Welcome to the first Round-Up of all things media and Exhibit A!
Here it finally is, the official launch date of Exhibit A, and isn’t it exciting? The US is kicking off today with the publication of Scare Me and Penance, followed swiftly by the UK on Thursday. To celebrate, here’s a look at the exciting headlines Exhibit A, and our first two awesome authors, Richard Parker and Dan O’Shea, have made thus far.
• The British Fantasy Society were quick off the mark to cover the news of Exhibit A back in April 2012 and from the offset, our fearless and indefatigable editor supreme Emlyn Rees has been busy, banging his Exhibit A drum. Over on My Bookish Ways, Kristin chatted to Emlyn about his own start in publishing as a writer, combining life as an editor and writer, and what to expect from Exhibit A. Following the 2012 CrimeFest International Crime Fiction Festival, Emlyn was on Criminal Element with a piece on authors and their characters … and what he’s looking for as a reader, writer and editor in protagonists.
• News of Emlyn’s acquisitions were featured on various sites over the past year with The Bookseller running pieces on J.B Turner‘s debut and Dan O’Shea‘s Detective John Lynch books. Acquisitions coverage also included the more recent news that Terry Irving, 4-time Emmy award-winning writer and producer, has been signed up for two books starting with Courier in May 2014. Check out what Books and Writers had to say about this great news!
It’s not often that a publishing house opens an imprint with the fantastic news that one of their first titles has been acquired for screen adaptation, but that’s the way Exhibit A like to roll!
There was widespread coverage when announced that Richard Parker‘s Scare Me had been bought by Relativity Media with Wentworth Miller, he of Prison Break, and new Nicole Kidman film Stoker, fame set to adapt the novel for the big screen. Deadline.com led with the exclusive news story and was swiftly followed by many sites including Crime Thriller Girl, DigitalSpy.co.uk, CinemaBlend.com, DreadCentral.com, Cyn’s Workshop, Bleeding Cool (with the great headline that “Richard Parker, Wentworth Miller And Exhibit A To Scare Me, You And Everyone Else In The Theatre” …yes we are….coming for you….) Books and Writers, PushStart.co.uk and Ain’t It Cool News (why, yes it is!).
If that wasn’t enough for us here at Exhibit A, the advance reviews have also been coming in for Richard and Scare Me.
• Alastair Stuart at Bleeding Cool says it’s “fantastic, constantly setting up some familiar looking elements of this sort of story and then doing something completely unexpected with them. There’s all sorts of beats in there, from staggeringly bloody, occasional violence to a serious, well-handled look at bereavement and strained familial relationships.”
• Just A Guy That Likes To Read highly recommends it and calls it “an engrossing, addictive, and all consuming thriller by an author who looks to have mastered the craft of suspense and heart pounding action.”
• MarinaSofia over on Crime Fiction Lover was unsurprised by the movie news as Richard has a “strong, confident voice” and his “scenes are spot-on in terms of creating atmosphere [with] a real cinematic quality to the whole novel.” My Bookish Ways declared Scare Me ”not only an effective, fast paced thriller, but it also mines some very uncomfortable and sometimes tragic territory, which adds depth that you sometimes don’t find in conventional thrillers” and orders readers to “lock your doors, keep the lights on and plan to stay up late, because this is one very clever scavenger hunt from hell that you won’t want to miss!” Now, if ever there was a commanding order at the end of a review!
• On his blog Alasdair Stuart has the loveliest things to say for both Richard and Exhibit A Books: “For Will Frost, Exhibit A is a phone call asking when was the last time he googled himself. For Exhibit A Books, its ‘Scare Me’, a brutally simple, clean piece of crime fiction that refuses to let you go. It’s an excellent book and a phenomenal start for the imprint. Bring on Exhibit B.” Hear, hear, Alasdair! The praise continues as Lit Nerd Around the World declares it a “breath of fresh air” whilst cayocosta72 rightly urges readers to “NOT read this at night because you will not go to sleep until the book is finished.” One early supporter of Scare Me was Bookshelf Butterfly who calls it ”fast paced and satisfyingly gruesome; a tantalising psychological thriller not to be missed.”
• For more info on Richard click here for his site and for Scare Me (if you’re brave enough…) click here where you can also win a year’s subscription to Exhibit A’s ebooks!
• With news of Dan O’Shea’s forthcoming Chicago thrillers reaching far and wide, readers were excitedly treated to samples of Detective John Lynch’s world through a series of flash fiction shorts including “The Old Rules” on Shots.
• One of Penance‘s most mysterious characters is Paddy Wang who has long-standing ties to the city’s ruling political dynasty. Check out Dan’s short story “The Patience of History” on It’s a Crime as he explores how Paddy learned his first – and hardest – lesson that spurred him on to such growth and reach. These character expansions continued over on Shotgun Honey in “A Wonderful Country” and Terrible Minds in “Pillar of Fire”. Through these short stories, Dan opened the door’s to Lynch’s Chicago and certainly whetted the appetites of many readers!
• Mystery People highlighted Dan’s debut novel as a book to look forward to in 2012′s wrap-up, and early on showed that “a Chicago cop going up against political corruption and a deadly sniper could introduce him to a larger number of mystery readers.” We think so, too!
• Dan has been busy in the online world of crime fiction, and was rightly delighted when Do Some Damage invited him into their group, and there you’ll find him blogging on Wednesdays…sometimes Fridays….
• On Do Some Damage, Dan talks about the city of Chicago and its importance within Penance; only rightly so that Being A Big Sandwich, in an early review, highlight the city as a character in itself, complimenting Dan’s great “job of painting a visual picture, dropping actual locations and architecture to create a vivid portrait of the city” making “his story seem like a actual episode from Chicago’s history. ” That’s not enough praise for Penance from Being A Big Sandwich, and the review firmly places Dan and Det. John Lynch in the same category as Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch himself. That’ll do, pig, that’ll do.
• After leaving I Will Read Books grinning like a toddler on Christmas, Penance hopped over to Criminal Element where Katrina discovered that “when you crack the cover of this novel, you’ll discover there’s a whole lot more there, lurking just below the surface”, including “a heartbreaking account of love and loss, and the havoc that grief can wreak on an unstable mind.”
• ”Epic, ambitious, complex and yet the prose is humble and understated”. Wouldn’t you be happy with a review like that, and from Dead End Follies? But they don’t stop there when reviewing Penance, and must be quoted thusly: “The characters’ nature filters through dialog, rather than exposition, which is I think one of the greatest thing literature can achieve. It’s the most seamless form of mimesis, I find. The most exhilarating too, because it doesn’t feed the reader everything. In Penance, Dan O’Shea works WITH the reader to create great characters and a paranoid atmosphere. I believe in this novel and it makes me all giddy to talk about it. Dan O’Shea reveals himself to be one of the most talented dudes who flew under everybody’s radar so far. Expect Penance to shake things up and conquer conspiracy enthusiasts as well as hardboiled literature fans. It’s a tremendous novel. The kind you experience, rather than read.” Now. Not much more to say after that, is there? Oh wait. Go buy it, and see for yourself just how great it is!
• If you happen to be in Illinois this Friday, 3 May, do go along to Dan’s signing at the Lake Forest Book Store, and be sure to keep an eye on Dan’s website for more info on signings and events.This Friday, 3 May, sees Dan start his author signings and find out more here http://www.lakeforestbookstore.com/event/dan-oshea-lake-forest-book-store-fun-fridays
There you have it, a brief (believe me, this is the brief version!) of the waves Exhibit A, Dan O’Shea and Richard Parker have been making. Tune in tomorrow for features on Dan Newman, Sean Lynch, Tom Vater, and J.B. Turner.
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