April 2007 Blog Posts (377)

Latest contest on my book blog

I'm offering two titles this week on my book blog at www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. The first is an ARC of the latest Philip Dryden mystery, The Coldest Blood by Jim Kelly.

I'm offering a special opportunity with the second title.… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on April 28, 2007 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Noirathon - LA vs NY: Round 10

The Champ: PITFALL (LA)

Is there some sort of implied vaginal metaphor in that title? I’ll guess leave that to the college set to figure. The “pitfall” in question is sultry, whisky-voiced Lizabeth Scott and Dick Powell is the middle-aged everyman who falls for her. The plot follows an insurance investigator (Powell) who feels trapped in his regimented, predictable and unchanging life, until an embezzlement case introduces him to a… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on April 28, 2007 at 9:21am — No Comments

Lack of commitment

I've got about half a dozen stories in progress, most in various stages of revision. Trouble is, I can't seem to commit to any of them.

There's the one I wanted to submit to the New England Crimebake contest, but lost so much time during the 3-day power outage last week that I don't think it will be done in time (April 30). There's the one I want to submit to Mr. Bagley's anthology. A few others that I dusted off from when I wrote them years ago, and the two zombie short stories that…


Added by Christa M. Miller on April 28, 2007 at 6:15am — 2 Comments

The editing queen

I have worked like a trooper today and deserve countless gold stars, I'm sure. Well, maybe one anyway. For starters. First off, I must say how much I enjoyed the Goldenford (http://www.goldenford.co.uk) meeting last night - it was really good in terms of (a) taking me out of my slough of despond, and (b) planning ahead for our two books of this year. It was also nice as Jennifer has read A Dangerous Man (…

Added by Anne Brooke on April 28, 2007 at 3:21am — No Comments

Sometimes you stumble upon a really creative idea

Every now and then I stumble upon another author who's doing something truly interesting on a website. I don't know this author. I don't know what she writes. I don't know what her stories are about. I only know that I'm going to buy her book. And then I'm going to re-think my own website. Take a look at her website and then come back and leave a comment.

Added by Jeff Markowitz on April 28, 2007 at 1:42am — 2 Comments

Gearing for Malice

I'm so excited. I'm attending Malice Domestic for the first time this year. Until last year, I didn't even know it existed and now just the thought of being in the same room with some of my favorite authors has me goosebumpy and giggling like a school girl. Amazing to me!

Hopefully, while I'm in the room with the likes of Margaret Maron, Carolyn Hart, Cathy Pickens and so many others, their muses will shake an accusatory finger at mine and asked about that sorry work ethic of hers.…


Added by Laine on April 27, 2007 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

Cats ... Not The Musical

Posted by Leann Sweeney

I have always loved animals, but was only allowed to have one cat during my childhood, but she conveniently disappeared, just like Harvey, our rabbit. Only later did I learn that lost meant sent away. My mother was a dog person and my father liked birds because they could whistle back at him or enjoyed the mirror as much as I'm guessing he did. The first thing my husband and I did when we moved into our first place was to adopt two kittens. Fanny…


Added by Writers Plot on April 27, 2007 at 10:43pm — No Comments

It's time for a divorce

No, I don't mean my marriage is breaking up, heck we just celebrated 15 years what would be the point? I mean I need to divorce my current work in progress....actually I just need to divorce a chapter...but I can't seem to make myself do it.

See, that's my problem. I'm so married to my words I can't make myself delete them all together. I have three "deleted scene" folders for this current work because when I'm writing I just let the words and scenes flow. But then when I go back and…


Added by Terri on April 27, 2007 at 1:22pm — 4 Comments

Noirathon - LA vs NY: Round 9


Everyone who reads this blog knows how much I love Sterling Hayden. Next to ASPHALT JUNGLE, this is probably my favorite Hayden film. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel, CLEAN BREAK by Lionel White. The plot is pretty standard, though it’s served up in an intriguing series of overlapping flashbacks. A diverse collection of characters from all walks of life come together to pull a brilliant… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on April 27, 2007 at 9:39am — No Comments

Graphic novel review: "Murder Mysteries" by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell

One of Neil Gaiman's best stories is adapted into one of the best graphic novels of the decade. Read my review.

Added by John Platt on April 27, 2007 at 7:51am — No Comments

Murder with Reservations - Help Elaine Viets

Murder with Reservations - Help Elaine Viets

In the five years I chaired the Authors Programming Committee for the Lee County Reading Festival, I frequently said mystery writers are the best ones to work with. They were cooperative, easy to work with, and they enjoyed working with each other. Elaine Viets was one that was wonderful to work with. She appeared twice at the festival, and recommended other…

Added by Lesa Holstine on April 27, 2007 at 7:37am — No Comments

Hey, I'm here

This seems like a pretty cool place to be.

I can write the books, but I'm just learning the ropes in terms of promotion.

But the internet is cool for these things. I'm sitting at my son's gymnastics class and posting a blog. Woo hoo. I love technology.

I don't have much to say this afternoon, but that won't last long. Thanks to all who have friended me.

I"ll be back later.


Added by Chris Redding on April 27, 2007 at 6:42am — No Comments

A day of two halves ...

Very up and down today, I must say. In that order. Both me-wise and weather-wise. This morning was good. On all fronts (ho ho). Went into Guildford early and stocked up on underwear at Marks & Spencer. Where would I be without that shop? Today I've been bold and rebellious and actually bought bras that weren't white. Or black. Which are my usual bra colours. No, today I have bought, amongst other items, one pink and one light taupe bra. So I feel wild and free and liberated.…


Added by Anne Brooke on April 27, 2007 at 3:52am — No Comments

It's still rainy, so it must be April

Spoke too soon about the lack of rain. We've still got a deficit, I'm sure, but it's definitely rained, and from the look of the clouds, it will again today.

As this is blog #2 for me (Pepper, what were you thinking?!), I probably won't be doing it all that frequently, but I'll be putting stuff here as it occurs to me.

I'm enjoying the writing conversations on the forums. It's nice to actually talk with other professionals who are in the same genre--my publisher primarily… Continue

Added by Pepper Smith on April 27, 2007 at 2:50am — No Comments

A Personal Invitation to Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University of St. Louis

One day last fall, Michelle Becker and I reviewed the forensic sessions we'd attended at several writers' conferences. The classes were good—but the information often covered the same ground twice or left gaping holes. What we needed was a conference dedicated to solely to forensics.…


Added by Sisters In Crime on April 27, 2007 at 1:49am — No Comments

Join me for lunch!

Saturday will be special for me because I've been invited to the fifth annual Booklovers Luncheon in Baltimore. This event, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Karibu Books presents local authors in the most favorable way - with a meal. It will all start at 1 pm at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church at 1121 West Lanvale Street in Baltimore.

After our meal, three other authors and I will each have 15 minutes to read and present ourselves to the…

Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 27, 2007 at 12:19am — No Comments

Another DVD Competition + Updates on Shots Ezine

Our DVD competitions seem very popular. Our next one is in conjunction with Network DVD, And there is the chance to win a copy of the Special 9 Disc box set of The Best of Ruth Rendell Mysteries worth £59.99 and with a blurb line from our very own Peter…


Added by Mike Stotter on April 26, 2007 at 11:13pm — No Comments

Some BSP about, well, BSP

Posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

Can you have a "claim to fame" if nobody remembers? I don't know if Al Gore invented the internet or not, but I myself coined the phrase "blatant self-promotion", commonly shortened to BSP. I can't prove it, but I defy anyone to disprove it.

Here's what happened. I've been a member of the online mystery community DorothyL (www.dorothyl.com) for at least a dozen years. Some…


Added by Writers Plot on April 26, 2007 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Juggling ideas...

It takes a special frame of mind to embark on and complete a novel and I have to admit I am a long way from reaching that at the moment, despite enjoying the hell out of my writing my first book "The Fast Shuffle". I couldn't get the words on the page fast enough a few years ago when I raced through it and, even though it has yet to reach a big audience, I am proud as punch about it. It reflects my personality well, faults and all.

At the moment, I am writing dialogue and ideas for a…


Added by Matthew Ogborn on April 26, 2007 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

Meet the Flashers

Please check the new anthology THE FLASH, edited by Peter Wild, published by Social Disease and featuring a story by myself (amongst many others much more worthy - see below). The title refers to the length of the stories: each one…


Added by Charlie Williams on April 26, 2007 at 8:15pm — No Comments

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