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RUSS COLCHAMIRO is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany sci-fi backpacking series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the sci-fi mystery anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, and contributing author for his newest project, Murder in Montague Falls, a noir novella collection, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ has contributed to several other anthologies including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, They Keep Killing Glenn, Altered States of the Union, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Brave New Girls vols. 3&4, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, and Footprints in the Stars.

He is now finalizing the first in an ongoing SFF mystery series featuring his hard-boiled private eye Angela Hardwicke and ha
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On a more technical level, work with beta readers and editors who will give you actionable feedback that helps you improve the story you’re working on — and your craft — in very specific ways.

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Be highly selective, choosing people who will tell you what you actually need to hear, not what you want to hear. And keep your world of trusted ‘advisors’ on the small side. Feedback from too many people will distract and confuse you.

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Book Launch! Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition

Big news folks! I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my newest book — a re-imagined version of my debut novel Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition. Below is a Q&A with publisher Crazy 8 Press to talk all about it! Nearly a decade after making his debut, author and Crazy 8 Press member Russ Colchamiro […]


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Description: Caught in the netherworld between college and a career, novice backpacker Jason Medley and adventuresome Theo Barnes stumble through this novel filled with European hash bars and hangovers, religious zealots and stalkers, saucy girls and overnight trains--all under the looming specter of adult responsibility. But when a jar of the universe's DNA accidentally drops to Earth from Eternity, these new friends find their loyalties put to the test, unaware that a motley crew from another realm is feverishly chasing them across the globe with the fate of the Milky Way hanging in the balance. Traversing Europe, New Zealand, and the backbone of Eternity, this hilarious buddy story not only tackles friendship, sex, love, and desire, but also God, reincarnation, and what really happened to the dinosaurs.
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Russ Colchamiro Thanks, Lucinda

Congrats on winning Crossline! It's in the mail today, so you should have it in a week or so.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Russ


Lucinda Dear Russ,
Thank you for acepting my friendship request here on Goodreads. I am delighted to have won a copy of your novel Crossline and i really look forward to reading and discovering your work.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


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Jenna thanks for friending Russ!

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VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite, Russ!

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Harlequin Books Hello Russ, it is a pleasure to meet you. If you ever have any questions about Harlequin or our books, please feel free to ask.

Kim S, Harlequin Books ambassador


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Russ Colchamiro I'm glad to hear it! You can buy Finders Keepers from me directly, or through Amazon.com. (although you'd have to pay shipping overseas).

Alternately, the e-book is available anywhere, for all formats.


Maurizio (matemati) Hi, thanks for the friends request.
Your book really intrigues me, hope I can find it soon.


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Russ Colchamiro Sure thing!

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Nina Thank you for the friend request :)


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