Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TFA Visits Katee Sackhoff's Movie Set


The Famous Author is hipper than we all thought. Not only does he know who Katee Sackhoff is, he was on the shooting set this week of her upcoming movie, grinning and trying to stay out of the way -- mandatory for movie set visitors.

Honestly, I'm jealous. While he didn't get to actually meet Katee and drool on her shoes, he watched her rehearse, perform and interact with the director in a movie to be entitled GIRL FLU. Not bad for an old man who didn't fall in love with Katee during Battlestar Galactica like more moderate age groups. TFA says he's a fan of Longmire, where Katee has been one of the main characters. A deputy sheriff I think. Longmire is a cowboy show, currently cancelled but seeking a new home. Why would they cancel a show with Katee in it? It's for geezer audiences.

Katee is not really a redhead, me thinks, but we found this picture of her, and that's good enough for Austin Carr's Redhead of the Week. Katee might be be redhead of the year. What do you think?

Here's Katee's offical website.

And here's a Facebook page with shots from the movie production.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Another Fun Reacher from Lee Child

Lee Child's ex-Army Policeman Jack Reacher shows up in D.C. to say hello to a wonderful voice on the phone, but the surprise he gets isn't happy. Reacher finds himself on the wrong side of the lockup, back in the Army and way deep in trouble, Reacher getting blamed for everything except World War II. I particularly liked his relationship with another wrongly blamed Army type -- the sexy female he came to see -- and the lengthy and exciting road trip they take. The ending was a bit of a let down, although the lack of a major final confrontation played out logically with the story. I am getting a bit tired of Reacher beating up nine guys at once and never taking a punch. Is it even possible to fight three or four men and not get a scratch? Well, these stories are way too much fun to care about that, and have no fear, Mr. Child, I -- and a million others -- will read the next Jack Reacher as soon as we're able.

Friday, October 3, 2014

SUSPECT is Robert Crais' Best Yet

Understand first I haven't met a Robert Crais novel I didn't like. Haven't given them all five stars, however, as RC is always on his game but some are better than others. So when I give SUSPECT five stars, I'm saying this is one his best. BUT -- I would give this book six stars if could because I believe this is his best book ever. I just loved it. I put it down -- had to go out to dinner -- but it was done by breakfast the next morning because I wanted to see how Scott and Maggie came out. I couldn't put it down is a cliche in this business. I did. I had to in order to sustain my marriage. But I didn't want to stop.

Who is Maggie, you might ask? Well this book is about Maggie, an ex-Marine German Shepherd who's now about to be rejected from the LAPD K-9 unit, and Scott, a LAPD patrol officer who lost his partner and was shot three times in an unsolved murder. Scott wants to join the K-9 unit to an effort to heal himself and get back to work. He dreams and thinks of his dead partner much of the time. Maggie the dog thinks about her dead former partner too, a Marine killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Maggie was shot twice trying to protect her Marine handler after the explosion. Both Maggie and Scott are wounded emotionally and physically. Both have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What a team!

The story is about Scott and Maggie learning to work together, both of them needing the other's help. Can they get their act together and solve the murder that killed Scott's former partner? But I called this story RC's best ever because of two things: One, the emotional level of this book is over the top for RC's work. These two protagonists will wrench your guts with their mistakes, their courage and the love they eventually share. Two, significant scenes are told from Maggie's point of view, and for me this was stunningly unusual and a joy to read. You will learn unbelievable facts about dog's noses and how they see the world, and if you have any love for dogs or animals in general, I believe this could be your favorite Robert Crais book, too.


Please, RC, give us another Maggie and Scott story someday. -- AC

Friday, September 26, 2014

TFA Takes a Vacation

Figures. We have a new book coming out next month, we're locked and loaded in our final re-write of BIG SHOES -- number four in my mystery series -- and The Famous Author has major commitments due for fancy blogs. So where is he when most needed?

Hilton Head. Of course.

"Relax, Austin, I'll be back this weekend."

"That's what you said a few years ago when I had to track you down in Mexico."

"Yeah, but I'm a much better person now. I quit drinking that mescal stuff."

"Oh, well, then everything's fine. What was I thinking? So what's with the alligator?"

"Number two son and I saw one on the golf course Monday. Looked exactly like this one."

"Poor baby."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BIG MOJO Available for Pre-Order

It's taken only six years, but like some old general once said, I have returned. That's right fans. Austin Carr--that's me--has zombied up with a new adventure. We've talked about BIG MOJO many times. Number three. Mama Bones plays a major role, casting bullets, spells and wicked lies. But now you can actually pre-order my first new novel since 2008. I'd better stop saying that out loud, else The Famous Author might faint.

TFA finally found me some stockbroker love at Down and Out Books. Thank you Eric the Publisher.








Monday, August 18, 2014

Read the Opening Paragraphs of BIG SHOES

Dana King tagged The Famous Author to be next in line for a blog hop. (Thanks Dana!) Writers answer four questions, then tag two other writers to answer a week later. Well, TFA called in sick today. The flu, he says. So I'm stuck me with contacting the other authors and writing the answers for him. Boy will he be sorry.

What am I working on?

TFA is working on #5 in my series, BIG SHOES. I stole this draft opening off his computer:

The big thing about my temporary business partner, Angelina “Mama Bones” Bonacelli, the mildest of professional consultations can deteriorate into crime and violence. Lunch negotiations have turned into shootouts. Her Power Point presentation to a Jersey state racing commission last summer was raided by the FBI. As a Jersey shore racketeer with direct ties to what's left of a once powerful New York crime family, Mama Bones even packs a loaded semiautomatic.

Our association has been ... well, problematic. Bullets, knives and poison keep turning up at our mutually occupied locations and joint functions. In fact, I am lucky to be alive -- charmed, really -- and I've decided I need a new partner and a new livelihood. Trying to explain these concerns and my desires to Mama Bones last month, following the funeral of one Heriberto Garzia, a man murdered right before my eyes, Mama Bones told me to take a vacation. Think about my future, she said. Don't rush into drastic change. "Maybe when Vic gets better, you'll feel different," she said. Not likely. Her son Vic -- my real business partner, who Mama Bones is subbing for -- remains physically wounded and mentally unstable following an earlier, unrelated shootout. Unrelated, except minutes before being shot, both victims were talking to me.

I did take some time off, per Mama Bones' strong suggestion, but the results are not what she'd hoped. An exhaustive detailing of past events and stern logic worked against her, particularly a list I made of her associates who were murdered or who disappeared in the last three years. Honestly, only a suicidal fool would stay. This morning, my vacation is over. I'm here to tell Mama Bones that Bonacelli Investments will have to do without me. I've sold my last tax-free bond.

I don't think Mama Bones is going to let me out of the business that easily, do you?

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

In the sub-genre of funny mystery, TFA tries to do what everybody else does -- make the reader laugh. The one thing that makes me (Austin Carr) unique is my background -- that is, growing up in Los Angeles and moving to New Jersey. It's a scary place for easy-going guys like me.

Why do I write what I do?

I don't write it. TFA does. What a dumb question.

How does my writing process work?

Same thing. I don't have a writing process. I don't write. I'm a character. I sit inside TFA's head and whisper stupid stuff to confuse him. Or sometimes I tell him dirty jokes, make him spit coffee all over his desk. Ha. Man does that tick him off.

Travis Richardson was just nominated for an Anthony and other awards. He's a fine young man with a lovely wife. You can look at his Amazon author page here and his blog here. Les Edgerton is another award-winning author, teacher, coach and mentor to hundreds of writers across the globe. You can see his author page here and his blog right here. Both of these fine authors will answer these four questions next Monday. Don't miss them, especially Travis.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Funny Crime Authors to Try Besides TFA

Donna Andrews was born in Yorktown, Virginia, the setting of Murder with Peacocks and Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos, and now lives and works in Reston, Virginia. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden. She is a member of Sisters is Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Private Investigators and Security Association. www.donnaandrews.com












Jeff Cohen is the author of the Comedy Tonight and Aaron Tucker mystery series, and as E.J. Copperman writes the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series, whose sixth installment INSPECTOR SPECTER will be published by Berkley Prime Crime in December. Jeff collaborated with E.J. Copperman (and the negotiations were intense) on the Asperger's Mystery series from Midnight Ink, which begins in October with THE QUESTION OF THE MISSING HEAD, introducing Samuel Hoenig, a borderline genius with an autism spectrum disorder who answers questions for a living and narrates his stories.



Jeff Markowitz is the author of the Cassie O'Malley Mysteries, an amateur sleuth series set deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Jeff holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Princeton University and graduate degrees in special education and human services. He has spent four decades working in the non-profit sector, developing services for children and adults with autism. Jeff's new book, the stand-alone mystery, Death and White Diamonds, will be released by Intrigue Publishing in January 2015. Jeff is a proud member of the New Jersey Authors' Network and the Mystery Writers of America.










The Famous Author (TFA) used to be a newspaper reporter. Big deal. I'm still the best thing that ever happened to him. You can click on my blue or green adventure on the right side of this blog, or you can wait until this pink one comes out in October. Though it's almost ready, the boss says October 14 because he's trying to earn some early reviews. Go Eric! TFA and I greatly appreciate the thought and extra work.




By clicking on each author's name (except TFA) you will travel to read about and potentially purchase a new clever and LOL mystery novel. I know, everything's lol these days. Shopping lists are ROTFL. But these three authors made me laugh literally, both this weekend at the Deadly Ink mystery writers and readers convention and conference, and also when I've read their books over the years. Promise: These are smart funny people.