May 2009 Blog Posts (185)

Jemma Kitty Rescued May 20, 2009

Trapped ten feet up in the overlapping branches near a fork in a tree, Jemma Kitty struggled to free her hind legs. The wind swayed the branches, slipping her tighter into the tree’s grip. Her powerful hind legs weakened but she fought for freedom, tore out a claw, and kept trying. Her jammed back legs went to sleep and she yowled.

Doreen, John Michael and Mickey Hawkins drove up to their house in Triplett Valley near Boone, NC, and heard the baby-like cries. They followed the sound up the… Continue

Added by Maggie Bishop on May 24, 2009 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Fran Stewart's radio interview of Maggie Bishop

Fran Stewart interviewed Maggie Bishop for an hour on her Mystery Matters radio show. Hope you have a chance to listen in and check out her other interviews.

Added by Maggie Bishop on May 24, 2009 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Weekly Blog - Monday 25th May

Last week I made guest appearance on Future Radio, a Norwich based community station. The interview went well, with the questions centring on my debut novel, Justice For All, along with related topics such as what gave me the inspiration for the story, how I come up with my characters, what type of research I undertake, and how music influences my work. This was the first time I’ve been live on air, and I even got to pick a song at the start of the show – I went for ‘Stay Positive’ by The Hold… Continue

Added by Steven Hague on May 24, 2009 at 6:38pm — No Comments

A Chat with Michael Stanley (aka Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip)

Any thoughts of a formal interview with Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip (aka Michael Stanley) rapidly disappeared when we were lucky enough to meet up with the collaborating South African duo on their flying promotional trip to Melbourne in mid May. For a start it simply wasn't necessary, and for a second, these are two crime writers who can really tell a story - on the page, and in person. Mind you, one can't help but imagine that a lot of social settings with these two head off in slightly… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on May 24, 2009 at 1:41pm — No Comments

"So Deaf" is up at Powder Burn Flash

My first attempt at a police procedural, "So Deaf," is up at Powder Burn Please take a look.

Added by Cormac Brown on May 24, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Out of the Gutter

Iffen you get a minute, steer your bad self over to and check out my story, along with several other excellent contributions, to the Flash Fiction Offensive. Click "The FFO" link. Like, now.

Added by Josh Converse on May 24, 2009 at 4:58am — 1 Comment

Release Date on MEMOIRS of BEAR: Nueces Means Nuts

MYTHICA PUBLISHING notified me that the release date on my mystery novel MEMOIRS OF BEAR: Nueces Means Nuts has moved from the Coming Soon! status to a real target date. Release of the ebook and print book are scheduled for release on the 15th of June, 2009. I am sure that it won't hit Amazon for a few days later, but that is just the way their stocking system works.

Needless to say I am excited. I have all the jitters, second thoughts and twitches that go along with the… Continue

Added by Tom Cooke on May 24, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

The Ardent Suitor Who Refused to Take "No" For an Answer

New blog post at:

Added by Mitzi Szereto on May 24, 2009 at 3:36am — No Comments

A Gentleman Caller

My latest crime short has been published on Crooked today. It can be found at:

Check it out if you have a few minutes. Hope you enjoy! Joyce

Added by J. F. Juzwik on May 24, 2009 at 3:22am — No Comments

Author Interview

I was interviewed by mystery author Jean Henry Mead on her web site, Mysterious People. She is an excellent interviewer who prompted me to reveal some new sides of my work.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 24, 2009 at 1:23am — No Comments

Elmore Leonard in Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore was good enough to send me an advance copy of his 10th Vincent Calvino novel "Paying Back Jack" which will be out in October (December in the UK). I love the Calvino series for the way it leads the reader into the underbelly of Bangkok in the company of its Italian-Jewish New Yorker private eye. PBJ… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on May 24, 2009 at 12:06am — No Comments

Brodart picks up my series

Brodart, large print distributor to public libraries, has picked up my entire Roland Longville series and will be re-releasing them by the end of the summer. It's a huge market and I am awfully excited. This will, no doubt, engender lots of signings and hobnobbing. I can't wait.

Added by Timothy C. Phillips on May 23, 2009 at 8:16pm — 3 Comments

Sick Child or Sick Parent

When a child is very sick, most parents never hesitate to take the child to a doctor for treatment. But what if your 13-year-old Daniel Hauser, who is diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and your mother decides, based on her religious beliefs, that alternative medicines would be better than chemotherapy for treating your life threatening condition?

Fortunately for Daniel Hauser, a Minnesota judge saw the issue differently. He ruled that Daniel was "medically neglected" and… Continue

Added by Christopher Valen on May 23, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Self-publishing finds commercial niche in digital age

Some cherry-picked quotes:

On Tuesday, the bibliographic information company Bowker released statistics showing that last year, for the first time, more books were released by on-demand publishers than by traditional ones.

Traditional publishers…

Added by John Dishon on May 23, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Jacking the Beanstalk

Several years ago I wrote several short stories as a writing exercise: What would fairy tales be like if famous authors had written them? The exercise was a lot of fun, and help me to learn to read as a writer, looking for techniques, and listening for voice. Not all of the stories are crime related, but this one is.

Added by Dana King on May 23, 2009 at 2:18am — 1 Comment

Mother and Son, Wars and Recipes

War correspondent Matt McAllester fled into the fields of battle to escape an alcoholic, mentally ill mother. In his memoir, Bittersweet, he tries to make amends with her, in the kitchen. Read my interview with McAllester on The Daily Beast.

Added by Matt Rees on May 22, 2009 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Russian Roulette Promo

I’ve recorded a short promotional video for Russian Roulette, in which I personally explain my new novel. You can view it on this site or on YouTube

Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 22, 2009 at 11:02pm — No Comments

On Working and Spring

I Meant To Do My Work Today

by Richard LeGallienne

I meant to do my work today,

But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,

And a butterfly flitted across the field,

And all the leaves were calling me.

And the wind went sighing over the land,

Tossing the grasses to and fro,

And a rainbow held out its shining hand,

So what could I do but laugh and go?

That's how yesterday felt. As a result, I have a red neck, sunburned thighs, a… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on May 22, 2009 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

First Review

The Crime Critics web site posted a very nice review of Russian Roulette, the very first advance review published. Crime Critics is one of the best mystery review sites on the net, and I'm flattered that they plugged my new book so soon.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 22, 2009 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Hey, check out My Page in here

Finally figures out how to put music on my personal page (yeah, I'm slow). If you want to groove thru a mystery, try this little ditty.

Added by B.R.Stateham on May 22, 2009 at 12:53pm — 2 Comments

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