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Champaign Illinois
About Me:
I took the plunge this year (after one too many mergers at my day job) and am now a part-time bookseller--poorer but happier. More writing time and less number crunching make for a good day.
I'm forging ahead with my mystery and a few short stories as well when I'm not recommending my favorite authors to others.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Harlan Coben
JA Konrath
William Kent Krueger
Nancy Martin
Harley Jane Kozak
Robert Walker
Luisa Buehler
Dave Case
Michael Black
Helen McInnis
Dashiel Hammett
RIchard Bach (Illusions)
Carole Nelson Douglas
Michael Chabon
James Lee Burke
Agatha Christie
Arthur Conan Doyle
David Morrell
Barry Eisler
Lee Child
Laurie King
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Men In Trees
Cold Case
How I Met Your Mother
Saving Grace
Law & Order (CI and SVU)
Firefly & Serenity
Robin Hood ( BBC)
Second Sight (BBC)
Key Largo (any Bogie and Bacall really)
You've Got Mail
Sleepless in Seattle
The Bourne movies
Old musicals (Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly)
Bubba Ho-tep
Old comedies ( It Happened One Night for example)
And don't even get me started on theater. We could be here all day!


Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
Richard Bach

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Another New Year...

The only resolution I kept last year was finishing my I'm in the throes of editing so I can pitch at my next conference. The writing part is defnitely fun...editing not so much. It's a buckle down, ignore the phone, avoid the tv and all fun thingd task and drives me crazy. Still it has to be done if I want someone to want the story, right? Newest resolution...get the edit done, pitch successfully and keep my fingers at the keyboard no matter what! Happy New Year all!

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 1:55am

New Years Resolutions and such

As I get older, I give a lot of thought to making promises...especially to myself. Those are the ones I tend to keep the least, rationalizing that there's always time to restart a project, get better in the fitness department, read more, write more, travel more, and on and on. While the rationalizing assuages my conscience for a time, the blunt bare truth is I get caught up in everyone else's promises and put my own so far back on the stove that most of them boil dry. No more.

2008 is…


Posted on January 4, 2008 at 3:18am


Fall is in the air here in Central Illinois. I know because I woke up this morning to a crisp chill breeze floating through the open window in my bedroom. I smiled. Fall is my favorite season for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the departure of allergies and the emergence of gold, red and all the colors in between on the neighborhood trees. There's football of course, although baseball is still around, and the occasional (and illegal inside city limits) smell of burning…


Posted on September 12, 2007 at 12:30pm

Are You Ready For Some Football?

I love football. Sometimes I don't understand the nuances, but I love to watch the game. I can't tell you why exactly, since sometimes it can be deadly dull. There's nothing slower than slogging through mud and rain in search of those ten yards using only running plays; especially when those plays don't seem to be doing a darn thing. Pass! I scream (in the stands, at the big screen TV, at the radio). Throw the damn ball...there's a receiver wide open in the end zone! Of course, no one…


Posted on September 7, 2007 at 12:13pm

If it's Sunday, it must be meat loaf!

We've fallen into a rut when it comes to Sunday's main meal. Every other week or so, my husband and I actually manage to be in the same place at the same time. When we are, I make it a point to ask what he has a taste for when it comes to dinner. The last few times, his answer has been predictable. Meat loaf. He always prefaces the choice with 'your wonderful' or 'world famous', which is intended to flatter me. Now I like meat loaf as well as anything, and I have a favorite recipe, but I…


Posted on August 27, 2007 at 8:03am — 3 Comments

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At 10:09am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Maryann, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:13am on September 1, 2008, robert walker said…
Hola Maryann --
just stopped in to update you. I am offering up a free downloadable on my DEAD ON at www.robertwalkerbooks, a new site. And on Crimespree here I've just posted a new blog entitled "Yes, but is it Publishable?"

Take care and have a great weekend,
At 11:45pm on June 11, 2008, realmum said…
Hi Maryann,
Thankyou for your kind welcome. Sorry for the delay in response. I had homework from my writing course, that I needed to get finished by tonight, so it was all work and no play. Actually the homework was quite fun so I shouldn't say that really : ) I was peeking at your list of authors and noticed a few I like as well, Harlan Coban, Lee Child espec I wanted to ask you the title of the Luisa Buehler novel or novels you have read. I have read one of hers and really enjoyed it but can't remember the title.
Happy Scribing to you : )
At 1:58am on June 11, 2008, Austin S. Camacho said…
Hi, Maryann! Thanks for the add. It's always nice to have a bookseller among my friends. I'll have to find you next year when I'm in the area for Love is Murder.
At 11:02am on June 10, 2008, Paul Greenberg said…
Thanks Maryann! 96 degrees here today and Rocky was one hot dog!
At 3:46pm on May 5, 2008, K.R. Lewis said…
Hi Maryann:

Sorry for the delay in responding, but I was out of town on a hunting trip for 4 days and just got back this evening. Amazon would be your best bet I think for "Little Blue Whales" or Powell's. That's great that you're writing a Portland based mystery. The book I am currently writing, "The Sparrow's Blade," takes place about fifty percent in the Portland - Salem area, and the rest on the southern Orgeon coast...the original setting of LBW.
At 1:36pm on May 1, 2008, Doug M. Cummings said…
Hey Maryann,
If you grew up in the 'burbs, I hope you'll check out every Secret Crime!
At 7:08am on April 1, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Maryann
Congratulations on your new situation. I made a similar decision a couple of months ago, and I couldn't be happier. Money can never buy more time to write. Good luck with your endeavors.
At 6:09am on January 26, 2008, len howlett said…
Hello Maryann,

Thanks for adding me as a friend. I have just concluded a seemingly endless stint selecting and qualifying for high deductible, exorbitant health insurance. I can now get back to writing and things more important than the lottery over my state of health and odds on the likelihood of my need of repair in the coming year. It'll be good to think about something else after these last several days of endless phone calls and interviews. I mention this because I got your email announcement and read your page and it reminded me that there was life on the other side of the misnomer we refer to as grown up stuff.
At 6:01am on January 26, 2008, Scarlett Dean said…
Thanks for invite! You're name is sooo familiar to me. We must have met at a conference. I see you like some of the same authors I do.
Will you be attending Love Is Murder next Fri-Sun?

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