April 2011 Blog Posts (178)

Guest Post Amy Faircloth co-author of Wicked Good

 

People frequently ask how it came to be that two sisters wrote a novel together and what it was like to work as a team. The answers are “simple” and “great.”

It was March. The snow was dirty brown and the sun was absent here in Bangor, Maine. I was spending a lot of time on my sofa, channel surfing and landing nowhere. Joanne called from her home in Florida.

“Wanna write a book together?”  I wrapped the afghan around me tighter and yawned from lack of blood flow to my…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on April 13, 2011 at 12:18am — No Comments

Review - Zulu, Caryl Ferey

Book Title:   ZULU

Author:   Caryl Ferey

Publisher:   Europa Editions

Copyright:   2010

ISBN:   978-1-933372-88-4

No of Pages:   400



Book Synopsis:



As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkatha, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress.  His father and brother were not so lucky.  Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years.  But as with many survivors, the psychological scars… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on April 12, 2011 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Writing routines- writing crime novels, Pauline Rowson explains her routine

I'm often asked if I have a writing routine.  There are a writers who write the same time every day come what may; others will write a certain number of words every day and say, 'when I've done my quota, I'll knock off writing.'  Me?  I have no real  set routine and I don't count the number of words.  Some days the words will flow and I can spend up to eight hours, maybe more writing.  Other days I will struggle to find the correct words. If the latter happens I will usually pick up my… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on April 12, 2011 at 6:59pm — No Comments

John Locke A Girl Like You

I have some new things to talk about; yes besides the stuff I yapped about last week, yes, it is true. New stuff already! Here is the deal; I am adding a new segment to my blogtalk show, it is going to be all about writing process. Basically a panel of authors is going to discuss a facet of writing each month and hopefully something new can be learned and we can each get something from it. Let’s face it, gas is going through the roof, trying to get to one of these authorfests is tough and…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on April 12, 2011 at 5:51am — No Comments

Guest Post Amy Faircloth co-author of Wicked Good

So You Want To Co-Author A Novel…

My sister and I have written a novel together called Wicked Good. People ask me all the time what was it like co-authoring a novel with my sister.

My response: all good!

It’s been my dream to be a writer since I was eight years old, and trust me, that’s a long time ago! Amy never wanted to be a writer. She is happy spending time with her sons and saving all the dogs of the world. It wasn’t planned that we would write novels…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on April 12, 2011 at 3:13am — No Comments

A Publisher? For "Cleansing Eden?"

It's true, I'm happy to say. The good folks of Trestle Press took me on this morning. I'm excited to work with a publisher so committed to reaching readers on different platforms.

 

It's also nice, once again, to be in a house with fellow C'Spacer B.R. Stateham.

 

Let the mayhem begin!

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on April 12, 2011 at 1:18am — 8 Comments

Review - Shadow Sister, Simone van der Vlugt

Book Title:   SHADOW SISTER

Author:   Simone van der Vlugt

Publisher:   Text Publishing

Copyright:   2010

ISBN:   978-1-921656-33-0

No of Pages:   282



Book Synopsis:



Lydia and Elisa, twin sisters, identical in appearance, different in every other way.



Lydia has her life in order and opinions on everything, from her husband's business to her sister's friends, to her fellow teachers. If only those around her could live up to her high standards. But… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on April 11, 2011 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Crashed

I’ve been a devotee of Timothy Hallinan’s work since I was asked to review A Nail Through the Heart, the first of his Poke Rafferty series. The Rafferty books started strong and got better, capped (so far) by last year’s The Queen of Patpong. Knowing how much effort Hallinan puts into the Rafferty books, and the emotional fatigue that must have been induced in writing Queen, it was no surprise when he opted for something lighter for his next project.

Junior…

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Added by Dana King on April 11, 2011 at 11:09pm — 2 Comments

Review - Operation Napoleon, Arnauldur Indridason

Book Title:   OPERATION NAPOLEON

Author:   Arnauldur Indridason

Publisher:   Harvill Secker

Copyright:   2010

ISBN:   9781846552854



Book Synopsis:



1945: A German bomber flies over Iceland in a blizzard; the crew have lost their way and eventually crash on the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest in Europe. Puzzlingly, there are both German and American officers on board. One of the senior German officers claims that their best chance of survival is to try to walk… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on April 11, 2011 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Review - Blood Men, Paul Cleave

Book Title: BLOOD MEN

Author: Paul Cleave

Publisher: Bantam

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 9781869792718



Book Synopsis:



Edward Hunter is a family man with a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future, and a very dark past.



Edward's father is a man of blood. He's been in jail for twenty years and he's never coming out. Edward has struggled his entire life to put that all behind him, but it's hard when everybody knows you're the son of a… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on April 11, 2011 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Long time no see, Crimespace

Hello, everyone. Been away from writing for a little while. 

 

One of the first things I've done since coming back is to put together a collection of my published crime short fiction. NOWHERE TO GO features eleven stories of murder, obsession, fear and--sometimes--redemption, first published in Alfred Hitchcock's, Ellery Queen's, and more.

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Added by Iain Rowan on April 11, 2011 at 7:41am — 5 Comments

Self-Published Sunday Debra Lee

 

Just to clarify a few things: I didn’t put together a best of Self-Published novels for the quarter because I basically didn’t do any posts on them for all of January. I could not even put together a top ten if I tried, so I will combine it when I do the second quarter’s list; it will be fair that way. I hope that you have found by now that I am a big supporter of Self-Published authors and in no way shape or form mean any disrespect by not having a best of list this time around.…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on April 11, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

New York Times....Helllooooo????



I'm selling more books than Stephen King right now.

Ok....E-Books.

Kindle E-Books to be even more specific.

And I have been for about a month now since THE INNOCENT broke the Amazon Kindle TOP 100 and settled into the TOP 10 where it's been holding under the No. 5 spot for more than two weeks.



You with me here????



Believe me when I tell you, I am…

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Added by Vincent Zandri on April 11, 2011 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Getting Inside Your Head: Virtual Reality guru Jeremy Bailenson's Writing Life

Move over cards, cocaine, and nicotine, Virtual Reality is the new addiction. It isn’t restricted to the realms of academe or science fiction. Whether you know it or not, it’s going to change your life. It already may have done so. Stanford University Professor Jeremy Bailenson is co-author of a new book,<a href="http://www.infinitereality.org/"> Infinite…

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Added by Matt Rees on April 10, 2011 at 6:29pm — No Comments

The Persnickety Protagonist in a Mystery or Thriller

The Persnickety Protagonist

Creating an interesting protagonist that characters will be invested in takes some time and research as well as a lot of thought to put them all together in one fun, exciting, messed up package.



One of the first things you need to decide is the profession they are in. Are they a…
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Added by Cheryl Bradshaw on April 10, 2011 at 6:19am — No Comments

Jan Burke writes about The Crime Lab Project/Ian Rankin review in KRL

In the new issue of Kings River Life bestselling mystery author Jan Burke shares about Forensic Science and The Crime Lab Project http://kingsriverlife.com/04/09/crime-lab-project/#sig
We also have a review of the latest Ian Rankin mystery novel "The Complaints" http://kingsriverlife.com/04/09/the-complaints/#sig
Happy reading,
Lorie Ham

Added by Lorie Ham on April 10, 2011 at 4:16am — No Comments

Jan Burke writes about The Crime Lab Project/Ian Rankin review in KRL

In the new issue of Kings River Life bestselling mystery author Jan Burke shares about Forensic Science and The Crime Lab Project http://kingsriverlife.com/04/09/crime-lab-project/#sig
We also have a review of the latest Ian Rankin mystery novel "The Complaints" http://kingsriverlife.com/04/09/the-complaints/#sig
Happy reading,
Lorie Ham

Added by Lorie Ham on April 10, 2011 at 4:16am — No Comments

I.J. Parker . . . forgive me.

Writing is a mystery.  And the fame that comes to one writer and bypasses another even a greater mystery to contemplate.

 

We have a great writer here in Crimespace.  She writes a wonderful set of novels called the Sugwara Akitada series.  Her name is I.J. Parker. If you are into historical detectives, her Akitada novels are for you.  The best of the best.

 

But success . . . fame. . . recognition.  A mystery.  Read my blog and see what I have to say about it. …

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Added by B.R.Stateham on April 10, 2011 at 3:37am — 1 Comment

Digital short Saturday R.W. Doyen Green Eyes

I didn’t know this when I read this story, but it is part of a larger work, the launching point of the author’s next novel. Good stuff as far as I am concerned. I like the use of the digital short story to whet my appetite for it. What does this firecracker of a story have inside it? Check it out; I have included the author’s bio as well:

“Trestle Press award winning author R.W. Doyen crafts a tale that will mesmerize you. The story begins with a difficult birth during a vicious…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on April 10, 2011 at 3:24am — No Comments

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

 Please excuse the double entendre, but we couldn't help it. These kinds of things don't come around every day you know. The fact that it's been SNOWING off and on here in Southern Oregon the last couple of days, and that a week ago today on April Fool's Day we got a surprise phone call from author Miranda Phillips Walker asking if she could come back home. Here's the backstory: Krill Press was founded in the fall of 2008 and our first title, "Absinthe Of Malice" by…

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Added by Miranda Phillips Walker on April 10, 2011 at 2:28am — No Comments

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