January 2010 Blog Posts (151)

A Womb with a View

My first poem of the New Year.



A Womb with a View



Will I whistle when I walk

give off a hum as breezes

cross the hollow drum where

parts will be departed?



Can I shun the ordinary

everyday handbag I carry

and stash my cash where

now my organs play?



I only ask to delay choosing

the day you get to

run with scissors through

my personal playground



Finally, how long will I

have to pretend I… Continue

Added by Karyn J. Powers on January 27, 2010 at 7:43am — 2 Comments

Another Email Confirms My Novel May be more Fact than Fiction

I just received an email from Dirck Storm, who confirmed that journalist Vic Livingston from Philadelphia, has in fact been harassed by some of the technologies I mention in my… Continue

Added by Anthony S. Policastro on January 27, 2010 at 6:54am — No Comments

Susan McBride is this weeks guest on Tuesdays with Friends

Stop in over at KdBlog and find out how Susan became an accidental cougar.
Leave a comment and you could win a copy of her new book, The Cougar Club.

Added by KD Easley on January 27, 2010 at 12:24am — No Comments

Purple Death Released Today

I'm absolutely delighted to be able to announce the release of my latest thriller, 'Purple Death' published by Moongypsy Press today. The book can currently be ordered from the publisher at http://moongypsypress.com/porter.php (see ordering info at bottom of page). The book also has its own website at… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on January 26, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

New meaning to Israel 'domestic issues'

Alleged abuse of staff by Netanyahu's third wife opens him up to political attack. Billions of dollars in aid, bulging frequent-flier accounts for U.S. diplomats, and several thousand dead ought to be proof enough that the Middle East peace process has churned through the last decade and a half without getting anywhere.



But if you need more evidence, here it is: The Israeli Prime Minister’s wife is still allegedly screaming at her… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on January 26, 2010 at 3:32am — No Comments

Secret contest today on KdBlog

Commenters today at KdBlog have a chance to win a KdBlog prize pack that includes among other things, a copy of my short mystery collection Nine Kinds of Trouble. Drop in and comment on today's blog. I'd love to have your feedback and you might be the lucky winner. Oh, and be sure and stop by tomorrow when my good friend Susan McBride drops by for a Tuesdays with Friends chat to tell us how she became an accidental cougar. There'll be a… Continue

Added by KD Easley on January 26, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Eye of the Beholder (12)

Preston felt like a kid on Christmas morning as he and Tabitha walked down the snowy sidewalk to the park. He hadn’t realized until this moment how much he’d really missed being able to go outside. His eyes roamed over the people that passed him as he wondered why this one was smiling so happily or what that one was thinking so intensely that they seemed unaware of their surroundings.



When they got to the park he threw his head back and breathed deeply, savoring the sharp, fresh air… Continue

Added by Edith Glass on January 26, 2010 at 3:09am — No Comments

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Just check it our for yourselves :)

Added by Chad Rohrbacher on January 26, 2010 at 12:29am — No Comments

To Kindle or Not to Kindle

I just wrapped up a chat with one of my writer friends, Rebecca Forster, author of a great number of books including Silent Witness, which is one of the... best... legal thrillers... EVER... written. I swear I could not put that book down. Anyway, she's hit a set-back of sorts in her career and, for a lark, decided to put some of her back list on Kindle and she's actually doing very well. As experiments go, it hasn't been a disappointment. She suggested that I do the same with a novel I… Continue

Added by Brian Drake on January 25, 2010 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

Matt Rees NY book reading Feb. 2

Award-winning crime writer Matt Beynon Rees reads from THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, his new novel, Feb. 2 in New York.



The fourth installment in Matt's Crime Writers Association Dagger-winning series about Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef is published Feb. 1. In New York for a UN conference, Omar uncovers an assassination plot. The suspect: his own son. Omar's most personal investigation so far.



Matt will read from the book Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.

Location:… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on January 24, 2010 at 9:59pm — 4 Comments

Pariah in review



Pariah was the second in my 'man out of prison' noir series published by Serpent's Tail. The first in the series, Small Crimes, got rave reviews from a number of London and US papers, and ended up being named by NPR as one of the top 5 crime and mystery novels of 2008, as well as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. Pariah has so far gotten similar acclaim with the Washington Post naming it one of the best books of 2009,… Continue

Added by Dave Zeltserman on January 24, 2010 at 9:13am — 2 Comments

The Eye of the Beholder (11)

“I don’t believe it. It’s only been three days and already there are several companies interested in my ideas,” Preston said, stretching to loosen the kinks in his back.



“See, I told you that you could do it.” Tabitha looked up from her book and grinned. “Preston Davison, soon to be king of website design and a multi-millionaire.”



He snorted derisively. “Not hardly but at least if anyone actually hires me it will keep us in beans and rice.”



“More like steak and… Continue

Added by Edith Glass on January 24, 2010 at 3:36am — No Comments

Primary Victim: A Novel

Just dropped the price of my novel Primary Victim on Kindle down to 99 cents. Summary of book below. Check it out either on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Primary-Victim-ebook/dp/B002J9G8YM/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2



or in paperback!… Continue

Added by Chris Cihlar on January 23, 2010 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Mystery Scene review of Bleeder

Religion is neither foolish nor hypocritical in John Desjarlais’s excellent Bleeder (Sophia Institute Press, $14.95). When classics professor Reed Stubblefield is disabled in a campus shooting soon after the death of his wife from leukemia, he retreats to a rural cabin to emotionally regroup. He soon hears that Father Boudreau, a local priest, is revered as a “healer,” a man whose touch can cure the sick and the dying. A skeptic himself—Stubblefield’s “god” is Aristotle, about whom he is… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on January 23, 2010 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

To the girl reading The Gentle Axe on the yellow line

It's always been a fantasy of mine to spot someone on the tube (aka London Underground) reading one of my books. I don't think I would ever actually say anything to them. It might be just a little too odd. (Though possibly I might have to say something, just to explain why I was looking at them like a stalker and grinning weirdly to myself.)



So far it's never happened, but I learnt yesterday that the next best thing has. Maybe it's an even better thing, I don't know. You decide.… Continue

Added by Roger (R.N.) Morris on January 23, 2010 at 6:08am — 1 Comment

The Eye of the Beholder (10)

“Fielding, my office, pronto,” Cary’s boss growled over the inter-office phone.



Cary sighed, wondering what now. For the past few weeks things had been tense at work. The company was loosing money due to the current economy and three people had already been laid off. He prayed he wasn’t the next to go. He and Hugh had finally, after a month of searching, found an apartment they both agreed was perfect for them. If he lost his job they’d be back to square one or worse. Like many… Continue

Added by Edith Glass on January 23, 2010 at 4:52am — No Comments

An Epiphany

(Also posted on One Bite at a Time.)



I started the second draft on the work-in-progress last weekend. The first draft was allowed to ferment for a couple of months, then I read it over and made notes. This draft is to address those notes and get things reading like a unified book. Subsequent drafts will add refinements: dialog, description, polish.



Key to a successful second draft for me is to get the voice right.… Continue

Added by Dana King on January 23, 2010 at 2:17am — 3 Comments

Back to diplomacy school for Israel

JERUSALEM, Israel — The American humorist Caskie Stinnett once wrote that “a diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.” In other words, someone who doesn’t make his meaning so clear that one is both afraid of the trip to hell and angry about being sent there.



Which makes Israel’s two top “diplomats” rather less than diplomatic.



Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon caused major turmoil in… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on January 22, 2010 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Off to the mall I went...

I think I've mentioned before that I don't like shopping. Any kind. But once in a while I need things. Stuff I can't get in a grocery store, unless I'm at Walmart. However, I don't like to buy my clothes and shoes there so off to the mall I went. Against my will I might add.



I timed it just right. Arrived there just as they were opening the doors. If the parking lot didn't give it away once I began walking the mall in my quest for a few items, it became obviously clear the place was… Continue

Added by Tory Richards on January 22, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Author Disclaimer

As an author, my mind views everything I see, touch, taste, hear, and observe as potential material for a story-line. I don’t want to make you nervous, but I’m out there and I’m observing and jotting down notes about your clothes, your attitude, your humor, your kindness, or your quirkiness mixed together with somebody else’s traits. Be careful… check out my short guest blog on Tony-Paul's site. I'll introduce you to my sisters Detective Leslie Bolt and her twin Tasha from my novel Bolt Action,… Continue

Added by Victoria Roder on January 22, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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