February 2008 Blog Posts (177)

Update on my writing life

This week's bad news is that I didn't get to the Love Is Murder writer's convention. United cancelled all its flights to Chicago Friday. I tried to get around this by booking a flight on US Air through Philadelphia. That was fine…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 3, 2008 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Infiltration and Brazil!

The plan was a good one. I would join the Book Club and sneak in quietly, becoming inconspicuously a part of the scenery. Once people knew me, they would read BEAUFORT FALLS and love it for what it is, a funny, satirical look at another part of the country that has a serious message lightly sprinkled in. The store in question is a tiny one but one that attracts the very best talented and new authors from all over the country, or the world, for that matter,and their bookshelves hold books by…


Added by Mari Sloan on February 3, 2008 at 9:37am — No Comments

Another article

You can see my latest article over at Inspired Author http://www.inspiredauthor.com -- This one about how to create memorable characters.

I have contacted a few major league authors about my "quotes to write by" section of my website. If you are a published author, and you would like to have a quote posted in this area, please contact me.

Added by Kim Smith on February 3, 2008 at 2:25am — No Comments

Of writers and librarian ....

By Guest Blogger Lesa Holstine

I love authors. I’ve always said they’re my rock stars. I’d cross the street to see an author any day before a movie star or celebrity, with the exception of George Clooney. (Then my husband and I are racing each other across the road.) I admire the way authors use words and develop ideas and plots. And, nowadays, I admire their skill in public speaking and self-promotion.

As a public librarian, I feel that authors and librarians have a…


Added by Writers Plot on February 3, 2008 at 12:08am — No Comments

Spinetingler Awards For 2007

Spinetingler Magazine has announced its new set of awards, the Spinetinglers, for 2007. So run over and check out the list of winners and nominees, as well as the latest issue…

Added by Daniel Hatadi on February 2, 2008 at 8:32am — 2 Comments

Declan Burke: The Big O

With the “trip to Jerusalem” THE BIG O would have no chance: The book falls between all chairs. It is not one of those humour crime novels, but it is rather subtly funny, it does not show off with local colour, still plays recognizably in Ireland, it is no real thriller, nevertheless, uses this form and it is not a noir, but is heading that way … For those who don't regularly read the blog Crime Always Pays, whose keeper Declan Burke is, THE BIG O makes it clear…


Added by Bernd Kochanowski on February 2, 2008 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

CPA Week III A Trip to the 911 Dispatch & Big House

Last night we spent an hour in the 911 dispatch center and an hour touring the jail. Both were very exciting and scary for different reasons.

I was a child when Ed Sullivan's show aired, but I remember the plate spinners who kept 20 plates spinning on thin wooden dowels three feet off the table tops. Watching them always left me breathless. That's how I felt two minutes after we arrived at the 911 Dispatch Center.

Our's is a 911 dispatch that serves a county…


Added by Karyn J. Powers on February 2, 2008 at 5:57am — No Comments

Why are we so fascinated by murder?

Next Tuesday, I’m thrilled to be reading in the library of Casa Loma in Toronto with Peter Robinson as part of Casa Loma and Crime Writers of Canada’s reading program. I'll be taking my copies of Peter's books along for him to sign. :)

Besides giving a short reading from Glitter of Diamonds,…


Added by N. J. Lindquist on February 2, 2008 at 3:29am — No Comments

While I wait, might as well blog

My direct flight to Chicago was cancelled due to weather, I've searched for alternative transportation, and now find myself sitting in the Philadelphia airport waiting for a flight to the Love is Murder conference. Whiel I wait, I may as well tell you about another great blog.

Work-in-Progress is a cool place, a blog in which author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary. She posts almost daily, and on any given day you might find poetry from an upcoming…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 2, 2008 at 3:22am — No Comments

You Baited That Hook, Now What?

The crime novel I'm currently reading is in danger of being tossed. Several years back I stopped believing that I have to finish any book I start, and this one would already be gone if a friend hadn't recommended it. I trust her, so it has to get better, but right now I'm pretty unhappy with the author's coyness.

Teasing the reader, giving her the tiniest snatches of information in a jumbled mess of characters, events, and unexplained flashbacks, becomes irritating to me after while.…


Added by Peg Herring on February 1, 2008 at 9:40pm — No Comments


My cover has been born!

Final galley is in hand!

Here is what Carlton Stowers had to say:

Boundy's Justice is Coming is a speed-read journey into a dark and dangerous netherworld where low crimes are committed by people in high places. An entertaining and provocative debut novel...

Did I mention he's a two time Edgar winner?

I can't thank him enough for being generous enough to hear from an…


Added by John Boundy on February 1, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Review - Power Play, Joseph Finder

Follow the link below to my review of POWER PLAY - which I believe is
part of a category now known as "corporate thrillers". This book is
based around a hostage taking situation.


Added by Karen from AustCrime on February 1, 2008 at 8:40am — No Comments

Gasa-Gasa Girl Cover, Japanese Style

The Japanese edition of the second Mas Arai mystery goes on sale in February. Quite a change from the U.S. trade paperback and mass market books covers, but I like it.

Added by Naomi Hirahara on February 1, 2008 at 4:34am — 2 Comments


I've written a few novels, all but one unpublished. The reason the ones not published aren't is mostly because I think they need more revising, and I'm really stumped on how to do that. Short stories are pretty

easy--there's not a lot of words to work with; they usually take place

over a short period of time, so no timeline needed; they have fewer characters

to keep straight, and so on.

Oh, but a…


Added by Jan Christensen on February 1, 2008 at 3:45am — No Comments

New Interview with Allan Guthrie

Last month I conducted an interview with Al Guthrie.

At the same time that I was talking to Al Sandra Ruttan was interviewing Ray Banks, so unbeknownst to either of them we conspired to ask them some of the same

questions to see how they answered.…


Added by BrianLindenmuth on February 1, 2008 at 1:21am — No Comments

Things that go bump

posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

I need a break from winter. It's not even February yet and I've already had it with snow and ice and cold weather. And we're not even having all that bad a winter in New England, at least so far.

Snow means many things to many people--the weathercasters hereabouts positively gleam and gloat and bounce on their toesies when a storm is forecast. They whip everyone into a frenzy starting days ahead of time, plot their…


Added by Writers Plot on February 1, 2008 at 12:40am — No Comments

Inspiration lost

I spent the last hour or so on a "blog tour" searching for inspiration for today's post. I didn't find any. For the record, I like blogs. I have three myself -- one for family and friends, one

spiritual, and this one. Each of mine gets added to fairly regularly.

Since I didn't know what to write about here, I thought I'd read some of blogs I've bookmarked and maybe be inspired by a topic there. I went through the writing blogs -- also called "blogs by authors" --



Added by Nichole R. Bennett on February 1, 2008 at 12:34am — No Comments

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