Congratulations to Author Robert K. Blechman

Executive SeveranceThe Media Ecology Association (MEA) has awarded Executive Severance, the mystery novel by Robert K. Blechman, with the 2012 Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work.

Originally posted in real time tweets on Twitter, Executive Severance is a laugh-out-loud comic mystery novel that shows off what can be done in the 140-character form with style and mastery. Executive Severance is a cornucopia of word play, comic misdirection and a total lack of adherence to the old “rules” of storytelling. Robert K. Blechman’s delight in the language shows in every tweet – that is to say, every thread of the story. His plot is tight, tingling, and diverting.

Executive Severance is available in paperback from, and Barnes & Noble.You can learn more about Robert and his book on his blog, and you can read the full announcement on The Media Ecology Association’s website here.

Sneak Peek: Beyond the Will of God by David Biddle

beyond the will of godToday we have a sneak peek from David Biddle’s mystery novel, Beyond the Will of God:

Police detective Jill Simpson investigates the murder of an Amish teenager. Tabloid reporter Frank Harris investigates mysterious Elvis sightings in Missouri farm country. As these two work first separately and then as a team, the plot progresses to include many of the legendary conspiracies people pondered during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Threaded through the story is the question of the power of music, especially loud guitar music, and whether we have missed out on identifying secret dimensions of human perception here in the 21st century. Beyond the Will of God is an off-the-grid mystery.

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Book Brief: Joe Cafe

Joe Café
by JD Mader
Genre: Psychological Crime Drama
40,000 words
The murder at Joe Café is an abomination. It stops the entire universe. For Michael, it tarnishes everything, including his badge. For Chet and his hostage, it is the beginning of a chase that will lead them through dingy motels and the darkest corridors of their minds. Dogan just wants Sara back. Jimmy the Cat wants to make up for all the time he has wasted. Frankie wants to live a ‘moral’ life, erasing everyone in his path who does not live up to his standards. Conventional notions of good and evil quickly blur as they are all forced to look into the mirrors they have avoided for so long. Chilling and horrifying, whimsical and wretched, Joe Café’s cast of broken characters try to find their way in a world they never understood to begin with…for the Chens, it is easy. They are dead.

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