May 2007 Blog Posts (272)


I will take the hot seat for my first every interview, on Friday, June 1st. I hope everyone will drop by BlogWriters Network and say Hi. Click here to visit my page. The interview will be conducted in the forum section. If you haven't set up a profile page - please do so, it will only take a few minutes.

Saturday Morning - First time novelist, Cheryl…


Added by RJ on May 31, 2007 at 2:30pm — No Comments

My new Amazon Short A Grave Error is now available!

My new Amazon Short A Grave Error is now available! I invite you to check it out. ~ CKT

A Grave Error
©2007 Cheryl Kaye…

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on May 31, 2007 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Review - The Colour of Blood, Declan Hughes


Author: Declan Hughes

Publisher: Hachette Livre

Edition released: May 2007

ISBN: 978-0-7195-6841-1

346 pages

Review by: Karen Chisholm

THE COLOUR OF BLOOD is the second Ed Loy novel by Declan Hughes, the first being The Wrong Kind of Blood, published in 2006.

Ed Loy is a Private Investigator in current day Dublin, Ireland - a place that's part gritty, poor, desperate and part rich, privileged, twisted. Shane Howard is a Dublin… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on May 31, 2007 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Authors and Readers

I've always considered authors and readers to be two sides of the same coin and felt that a book should be a form of interaction between them. I sincerely hope when you read one of my books I make it clear that I am in fact talking to you. We may never have met, but I firmly believe that the fact that a reader has chosen to pick up and read a writer's work establishes a definite bond between…

Added by Dorien Grey on May 31, 2007 at 5:28am — No Comments

Invisible Shield

Well, it's been a month since the release of Invisible Shield

and it has received great reviews from reviewers, authors and most of

all--my readers! The book is available to order through

bookstores and on

I've scheduled a promotional events and I can't wait to get out and

meet readers both familiar and new. Meanwhile, I've finished the

second book in the Frost sisters series and have written the first 100

pages of a stand-alone suspense… Continue

Added by Scarlett Dean on May 31, 2007 at 5:20am — 2 Comments

Feel the Fear and Court the Muse Anyway

It’s not only writers who suffer creative blocks.

Recently I visited friends in the mountains of Maryland, an artists’ mecca. My host was a sculptor who works in wood. Ordinarily ideas come to him while he’s working or listening to music. But lately

he’s hit a dry patch, following some success, and was telling me about

the various words of wisdom he’s been offered by artists about courting

the muse.…


Added by Lois Karlin on May 31, 2007 at 3:47am — No Comments

Writers Are Gamblers

My new blog post today is at

where you'll find observations from my vast experience at playing slot machines. (G)

(I also have an RSS feed on my profile page, bottom left column)

Morgan Mandel

Added by Morgan Mandel on May 31, 2007 at 1:37am — No Comments

Word Nerd chats with Victoria Houston

Angling for some info about mystery writer Victoria Houston...

Check here for an interview with Houston.

Added by Bethany K. Warner on May 31, 2007 at 1:13am — No Comments

Recently read - SHATTERED by Gabrielle Lord (4.6)

#4 in the Gemma Lincoln series. Superintendent of Police at Manly, Bryson Finn and his sister-in-law Bettina are killed by an unknown gunman when she opens the front door of her house. His 9 year old son Donny, also shot, saw the killer and may die. Gemma Lincoln, private investigator, becomes involved when she helps her friend DS Angie McDonald. The investigation affects a third friend Senior Constable Jaki Hunter, a ballistics expert, in a number of ways. Work has been a bit slow for Gemma…


Added by Kerrie on May 30, 2007 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Photo shoot

Tonight my face 2 face group here in Adelaide have participated in a photoshoot which is part of the launch of the June selection for the South Australian Big Book Club. The novel for June is Michael Robotham's THE NIGHT FERRY. Tonight 6 of our group were photographed in a local cafe with the book and we will be featured in the Adelaide Advertiser this Saturday. Great fun, and the book is very much worth reading too - see my mini-review on this page.

Added by Kerrie on May 30, 2007 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Returning from Mayhem

Like a bad penny, I am back.

First, let me tell you, Mayhem in the Midlands was AWESOME! I learned so much from the panels I attended.

Some were funny (sorry, but with titles like "Vampires have feelings

too: making fantasy characters work in a realistic world" how could

they not be?) and some were just plain informative (like "Central

Casting: Where do characters come from?"). I took probably fifteen or

twenty pages of notes in the two days.

I met… Continue

Added by Nichole R. Bennett on May 30, 2007 at 2:21pm — No Comments

The Cover For My Next One. :-)

I received the cover artwork for my next book, Paying the Piper, so here it is:

I would like to make one thing clear. No teddy bears were harmed in the making of this cover. I would never that. A stunt bear was used.

Added by Simon Wood on May 30, 2007 at 7:14am — 2 Comments

Interview with Sean Chercover

The latest Monday Interview at my blog, Things I'd Rather Be Doing, is with Chicago author Sean Chercover, who talks with me about his debut thriller, Big City, Bad Blood. It's a great book, and Sean is an open, engaging interviewee. We discuss the way he approached the book knowing it would the first in a series, his love of Chicago and the way his background affected his writing.

Added by John Kenyon on May 30, 2007 at 7:10am — No Comments

EBMRG - 5 June 2007 Meeting Handout



Tuesday June 5th, 2007 - 7 p.m.…


Added by LJ Roberts on May 30, 2007 at 5:30am — No Comments

Recent Reads

It's been awhile since my last post (if anyone cares) and I've gotten in a number of books. First up, Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher novel, Bad Luck and Trouble. I can remember the first Reacher I read, not that long ago, Persuader. I actively hated that book, but I stuck with Child and I've loved all the books since (still have to go back some time and read the first 4-5 in the series) and this one is just as good. Followed this up with the latest Dortmunder novel, Donald E.… Continue

Added by Craig Larson on May 30, 2007 at 1:41am — No Comments

Dos and Don’ts of Chatting with Book Reviewers

Being a book reviewer is tough work.

At least for me.

Not only am I an avid reader, but I also write fiction. When I go into a story, I’m searching for not only what works as a reader, but what works as a writer. And when dealing with authors, I’m thinking as a reviewer as well as a writer.

Writers are notoriously sensitive, so when I have to give a harsh review, it’s not easy. But it has to be done. Writers must have thick skins in this business. After all, the biz is…


Added by Angela Wilson on May 30, 2007 at 12:18am — 3 Comments

A Site to see... and be on!

So you spot a book that looks good, but you're not sure. You'd like to get someone else's opinion of the story before you invest the time reading those first 50 pages and it turns out to be a dud. Let me introduce you to the literary salon known as The Complete Review - They offer a selectively comprehensive, objectively opinionated survey of books old and new, trying to meet all your book… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 29, 2007 at 10:50pm — No Comments

A Double Life

Posted by Lorraine Bartlett

In the summer, I lead a double life. From Monday through Thursday, I live in the biggest suburb of Rochester, NY. We have a nice house, a money pit (that's an in-ground pool, which by the way, we almost never use because we don't swim--it was here when we bought the place), and four "snug kittens" (for those who used to read Country Almanac and Jo Leonsky's "Country Musings" column, you'll get that reference).…


Added by Writers Plot on May 29, 2007 at 10:23pm — No Comments

It's not you... it's me.

I'm still living out of boxes in the new house. I hit Ikea hard yesterday for the holiday tax-free sale. Big mistake. I didn't get home until six hours later. Still don't have the shelves I need for these many many boxes of books.

So anyway, I haven't been very active here, or elsewhere online. My apologies. So here's what you missed.

Recent reads: The Janissary Tree, Daddy Cool (Goines), The Song is You (Abbott). Firestorm (Caine), The Ikea catalog show.

Recent… Continue

Added by Michael C. Jacobs on May 29, 2007 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Reviewed by Liz - Summer Mystery Reading Challenge

From my blog, I link to a blog called Reviewed by Liz. The Summer Mystery Reading Challenge was originally scheduled to start on June 1st, but readers are eager to start, so you can start now.

What is their Summer Mystery Reading Challenge? The goal of the challenge is to read six mysteries by authors whose works you haven't read before, and you have until August 31st to do it. It gives readers the incentive to sample new and new-to-you authors. Reviewed by Liz explains the whole… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on May 29, 2007 at 9:21am — No Comments

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