Axel Howerton

Axel Howerton

Axel Howerton is the author of the darkly funny detective novel Hot Sinatra, a finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Axel is a former entertainment journalist, and the co-creator/manager of the annual Coffin Hop online horror event. His short fiction has recently appeared in such weird and wonderful publications as Fires on the Plain, Steampunk Originals, Dark Moon Digest and many more. He has also been featured in the collections Clones Fairies & Monsters in the Closet, Tall Tales Of The Weird West, Lebowski 101, A Career Guide To Your Job In Hell, and the best-selling holiday anthology Let It Snow: Season’s Readings For A Super-Cool Yule.

His short story series Manlove & Kickerdick Tricks, based on characters from Hot Sinatra, are published by Coffin Hop Press, where he is also an editor.

Axel is a member of the Calgary Crime Writers, the CSFFA, and a member of the board of the Crime Writers of Canada. He spends most of his time roaming the untamed prairies of Alberta with his two brilliant young sons and a wife that is way out of his league.

Books

Books Written By:

Axel Howerton

Hot Sinatra

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Hot Sinatra
Hot Sinatra (Italiano)

Sur la Piste du Sinatra

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Sur la Piste du Sinatra
Tras la Pista de Sinatra

Audiobooks

Audiobooks Available:

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Awards

Hot Sinatra has been recognized as a great book:

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In addition to a career as a newspaper editor, publisher, and manager, Robb Grindstaff has written fiction most of his life. The newspaper biz has taken him and his family from Phoenix, Arizona, to small towns in North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, from seven years in Washington, D.C., to five years in Asia. Born and raised a small-town kid, he’s as comfortable in Tokyo or Tuna, Texas.

The variety of places he’s lived and visited serve as settings for the characters who invade his head.

His novels are probably best classified as contemporary southern lit, and he’s had more than a dozen short stories published in a wide array of genres. His articles on the craft of fiction writing have appeared in various writer magazines and websites, and one of his seminars was presented at the Sydney (Australia) Writers Festival. He also has taught writing courses for the Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, and Savvy Authors.

Robb retired from the newspaper business in the summer of 2020 to write and edit fiction full time.

Editor

I’ve edited fiction and non-fiction books for authors from around the world for the past ten years.

My clients include authors of literary, contemporary, women’s fiction, crime, young adult, fantasy, and romance (spicy or mild), as well as creative non-fiction such as memoirs. I’ve edited about every genre other than sci-fi.

A few of my articles on the craft of writing fiction have appeared in various writer magazines and websites, and one of my pieces was presented at the Sydney (Australia) Writers Festival. I also teach fiction courses for the Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, and Savvy Authors.

Books

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Watch for Turning Trixie, coming in late 2018.

Trixie Burnett, a 23-year-old single mom and the only prostitute in the small northeast Texas town of Pineywoods, knows the winning lottery ticket in her purse is about to change things forever. She retires from the world’s oldest profession and seeks a new life for herself and her eight-year-old son, Tyler. Trouble starts when she decides the rest of the town needs changing too.

Trixie never finished high school, but she has the Internet, an accountant to manage her newfound wealth, and a ranch hand with biceps hard as rocks and a heart soft as homemade bread. She seeks a welcoming church where she can put her tithes and offerings to good use in the Lord’s service, a new home in town to replace the rundown farmhouse she inherited from her father, and another new house to get her mother out of a meth-infested trailer park. With most of her money invested, she only splurges on a new car, a new bike for Tyler, a new hairdo, and a new wardrobe appropriate for joining the Ladies’ Society Circle.

But reputations and attitudes don’t change as easily as bank accounts or hairstyles. Seems everyone in town has something to hide, and movers and shakers don’t give up their positions easily. Some will stop at nothing to protect their power, especially from a hooker-turned-philanthropist who knows their most intimate, embarrassing secrets and now dares to enter their sanctuaries.

John Anthony Allen

Editor (Inactive)

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Although John no longer edits for us as of July 2015, he has contributed to some wonderful books, and thus we continue to recognize his work here.
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I wrote my first story when I was eight years old. Since then, I’m almost always found at the intersection of language and imagination. I have an MFA in fiction from Pacific University and a certificate in copyediting from UCSD. I’ve worked as an editor for several literary magazines, including WORK and Silk Road Literary Journal.

My literary interests are broad, ranging from science fiction and fantasy to westerns, to historical and hyper-literary fiction. Some of my favorite authors are Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Orhan Pamuk, Jaan Kross, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks, Umberto Eco, Molly Gloss, J R R Tolkien, and Kurt Vonnegut.

When I’m not writing and editing, I love to travel and learn languages — I’m fluent in Estonian and have studied French, Russian, German, Spanish, and Welsh. I live in Portland, Oregon.

Books

Co-Edited by John Anthony Allen:

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Lane Diamond

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I write fiction, long and short. My writings cross over many genres and focus on diverse subjects, ranging from the mysteries of the human mind, with its fragile psychological and emotional states, to the everyday joy and anguish of life on Earth.

I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and started writing at the age of 12. I love a good story, of course, a compelling plot and satisfying conclusion. Yet as a reader, I’ve always been drawn to great characters. The characters bring me back to an author time and time again. This shows in my writing, where I attempt to create authentic, complex, real characters you can come to love, and in whose company you feel at home. Or maybe you’ll despise a character and want to stick a fork in his eye. Hey, bad guys are fun too!

I did my tour in the real world, serving in the U.S. Air Force, then working as everything from a forklift operator to a bartender in my youth, before settling in as Business Services and Project Manager for a large manufacturing and distribution concern. Now, at long last (Man! Why did I wait so long?), I’m putting pedal to the metal in pursuit of the author’s life.

After many years as a Freelance Editor, with several clients published or aspiring to be so, I co-founded Evolved Publishing, where I wear many hats. As an author, I started with a few short stories, and released my debut novel, the psychological thriller Forgive Me, Alex, in December 2011. The sequel, The Devil’s Bane, is under way and due some time before The Apocalypse, I hope–if my publisher’s and editor’s duties ever allow me time.

My wife Maria and I currently split our time between Las Vegas and Transylvania, with an eye toward settling down in sunny Belize, and bringing over some kids and grandkids from Transylvania.

Editor

Words can leave us breathless, sentences can stir hearts, paragraphs can spark the mind, and stories can enrich the soul. It all starts not with words, but with the right words.

I’ve learned this after reading and editing dozens of aspiring or self-published authors: the world offers a modest number of decent storytellers, but precious few writers who can stir one’s soul. The art and craft of writing requires dedication, a commitment to continual learning, an acceptance that quality and professionalism are a must, and an understanding that none of us can make it to the top without a little help.

I would not even dream of publishing a piece without my editor first taking a swipe at it.

Those who succeed at and make a living in this game have embraced those truths with gusto. The rest are, dare I say it, still languishing as amateurs. I say this not to discourage anyone; the last thing I want to do is dash anyone’s dreams on the rocks. I say it to encourage writers to do the right things. Success comes not to those who merely dream, but to those who weave perspiration into their aspirations.

I repeat: It all starts with the right words.

If you’re not there yet, fear not. That’s why we’re here. Let us help each other to achieve those great dreams.

Publisher

As a publisher, I rely first and foremost on our outstanding team of editors to help us identify the works that will fit with our primary goal of building a quality catalog. Our team of editors are skilled in the literary arts, to be sure. However, it’s not really that simple, is it?

There’s a certain subjective element in any analysis of art. It is, after all, art – not so simple as 1 + 1 = 2. What moves one editor may not move another, just as what moves one reader may not move another. Thus, we often have not one editor, and not even two, look at a submission before we make a decision on it. Often, it will have been reviewed by me and by one or two separate editors.

We try to ensure that we’re not passing on an excellent piece simply because it didn’t fit into the “preference zone” of a single editor. We’re trying to publish pieces that fit into that preference zone for a wide audience of readers, not just for one editor. Does that mean we don’t occasionally reject a piece that might do well out there in the world? No, of course not. Sometimes, we just don’t have the time for all the quality work that’s submitted.

Still, we hope to build our team of authors with this goal in mind: build a quality catalog around a quality team. We’re pretty demanding, it’s true – not just because we can be, but because we must be. We owe it to our entire team, given our business model, never to compromise on quality. More than that, however, we owe it to our readers, for that is our covenant with them.

So, if your book is not a first draft, but something over which you’ve poured out your heart and soul; if your book has passed muster with your beta readers; if your book has at least a modicum of editing already done; then you should consider submitting with us. If all of the preceding are not true… well, enter at your own risk. Furthermore, if you don’t already have a strong online presence, working to build your author brand, you’re already late! Get started… now.

Books

Books Edited

Edited or Co-Edited by Lane Diamond
(Updated 19 January 2019: 161 Books)

127 Titles Still Active:

 

34 Titles Inactive (or Rights Returned to Author):

Bella World – Kimberly Kinrade
Courtney Saves Christmas – Emlyn Chand
Davey the Detective – Emlyn Chand
Eulogy – D.T. Conklin
Farsighted – Emlyn Chand
Forbidden Fire – Karpov Kinrade
Forbidden Life – Karpov Kinrade
Forbidden Mind – Karpov Kinrade
The Forbidden Trilogy – Karpov Kinrade
Honey the Hero – Emlyn Chand
I’d Rather Be Riding My Bike – Eric Pinder
Izzy the Inventor – Emlyn Chand
Larry the Lonely – Emlyn Chand
The Last Meridian – Joe Hefferon
Lexie World – Kimberly Kinrade
Maddie and the Purrfect Crime – Emlyn Chand
Maddie World – Kimberly Kinrade
Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle – Emlyn Chand
Open Heart – Emlyn Chand
The Pet Shop Society – Emlyn Chand
Polly Wants to be a Pirate – Emlyn Chand
Poppy the Proud – Emlyn Chand
Ricky the Runt – Emlyn Chand
Ruby to the Rescue – Emlyn Chand
Sammy Steals the Show – Emlyn Chand
The Sword of Oops – D.T. Conklin
The Three Lost Kids & Cupid’s Capture – Kimberly Kinrade
The Three Lost Kids & The Christmas Curse – Kimberly Kinrade
The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy – Kimberly Kinrade
Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating – Emlyn Chand
Torn Together – Emlyn Chand
Tyler and the Blabber-Mouth Birds – Emlyn Chand
Vicky Finds a Valentine – Emlyn Chand
Weight of Earth – Stevie Mikayne

Up Next

UP NEXT from Lane Diamond

Watch for The Devil’s Bane, the sequel to Forgive Me, Alex, coming in the not-too-distant future.
The Devil's Bane 
A serial killer the media has dubbed “The Blue Suede Killer” plagues southwest Wisconsin, and the authorities are having a hard time tracking him down. Tony Hooper thinks he can help. After all, this is what he does. He’s a hunter of monsters.

Yet this brings Tony back into the shadows where his love interest, FBI Special Agent Linda Monroe, must do her job. It also brings him close to the one woman he always assumed was meant for him, the woman he lost seventeen years earlier. Can he and Diana speak about what happened? Can they finally put it behind them? Will they move on together, or separately once again… and forever? And what will it all mean for Tony and Linda?

All the while, Tony is battling another foe, the man he’s long called ‘the devil’, Mitchell Norton. They’ve waged their personal war for seventeen years, and it’s time for one – at long lost – to declare victory. ‘The devil’ has stolen too much from Tony, and thrown Tony’s life into a whirlwind of remorse, self-doubt, and self-examination.

If Norton has his way, Tony’s losses will mount even further.

Following the critically-acclaimed Forgive Me, Alex, comes the much anticipated sequel, The Devil’s Bane.

Michael Dadich

Michael first began writing when he set pencil to steno pad at age 8. A year later, he began developing the world of his series, and even created its title, “The Silver Sphere.” With the support of years of experience, those early maps and back stories progressed into what he hoped was a fresh and entertaining take on the classic young adult fantasy adventure. [We think he succeeded brilliantly.]

Despite Michael’s frequent escapes into parallel worlds, he rooted himself firmly in his very real family and community. When not pacing the yard maniacally after every few pages of writing, he spent as much time as possible hanging out with his son Jax and his inspirational wife Jenna. He also coached several local youth sports teams in Beverly Hills, and alternated between yelling at his two crazy Corgis and hiking with his trained German Shepherd.

Sadly, Michael passed away on June 22, 2020. Although he didn’t complete his vision of the full “The Silver Sphere” series, we think the first book offers an entertaining sojourn into the final frontier, and may well stand as a classic. Hey… just look at all the awards it won!

BOOKS

Michael Dadich

The Cistern Mission

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The Cistern Mission

The Silver Sphere

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The Silver Sphere

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The Silver Sphere, a fun and entertaining book as judged by so many, won multiple awards. You can find them by clicking on that book cover above.

VIDEOS

The Silver Sphere – Extended Book Trailer (created by Mallory Rock)

The Silver Sphere – Zach Ryder Trailer (created by Mallory Rock)

The Silver Sphere – Shelby Pardow Trailer (created by Mallory Rock)