Your Guide To What’s Happening This Week at WildBlue Press
April 26, 2015 THIS WEEK’S CONTENT
|Volume 1 No. 3|
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
Look for titles from new WildBlue author, John Robinson who writes crime fiction thrillers under the pen name Cameron Bane. Learn more about this author in his own words:
“Cameron Bane is married to the finest woman on the planet, his wife Barb. The father of two grown sons and grandfather of two, he’s also the retired owner of a successful financial planning firm. During this second life Cameron has made some good friends in the publishing world, including wordsmiths Cec Murphey, Brandilyn Collins, Alton Gansky, Terri Blackstock, and New York Times bestseller James Scott Bell. All of them have greatly—and graciously—shared their talents in helping him hone his craft. In addition to his writing, Cameron is a much sought-after speaker and teacher, having taught fiction tracks for three years at a nationally-ranked writer’s conference just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.”
In case you missed the announcement last week, author Burl Barer and Frank C. Girardot are working on a new thriller for WildBlue Press. Check out the prologue here!
THE OBITUARY by Ron Franscell will be released May 15th. Pre-order today.
Featured Blog Posts
Beach House Writing Salon II: A Unique, Intimate and Intense Experience for Everyone by Caitlin Rother
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.
This week’s featured author is Steve Jackson whose classic true crime NO STONE UNTURNED: The True Story of the World’s Premier Forensic Investigators is being released for the first time as an eBook on Tuesday, April 28.
A veteran author with more than twenty-one books, including seven true crime, Jackson was recently invited to join NecroSearch as a historian. He’ll be traveling to Perm, Russia in June 2015 with other members of NecroSearch to help search for the remains of the Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov, who was assassinated and secretly buried in 1918 by the Bolsheviks a month before the tsar and his family were murdered.
When he is not writing, Steve is a fly-fisherman who loves backpacking in the Rocky Mountains and taking his grandson outside to play in the dirt.
Contests and Giveaways
This week’s giveaway: a WBP true crime audio book!
Why do you read crime books, and what makes a story compelling to you?
The first nine people to email an answer to firstname.lastname@example.org will receive an audio book from one of our bestsellers! Thought provoking answers may appear in next week’s Roundup!
Check the WildBlue Press site and eZine for the Fans Choose Giveaway. Coming Soon: KENTUCKY BLOODBATH cover competition. Fans vote for the best cover and are entered in a drawing for a WBP prize!
Find more of what you’re looking for on our blog page.
Ask an Author
The WildBlue “Ask an Author” series provides readers with the opportunity to ask their favorite authors questions about a particular case, or the writing process in general
This week we have selected a question directed at author Ron Franscell from Marlene Fabregas. Ron Franscell is the bestselling true-crime author of “The Darkest Night” and “Delivered from Evil,” which established him as one of the most provocative new voices in narrative nonfiction. His beautiful literary jaunts in “The Sourtoe Cocktail Club” and “Angel Fire” have made him one of America’s most entertaining storytellers.
“This monstrous, small-town abduction of two young sisters in 1973 — my next-door neighbors and friends at the time — ended in rape and murder at a towering steel bridge over a deep, dark canyon.
There were difficult moments—opening the old box of physical evidence was jolting—but I was shielded by my journalistic training.
Probably the most difficult part of writing the book was my series of interviews with the killer Ron Kennedy. He was the most important piece of this story to me. He was my mirror. I wanted to know if my deep-set feelings about this man — or rather what he represented and did — were stronger than my passion to be a conscientious journalist.
That intimacy is what made it tough. The only one of my other books that approaches the intimacy of “The Darkest Night” would be “The Sourtoe Cocktail Club,” a memoir about an extraordinary journey with my then-teenage son to the edge of the earth.”
We want to hear your questions! Send in questions for either our ask a detective or ask an author series.
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. Only one day left to pre-order.
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.
The killer from Steve Jackson’s BOGEYMAN was featured on Investigation Discovery’s Most Evil series. The show features interviews with Steve and Gary Sweet, the detective from this case. Find the link to watch this episode here
Bradley Nickell will be a featured guest on Darkness Radio with host Dave Schrader Tuesday evening 04/28/15 from 10 PM to Midnight CST as part of the “True Crime Tuesday” series. The show is broadcast live on Fox Radio AM 1130, Twin Cities News Talk, out of Minneapolis and simulcast over the Internet at the Darkness Radio website. Go to the DR website and click on the link that says “Click to Listen Live.”
WildBlue Press Author Series on Shattered Lives Radio with Donna “Lady Justice” Gore. Saturdays at 5pm.
True Crime 101
True Crime 101 is a new series that covers different topics in forensics, criminology and sociology as they pertain to solving criminal cases. We will survey important scientific trends and techniques, as well as take a closer look at crime statistics.
This week’s topic is forensic anthropology. Forensic anthropology draws upon concepts from physical or biological anthropology for application in medicolegal contexts. These concepts include human skeletal morphology, a nuanced understanding of physical development over the lifespan and human diversity across time and space.
Forensic anthropologists can help to identify human remains, even when they are incomplete or badly decomposed. Once the remains are identified as human, anthropologists can begin to create a profile based on skeletal traits including characteristics like: age, sex, ancestry and stature of the person. Forensic anthropologists also look for indicators of trauma in the skeleton. They can read features on the bones that divulge histories of endured abuse and help to identify the ultimate cause of death.
In honor of the release of NO STONE UNTURNED we have focused on the work of Diane France, forensic anthropologist of NecroSearch International and founder of the Human Identification Laboratory of Colorado. In addition to holding many distinguished positions in the field of forensic anthropology including professor at Colorado State University, France has a casting company that makes skeletal molds for researchers and educators. France has examined remains thought to belong to Anastasia Romanov and the skull of Jesse James. She was one of the scientists helping to identify remains on site in the devastating aftermath of the September 11th 2001
World Trade Center attacks.
Stay tuned next week to learn more about how forensic anthropologists conduct research and “read” human skeletal remains to draw out the stories of the people they belonged to.