July 2007 Blog Posts (261)

Angel Hunt

Do you look like this?

Know someone who does?

The hunt is on. I’m looking for a model/actress to play Angel Dare in

the book trailer I will be shooting for MONEY SHOT. If you’re LA local

and interested in being a star (for thirty seconds), check out my craiglist ad for more details.


(Daniel, if you're reading this, I have not been able to post… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on July 29, 2007 at 11:16am — 4 Comments

Would You Like To Share Your Thoughts?

I'm working on writing the first book in a promotional series I've been planning for some time. One of the things I want to do, is include thoughts, suggestions and experiences from authors :) I bet you have some awesome promo ideas and would like to know if you would like to provide a quote. I think that offers more varied info for the authors who read the…


Added by Nikki Leigh on July 29, 2007 at 9:37am — 1 Comment

Support Your Local Author

As a writer, I would prefer sitting on my butt writing. In the publishing world, that is a sure sign of someone who is going nowhere. So get out there, do panels, book events, conferences. And while you are at it, support your fellow authors. Go to their events. Buy their books. Show an interest in the business.

Added by Gayle Bartos-Pool on July 29, 2007 at 4:56am — No Comments

The resurrection of my blog: Prose & Musings

http://mstephens-musings.blogspot.com/ I've had this blog for a while but haven't done too much with it. After spending the past four months blogging on the 18 or so sites that I belong to, I decided I needed to revamp my blog to not only promote my writing, but to also have a place where I can showcase other authors.

I'd like to invite you to vist my blog and look forward to your comments!

Added by Marta Stephens on July 29, 2007 at 3:07am — No Comments

Facing "The Pressure of Darkness"

I'm not much into blogging. So here's a piece that originally appeared in "Mystery Scene...."…


Added by Harry Shannon on July 29, 2007 at 1:12am — No Comments

Here a genre, there a genre....

posted by guest blogger Marilyn Levinson

I’ve started writing a new book – a Y A horror. Once again I’m a boy. I’m fifteen years old and I’ve just lost my family. What’s more, I’ve yet to discover I’m in the clutches of an uncle with evil intentions, not the least of which is to take over my body. Quite a switch from writing cozy mysteries for adults.

Adults? Kids? What’s the difference these days? How many adults have their noses in the latest Harry Potter, a series that…


Added by Writers Plot on July 28, 2007 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Blogito, Ergo Sum

Why do we blog?

Let me tell you why that question has been rolling around the inside of my skull. Tuesday night I went to the Giants game to see Barry Bonds hit a home run or two. A failed mission. But between innings, the scoreboard had a quiz. Who is first baseman Ryan Klesko's… Continue

Added by Keith Raffel on July 28, 2007 at 9:32am — 2 Comments

Why Can't I Hear You When I Take Off My Glasses?

posted by Leann Sweeney

My first grandchild will arrive in October, so before I spend three weeks in Seattle in the fall, I decided to fit in every appointment to every doctor or dentist I know. Plus, I start a new medical insurance deductible in September. That's an important scheduling factor. I know Aetna will be glad when this year is over. Between the Lyme meds and the physical therapy, it's been a pricey year for all of us.

I made the mistake of seeing the dentist first.…


Added by Writers Plot on July 27, 2007 at 11:22pm — 1 Comment

Books We Love to Write

Yesterday's post was on writing what you like versus what will sell. I find that among my works, I can't say which is better or best; I love whichever one I'm working on right now. I can't imagine being told what to write, and I guess that taking the creativity out of a person's work is what makes a writer a hack. Although I understand the need for editorial intervention once I'm done, before that point I have to write my story. It is this that makes me reluctant to join critique groups that…


Added by Peg Herring on July 27, 2007 at 11:18pm — No Comments

I'm drinking Eric Stone's pinot noir

Memo to self: sell his next book soon, the bottle is nearly gone!

Added by Janet Reid on July 27, 2007 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Recent and Recently-Recent Reads and Re-Reads

Recent and Recently-Recent Reads:

Tilt-A-Whirl - Chris Grabenstein

Rain Storm - Barry Eisler

The Overlook - Michael Connelly

The Winter of Frankie Machine - Don Winslow

Bad Luck and Trouble - Lee Child

The Janissary Tree - Jason Goodwin

The Song is You - Megan Abbott

Daddy Cool - Donald Goins


The Maltese Falcon - some guy... can't remember *smirk*

Death of a Citizen - Donald…

Added by Michael C. Jacobs on July 27, 2007 at 3:48am — No Comments

Crazy week ahead

Starting Saturday is a week exactly the anthesis of the writer's solitary life:

Catch a plane at 6 a.m on Saturday. Three events that day, culminating with one of my royal tea parties at the Mystery Bookstore, LA.

Then drive to San Diego. Royal teaparty. Fly home.

Monday, fly to Denver.

Tuesday two early morning TV shows. Evening event.

Wednesday drive to Boulder, evening event.

Thurs fly to Salt Lake, evening event.

Friday fly to Portland,…


Added by Rhys Bowen on July 27, 2007 at 3:37am — 3 Comments

Harry Potter and the Feeling of Loss

I just finished book seven, and I have that feeling that I always get when I finish a nice fat mystery--kind of lost, like I was inhabiting a world and was suddenly sent home. A sort of death, really.

So now I must go through my book pile and decide what's next--but Harry, I must say, is a tough act to follow. JKR filled seven huge books full of history for each character so that a reader is left feeling that they grew up with these people, went to school with them--what an amazing…


Added by Julia Buckley on July 27, 2007 at 12:42am — 2 Comments

DEAD CONNECTION tour - Day 11 - July 26

Today was the first significant flight delay of the tour, from Seattle to San Francisco. Maybe the Gods really are trying to tell me I belong back in the Pacific Northwest.

I rode in a Prius for the second time on the tour, this time to Ed Kaufman's wonderful M is for Mystery. Our very own FriscoSpice from the message board was there, proving that she is indeed a stand up comedian.

Tomorrow the husband and the Duffer will meet me in Portland. It's the Duffer's first plane… Continue

Added by Alafair Burke on July 27, 2007 at 12:30am — No Comments

"A Fantastic Opportunity" my current novel I am marketing

The synopsis is all about a man in his late fifties. He has a wife and two teenage sons. His wife has had medical problems and the healthcare expenses are rising. Deep over his head in debt and wanting to find a better job as he has been working at a department store acting as the regional manager. However, he has hit the top with his earnings. With working sixty hour weeks, there is little hope that even a part-time job will dent his needs. One evening he is looking through the want ads.…


Added by Krystal Waters on July 26, 2007 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Another Five-Star Review Out of Nowhere

I am beginning to realize that your book has a life of its own.

You never know where it will wind up or who will be reading it -- or

exactly what prompted them to read it. I had never heard of

armchairinterviews.com but of course, now I love the site. This review

was posted on Amazon this week (below). In a word, thanks!

What a WOW of a first novel!, July…

Added by Mark Stevens on July 26, 2007 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Time's Wing'-ed Chariot

posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

"But at my back I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near."

"To his Coy Mistress", Andrew Marvell

I admit it. I'm a Boomer, and our generation ain't getting any younger. Clever marketers have noticed that. We are daily bombarded with the "opportunity" to purchase long-term care insurance, retirement property in warm (or foreign) climes, and cemetery plots.

Despite more than a few creaks and groans in the ole…


Added by Writers Plot on July 26, 2007 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Writing What You Like

I had lunch with a writer friend the other day and we got into a discussion about what we write. I'm about to be published in historical romance when I really love writing mysteries. She's published in cozies and wants to start a series with a paranormal detective. Conventional wisdom says to write what you know, but there's also the consideration of what will sell versus what you really love to write.

My friend's written two series, one she devised herself and one she was asked to…


Added by Peg Herring on July 26, 2007 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Miss Fortune

In 1947 there’s only one female P.I. in New York City and her name is Allie Fortune.

They call her the P.I. Princess. Allie Fortune is the only woman private…


Added by Sara Mills on July 26, 2007 at 5:12pm — 6 Comments

There's No Place Like Crimespace

My friend Jordan Dane has been recommending Crimespace for a while. Jordan is not only a wonderful author, she's nearly always right.

I finally set aside a bit of time, and--like Dorothy--just clicked my heels together three times. Bingo! Guns, booze and crime. So much better than Oz!

Speaking of fantasy, I finished Harry Potter 7. No worries, I won't spoil it. But the world, admittedly, seems a little dimmer without another HP book on the horizon. Rowling managed to cross a… Continue

Added by Kelli Stanley on July 26, 2007 at 11:24am — No Comments

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