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At 11:44pm on May 10, 2008, Julia Buckley said…
HI, Doug--Nothing shameless about it. I don't do too many guest blogs--I lean toward the interview format. Why not e-mail me at julishka@sbcglobal.net and we can chat about it?
At 12:20pm on May 6, 2008, Dana King said…
Thanks for the invite. I see we like several of the same authors. Always good to have a friend with such impeccable taste.
At 10:56am on May 6, 2008, K.R. Lewis said…
We carry the Glock models 22, and 23, in .40 S&W. LOVE, the Glock. It is a lean, mean, shootin machine!
At 3:40pm on May 5, 2008, K.R. Lewis said…
Years and years ago, when I was still in patrol, I once went three consecutive night shifts with an empty gun. This was shortly after transitioning from the revolver to the semi-auto pistol, and you know how young, still new to the job cops are about always fiddling around with their weapons...especially excessive cleaning of them. And that's exactly what I did. I'd gone out and done some shooting...maybe a whole 100 rounds or so...and I just HAD to clean my gun, of course when I got back. Only problem was when I put everything back together on the new fangled, high-tec piece of armanent, I somehow managed to load the two spare magazines and left the one in the gun itself empty. And of course it never dawned on me to "chamber a round" after cleaning it and putting it back in my holster because I was still in "revolver mode" and as you know revolvers don't need that little chambering a round exercise. And how did I eventually discover I was carrying an empty weapon? Well, it was the next time I decided to fiddle around with it again, of course...three days later.

PS: Now I only clean my Glock semi-auto twice a year...whether it needs it or not, hehe.
At 11:43pm on May 1, 2008, Maryann Mercer said…
Thanks for the invite. I'll keep an eye out for the book!
At 4:01pm on May 1, 2008, K.R. Lewis said…
Yeah, this is my second year as a member of ITW...but as an "Associate Member" member only. My advice? Save your $90 until your Five Star book is out, then join. Thinking back on it now, I'm not even sure why I joined at this early stage of the game. Maybe to get a chance to network with other hack writers? Kidding. It does seem like a pretty good organization but I'm really not sure what value it holds for a "back of the bus" writer until he gets a mainstream publishing contract, and the Publishing Pope sprinkles holy water over his book's cover, or something. Writing is very much a "dues paying" profession, and I'm not talking about money. It's almsot the same as being a rookie cop in police work. You're going to take a lot of kidding and derision and experience a lot of mistrust and downright discrimination by your peers until that magic day arrives when your probationary period has finally ended...and you still have your job and your badge.
At 2:34pm on May 1, 2008, Doug M. Cummings said…
Thanks for reminding me. I need to call Alan and arrange lunch. You ever get back this way? I have a nephew in Seattle but unlikely I'll be making the trek to see him until his son graduates from college in a couple of years.
At 11:41am on May 1, 2008, Michael W. Sherer said…
Hey, Doug, long time. Saw Alan Salter (Sam Reaves) and Mark Zubro at Left Coast Crime, and exchange emails with Barb D'Amato every so often, but miss the old Chicago gang. Best, Mike
At 3:28am on May 1, 2008, K.R. Lewis said…
Wow, Doug, you must be one hell of a hack writer to be able to threaten a big name mystery author like that! The reality of POD is there are a lot of terrible writers doing it, but there are plenty of good ones, too, and just like cream as long as they keep churning away they will eventually rise to the top, no matter how they initially got their foot in the publishing world's door. Starting out as a POD author is kind of like Lana Turner playing hooky from school one day and being "discovered" in a malt shop down the street from Hollywood High by William Wilkerson, publisher of the Hollywood Reporter. Except you don't have to look as good as she did in sweaters, hehe.
At 3:13pm on April 30, 2008, K.R. Lewis said…
Hey there, Doug! OMG! I REMEMBER your book back in the day when I was still exploring POD. So glad to see iUniverse gave you a leg up, too. My book was out for five months and I took copies of it to our big conference here in Oregon (Willamette Writers) and walked away with an agent. It's on submission right now and we've come very close with several of the N.Y. biggies, but most have already filled their lists two years down the line, and all have commented that the market is "woefully glutted" with suspense - thrillers at the moment. So, how did you make the jump from iUniverse to Five Star? Thanks for the friend invite.
At 12:13pm on April 19, 2008, Dave Zeltserman said…
Doug,

Thanks for the invite. Happy to meet a fellow Five star author.

--Dave
At 2:13pm on April 17, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference (Colorado Gold), held in the fall in Denver, and the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, held in the spring in Colorado Springs, are excellent. I'm a member of both orgs. and VP of programs for PPW, so I know quite a few folks in both groups. Jimmie no longer participates in either conference. I'll be missing my first PPWC in 10 years to attend Malice this year, but a nominee's gotta do what a nominee's gotta do! ;-) Now that we're friends here and at Goodreads, are you on Facebook, too?
At 2:20am on April 17, 2008, Debbi Mack said…
Hi Doug,

How interesting to "meet" an ex-copy who likes cop shows. I used to practice law and tend to avoid lawyer shows (except "Eli Stone"--for every rule, there's an exception).

You said you enjoy John Wayne's later work. Would that include "The Searchers"? (One of my personal favorites.)

Debbi
At 3:32pm on April 16, 2008, Daniel Hatadi said…
Hey Doug, howdy yourself. Jordan should stop trying to make me blush.
At 1:47pm on April 16, 2008, Anne Frasier said…
and very nice trailer yourself! :)
At 1:43pm on April 16, 2008, Anne Frasier said…
thanks so much, Doug!
At 12:07am on April 7, 2008, Carol Haggas said…
You read my mind.
At 5:24pm on April 5, 2008, Karyn J. Powers said…
I look forward to your tour in the "neighborhood."
At 11:36am on April 4, 2008, Morgan Mandel said…
Maybe you can make it next time. It's the greatest. I've been to every Love is Murder conference. Of course, I have an edge since it's one of the few conferences so close to home.
Good luck on your new release.
Morgan
At 4:51am on April 4, 2008, Tina said…
Congrats on your upcoming release. I have quite a few good friends out East, so Boucheron is doable one day. Until I find a publisher I think doing these conference pitches is a big leg up for new writers. Whidbey was really small and cozy, though I have to say I was still pretty nervous doing pitches.

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