BLIZZARD: A SEBASTIAN SCOTT NOVEL IS HERE!

We interrupt the postings about NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo to bring you this important message:

 

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My new book, Blizzard, drops today! *hits my Nae Nae* Since it’s a different genre, I’ve written it under a pen name, Tee Emdee (I have an author page for that pen name on Amazon and everything!).

I’ve been working on this before and during NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo, and it’s finally out to the masses…just in time for some holiday reading (Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving…it also makes a nice Christmas or Hanukkah gift! ūüėÄ )

For those of you who’ve read The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille¬†(informally known as The Camille Chronicles),¬†I introduce DEA Special Agent Sebastian Scott as a character who ends up playing ¬†a crucial part in the resolution of the story. However, Blizzard takes place about five years prior to the events in The Camille Chronicles, when he was stationed in San Francisco.

From the blurb on the back:

MEET THE FAMILY.

Fresh on the heels of a major drug bust of the designer drug Blizzard, Special Agent Sebastian Scott of the Drug Enforcement Administration takes a long overdue trip home to Brooklyn, New York for a family reunion. What starts out as a pleasant gathering of his large, tightly knit Trinidadian family takes a dark turn as Nigel Pierre, Sebastian’s least favorite cousin, is arrested for possessing some Blizzard of his own. Out of his jurisdiction and with limited time and without his usual resources, a reluctant Sebastian must navigate family dynamics while he finds a creative way to clear his cousin’s name–without his family driving him crazy in the process.

I had a lot of fun revisiting this book. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

Available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook.

Want to try Sebastian Scott with little commitment? Check out the short story Undercover: A Sebastian Scott story. Only 99 cents!

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What I’m Reading: The Cocaine Chronicles

A book I recently picked from my vast stacks of books to be read is The Cocaine Chronicles, edited by Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon.

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This book is part of the Drug Chronicles series, published by Akashic Books. In this series, each book contains a collection of short stories dedicated to one of the four most popular drugs in our society (cocaine, marijuana, heroin, speed). I just happened to pick up coke the other day, though most folks I know have partaken of weed (and still do–maybe that’s why I’ll probably save that one for last LOL). Maybe it was because I once dated a cocaine addict and am still trying to process that past relationship. Look for him to show up as a character in future books.

The Cocaine Chronicles¬†contains stories from bestselling novelists, such as Lee Child (he of the Jack Reacher novels), and some not as popular. The stories are very gritty, almost noir-ish (indeed, the Drug Chronicles were a jumpoff from Akashic’s even more popular Noir series, which is set in various cities and countries worldwide). ¬†Lots of cursing, ethically ambiguous situations, ¬†morally flexible people, illness, death–just what you’d expect from stories about drug abuse, drug trafficking, and the like. ¬†The characters are more nuanced that what one may see on law enforcement TV shows (e.g. Graceland, one of my favorites), and showcase the many facets of cocaine: powder, crack, and variations such as speedballs (cocaine cooked with heroin or morphine, then injected). The stories explore all levels of drug society: coke¬†mules, coke¬†dealers, coke addicts, drug cops (local and federal), drug incarceration, rehab and the people who loathe it. And overdoses. Can’t have gritty drug stories without someone OD’ing, especially with harder drugs such as cocaine.

I’m attracted to not-so-pretty stories, so I’m enjoying them so far. Although, some of the authors have me giving them the side-eye for their dialogue and vocabulary (please don’t rely on rap videos, and viewings of New Jack City or Traffic, as your source for street drug lingo. Thanks.). Anyway, it’s an interesting read. Check it out.

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