCKY BLOODBATH: Ten Bizarre Tales of Murder from the Bluegrass State by Kevin Sullivan will be released June 2. Look for the release-day giveaway coming soon!
REPEAT OFFENDER: Sin City’s Most Prolific Criminal and the Cop Who Caught Him by Bradley Nickell will be available as an audiobook this month.
THE OBITUARY by Ron Franscell in Print and Kindle
NO STONE UNTURNED: The True Story of the World’s Premier Forensic Investigators by Steve Jackson on Kindle and audiobook.
REPEAT OFFENDER: Sin City’s Most Prolific Criminal and the Cop Who Caught Him by Bradley Nickell in print and Kindle.
Featured Blog Posts
Town Of DIXIE’S famous murder trial brings Author Ferak to Iowa in August by John Ferak
From Russia With Love … New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Jackson Prepares For Romanov Grand Duke Grave Search by Steve Jackson
WildBlue Books in Libraries and Bookstores
Bookstores and libraries can now order WildBlue Press books in print at traditional discounts and terms either through Ingram Publishing or, for an even greater discount, directly from WildBlue Press. Our fans can help bring our books to shelves by calling their bookstores and libraries and asking that they carry our great works. Bookstores and libraries can contact us at [email protected]
Contests and Giveaways
WildBlue readers score free goodies!
And Tim Feely won a signed copy of BOGEYMAN: He Was Every Parent’s Nightmare by being one of the first to purchase NO STONE UNTURNED on Launch Day.
First 15 on 6/2 Giveaway
Author Kevin Sullivan’s true crime original, KENTUCKY BLOODBATH, goes on sale June 2. The first 15 people to buy the book ON June 2 and email the Amazon receipt to [email protected], Subject Line: KENTUCKY BLOODBATH Contest will receive a FREE audiobook from the WildBlue Press collection.
Find more of what you’re looking for on our blog page.
1. KENTUCKY BLOODBATH Release
2. WildBlue Press Joins Kindle Matchbook
Good evening from the WildBlue West
Ask An Author: Kevin Sullivan
When we ask our readers why they like to read about crime, they respond either that there is an element of catharsis–psycho-emotional effects resulting from the vicarious experience of danger and disaster, or they simply find it to be useful to understand the worst sorts of danger in the world.
One has to wonder, what happens to the people who “guide” you through these dark truths? Our selected Ask an Author question this month comes from Charlotte Reeves, who has pondered this very matter.
“Of course, some cases affect us more than others. This is especially true when certain aspects of the cases vary; depending on how the victims died, for example. I once wrote about a sweet teenage girl, a popular cheerleader, who was killed in the most horrendous of ways, the result of which was that I woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. It was weighing on my mind in ways I had not anticipated, such was the nightmare I was writing about.”
Kevin wrote a more in-depth response about the emotional toll of immersing himself in cases such as the Bundy murders and gruesome crimes of less renown found in KENTUCKY BLOODBATH. Read more from Kevin here!
“All books are about sin, redemption, vindication and cash.”
In addition to his writing, Burl is known for being a radio personality in the Pacific Northwest and most recently on the programs “Outlaw Radio” “True Crime Uncensored”.
Burl is a highly regarded investigative journalist. His true crime books are required reading in many criminology classes and among true crime fans. For a list of books by Burl Barer click here.
We asked Burl to give us insight into what he enjoys about writing. He responded with a message about breaking the rules and the role of the reader in bringing his stories to life.
“that’s what I find so thrilling–each reader sees the books transformed into a movie in their mind…”
Better to hear from the man himself:
“Wild Blue has so many super-cool books by excellent authors that I feel a bit sheepish about tugging their collective sleeve to publish every thing I come up with — but I’ll tell you something about me. No matter what I write — short story, novel or true crime non-fiction thriller — it isn’t complete until you read it.
It is the reader who makes the story come alive — it is the reader who does far more than decode the words on the page– the reader embellishes and personalizes…you provide the unwritten details of ambient room temperature, aroma and presence.
I provide the skeletal structure where character is revealed through dialogue, and provide just enough “cues” or you, the reader, to take over as my creative collaborator filling in the details of body language, facial expressions, and, to wax cinematic, camera angles, close-ups, etc. That’s all you, and that’s what I find so thrilling — each reader sees the books transformed into a movie in their mind and no two are exactly alike– the plot points, characters and outcomes are provided, and books are never about the plot anyway.
All books are about sin, redemption, vindication and cash. One or more of those elements, sometimes all of them. And I make you my iron clad promise. If you buy one of my books, and you don’t like it at all, I promise I’ll keep writing more books until I write one that you absolutely love. I keep writing, you keep reading. It keeps us all on the same page.
For more of Burl’s musings on writing and rule-breaking, see his blog post at the WildBlue site!