Sunday, May 13, 2012

QueenWriter E-Newsletter

QueenWriter News

Happy Mother's Day!

In the past, I used a company to create and send out e-newsletters. While this company is just fine, many readers and fans wanted my news all in one place. So, I have moved it over here. I hope the transition goes well. Should you have any comments, please do email me directly at Now, let's get to the meat.

Clear blue skies, summer in Southern California. Hot temperatures, occasional humidity. Beaches, ocean air. This is what awaits us here for the next few months. Some good, others not so much. But why complain? We expect it every year, it doesn't change. What does is our lives. Hopefully, for the better. Don't worry, I will only share with you the good stuff. I'm sure the sad or irritating is not something you want to read here. I have some FREEBIE information toward the end, so make sure you read all of this. So, without further ado . . .

Industry News

Book releases for summer reads (chosen randomly)

"Love is Murder", edited by Sandra Brown, a collaborative effort by thirty wonderful ITW (International Thriller Writers)  authors, including but not limited to, Allison Brennan, Roxanne St. Clair, Lee Child, Heather Graham, Brenda Novak and many, many more. Release date: May 29, 2012.

"Criminal" by Karin Slaughter. Release date is July 3, 2012. Blurb as found on Karin's website: "1975: In the blistering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer prowls the street, searching for the weak, the vulnerable and the lost. Almost 40 years later, a young woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid high-rise apartment. The specifics of her death are detailed and macabre, but for Special Agent Will Trent they are startingly familiar, and can only mean one thing. Desperate to deny this might be happening to him, he is forced to return to the home he grew up in, to the grimy crime-ridden streets, to a childhood he has spent the best part of his adult life trying to avoid. As the tension on the inner-city streets starts to simmer, Will becomes convinced that the clue to the killings now, and in 1975, may lie in his own past; a past that he hates yet feels responsible for. And that the killer is much, much closer to him than anyone thought possible."

"Kiss the Dead" by Laurel K. Hamilton. Release date is June 5, 2012. Blurb as found on Laurel's website: "When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…"

"Fifteen Digits" by Nick Santora. This was released on April 24, 2012. You can watch his one-of-kind book trailer at Nick is the Co-Creator/Writer/Executive Producer/Showrunner for the A&E series BREAKOUT KINGS.


Brenda Novak for the Cure of Diabetes. Most definitely, a worthy cause. Visit for more information. You can donate monetarily or bid on an auction item to help out. The auction closes at the end of May, so check this out now.

Thrillerfest VII. This event is huge and is going on July 11 - July 14, 2012 in New York City. For more information or to register, visit

FREEBIE! Today is the last day to get "In the Name of Revenge" free! This is the first book in the Ivanovich series. Ebook only. Just go to: to get the FREE copy. Use: Coupon Code: QT97M; Expires: May 13, 2012; Promotional price: $0.00. All I ask for are your comments!

My News

As you know, on this blog I post book reviews by various authors. Please always check here to see what QueenWriter has been reading.

You can now find me on Just search for Starr Reina. At present, I have two short stories up there, but more to come. So keep checking back there.

"One Major Mistake" is slated to be released on July 10, 2012! This is the third in the Ivanovich series and from what I'm told from some of my advance praise, it is one of the best of the series. (I didn't say this, others did. I will post some of my advance praise before the actual release.) Stay tuned, because before it's released, I just might give you a preview of the first chapter (or more, who knows).

Contest! I will be running a contest on I will be giving away "In the Name of Revenge" and "Deadly Decisions", the first and second in the Ivanovich series, respectively, FREE to the lucky winner. These two freebies will be given away in PAPERBACK, autographed to the winner. If you are not already part of the goodreads group, I suggest you sign up. It's free to do so. You can see what everyone is reading and what some wonderful authors are writing. If you are, keep an eye on goodreads or facebook for when the contest begins. Of course, I'm sure I will blog about it here as well to give everyone a chance to win.

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