Gag Order! - The W.D. Gagliani Newsletter - Summer 2013
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The W.D. Gagliani Newsletter
NUMBER 11 SUMMER 2013
WELCOME TO MY new author newsletter format! I hope you'll like the new style, which I hope will develop as I learn more and more about this new service. About four times a year I'll round up the latest news on sales, publications, appearances, the occasional contest, and miscellaneous tidbits of interest, and pass them on to you through GAG ORDER! I hope you'll stay with me.
Here's a first-issue grateful acknowledgment to design guru and above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty friend and esteemed colleague, John Everson. Thanks, man!
— W.D. Gagliani
Nick Lupo: A cop, a werewolf… a target!
HOMICIDE DETECTIVE— and werewolf — Nick Lupo is hoping to finally have a chance to focus his attentions on the woman he loves, instead of the Wolfpaw mercenary werewolves who tried so hard to kill him.
Lupo survived that battle — barely — and brought down Wolfpaw. But Wolfpaw was backed by a super secret group within the Pentagon whose sinister plan is already in motion. And a new enemy has set its sights on the local casino.
Nick Lupo thought he was home free, but whenever he tries to get out, they drag him back in…
Wolf's Cut: Nick Lupo #5, coming from Samhain Publishing in March 2014. The trade paperback is now available for pre-order from Amazon. Kindle version to come.
Are you a fan of The Vampire Diaries?
WHEN AMAZON OFFERED me a chance to write in The Vampire Diaries world of vampires, werewolves, witches, and warlocks, as part of its new Kindle Worlds fan fiction program, I was delighted to take on the challenge.
My favorite collaborator, David Benton, and I, immediately set about finding a niche for ourselves in the extensive Vampire Diaries timeline, settling on 1975 — two years before the Salvatore brothers will move to New York.
What were Damon and Stefan doing in 1975? Well, it involves the end of the old Las Vegas era, some good old-fashioned cheating, and the beautiful Lexi Branson. And a certain mob family.
Here's the official description...
Fear and Loathing and Vampires in Las Vegas!
Vampires enjoy nightlife, so where better to live than Las Vegas? It’s 1975, heart of the disco era, and the immortal Stefan Salvatore and his beautiful best friend Lexi Branson are living in Sin City, Nevada. Stefan is working for a security firm as a private investigator tracking down big-time casino cheaters. One of whom, it turns out, is Salvatore’s older, jaded and self-destructive brother Damon. The mob has bad-boy Damon drugged and set up for some real "high stakes" action – the kind of stake that goes right through a vampire’s heart.
Now Stefan must decide if blood is thicker than money and intercede to save his estranged brother’s life. Will Stefan bury the past and save Damon? Would such a favor go unpunished? And will the fabulously seductive Lexi Branson find a way to make both vampires happy?
Drenched in blood and throbbing neon, "Voracious in Vegas" will satisfy every dark craving of fans of The Vampire Diaries series.
Find it on Amazon here:
More Nick Lupo thrillers...
There's something terrible happening near the resort town of Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Some people are afraid there's a wild animal on the loose, savagely tearing its victims apart. Others, like Nick Lupo, know better. Lupo knows a werewolf attack when he sees one. He should, since he's a werewolf himself, though he's been able to control his urges and maintain his secret for years now. He's also a homicide cop, so it may be up to him to hunt down one of his own kind. It looks like there's a new werewolf in town, a rogue out only for blood. But looks can be deceiving. And it's only the beginning of Lupo's problems.
Wolf's Gambit is the sequel to the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel Wolf's Trap, in which Nick Lupo was introduced, and the second in the savage series of horror/thrillers about the werewolf/cop. These "North Woods Noirs" are set mostly in the wilds of Northern Wisconsin, where werewolf legends abound and the moon paints the treetops silver.
Warning: adult content.
The animal attacks in Wausau, Wisconsin, remind Nick Lupo of werewolf attacks. He should know...
Homicide cop — and werewolf — Nick Lupo has battled other werewolves before, killers who unlike Lupo have no problem hunting human prey... in fact, they enjoy it. So when a new series of savage animal attacks terrifies the area, Detective Lupo already has a suspect in mind. And he knows that if he's right it'll be up to him to destroy her. But even as he begins his surveillance, someone else is out there, watching them both. Someone with a very deadly plan. Someone who knows just what it takes to kill a werewolf.
Wolf's Bluff is the third novel in the series started by the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel Wolf's Trap, following Wolf's Gambit.The next novel in the Nick Lupo series is Wolf's Edge, which was published by Samhain Publishing, who also reissued Wolf's Trap. These "North Woods Noirs" are set mostly in the wilds of Northern Wisconsin, where werewolf legends abound and the moon paints the treetops silver.
Warning: adult content.
(The Nick Lupo thrillers do not have to be read in order, but it helps. Following Wolf's Trap, the novels Wolf's Gambit, Wolf's Bluff, and Wolf's Edge form a loose trilogy. Though a direct continuation of Edge, the upcoming Wolf's Cut begins a new loose trilogy.)
Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad
THE STORY "Piper at the Gates" by David Benton and W.D. Gagliani appears in the anthology Zippered Flesh 2, edited by Weldon Burge (Smart Rhino Publications). This collection of 22 tales of the grotesque in body modification is anchored by tales from the likes of Lisa Mannetti, L.L. Soares, Kealan Patrick Burke, Christian Larsen, and Shaun Meeks, among others, and is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it will challenge some of what you think you know about why such modifications exist in the first place... and their consequences. Pick this one up if you dare to read on the bleeding edge!
Frequent W.D. Gagliani collaborator and partner in crimes and misdemeanors... when he's not writing down his nightmares he's playing bass in a variety of hard rock outfits. You know what they say about rock 'n' roll and horror...
Look for some of our collaborative stories in the ebook collection Mysteries & Mayhem, plus Zippered Flesh 2, The Vampire Diaries: Voracious in Vegas, and the last three issues of Old Nick magazine! And watch for more to come.
Hell never dies...
MY DARRELL AWARD-WINNING story "Until Hell Calls Our Names" (1999) was reprinted in the recent zombie anthology Undead Tales, edited by Armand Rosamilia (Rymfire Books).
As a history buff interested in the story behind the C.S.S. Hunley, this Civil War-era naval alternate history and zombie revenge tale has always been a favorite of mine, and I was delighted to see it back in print! That it's among tales by noted authors such as Scott Nicholson, Joe McKinney, Lawrence Dagstine, and so many others is immensely gratifying. Pick up a digital or paper copy if zombies are your monster of choice!
Hard-noir thriller Savage Nights "is, in a word, INTENSE..."*
MY THRILLER Savage Nights (Tarkus Press) continues to rack up great reviews.
This fast-paced, brutal kidnapping and revenge tale introduces Brant, a Vietnam vet with a nebulous past. He's retired now, but when his niece is taken from a mall, the kidnappers don't know what they've awakened. If you liked the movie "Taken," imagine that story on steroids. But read it only if you dare... it's not for the faint of heart!
"Twists and turns will give you whiplash..."*
"This one kept me on edge..."*
"Could not put it down..."*
*some recent Amazon review titles...
Events and appearances:
A Gang of Four
(Photo by Geri Bailey Everson)
W.D. Gagliani, John Everson, David Benton (standing), and Brian Pinkerton, attend DucKon 22 in Wheeling, IL, June 30, 2013.
This is our alibi and we're sticking to it...
Future events and upcoming appearances:
The Stratosphere Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
September 19-22, 2013
Convention schedule will be posted on my website, but I'll be signing books, probably reading from Wolf's Cut, and perhaps participating on a panel or two.
Barnes & Noble Southland Center
2710 S Green Bay Road
Racine WI 53406
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Multi-author Halloween event... details not set, but will be announced.
Until next time, thanks for reading my update. Look for more news soon. In the meantime, find me on Facebook and Twitter, check out my websites, and feel free to pass my newsletter along to anyone you know who might like their thrillers spiced with werewolves and plenty of graphic action.
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GAG ORDER! The W.D. Gagliani Newsletter
Number 11 Summer 2013
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