What’s New This Month – January 2023


New Releases
Book and Movie Deals
Awards and Recognition
Author Appearances
Conferences, Festivals and Fairs

New Releases

Matt Witten‘s thriller KILLER STORY comes out from Oceanview Publishing on January 17. An idealistic journalist launches a true-crime podcast to investigate the murder of an alt-right YouTuber she loved like a little sister, despite their political differences.

Gay Toltl Kinman and Andrew McCleer are the editors of the new collection of 12 short stories about Murder, Mystery and Master Detection set in the Golden Age of Mystery: EDGAR AND SHAMUS GO GOLDEN, published by Down & Out Books in December 2022.

PROMOPHOBIA collects advice for those afraid of promoting crime fiction. A number of SinC/LA members are contributors, including: Mike Befeler, Ellen Byron, Matt Coyle, Daryl Wood Gerber, Sheila Lowe, Gigi Pandian, Patricia Smiley, and Pamela Samuels Young. The editor is Diane Vallere, former president not only of the LA chapter but also of SinC National.

The current issue of MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL focuses on the theme of Legal Mysteries, with essays by Judith Mathison (writing as Judith Ayn),
Lori Huff Dillman, and Gay Toltl Kinman.

Book and Movie Deals

Matthew Witten was hired by Hallmark to write a movie based on A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley.

Mike Befeler has signed a contract with Mystic Publishers for his historical mystery novel, MURDER IN THE MUSEO KIRCHERIANO.

Awards and Nominations

The editors of CRIME READS have named Gary Phillips‘s ONE SHOT HARRY
and Gigi Pandian‘s UNDER LOCK AND SKELETON KEY among the “notable selections” on the list of the Best Books of 2022.

Author Appearances

Diesel Books in Brentwood will host a Book Launch Party for KILLER STORY by Matt Witten on Tuesday, January 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Warwick’s in La Jolla will present a book talk with the two Matts – Witten and Coyle – on January 18 at 7:30.

The Orange County Book Launch Party for KILLER STORY will be at Mystery Ink on Saturday, January 21, at 1:00.

Jeri Westerson will be discussing the first book in her “King’s Fool Series,”  COURTING DRAGONS, at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena on Friday January 6 at 7 pm. She’ll also appear on Saturday January 7 at 2pm at Book Carnival in Orange with giveaways and signings.

She’ll be in the Barnes & Noble in Temecula Saturday, January 14, Noon – 4 pm, and at the El Sugundo Library Book Club on Mariposa Ave on Wednesday, January 25, 6:30pm.

For Online appearances with giveaways see:
(1) Friday, January 13, 9 am to 2 pm — Tattered Page Book Club.
(2) Saturday, January 21, 2 pm — YouTube https://youtu.be/0CMuntNu1ks
(3) Saturday, January 28, Noon to 2 pm — Murder and Tea Mystery Book Club. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1615802298631741

Conferences, Festivals & Fairs

Registration is open for the 2023
2023 California Crime Writers Conference
which will be held at the Hilton LA (Culver City) on June 10 and 11, 2023.
Early Bird pricing ends January 15.
Hone your craft
Get a manuscript critique
Learn about marketing
and be entertained by our Guests of Honor,
Deborah Crombie and Rachel Howzell Hall

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