January 2011 Blog Posts (166)

Enter character the Black Swan and Bruce Springsteen way

A writer needs to enter the characters in his novel. I’ve talked about this with other writers, but also found it useful to discuss it with artists from other fields. Two movies I saw in the last week, “Black Swan” and “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” illustrate just why it’s so important.

“Black Swan” revolves around the dilemma facing Natalie…


Added by Matt Rees on January 27, 2011 at 7:19pm — 3 Comments

Review - Bold Blood, Lindy Kelly

Book Title: BOLD BLOOD

Author: Lindy Kelly

Publisher: Harper Collins

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-86950-733-6

No of Pages: 288

Book Synopsis:

When Dr Caitlin Summerfield took the message, her satisfying life included a rich, sexy boyfriend, an exciting career and, best of all, she was free of the emotional maelstrom that characterised her disastrous relationship with her mother.

Her father and brother are both long dead, and reluctantly… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 27, 2011 at 11:50am — No Comments


ARTICLE LINK: http://exm.nr/bloc-LA


Sometimes it pays to do generic searches. I wasn’t aware of Writers Bloc, but when it came up in a search for Los Angeles Writers I liked it enough to Spotlight it. Check out this interesting non-profit organization and some of the upcoming programs.



Las Vegas and Los Angeles Writing Examiner - www.examiner.com



Added by Morgan St. James on January 27, 2011 at 5:51am — No Comments

Only a few hours left to vote. PLEASE

Hi everyone,

Today is the last day of polling in the Preditors & Editors Readers Polls. With just a few hours left to go, Requiem for the Ripper is in 2nd place in the poll for best thriller and Glastonbury is in the lead in the mysteries. Please could I politely ask anyone who hasn't yet voted to vote for my nominations and perhaps secure Glastonbury's place and maybe push Requiem for the Ripper up to the top slot? Polls close at midnight GMT.…


Added by Brian L Porter on January 26, 2011 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Spotlight on my alter ego

LINK: http://exm.nr/Arliss-LA


Okay, it had to happen one of these days. I Spotlight authors in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and since I have a foot in both cities, today I decided to interview my alter ego, Arliss Adams, in the Las Vegas Spotlight.


There are many pros and cons to writing under a pen name, and…


Added by Morgan St. James on January 26, 2011 at 8:05am — No Comments

W.E.B. Griffin The Outsiders: A Presidential Agent Novel

For those not keeping up with the series or those of you who have possibly lost track for whatever reason, this is number six in the series. Yes, I have read them all and yes, I have also enjoyed them all. Did I enjoy this one as much as the others? No not as much, but I am a fan of the character and W.E.B. Griffin. Here is what Charlie has against him this time:

“Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded-but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on January 26, 2011 at 5:52am — No Comments

A Taste of Old Revenge comes out in June.

The second book of my Turner Hahn/Frank Morales police-procedural series comes out in June (tentatively) thru ebook publisher, Untreed Reads.


Traditional print rights are still available.  And who knows?  Maybe someday. . . .

Added by B.R.Stateham on January 26, 2011 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Any Joe R.Lansdale fans in the house?

Champion Joe - King of Mojo


Around three years ago, I was fortunate enough to stumble across a copy of Joe R. Lansdale’s Captain’s Outrageous in a Lancaster book shop. To those legions of readers that Joe has already converted, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are as real as a hot Texas day and a flea ridden dog corpse laying…


Added by Mark Porter on January 25, 2011 at 3:50pm — 1 Comment

An Object in Motion

So I've been holding off until I actually have something to report on and now I do. 

In twelve (12) days, on Feb 5, 2011, I will start releasing a chapter a week of the FREE mystery E-Book short story An Object in Motion! I will do this every Saturday until the release of the short story in March! The chapters will be available at www.reybooks.com and in March you will be able to get the full story for all E-Book readers, Kindle,…


Added by Ronald S. Barrios on January 25, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Review - The Third Rail, Michael Harvey

Book Title:   THE THIRD RAIL

Author:   Michael Harvey

Publisher:   Allen & Unwin

Copyright:   2009

ISBN:   978-1-4088-0585-5

No of Pages:   284

Book Synopsis:

A woman is shot as she waits for her train to work.  An hour later, a second woman is gunned down as she rides an elevated train through the Loop.  Two hours after that, a church becomes the target of a chemical weapons attack.  The city of Chicago is under siege.

Book Review:… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 25, 2011 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Review - The Priest of Evil, Matti Joensuu


Author:   Matti Joensuu

Publisher:  Eurocrime

Copyright:  2006

ISBN:   1-900850-93-1

No of Pages:   204

Book Synopsis:

There have been a strange succession of violent deaths at Helsinki tube stations.  The police are baffled: nobody has seen anything and the tapes from CCTV show nothing.

Detective Sergeant Timo Harjunpää of the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit has experienced more than enough of the seamier side of… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 25, 2011 at 2:38pm — No Comments

A new case for the Blind Traveler

It is offficial!!  Book 2 in the Blind Traveler series, Blind Traveler’s Blues, has a publisher…Echelon Press LLC!!!  Thank you Karen Syed!  Blues will be coming out in Ebook format on an as-of-yet unknown date.  Both Douglas and I are happy about this.  Actually we are ecstatic.  It’s taken a very long time to find a publisher for Blues, but the wait was well worth it.

Neither Douglas nor I like the idea of killing trees, and we both are technophiles.  Yep, we both…


Added by Robert Bennett on January 25, 2011 at 6:47am — 2 Comments

Stephen Hunter Dead Zero

I love to find new stuff to read and this Bob Lee Swagger novel rocked. This was my first read on a Stephen Hunter novel and I liked everything about it. Today I want to include two things in this post about the novel, the synopsis and also some text from the novel to give you a little flav of Bob Lee if this is the first read for you on this character. Here we go, a little of what is between the covers first:

“Bob Lee Swagger tracks down an AWOL Marine sniper who resurfaces to…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on January 25, 2011 at 5:45am — 2 Comments

Only 2 Days Left in Readers Poll, Please Vote!

The Preditors & Editors Readers Polls close at midnight, GMT on the 26th January, so there are just two days left to add your votes. If any of my friends and readers haven't yet voted, and may feel kindly disposed to do so, please may I ask if you'd support my two nominations by visiting the links to the individual voting pages, below, and adding your votes, for which I would be extremely grateful.

Glastonbury has been nominated for Best Mystery Novel and…


Added by Brian L Porter on January 24, 2011 at 9:12pm — No Comments

New DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery Published This Week - Footsteps on the Shore

This week, 27 January, sees the publication of the new Inspector Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novel, the sixth in the series, set against the backdrop of the Solent on the South Coast of England.

Footsteps on the Shore once again features the rugged Harley Davidson riding and sailing detective,…


Added by Pauline Rowson on January 24, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Number 8!!

I just found out today that my book, "Love, Lies & Deceit" is #8 on my publisher's Daily Hot Sellers' List. http://www.RedRosePublishing.com

Added by Carol Preflatish on January 24, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Melbourne gig

Just did a great gig at Brunswick Library in Melbourne, stacks of good questions from a brilliant audience ... and very nice write-up from the local Moreland Leader ... here

Added by Tony Black on January 23, 2011 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Coming in February, My New Tropical Police Procedural eBook Mystery, MURDER IN MAUI


Coming in February, my original police procedural eBook tropical mystery, MURDER IN MAUI: A LEILA KAHANA MYSTERY, in Kindle and Nook.

Experience Hawaii in a whole new way with this entertaining murder mystery in paradise!

Maui County homicide detective and composite sketch artist Leila Kahana is the protagonist. A Hawaiian…


Added by R. Barri Flowers on January 23, 2011 at 8:08am — No Comments

My New Hardboiled Mystery, DEAD IN THE ROSE CITY, Now in Kindle, Nook, and Print


My hardboiled mystery, DEAD IN THE ROSE CITY, is now in Nook, Kindle, and print. A Portland PI is framed for murder in middle of two cases.

A cross between Body Heat, Shaft, and Mike Hammer, DEAD IN THE ROSE CITY is a taut, hard-boiled detective novel where nothing is quite what it seems. Dean Jeremy Drake, nicknamed…


Added by R. Barri Flowers on January 23, 2011 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

New Twist on an Old Theme, DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL, My New Historical Thriller, Now in Kindle and Nook


Think the Jack the Ripper tale is too old for new twist? Think again. What if he were from NYC and fled across the Atlantic to London, with a determined detective in hot pursuit?

This is the basis for my new eBook historical thriller novel, DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL.

In 1888 in New York City, the search for a killer of…


Added by R. Barri Flowers on January 23, 2011 at 7:10am — No Comments

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