Killer Year–The Class of 2007

Patry Francis — Writer Extraordinarie
January 29, 2008, 5:00 am
Filed under: JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members, Patry Francis
Welcome to Patry’s On-Sale Day!!!!


Patry has been an amazing friend to us all this year. She’s kind, and calm, and a voice of reason. I still remember her laughing at me the first time I called her sugar. We’ve had ups and downs this year, and we are so thrilled that Patry is back on the upswing. We love you, sugar!!!!

Watch the cool video Circle of Seven has put together here.

And here’s a sample from the Brilliance Audio version of the book.

Please order Patry’s book today. You won’t be disappointed.


Congratulations to the AuthorBuzz Book Winners
January 26, 2008, 1:28 pm
Filed under: Killer Year Members

Five lucky people have won copies of Killer Year: Stories To Die For from the Killer Year AuthorBuzz Giveaway. Names were drawn at random from nearly two hundred entrants.

Congratulations to:

LuAnn Morgan
Kathy Atencio
Barbara Duncan
Todd Ransom
Doreen Meier

We’ll be in touch with each to arrange delivery of your books. Enjoy!

Here’s Where We Get All Misty-Eyed
January 22, 2008, 11:15 am
Filed under: JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members, Marcus Sakey

Killer Year officially goes on sale today. It’s the culmination of so much work, time, effort, and all-around joy. Congratulations, KILLER YEAR!!!

But that’s not all. We officially become the Sophomore Class today with the release of Marcus Sakey’s AT THE CITY’S EDGE. Congratulations to you, Marcus!!!

Congratulations, Derek!!!!!
January 18, 2008, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Derek Nikitas, JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members

It is a happy day in the Killer Year clubhouse, as well as the St. Martin’s Minotaur house.

DEREK NIKITAS, the author of the best book this year, PYRES, has been nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

Derek, congratulations!!!! This nomination is extremely well-deserved. I read PYRES early this year and was so moved by the characters, the unique story, and the lyricism of Derek’s prose. I knew he was something special. This nomination isĀ  so well-deserved, I was all a quiver when I heard the news this morning.

And congratulations to our anthology editor, Michael Homler, who is Derek’s editor as well. He obviously has excellent taste!

Bravo! my friend. Enjoy your day. I daresay it might be a good one!

Moments in Crime
January 13, 2008, 11:32 pm
Filed under: Jason Pinter, JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, KillerYear Friends

Stop by St. Martin’s new blog Moments in Crime all week for sneak peeks at anthology news, posts from Jason, JT and MJ Rose, comments from the Killer Year crew, and an all out party prelude to the publication of KILLER YEAR: STORIES TO DIE FOR!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!
January 2, 2008, 11:46 am
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Amazing, isn’t it? 2007 is gone, baby, gone. Which means our debut year has drawn to a close.

My mates have already summed up the spirit of Killer Year. My life will always be richer for these incredible people. We’ve held private high-five ceremonies, have cried and laughed, rooted for one another, argued like the brothers and sisters we’ve become. 13 siblings, a cooperative class of writers who found common ground and struck out to make ourselves a name. I think we’ve succeeded.

At the end of January, our long-awaited anthology will be in stores. I have to tell you, a finer collection of stories hasn’t been put together. With the leadership and gravitas of Lee Child and Laura Lippman, the spirit defined by MJ Rose, the incredible stories form Ken Bruen, Allison Brennan and Duane Swierczynski, and the amazing efforts of our Killer Year class, this is truly a collector’s item.

The coming months will see the sophomore efforts for our group. And the next books by these fine authors will show that this wasn’t a fluke, that the writers that comprise Killer Year are the real deal.

Sadly, the arrival of 2008 means we’re no longer the debut class. ITW has started a debut author program, which is chock-full of incredible talent. Led by C.J. Lyons, the new class will no doubt go forth and make us all proud. It’s humbling to know that we’ve influenced the renaissance of these cooperative efforts among writers. As Laura Lippman so succinctly states in her anthology coda, we aren’t the first, nor, hopefully, will we be the last.

We’ll continue this blog, leaving the archives intact for those who want to see where we came from. When we have news, book releases and something to say, we’ll post it here. Our website, created by the most incredible Bill Cameron, houses all our current information. Stop by anytime for updated bios, book information, and the like.

I wish there was more to say. This has been an amazing year. I have a lump in my throat because it’s over, but I know we’ll all go on to bigger and better things. My thanks to you, the readers and supporters of Killer Year, for giving us so much of your time. You made this all worthwhile.