April 2010 Blog Posts (124)

Fans of Maisie Dobbs: Come to SCENE OF THE CRIME for a Discussion with Bestselling Author Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs to the Rescue: Jacqueline Winspear’s England


Added by J. Sydney Jones on April 21, 2010 at 3:23am — No Comments

Unanaswered Question

Isn't it interesting how some technology constantly improves while on other fronts, early mistakes remain built into devices decades later. For instance...

why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would…

Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 20, 2010 at 9:37pm — No Comments


It's something you should never see, IMHO, but more about that later.

I spoke at a Career Day last week, and the topic of networking came up. The students didn't know what it was, but since I shared the stage with a newspaper reporter, we explained how we reciprocate in helping each other. I give her interviews that hopefully pull in readers. I aslo buy advertising space in her paper. She gives me publicity that should result in name recognition and book sales. Neither of us…


Added by Peg Herring on April 19, 2010 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Author Update

My return to Virginia picked up where I left off here. I sold out at Borders in Manassas as I had at my last two local dates. It was a fun two-hour event in the middle of a great weekend.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 19, 2010 at 9:14pm — No Comments


“If I could just go back.” My favorite words repeated in my head over and over again. So much useless mind chatter because nobody goes back. You play your hand and if you’re not focused on the game, you throw it all away. Which is what I did, not in poker but in life where it hurts the most. You lose more than the ante; you lose everything that defines what living should be.

I met Peg in a bus station. I was heading out of West Virginia to meet…

Added by Salvatore Buttaci on April 19, 2010 at 12:34am — 1 Comment

Whitfield Cover Award

As most of you know, I interview writers on my blog at www.susanwhitfield.blogspot.com. I have being doing this since 2009 and have had some great interviews and showcased some awesome book covers. I decided it was time to have a contest to pick the best cover posted so far. Because there were so many excellent covers, I narrowed the field and posted my favorites on the site. Now, if you will, please help me pick a winner who will get a…


Added by Susan Whitfield on April 18, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Win an Autographed First Edition--Visit SCENE OF THE CRIME

Go to my blog Scene of the Crime and click on the new page, Free Stuff, for a chance to win one of five autographed first editions of The Empty Mirror.

Added by J. Sydney Jones on April 17, 2010 at 9:25am — No Comments

Review of a great crime novel!

Review on my blog today. Check it out.


Added by J. F. Juzwik on April 17, 2010 at 7:06am — No Comments

Who will be able to make it to the London Book Fair? Me.

It seems that the unprecedented closure of airspace across Britain and large parts of Northern Europe is set to continue into the weekend, after the volcanic eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland has sent a massive plume of ash into the atmosphere. So overseas visitors to the London Book Fair might be rather thin on the ground this year. My agents in Singapore and in Turkey have both had to cancel appointments with me because they can't get here. It's a great…


Added by Pauline Rowson on April 17, 2010 at 4:29am — 1 Comment

What Do Editors Want? Visit with St. Martin's Editor Peter Joseph at SCENE OF THE CRIME

Editing the Scene: Peter Joseph of St. Martin’s Press

Peter Joseph, editor extraordinaire at St. Martin’s Press, is our guest today on Scene of the Crime. He is, as one of his…


Added by J. Sydney Jones on April 17, 2010 at 3:24am — No Comments

First Upload Sample Chapters to Scribd, then Commence Horn Tooting

Now I'm not one to toot his own horn – or one who starts doing something by denying that I frequently do it – but some horn tooting is in order. The first three chapters of "Cleansing Eden" went up over at Scribd. In less than 12 non-prime time reading hours, 110 people had read the chapters.

That may or may not knock your socks off, but I'm sure as heck happy about it. You can add to the read count by clicking… Continue

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on April 17, 2010 at 1:08am — No Comments

Bibi’s Bedtime Book: The Secret Diary of Prime Minister Netanyahu #2

I can’t believe the extent of the corruption being uncovered in Israel’s government.

My predecessor as Prime Minister moped home from vacation yesterday – without any envelopes stuffed with cash, as far as we know -- and made a weepy statement about yet another police probe into bribery and fraud and breach of trust on his part. He’s alleged to have been in cahoots with a bunch of shady property developers, lawyers and municipal officials, so that a big, tacky…

Added by Matt Rees on April 17, 2010 at 12:14am — No Comments

Phoning It In

Just finished a book by an author I usually like. The plot was okay. The characters were there, and I knew what I needed to know about them. The ending was a culmination of plot events, and everything added up.

And I felt absolutely nothing.

I might have been reading the phone book or a cereal box for all the interest or excitement I got from the book. There was nothing wrong, not really, but something was just not right. I didn't care about the characters,…


Added by Peg Herring on April 16, 2010 at 9:45pm — No Comments


Starting today, and for a limited time, you can read Blood and Bone for just $2.99!

In this novel, 18-year-old Kyle needs a bone marrow transplant, and his only hope lies in finding his father, a man who disappeared before Kyle was born. Private eye Hannibal Jones has 2 weeks to find the missing man, but his search turns up much more: A woman who might be Kyle's…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 16, 2010 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Include forensics in your stories? Here's a great resource.

I just found a great book on forensics and discuss it on my blog. Check it out if you have an interest.


Added by J. F. Juzwik on April 16, 2010 at 8:36am — No Comments

Martha Grimes in South Florida

Martha Grimes will be signing her new book, The Black Cat, at Murder on the Beach bookstore in Delray Beach, tonight at 7 pm. If you are in the area, please come. I plan to be there soaking up information, and having a great time in my favorite bookstore.

Added by Rebecca B. Swets on April 16, 2010 at 1:01am — No Comments

Thrown-away Words

It's the ides of April, so why don't we call it that?

I like the idea of a term for the middle of the month. We have the first of the month and the last of the month. So "the ides" is a good marker, letting us know we're halfway through. No one says it, though.

There are lots of words from the past that we've thrown away, words that are still good, like those rollover minutes on TV. Varlet. Whippersnapper. Mewl. Strumpet. I could go on.

Added by Peg Herring on April 15, 2010 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Meet Me this Weekend in VA

Saturday's book signing will be at Borders in… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 15, 2010 at 9:26pm — No Comments

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