#HOTSINATRA in FOUR languages!

Just a reminder that you can now pick up  Hot Sinatra in French, Italian and Spanish translations!


hot sinatra NCMoss Cole is a private detective, the kind you thought only existed in old movies and afternoon reruns. He’s smart, talented, sometimes even charming. You’d think he could find a better gig than carrying on his grandfather’s legacy as a ‘Private Dick.’Cole is out of money, out of ideas, and out of his league. That’s why he’s stuck looking for a stolen Sinatra record… a record that may be just a figment of an old man’s imagination.Of course, if that were true, Moss wouldn’t have so many people busting down his door.PRAISE FOR “HOT SINATRA”:

“Axel Howerton is one of the best new crime fiction writers out there—hell, one of the best writers, period. Do yourself a favor and settle into Axel’s groove.” – Scott S. Phillips, Author of “Squirrel Eyes” and “Tales of Misery & Imagination,” and Writer/Director of “Stink of Flesh” and “Gimme Skelter”

“It’s been a while since I read a PI hard boiled detective book that caught me up so completely. The usual cast of noir characters are here:cranky, maybe senile client (with a past), a crazy Mafia enforcer, Yakuza, the sweet young thing who is the light of the detective’s life, drugs and Mexican cartels and all clash over a vinyl recording made by Frank Sinatra. While it is definitely in the Philip Marlowe genre, HOT SINATRA also showed flashes of Burn Notice. Which is not a bad thing at all.” - Robert E. Vardeman, Author of the “God of War”, “Swords of Raemllyn” and “Cenotaph Road” series.

“Moss Cole sizzles hotter than bacon.” –
Red Tash, Author of “Troll Or Derby” and “This Brilliant Darkness”

 Currently listed for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel
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Available in ebook and paperback from Evolved Publishing.



ESPANOL (Tranlsated by Lucía Vigón Menéndez)

ITALIANO (Translated by Massimo Mattera)

FRANCAIS (Translated by Audrey Kowalevicz)

And special thanks to the amazing Ana Popielnicki for overseeing all of that!

Camp NoNaMakkaHooJooBilly

2014-Participant-Facebook-Profile*”Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…”

Or some such thing.

In my continued half-assed efforts to get back into the swing on this EMPIRES OF STEAM AND RUST project, I have signed up for the April CAMP NANOWRIMO.

I know, I know, we all hate all the hullaballooza surroundign these little things, all the backslapping and bragging on seemingly hourly word-count achievements and endless self-congratulatory tweets and Crackbook posts. All those annoyingly upbeat and caffiene-raging wannabe writers acting out their fantasies on your social network feed 24/7 for a whole month. I know. Believe me, I know.

What else I know? It works.

In 2009, after stumbling along with my second or third attempt (emphasis on attempt) at a novel for many a month, I signed up for this weird new thing called a Kajagoogoomochafrappelattehow’syomomma or some fucking thing. The idea was to hold your breath, tighten your gut and barrel through 30 days of intensely focused commitment to laying down words. It was the first really tough time I’d given myself with my writing, forcing myself to comply and put out. At the end of that 30 days I had the bulk of what would become HOT SINATRA, my first published novel (which you can find all the links to purchase HERE. Seriously. Buy my book. Buy it. BUY IT NOW!)

Lately, I will admit, I have suffered against the terrifying, soul-crushing and all-powerful ghoul of writer’s block. A phenomenon borne mostly of exhaustion, partly of self-doubt, and entirely of delusion.

I’ve been remiss in finishing a number of projects because of it and now has come the time to “shit, or get off the pot”, as my ol’ grandaddy would have said. So, in the interest of stoking the fires and getting that train a’ rollin’ on down the line, I am challenging myself to kick it up a notch and put responsibility where it always should lay… at my own damned feet.

So, wish me well. Keep an eye on me. Kick me in the ass when I need it. And pray for an end to this godsforsaken winter.

Check me out on Camp NanoWriMo: AxelHowerton

*”Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; Let pry through the portage of the head like the brass cannon;

Let the brow o’erwhelm it as fearfully as doth a galled rock o’erhang and jutty his confounded base, swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide, hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit to his full height.”

It’s writin’ time.



*Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act III, 1598




Now you can help support me in my mad pursuit of wordage, as well as help fund further programs and excellence from the good folks at NaNoWriMo, who educate, inspire and support writers everywhere year after year after year.

You can go make a donation to my NaNoWriMo page right now. $5, $20, what-have-you.

Not only will you have my endless respect and appreciation, but I’m going to put your name in my book. Anyone who donates will automatically receive, direct from me, digital copies of as many of my titles as can be mustered, along with inclusion in the Thanks and Salutations section of KEY TO STEAM AND SALVATION when it is finished and published (a deal is already in-place with Coffin Hop Press)

Anybody who donates $50 or more will also have a character in a future story or novel named in their honour.

And, if there’s anybody out there with a spare $100 to throw in the pot, you’re going to get all of the above mentioned swag, plus an autographed copy of KEY TO STEAM AND SALVATION, and an original Axel Howerton objet d’art… maybe a boxing painting, maybe a Steampunky mixed-media piece, maybe a notebook with a hand-written short story.

Just GIVE GIVE GIVE! http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=308999

#HotSinatra – Now Available in FRENCH and ITALIANO!

SurLaPisteDuSinatraPerhaps some of my french-speaking amis will help spread the word… Sur la Piste du Sinatra (Hot Sinatra en francais!) is now available on Smashwords and will be launching on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc in the next few days:

Moss Cole est détective privé, le genre d’homme que l’on ne voit que dans les vieux films et les feuilletons de l’après-midi. Il est intelligent, talentueux, parfois même charmant. Vous vous diriez tout de suite qu’il pourrait trouver un meilleur job, plutôt que de suivre les traces de son grand-père en tant que détective.

Cole vaut mieux que cela, mais il est sur la paille et est à court d’idées. C’est pourquoi il n’a pas d’autre choix que d’enquêter sur le vol d’un vinyle de Sinatra … un vinyle qui n’est peut-être que le fruit de l‘imagination d’un vieil homme.

D’un autre côté, si ce vinyle n’existait pas, il n’aurait pas tous ces gens à ses trousses.

La mafia de Las Vegas, les Yakuzas, un cartel de la drogue mexicain, la police de Los Angeles, … Tous veulent sa peau. Sans parler de l’exubérante rousse, de la rock star irlandaise grossière et de la petite fille futée qui viennent lui mettre des bâtons dans les roues, alors qu’il voudrait simplement retrouver le vinyle et se délecter d’un bon café.

Si toutefois il reste en vie suffisamment longtemps – et en un seul morceau – pour mettre la main dessus.


Also available en ITALIANO!

“Raggiunge il livello fantastico di Raymond Chandler.”
“Un romanzo di Sam Spade immerso nelle atmosfere di un film ‘Rat Pack’.”
“Se ti diletta scavare nelle psicologie di personaggi bizzarri e vivere l’azione selvaggia di Elmore Leonard, allora Hot Sinatra è il libro che fa per te!”
Moss Cole è un investigatore privato, uno di quelli che si pensa possano esistere solo nei vecchi film o nelle repliche che mandano in onda a notte inoltrata.

È intelligente, ha talento e magari potrà risultare addirittura affascinante. Forse avrebbe dovuto cercare un’occupazione migliore di quella di suo nonno, “Detective al soldo del miglior offerente”.

Ma Cole non ha il becco di un quattrino, si sente vuoto di idee e persino il suo stato di forma lascia a desiderare. Si lancia, così, alla ricerca di un disco di Sinatra rubato… un disco che potrebbe essere finanche frutto del delirio di un vecchio.

Ma se così fosse, perché alla sua porta continuano a bussare in tanti?

Dovrà vedersela con la mafia italiana di Las Vegas, la Yakuza giapponese, un cartello della droga messicano e un intero reparto della polizia di Los Angeles, tutti accomunati dall’unico scopo di seppellirlo sotto due metri di terra. Una procace dai capelli rossi, un irlandese sboccato di professione rock star e una bimba spigliata e dolce rischiano di ostacolare le indagini di Cole che, in realtà, desidera solo bere una buona tazza di caffè e scovare il maledetto disco di Sinatra.

Riuscirà a salvare la pelle –e a restare tutto d’un pezzo— il tempo sufficiente per ritrovarlo?


Liz Howerton Photography FTW! in ViewBug’s Speedlite contest. VOTE NOW!

Check out these amazing pieces of art by Liz Howerton Photography  (provider of all of my photographic needs AND the cover artist for COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE IN

BOTH of these pics are currently up for the grand prize in ViewBug’s The Need Light Speedlite Tour contest.

Click on either pic to vote!

(c) Liz Howerton Photography 2014

(c) Liz Howerton Photography 2014

(c) Liz Howerton Photography 2013

(c) Liz Howerton Photography 2013

Happy Dia De Los Duderino!

DuderMarch 6 is once again upon us. The Day of the Dude. Dia De Los Duderino. All Duder’s Day. The celebration of all that is Dude.

What is Dude, you may well ask? Well, Dude is an ethos, a philosophy of relaxation. It is a moral exploration of what it means to be a man (or woman) in relation to this whole durn human condition. It is a way for modern humanity to chill out, take ‘er easy, and review what is important in Life.

It is an attitude and a way of Life based upon the most fictional of characters, the laziest of characters, in the strangest of modern tales. When the Coen Brothers (creators of such offbeat and wildly existential films as Barton Fink, Raising Arizona and Fargo) unleashed the film The Big Lebowski on this date, sixteen years ago, the world was not ready for such a bizarro take on the classic detective story. The movie sort of came and went without much ballyhoo, and then floated out on home video to be gobbled up by only the most rabid of Coen fans.

But something unexpected happened.

People began to see something in the character of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski. They began to see meaning behind the laconic and nonchalant behaviour of the ultimate slacker. They began to realize something missing from their own lives, and that this fictional character, so fond of blasting a ‘J’ and downing a White Russian, held the means to their spiritual enlightenment.

The Dude became a new symbol of pacifism in the face of fascist forces and the conservative elite; a bastion of cool in a world full of tension and frantic futility. The Dude became a new Buddha for the new century.

Now there are thousands upon thousands of followers. There is a loose affiliation of quasi-religious adherents to his style and his grace that calls itself the Church of the Latter Day Dude. Some of us are actually ordained Dudeist priests (I am one). There are festivals in his honour, songs written to his glory, beverages consumed in his name. And there are holidays held in his appreciation.

Today is one of those days. March 6, the Day of the Dude.

So chill out. Take ‘er easy. Maybe have a few oat sodas and watch The Big Lebowski, or not. Whatever, man. It’s totally up to you. That’s just how we roll. Your fate, your life and your relaxation are your own. We just urge you to relax responsibly, and to the core of your very being. Be excellent to others, be okay with yourself, and ummm… yeah… abide, man. Just abide. Maybe go bowling. Far out, man. Far fucking out.

For more information on Dudeism and His Dudeness, pick up any of these fine educational tomes:

The Abide Guide by Oliver Benjamin and Dwayne Eutsey

The Big Lebowski and Philosophy edited by Peter S. Fosl

The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

The Dude De Ching by The Church of the Latter-Day Dude

I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski and What-Have-You by Ben Peskoe et al.

The Years Work in Lebowksi Studies edited by Edward P. Comentale

The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers by Cathleen Falsani

For the classicists:

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance by Adam Bertocci (with Wm. Shakespeare, esq.)

For little Duders:

Am I a Dude? by James Duncan


And, of course, the ultimate guide to Dudeist studies (including my essay on The Big Lebowski and the history of Detective Fiction)

Lebowski 101: Limber-Minded Investigations Into the Greatest Story Ever Blathered edited by Oliver Benjamin

Lebowski 101

World Read-Aloud Day! Support LITWORLD!

wrad-bookAs some of you may be aware, I am a big supporter of the charity LitWorld and their commitment to worldwide children’s literacy. All profits from the COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN anthology and much of the COFFIN HOP STORE go to benefit LitWorld.

Today marks their celebration of WORLD READ-ALOUD DAY, which can best be honored by reading aloud with your favorite chilluns. Read below for more on this most excellent of days, and get your read on!

I’ll post some pics later from my own R.A.D. adventures this evening with me boyos. And don’t be afraid to click those links and support LitWorld directly, or by purchasing a copy of  COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN.

Raise your voice today for every child’s right to read.
Help us bring access to stories and the power of reading to children everywhere. Here’s what you can do:
Read aloud to a child, a cherished elder, or a colleague today!
Post Pam Allyn’s latest Huffington Post piece, Read Aloud. Change the World. on social media to spread the word. 

Share photos and videos from your day with LitWorld.

litworld.org - facebook - twitter - youtube

Here’s how our WRAD day wraps up:

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#HOTSINATRA on sale at Smashwords. 1/2 Price til March 8!

hot sinatra NCThat’s right.

You can now pick up my Amazon best-seller (Hardboiled & Noir) debut novel, HOT SINATRA for half price in pretty much any format that strikes your fancy.

Indie Book of the Day Winner

UPAuthor Approved

“A modern pulp tale that keeps it real.” – Rick Overwater, FFWD Weekly

“Howerton reinvigorates the genre.” – Red Hayes, Beatroute Magazine


Now until March 8 with the discount code # REW50



You can also get a plethora of other Evolved Publishing titles with the same coupon. Check out the list HERE