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Whitehurst’s Top Read of 2017


The year 2017 will go down in history for a lot of reasons; some of those reasons being the addition of quality literature to the libraries of the world’s dwindling army of readers. Over the last year, possibly in an attempt to cower from real world political poison, I’ve disappeared into 20 books, including nonfiction and fiction, I found my share of quality literature, not to mention my escape.

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Cornell Woolrich, quit staring at me


The streets get gritty and mean. Cold shadows keep the sun from hitting the pavement and those passing by bump into you with a snort and no apologies. If you’re lucky you see a set of bleak eyes staring out from under a shaded hat, piercing you with desire, and not the lustful kind, but the kind that makes you move your wallet from your back pocket.

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Interview with author Dietrich Kalteis


It’s always a delight to sit down with authors and talk shop. It’s especially cool when you get to sit down with one you admire. I got lucky with Dietrich Kalteis.

His new book, Zero Avenue, is out Tuesday. The book features a gritty punk tale of crime and survival and takes no prisoners in its detail and scope.

Read my interview here.

A Steampunk Pardon (short fiction)

5dbcb-pardonThe carriage moved quickly through the cobbled streets, but slowed to a creaking crawl when it entered Phoenix. Bridges swooped over the apex of the double-decker carriage once in the city limits, coming close to breaking the stove top pipe belching steam at its highest point.
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Noir at the Bar – October 20th, 201719059861_1986112188278233_1335083638625727466_n

Picture yourself in a dimly lit room. A light bulb hangs from the ceiling, swinging slowly to and fro, as if an ethereal skeletal hand had reached down from the inky shadows and tapped it. Beneath the light are a series of faces with dark shadows for eyes and grim, black lines for mouths. The grimy bulb swings overhead. The faces are there, then swallowed by darkness, then appear again, under the dancing, pale glow. This assembly is here for one reason and one reason only.  And there are laws against it.

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5 tips for nonfiction, photographic histories


There are plenty of paths to success when on deadline. Some prefer to wait until the last minute, as pressure makes them produce. Others prefer the slow boil, working at a snail’s pace until it all comes to a head, but only one of these techniques helps when it comes to historical nonfiction, particularly the sort that require finding a lot of photographs and documents from a certain era. If you have to work with others, particularly organizations, start early. You never know what will happen, photos can be misplaced, just plain gone, and the documents you thought would help may prove lifeless.

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COMING IN 2018: The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History


Imagine the world before the Internet, before modern medicine and modern science as we know it today; pre-cars, pre-phones, pre-fast food, and you’ve got the world that saw one of the first natural history museums on the California coast. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has been a part of the Monterey Peninsula since 1883, nearly as long as Monterey County has been in existence.

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BOOK REVIEW: Steampunk boils beautifully in The Gaslight Girl by GaslightGirl-1Hargrove Perth

Steampunk is a subgenre to behold in the science fiction and fantasy world. It’s the stuff of clockwork wonder and corseted amazement and, for many; it’s something readers can’t get enough of. Many, however, don’t quite get it. Exactly what is steampunk?

Read the full review here.

BOOK REVIEW: Abandon All Hope grabs readers by the throat!

Abandon-2Abandon All Hope: Gate 1: Book 1, by Lizzi Cruz and Royce Steele, is a grabber with blue collar hands.

The book features an assortment of nine fast-paced rural horrors, similar in spirit to the early tales of Stephen King, but with a dash of Joe R. Lansdale thrown in for good measure, not to mention a few modern themes.

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New short story on Spec FiSpecFics-1cs

Looking for a little adult fun in the beatnik super hero genre? “Stare and Get Off” is focused on just that, with a sprinkle of nihilism thrown in for good measure. Check out the story over on Spec Fic. It’s a little NSFW…

Read it here!

Whitehurst’s Top Reads of 2016

From tripping out with Tarzan and the Ant Men, to starting Marie Kondo’s book on tidying up, it’s been a year of diversity and perhaps a bit of quirky inclusion. My print book collection grew in 2016, which came as a surprise due to my Kindle attachment issues, and the number of books started and not finished (sorry, Kondo) grew as well. This means 2017 will be the year of finishing things I started. Fingers crossed.  I did, however, manage to finish 14 books. Below are the top five books I couldn’t stop thinking about after reading the last page.

Read the rest here!

goza-1BOOK REVIEW: The Innocents by Jaime Lorie Goza

Irish literature holds a special place in my heart. It’s likely my own Irish heritage plays a part in that love, being that I have an undisclosed helping in my DNA. But it’s not just that. Everyone loves reading about the simple things, the struggles born of poverty, and the quaintness of rural life – narratives not restricted to those with Irish eyes of course. But Irish literature has all this, and Jaime Lorie Goza, the author of The Irish Bride Series, nails it in her prose.

Read the rest of the review here.

‘In Curmudgeon’ available for a limited timeincurmudgeon-2

(Oct. 8, 2016) In Curmudgeon is a collection of essays, rants, short stories and more that acknowledge the dreary side of being
alive (something so many writers are afraid to explore and so many excel at doing). In Curmudgeon takes the philosophy in narrative writing that not everything is meant to be, not everything ends happily, and not everyone finds joy in simple things.

Available on Amazon, in both print and digital, for a limited time. Click here.

NEWS: Three authors talk shop at Old Capitol Books on Oct. 16th

(Monterey, Calif.) – October is a spooky kind of month, thanks mostly to the ghosts, goblins, vampires and Minions that run around asking for treats every Oct. 31. It’s a time for thrills and mystery, often of the supernatural variety. Mysteries and suspense, of a more urban kind, will be on the menu Sunday, Oct. 16, at Old Capitol Books in downtown Monterey.threeauthors-1

Read more here.

20160918_175718.jpgREVIEW: Your Wilder Nature connects readers to nature’s pulse

Learn how to connect with nature, and through it, connect with yourself.

Author Daian Hennington makes it easy for those of us unaccustomed to the natural world in her new book, “Your Wilder Nature: A Field Guide to Tracking the Soul.” Here we learn to connect with the beauty of nature, in its most simplistic forms, by learning how to connect with ourselves.

Read the rest of the review here.


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