June 2010 Blog Posts (156)

Review - Sharp Shooter, Marianne Delacourt

Book Title: SHARP SHOOTER

Author: Marianne Delacourt

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-74175-931-0

No of Pages: 311



Book Synopsis:



Tara Sharp should be just another unemployable, twenty-something, ex-private schoolgirl... but she has the gift - or curse as she sees it - of reading people's auras. The trouble is, auras sometimes tell you things about people they don't want you to know.



When a family friend recommends Mr… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on June 30, 2010 at 8:33pm — No Comments

The Art of Murder

A naysayer has issued a call for “Criminal Minds” to be canceled, because she felt the recent episode,… Continue

Added by Barri L. Bumgarner on June 30, 2010 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Crime Most British--The Novels of Martin Edwards Featured on My Blog, SCENE OF THE CRIME

From Liverpool to the Lake District: The Crime Novels of Martin Edwards





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Added by J. Sydney Jones on June 30, 2010 at 11:13am — No Comments

Novel: SOLITAIRE MONGOOSE

This novel begins in the courtrooms where the main character is exonerated of escape charges. The main character is given money, a new job as an F.B.I. agent in the lone division called the 'Suicide Unit' and as he goes deep under cover on assignments given to him by his superiors who want to see him get killed, he searches his past and present for the truth as to who is trying to kill him and why his government uses him the way they do. This tale of drugs,…

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Added by Mosi Tyrone Wells on June 30, 2010 at 8:29am — 1 Comment

VIPER accepted by Sophia Press

VIPER was accepted by Sophia Press today! Here's the email sent by the acquisitions editor to the publisher and cc'd to me:

Last night I just finished reading John Desjarlais's new manuscript VIPER (the sequel to BLEEDER). I really couldn't put it down. I hope to call John D. today with some suggested revisions, none of which are major.
When you return from vacation, I'd like to recommend that we bring this MS to contract as soon as we can. I found it…
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Added by John Desjarlais on June 30, 2010 at 5:40am — 2 Comments

“Kill the Suitors!”

“Kill the Suitors!”…

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Added by Mike on June 30, 2010 at 12:51am — No Comments

What makes a good read . . .

Scott Turow, that Chicago lawyer who has written nine superlative legal thrillers, was first an academic.



He studied creative writing at Stanford University. He and his fellow students were expected to come away writing literary novels.



“In the late 1960s and early 1970s,” Turow said in a recent essay for the NPR news program All Things Considered, “most English departments exalted modernism, modernism whose innovations and defiance… Continue

Added by Jerry Peterson on June 30, 2010 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

New baby blues

Recently my private life has been occupied, in part, with helping a very good friend who is a new mother make the challenging life-style changes that come along with a beautiful and perfect new daughter. Nothing you are told in advance can really prepare you for the hardest job you'll ever love. But we always feel like they should have seen it…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on June 29, 2010 at 10:01pm — No Comments

The Problem with Mystery Readers

We've heard it all. We see where you're going, we know where you have to end up. We know how you think, and we know a clue when we see one. In short, we're pretty darned hard to fool.

I started reading mysteries at about fourteen. I've been from Donald to Dexter, from Paretsky to Poirot, and honestly, I'm not nearly as savvy as a lot of my friends in the mystery community. But familiarity with the genre means that when you, the author, spend a little too much time commenting on the…

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Added by Peg Herring on June 29, 2010 at 9:57pm — 3 Comments

Do we love the authors or their characters more?

Last week, a lot items including photos, letters and manuscripts once belonging to John Steinbeck went for half what auctioneers thought it would bring.



Surprisingly, bidders ran up the price on a briefcase that once belonged to one of Steinbeck's friends. The final price, $18,000, was twice what auctioneers estimated it would bring.



The friend was the inspiration for several of Steinbeck's characters, one in particular that was well-loved.



I wrote about this on… Continue

Added by Melissa Emerald on June 29, 2010 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

Lilies of the Field

Wow, what a response a couple weeks ago to my posting of pictures of flowers on Facebook.



The Asiatic lilies are blooming here in Marge’s garden in southern Wisconsin, so I shot a series of pictures and put them up in an album I titled “Lilies of the Field.” In the blurb, I said the album title came from the 1963 Sidney Poitier film of the same name.



Said Jean Dregne, “Love the film.”



Mary Ann Macomber: “That was a fantastic… Continue

Added by Jerry Peterson on June 29, 2010 at 9:09am — No Comments

Interviewing Archie

Over at the Julius Katz and Archie blog I'm interviewing perhaps the most unique detective to ever grace a mystery story.

Added by Dave Zeltserman on June 29, 2010 at 3:21am — No Comments

Radio Interviews, Hot Holiday Reading and New Inspector Horton Marine Mystery Police Procedural

I had to re-record my interview with Rob Richardson of Express FM last week because a technical hitch unfortunately meant the original interview could not be transmitted. I didn't mind though. It's always good fun talking to Rob Richardson who also runs a very lively writing group and web site called Write Invite, which has some very exciting and rather unusual short story writing…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on June 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Local News on the Eightball

I know I pick on them, but jeez! I used to be a speech teacher, and I wonder what happened to all those speech classes that one assumes newspeople must take.

A few hints:

Read/scan your copy ahead of time. If you don't know how to pronounce something, ask somebody and then write it phonetically. Giving the audience multiple choice versions is not cool.

Keep your lame attempts at humor to yourself. You're only revealing what we already suspected: that weathermen are…

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Added by Peg Herring on June 28, 2010 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Halfway there?

Guest blogger Natasha Peterson shares her feelings about landing an agent on my main blog, Another Writers Life -… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on June 28, 2010 at 8:53pm — No Comments

The Remains Push on July 1st!!!!

hey all, don't forget The Remains E-Book push on Amazon on Thursday July

1st....The Remains, I'm told, will be offered for a limited time at a

significantly reduced price. Our… Continue

Added by Vincent Zandri on June 28, 2010 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Author Update

I can confim for you now that business is strong at the Borders Express in Dulles Town Center. Saturday I signed quite a stack of my mysteries and thrillers for lots of new friends. Four of my titles are now sold out there but they do have…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on June 28, 2010 at 7:38am — No Comments

Thank You

goes to B.C., E.G. and T.E. for sending help in reference to my recent plea. I, and my family, thank you very much.

Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 28, 2010 at 5:51am — No Comments

What's floating in the Dead Sea?

If you’ve ever slathered your skin in the healing, mineral-rich mud of the Dead Sea, you may want to stop reading now.


More than 8 million gallons of sewage from East Jerusalem is pumped downhill to the Dead Sea, raw and untreated, every day. That’s not just a little icky for those of us who like to float in the lowest body of water on earth. It’s also an environmental catastrophe, and potentially another flashpoint in the conflict between Israelis and…
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Added by Matt Rees on June 28, 2010 at 2:07am — No Comments

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