I've literally been so busy I haven't even had time to write a post about all the latest developments. But I'm pulling myself away from my novel-in-progress (Passage to Pedregosa, the third Cody Cavanaugh Western, for Wolfpack Publishing) to try to catch everybody up.
The biggest news is the announcement of the historical epic I spent much of the pandemic year of 2020 working on, with a co-author of some repute. The book is called Blood and Gold: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta, and the co-author is one Peter Murrieta. Notice a similarity between those names? Peter is a direct descendant of the legendary Gold Rush-era bandit, and he brought family stories to the book that have never been told in print. I've been fascinated by Joaquin Murrieta for decades, and my old friend Russell Binder of Striker Entertainment brought Peter and I together to finally tell his story. The book will be published on October 27 by Sundown Press, and the Kindle edition is available for preorder RIGHT NOW! The paperback will follow shortly.
Here's the amazing cover, by Emmy Award-winning, Golden-Globe nominated filmmaker and animator Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life):
Peter Murrieta is an accomplished guy as well. The two-time Emmy Award winner is the creator of the TV series Greetings from Tucson and has been a writer and producer on NBC’s Welcome to the Family, ABC’s Cristela, TV Land’s Lopez, Norman Lear’s Netflix reboot of One Day A Time, CBS’s Superior Donuts, and Netflix’s MR. IGLESIAS. He is the Director in Residence of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State University and a recipient of the Imagen Foundation’s Norman Lear Writer’s Award for his dedication to broadening the diversity of the entertainment industry. He recently inked a first-look deal with Universal.
Then there's this story out from Deadline: Hollywood:
EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Emmy-winner Peter Murrieta, who recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Television, is teaming up with Russell Binder’s Striker Entertainment to option and adapt Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s forthcoming novel Blood And Gold: The Legend Of Joaquin Murrieta.
Keep reading at the link above.
So, yeah, that's happening.
But that's not all!
The October issue of The Big Thrill, the official magazine of the International Thriller Writers organization, just came out, and they interviewed me about my Kindle Vella thriller Flesh of All Sorrows. Check out that interview here! And read the book here (weirdly, you can't read Kindle Vella works on a Kindle, apparently, but you can read them on the site on any device).
And the October issue of the Sisters In Crime email newsletter came out, with this bit in it:
"Jeff Mariotte sold the first three books in a new police-procedural series to Wolfpack Publishing, for publication in 2022. The series, MAJOR CRIMES SQUAD: PHOENIX, focuses on detective Russ Temple, head of the brand-new unit. As an Army CID special agent, his partner and best friend was murdered by a corrupt agent causing Russ to leave the army and go home to Phoenix, AZ, where in addition to solving crimes, he's on the lookout for corruption in the Phoenix PD. The first three books are THE SQUAD, THE STORM, and THE CASTLE."
And I have a new Western short story called The Snake and the Fox, published in an anthology called Six-Gun Justice! The anthology was put together by pals Richard Prosch and Paul Bishop, who host the super-fun Six-Gun Justice Podcast. My story is, in part, based on the true story behind the above photograph. I'm in the book with a crew of great writers, many of whom are also good friends. You'll want to give this one a read if you love Western short fiction (and who doesn't?)!
Like I said, kinda busy these days. I'll be working on these as soon as I turn in Passage to Pedregosa on November 1st. So I'd better get back to it. But first, one more thing--any day now I'll be launching my brand-spankin'-new website, with its own blog! So this one will be going away after a while. I'll give you plenty of warning, and I think we'll be migrating the most recent posts over to that one. Be sure to follow me there!
P.S.: Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell, brilliant wife and sometime collaborator, has been busy, too, selling stories and poems right and left. But her biggest news is something I'm not allowed to mention yet. Follow her at MarsheilaRockwell.com for all the latest!