Peg Herring's Blog – July 2010 Archive (10)

MysterEbook Launch

Today marks the beginning of a new webblog for owners of e-readers. Mysterebooks.blogspot.com begins listing mysteries for e-books with author-submitted information and reviews. This week's listings are below. Please stop by and read, comment, and enjoy!



Monday, July 26, 2010

Title THE FOUR LAST THINGS (Simeon Grist #1)

Author Timothy Hallinan

Genre/Sub-genre: LA private eye novel

Tuesday:

Title TO CATCH A COP

AUTHOR Elle Druskin

GENRE…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 26, 2010 at 9:52pm — 2 Comments

MysterEbook Launch

Today marks the beginning of a new webblog for owners of e-readers. Mysterebooks.blogspot.com begins listing mysteries for e-books with author-submitted information and reviews. This week's listings are below. Please stop by and read, comment, and enjoy!



Monday, July 26, 2010

Title THE FOUR LAST THINGS (Simeon Grist #1)

Author Timothy Hallinan

Genre/Sub-genre: LA private eye novel

Tuesday:

Title TO CATCH A COP

AUTHOR Elle Druskin

GENRE…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 26, 2010 at 9:51pm — No Comments

I Can Stop Anytime I Want

Okay, so I bought an e-reader. And I had to try it out, of course, so I downloaded a book my husband has been wanting to read (and tricked him into trying the thing and finding out how easy it is to use. HA!)

Then, of course, I had to download my e-book to see what it looks like to my readers.

I heard from an online contact who likes my work, and I thought about her first book, which I read and really liked, so I tried her name, and there she was, an e-book author. So of course, I… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on July 22, 2010 at 8:56pm — 2 Comments

Mystery E-books for Writers and E-readers



For some time it has bothered me that there seems to be no site online where a person can read about ONLY mysteries published as e-books. With some trepidation and a lot of help, I’ve decided to attempt to change that. A friend has established a blog that will be dedicated solely to mysteries that are e-published. The submission process is somewhat experimental right now, but the plan is that authors will tell us about their books, following the template found on the site. Please be… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on July 19, 2010 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Switching Sexes

Oh, stop thinking that way!

My thought for the day comes from the night. Once upon a time, my husband wanted the bedroom cool (make that cold) and I wanted it warm. In our maturity, we have switched. These days I can't sleep unless the AC is on, and he suffers from an arthritic shoulder, so the blast of cool air keeps him awake with an ache.

Studies show that men and women make subtle shifts as they age that may reverse behaviors and attitudes from their…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 16, 2010 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Aging Writers

Young people can write, I will admit that. They can have talent, style, and a sense of story. But one gets a sense of life and living from the older writer that comes only from experience. Sadly, it is often sad.



Look at Mark Twain or William Shakespeare. As they aged, their works became less and less fun, more and more dark. Masterworks, some of them, but no happy endings.



I'm reading Walter Mosley's THE LONG FALL right now, and there's a passage that describes the… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on July 15, 2010 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Inspiration or Perspiration?

It's time to choose the next book. My second Simon & Elizabeth (POISON, YOUR GRACE) and my paranormal, THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY, are both in the editing process, so there is nothing I can do about them until I get the editors' suggestions. My newest endeavor, which I titled DEAD INSIDE, is awaiting word from an agent or two. So what do I want to do next?

The perspiration part: write the third of the historical series. I have it outlined on my handy-dandy little tape recorder, and…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 13, 2010 at 10:27pm — No Comments

The Crazed Killer

If fiction were fact, America would be flooded with maniacal, smart-but-evil murderers who lead the police on macabre chases that follow some twisted idea of order evident only to them, at least until some smart cop/P.I./amateur figures it out.

Reality is, of course, that most murderers are stupid, illogical, impulsive, and easily caught. A cop at a con I attended attested to this, citing the example of two drugged-out men in a shelter who got into a fight over a cheap pendant. One of…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 9, 2010 at 10:08pm — 4 Comments

Have You Read This One?

A frustrating part of being a reader is that you're never, ever, done. People are always mentioning books that sound interesting, recommending authors whose work I might enjoy, or even handing me books with a "You've got to read this."

But there isn't time!

Although I never made it to a lot of the old classics, there are new classics, prize-winners, best-sellers, and unread works of authors I like lined up on my mental TBR list, waiting for my attention. I used to read…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 6, 2010 at 9:54pm — 2 Comments

I'd Rather Be Right

One of the scary things about being published is that one might (probably will) get something wrong. There it is, for all the world to see, and it can't be fixed.

Something equally vexing to me is that people THINK you've got something wrong. One can't hunt them all down and argue the point, but--well, this one would like to.

It has been pointed out to me, twice now, that I used the word "dollar" in HER HIGHNESS' FIRST MURDER. Yeah, I did, in the idiom "squeeze the last dollar"…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 1, 2010 at 10:29pm — 4 Comments

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