April 2014 Blog Posts (18)

Join New Writing North for Crime Story

A weekend festival for crime writers and readers

Spend a weekend getting under the skin of a fictional crime with top crime writers, criminologists, lawyers, police and forensics experts. New Writing North and Northumbria University invite crime writers (aspiring or established) and readers to Crime Story – a weekend of discussion and workshops focusing on a fictional crime and how it would be investigated in real life.

Ann Cleeves, prize-winning author of the Vera Stanhope…


Added by Tammy Moore on April 29, 2014 at 10:43pm — No Comments

The Cold Nowhere - Brian Freeman

I've read the first couple of Brian Freeman's  novels featuring protagonist Jonathan Stride. His latest novel, The Cold Nowhere, is the sixth in…


Added by Luanne Ollivier on April 29, 2014 at 4:05am — No Comments

Complaints or ?

Complainingpenguins_249x167 This week, I introduce a new list of future blog ideas. This list wasn't originally to inspire creativity, but nevertheless, I thought it humorous enough to keep, share, and from which to draw topics. Some of the future blogs will deal with the writing industry, but many will concern my life and some of my experiences. I hope to give you inspiration for future stories if you're a writer…


Added by Stephen Brayton on April 25, 2014 at 7:02pm — No Comments

The story behind the detective - DI Andy Horton in Death Surge

The inspiration for Death Surge came like all the other novels in the series featuring the flawed and rugged detective DI Andy Horton from the location. It is locations that inspire me and with the Horton series,set…


Added by Pauline Rowson on April 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Breach of Etiqette

She awoke with intense pain, in her head, her back. Dense smoke filled the air and flames leapt along the wall across from where she lay. Ghostly figures moved around her. Were they shouting? She only heard whispers above the ringing in her ears. Warm blood ran down her face. It was hard to breath. The stench of melted plastic was intolerable.

The last thing she remembered was sitting across from that dreadful young executive. She could not comprehend that despite her seventy years of…


Added by Karyn J. Powers on April 19, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Attack of the M's, Part II

Today, I turn the coveted blog chair over to a wonderful woman I've met at Killer Nashville and didn't get to spend as much time talking with as I would have liked. Today she honors me by stopping by my place on her blog tour to promote her latest endeavor, Murder In The Worst Degree. So be nice to her or I won't let you play in my neighborhood…


Added by Stephen Brayton on April 18, 2014 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Tango mystery Dead on Her Feet, published by Booktrope

I'm very excited to announce the release of Dead on Her Feet.  Some of you know I've been working on this for a verrry long time, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for your support!

Publisher's blurb: 

"For those who dedicate their lives to "chasing the ghost," searching for that elusive moment of perfect connection on the dance floor, tango is a drug.

A drug that proves fatal.

When a much-hated member of the Atlanta tango community is stabbed…


Added by Lisa Fernow on April 18, 2014 at 3:35am — 1 Comment

The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt

My Cold War thriller, The Bone Church, debuts on April 15th and I’m nervous, excited and more than a little bit relieved. Honestly, it feels like my daughter’s wedding or something.

Here’s an idea of what it’s about:

In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make some dubious alliances —…


Added by Victoria Dougherty on April 15, 2014 at 3:53am — 2 Comments

Name that Book Contest

The second Ace Herron novel is ready to go, but lacks an important element: the title. I'm offering a free and autographed copy of the book to the reader who makes the best suggestion. You have a week. Details here:


Added by Stephen Seitz on April 15, 2014 at 12:32am — No Comments

Attack of the M's, Part I

I was going to title the next two weeks' worth of material Attack of the Marylins, but then I realized that this week my guest's name is spelled Marilyn so...

Actually, this first week is another in the award winning (or so to be award winning, or rather, deserving to be known as award winning) series Around the Globe with...

This week I pick up my featured…


Added by Stephen Brayton on April 11, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

North Texas/USA: Dallas Book Festival, Saturday, April 12th

Join us 12 PM-5 PM at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street. Parking underground at Wood or nearby at Wood & Ervay.

     The Festival offers a range of events for readers, authors, artists, musicians, and children including Alma y Corazaon Tejano Ballet Folkorico, the Black Vegetarian Society, a Discovery Wall "trip" to the Cleveland Institute of Music complete with performances by its students, and a young poets' workshop.

     AuthorSpeak will include a…


Added by L. A. Starks on April 10, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments


If you happen to have visited this blog before, you may be aware that I write three kinds of fiction – dark crime (Perfect Day and Perfect Peace and the Crime-Mystery-Suspense Short Story Collection), light crime (The Queen of Hearts), and horror (Comeback and the Horror Short Story Collection).  In my writer’s mind all these genres are one and the same.  To me it’s all the same world, only slightly different aspects of it and viewed from a slightly…


Added by PJ Shann on April 6, 2014 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Computer Dependency

<a href="http://stephenbrayton.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/computer_dependency.jpg"><img src="http://stephenbrayton.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/computer_dependency.jpg" alt="computer_dependency" width="279" height="229" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-776" /></a>I know, I know. I didn't post last week. First time in years.

Well, all I can do is humbly ask for your forgiveness and explain the reason. I didn't have a computer from which to post. Why? Because for a…


Added by Stephen Brayton on April 4, 2014 at 5:40pm — No Comments

On the way to 221B Con in Atlanta

The car is gassed and ready, road food is being prepared, clothes being assembled, and video equipment is ready to be picked up.

This trip will be a first for me: I plan to document it as I go, via periodic Twitter updates. I'll also be making a documentary for YouTube, and I hope to get at least one episode of "Book Talk" in the can through interviewing my fellow authors.

So, if I won't see you there, maybe you'll see me!

Added by Stephen Seitz on April 3, 2014 at 1:51am — No Comments

Award for Strike PRICE

STRIKE PRICE won the 2014 Texas Association of Authors' best-in-category award for mysteries and thrillers.  http://books.txauthors.com/category-s/1981.htm?searching=Y&sort=13&cat=1981&show=10&page=2

Added by L. A. Starks on April 2, 2014 at 2:13am — No Comments

The new DI Andy Horton by Pauline Rowson, Shroud of Evil, number 11 in the series, now published

April sees the publication of the eleventh in the DI Andy Hortonpolice procedural crime series,Shroud of Evil.



Added by Pauline Rowson on April 1, 2014 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Sleeping With Veronica Lake

Authors continuing series created by others is the rage right now. Among the first was Max Allan Collins, finishing up Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series. (This is a bit of a special case, as Collins had worked hand-in-glove with Spillane for years, and was asked to complete the unfinished Hammer novels by The Mick himself.) Ace Atkins is continuing Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series at the behest of the Parker estate. More recently, Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe has been resurrected…


Added by Dana King on April 1, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

Pen Names

I've read some interesting blogs lately where authors are using and recommending a pen name because they have had really bad experiences with readers or trolls on Amazon.  I've had one such experience.  I wrote it off to that one person.  But if this is more common maybe a pen name could protect you from having such personal attacks.

What do you think?

Added by Brian Hoffman on April 1, 2014 at 4:03am — No Comments

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