February 2008 Blog Posts (177)

MURDER BY 4

I'm thrilled to announce that I've joined a team of great friends who also happen to be amazingly talented authors and formed a new authors' blog called MURDER BY 4. Of course, we've included a link to Crimespace as a great place for authors to vitits!

You'll find us here: www.murderby4.blogspot.com

Today was our first day and it's been great. We have several guest…

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Added by Marta Stephens on February 19, 2008 at 9:06am — No Comments

SWRC

Well as it is I wasn't able to make it to the SWRC this past weekend as I had planned. However I will make it to at least one this year. If anyone else happened to have gone let me know how it was.

Added by Michael Warden on February 19, 2008 at 4:06am — No Comments

Not really political

I was chastised lastt week for not voting in the primaries. Since I’m not committed to a party, I don’t think I should help choose their candidates. In that same conversation I was taken to task for the snide and sometimes humorous remarks I’ve made about all of the candidates. I… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 19, 2008 at 3:23am — No Comments

Rock of Realm, a YA fantasy novel, author interview posted -



Hey everyone - stop by <a href="http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com">my blog</a> today and leave a comment for Lea and be entered in the drawing for an ebook copy of "Rock of Realm", a YA fantasy novel that is being republished in print this year. See you in the postings - E…

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Added by Elysabeth Eldering on February 19, 2008 at 3:22am — No Comments

Speechless. Tongue-tied. Thunderstruck. Bowled over. Wordless. Dumbfounded.

You get the idea. That’s me when it comes to writing. It’s also me in the presence of those of you who write--especially those who write crime fiction--for your livelihood. So it’s a great honor and privilege for me to have been elected to follow the incomparable Doris Ann Norris as Sisters in Crime’s Library Liaison.

With two major library conferences on the calendar, 2008 is an especially promising year for bringing together…
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Added by Sisters In Crime on February 18, 2008 at 10:33pm — No Comments

The Tour

It's not an original idea, but it's topical. I'll blog for the next few weeks on a tour I'm making to promote my book, attempting to present an honest view of an author's life on the road.

Today is packing day, and what a challenge! I'm heading from Michigan to Florida, so I need clothes for warm weather and everything in between. I'm signing at a Renaissance Festival so I need trappings for a booth: sign, decorations, prizes, etc. I'm doing several talks, so I need audience handouts,…

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Added by Peg Herring on February 18, 2008 at 10:31pm — No Comments

AustCrime has had the decorators in

Well it's also had the structural engineers in - but after a massive slog - we're all brand new:


http://www.austcrimefiction.org

Everything that was there before is still there - it just might have moved a bit - if you're looking for the chatroom or anything else this
might help a bit:


http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/3965

Added by Karen from AustCrime on February 18, 2008 at 6:08pm — No Comments

There's a lot going on at L&L Dreamspell!

I set up this Crimespace page last year, and then got busy with all the new books and other projects at L&L Dreamspell - now I'm back to give everyone an update!

We've published a lot of new books - a lot of them mystery novels (all the L&L Dreamspell books are available on Amazon, B&N, and other web stores, and can be ordered through brick and mortar bookstores.) Two new books are anthologies of short stories, also in the mystery genre. "Dead and Breakfast" by the Final…

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Added by Linda Houle on February 18, 2008 at 3:21am — No Comments

Noir City Northwest 2, Day 2

Funny thing about noir. It even works in the daytime. Saturday afternoon’s films were a double-double shot, honoring both the lovely Joan Leslie and Ida Lupino, who in many respects is the first lady of the genre. (Check out that career.) I’d seen both movies before, but watching them in tandem brought new aspects to light.… Continue

Added by Vince Keenan on February 17, 2008 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Noir City Northwest 2, Day One

Night one of Noir City was a tribute to a man not credited on either movie on the bill, the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.



The Prowler is a film rich with secret history, not only because of Trumbo’s involvement and that of John Huston as a shadow producer, but because it essentially disappeared for decades. Only a single…
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Added by Vince Keenan on February 17, 2008 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Rant #3

It's been a while, been distracted, but this jumped out at me.

The Bush administration has sent Attorney General Mukasey to Iraq to, ahem, "review U.S. efforts to help build the nation's legal system," according to an AP article.

The Bush administration, destroyers of the Fourth Amendment, as corrupt as a festering sore on Roger Clemens' ass, abusers of signing statements, liars, thieves, torturers, defilers of the Supreme Court, and generally a nest of thugs and brutes, advising… Continue

Added by ed goldberg on February 17, 2008 at 6:12am — No Comments

Lovejoy

I just finished reading "The Judas Pair," the very first Lovejoy novel by Jonathan Gash. This is great stuff. I'd read one of the series years ago and liked it, but a friend just loaned me the whole series, so I'm reading them from the start. This first book is a bit rough, not as smooth and pleasing as they are later in the series, but its got a good sense of humor and it's also instructive about the antiques industry and the scams that go on. It should not have taken me so long to get back…

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Added by Clifford Royal Johns on February 17, 2008 at 5:55am — No Comments

Mystery Scene

After a lot of thinking over the last few months, I’ve decided to end my column about short stories in Mystery Scene. I’ve been writing it for a long time, and reckon I am probably running out of opinions - so I wanted to leave before my inevitable repetitions and ramblings became too irksome for readers.

I hope MS will continue regular coverage of short stories; thanks to all the writers and publishers who have entertained me during my long stint on “Short and Sweet.”

Added by Mat Coward on February 17, 2008 at 1:16am — No Comments

There was a time... for my Valentine.

There was a time in my life when doubt reigned supreme, but that was before I met you.

There were those years, lost now in the haze of memory, when facing the new day was almost too much, when work was a necessary distraction from the darkness of rest, when even those most important of ties were tainted with an edge of sorrow. Back then, even my beloved pastime, writing, was not sufficient to dull the ache of too many broken promises.

But that, my dear, was before your love…

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Added by Donna Carrick on February 16, 2008 at 11:31pm — No Comments

82 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH

Ah, February: Valentine’s Day…President’s Day…the month for sneaking across borders, plundering graves and stealing the heads of national icons….



That’s right hombres, 82 years ago this month, some skulking types broke into Pancho Villa’s grave and made off with the magnificent bastard's head, the MacGuffin that drives the plot of HEAD GAMES.



So raise a glass (mescal, tequila…pick your poison) and make a toast south (if you think the head stayed down there), or maybe… Continue

Added by Craig McDonald on February 16, 2008 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment

My First Review for Smell of Death

I'm floating on air--this is a terrific review. I have permission from the reviewer to post where I please.

"Full of suspense, realistic, and sprinkled with a light touch of romance, Smell of Death by F.M. Meredith is a sure hit for crime fiction fans.



The latest in Meredith's Rocky Bluff P.D. series, finds Officer Stacey Wilbur called to the home of Darlene Brantley. Upon entering the home, Wilbur finds Brantley dead, and in a strange twist of events,…

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Added by Marilyn Meredith on February 16, 2008 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Small Crimes--first chapter

My publisher, Serpent's Tail, has the first chapter of my upcoming crime noir novel, Small Crimes, up on their web-site.

Added by Dave Zeltserman on February 16, 2008 at 3:40am — 2 Comments

Liz Zelvin's book proves perseverence furthers!

I've been AWOL from Crimespace for some time now, but Liz Zelvin's message lured me back. I'm delighted to see her book Death Will Get You Sober has finally been published by St. Martin's. I met her several years ago at a Sisters in Crime conference in New York City, and I've tracked her progress in seeking publication since then. She's a therapist and her book deals with alcohol addiction. I recall her online postings about responses from agents and publishers who said no one would…

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Added by Julie Lomoe on February 16, 2008 at 2:31am — 2 Comments

All in!

Happy Valentine's Day! Well, it's Feb. 14, 2008 and I just got the POD proof of my book!

The song going through my head is "Paperback Writer"...

O.K. so it's my first book. But you all remember that experience, holding a book in your hands for the first time with your name on it. So cool!

On to promotion. Let the games begin!

Added by John Boundy on February 15, 2008 at 11:49pm — No Comments

That Whole Wildest Dreams Thing

Last night was my book launch party. It's a very small town in a low-income area, but I counted on having at least twenty there, friends who would support my publishing efforts and hand over a check even though they seldom buy hardcover books and probably not romances. I'd presold books as Christmas gifts and figured that most of those who wanted one had gone that route, so my sales would be low.

We ran out of books. Twice! The ones I brought sold, then my husband brought in another…

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Added by Peg Herring on February 15, 2008 at 10:38pm — 2 Comments

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