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Small Town, Iowa
About Me:
I write what I call "sexy/cozy" mysteries: a mystery with a bit of romance, all featuring older heroes and heroines and all set in Minnesota or Iowa. My tag line is: "Mystery with a touch of romance, romance with a touch of gray."
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Not very many. I tend to watch the Food Channel for entertainment.

Who am I ...

... and what am I doing here?

I'm a mystery writer and also an author of romantic suspense books (and paranormal books, but you're probably not interested in those).

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Have not had time to blog

Oh, surprise.

I'm working on 2 books at once. It's going well but I need to finish them both by October 1 so I can move on to another project. So I am seriously under the gun (ha! a pun on a crime site!) to write, write, write. Of course, I also have to attend myriad family functions -- this is the year people are getting married, having babies, getting married, graduating, getting married -- busy!

So I'll be back in the fall with my usual verbosity. Until then that noise… Continue

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 9:49pm

Writer's conferences can be murder

The second book in my Fatal Writers' Conference series is out, this one set at a Florida resort (link here for information http://tinyurl.com/aenm9m). I modeled the setting after a conference I attended a few years ago, and threw in some of the publishing people I met there (as well as at othe conferences).

In the course of this series I've been able to 'kill off' several best-selling authors, a publisher, a publisher's assitant and (in the… Continue

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 1:48am

The black hole of promotion

As many of you may know, when promoting a book, there is no instant feedback. Usually we're promoting a book that we:

  • wrote years ago
  • sold a while ago
  • edited a few months ago
  • forgot about once it was turned in for final line edits
  • and now have to revisit to promote it
The entire time we're promoting it, we don't know if the promotion is effective because we won't get a royalty check for a few months, so it's hard to determine if the… Continue

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 9:27pm

I think I'm getting the hang of this book release thing

Obligatory mention: a book of mine released on Tuesday. Brilliant Disguise is a fun book. I bill it as "Undercover FBI agent meets small town mom. Mom wins."

Here's the blurb:


Nick Baxter, an undercover FBI agent, thinks his BRILLIANT DISGUISE will fool the hicks in New Providence, Iowa. They won't suspect he's there investigating widow Shannon Delgardie, under suspicion of treason. What Nick doesn't know is that everybody in town is conspiring to… Continue

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 10:24pm

A look back and ahead ... 8 books, 2 years

It was around this time two years ago that I signed my first publishing contract. I think that anniversary makes me pause, just like the anniversary of my father's death makes me pause, my birthday makes me pause, etc.

I had a brief moment of panic this weekend. Am I releasing too many books too often? Should I back off? Should I wait?

Here's the scenario: I had 4 books release last year, two of which are in print now. This year I will have 4 more new books out and 5 total… Continue

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 10:20pm

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At 8:31pm on July 23, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:33am on May 1, 2008, Charlotte Williamson said…
Long time no see. I see you/ve been busy. Same here. Wish I had more time to chat with my crimespace friends. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. Whatever happened to the 24-hour day? Mine suddenly got reduced to twelve. Seems like I had more time when I was younger. Sold a couple of short stories to magazine since I talked to you last. The life of "writing" sure is keeping me busy. I don't even have time for a "life" anymore.
At 2:34am on January 13, 2008, Douglas Quinn said…
Douglas Quinn
Author, Editor, Book Reviewer

12 January 2008

Dear Family/Fans/Friends/Readers

Please join me in the first week of my Virtual Book Tour. Beginning tomorrow, Sunday, January 13th, writer Brenda Kay Wynn will publish an interview with Douglas Quinn on her webblog site at (click on the following or cut and paste into your browser) www.chronclesofelydir.spaces.live.com.

You are invited to go to Brenda’s site, read the interview and comment and/or ask questions. I am looking forward to responding to your comments and queries.

The interview will be posted throughout the four week tour. Weeks two, three and four will have different articles hosted by and posted at other webblog sites. Would love to interact with you along the way.

In addition, each time during the four week tour you leave a comment and/or ask a question your name will be placed into a drawing for a Free Signed Copy of Blue Heron Marsh.. Hope to see you all there.

Douglas Quinn

P.S. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your own email address list. The more people who participate, the happier I will be.
At 3:27am on January 3, 2008, Northern Light said…
Thank you for accepting my invite. Winter is here and we're getting a bit of snow. It's taken forever this year. 2007 was the warmest year ever.
I wish you a Happy New Year for 2008
At 6:11pm on January 2, 2008, Darren Laws said…
Best wishes for 2008! Here's to a successful and properous New Year.
At 5:26am on December 13, 2007, Douglas Quinn said…
Fortuately, we can enjoy the benefits of living here without the daily grind the farmers deal with. We're known as the ones who are, "...not from around hear, are yah?" Even so, the people are friendly, help you if you need it and otherwise leave you alone. My kind of place.

Douglas Quinn
At 2:16am on December 13, 2007, Charlotte Williamson said…
Wow! White Christmas! Hadn't seen one of those for a while. I guess I'll put on my swin suit and go lay out by the pool for a short time. Naw! Just pulling your leg. But serious, it's gets so boring down here with year-round summer. Supposed to be down in the sixties at night this week-end. Yea!! Cold spell!
By the way, where can I pick up one of your books?
At 9:41am on December 11, 2007, Douglas Quinn said…
Hi J.L. (sounds so farmal): Love the tag line for your books. I live in a town so small it isn't even really a town. Swampland behind us and soybean fields around us (now one with winter wheat and one left fallow). A peaceful place to write. I write mystery and suspense novels.

Douglas Quinn
At 5:37am on December 11, 2007, Charlotte Williamson said…
I'd like to visit snow country for a short while. It's hard to get in the Christmas mood when it's 85 degrees outside. Palm trees are decorated as Christmas trees. Stockings are hung on the dock (instead of a chimney) and blows in the breeze as boats whiz by. Santa arrives in a Pontoon boat instead of a sleigh, wearing shorts, no less. He runs along the beach, passing out candy canes to the children and bikini-wearing beach bunnies, who wear year-round tans.
It's just not Norman Rockwell's version of Christmas.
Make a snowball for me the next time you go outside.
At 1:36am on December 7, 2007, Charlotte Williamson said…
Hey J.L.
I write the same kind of mysteries. Older detective, single, with morals; no overt violence. I like your description of your characters. My stories are set in a small town in Virginia. Lived all my life in north Georgia until our retirement to S.W. Florida. Wanna move back as soon as the housing market gets better. We have no change of seasons down here. Basically, it's year-round summer.

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