Now available on iTunes and Audible. Same as Kindle version except it has a second excerpt from my upcoming novel, A Knife in the Fog.
I'll be in Nashville, Tennessee August 24 for a mystery writers conference called Killer Nashville. I have been selected as a panelist for a session on how to write historical fiction. My only other co-panelist if Ms Anne Perry. My first book comes out this October. She has over fifty books in print. I think the attendees will get a broad spectrum of experience between the two of us. I've written her and she was very gracious. I think I'll learn a lot, if no one else does, though hopefully someone in the audience who is still struggling to get an agent or an acceptance from a smaller publisher, can see a little bit of themselves in my story, and be encouraged.
Ms Perry's website:
Retired Military Pathologist releases first ebook story collection.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
Williamsburg/Virginia/USA/January 21, 2018 - Retired US Army Pathologist Dr. (COL) B. Harper shares three pieces of his work which each, in their own way, deal with Death: either avoiding it, or confronting it. Available at Smashwords and Amazon on February 19, 2018.
GALLERY OF DEATH is a twenty-page, 5,000-word story collection which begins with "Coyote," where a Cherokee Plainclothes Detective has twelve hours to rescue a kidnapped woman and keep his spiritual nemesis, Coyote, at bay.
In "Homeward Bound," two soldiers attempt to evade the enemy and a pending air strike to make their way to safety.
"Catrina" is a personal essay describing an actual death scene investigation Dr. Harper performed, and his struggle to overcome the sterility of clinical terminology to accurately convey his findings.
As a bonus, the book contains an excerpt from his upcoming novel, A Knife in the Fog, scheduled for release on October 2, 2018 by Seventh Street Books, a subsidiary of Prometheus Books.
B Harper MD retired as a US Army Pathologist with thirty-seven years of world-wide military/medical experience, ultimately as a Colonel/Physician in the Pentagon. He is completing an Associate Degree in Creative Writing at Full Sail University, and has been published in The Strand Magazine, and Flash Fiction Magazine. His first novel, A KNIFE IN THE FOG, involving Arthur Conan Doyle in the hunt for Jack the Ripper, is slated for release by Seventh Street Books in October of 2018. A member of the Authors Guild and Sisters in Crime, he is a regular contributor to the Sisters in Crime bi-monthly newsletter.
When not writing, Dr. Harper can be found working as a professional Santa Claus. A kindly sort, he only threatens those on the Naughty List with burnt cookies.
GALLERY OF DEATH is his first story collection.
Smashwords is a global ebook distributor serving authors, publishers, readers and major ebook retailers. They distribute books to Apple iBooks (51 countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo (which powers the bookstores of multiple other retailers such as FNAC in France and WH Smith in the U.K.), OverDrive, Gardners, Baker & Taylor (Blio.com and the Axis360 library platform), and others.
Dr. Harper can be followed on his Facebook Author page at https://www.facebook.com/B-Harper-1769012283329292/
Just informed I'll be on a panel on writing Historical Fiction this year at the crime writer conference Killer Nashville in August. It'll be my first panel. Great place to meet fellow writers and a few agents. It's where I met mine.
Wish me luck!
No, I don't mean Wonder Woman, though I am a fan. A Knife in the Fog is now available for pre-order on Amazon. No title just yet, (March, probably) and no mention of Jack the Ripper, but it's a start. Dreams do come true.
A Knife in the Fog: A Mystery Featuring Margaret Harkness and Arthur Conan Doyle: Bradley Harper: 9781633884861: AmazonSmile: Books
My short story House Odds was just published in the Strand Magazine. Available through subscription. In it, a Baltimore detective and his plainclothes squad fight the clock to save a kidnap victim.
I have been very lazy recently on my blog. To make up for it, I offer a link to the blog of Lois Winston, a fellow mystery writer and USA Today best-selling author. In it I speak of my other identity. Hope you like it.
Below is a link to a YouTube video of the type of air rifle my assassin will have in QUEEN'S GAMBIT. It is based upon an Austrian model used by elite snipers at the end of the 18th century. Lewis and Clark took one along with them on their expedition. While not silent, notice how much quieter the report is versus a conventional gunpowder fueled weapon. The man in the video isn't even wearing any hearing protection. While you could certainly hear this on a quiet day in the country, in a crowded city with a cheering multitude and bands playing it would not be noticed.
With the contracts signed and received, I am now awaiting an actual payment for something I made up in my head and pounded out onto a computer screen. That somehow seems magical to me. My dreams aren't vast. I'm not curing cancer, but creating characters who've become friends (though I am rather cruel to them in my stories), and sharing them with others is a large enough dream for me.
What is your dream? What's standing in your way?
Then get a crowbar, and move it!
The game's afoot!
Below is the route of the Diamond Jubilee procession in June 22, 1897. In my current writing I am four days from the ceremony. My assassin is dodging the police and a vengeful father, and Margaret is engaged to marry the Special Branch Inspector leading the hunt for my killer. Having fun!
Much to share, all good!
Two book deal with Seventh Street press is agreed to, contract hammered out, now just waiting for it to arrive so I can sign it. The contract is a two book deal, so now I have to finish the second one tentatively called Queen's Gambit, about an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria during her Diamond Jubilee ceremony. My heroine Margaret Harkness from the first book will be the main protagonist, with the assassin getting nearly equal billing. Professor Bell will be there, but Conan Doyle will sit this one out. By this time (1897), he will be too busy and well-known for such adventures.
The first book, now blessed by the publisher as A Knife in the Fog, is scheduled for release in October of next year. A publisher in the UK has expressed an interest, and the book will be pitched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October this year.
Robert Downey Junior's production company had a look at it, but passed. I am told others are reviewing it now. Who knows? For what it is worth, only ten percent of books optioned for film ever make it to production. But if the option check clears, I am still better off. If no one takes it on as a movie and the book does well in the marketplace, it will get re-looked.
Not bad for a project I began three years ago as something to keep gainfully employed. Just have to be careful this doesn't become work!
All the best, and expect more as things develop and we get closer to book release.