December 2012 Blog Posts (59)

Christmas mysteries, giveaways, Rhys Bowen, Jim Butcher & more

The new issue of Kings River Life is filled with Christmas and mystery fun! We have a review of 3 Christmas mystery novels-"Let It Sew" by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, "Read and Buried" by Erika Chase, and "Herald of Death" by Kate Kingsbury and you can enter to win all 3! http://kingsriverlife.com/12/08/3-christmas-mysteries-for-your-holidays/



We also have a review of Rhys Bowen's new Christmas mystery…

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Added by Lorie Ham on December 9, 2012 at 4:51am — No Comments

More praise for Russian Roulette

M. Simpson "Kindle Lover" posted a very positive review of my novel Russian Roulette on Amazon, even though Hannibal pretty much goes it alone in that book without his usual support team. Her words are the featured review on my web site. Check it out!
www.ascamacho.com

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 9, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

The Perfect System for Writing a Novel by Pauline Rowson

All writers have different ways of working and finding the ‘perfect system’ for planning, researching, plotting, structuring and writing a novel is often a matter of trial and error until something clicks. That’s how it was for me anyway.

Before I struck on my 'perfect system' I tried all sorts of ways of compiling my research, plotlines, and character outlines, from using note books to wall maps, from card indexes to ring binders. None of them worked. The ring binders looked…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on December 7, 2012 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Writing Time

Morning chores. Getting the kids dressed and off to school or other activities. Work. Dentist and doctor appointments. After school activities. Laundry. Meal preparation. House cleaning. Car maintenance. Social time. Shopping for groceries and other essentials. Church. Lawn maintenance. Date night with the spouse or with a new acquaintance. Balancing the check…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on December 7, 2012 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Finished NaMowhatever

I finished on Nov 26 with 51,000 words. I am letting it ferment for another week.  I have a collection of short stories that are back from my editor.  Writing everyday is a great way to go for the first draft.  It is easier to keep it all in your head and I learned about motivation.  It comes from within. 

Added by Brian Hoffman on December 7, 2012 at 2:46am — No Comments

Meet Me Tomorrow in MD

Tomorrow I will be one of the featured authors at a holiday party put on by the Reading Divas book club. The Wine & Cheese Holiday Gathering will be my last public reading and signing for the year, so stop by at the Overdue Recognition Art Gallery, 6828 Race Track Rd, Bowie, MD from 7 to 9pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/139295472884595

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 7, 2012 at 1:50am — No Comments

Review - Hard Labour, The Crime Factory

Book Title:  HARD LABOUR

Authors: Garry Disher, Leigh Redhead, Angela Savage, Cameron Ashley, Greig Johnstone, Helen Fitzgerald, JJ DeCeglie, Deborah Sheldon, David Whish-Wilson, Andrew Prentice, Finbarr McCarthy, Liam Jose, Andrez Bergen, Amanda Wrangles, Andrew Nette, Adrian McKinty, Peter Corris

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher: The Crime Factory

Short Stories

Book Synopsis

From the Land Down Under comes seventeen dark criminal tales,…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on December 5, 2012 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Review - Dark City Blue, Luke Preston

Book Title:  DARK CITY BLUE

Author:  Luke Preston

ISBN: B009DF1IBI

Year of Publication: 2012

Author's Home Country: Australia

Book Synopsis

If there's one thing worse than a crooked cop on your heels then it's a whole unit of them.

A fistful of people are murdered, fifteen million dollars is stolen and detective Tom Bishop is stuck in the middle. When he hits the street, every clue points in the same direction - his…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on December 5, 2012 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Review - The Sacrificial Man, Ruth Dugdall

Book Title:   THE SACRIFICIAL MAN

Author:  Ruth Dugdall

ISBN:  9781922079091

Series: Cate Austin

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Text Publishing

Location:  United Kingdom



Book Synopsis



When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani helped her lover to die, and Cate has to recommend a sentence. But first she needs to understand.



Why did Alice agree to…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on December 5, 2012 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Born Noir

When I was a kid, ABC After School Specials were where middle class youth with troubled families could find themselves.  On most Wednesdays at 3:30 pm, alcoholism, divorce and every day dysfunction were portrayed by actors like Scott Baio.  I'm sure THE BOY WHO DRANK TOO…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on December 5, 2012 at 4:26am — No Comments

Adventure Publications Now Accepting Outdoors-Themed Mystery Subs

From the Adventure Publications website (a place I can personally vouch for):

 

***MYSTERY WRITERS: Please refer to the information at the bottom of this page.***

 

At Adventure Publications, our forte is nature, outdoors and…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on December 5, 2012 at 12:56am — No Comments

Author Update

Book signings on college campuses carry extra perks. Aside from selling books at the Northern Virginia Community College bookstore I got to meet a student from Romania, talk with a woman in the intelligence community about my characters going undercover, and chat about Russian Roulette with a fellow from Azerbaijan. BTW, Russian Roulette is still free on Kindle.…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 4, 2012 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Review: Ghost Money by Andrew Nette

Max Quinlan is a PI on the trail of a shady Australian businessman who’s gone to ground in Southeast Asia. Quinlan, a half Vietnamese, half Australian ex-cop, has only recently taken up the detective mantle but he quickly becomes embroiled in post-war shenanigans in a 1996 Phnom Penh that is populated by shady characters, both foreign and local. He teams up with a…

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Added by Tom Vater on December 3, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Review: Ghost Money by Andrew Nette

Max Quinlan is a PI on the trail of a shady Australian businessman who’s gone to ground in Southeast Asia. Quinlan, a half Vietnamese, half Australian ex-cop, has only recently taken up the detective mantle but he quickly becomes embroiled in post-war shenanigans in a 1996 Phnom Penh that is populated by shady characters, both foreign and local. He teams up with a…

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Added by Tom Vater on December 3, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A Free Mystery and My latest Review

For 5 days Russian Roulette is free on Kindle. In it, Washington D.C.'s professional troubleshooter, Hannibal Jones, is forced to take a case at gunpoint. His client will kill Hannibal's beloved, Cindy Santiago, if Hannibal refuses. to help him. His search for the truth leads to a dramatic shootout side-by-side with his murderous client.…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 3, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

A New Opportunity at Amazon Studios: Create the Official Book Trailer for Noir Novel

A New Opportunity at Amazon Studios: Create the Official Book Trailer for Noir Novel

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Added by Vincent Zandri on December 3, 2012 at 12:06am — 2 Comments

Review: The Underground by Lawrence McMorrow

 

Late 1940s America, a world in which deserving has little to do with what you get, and the Irish immigrant Maura arrives as an almost-rebel. Despite her Catholic background, she has lost her virginity on the boat to the New World and, upon arrival in the US, she falls in love with Frank and gets pregnant. Frank is no ordinary man, he is a communist, and, at the height…

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Added by Tom Vater on December 2, 2012 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Christmas mystery short story, Marilyn Meredith, Elaine Macko & more

Well our first of the Christmas mystery short stories is up this morning in Kings River Life. We have a story by Gail Farrelly http://kingsriverlife.com/12/01/santa-and-the-poor-box/

 

Watch for many more between now and December! Also while over at KRL check out our review of Elaine Macko's latest mystery novel "Poisoned" and enter to win a copy…

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Added by Lorie Ham on December 2, 2012 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Meet Me Tomorrow in VA

Tomorrow I’ll kick off December at the “Rolling out the Red Carpet Book Signing Event” put on by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority alumnae in Prince William County. After the Meet and Greet several local authors will read excerpts from our works. At the reception that follows you’ll really be able to get to know the writers. This literary event will take place from 1pm to 4pm in the Prince William Association of Realtors building, 4545 Daisy Reid Ave., Woodbridge VA.…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 1, 2012 at 1:40am — No Comments

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