Ed Protzel

Scintillating Fiction—Touching Hearts, Sparking Imagination

to May 31

Suspense Zone Giveaway: "Honor Among Outcasts" Autographed Copy

  Honor Among Outcasts: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2,  set in Civil War Missouri

You could win an autographed print copy of my newest historical thriller, Honor Among Outcasts, by entering The Suspense Zone's giveaway, which runs throughout May.

If you like your historical fiction sprinkled with a good dose of suspense, you'll love Honor Among Outcasts!

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So mark your calendar and enter The Suspense Zone's contest during May for your chance at a free copy of Honor Among Outcasts. The winner will be drawn at the end of the month and notified.

Good luck!

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7:00 PM19:00

“Civil War Missouri: Facts + Fiction” Reading & Signing at Subterranean Books

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I'll be holding the official launch of my latest historical novel, HONOR AMONG OUTCASTS, at Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar Blvd. in the University City Loop at 7 pm on Thurs., May 10.

I'll be introducing some background about the Civil War in Missouri and read excerpts showing how I used the history in the novel.


About HONOR AMONG OUTCASTS: The story centers on the friendship between a Southern abolitionist and a group of escaped slaves who form a colored cavalry unit to fight for the Union. It offers a glimpse into a time and place that pit neighbor against neighbor in America’s most bloody conflict—the Missouri-Kansas border war of 1863.

HONOR AMONG OUTCASTS is the second book in my DarkHorse Trilogy and can be read as a stand-alone novel or part of the series. The event will run from 7 to 8 pm. It's free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Hope you can make it!

Find info on the Events page of Subterranean Books.

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11:00 AM11:00

"Writing Screenplays: Structure, Dramatic Tips & Dialogue That Sizzles"


I'll be presenting "Writing Screenplays: Structure, Dramatic Tips & Dialogue That Sizzles" at the Saturday Writers group in St. Peters, Mo., on May 26, 11 am - 1 pm.

In the presentation, I'll cover the structure and process of developing an original screenplay. I'll also talk about how I converted one of my screenplays, a Southern Gothic mystery/thriller, into a novel — The Lies That Bind, which led to my Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy. The second book in the trilogy, Honor Among Outcasts, was just released in February.

Looking forward to revisiting the world of screenwriting with the Saturday Writers group!

Find information about the group at: http://www.saturdaywriters.org/index.html

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7:00 PM19:00

"Antebellum South, Civil War Missouri & Reconstruction: An Author’s Journey"


I'll be at the Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City on Tuesday, March 13, to discuss what I learned while researching and writing the novels of my historical DarkHorse Trilogy:

  • The Lies That Bind, set in antebellum Mississippi;
  • Honor Among Outcasts, set in Civil War Missouri; and
  • Something in Madness, set in Mississippi during Reconstruction.

I'll read related excerpts from the novels and spend time on Reconstruction and how its effects still reverberate today. The event will be held in the library's second-floor art gallery starting at 7 pm. It' free and open to the public.

Find info at the library or the events page.

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11:00 AM11:00

1st Annual St. Louis Author Invitational


On Sat., Feb. 17, 11 am - 2 pm, I'll be joining other St. Louis-area authors at the 1st Annual St. Louis Author Invitational at the Ferguson Community Center, 1050 Smith Ave. in Ferguson. The event is being sponsored by Some'n Unique Magazine, with refreshments from Munch Wagon.

This family-orientated event is free and open to the public. So stop by, bring your friends and family members, and meet some local writers. I'll be there signing copies of Honor Among Outcasts, hot off the press!

Hope to see you there. Click here for details.

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10:00 AM10:00

Today is Release Day for Honor Among Outcasts

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Honor Among Outcasts (DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2) now available in print and ebook editions!

A very good read for those, like me, who are fans of period fiction...”
- Paul F. Johnson for Readers' Favorite

Honor Among Outcasts centers on a Southerner who forms a colored cavalry unit with a group of friends, escaped slaves, to fight for the Union in Civil War Missouri, but is accused of spying for the Confederacy. Will his friends decide to save him or themselves?

Enjoy Honor Among Outcasts as a stand-alone or as book 2 of the DarkHorse Trilogy. For fans of historical novels, mystery/thrillers, Civil War or Missouri history, and inspirational tales that affirm the power of friendship and love. Available now on Amazon and through many other outlets. If you pre-ordered a Kindle edition, you should receive it automatically.


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to May 31

May Book Giveaway!

My historical thriller, The Lies That Bind: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1, is being featured throughout May on The Suspense Zone website.

Click here to enter the contest. The winner will receive an autographed print copy of the book.

To read my author interview click here.

Win or lose, I guarantee a suspenseful read! :)

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8:00 AM08:00

Webster Groves High School All Write Festival

I'll be at historic Webster Groves High School on March 2, 2017, to speak with students during the school's All Write Festival. I'll be joining other St. Louis-area novelists, poets, screenwriters, memoirists, journalists, critics, and songwriters for readings, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with students during the week-long festival.

I'm happy to be making a contribution to our future creative luminaries!

Post-script: During my presentation at the festival, one of the students. Duyen Anh (Cianna) Vo, who had read The Lies That Bind, presented me with a portrait she painted of the young Devereau French character! What a surprise. I am deeply honored!

Portrait of "young Devereau French," The Lies That Bind by Ed Protzel
Artist: Duyen Anh (Cianna) Vo, Webster Groves High School

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10:00 AM10:00

St. Louis Authors Extravaganza

I'll be selling and signing copies of my historical thriller, THE LIES THAT BIND, on Sat., Dec. 10, at Gateway to Dreams Business Lodge, Chesterfield Mall, Sears wing, first floor.

The event is sponsored by Gateway to Dreams, a nonprofit created to help people achieve their dreams and improve their lives — not unlike the dreams of the characters in my book!

Stop by my table if you're out shopping. If you already have a copy, bring it and I'll sign it gladly!

Event hosted by St. Louis Publishers Association, St. Louis Writers Guild and Gateway to Dreams.

 Signing a copy of  The Lies That Bind  at today's "extravaganza."

Signing a copy of The Lies That Bind at today's "extravaganza."

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7:30 PM19:30

Lit in the Lou Pub Crawl: "Murder They Wrote" @Meshuggah Cafe

I'll be joining other St. Louis authors for the 2016 Lit in the Lou Pub Crawl, to be held in the University City Loop on Sat. evening, Oct. 22, 5-11 pm.

Hear me discuss The Lies That Bind at Meshuggah Cafe (6269 Delmar Blvd.) between 7:30 and 8:45 pm, along with Jo Allison, Scott Miller, David Linzee, Scott Philips, and Qiu Xiaolong, speaking about their respective thrillers and mysteries during the "Murder They Wrote" segment of the festival. Hope to see you there!

Find the author lineup, ticket information and more at: Lit in the Lou

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10:00 AM10:00

Writers in the Park

I'll be at the St. Louis Writers Guild Writers in the Park event from 10 am to 2 pm on Sat., Aug. 6. I'll be meeting fans and schmoozing with fellow authors at this INDOOR annual event in Kirkwood Park.

The Lies That Bind will be available for purchase at the Writers Guild table, along with works by other local authors.

Location:  Kirkwood Community Center, Kirkwood Park, 111 S. Geyer Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122

Find Kirkwood Park here.

FREE and open to the public. Food from 6th North Cafe' available for purchase.

Try to stop by.




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7:00 PM19:00

Reading & Signing at Left Bank Books in the Central West End

Join me TONIGHT at Left Bank Books in the Central West End - St. Louis' oldest and largest independently owned, full-line bookstore. I'll be reading from and signing copies of my Civil War-era mystery/thriller, The Lies That Bind - DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1 - Faulkner- and Twain-inspired but with a twist!

Wine & snacks! Prize drawing for a bottle of Dark Horse wine! Free event! (If you've already read the book, come for the discussion - but remember, no spoilers!)

Parking lots one block north and one block east of bookstore; street parking (meters free after 7 pm). Click here for advance ordering and directions. Hope to see you there!

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10:00 PM22:00

LA Talk Radio "The Writer's Block"

Tune in to my interview on LA Talk Radio's "The Writer's Block" (10 pm CT / 9 pm ET / 8 pm PT), with Jim Christina and Bobbi Bell. I'll be discussing The Lies That Bind - or anything else the hosts are curious about. The premise of the show is to talk to writers of all ilks and get their thoughts, ideas, how they come up with their stories, lyrics, poems, etc. Dig into their heads in a looser format and certainly not scripted.

Just visit: http://latalkradio.com/content/writers-block - or listen to the podcast any time after March 31. Call LA Talk Radio at 818-602-4929 between 10 and 11 CT and join the conversation!


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3:00 PM15:00

UMSL book launch party

The Gender Studies Dept. at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where I teach adjunct, is hosting a book launch party for me on Thurs., Feb. 18. Stop by Lucas Hall, Room 494, if you can make it. I'll be reading excerpts from The Lies That Bind and signing copies, which you can purchase. There will be cake! Need directions? click here.

Can't make it? I'll be at Subterranean Books in The Loop on Thurs., April 28. See Event.

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