June 2013 Blog Posts (31)

Mundania Press is running a Summer Sale

My publisher is running a 20% off sale until September 30, 2013. All print and ebooks are on sale. Just enter the code SUN in the discount box at checkout.

 

Mundania has a growing mystery list for you to check out. And if you've ever been curious about my Patty O'Donnell series, now's the time to pick it up at a discount!

 

Mundania Press (link)

Added by Pepper Smith on June 28, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

Sunday, on "The Book:" Martin J. Smith, & LIVE Call-In...

In a wildly dangerous experiment, this Sunday evening "The Book, With Earl Merkel" will break into our usually pre-recorded programming --in mid-show-- for a "LIVE, on-air listener call-in" chapter-segment...



... where YOU can call in to introduce yourselves --and to interrogate, with waterboarding intensity-- Mary Cummings, the head of the fast-growing publishing house Diversion Books (New York).



In an era where many publishing houses are cutting back, Ms. Cummings' house…

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Added by Earl Merkel on June 28, 2013 at 12:39am — No Comments

Your chance to chat with me

Beginning August 5, 2013 through August 14, 2013—I will begin what I call Skype chats. I’m setting aside two hours a day for seven days to chat with people about my true crime, Killer Nurse.

A schedule of the chat times is below. I will set aside 10 minute time slots for everyone who wants to participate. You will have ten minutes of one-on-one time to talk to me and ask questions.

This may sound difficult and or expensive, but it is actually neither.…

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Added by John Foxjohn on June 27, 2013 at 5:46am — No Comments

Book Review: "Organized To Death" by Jan Christensen

Life was supposed to be less stressful and a bit simpler in the fall of 2007 when Tina Shaw came back home to Newport, Rhode Island. Having given up her psychology practice at age 29 in favor of a new profession as a professional organizer, life should be less stressful with her new career as her clients should not die. Her first job should also be easy, all things considered, as she will be working with a client, Rachel, whom she has known since they both were kids. Rachel obviously…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 25, 2013 at 1:03am — No Comments

"E. Merkel Tops Greece In Debt Total" (Author Debt, Of Course)

More indebtedness incurred by author Earl Merkel, rapidly becoming known as "the Greece of the Writing World"-- this from the lovely Lis Wiehl, who writes the "Triple Threat Club" mystery series when she's not doing legal analysis on television:

"If you're at loose ends waiting for Showtime's HOMELAND to return next fall FIRE OF THE PROPHET by Earl Merkel is your salvation. It's…

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Added by Earl Merkel on June 25, 2013 at 12:56am — No Comments

Wanna Read YOUR Stuff, On-Air? Our ‘Limits’ Are Flexible…

Re: those “audio essays” I’m asking you Faithful Readers/listeners of Image

to send me for airing on "The Book, With Earl Merkel": this comment to Lori Hays, in response to my parallel request to other AOTA hosts for short…

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Added by Earl Merkel on June 25, 2013 at 12:51am — No Comments

Vince Flynn & Neil Gaiman: Featured On "The Book, With Earl Merkel" *** Listen HERE

Attention, Vince Flynn fans --or Neil Gaiman fans, since he's featured there too this week-- Sunday night's episode of "The Book, With Earl Merkel" is now available on the radio archives.

Hearing both these outstanding writers discuss their lives & their works is, IMHO, well-worth the "click" on the link below.

Show Synopsis: After a month's-long "foreshadowing" --okay; sure, it's a hoary writing tactic,…

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Added by Earl Merkel on June 25, 2013 at 12:47am — No Comments

Book Review: "Keller's Therapy" by Lawrence Block

Don’t let the strange cover of this one turn you away from a good read. Unlike the covers of the other short story e-books by Lawrence Block that I have read, this cover featuring two dogs with one on the couch and the other one standing makes absolutely no sense to this reader. Of course, when you are Lawrence Block, covers probably don’t matter at all.

 

Keller is in therapy as this one opens relating a dream he says he had to Dr. Jerrold Breen. The dream may mean…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 24, 2013 at 9:09am — 1 Comment

Carolyn Hart, Clea Simon, Oak Tree authors, short story, giveaways & more in KRL

Up this morning in Kings River Life Magazine a review & giveaway of Carolyn Hart's latest Death On Demand Mystery "Dead, White and Blue" and a fun interview with Carolyn about the series http://kingsriverlife.com/06/22/dead-white-and-blue-a-death-on-demand-mystery-by-carolyn-hart/

 

Also this morning a review and giveaway of "Gray Dawn", the latest mystery from Clea…

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Added by Lorie Ham on June 23, 2013 at 3:19am — No Comments

BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN, New Thriller by R. Barri Flowers

From R. Barri Flowers, award winning crime writer and internationally bestselling author of DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL and KILLER IN THE WOODS, comes a gripping new psychological thriller, BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN: A Veronica Vasquez…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on June 21, 2013 at 4:37am — No Comments

THE PICKAXE KILLERS by R. Barri Flowers Now in Audio

From R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a riveting new true crime short, THE PICKAXE KILLERS.

 

Having written about hundreds of notable…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on June 21, 2013 at 4:35am — No Comments

New Audio version of FATAL TRYST

So this is exciting. My Grace deHaviland Bounty Hunter short story FATAL TRYST is featured new this week as a free podcast on CrimeCityCentral.com, the Audio Crime Fiction Magazine.



Narrated by Antoinette Bergin



Here's the link, look for case no. 49

http://crimecitycentral.com/



So check it out and enjoy--and did I mention, it's free!

David DeLee…

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Added by David DeLee on June 19, 2013 at 1:08am — No Comments

Unabridged audio book DI Horton Dead Man's Wharf narrator gets great review from AudioFile Mag

Gordon Griffin is the narrator of the unabridged audio books in the DI Andy Horton series . Gordon is the voice of DI Andy Horton and the other characters in the Horton novels and is currently recording Footsteps on the Shore. This will be followed by A Killing…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on June 18, 2013 at 3:03am — No Comments

MD-DC-VA writing class

Saturday I’ll teach a 3-hour class on "How to Develop Your Character." This is a condensed version of the 6-hr class I've taught several times at Anne Arundel Community College. In this class I share all I’ve learned writing nine well-reviewed novels. I offer tips and techniques to develop well-rounded characters readers will care about, and explain how to get your readers to cheer your heroes, boo your villains, and worry about the people caught in the middle.

Class starts at 10am,…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on June 18, 2013 at 1:36am — No Comments

Murder In The Dojo

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By Sue Star

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http://www.dmkregpublishing.com/

Plot

On the day Nell Letterly is supposed to meet her new employer, Arlo Callahan, and start as an instructor in his Boulder,…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on June 17, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Book Review: "Every Broken Trust: A Mystery" by Linda Rodriguez

“’Just remember. No criminal has the power those with wealth and political clout have. The ultra criminals use politics to thrive unmolested.’” ( Page 231)

 

If chief of campus police Skeet Bannion liked politics she could have stayed with the Kansas City Police Department where she just might have been their first female police chief. Instead, she bailed out on the politics and more when she left for the calmer setting of nearby Chouteau University. At least that was…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 16, 2013 at 12:42am — No Comments

WHAT'S YOUR GENRE?

Although I do astrology, I no longer ask people “What's your sign?” As an acquisitions editor for Oak Tree Press, I now ask authors, “What's your genre?”

The worst thing a writer can do is give me a blank stare. “Genre” is an essential part of the lingo in publishing lexicon. It's how we classify a book and decide if it fits our line.

Labeling books has practical reasons. Bookstores (when they existed) found it useful to put books…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on June 15, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Adult Truth #10

#10

Bad decisions make good stories.”

I'll wager you are thinking of several bad decisions in your life and how those could be turned into a short story or a scene in a novel. You may have to change the names/locations/dates to protect the guilty (and save yourself a lawsuit) or you may have to embellish the facts a bit to make the anecdote play out a little better in written…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on June 14, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments

The Dark World of Sociopaths

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Sociopath or psychopath, so which is it?  We often see these two descriptions interchangeable among mainstream news media and entertainment arenas.  When I first began my study in criminology, I was initially confused by the terms and found that many individuals in the teaching area and general information found in college textbooks used each of these terms interchangeably.

Both…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on June 13, 2013 at 4:04am — 3 Comments

Where do these people come from?

Today you can learn how I came up with the characters in my latest novel AND win a prize on my blog, Another Writer’s Life http://ascamacho.blogspot.com/

Added by Austin S. Camacho on June 11, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments

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