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  • New Shirts for the Holidays!

    Premiering on my MySpace page just before Halloween was a collection of new shirts featuring the new Mike Ricksecker eerie house background. These will remain available throughout the holiday season, so grab one now for your favorite mystery reader! S...
  • Publishing Talk With Booksigning May 15

    I'm going to be at the Florida Public Library in Florida, NY, at 6:30 PM on May 15, to discuss the publishing industry and sign copies of Deadly Heirs. I'll cover writing, methods of publishing, agents, query letters, and a few things about myself. I'...
  • Eternal Vigilance Feature

    I am being featured today on horror/sci-fi author Gabrielle Faust's Eternal Vigilance site. I took a few moments to sit down and answer questions about: - What drives me. - What I consider to be my most significant accomplishment. - My interests outside...
  • New Book Deal!

    I've just inked a new contract with Schiffer Publishing to write a book about ghosts in Maryland. Although this isn't a deal for one of my mystery novels, I'm looking forward to digging into Marlyand's mysterious history. I've always been interested i...
  • "Failed Rescue" Published in Anthology!

    The Word Weavers mystery anthology Studies in Scarlet that was just released includes my short story "Failed Rescue." This is a Chase Michael DeBarlo mystery told from the perspective of police detectives Len Stevens and Jerome Jackson. Stevens and Ja...
  • Stepping Stones Highlight

    I am being highlighted this month in Stepping Stones Magazine for Writers for my Word Weavers trading card. The article covers what author trading cards are, how they can be used, and provides links to author trading card resources online. http://www...
  • Word Weavers Feature!

    I'm being featured this week on the Word Weavers MySpace page. It includes a short bio, links, and a brief word about a new hobby I've started. While you're there, check out the other Word Weavers features as well! Word Weavers is a group for authors...
  • Short Story Audio fo Halloween

    Now in audio format, "The Legend Beneath the Coal Bin" is a paranormal short story I wrote back in 2001, and is, at this point, my most appropriate short story for Halloween. "Legend" is actually loosely based on a true story -- the neighbor kid and I...
  • Mystery Short in the Works

    As announced in my August newsletter... Just when you thought I had my plate full with writing, creating an ARG, going to game programming and design school, and, oh yeah, that day job thing, I've added another project to the mix. A script has nearly...
  • Autographed Deadly Heirs

    I am now offering autographed copies of Deadly Heirs for $15.99 (plus S&H). This is better than any other deal online for copies that haven't been autographed. Just use the button below to make a secure purchase! ...
  • The Killer Genre

    This article from Library Journal may be a couple months old, but it was just passed my way by a colleague and I found it to be a wonderful insight to the current climate of the mystery genre. The Killer Genre...
  • Request a Booksigning

    Want me to come to your town for a booksigning? Using the Eventful software, you can now "demand" it of me:    ...
  • Interview at M&M Books 101

    A Q&A interview I did for Murder & Mystery Books 101 has been posted. M&M does an outstanding job of keeping its pulse on news in the mystery genre and has a deep collection of author interviews. Read the interview here: Murder & Myst...
  • Gallery Walk Book Signing

    Good news! I have a book signing coming up. Those that are signed up for my newsletter heard this first a couple days ago. Every first Saturday of the month, the Downtown Frederick Partnership presents a Gallery Walk, a four hour event that features a...
  • New Edgars Site

    Mystery Writers of America has developed a new website strictly honoring The Edgar Awards. Check out www.theedgars.com for full detailed information about the 2007 Edgar Symposium and Award Banquet....
  • New Trading Card

    On MySpace I've become part of the Word Weavers group, a fine circle of authors. They have an interesting trading card program which really piqued my interest, so... Here's an image of the first Mike Ricksecker trading card: ...
  • 5 Stars!

    Many of you know that I've been seeking representation for my second novel System of the Dead, and one agent that I talked to (she wasn't looking for a mystery at the time) suggested I try AuthorLink. It's a site designed to connect people in the publ...
  • Rocky Balboa

    Tomorrow, Sylvester Stalone will finally give us a just conclusion to the Rocky series. With the taste of Rocky V still souring in people's mouths seventeen years later, many have been skeptical of Rocky Balboa. However, the early reviews have been go...
  • DeBarlo Alternate Reality Games

    I am formally announcing the development of two alternate reality games for the Chase Michael DeBarlo franchise. What is an alternate reality game (ARG)? An ARG is a type of game that intertwines the real world with created game space. Two of my Myst...
  • Where Have I Been?

    Where have I been? Why hasn't the site been updated in a long time? I've been quite busy, actually. Robin and I have been back in school working on a Bachelor's of Science in Game and Simulation Programming. This is an area in which I've always wanted...