New 10-Code Anthology

10-CODE-crime-anthology-to-benefit-cops10-CODE is an anthology of ten crime fiction stories written by ten sworn law enforcement officers from across the country.

It’s the first collection of stories written by real-life cops honoring officers killed in the line of duty.

100% of proceeds benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, DC.

After a heartfelt foreword from best-selling author John Gilstrap, the stories and authors include:


  1. “A Deadly Second Chance” by Kathy Bennett
  2. “Obligations” by Michael A. Black
  3. “The Verdict” by Robin Burcell
  4. “Borders of Morality” by Marco Conelli
  5. “The Forever Team” by Suzie Ivy
  6. “Fleeing the Wicked” by Rick McMahan
  7. “A Bad Day” by David Putnam
  8. “Death Notice” by Mike Roche
  9. “Blue Love Lines” by L. Scott Silverii
  10. “Who Could It Be?” by David Swords

I hope you’ll consider picking this one up at your favorite bookseller–I’ve got mine!

Homes For Our Troops


June 14th has always been a significant date in America history. In 1775, the Continental Congress formally adopted a resolution that formed the Continental Army, and the United States Army has celebrated its birthday on that date ever since. Two years later in 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the American Flag as a symbol of the new nation.

Nearly a century ago, while much of the world was at war and the United States was weighing its options, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. Half a century later, the United States Congress finally decided they could support the idea and in August 1949, they established National Flag Day.

And that is why I have decided that today, June 14, 2014 is the perfect day for  me to remind you about Homes for Our Troops,  a wonderful organization that provides “specially adapted homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans of post 9/11.” We’ve talked about this wonderful organization before and I know that many of you have purchased the anthology, Murder to MIL-SPEC, which was published by Wolfmont Press (operated by the wonderful Tony Burton) because all the proceeds go directly to Homes For Our Troops. You can buy the paperback version here, or the Kindle version here.

Well now I have another scheme to raise money for Homes for our Troops. Today, June 14 on Facebook, I have put up a post saying that I will donate one dollar  to Homes for Our Troops for every “like” the post gets, up to the magic number of one hundred. That is $100 I am willing to donate. Let’s not leave any of it on the table. Please don’t deprive these deserving Veterans. You can find me on Facebook here.  And if we aren’t Facebook friends—friend me. I’ll accept the friend request and you can “like” my Homes for Our Troops post. If you are not on Facebook, just write “like” in the comments below and I will count it as a Facebook like.

Come on–let’s help build a house for a deserving veteran. And if you would like to help by donating, money or materials, actually participating in construction of a house or by any other means, please click through to the “support our mission page.” Lots of ideas there as to how you can help.


NYC Indie Film Festival


This coming October The NYC Independent Film Festival  will be celebrating it’s fifth season introducing fine films to a grateful audience. It is a rousing event that draws more and more attention each year. One of the creative minds behind the venture is Dennis Cieri, husband of our Sister in Crime, Lina Zeldovitch.

It is always a joy to see art projects grow and expand throughout the city and film is rapidly moving front and center as a tour de force in New York City culture. So, how can you help?

Well for the next twenty-six days there is a sponsor page up at Indiegogo, where you can donate any amount from $5 to $5000 to support the kind of passionate creativity young artists provide to the world of film.

Art is art, no matter the medium.


Hoard Your Pennies…Auction Action in May!

As you may or may not know, every year Brenda Novak spearheads an auction that benefits research into juvenile diabetes. “So what,” you may say, “auctions happen every day!” And they do. But this one is different because it’s run by authors, readers, agents, editors…people who love books and people who create them. There are, indeed, really cool pieces of jewelry, vintage purses, etc, but there are also signed books, editor and agent critiques, website designs, cover designs, ad space…things specifically of interest to readers and writers.

Last year, Sarah M. Anderson donated her Lego trailer skills, and I won the auction. Sarah doesn’t take money for videos…I couldn’t have gotten a video without the auction. The final product was the hilarious trailer for Twisted.

I also won the design for my website, which ended up being considerably less than it would have been otherwise. In fact, I can’t actually afford DreamForge’s regular prices, so although I’d admired their sites before, I’d crossed them off my list of designers.

This year, I wanted to contribute to the auction myself. Plus, it’s one more way to get my name out there–I’d be lying if I said that didn’t play into the decision at all. The two items I’m contributing are a bracelet and a necklace. You can see bigger pictures of the items on my blog.

Go over to the auction site and create an account. Check out the different items in the different sections. And start saving…I’ve been saving since last May!

Kitty Genovese: 50th Anniversary

Photo of Kitty Genovese via Saturday Evening Post

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Kitty Genovese, the 28-year-old manager of Ev’s Eleventh Hour Sports Bar in Hollis, Queens. At 3:15  a.m., her cries for help went unanswered by many eye-and-ear-witnesses while she was being stabbed and raped by 29-year-old Winston Moseley in the parking lot and surrounding area of her Kew Gardens apartment; witnesses later admitted to police that they “didn’t want to get involved,” and assumed others might have called police.

There was no 911 system in place at the time of the horrific crime ~ but as a result of this tragedy, it led to its creation. Serious investigation by psychologists and sociologists into the bystander effect and the diffusion of responsibility began. Neighborhood Watches started forming.

The story initially went unreported for nearly two weeks, until a police chief mentioned it to a New York Times editor.

A half-century later, the brutal murder and rape that continued over a half-hour period, still strikes a chord in the hearts of many.

Moseley, who was married and the father of two children at the time of the attack, was eventually convicted and sentenced to death, yet his punishment was later reduced to life in prison. In 1968, during a transport from a Buffalo hospital back to Attica Correctional Facility, the violent inmate escaped, held five people hostage, and raped a woman in front of her husband before surrendering to police.

He was an inmate during the 1971 Attica rebellion, which resulted in the deaths of 43 people (10 guards and civilian employees, and 33 prisoners).

In the late 1970s, he became one of the first inmates in New York State to earn a college degree when he received a B.A. in Sociology from Niagara University.

At age 79, he remains alive behind prison walls — one of the longest-serving inmates in New York State’s prison history. In December 2013, Moseley was denied parole for the seventeenth time.

Several books have been written about the murder of Catherine (“Kitty”) Susan Genovese, the “bystander effect,” and additional issues surrounding the case. Among the books available on the case include:Fifty Yrs after Kitty Genovese

Fifty Years After Kitty Genovese, Inside the Case That Rocked Our Faith in Each Other, an e-book written by journalist Peter Hellman and the late Detective Chief Albert A. Seedman.

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America, by Kevin Cook (W.W. Norton, March 2014). You can listen to a recent NPR interview with the author about the case.

Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, by Catherine Pelonero.

Novelist Ryan David Jahn‘s first book, Acts of Violence (Good Neighbors in the U.S.), a literary thriller inspired by Kitty’s murder, won a Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award in 2010.

Kitty’s brother, Bill Genovese, told the New York Daily News that he’s working on a documentary regarding his sister’s murder (tentatively entitled “The Witness”), which is set for completion by Five More Minutes Production later this year.

Fordham University recently hosted “The Kitty Genovese Memorial Conference: 50 Years Later.

Grave - Kitty Genovese

Kitty’s grave, Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan, CT

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Let’s Fight Breast Cancer Together

army of womenFrom time to time I have talked about the research foundation coordinated by Doctor Susan Love and her team of medical professionals. Called Army of Women, the members sign up for geographically convenient studies, pass information to friends and family and generally work for a future without breast cancer. I signed up several years ago when Doctor Love began the project, and I have talked about it here on Women of Mystery from time to time.

Well now I am issuing a general call to all women to participate in a twenty year study that will allow you to be part of the team that may prevent future generations from suffering the ravages of breast cancer. You can click here to sign up. There is a questionnaire and you may be asked to allow the foundation to access to your medical records. Just click through and read about the study. Trust me. This is worth your time.




Superstorm Sandy–One Year Later

Today is the first anniversary of the day Superstorm Sandy hit the New York metropolitan area. My guess would be that nearly everyone who visits the Women of Mystery has at least one friend or family member  adversely impacted as Sandy made her way up the east coast of North America. I am thrilled that the Museum on Ellis Island reopened this past weekend. One more step toward normalcy.

Seaside_Exterior4dd49eHere in my beloved borough of Queens, the Rockaway peninsula was particularly hard hit.  It is with great joy that I can say the newly refurbished Seaside Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened with a flourish just yesterday on Beach 116th street. When I was a teenager, my friends and I would travel by train two hours each way from the Bronx to Beach 110th Street and set up our blankets directly in front of the White House so we’d have easy access to soda and fries. Sometimes we’d walk up to Beach 116th. In those days the library was in a storefront near the train station. I loved to browse the shelves. Nothing is more exotic than a library that’s not your own. As happy as I am to see the library up and running I’m still saddened by the condition of much of the housing stock.

So many people are still displaced from homes that were damaged or destroyed by the storm. They are living in motels rooms, rental spaces, friend’s spare bedrooms, wherever they can find space, while they try to rebuild their homes and their lives. One great organization, The Rockaway Rescue Alliance (you can follow them on Facebook here.) developed the Shore Soup Project.

The volunteers steadfastly prepare and deliver nourishing homemade soup to anyone who needs it at the east end of the peninsula. As people pull their homes and their lives back together, it is a great comfort to have soup as a sign that the world notices and cares abvout your troubles. If you have a couple of dollars to spare, you can view the Alliance’s wish list on Amazon by clicking here. I bought a pot, donated some spoons and felt really good for days. Perhaps you can help by donating some containers, bouillon or cleaning supplies so that the effort can continue.

On the west end of the peninsula, Breezy Point was devastated by both flood and fire.

I posted about it last year, along with a link back to a post I wrote a year or so before about how Breezy was founded. Recovery has been a huge struggle with many houses still waiting for buildings permits. When I visited this summer I was cheered by the activity. People are trying so hard to get back to normal but for some folks normal is a long way off. USA Today has a video and story about Breezy one year after the storm.

Today would be a great day to give a quick call to anyone who was badly impacted by the storm. Ask how they are doing. And if their lives aren’t back to normal,reach out a hand.

****Thanks to Kathy Ryan who shares this link to a site that provides a long list of art and literature sites relating to Sandy. If I didn’t link it properly, you can find a working link in Kathy’s comment below.****


Grand Central Noir

GCNCoverI am very proud to have a short story included in the recently released e-book, Grand Central Noir, an anthology published by Metropolitan Crime. Author Terrence P. McCauley compiled the stories in honor of Grand Central Terminal’s centennial celebration. The proceeds benefit God’s Love We Deliver. It is available for Kindle and Kindle App on Amazon for $2.99.

The mission of God’s Love We Deliver, as explained on their website, is to “improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. We prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. We also provide illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to our clients, families, care providers and other service organizations. All of our services are provided free of charge without regard to income.”


The anthology has been mentioned on such blogs as The Rap Sheet by J. Kingston Pierce, in “Pierce’s Pickings,” a weekly alert for followers of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction; In Reference to Murder by BV Lawson, and Artists Without Walls. Derrick Ferguson (@DLFerguson1 on Twitter) has reviewed each story in Grand Central Noir at his blog, Blood and Ink.

The stories and authors in Grand Central Noir, in order of appearance:

Lost Property – by I.A. Watson
Train to Nowhere – by Charles Salzberg and Jessica Hall
Fat Lip’s Revenge – by Ron Fortier 
Fortune – by S.A. Solomon
Meet Me at the Clock – by R. Narvaez 
Terminal Sweep Stakes – by Amy Maurs
Without a Hitch – by R.J. Westerhoff
The Drop – by J. Walt Layne 
A Primal Force – by Kathleen A. Ryan
Off Track – by Matt Hilton 
Herschel’s Broom – by W. Silas Donohue
Timetable for Crime – by Marcelle Thiébaux
Mary Mulligan – by Jen Conley
Spice – by Seamus Scanlon
Grand Central: Terminal – by Terrence P. McCauley

Grand Central Noir has a Facebook page.

Several contributors participated in a reading at Shade Bar, 241 Sullivan Street, NYC last Sunday. I was attending the Public Safety Writers Conference in Las Vegas and couldn’t join my fellow contributors ~ but word on the street is that a fabulous time was had by all at Shade (the right place to be during a heat wave).

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Wolfmont Press request for submissions

feeding america


Murder to Mil-Spec was the most recent charity anthology released by publisher Tony Burton of Wolfmont Press. The short stories within were selected by Tony from submissions donated by numerous short mystery fiction writers and the book raised money for a wonderful charity called Homes For Our Troops, which builds adaptive housing for severely wounded veterans of the post 9/11 era. wars.

Tony has once again picked a cause worthy of our support. Feeding America deals with the issues of hunger and food insecurity that many of our neighbors face each day. And if you play with the interactive map on the Feeding America website, you will see that at least 15% of the population of any given U.S. county is dealing with food insecurity and for children, the rate is nearly double.

Here is the call for submissions just as it was posted by Tony on Facebook:

“This year, Wolfmont Press resumes its crafting and publication of a charitable anthology with HUNGRY FOR JUSTICE.

HUNGRY FOR JUSTICE will be a collection of between fifteen and twenty short crime fiction pieces that deal with crime among those in American who are at or near the bottom of the social and economic scales. We are looking for about twenty stories from 2,000 to 3,000 words in length, that explore crime and punishment in the less-affluent portions of America. This may be in the “Projects,” inner city slums, poverty-stricken pockets of rural America, or anywhere else in the USA where you may see people hurting because they don’t have the financial resources to survive and thrive.

I am not going to push as hard this time to get the book to market. So, the plan is to have this book published for the Spring 2014 sales push. That gives me about six or seven months, maximum, to get everything squared away.”

If you would like more information, you may email Tony Burton at tony AT wolfmont DOT com.

Please remember that if you submit you are offering to DONATE  your story to raise funds for a very worthy cause. I have a story in Murder to Mil-Spec and in the Toys for Tots fundraiser Dying in a Winter Wonderland. Believe me the great feeling you get when your story is accepted for an anthology that raises money for charity far outweighs the money you might have made by submitting your story elsewhere.

****THIS JUST IN: Due Date October 1, 2013****