Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Let your inner wolf howl

Hey, we all have a bit of wolf in us, hopefully. Is it the big bad wolf eating those yummy three little pigs? Or the kinder and gentler vegan type like Harley in "The Seattle Barista Killer". Or maybe you're more the domesticated variety. It's hard to imagine those weiner dogs were once wolves. Of course we probably would look pretty wimpy next to our Neanderthal ancestors.

Whatever kind you might be, the next full moon, get out there and howl, even if it is a quick one in your backyard. Ar-arrrroooo!
Come and join me for a good howl, at the Camano Island, WA. Public Library on January 24th, 2008, at 6:30 PM. The full moon will be out so I expect my werewolf friends will be there for the reading of "The Seattle Barista Killer."

Friday, September 14, 2007

Werewolf Biker Gathering Oyster Run

Werewolves, vegans, Northwesterners, motorcycle riders, Harley owners, tattooed Mystery authors and readers, tattoo admirers, leather lovers and sniffers, or any combination of the above, I'll be doing a booksigning during the annual Oyster Run, a gigantic motorcycle gathering in Annacortes, WA., on September 23. I'll be signing books in front of Watermark Books, 612 Commercial Ave., from 12 PM-1 PM, for sure, and probably all afternoon as long as there is interest. If you're in the area, bike or no bike, it's fun to see a few hundred motorcycles all in one place. I'll be riding my new Road King Harley-Davidson. The vegan werewolf protagonist of my new Mystery, "The Seattle Barista Killer", rides a much hotter bike, the Harley-Davidson Night Rod, and he will be there too. And no, he doesn't eat oysters, but hide your veggies if you come...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Do not feed the werewolf...meat...he's a vegan.

His name is Harley Wolf, and he’s a werewolf detective. Might as well tell you right off. He’s also a vegan. Go ahead, laugh. Make your jokes. Like, what does he do, “stalk the wild asparagus?” Or: “Vegan? Isn’t that the old Indian word meaning, bad hunter?” Yeah, he’s heard them all. Lucky for you he is a vegan, because when the full moon kisses the sky, you might not think werewolves are funny any more. Especially if you’ve been killing baristas in Seattle. Harley loves his espresso and reveres the baristas who have mastered the dark arts of the coffee bean. Of course, if you like espresso too, or werewolves, or baristas, or Mysteries, you can go along for the ride as he fires up his Night Rod Harley-Davidson motorcycle, hot on the trail of the killer. Be careful though, Harley is in no mood for bad jokes when there is a real monster on the loose. Think about it! An angry werewolf high on a quad shot of espresso is not something anyone wants to meet late at night in an alley.

Or be brave and read "The Seattle Barista Killer" by the light of a full moon. Give it a howl...


Monday, August 13, 2007

"The Seattle Barista Killer" hot off the presses...Murdoch

My new Mystery series with Harley Wolf, a vegan werewolf detective, has been released by Mundania Press, http://www.mundania.com/ . I just returned home to Seattle from a promotional tour in Michigan. The booksigning/reading I did at the St. Louis, Michigan public library was fantastic. The entire library was howling with me...ar-ar-arrrooooooo. Everyone got into the werewolf spirit. No shushing from the librarians either, because they were howling with us. What a fantastic place.

You can howl along with Harley Wolf when you read the book available from the publisher at http://www.mundania.com/ . It's also available at http://www.amazon.com/ (just search: author/Murdoch Hughes) or you can order it at your favorite local bookstore if it's not on their shelves. It's best for me if you buy directly from my publisher, cutting out the middlemen who take a big slice from the author's royalties. Also, it's nice to support independent publishers and local independent bookstores. The main thing though, is that you get to read the book, so if you can't afford to buy one, check it out from your local library. I know you're probably not rich either.

You can also buy and read my books in ebook format, where you download them direct to your computer, including notebooks, laptops, PDA's, dedicated readers, and maybe even your cell phone. Downloadable ebooks are less expensive and you don't have to leave your cubicle, or get up from poolside on your vacation. What a fantastic world we live in!!!

More later...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Seattle Barista Killer

My newest Mystery from Mundania Press, http://www.mundania.com/ will be released in the next few days so you can order it hot off the presses. It features, Harley Wolf, a vegan werewolf detective, who hunts down the killer of three espresso baristas...three of the revered hundreds of young women who create and serve Seattle residents their daily espressos.

Why do werewolves always have to be the bad guys? Like the wolves they are related to, werewolves have a bad rep based on human myths and our fears of the untamed night. I created a new mythology where werewolves do not ravage and pillage, but actually turn into wolves during the full moon change. The Northwest, with its mountains and wild forests that stretch north to Alaska, is home to a large but dwindling population of werewolves. Seattle is to werewolves what New Orleans is to vampires. Why else would we have so many Bigfoot sightings, and a Native American culture rich in stories of of animal gods and transformation?

More next blog...