Sunday, May 07, 2017

Every Writer Needs a Pat on the Back

We’re not even halfway through 2017 yet, but we are already up to our sternums in book award nominees and winners. The latest such announcement comes from organizers of this year’s Killer Nashville conference, which is set to take place in Franklin, Tennessee, from August 24 to 27. Among the 10 categories of candidates for Killer Nashville’s annual Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice Awards are those vying to be singled out as the Best Mystery:

A Black Sail, by Rich Zahradnik
A Brilliant Death, by Robin Yocum
Amaretto Amber, by Traci Andrighetti
Another Day, Another Dali, by Sandra Orchard
Bailey’s Law, by Meg Lelvis
Brazen, by Lili Feinberg
Center Stage, by Denise Grover Swank
Clouds Over Bishop Hill, by Mary Davidsaver
Crime and Catnip, by T.C. Lotempio
Crime and Poetry, by Amanda Flower
Crosswise, by S.W. Lauden
Deadly Wedding, by Kate Parker
Doubt, by Twist Phelan
The Dying Hour, by Nancy Hughes
Exhume, by Danielle Girard
Exit, by Twist Phelan
Fake, by Twist Phelan
Fighting for Anna, by Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Frosty the Dead Man, by Christine Husom
Grace, by Emily Montaglione
Heart of Stone, by James Ziskin
The Heavens May Fall, by Allen Eskens
Inherit the Bones, by Emily Littlejohn
Jaheewah, God of the Winds, by John Arnn
Love You Dead, by Peter James
The Masterminds, by Olivia Wildenstein
One Dead, Two to Go, by Elena Hartwell
Play Nice, by Michael Guillebeau
Playing with Fire, by Gerald Elias
Poisoned Justice, by Jeffrey Lockwood
Rain Dogs, by Adrian McKinty
Secrets and Shamrocks, by Phylis Gobbell
The Shattered Bull, by Patrick Kanouse
Should Have Played Poker, by Debra Goldstein
The Spyglass File, by Nathan Goodwin
Stone Cold Blooded, by Catherine Dilts
Stripped Bare, by Shannon Baker
Unraveled, by Reavis Wortham
Winter’s Child, by Margaret Coel

There are nominees as well in the Best Thriller and Best Suspense categories. Since this is a “reader’s choice award,” anyone can vote online for their favorite works simply by clicking here.

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Meanwhile, the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers is out with its list of contenders for the 2017 Scribe Awards. Those prizes are intended to “honor licensed [published] works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books. They include original works set in established universes, and adaptations of stories that have appeared in other formats and that cross all genres.” Among the five brackets of Scribe nominees are these two:

Adapted—General and Speculative:
Assassin’s Creed, by Christie Golden
Road to Perdition, by Max Allan Collins
Suicide Squad, by Marv Wolfman

General Original:
24: Trial by Fire, by Dayton Ward
Don Pendleton’s The Executioner: Missile Intercept, by Michael Black
Murder Never Knocks, by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins
Tom Clancy’s True Faith and Allegiance, by Mark Greaney

The recipients of this year’s Scribes will be declared during Comic-Con International, to take place in San Diego, California (July 20-23).

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