On Thursday, July 31, local crime fiction master Frank Zafiro announced on his official website that ebook editions of most of his published works will be on sale until the end of August as part of a month-long birthday celebration. Many of his novels and short story collections are now available for only $.99. His ebook anthologies such as "Trouble in River City" and "Ania: a Trilogy" are on sale as well.
Crime fiction lovers in the greater Spokane area may know Zafiro as the creator of the popular River City police procedural series. Those books will be discounted along with many other mysteries and crime novels such as the Ania Trilogy (co-written with Jim Wilsky), his gritty noir-influenced detective novel "At this Point in My Life", "At Their Own Game", and.his River City short fiction anthology "Dead Even."
Zafiro is also offering specials on two novels about hockey players he wrote under his given name of Frank Scalise. "All That Counts" is a story about a rec league hockey player from Spokane who wants to become a goalie and learns lessons about life and love along the way. "The Hardest Hit" is a young adult novel about an 11-year-old named Sam Parker who deals with challenges on the ice at the same time he finds out that his parents are getting a divorce.
According to Zafiro, "As promised, I’m celebrating my August birthday by giving instead of receiving. All month, my ebooks will be $.99 on Amazon (other sites may match — you should check if you’re a Nook or Kobo reader).
"Do I mean all of my books? Darn near. Every ebook will be $.99. All box sets will be $2.99. All month.
"This includes the entire River City series, both Stefan Kopriva novels, the complete Ania trilogy, and all stand alone novels. It even includes the hockey novels I’ve written under my given name, Frank Scalise. It also still includes the novel anthology 'Thrilling Thirteen', which is still available for $.99 for a limited time. That is thirteen (13!) books for under a buck, folks. Yowza!"
In another update on his site, Zafiro said that "Thrilling Thirteen" will only be available until the end of August, so readers in the Spokane area who have been curious about the anthology should act soon. The collection includes two works by Zafiro along with 11 other selections by popular suspense and crime fiction authors such as .Toni Dwiggins, Zoe Sharp, Gary Ponzo and Ty Hutchinson. It is currently available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online retailers.
"Thrilling Thirteen" includes Zafiro's suspense novel "The Last Horseman" and his linked short story collection "In the Shadow of El Paso." "The Last Horseman" is a fast-paced tale of a hit man named Sandy Banks who quietly operates in Spokane and what happens when his last job before he retires goes horribly awry. "In the Shadow of El Paso" is a touching, powerful tale about a deputy in a small town near the Mexico border dealing with with love and loss and trying to seek justice. The Kindle edition of "The Last Horseman" usually retails for $5.99, so that alone may motivate some people to check out "Thrilling Thirteen" while there is still time.
On his Facebook page, Zafiro has posted links to several sites that are featuring his books this month. The first novel being highlighted as part of the reader appreciation sale is "At Their Own Game", a dark, suspenseful crime novel set in Spokane about a former police officer named Jake Stankovic who must stay one step ahead of a local drug dealer and a police detective with a grudge as his world crashes down around him.
Those who would like to learn more about the novel and why he wrote it should check out the interview with Zafiro at Books Direct. In additon to learning more about Zafiro, readers have the options of watching a video trailer for "At Their Own Game", downloading free short stores and even getting the first three chapters of the book for free.