I was blown away to find out that my first Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper, CROSSWISE, was nominated for the “Best Novella” Anthony Award. The Anthony Awards will be voted on by attendees at the 2017 Bouchercon world mystery convention being held in Toronto from October 12 to 15. I’m thrilled to share the honor with fellow nominees Angel Luis Colon, Sarah M. Chen, John Shepphird and B.K. Stevens.
Thanks to everybody for the kind notes of congratulations!
If you haven’t read CROSSWISEyet, it’s a crossword puzzle-themed crime caper thatfollows the misadventures of disgraced NYPD officer Tommy Ruzzo. Things spiral out of control when Ruzzo chases his girlfriend to Florida where he’s named Head of Security for a beachfront retirement community populated by wisecracking New Yorkers. Ruzzo is stranded among the local losers until he discovers a murdered senior citizen on the bocce ball court.
The second Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper, CROSSED BONES, was just published last week by Down & Out Books.
In addition to the Anthony Award nomination, CROSSWISEis currently in the running for a Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice Award.That one is open for public voting now, and anybody can vote (CLICK HERE). Winners will be announced at the 2017 Killer Nashville Guest of Honor and Awards Banquet August 24 to 27.
Very happy to wake up to this review today over at Unlawful Acts.Based on his many book reviews, it seems like Mr. Nemeth and I have very similar tastes in crime fiction. Always interesting (and a little terrifying) when somebody like that reviews one of your books.
“Crossed Bones is the adult version of a carnival ride and Lauden’s writing keeps us grounded even as we plunge into the absurdity of costumed pirates battling a motorcycle gang for a lost treasure.”
“S.W. Lauden has written one of the craziest, wildest novels I’ve read this year and I’m thrilled to be able to catch up with him to discuss Crossed Bones, a strange crime tale of low-lifes, bad decisions and, oh yeah, pirates.”— Steph Post, author of A TREE BORN CROOKED and LIGHTWOOD.
I’m thrilled to share the cover for the new Tommy & Shayna Caper, CROSSED BONES. This is the follow-up to my novella CROSSWISE. CROSSED BONES will be available from Down & Out Books on May 1, 2017!
Like drug-dealing pirates? Keep reading!
Shayna Billups left Tommy Ruzzo and Seatown, Florida in smoking ruins before escaping to New Orleans. She’s slinging rum drinks at a pirate-themed dive bar when a treasure map grabs her attention. All alone and thirsting for adventure, Shayna follows the clues to North Carolina where she assembles a band of drug-dealing pirates to wage war on a murderous mayor and his blood-thirsty biker gang.
As the bodies pile up, Shayna wonders if Ruzzo will find her before she ends up in Davy Jones’ Locker.