Bookxy app featuring new novellas by Eric Beetner, Gary Philips, Robert Ward & others

Earlier today I got an interesting email about a new ebook app that will be launching soon that had some familiar names.

It’s an ambitious project that has potential. I was given an advance look at the site so far. I’m certainly looking forward to new books by some of these authors whose work I really enjoy. After the press release is some further information about some of the titles.

Side note: I interviewed for an editorial position a couple of years ago. During the phone interview I talked about my idea for a series of ebook novellas by established and emerging writers. The person I interviewed with basically acted as if I had shit on his rug. Ah well, I’m looking forward to this though.

Here’s the press release:

ePublisher Starrk Raving Group Launches Bookxy App Subscription Service

Brand New eBook App Introduces Readers To Novellas By Best Selling Authors

Los Angeles, CA— Publishing company Stark Raving Group is proud to unveil its Bookxy app in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season. Bookxy offers users the opportunity to read novellas written by some of today’s most popular authors including Eric Van Lustbader (the Bourne series), Robert Ward, Stephen Hunter, Gary Phillips and Harley Jane Kozak. Bookxy novellas are available in the genres of mystery, crime fiction, action-adventure and thrillers. Currently more than 35 authors have contracted to publish work through Stark Raving Group.

Bookxy’s novellas will also be available through traditional eBook retailers including Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble,, Ingram, Kobo, and ReadHowYouWant through the Bookxy App portal. The books will also be available through additional eBook wholesalers and social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.

Bookxy differs from other eBook apps, according to Grammy-winning, founder of Stark Raving Group, Jeffrey Weber, because “These are full novellas, not short stories. They are designed to capture the imagination of the reader and hold them for a good five or six hours of compelling reading. They are written by some of the best authors in the world. We guarantee that our books will never be more than $2.99, and we will continue to introduce readers of the world to new works each month. Our contracted list of authors is growing rapidly, and we are excited to offer Bookxy to avid readers as well as new readers who enjoy time online in this digital age.” Moreover he says, “Bookxy is a clean app. There are no book reviews, nor any distractions that would take away from a user-friendly experience. Bookxy allows users to quickly, easily and inexpensively read terrific works from the convenience of their computer, Smartphone or tablet.”

Bookxy will offer readers the opportunity to buy one book per month for $2.99. However, the company’s subscription service reduces the price of each book to $2.70, totaling $32.40/year. Two year subscriptions are also offered, further decreasing the price of each novella to $2.50 per book.

“We believe the future of digital publishing lies firmly in the realm of subscription services, and we are thrilled to be one of the first eBook publishers to offer this valuable service,” Weber says.

About Stark Raving Group:

Stark Raving Group is a publishing group with an emphasis in eBooks. As creator of the Bookxy app; Stark Raving Group brings novellas by renowned writers to market for readers. With a focus on taut, terse, plot-driven stories of roughly 70 pages, Stark Raving Group publishes crime, mystery, action-adventure and thriller, through the Bookxy app. Its unique subscription service provides readers with additional savings, through one, two, and three year subscriptions. For more information visit

Eric Beetner’s novella is called White Hot Pistol. Here’s the cover and synopsis:

White Hot Pistol

Nash never thought he’d be back in his hometown. Not after he left under the cover of night all those years ago. But when his stepsister Jacy contacts him asking for help to escape her abusive stepfather, he makes the trek back home. It’s getting back out that is the hard part.

At a rest stop on the outskirts of town they come across an abandoned truck, a dead body and a sack of cash. Before they have a chance to decide what to do with the money, the killer comes out of hiding and holds Nash and Jacy at gunpoint.

So begins a treacherous and twisty way out of town. Entangled in the local drug trade, vicious killers and a secretive past, Nash and Jacy have very few options, especially when going to the cops isn’t on the table. A little hard to run to the police when the local sheriff is the stepdad they are trying to escape.

As the hours tick by with the step-siblings on the run, a path of blood and destruction follows in their wake. It’s all leading to a showdown they can’t avoid. Sometimes there is no escape without confrontation.

Gary Philip’s novella is called The Anti-Gravity Steal. Here is the cover:

The Anti-Gravity Steal

Nathan Walpow’s novella is called Logan’s Young Guns. Here is the cover and synopsis:


When Tiffany Titus shows up in the emergency room with three broken ribs and an eye that might not be saved, Logan sets out to do what he always does: Find the man responsible and make sure he doesn’t do it again. But his number one suspect, ex-con Johnny P. Jones, turns out to be the least likely person to have done the deed. Logan’s search for the culprit gets complicated by a college professor who may or may not be on the lam from his wife, as well as the disappearance of a valuable eighteenth-century drawing. Soon Logan and Johnny, along with pistol-packing doctoral student Annie Kevorkian and young Afghanistan vet Vince Bolívar, are up against bad guys both domestic and international, and the only path to defeating them will place at least one of the crew in mortal danger.

Here is the cover for Eric Van Lustbader’s novella Art Kills.

Art Kills

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Jack Getze

Spinetingler's Fiction Editor is a former newspaper reporter and author of five crime novels from Down and Out Books. His short fiction has been published on the web at BEAT TO A PULP, A TWIST OF NOIR and THE BIG ADIOS.

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About Jack Getze

Spinetingler's Fiction Editor is a former newspaper reporter and author of five crime novels from Down and Out Books. His short fiction has been published on the web at BEAT TO A PULP, A TWIST OF NOIR and THE BIG ADIOS.

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