If, like us, you value long-sellers over best-sellers and content over marketing, this book might be for you: Book Noir review, published on March 30, 2018 Every time I read one of Hawken’s novels I enjoy it immensely; he is a consummate storyteller with a real knack for getting to the heart of the matter. … Continue reading More praise for Sam Hawken’s LA FRONTERA five years after its release
“A gem for real noir fans” – a new review of BORDERLAND NOIR
Original review published on February 25, 2018 here: http://nudge-book.com/blog/2018/02/borderland-noir-edited-by-craig-mcdonald/ I came across this anthology when I was looking into a feature on Mexican crime fiction, also published this month on BookNoir. I’m glad I did because there is some fine writing here; there is a genuine connection between the stories based at La Frontera, the … Continue reading “A gem for real noir fans” – a new review of BORDERLAND NOIR
Christmas nostalgia : Our authors about the best book gift they have ever received (Part 3)
Hadley Colt, author of Permanent Fatal Error and The Red-Handed League Forget Nancy Drew: Peter O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise was my Christmas-gift light-bulb moment of finding a thriller series with a strong female lead, and inspiring my own heroine-driven novels for Betimes Books. Colin O’Sullivan, author of Killarney Blues and The Starved Lover Sings This is … Continue reading Christmas nostalgia : Our authors about the best book gift they have ever received (Part 3)
Christmas Prize Draw!
Vote for your favourite Betimes Books cover for a chance to win a print copy of one of our books! The Prize Draw is open to people aged 18 and over who provide their email address by voting for their favourite cover and would be happy to provide their postal address if they win. Please … Continue reading Christmas Prize Draw!
“Corrida de Toros”, a short story by Sam Hawken
"He wanted to be out of Mexico, and he never wanted to come back." This story is part of our anthology BORDERLAND NOIR, edited by Craig McDonald Read the story here: http://www.samhawken.com/?p=10948#more-10948
A melancholy Christmas tale by David Hogan
From our collection Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories David Hogan's melancholy Christmas tale serves to remind us to gather our friends and family close to us as the dark of winter draws in. All about the power of stories in understanding our hopes for the future, his tale is the perfect accompaniment to staring out of the … Continue reading A melancholy Christmas tale by David Hogan
Sam Hawken’s Bad Santa
From our collection Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories Feliz Navidad is a sombre Christmas tale from Sam Hawken that serves as a powerful and poignant reminder that Christmas is a time when we need to reach out to others. Encompassing the importance of the gift of charity, and of extending a compassionate welcome to all people, Feliz Navidad is … Continue reading Sam Hawken’s Bad Santa
Translation rights news: Sam Hawken
Just released: the German-language edition of Sam Hawken's novel La Frontera Published by Polar Verlag. Translated by Karen Witthuhn (click on the cover for the link to the German edition) Sam Hawken's first novel The Dead Women of Juarez was translated into French and German and short-listed for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award. … Continue reading Translation rights news: Sam Hawken
Sam Hawken’s novel MISSING nominated for CWA awards in two categories!
Congratulations to Sam Hawken! His novel MISSING is nominated for the CWA Dagger Awards in the UK in TWO categories: the Gold Dagger: http://thecwa.co.uk/the-daggers/categories/goldsboro-gold/ (see Sam Hawken's page here: http://thecwa.co.uk/missing/) the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: http://thecwa.co.uk/the-daggers/categories/ian-fleming-steel/ (the novel page: http://thecwa.co.uk/missing-2/) We are proud to have published Sam Hawken's novel La Frontera, "another glorious and affecting Mexico-influenced novel."
Australian readers discover Sam Hawken
Poignant and timely, Sam Hawken's novel LA FRONTERA is currently on #promotion in Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/Frontera-Sam-Hawken-ebook/dp/B00GZRNOAU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429693493&sr=1-1&keywords=La+Frontera "I put aside books from Michael Connolly, Ken Follett and a dozen others to read this. And I was not disappointed. I rarely do reviews. I think a lot of them are phoney. This one isn't. Sam Hawken is at … Continue reading Australian readers discover Sam Hawken
From LA FRONTERA by Sam Hawken
"He was in the storeroom when the soldiers came. They smashed through the front door, tearing the bells off their mount and cracking the glass, eight men in green uniforms with weapons. Luis had an armload of shoeboxes with him; he dropped them when they began to tear the store apart. “Wait! What’s going on?” … Continue reading From LA FRONTERA by Sam Hawken
Today: Sam Hawken’s choice
The book I read the most often might not necessarily be my favorite book, but it is the book which speaks to me the most: No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy. When I first read the book in 2005, I knew I’d found the key to unlocking my own voice in writing. Up … Continue reading Today: Sam Hawken’s choice
Kindle edition of GIFTS free this week!
Christmas is not always magic but good books always are. Whether you love or hate Christmas, you might enjoy a good story. Our collection GIFTS: NINE BITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS STORIES is free on Amazon this week: getBook.at/FREE_GIFTS
E-book edition of GIFTS: Bittersweet Christmas Stories is here!
Our Christmas collection "Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories"from all Betimes Books authors is now available as e-book for only 0,77£/0,99$ here Read it in PDF format here or contact us to receive a free PDF or Mobi copy of GIFTS! For a print collector edition, click here!
Excerpt from GIFTS: Bittersweet Christmas Stories by Sam Hawken
From “Feliz Navidad” by Sam Hawken: “It’s Christmas tomorrow,” Mr. Martinez told Raúl one day. “I know. There is a lot of talking about—” “I know what they’re talking about. They’ve been on about it all week. Don’t listen to them.” “But something must happen on Christmas,” Raúl insisted. “Maybe something will,” Mr. Martinez … Continue reading Excerpt from GIFTS: Bittersweet Christmas Stories by Sam Hawken
German translation rights to Sam Hawken’s novel LA FRONTERA
German translation rights to Sam Hawken's novel LA FRONTERA have been acquired by Polar Verlag for publication in September 2015. Congratulations to Sam!
About Sam Hawken’s writing: “powerful and tinged with sadness”
First - glowing! - review for Sam Hawken's new novel, "Missing", coming out from Serpent's Tail in September: "Any aspiring crime writer, or student of crime writing, in need of a lesson (or refresher course) in modern noir fiction could do no better than invest in a copy of "Missing" by Sam Hawken. This is … Continue reading About Sam Hawken’s writing: “powerful and tinged with sadness”
Crime writer Sheila Bugler about Sam Hawken’s novel LA FRONTERA
La Frontera is a heart-breaking novel of corruption, broken dreams and the indominatable power of the human spirit. Set in the harsh, desert landscape of the borderland between Texas and Mexico, the novel is, at its heart, an exploration of the socio-economic conditions that force millions of people to enter the US illegally in search … Continue reading Crime writer Sheila Bugler about Sam Hawken’s novel LA FRONTERA
A starred boxed review for Sam Hawken in Publishers Weekly
Praise for Sam Hawken's novel Tequila Sunset recently released in the USA: "Hawken delivers on the promise of his debut, The Dead Women of Juárez, with his outstanding second character-driven crime novel set along the Texas-Mexico border." "Hawken doesn’t hit a false note."
La Frontera Review – Raven Crime Reads
Following in the tradition of his first two novels, The Dead Women of Juarez and Tequilla Sunset, Hawken brings another glorious and affecting Mexico influenced novel with La Frontera. Cleverly intertwining three distinct and separate stories, Hawken manages to encompass the essential ills of South American and Mexican life, showing the desperation of those keen to … Continue reading La Frontera Review – Raven Crime Reads
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