Posts By: Lee Goldberg

We're excited to announce that we've acquired the rights to all of Ralph Dennis's work -- his published and unpublished novels. Brash Books will be re-releasing his 12 Hardman novels, starting with the first four in December, and the rest through 2019. The Hardman books include a terrific introduction by Joe R. Lansdale. The first two titles in the series, Atlantla Deathwatch  and The Charleston Knife is Back in Town are already available for preorder in paperback and ebook on Amazon, iBook, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. We'll also be re-releasing in 2019 a substantially revised version Ralph's WWII thriller MacTaggart's War, which we've retitled The War Heist. It was his... more

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I just returned from a gala weekend in Billings Montana, where DOUBLE WIDE author Leo W. Banks was honored with two Spur Awards, the Oscar of western fiction, for Best First Novel, and Best Contemporary Novel, by the Western Writers of America, Inc. I was also on hand to accept matching Spurs given to Brash for publishing the book. The awards were presented by actor A. Martinez from Longmire. Over the course of the conference, Leo and I met such western literary luminaries as Craig Johnson (creator of Longmire), Loren D. Estleman, Johnny Boggs and Preston Lewis. Here are some photos from the event: Leo Banks and Craig Johnson Leo and actor A. Martinez Brash co-founder... more

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I just got back from Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach and I can only speak in a whisper. Fried my vocal cords talking to so many authors and readers, spreading the word about our crime novels and thriller books. The conference had special significance for me and my Brash partner Joel Goldman. It was only 12 months ago, at Bouchercon 2013 in Albany, that we came up with the idea of launching this publishing company. And now, a mere 12 months later, we've published thirty books and we've got more on the way. We can't believe it! I am so glad that we made that decision. We love the the books we're publishing and we are so excited to finally get them into the hands of readers. And we are having... more

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Novelist John Connolly has an interesting approach to writing his highly-acclaimed novels: My first draft tends to be a little rough. There will be inconsistencies of dialogue and character. Some characters will appear in the early stages only to disappear later, their failure to manifest themselves once again left entirely unexplained. Some things seem like good ideas at the start, but quickly prove to be distractions from the main thrust of the book, and as soon as that realisation hits me I tend to let those elements slide. I don't fret too much about how untidy the text may be (although, in my darker moments, I wonder what might happen if I didn't live to finish the book and... more

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There are scores of professional writers out there who sell huge numbers of crime novels, tie-ins and westerns, and yet are virtually unknown...because they toil as work-for-hire authors. One of those writers is Robert Vaughan, who has sold 40 million books, mostly westerns. He was interviewed about his under-the-radar career recently and he's pretty frank about his lack of celebrity. I have written well over 400 books. If I had written every one of those books under my own name, Robert Vaughan would be a name that is immediately recognized. I would have established something of value that my survivors could capitalize on after I die…In my life time, I have probably sold 40 million... more

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Great Sex

The trick to writing good sex scenes is the words you choose to do it. The words you use to describe sex...and the body parts...has to be a reflection of the characters and their attitudes...and the overall tone of the book. To me, writing a sex scene is less about the sex itself than what the scene is supposed to accomplish as far as revealing character or furthering the plot. It shouldn't just be there to turn the reader on...even if you're writing erotica. The sex act, in and of itself, will be mere coupling between two creatures...and certainly won't be compelling, entertaining or arousing if the reader isn't emotionally invested in the characters. Here's an example of what I'm... more

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