April 19, 2015 THIS WEEK’S CONTENT
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On the Horizon at WildBlue
Welcome to the WildBlue weekly eZine, the latest development in our process of building a dynamic and interactive community at WildBlue. The eZine keeps readers up to date on developments at WBP and even puts their voices at the center of the conversation with our “Ask A Detective” and “Ask An Author” series. The eZine gives subscribers exclusive and early access to new blog content, contests and events such as author-hosted book club meetings. Series such as “True Crime 101,” explore crime stats, breakthroughs in laboratory science, criminal psychology and more through illuminating graphics, videos and anecdotes from the field.
Coming this Spring to WildBlue Press
Exciting news from the desk of Burl Barer:”The excitement builds to a fever pitch as Edgar Award winner Burl Barer teams up with Frank C. Girardot, award-winning journalist,and senior editor for the Los Angeles News Group, which includes the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Daily News.. The two literary luminaries are crafting a killer full-length true crime thriller for Wild Blue Press.”
WildBlue Press authors Caitlin Rother and Steve Jackson will be organizing more writing workshops across the country in the near future. We will keep you posted as more opportunities arise!
NO STONE UNTURNED by Steve Jackson will be released April 28th. Pre-order today!
THE OBITUARY by Ron Franscell will be released May 15th. Pre-order today!
Featured Blog Posts
Having Feet in Two Worlds by Kevin Sullivan
This Month in Print
DIXIE’S LAST STAND: Was It Murder Or Self-Defense? by John Ferak in print now.
VAMPIRE: The Richard Chase Murders by Kevin Sullivan. Look for it later this month.
Before coming to WildBlue, Kevin was already an established author of non-fiction works on General Custer, the Bundy murders and more. Kevin is a proud parent and grandfather and also an ordained minister. He has written a special piece for this week’s eZine that speaks to the convergence between his writing and his other calling:
“If you’re reading this blog, I assume you know me, and if that’s true, then I don’t have to tell you I write true crime – books, articles, and blogs – with a bit of history thrown in for good measure. But what you probably don’t know is that I’m an ordained Christian minister with over 30 years’ experience. If you’re thinking that sounds a bit strange, well, you’re not alone. After all, many believe, the world of crime, murder, and mayhem, are worlds apart from the world of ministry. But are they really all that different?
Years ago, when I was still a young minister, I came to the conclusion that cops (and their world of crime and endless trouble) and ministers aren’t all that different; at least not in certain aspects of the jobs we perform. Police are first responders, and are witnesses to all manner of terrible human acts; and if they’re lucky, they can save some lives along the way. Ministers, on the other hand, are often second responders, performing very particular jobs helping folks recover from these horrific events, and as such, often see (like cops) many situations hidden from the public-at-large.
And yet, there are times when the worlds of the minister and the policeman will intersect at the same exact moment, and when that happens, the missions we are on will be somewhat different…Long before I penned my first words of true crime or history, I already had a great deal of experience seeing both the best and worst that life has to offer: from the joyous occasions of the births
Believe me, writing true crime and history is a breeze compared to the ministry.” This excerpt is part of a longer story that you can read on the WildBlue Press blog.
Contests and Giveaways
This week’s giveaway: a WBP true crime audio book!
Find more of what you’re looking for on our blog page.
This Week’s Winners of our Monthly Giveaway
“I read crime books to find the energy behind the criminal. How public opinion can have a positive effect for the criminal, while time is wasted by authorities searching the wrong people. Of note, the authorities, the FBI and the court system prefer to follow public opinion rather than the line of evidence.”
“…for me, it’s something I’m familiar with. It was all I had know growing up.Secondly, I believe that people especially people who are in bad relationships live vicariously through some of these true crime TVs shows and books. My guess would be men do too. Just 1 more thing, some people are just evil and I believe they try to learn things through these avenues.”
What do YOU think?
1.Author Steve Jackson will be hosting a live online Q&A event on Monday May 11th to discuss NO STONE UNTURNED. This session will be hosted on WildBluePress.com. Stay tuned for more details.
2.NO STONE UNTURNED release
If you enjoy Forensic Files, CSI shows and the very best in true crime stories, you’ll love NO STONE UNTURNED by Steve Jackson. An updated version of this true crime classic will be released for the first time as an eBook on April 28, with audio book soon to follow.
3. THE OBITUARY Release
The thrill-packed mystery sequel to THE DEADLINE by Ron Franscell will be released on May 15. THE OBITUARY is on pre-order now. Catch up on the adventures of Jefferson Morgan first by reading THE DEADLINE.
Has one of Wisconsin’s most troubling murders finally been solved? WildBlue Press true-crime author and investigative journalist John Ferak has a new three-part special investigative series for Gannett Wisconsin Media. This series explores the Berit Beck murder case and will be published Sunday April 19th through Tuesday April 21st.
John will host a live online chat at postcrescent.comTuesday April 21st at 11 a.m. Central where he will answers questions from readers about the case. Ferak’s stories will also be available in print at postcrescent.com.
WildBlue Press Author Series on Shattered Lives Radio with Donna “Lady Justice” Gore. Saturdays at 5pm.
Another Successful Writing Salon
Fifteen aspiring authors gathered in San Diego for the Beach House Writing Salon II to listen to WildBlue Press authors Caitlin Rother and Steve Jackson, as well as authors Chip Jacobs and Laurel Corona, discuss the process of writing and publishing with plenty of time to ask and answer questions. The salon was followed by a party complete with adult beverages, food and music provided by Breaking The Code (Caitlin sings in the band). WildBlue Press will be hosting similar and even bigger events in other parts of the country. Stay tuned for more information.