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writing rengeek stratford man

friends, romans, can't you see? my girlfriend's cat is smarter than me.

Oh, oops. I almost forgot. I seem to have a book out today!

The mass-market paperback of Ink & Steel hits the street for the low, low price of $7.99. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and various other raves. I also think it and its sister tome, Hell & Earth, are probably my best work to date. Collectively, they form a duology entitled The Stratford Man.

Which involves faeries, playwrights, smooching, swordfights, and the Devil. Also, more dirty puns per square inch than anything else I've ever written.

I love it a lot. You can read the prologue and then click through to the first three scenes here.

(Conveniently, Saturday was the 416th anniversary of Master Marlowe's murder. So it's even kind of timely.)

My own current reading is the Douglas/Olshaker on historical homicides (with the terrible title), and it's the best one of theirs I've read yet. Also, creepily hysterical. Or maybe I just have a seriously black sense of humor. So far they've made me laugh out loud about Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden.

On August 16, the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Borden, minus their heads, were finally interred in Oak Grove Cemetary.

Somebody has the snark gene.


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::nod:: I received both as Chanukah gifts this past winter, having put them on my Amazon wishlist with that very hope, and enjoyed them tremendously.
That makes me extraordinarily happy. *g*
I really liked the historical profiling book. I think he was bang on about Jack the Ripper.
Yeah, I think so too.
This duology was responsible for one quite sleepless week for me this spring - I really loved them. I hope lots of other people discover how great they are!
Yay? Kind of? Sorry about the lost sleep--glad you liked the books.
I have to say that I just finished Ink and Steel last night and I loved it.

Already about 100 pages into Hell and Earth and wondering if I'm going to sleep tonight. :)
...I'm not really sorry?
I am partway through Whiskey and Water (having finished Blood and Iron somewhere above the midwestern states last week), so that is good to know indeed.
Thank you for reading.
My writing partners and I have all read these, and adore them to pieces, and persist in making 'why, this is hell' references all the time.

I may just have to get them in mass-market paperback too.
Aww. Thank you!
I don't have nearly enough time to read, but I am about 2/3 of the way through Ink and Steel, and looking forward to finishing it on the train tomorrow. Hell and Earth is ready and waiting right behind it ... :)
Happy MMPB day!

(Also, I suspect I want to borrow that Douglas/Olshaker book when you're done.)
Sure. I'll swap you for the one on the Nazis in Ukraine.

I think I have the entire Douglas/Olshaker ouvre, and a bunch of others.
Which one should I read first, HELL AND EARTH or INK AND STEAL? I hate reading books out of order. Or should I read BLOOD AND STEEL first? I don't know why it bugs me so much if I read books out of order.

I really want to read these!

Edited at 2009-06-03 02:27 am (UTC)
I love your icon.

Okay. There are two duologies: Blood & Iron and Whiskey & Water, and Ink & Steel and Hell & Earth.

In publication order, they go B&I, W&W, I&S, H&E.

In chronological order, they go I&S, H&E, B&I, W&W.

How's that?
Please be nice to Lizzie. She's my seventh cousin, three times removed.

(two of the "three times removed" make more sense now, given your quote)

Hee. Apparently, the heads were preserved as evidence, and reburied later... at the victims' feet.
(almost) immediate gratification. All four are now hot-footing their way toward me from Amazon (I love Amazon Prime)
Yay! I hope you enjoy.
They look like good books. I am happy to see them on my Ebook list. I just added them to my wish list.
Okay, I couldn't resist and bought Ink & Steel and Hell & Earth and left the other two on my wish list. lol
I hope they work out well for you. *g*
INK AND STEEL and HELL AND EARTH (The Stratford Man duology) are two of my favorite books ever (and I read over 150 books a year these days and have been reading for over 40 years). Just fantastic (in all ways). heheh. Your other books are all pretty good, too! Thanks for writing. ^___^
yay! That makes me happy to hear.
I just finished reading the trade paperback of that very same book earlier this . . . er, yesterday. It rocked my socks off in ways I can't even describe. In fact, when I find those socks I will not be surprised to find that they have transformed into hose of some sort or perhaps into quill pens . . .

Thank you!
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