Monthly Archives: November 2012

First review of Dan Shamble, Zombie PI: UNNATURAL ACTS

Published November 9, 2012 in Writing - 2 Comments

Library Journal just posted their review of UNNATURAL ACTS, the second novel featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI.

Anderson, Kevin J. Unnatural Acts. Kensington. (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.  Bk. 2). Jan. 2013. c.325p. ISBN 9780758277367. pap. $15. FANTASY

Zombie PI Dan Chambeaux (or Dan “Shamble”), along with his human partner, activist lawyer Robin Deyer, and his ghostly girlfriend Sheyenne, tackle an illegal sweatshop that employs golems as slave labor, confront a senator who condemns the “unnatural” lifestyles of the supernatural creatures that now populate New Orleans’s Unnatural Quarter, and investigates the security problems that beset the mummified madame of a local brothel. Having already solved his own murder in the series opener, Death Warmed Over, Shamble and his allies continue to act as a force for justice and coexistence in a world that has grown increasingly diverse since the Big Uneasy broke down the barriers between the mortal and supernatural worlds. VERDICT The coauthor (with Brian Herbert) of the new Dune series and author of The Last Days of Krypton continues his foray into urban fantasy and tongue-in-cheek noir mystery with another satisfying tale of detective derring-do that should please fans of fiction revolving around zombies, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures.



Guest Speakers Announced for SUPERSTARS 2013

Published November 8, 2012 in Writing - 0 Comments

As if five international bestselling authors wasn’t enough to teach you the real nitty-gritty about a successful writing career, we’ve got three excellent guest speakers for the 2013 Superstars Writing Seminar.


James Minz has been an editor in genre publishing for nearly twenty years, and is currently Senior Editor with Baen Books (with previous stints at Del Rey and Tor). He has worked Catherine Asaro, Hal Duncan, Eric Flint, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Moon, Mark Van Name, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Travis S. Taylor, Harry Turtledove, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many, many others.


Mark Leslie LeFebvre is the Director of Self Publishing and chief of author relations for Kobo. He helped develop the Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform and is an expert on eBook publishing, the eBook industry in general, as well as international publishing. He is also the president of the Canadian Booksellers Association.


Joan Johnston is the top ten New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 50 romance novels and novellas. She has more than 10 million copies of her books in print.  Joan has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Jacksonville University,  an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Illinois,  and a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.  She has been a director of theatre, drama critic, newspaper editor, college professor, and attorney on her way to becoming a full-time writer.  She currently writes for an imprint at Random House.

The next 3-day intensive Superstars Writing Seminar will be held May 14–16, 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO. For further information, see the Superstars website.  Prices go up December 31.

Gearing up for Superstars Writing Seminar 2013

Published November 7, 2012 in Writing - 0 Comments

After three highly successful Superstars Writing Seminars—Las Vegas in 2012, Salt Lake City in 2011, and Pasadena in 2010—we are putting together next year’s event. Superstars 2013 will be in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 14–16 at the historic Antlers Hotel at the base of Pike’s Peak. (This is the place where Katherine Bates wrote the song “America the Beautiful” in 1895—so it already has a creative history, not to mention a spectacular setting.)

The Superstars Writing Seminars are intensive three-day events about the business side of publishing, writing, and managing your career—taught by five international bestselling writers, as well as impressive guest instructors.

Economics of Commercial Publishing
How Editors Look at Manuscripts, Novels, and Short Fiction
Dissecting a Book Contract
How to Read and Understand a Royalty Statement
Dirty Secrets: What You Need to Know About Being a Professional Author
How to Leverage Your Intellectual Property
Balancing Acts: Writing World and Real World
Networking and Self-Promotion for Authors
Understanding E-Books
Pitching the Big Proposal
Two Heads Are Better than One: Collaborations
How to Get an Edge with New Media
Movies, TV, and Authors
How to Increase Your Writing Productivity


For full details, plus testimonials and sample audio and video clips, see the Superstars website.

Special rates for students and alumni.  Prices go up December 31.

New Dan Shamble, Zombie PI: STAKEOUT AT THE VAMPIRE CIRCUS for $2.99

Published November 5, 2012 in Writing - 0 Comments

I’ve already written three novels featuring the hilarious adventures of Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, along with his ghost girlfriend, his bleeding-heart lawyer partner, and his Best Human Friend Officer Toby McGoohan.

Now you can read a new standalone Dan Shamble novelette, STAKEOUT AT THE VAMPIRE CIRCUS—an original case for only $2.99 in all eBook formats.


Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble and his ghost girlfriend are called to the Vampire Circus when a fortune teller’s cards go missing. Not exactly the glamorous life, but the stakes escalate when a vampire trapeze act goes dead wrong, and Shamble discovers even more skeletons in the closet than the ones that live there. As he shuffles for clues through an unnatural cast of carnies, he faces a slate of suspects that could freak out even the most daring detective—a werewolf lion tamer, a fat lady with an enormous secret, an undead ringmaster…and what could be scarier than a circus clown? The only thing certain is that the show must go on—dead or alive.

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and on iBooks.

He’s back from the dead and back on the case!

available now

January 2013

May 2013