June 2007 Blog Posts (236)

44 WINNERS on Cheryl Kaye Tardif’s 44th Birthday!

The countdown is on...

I really hate birthdays (mine) and I have an aversion to the number 4, although I have to admit, the last 4 years have been amazing. Please help me celebrate my 44th (OMG!) birthday on AUGUST 12th, 2007 and enter to WIN FREE BOOKS, MUGS, BOOKMARKS and more.

Here’s how it works:

  • On August 12th ONLY be one of the first…

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on June 25, 2007 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Sad News

Judith Doloughan, my friend and cowriter of our book, "Fraterfamilias",

died on June 5 after a long illness. She was 63. She left behind a

number of projects which I will finish/revise/develop for her.

Our publisher, Virtual Tales, has included an obituary and tribute on their

blog. This includes a discount on our book until June 28, if anyone is

interested. Proceeds from the sale will go to charity:…


Added by Paula R. Stiles on June 25, 2007 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

A Sunday Short Story

The Devil in Jackson Township


Steven Torres

There has always been, shall we say, a warm spot in my heart for Jackson Township. I have toiled very little here while making considerable gains. In fact, I might go so far as to say that evil grows here of its own accord with barely an effort from me or anyone in my employ. When the institution of owning human chattel was in place, Jackson was one place slaves dreaded; a place where…

Added by Steven Torres on June 25, 2007 at 6:03am — No Comments

So many new friends, so little time to post

I'm polishing a short story that is soooooooooo overdue, so have had little time to read and post on this list. What an interesting group of people are on here! Many thanks to Lynne for inviting me so long ago, and many kicks at my own pants for not coming earlier

I'm off to a good friend's surprise birthday party. Should be fun!

Added by Jane Burfield on June 25, 2007 at 5:15am — No Comments

Do Blogs Work?

I'm sitting here checking e-mail and reading the blogs of my friends (and some "famous" authors who I wish were my friends!) and wondering if blogs really work. I don't know.

One of my friends is a mystery writer under one name and an erotic romance author under another. She blogs under her mystery name regularly and was able to guest blog under the other name. How do you do that? Does it help sales? Does it just keep you from the WIP you should be writing?

In my pre-author… Continue

Added by Nichole R. Bennett on June 25, 2007 at 3:04am — 1 Comment

Great Support from Borders!

The folks at Borders in Springfield did everything right for my signing yesterday. They put me at a table right up front near the door, near a display of new mysteries. Every time someone picked one up it gave me the opportunity to mention that I had a locally set mystery they might want to look at. They also had lots of signage, flyers, and my brochures set up in a nice display. They even brought me coffee. No wonder I signed so many books. And a couple of familiar faces did stop by,…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on June 25, 2007 at 1:38am — No Comments


I have been offline for a while, and I just wanted to say a big Hello to all my new firends that have been added and to let them know I welcome them and this is for all my firends

Added by Rhonda on June 24, 2007 at 10:02pm — No Comments

The Paul A. Toth Podcast

I'm sure that some of you will know Paul Toth, who has a page here on crimespace. Paul is building a vast library of podcasts, featuring some of his own works as well as works by guest authors. Thursday evening, I read the first chapter of A Minor Case of Murder for one of Paul's podcasts, and here it is already featured on tothworld #94. So listen, if you're so inclined to toth 94 and then check out his archives.

My thanks to Paul for…


Added by Jeff Markowitz on June 24, 2007 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Crime nonfiction: Real

I'm a great reader of fiction and nonfiction crime, especially murder.

Today, I am reminded that real life crime/murder impacts the victim(s) and families in heartbreaking ways.

The body of Jessie Davis was found today, and her boyfriend is being charged with two counts of murder. It's not just a story about the murder of a young woman and her unborn child by someone (Jessie's… Continue

Added by Beth Ann Allen on June 24, 2007 at 9:41am — No Comments

Short story stress

I've been working on a short story for Blood on the Holly, an anthology of crime stories coming out in September, 2007. I had difficulty writing a crime story for a holiday time i adore - how can you write negatively about eggnog, about shortbread and holly! I finally did it, but then a writerly friend suggested I make some major structural changes, and so I entered ss hell again. I have just decided to go back to the original structure, one that works with the vision I have of the…


Added by Jane Burfield on June 24, 2007 at 6:55am — No Comments

Wicked Women - Hell Cat Maggie

A Well Manicured Lady

Hell Cat Maggie – New York – mid 1800s

During the 1800s a number of gangs in New York fought for control of areas such as The Bowery and Hell’s Kitchen. It was not uncommon for soldiers and the National Guard to be brought in to stop the gang fights. The gangs revelled in names such as The Bowery Boys, The Plug Uglies, The Dead Rabbits, The Gophers, The Shirt Tails, The Roach Guards, as well as the innocently named Little Doggies, or The Pansies. Just as today… Continue

Added by Donna Moore on June 24, 2007 at 1:01am — 7 Comments

If you ask Al Guthrie...

Allan Guthrie, author of HARD MAN, has said some nice things about my latest effort, which, of course, I want to share. A bit of disclosure here first. I've recently interviewed Al for Crimespree Magazine. (Look for that interview in the upcoming issue.) I've read his last two books including the aforementioned title and KISS HER GOODBYE put out by Hard Case Crime last year. Wonderful, hard boiled books the both of them. But enough about him...

I sent Al an advanced copy of THE… Continue

Added by Steven Torres on June 24, 2007 at 12:17am — No Comments

Back to life, back to reality

..or back to fiction, I guess. I've picked up my story after not writing for about 2 weeks (although i did work on the outline on the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. Wish I'd gotten a picture of that..hundreds of travellers exhausted by the heat and the rocking of the boat, wrapped in kangas, and I'm there sharpening my little pencils..) A bit of research has shown me that I'm going down the wrong (inaccurate) track on a major story line,and I'm trying not to be despondent about it.… Continue

Added by Rosemary Harris on June 23, 2007 at 10:29pm — 1 Comment

Book Reviews

A few changes at PopSyndicate.com. You, your publisher or publicist can now send books directly to me for review on our site. Just shoot me a message and I'll get you my address.

Thanks so much for sending over your work!

Added by Angela Wilson on June 23, 2007 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Recently Read - SILENCE OF THE GRAVE by Arnaldur Indridason (5.0)

Building work on the outskirts of Reykajavik (Iceland) uncovers a body possibly buried alive during World War Two. Erlendur and his team are called in to investigate and try to uncover the truth while a team of archaeologists slowly and painstaking exhume the skeleton. Those who still live in the area tell of a young pregnant woman who disappeared in the war, but is it her? An elderly dying man talks of the green woman who was crooked. At the same time Erlendur is re-living his past - his… Continue

Added by Kerrie on June 23, 2007 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

Unusual Promo Op

For anyone doesn't know - the main characters in my mystery Lilah and the Locket are based on a great young couple and their German Shepard. Yes, the shepard's name is Lilah :)

Anyway --- here's what happened -

Kristie emailed me last night to see if I could meet her with 2 copies of Lilah and the Locket today. You all will love the reason --- they are having 2 family reunions in PA this weekend and she needed two gifts to give away at the events. So, she wanted to give away a…


Added by Nikki Leigh on June 23, 2007 at 8:54am — No Comments

Raising the Stakes: Taking a Lesson From 'The Matador'

Thank God for DVDs. I didn’t catch The Matador when it was released in theaters over a year ago. Then again, back then I probably wouldn’t have recognized the terrific lesson the film offers

fiction writers. A lesson, that is, in developing seedy characters that

readers find themselves loving despite more refined inclinations. In

this movie we not only identify with a truly vulgar hit man – we find

ourselves rooting for…


Added by Lois Karlin on June 23, 2007 at 8:51am — No Comments

Even A Hole in the Head Can't Stop Her

I know I've raved about my new baby granddaughter before, and I know there's a good chance you're all tired of hearing about her, but I hope you'll indulge me for a minute.

You see, it was just one week ago that we found out Abigail had to have brain surgery. As brain surgeries go, this one isn't too bad, I guess. Abigail has a cyst that, so far, isn't bothering her at all, but the neurosurgeon has decided that it's growing quickly enough to be a problem in the future. Last week, he… Continue

Added by Sammi Carter on June 23, 2007 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

What the--?

There are things that they don't tell you about when you get your own website.

There are some things, though, that should be explained carefully to those who put up their own web pages to tell the world about themselves. Such as, hotlinking to someone else's graphics without their permission is considered stealing.

Imagine my surprise when, in going over the web stats for my site, I discovered a link to a website that I'd never heard of before. A quick hop over to that site… Continue

Added by Pepper Smith on June 23, 2007 at 4:45am — No Comments

Wicked Women - Freydis Eiriksdottir

Viking Warrior Princess

Freydis Eiriksdottir – Greenland – c975-?

Freydis was the illegitimate daughter of Erik The Red, and half sister of Leif Eriksson. Married very young to a wealthy but apparently weak man called Thorvard she became a brave, if brutal, warrior and would accompany her husband on his sailing expeditions. No pleasant cruise around the Med, however; these were expeditions to trade goods and take land.

In 1004 she and her husband set off on a three year… Continue

Added by Donna Moore on June 23, 2007 at 4:42am — 3 Comments

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