Mark Twain and My Blog
The reports of my blog's death have been greatly exaggerated!

Moribund maybe, but dead? Sorry!

Now it's back--with a vengence.

So what's happened since last I wrote?

Here's the big news: TOR/Forge, part of Macmillan, has bought two of my novels: THE ZODIAC DECEPTION and its prequel THE HOUDINI KILLER. The contracts have been signed, the ink has dried and the money has been deposited. Now somebody said I actually have to write the books. If I had known that's the way publishing works. . . . Fortunately Jim Frenkel's my editor and he's one of the best there is, so I have this sneaky suspicion they'll get done and done well.

Next: I'll be overhauling this blog. Besides my travails as a novelist, and assorted other me-related news (hey, it's my damn blog) it'll have my ruminations on writing.  Wait, wait--don't groan yet.  I'm determined not to rehash the same old common wisdom, at least not without putting a spin on them, which some might see as heretical. Let the discussions/arguments begin. I'll also be making the blog more visitor-friendly, whatever the hell that means.

Then: I'll be pointing to other things--books, blogs, articles, breakfast cereals--that merit looking into. Just my opinion, of course but see "it's my damn blog" above.

And, oh, yes, for those of you have come to this blog hoping I might address "other matters," (and you know who you are)  let me simply say don't believe everything you read (you'd be surprised how much disguised fiction is out there) and add, so you're not totally disappointed, in my own time and in my own way.

Until tomorrow . . . .
  • “The Zodiac Deception offers a fresh and wondrously original take on the old World War II tale.  Gary Kriss's sterling debut mixes magic and mysticism with espionage and derring-do to create a perfect blend of what you'd have if Eye of the Needle met Stephen King on a lighter day.  The story may not be true, but you'll wish it was and believe it too.  Bold, refreshing, and downright terrific.”

    —Jon Land, bestselling author of Pandora's Temple

  • “The Zodiac Deception is an amazing and ingenious WWII thriller. From the opening set-up to the shocking ending, Gary Kriss carries the reader on a harrowing journey of espionage and intrigue across the war-torn world and up to the highest levels of Nazi power. Vivid, fast moving, beautifully imagined and convincing, this is an epic debut novel.”

    —Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Two Graves

  • "A refreshingly inventive, exciting WWII thriller. A con artist taught escapes by Houdini, spiritualism tricks by Conan Doyle and Method acting by Stanislavski, his desperate mission takes him from Berlin to Paris to the deserts of North Africa and the intrigues of Cairo. It's unlike anything you've read before."

    —David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art