February 2014 Blog Posts (26)

Review: Stalk Me by Richard Parker

That evening began much like any other.  Luc and Beth Jordan on holiday, not only recuperating from an attack on Beth by a mugger, but taking a break from the stresses of purchasing their new home.  They were on their way to have dinner at a favorite restaurant, Beth at the wheel, and Luc…


Added by J. F. Juzwik on February 26, 2014 at 7:09am — No Comments

Suspense thriller authors

I've forgot about this website.  Sorry.  Our CONNECTIONS trilogy is now finished.  It started with "The Imperial Connection" and then "Well Bred Connections, and we're proud to announce we've self-published the third, "Hidden Connections."  If you like suspense and romance at the same time, we're the writers for you.  Right now we have our first novel, "The Imperial Connection" for free.  Go grab it and give us a review.  If you review it (good or bad) we'll send you a free transcript of our…


Added by Marc E. Folley on February 24, 2014 at 3:07pm — No Comments


I know it’s hard to believe, but there are some people out there, writers among them, who don’t believe a condition like writer’s block really exists.  They think it’s a myth, a grandiose theory perpetuated by the lazy, the liars, and the plain bone-idle, and by those airy-fairy arty-farty types - the dilettante - who like the idea of writing and love the idea of being known as a writer, but in reality just don’t have the stomach for the genuinely hard work of conceiving, writing and…


Added by PJ Shann on February 24, 2014 at 5:43am — No Comments

Review: "Thuglit: Issue Nine" edited by Todd Robinson

Thuglit: Issue Nine opens with “How to Make the Perfect New York Bagel” by Rob W. Hart. Mikey, like his father before him, makes bagels either plain or with salt. While the neighborhood on the Lower East Side is changing around him, he isn’t about to change the way he makes bagels or the way he handles his business. At his age he isn’t about to change in a story that is as much about the past as it is about the present. Sometimes old school is still the best way no matter how…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 23, 2014 at 12:19am — 2 Comments

Ignore The Pain

I love authors, I really do. However a very few of them...well, let me explain

I'm sitting in front of my computer this morning wondering what topic I wanted to discuss. Should I throw up another Adult Truth? Or another taekwondo life theme? How about I introduce my new series of blogs on Tourist Complaints and how they relate to my life. Or maybe even the new series of restaurant reviews featuring some of my books' characters.

Suddenly, (and I know an…


Added by Stephen Brayton on February 21, 2014 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Pauline Rowson entertains the National Trust with tales of murder, mystery and DI Andy Horton

On Thursday 20 February I was delighted to entertain the volunteers of the Southampton and District National Trust.

I talked about the inspiration behind the DI Andy Horton series of crime novels, where I get my ideas from, and how I write the…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 21, 2014 at 6:41pm — No Comments


Just a little over a week until the release of the new STRIKE PRICE. Can't wait!

Added by L. A. Starks on February 21, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

Review: "Nightzone: The Posadas County Mysteries" by Steven F. Havill

Known for his legendary insomnia it would surprise no one to learn that retired Posadas County sheriff Bill Gastner is out and about somewhere in the county in the long hours of the night. This February night at one in the morning finds him on a rim rock of Cat Mesa wrapped up in a blanket looking at the stars and thinking about Bennett's Trail and his recent discovery of a Colt single action revolver lodged in a nearby crevice. Along with the possible history of a legendary weapon, also on…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 21, 2014 at 12:53am — No Comments

Review: Baby Shark's Grass Widow Legacy" by Robert Fate

It is June 1961 as this sixth book in the series opens. Kristin Van Dijk, known to one and all as “Baby Shark,” has always pushed things to the edge. While never fully expressed, no matter the situation, she carries herself with an attitude that she does not care whether she lives or dies. Working with Fort Worth Private Investigator Otis Millett has not polished her rough edges though he and others have tried. Working for him has increased her skill set while also making violent situations…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 19, 2014 at 1:28am — No Comments

Whose story is it? Pauline Rowson discusses viewpoint

Whose story is it? That is a question every writer needs to ask him or herself before starting to write a novel, or if not then certainly while writing and revising it. From whose viewpoint are you telling the story? Is it single viewpoint or multiple viewpoint? Is it male or female or a mixture of both? Beware the latter though and having too many viewpoints because that will not only muddle the story and slow it down but it will also confuse you, and more importantly the…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 17, 2014 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Need some help with research? Try these great ideas...

So, you’re halfway through writing your novel, you’ve ticked all the boxes for character arcs, conflict and suspense, setting… except you’re stuck because you can’t find that crucial bit of detail on the internet.

Or you have found it, but on some dodgy website that’s probably over six years old and the details have probably changed tenfold since that time.

What to do?

Here are my Top 3 tips for research:…


Added by Rachel Amphlett on February 16, 2014 at 9:36am — No Comments


One side of everything is what I like to call first-person singular.  So, not ‘Tom, Dick, or Harry did this, that, or the other,’ but ‘I did this, I did that, I did. Me.’  One side of everything is exactly what a writer shows to a reader when they write in the first-person, and while this approach may, at first glance, seem to offer a very narrow and limited range of creative options, in many circumstances what could be viewed as a handicap can actually be an…


Added by PJ Shann on February 15, 2014 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Around the Globe with D. R. RANSDELL

So, I have to watch it on the roads this morning because (and this will be no surprise to many readers) it snowed again! Blech! This is why it took me so long to get home and be able to hop in the transporter to pick up this week's featured author. Where are off to? Anywhere there isn't snow, which…


Added by Stephen Brayton on February 15, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

What comes first - plot or character? Pauline Rowson discusses

The answer is that the two are so interlinked it is difficult to say what comes first. The characters drive the plot but in order to create the characters you must have an idea what the plot is about.

In my case, in respect of the …


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 11, 2014 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Is the art of handwriting dead?

A few years ago, the BBC published an article suggesting that the art of handwriting is in decline (read the full article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7907888.stm )


This got me thinking. Aside from my own creative writing habits, which fluctuate between…


Added by Rachel Amphlett on February 11, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Review: "Reel Stuff: A Lessor And More Mystery" by Don bruns

The guys James Lessor and Skip Moore have come a long way from their moving truck days of Stuff To Die For (reviewed here) in a highly entertaining series of books. The jobs are better, but money is still a huge issue. In this seventh and most recent book in the series published last December, REEL STUFF: A LESSOR AND MOORE MYSTERY, they continue to run a private investigation company and Skip sells security systems. The guys they still have the knack for being in…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 10, 2014 at 2:27am — No Comments

Review: "The Last Death Of Jack Harbin: A Samuel Craddock Mystery" by Terry Shames

Football is king in Texas. Especially high school football where the highlight of many a life might be beneath the lights on a Friday evening. Back in the day just before the first Gulf War, Jack Hardin was quarterback of the Jarrett Creek High School Panthers and he was the man. He might have had a spectacular college career. Instead, both Jack and Woody Patterson signed up to enlist in the Army not knowing a war was coming.


What had been a relatively simple love triangle…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 10, 2014 at 12:44am — No Comments

try this one--word of the day

Boyar--it was new to me...

Added by L. A. Starks on February 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

January's Best Reads (of the books I read in January, not those released)

January was a real good month for reading. Let’s get to it.

The Glass Key, Dashiell Hammett. Said by many to be Hammett’s greatest, and I see why. Loyalty, betrayal, politics, and sex interwoven in a story…


Added by Dana King on February 8, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments

The Snork Effect

Snork effect pic One of the early blogs I wrote (on another blog site) discussed a certain college (that shall remain nameless) who refused my offer of an author appearance. One of the reasons mentioned in the person's email was the fact that my first two books were eBooks and the quote was: “Ebooks don't count”. This was a statement saying that eBooks weren't quality material. I suppose as opposed to the…


Added by Stephen Brayton on February 7, 2014 at 5:26pm — No Comments

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