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Sun Valley, California
About Me:
I'm a photo-journalist, writing human interest stories, book and theater reviews, and the occasional investigative report for a local, weekly newspaper. I've written a children's mystery book and a children's fairy tale (think Princess Bride), and "Kinko" published them for my granddaughters. I have one yet to go. I've also written three serialized children stories. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, California Writers Club and Alameda Writers Group. I regularly post on Valleynews.com. I'm a reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine, Crimespree and The Strand.
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
I enjoy mysteries by Sue Grafton, Laura Childs, Earline Fowler, Lisa Scottoline, Michael Connelly, Stephen White, Jonathon Kellerman and Aaron Elkins (and a bunch more), and children's mystery writers Wendelin Van Draanen and Peter Abrahams.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
LOST!! Monk, Psych, House, Bones, Survivor, Law & Order on TV, and The Chronicles of Narnia and the old, American Dreamer films. As you can see, I don't go to movies much.

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At 12:25pm on September 8, 2009, Kate Thornton said…
Jackie, you are so much a part of the whole writing scene - your reviews are so very important. I just started posting here as a way to jumpstart my writing - you know, I'll try anything! I'm not on Facebook - I guess I have to limit some stuff online or I'd never get anything done! It's sp good to "see" you here!
At 7:53pm on September 7, 2009, Morgan St. James said…
Yes, Jackie, I'm on Facebook. I just joined Crimespace because a friend told me aobut it. MORGAN
At 12:41am on August 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Jackie , 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 11:04am on January 11, 2008, Rick Mofina said…
Jackie thanks so much, drop by any time. Sign up to my homepage newsletter for chance to win a free book, etc.
At 1:56am on January 1, 2008, Elizabeth Zelvin said…
Thanks, Jackie. Getting St. Martin's for Death Will Get You Sober was a huge drop of luck in a sea of persistence on the way to publication. :) Liz
At 5:09am on October 26, 2007, Penny Rudolph said…
Hi Jackie,
I just got a copy of Mystery Scene Mag with your review of my book LIFEBLOOD. Thank you so much! Not just because you said such nice things, but because yours is one of the best WRITTEN of all my reviews. Half the time I'm not sure the reviewer read more than the jacket blurb. Cheers and best wishes and thanks again.......
At 9:59am on October 24, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Jackie, Greetings: Just to let you know that my New Orleans noir mystery, The
Beatitudes, has received 5 starred reviews! I am donating all royalties to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the public libraries. I have posted Chapter I on my blog www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com. Please read and if you like it, help rebuild a library for NOLA. Thank you Lyn LeJeune
At 4:04am on September 19, 2007, Douglas Quinn said…
When you get a chance, check out my Crimespace Blog re the info and pics from my recent book signing event.

Douglas Quinn
At 2:08pm on September 18, 2007, Jackie Houchin said…
Write that book set in Greece.... a wonderful place. I love the island of Hydra. And of course Athens. I wonder what everything looks like after all their devastating fires. Makes me shiver. Jackie
At 11:33am on September 18, 2007, Douglas Quinn said…
Hi Jackie: I'm way out here on the opposite coast and have spent more time in the Mediterranean than in California, including two years in Greece. I do have a book in me set in Greece but just haven't gotten around to it yet. It's in the "to write" queue. I've written a couple of book reviews, one which I wrote but didn't post--just sent it back to the author. The review wasn't positive but the critique (which I reminded her was just one person's opinion) was constructive. Hoped the author would at least call me a jackass or something, but never got a reply. What can you do? (rhetorical).

Stephen White and Jonathan Kellerman. Also two of my favorites. Ever try James Lee Burke? I only aspire to write as well as he.

Douglas Quinn

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