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Re: Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book

Tanen
 

Congratulations, amazing review!


On Monday, July 15, 2019, Stefani Deoul <stefanideoul@...> wrote:
I echo everyone's congrats (perhaps even with a tinge of envy in my typing fingers :)). It's pretty fabulous - particularly loving  the "this tale offers refreshing emotional depth..." Awesome!


Re: Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book

Stefani Deoul
 

I echo everyone's congrats (perhaps even with a tinge of envy in my typing fingers :)). It's pretty fabulous - particularly loving  the "this tale offers refreshing emotional depth..." Awesome!


Re: Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book

Brenda Buchanan
 

Congratulations on this terrific review and on publication of Carved in Bone, Michael.  As a longtime fan of Henry Rios, I look forward to reading it.

Brenda


Re: Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book

Dharma Kelleher
 

That’s awesome, Michael. Well done!

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Jul 12, 2019, at 5:09 PM, Michael Nava <michaelangelnava@...> wrote:

Yesterday, I got my first pre-publication review of Carved in Bone, pub date October 1, from Kirkus Review. The pull quote: "Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers. " Here's the rest.

TITLE INFORMATION

CARVED IN BONE
A Henry Rios Novel
Michael Nava

Persigo Press (366 pp.) ISBN: 978-1-73360-910-4

BOOK REVIEW

An intrepid lawyer returns in this latest installment of a mystery series centering on gay characters and themes.

In 1971, Bill Ryan, an 18-year-old in a small town in Illinois, is just beginning to explore and contemplate his sexuality. In a familiar gay narrative, Bill is caught experimenting with another boy and subsequently disowned by his family. He finds himself on a bus to San Francisco with just a bag and a few hundred dollars. Nava (Street People, 2017, etc.) then brings the action 13 years into the future to San Francisco, where attorney Henry Rios, the protagonist of several of the author’s previous novels, has left rehab and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. But the dark shadow of AIDS has already cast itself over the city and Rios’ recovery. Wanting to make more money than he can bring in with his struggling criminal defense practice, Rios takes a job as an insurance investigator. His first case is the death of a local gay man who died from a gas leak in his apartment, and that individual is none other than the successful adult Bill became. Rios tries to track down the victim’s missing lover, Nick Trejo, only to discover disturbing evidence that Bill’s death might not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the novel shifts back and forth in time, showing readers how Bill finally found his way and how Rios struggles to discover where it all eventually went wrong. The main mystery driving Nava’s latest work may be of little interest to true thriller lovers—the twists and final revelations are much more tragic than suspenseful. But the book is expertly constructed to give a unique perspective on rare subjects for the genre: the AIDS crisis and the complexities of gay relationships. As readers watch young Bill wake up to the realities of his sexuality, Rios simultaneously reevaluates his own choices in light of what that man eventually became. The author offers a kaleidoscopic view of shame, greed, and the pervasive dread of an epidemic.

Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers.



Re: NPVs what are your successes this week?

Dharma Kelleher
 

I appeared on The Bastard Title podcast, interviewed by Angel Luis Colón. I put out my latest newsletter, where I talk about damaged protagonists in crime fiction. And I’m about halfway through the third draft of my WIP. Busy week. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Jul 12, 2019, at 7:54 AM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

Happy Friday, and welcome to the Non-Publishing Victories thread, where we remember that there's more to this writing life than the ever-elusive publishing contract (and button).
What did you achieve? Launch a website? Submit a short story? Do an interview? Relieve that excitement and let us know here!

ALSO
I will be traveling the next two Fridays, so I'm afraid you'll have to celebrate all the excellent NPVs without me.

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book

Eliot
 

Michael,

Congrats on the new book. It sounds like a great story!!!

Eliot
From: main@queercrimewriters.groups.io <main@queercrimewriters.groups.io> on behalf of Michael Nava <michaelangelnava@...>
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019 8:09:54 PM
To: main@queercrimewriters.groups.io
Subject: [Queercrimewriters] Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book
 
Yesterday, I got my first pre-publication review of Carved in Bone, pub date October 1, from Kirkus Review. The pull quote: "Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers. " Here's the rest.

TITLE INFORMATION

CARVED IN BONE

A Henry Rios Novel

Michael Nava

Persigo Press (366 pp.) ISBN: 978-1-73360-910-4

BOOK REVIEW

An intrepid lawyer returns in this latest installment of a mystery series centering on gay characters and themes.

In 1971, Bill Ryan, an 18-year-old in a small town in Illinois, is just beginning to explore and contemplate his sexuality. In a familiar gay narrative, Bill is caught experimenting with another boy and subsequently disowned by his family. He finds himself on a bus to San Francisco with just a bag and a few hundred dollars. Nava (Street People, 2017, etc.) then brings the action 13 years into the future to San Francisco, where attorney Henry Rios, the protagonist of several of the author’s previous novels, has left rehab and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. But the dark shadow of AIDS has already cast itself over the city and Rios’ recovery. Wanting to make more money than he can bring in with his struggling criminal defense practice, Rios takes a job as an insurance investigator. His first case is the death of a local gay man who died from a gas leak in his apartment, and that individual is none other than the successful adult Bill became. Rios tries to track down the victim’s missing lover, Nick Trejo, only to discover disturbing evidence that Bill’s death might not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the novel shifts back and forth in time, showing readers how Bill finally found his way and how Rios struggles to discover where it all eventually went wrong. The main mystery driving Nava’s latest work may be of little interest to true thriller lovers—the twists and final revelations are much more tragic than suspenseful. But the book is expertly constructed to give a unique perspective on rare subjects for the genre: the AIDS crisis and the complexities of gay relationships. As readers watch young Bill wake up to the realities of his sexuality, Rios simultaneously reevaluates his own choices in light of what that man eventually became. The author offers a kaleidoscopic view of shame, greed, and the pervasive dread of an epidemic.

Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers.


Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book

Michael Nava <michaelangelnava@...>
 

Yesterday, I got my first pre-publication review of Carved in Bone, pub date October 1, from Kirkus Review. The pull quote: "Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers. " Here's the rest.

TITLE INFORMATION

CARVED IN BONE

A Henry Rios Novel

Michael Nava

Persigo Press (366 pp.) ISBN: 978-1-73360-910-4

BOOK REVIEW

An intrepid lawyer returns in this latest installment of a mystery series centering on gay characters and themes.

In 1971, Bill Ryan, an 18-year-old in a small town in Illinois, is just beginning to explore and contemplate his sexuality. In a familiar gay narrative, Bill is caught experimenting with another boy and subsequently disowned by his family. He finds himself on a bus to San Francisco with just a bag and a few hundred dollars. Nava (Street People, 2017, etc.) then brings the action 13 years into the future to San Francisco, where attorney Henry Rios, the protagonist of several of the author’s previous novels, has left rehab and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. But the dark shadow of AIDS has already cast itself over the city and Rios’ recovery. Wanting to make more money than he can bring in with his struggling criminal defense practice, Rios takes a job as an insurance investigator. His first case is the death of a local gay man who died from a gas leak in his apartment, and that individual is none other than the successful adult Bill became. Rios tries to track down the victim’s missing lover, Nick Trejo, only to discover disturbing evidence that Bill’s death might not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the novel shifts back and forth in time, showing readers how Bill finally found his way and how Rios struggles to discover where it all eventually went wrong. The main mystery driving Nava’s latest work may be of little interest to true thriller lovers—the twists and final revelations are much more tragic than suspenseful. But the book is expertly constructed to give a unique perspective on rare subjects for the genre: the AIDS crisis and the complexities of gay relationships. As readers watch young Bill wake up to the realities of his sexuality, Rios simultaneously reevaluates his own choices in light of what that man eventually became. The author offers a kaleidoscopic view of shame, greed, and the pervasive dread of an epidemic.

Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers.


Re: NPVs what are your successes this week?

Catherine Maiorisi
 

Attending the Golden Crown Literary Society readers conference. The energy is fueling my creativity and the feedback about my books feeding my soul. 

Catherine Maiorisi


On Jul 12, 2019, at 10:54 AM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

Happy Friday, and welcome to the Non-Publishing Victories thread, where we remember that there's more to this writing life than the ever-elusive publishing contract (and button).
What did you achieve? Launch a website? Submit a short story? Do an interview? Relieve that excitement and let us know here!

ALSO
I will be traveling the next two Fridays, so I'm afraid you'll have to celebrate all the excellent NPVs without me.

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


NPVs what are your successes this week?

Bess Carnan
 

Happy Friday, and welcome to the Non-Publishing Victories thread, where we remember that there's more to this writing life than the ever-elusive publishing contract (and button).
What did you achieve? Launch a website? Submit a short story? Do an interview? Relieve that excitement and let us know here!

ALSO
I will be traveling the next two Fridays, so I'm afraid you'll have to celebrate all the excellent NPVs without me.

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: Time To Set July #Goals

"Mia P. Manansala"
 

Using Camp Nano to finally finish a draft of my Filipino cozy.

I feel like I say that every month, but I really mean it this time! ^^;;
--
Mia P. Manansala
Secretary, Mystery Writers of America Midwest
 
https://www.miapmanansala.com/ 
FaceBook|Twitter| Instagram @MPMtheWriter


Re: Non-Publishing Victories Day! #NPV

Neil Plakcy
 

Good luck with your new project, Bess! I've had a very productive week. Finished the second draft of my newest Mahu book, Deadly Labors, and sent it off to my editor. Then turned to editorial comments on my next golden retriever mystery. This editor, who is wonderful, pointed out that the dead body doesn't appear until page 69, and she thought that was too long to wait. So I've torn up the time line in order to move that up, and now have all kinds of files of scenes that will need to come back in eventually.

And I got a lovely response to a query from an agent, who though she declined to take on the book, said very complimentary things about my writing and called herself "a devoted fan." That left me glowing!

Neil Plakcy

On Fri, Jul 5, 2019 at 12:37 PM Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:
It's been a long week (or is that just me?) but I managed to start my newest manuscript. Does anyone else find that terrifying? I can't even entirely explain why, just that it is. Anyway, how's everyone else doing on this crazy career path we've chosen? :)

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: Non-Publishing Victories Day! #NPV

Dharma Kelleher
 

Best of luck with the new project, Bess. I often find a new project exciting. At least for the first fifty pages. Then I hit the big swampy middle. LOL. 

I finished the major developmental revisions for my WIP (addressing major plot holes, etc.) and am cruising along with the next round, which involves a lot of trimming. I’m at about 93K right now and am hoping to bring it down somewhere in the 85K range. I feel good about the story and can’t wait to release it in December. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Jul 5, 2019, at 9:37 AM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

It's been a long week (or is that just me?) but I managed to start my newest manuscript. Does anyone else find that terrifying? I can't even entirely explain why, just that it is. Anyway, how's everyone else doing on this crazy career path we've chosen? :)

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Non-Publishing Victories Day! #NPV

Bess Carnan
 

It's been a long week (or is that just me?) but I managed to start my newest manuscript. Does anyone else find that terrifying? I can't even entirely explain why, just that it is. Anyway, how's everyone else doing on this crazy career path we've chosen? :)

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: An editor friend is looking for a sensitivity reader on race & LGBTQ issues specific to Florida history. #Opportunity

Hawthorn Mineart
 
Edited

Cool! Her name is Lori Cates Hand, and her email is lori.hand @dk. com

She would like a short bio or resume or something so she understands your background. And ask what she pays, of course. I didn't think to ask. :)

Edited to add that she's working with another editor in the UK whom you can contact directly because she'll be working over July 4th weekend - hollie.teague @ uk.dk.com


Re: An editor friend is looking for a sensitivity reader on race & LGBTQ issues specific to Florida history. #Opportunity

Senta Scarborough
 

I’m on the national board of gay and lesbian journalists and would be happy to help read or find sensitivity readers and some to Florida


From: main@queercrimewriters.groups.io <main@queercrimewriters.groups.io> on behalf of Hawthorn Mineart <hawthorn.mineart@...>
Sent: Monday, July 1, 2019 6:50:03 AM
To: main@queercrimewriters.groups.io
Subject: [Queercrimewriters] An editor friend is looking for a sensitivity reader on race & LGBTQ issues specific to Florida history. #Opportunity
 
My friend Lori works for DK Publishing and is looking for a sensitivity reader on both race & LGBTQ issues specific to Florida history.

I know that context is really specific, but on the off-chance someone here feels they could work on that issue, or knows someone who does, please let me know and I'll point them in her direction.


An editor friend is looking for a sensitivity reader on race & LGBTQ issues specific to Florida history. #Opportunity

Hawthorn Mineart
 

My friend Lori works for DK Publishing and is looking for a sensitivity reader on both race & LGBTQ issues specific to Florida history.

I know that context is really specific, but on the off-chance someone here feels they could work on that issue, or knows someone who does, please let me know and I'll point them in her direction.


Re: Time To Set July #Goals

Neil Plakcy
 

This post is right on target for me-- I have been trying to frame out my goals and timetable for the month, and I've never been very good at that. I am working on the second draft of a new Mahu mystery and the revision is going well-- but I'm always worried I will run into some problem that will derail me.

Then I need to put together some kind of promotion plan for it. It's so hard because the reviewers I know well don't take self-published books, and I've learned I don't need to bother with random things like guest posts (unless they are the right kind of bloggers, who appeal to my audience.)

I have a newsletter and a website, and will update them when the time comes. I've already been planting seeds through my Facebook posts and I know there are some eager readers out there.

Anyone had success in unconventional ways to promote a gay mystery? I'm open to any suggestions.

Neil Plakcy

On Mon, Jul 1, 2019 at 12:08 PM Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:
What do you want to achieve this month?
 
--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Time To Set July #Goals

Bess Carnan
 

What do you want to achieve this month?
 
--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: Happy Friday! What did you achieve this wee #NPV

Catherine Maiorisi
 

Congratulations, Anne.

Catherine

On Jun 29, 2019, at 8:07 AM, Anne <annie3310@...> wrote:

Good morning. This week I wrote the first words of my new book about a rookie FBI agent and an American jihadist. There’s going to be tons of research, but I wanted to get something down on the page. Feels good!
--

Anne Laughlin | Broker

@properties 
 3101 N. Greenview
Chicago, IL 60657
773.255.0651
annelaughlin@...

Stop looking, start finding®
atproperties.com

--
Anne Laughlin
author of
Sometimes Quickly
Veritas
Runaway
The Acquittal 
A Date to Die

The Blood Runs Cold 
A Matter of Blood - Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Readers rave: Complex characters, well-written, intelligent, page turner, clever plotting, multi-layered, intense, instantly hooks you, couldn’t put down

 http://www.catherinemaiorisi.com








Re: Happy Friday! What did you achieve this wee #NPV

Anne
 

Good morning. This week I wrote the first words of my new book about a rookie FBI agent and an American jihadist. There’s going to be tons of research, but I wanted to get something down on the page. Feels good!
--

Anne Laughlin | Broker

@properties 
 3101 N. Greenview
Chicago, IL 60657
773.255.0651
annelaughlin@...

Stop looking, start finding®
atproperties.com

--
Anne Laughlin
author of
Sometimes Quickly
Veritas
Runaway
The Acquittal 
A Date to Die