Friday, March 17, 2017

The Blog Tour Continues

Here are some updates on my Blog Tour. Please support these fine bloggers who support my book:
The Story behind White with Fish, Red with Murder
by Harley Mazuk
White with Fish, Red with Murder is a noir-ish private eye tale. There’s a love triangle, tough guys, lying dames, a couple of murders, greed, lust, jealousy, and nefarious schemes. It’s the kind of stuff I like to read, and I thought I should write what I like.
It started out with my 50th birthday. Read more: 
https://thestorybehindthebook.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/the-story-behind-white-with-fish-red-with-murder/

The Writing Life with Harley Mazuk
What’s inside the mind of a mystery author?
Murder most foul. I lean toward noir stories, so lying dames, corrupt souls with depraved sensibilities, double-crosses, nefarious schemes.

What is so great about being an author?

Talking Craft with Mystery Author Harley Mazuk at the Dark Phantom Review
Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, White with Fish, Red with Murder. To begin with, can you gives us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it?   
A: White with Fish, Red with Murder is the story of private eye Frank Swiver, who accepts an invitation to a wine tasting on a private rail car, and brings along his secretary and lover, Vera Peregrino. They’re two thirds of a love triangle. The host, Frank’s client, General Thursby, wants him to find proof that a friend whose death was ruled accidental was in fact murdered. Thursby suspects Cicilia O’Callaghan, widow of his late friend, an old flame of Frank’s, and the third leg of that triangle. But Thursby takes two slugs through the pump, and the cops arrest Vera for his killing. Frank spends his nights with Cici, and his days trying to find Thursby’s killer and spring Vera. But soon he realizes he must change his way of thinking, or risk losing both women . . . and maybe his life.
Read more: https://thedarkphantom.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/talking-craft-with-mystery-author-harley-mazuk/

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fun to see a good review from Bookloons

I’ll bet it seems like you can’t go to the Interwebs anymore with seeing “Harley Mazuk.”
A couple more stops along the way on the blog tour: 
First, a “Chapter Reveal” (an excerpt from Chap. 1):

A few lights were on in the lounge; I could see burgundy wallpaper with dark wood trim. To my right were two dining tables, each with four seats, and on the left an upright piano with a light oak finish. Beyond that, a group of folks sat in the far end of the car. I led Vera partway down, until the man facing us spoke.
“Ah, you must be Frank Swiver,” he said.


Then I got a swell review on Blookloons:
“Author Harley Mazuk begins a debut series with White with Fish, Red with Murder taking place in 1948 San Francisco. Protagonist Frank Swiver is at a point in his life where paying the electric bill would cut into his purchase of wine, and his fondness for the company of women.

At the moment, his romantic attention is centered on the secretary in his Private Investigator's office. When he is invited to wealthy wine connoisseur Frank Thursby's wine tasting held in the man's private railroad car, he readily accepts. To his astonishment, an ex-girlfriend is also there – the widow of a man well-known in the wine community. Cicilia has been accused of deliberately serving her husband, Rusty, eggs loaded with poisonous mushrooms.”


Friday, March 3, 2017

Book Cover Junkie


If you've seen this blog, From the Spitbucket, you've seen my book cover. What's behind it? Book Cover Junkie blog asked me these questions:
Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?
My publisher, Driven Press, likes to do its covers in-house. So I talked a little with my editor/handler at DP, Suzanne Kneeves. We thought maybe an Art Deco look, with a hint of Tamara de Lempicka.
Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?
Suzanne says to credit Mumson Designs for the work, but I think she played a major role.
How was your experience working with the designer?


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Release Day Is Here


After many years aborning, White with Fish, Red with Murder was released Feb. 28, 2017 by Driven Press. White with Fish, Red with Murder is the story of Frank Swiver, a private eye in a love triangle. Frank accepts an invitation to a wine tasting on a private rail car, and brings along his secretary and lover, Vera Peregrino. The host, General Thursby, wants Frank to find proof that a friend whose death was ruled accidental was in fact murdered. Thursby suspects Cicilia O’Callaghan, widow of his late friend and an old flame of Frank’s. But Thursby takes two slugs through the pump, and the cops arrest Vera for his killing. Frank spends his nights with Cici, and his days trying to find Thursby’s real killer and spring Vera. But soon he realizes he must change, or risk losing both women . . . and maybe his life.
I hope you'll read my book, and if you like it, please leave a review on Goodreads, or Amazon, or . . . ?
Close writer friend Seth Harwood noticed that this blog was not very up-to-date—last post “Pearl’s Valley” was about six months ago. I know it’s a poor performance, but interestingly, I have been blogging. In fact I’ve been on a blog tour of sorts.

This post went live March 1 on Book Publishing Secrets:


Here’s a guest post I did for the inimitable SleuthSayers: http://www.sleuthsayers.org/2017/02/guest-post-harley-mazuk-author-of-white.html