January 2013 Blog Posts (53)

CATEGORICALLY SPEAKING

So, I got these two kittens a few months back. Ragamuffin is a torty; Rusty is orange and fluffy. They were rescued from a stray cat's litter.

I'm trying hard not to be an over-protective mother. When Rusty, the clueless male, climbed up to the top of the tree, I had the crazy idea to send his much more sensible sister to fetch him down. She obeyed and went to the rescue like a St. Bernard.

Which left me to wonder: when did I…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on January 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NOIR AT THE BAR (San Diego)

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Added by Aaron Philip Clark on January 21, 2013 at 6:26am — No Comments

Julie Hyzy, Andrew MacRae, giveaways, mystery short story, Remington Steel & more in KRL this week

Up today in Kings River Life a review of Andrew MacRae's first mystery novel "Murder Misdirected", an interview with Andrew & a chance to win a copy of the book http://kingsriverlife.com/01/19/murder-misdirected-by-andrew-macrae/

 

Also up today we have an article on the great old mystery TV show "Remington Steele"-a personal favorite of mine…

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Added by Lorie Ham on January 20, 2013 at 3:38am — No Comments

DI Horton Crime Novel Nominated for Book Award

I'm delighted to announce that the seventh in the DI Andy Horton crime series, A Killing Coast has been nominated by my publisher Severn House for the eDUNNIT AWARD at CrimeFest 2013.

Crimefest is an annual convention for crime fiction fans and draws top…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on January 18, 2013 at 7:22pm — No Comments

The Next Big Thing, Part 2

new-years-2013-300x228 I was asked to participate in another of The Next Big Thing. I was recently involved but thought it would be a good opportunity to help promote one of my works in progress. Unfortunately, I am unable to tag other authors, but if anybody would like a future tag or to be highlighted in…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on January 16, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Review - Furt Bent from Aldaheit, Jack Eden

Book Title:   FURT BENT FROM ALDAHEIT

Author:  Jack Eden

ISBN:   9781927182536

Series:  Osgood Sneddon

Year of Publication:  2011

Publisher:  Pear Jam Books

Location:  New Zealand / Australia



Book Synopsis



His name isn't Furt Bent, and he isn't from Aldaheit. He's the persona that Osgood Sneddon invented for himself to rise above the mundane, and extricate himself from trouble when a moment's misunderstanding lands him on the wrong side of the law.…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 16, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Praise for The Troubleshooter

Thankye posted this review of The Troubleshooter on Amazon: “Great character, this Hannibal Jones. Look forward to reading more. Good guys vs bad guys, I thought it was well written.”…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on January 16, 2013 at 1:51am — No Comments

Review - Unnatural Habits, Kerry Greenwood

Book Title: UNNATURAL HABITS

Author:  Kerry Greenwood

ISBN:  9781742372433

Series: Phryne Fisher

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Allen & Unwin

Location:  Melbourne / Bacchus Marsh



Book Synopsis



1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy,…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 15, 2013 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Review - Young Philby, Robert Littell

Book Title:  YOUNG PHILBY

Author:  Robert Littell

ISBN:  9780715643280

Year of Publication:  2013

Publisher:  Duckworth

Category:  Espionage / Thriller

Special Interests:  Cambridge Spy Ring



Book Synopsis



When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most notorious double agent in the history of espionage. Recruited into His Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service at the beginning of World War II, he rose rapidly in the ranks to become the…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 14, 2013 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Should corporate annual posts be thrillers?

I used to quite like writing the annual Business Plan for our family company, Genesis Homes Ltd. It took a creative use of words to put the proper spin on things like market conditions, competition, and the world economic crisis. It was uplifting to review where we’d been and where we were going as a corporation. It was rewarding to look back on the hardships we’d overcome and make definitive plans to meet the challenges of the future.…

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Added by Eileen Schuh on January 13, 2013 at 10:11am — No Comments

Laura Childs, Nancy West, Joyce & Jim Lavene, short stories, giveaways & more in KRL

Up in Kings River Life this morning we have a review of Nancy G. West's latest mystery "Dang Near Dead", a fun guest post from Nancy where she interviews her main character & a chance to win a copy of not only this book but the one before it http://kingsriverlife.com/01/12/dang-near-dead-by-nancy-g-west/

 

Also up in KRL this morning, a review of Jim & Joyce Lavene's latest supernatural…

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Added by Lorie Ham on January 13, 2013 at 3:37am — No Comments

Cheap thrills

Two of my novels - The Orion Assignment and Damaged Goods are now on sale for 99 cents!

http://www.amazon.com/Assignment-OBrien-Thriller-Series-ebook/dp/B001B48JVQ/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1357955713&sr=1-8…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on January 13, 2013 at 3:02am — No Comments

More praise for The Troubleshooter

Gail Alexander posted this on Amazon about The Troubleshooter: “After having read a later book in third series, I decided to find where Hannibal started. I like his style! Camacho writes well without bells and whistles. The action is fast-paced and at times more than a little breathtaking. I'll be reading more of Jones's adventures!”…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on January 12, 2013 at 11:46am — No Comments

Unexpected Activities - Zach O'Malley of An Adventure in Indianapolis

He knows he is not the only O'Malley, but Zacheria is content.  He delighted his parents by making it clear he planned on growing up to become a priest - a nice Catholic priest.  His parents were pleased.

When he was a teenager, the girls were disappointed.  He was friendly and kind and attractive.  As long as they wanted him to behave like a gentleman it was nice, but when push came to shove and they wanted romance it became negative.  Zach was not the only person to have that type…

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Added by Miriam Pia on January 12, 2013 at 3:41am — No Comments

Adult Truth #6

Was learning cursive really necessary?”

Answer: no.

Harken back to those early years of learning cursive. Why did we learn it? Why was it invented in the first place? You have basic block letters and printing is just as good and even better in some cases for legibility.

Cursive was invented, in part, to save pens. See way back when humans used quill…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on January 11, 2013 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Readers Have Spoken Loud and Clear – Top Blog Posts of 2012

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Thank you to everyone who has visited and subscribed to my blog  – it doesn’t go unappreciated.  When I first decided to create a blog, I was apprehensive at first.  Well let’s get serious, I was terrified.  I thought I’d be writing articles just for myself and no one would care about the posts I wrote, but I was…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on January 11, 2013 at 7:19am — No Comments

DNA under Fingernails Lead to Arrest in Decades-Old Cold Case

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Every week seems to bring a new story of how advances in forensic technology are bringing closure to cold cases that had been held in police files without leads for ten years, twenty years, or longer.  The scientific community and law enforcement are working together to bring closure to families who just a few years ago may have thought the ability…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on January 11, 2013 at 7:18am — No Comments

WHY CRIME...

Crime fiction, film and television are extremely popular among readers and viewers worldwide.  Fiction writers are often categorized, listed and known for their particular genre; be it crime, mystery, romance, horror, science fiction and so on.  Genre is defined by Merriam-Webster as a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.  And as stated by Joyce Carol Oates in The New York Review of Books, “In…

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Added by J. L. Abramo on January 11, 2013 at 12:18am — 1 Comment

Tales of Tomasewski by Del Staecker

Publisher:  Musa Publishing

Publishing Date: October 2012

ISBN:  978-I-6I937-8I9-3

Would you like to know what makes a good detective?  Well, I think it’s the same qualities that make a good anything.  Doing what you have to do, even when you don’t really feel like doing it.

Like going out and risking you rear end when you just know that you’re not going to get any credit or thanks for it.  Like solving cases that no one else wants any part of. You…

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Added by Reginald on January 10, 2013 at 8:10am — No Comments

A Question of Identity - Susan Hill

I first 'discovered' Susan Hill about this time last year when I read The Betrayal of Trust - the sixth in her…

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Added by Luanne Ollivier on January 10, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

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