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The First Mark Mallen Short Story, “Pure Mallen”, is LIVE!

Ever wonder how Mallen was, back when he was in uniform? Well, now is your chance to find out.

The first Mark Mallen E-only short story, “Pure Mallen” is now available on Amazon, and Barnes&Noble. And at the low cost of $1.99, it’s a steal! Learn about Mark’s first night out on his own as a rookie.

Here’s the opening:

“Mark Mallen carefully adjusted the dark blue San Francisco policeman’s hat on his head. Checked his reflection in the full-length mirror Chris had nailed to the back of the bathroom door when they’d moved in six months ago. Staring at his reflection wasn’t really a thing he needed to do, it was more an homage to his father Ol’ “Monster” Mallen, who had been a cop for over thirty-five years until Alzheimer’s had taken both its toll and his shield. He remembered watching his Pops do this very thing every morning before he went out on his beat. Seemed only right that his son should do it, too…”

Hope you enjoy! If enough of you do, then there’s every chance this will be the first in a series of Mallen short stories.

Best,

RkL


My Latest Post is LIVE over at Criminal Element.

It’s all about my love of the 1970’s cop show, S.W.A.T.

Hope you enjoy!

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“There are some shows that change your life when you’re a kid. For some of you out there it might’ve been The Outer Limits. Or maybe it was Night Gallery. Perhaps even The A-Team.

For me?

S.W.A.T. was one of those shows.

In some other posts I’ve done here, I talked previously about a couple television shows that predate S.W.A.T., The Mod Squad, and also Harry O. I talked about how those shows reflected the times in which they were created, and I mentioned how S.W.A.T. was different. Now I’m going to tell you why.


Critical Damage Update. Launch Party! Author Event!

newbizcard(UPDATED 1/30/14 WITH ANOTHER READING! SEE #3) The 2nd Mark Mallen book, Critical Damage arrives in less than three months. April 8th. Can you believe it? Where does the time go? Not only did I make some business cards (see above), I’ve already scheduled a couple events I’d like to invite you to (if you’re in the  bay area when they happen):

1. The Critical Damage launch party will be held at Diesel Books in Oakland on Thursday, April 10th @ 7pm. There will be some food things to nibble on and of course wine, beer, and maybe even Johnny Walker Black. (How could I have a Mallen party and NOT supply Scotch?) My thanks goes out to the Diesel Books event coordinator, Cheryl Ryan. She did a great job working with me to get this set up.

2. I will be giving a reading at Books Inc. Berkeley, on Wednesday, April 30th @ 7pm. Special thanks goes out to Anna Fonte, the Berkeley Books Inc. events coordinator. Such a warm and welcoming, helpful person.

3. I’m not also giving a reading at Books Inc. S.F. Marina, on Thursday, May 8th @ 7pm. Special thanks goes out to Amylia Pounds, the Chestnut Street Books Inc. event coordinator. She rocked at helping to get this set up.

And support your local independent book store, people! It would be a very sad, gray world without independent bookstores!

That’s all the news that’s fit to print right now. I’ll be having two or three contests/giveaways, so stay tuned. You need a Mark Mallen bowling shirt, yeah?

rkl.


My Latest Post is LIVE Over at the Greatness That is Criminal Element.

Oh, Harry O!

“Oh man, O Man.

I need to come clean on something before I get going. And that is that I was only nine or so when this very incredible, very thoughtful TV show first came on the scene. I was too young to stay up that late. I only vaguely remember the second half of the first season, when the show was moved from San Diego to Los Angeles. Some sort of money thing, as shooting in San Diego quickly became too costly. Harry, played to the hilt by David Janssen, was the penultimate private eye. Harry Orwell had been a cop but was wounded in the line of duty.

However, getting shot in the back didn’t kill him…”

Hope you enjoy. And definitely spend some time over at Criminal Element, THE place for fans of crime fiction.

See ya.

RkL


A Compendium of my Criminal Element Posts.

I’m finally working on another Criminal Element post. I love Criminal Element. It’s the best place for fans of crime fiction and mysteries. All tastes of mysteries: cozy, noir, medical, movie mysteries, TV mystery shows… anything and everything mystery.

I have a lot of fun… no, I have A BLAST, writing posts for them. They’ve even come out with their first short story collection, The Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble. This is the first and hopefully not the last of their themed short story collections, written by the contributors to their site.

On this occasion, I thought I would corral all the posts I’ve done for them, up to this point. I like to think I’ve contributed in a positive manner. You be the judge…

You can find me here, and here.

 

Hope you enjoy, and check out that short story collection, The Malfeasance Occasional!

 

RkL


The Book Trailer for UNTOLD DAMAGE

Without further ado, the book trailer for Untold Damage. MANY thanks to Kevin Finn and Monument Park Productions.


My Latest Interview.

Hey again.

Here’s the latest interview! I was asked some VERY fun questions by an up and coming, and totally FUN author, Joey Francisco. I had a great time, and I hope to repay the favor at some point when Joey get’s pub’d as I’m sure she will.

Here you go. Hope you enjoy. Definitely check out the rest of her blog. It’s fun.

Still waiting on news. Other than that, struggling through the first draft of Book 3. You do NOT want to know what I think of it, trust me. Turns me into Leatherface every time I think of it.

See you soon!

RkL