WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Vorkov!

Yes, my bud, the excellent writer Alex Vorkov, has a new novel out, just in time for Halloween. Appropriately, it’s titled The 31st of October, and it is—I can testify—chilling. … Continue reading

September 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Try this book on Vella!

Check this out: The Last Storyteller by Audrey Kalman, new on Kindle Vella. I was lucky enough to beta read this a while back, but I wondered why Audrey hadn’t … Continue reading

August 15, 2021 · 15 Comments

Paxson’s passion

Good friend of the blog, Mark Paxson, has a new book out, everyone. It’s called The Dime, and it tells the story of three young people in an upstate New … Continue reading

June 26, 2021 · 1 Comment

Too many thank yous …

I’m usually in a cranky mood when I’m querying agents, and when that coincides with the collapse of our civilization, like these days, you can imagine the mood I’m in … Continue reading

November 18, 2020 · 6 Comments

Utopia means nowhere

David Mitchell has been one of my favorite literary writers for a long time now. I’ve read three of his books, starting with Cloud Atlas and ending with this one, … Continue reading

August 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Writing novels in the age of coronavirus

Maybe I mentioned that, since there’s no baseball this spring, and maybe not this whole season, I’ve been working on a baseball novel. It’s a great world to inhabit while … Continue reading

April 7, 2020 · 14 Comments

Free at last?

A couple of weeks ago I asked the mostly rhetorical question, If giving away books doesn’t yield sales of your other books, or new reviews, why are you giving away … Continue reading

January 27, 2020 · 10 Comments

Asking for a friend …

Actually, no. I’m asking for myself. Long-time readers of What The Hell know I’ve been at this now—writing a writing blog about writing and blogging—for almost seven years. In the … Continue reading

January 13, 2020 · 33 Comments

In case you missed it: a super review of “Eternity Began Tomorrow”

While I wait to hear whether EReader News Today will take my money and let me promote Eternity Began Tomorrow, a great new review of the book by Cinthia Ritchie … Continue reading

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Yes, I’m using the California power outage to try and sell some books!

In case I haven’t mentioned it lately, I have a new book out that deals with climate change and the way our political system is handling (or not handling) it. … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · 8 Comments