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The Dick Thornby Thriller Series: Crowdfunding for Wet Work and Re-Release of Net Impact
Most spy books and movies fall into one of two categories. There's the James Bond types--handsome men with sultry accents, multiple tuxedoes, luxury cars, fancy gadgets, and plenty of promiscuous female companionship. Or, there's the Jason Bourne types--serious loners who have no life other than fighting, driving, and killing. So when I wrote my first spy novel, Net Impact,I wrote it about a regular guy with a stocky build and some skills (as a former Army Ranger and former Chicago cop) who has a wife, a teenaged kid, a mortgage, and all the mundane problems associated with life, but is secretly a spy. His wife and kid, as well as his friends from the New Jersey subdivision where he lives, all think he is a wastewater treatment consultant. But instead of dealing with the dirty job of processing sewage in third world countries, he is really on missions, some mundane and dirty, others of vital importance and even dirtier.
My book was well-received by readers and reviewers (4.8 stars on Amazon), but came out from a very small press and was never heavily marketed. So when, after a few other projects (including a ghostwriting project I can't tell you about), I wrote a stand-alone follow-up novel featuring the same character, Dick Thornby, I decided to self-publish. To aid sales, I re-acquired the rights to Net Impact so I could re-release it with a new cover that would tie in to the look and feel of the cover for the latest Dick Thornby adventure, Wet Work.
This Kickstarter is to raise money for the editing, formatting, cover graphics, and other costs associated with publishing Wet Work and re-releasing the new version of Net Impact. It also serves as a great way to pre-market the series to those I know from my regular life or who are fans of my various books and stories, hopefully generating some reviews that will help garner attention for my Dick Thornby Thrillers on Amazon, BN.com, Kobo, and elsewhere.
You can help by going to the Kickstarter page and pledging or sharing. Thanks!
Two Illinois Authors Claim Three Top Literary Prizes
NASHVILLE: The Love-Haight Case Files, an urban fantasy novel by Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle, garnered three Silver Falchion Awards at the recent Killer Nashville mystery writers’ convention.
Rabe, of Tolono, IL, is the author of three dozen fantasy and science fiction novels and the editor of a wide variety of anthologies and magazines. Bingle, of St. Charles, IL, is an author in numerous formats and genres, with an emphasis on action-adventure books.
Rabe and Bingle were recognized at the Killer Nashville Guest of Honor Dinner. Silver Falchion Awards are based upon special merit in a particular subgenre, topic, or category. The Love-Haight Case Files was peer-voted as Best Fantasy and awarded the judges’ choice as both Best Urban Fantasy and Best Multi-Genre Work. Rabe was previously a finalist for best thriller novel by the International Thriller Writers for another work, Pockets of Darkness. Bingle was previously a semi-finalist in 2015’s Soon-To-Be-Famous-Illinois-Author contest for another work, Frame Shop.
The Love-Haight Case Files is published by WordFire Press of Colorado and is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit the authors’ websites at: and for more information about them and their work.
Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference was founded in 2006 by writer and filmmaker Clay Stafford as a trademarked charitable production of American Blackguard, Inc. Since then, it has developed a reputation as a leading advocate for writers and readers of all genres. Media analysis conducted by a third party in the fall of 2012 found that Killer Nashville was the most written about writers’ conference on the web. Guests of Honor in 2016 included Janet Evanovich, Kevin O’Brien, Anne Perry, and Robert J. Randisi. .
Love-Haight Case Files synopsis: Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love are attorneys who crusade for the rights of OTs—Other-Than-Humans. Their clients include ghosts, gargoyles, vampires, and things that have not yet been given names. The city’s OT element is sometimes malevolent, sometimes misunderstood, and often discriminated against. Brock and Love represent them, whatever the case, whatever the species. Magic hangs heavy in San Francisco, and danger and intrigue is as thick as the fog around the Golden Gate Bridge.
“Love-Haight is a comedy, locked within a mystery, hidden in a horror story… Wonderfully clever, stylish, and ghoulish. Delightfully twisted fun!” —William C. Dietz, New York Times bestselling creator of The Legion of the Damned®
“You have to enjoy a book where they kill the lawyer and he still defends his undead clients.” —Jody Lynn Nye, New York Times bestselling author
“Making the freakiest burg in the nation ten times freakier is a considerable achievement.” —Glen Cook, bestselling author of The Black Company series
“A seamless blend of horror, romance, and legal intrigue that makes for an urban fantasy-laced cocktail of literary delights sure to thrill readers of all stripes. Don’t miss Love-Haight!” —New York Times bestselling author Matt Forbeck
“Part fantasy noir, part supernatural legal thriller, Love-Haight sparkles with wit and originality. Fans of urban fantasy are sure to love Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love!” —Troy Denning, New York Times bestselling author
"Fellow Traveler" is reprinted in Funny Fantasy, Edited by Alex Shvartsman. Get it here.
"Options" is included in Bumps in the Road, edited by Chad Lutzke. Get it here.