Just a quick note to share some exciting news: Hartford Books Examiner has been invited to contribute to CriminalElement.com!
A community website for fans of crime/mystery in all its incarnations (i.e. books, film, art), Criminal Element features a variety of daily blog content in addition to original short stories and excerpts from upcoming genre novels. Reviews, news, critical analysis, giveaways – it’s all there to tempt you! The site is really quite arresting, if you’ll pardon the pun…
(Criminal Element is also publisher-neutral in their coverage: “We don’t play favorites because we think a real community site should be all inclusive. You don’t want to miss a thing, and neither do we.”)
HBE’s first contribution is an insider’s glimpse into former prosecutor turned crime novelist Marcia Clark’s book tour for her new novel. Here’s a little excerpt to whet your appetite:
Recently, I had the opportunity to go on book tour with Marcia Clark as she ushered her second crime novel, Guilt by Degrees, into the world. (Translation: Marcia Clark went on book tour and I independently followed her as she traversed the East Coast—three states in four nights!) Seeing as she gamely refrained from taking out a restraining order on me, I can now share some eyewitness testimony from the road.
The prosecutor is not the person: Upon encountering Clark, one might be surprised to find the nearly irrepressible smile that paints her face and an infectious laugh that comes easily and often. Indeed, those who know her only from her days as lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial seem to expect the feisty, no-nonsense civil servant who was beamed into their homes night and day for nearly a year; instead, they get a down-to-earth girlfriend who greets compliments about her appearance with self-deprecating humor (“It’d be hard to look much worse!”). She’s still plenty feisty—but it’s all in good fun.
You can read the full post here, if you feel so inclined.
Forgive the shameless self-promotion, but I’m thrilled to have yet another outlet to share my love of crime fiction with like-minded readers. Don’t you worry, though: I’ll still be wearing my literary lust loud and proud right here on HBE.
Until next time,