July 2009 Blog Posts (185)

Event madness

It’s event madness for me at the moment (plus editing of course).

Last Friday night I was in Foster for an author talk, and then headed back on Saturday to catch some other authors talking about their books and work at The Crime and Justice Festival. In the end, I only went to two sessions – one on the criminal mind (right up my alley) and one on being an undercover cop in the mafia. Really enjoyed both and was dying to see more on Sunday,…


Added by Phillipa Martin (PD Martin) on July 25, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Find me on your Kindle

Well after the recent discussion here on Kindle publishing, I decided to stick one of my novels up there, even though I don't own the device.

It's a thriller and it got me my first agent but never sold to a major house, though it came close in a couple places. I've made one sale in the first days it's been available, first time I've ever been paid for my work.

(Weird feeling!) Below is the pitch and the link ...

Argus Ward is a former U.S. Secret Service… Continue

Added by Eric Christopherson on July 25, 2009 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Long delayed Author Update

Did you miss me? I know it has been a while since my last newsletter. I ran off to the other edge of the country for long weekend to attend a very important wedding and returned to a mountain of work that had waited patiently for my return. So each day this week I’ve spent time working on the past while new requirements piled in on me from the present.

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack at once.

Since I posted last I enjoyed a fun book… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 25, 2009 at 3:33am — No Comments

Mitzi's Reading in Vienna, Austria

Mitzi Szereto reads an excerpt from her short story "Odalisque" (from her anthology "Foreign Affairs: Erotic Travel Tales") at Shakespeare & Company Booksellers, Vienna, Austria; 17 July 2009.


Added by Mitzi Szereto on July 24, 2009 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Omar Yussef for President of Palestine!

My latest post on the International Crime Authors Reality Check blog:

Unlike the Palestinians (who don’t have one), Palestinian politics is in a real state. A civil war that’s been bubbling and sometimes burning for two years plus. No government in Gaza because Hamas, which rules there, is isolated. Accusations by a top PLO official that current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had his predecessor Yasser Arafat… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on July 24, 2009 at 7:28pm — No Comments

The Novel Formerly Titled CRIMSON SWAN

As often happens in publishing, book titles change. Why they change can vary and really unimportant in the grand scheme. What matters is that the title is memorable and reflects the story unfolding between the covers. With that said, my debut novel has undergone a title change and I couldn't be more excited...

CRIMSON SWAN is now officially titled BLOOD LAW!

Title changes aren't made lightly and without due consideration. Changing to BLOOD LAW is a… Continue

Added by Jeannie Holmes on July 24, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

So what, and who, really killed Arafat?

Poison? By Matt Beynon Rees - GlobalPost

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Yasser Arafat’s body lies in the back of the presidential compound, beyond the parking lot, in a mausoleum of stone and glass. Two guards in ceremonial uniforms that seem out of place in the camouflaged guerrilla world of Palestinian militias watch over the angled stone marking the… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on July 24, 2009 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

Have not had time to blog

Oh, surprise.

I'm working on 2 books at once. It's going well but I need to finish them both by October 1 so I can move on to another project. So I am seriously under the gun (ha! a pun on a crime site!) to write, write, write. Of course, I also have to attend myriad family functions -- this is the year people are getting married, having babies, getting married, graduating, getting married -- busy!

So I'll be back in the fall with my usual verbosity. Until then that noise… Continue

Added by J L Wilson on July 23, 2009 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Forward: Palestinian society, warts and all -- and some mortal danger

Robert Rees (no relation) writes about my books in this week's edition of The Forward. Admirably Rob read all three of the books before passing judgment, and a good review it is (as well as an interview, because we spoke for some time on Rob's recent visit to Jerusalem). "Rees has created an award-winning crime series which provides a view of Palestinian society, warts and all, not previously available to a wider public," he… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on July 23, 2009 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Ready, Set, Action: Useful Websites for Mystery Writers!

Here is a list of a few of my favorite websites I use when writing a mystery:

http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/csi-response.html Includes Crime Scene Investigation resources, training, articles and links to forensic web pages.

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/forensics.shtml Comprehensive resource covering forensic identification.

http://www.terryburns.net/COPS_CRIME.htm Articles related to crime scene investigations, physical… Continue

Added by Miranda Phillips Walker on July 23, 2009 at 2:24pm — No Comments

NoirCon 2010 Blog

To all interested parties:

Please visit the NoirCon 2010 Blog site. It will provide information about what is in store for NoirCon 2010.

The site is noircon.blogspot.com

Added by Louis Boxer on July 23, 2009 at 12:11pm — No Comments

FM4 ORF Vienna Radio Interview with Mitzi Szereto

An interview about erotic literature, “The Bad Sex in Fiction Award”, and my erotic writing workshops (broadcast on 17 July 2009, the Reality Check programme with Kerry Skyring, FM4 ORF, Vienna, Austria).


Added by Mitzi Szereto on July 23, 2009 at 6:42am — No Comments

If You Get Shorty, You'll Get Me... Hollywood and Satire.... Pick up a copy of Mystery Readers International

I have an article featured in this month's issue of Mystery Readers International:

Added by Michael P. Naughton on July 23, 2009 at 3:47am — No Comments

Where did all the fish bones go?

When I was a child eating fish was a scary proposition. Everyone knew it was good for you. And it was even tasty. But beware of the dreaded fish bones. If you got one lodged in your throat it could kill you. And it seemed all fish had them. They were hard to see, looking very much like the flesh of the fish. Even when you went to a fancy restaurant and the waiter boned the fish in front of you, tiny dangerous bones were usually left to surprise you. You'd suddenly have to put your fingers in… Continue

Added by Gayle Wigglesworth on July 23, 2009 at 2:33am — 1 Comment

Bruno in Jerusalem

It's hard enough to get around the notorious Ein el-Hilweh Refugee Camp in Lebanon at the best of times. I can testify to that, having had a few sweaty-palmed visits to the place myself to interview the hardline Palestinian gunmen who rule the camp. Try doing it after calling on the head of the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to eschew beards which "don't look good on your King Osama" and while dressed as "Austria's greatest gay superstar since… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on July 22, 2009 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Where Do You Go to Think? (R)

I have two places conducive to thinking, and they are as different as can be. First, I think in the car, preferably on a long trip and preferably alone. The automatic process of driving seems to calm my conscious mind and let the deeper thoughts arrange themselves into viable plots and possible characters. I particularly like the drive across Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which is both beautiful and remote, allowing lots of time to work out plot knots. I carry a small recorder and talk to myself,… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on July 22, 2009 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Soon to be Released North Country Press Anthology

Sometime this fall, my short story "War Path" will appear in the North Country Press mystery anthology:

Doing a happy [war] dance!

Added by Gigi Vernon on July 22, 2009 at 5:37am — No Comments

Please can I have your votes again?

Here we go again folks. My Mythica Publishing title 'Kiss of Life' is one of this month's nominations for the New Covey Cover Awards. If you feel like supporting me once again please go to http://thenewcoveycoverawards.blogspot.com/ and vote for entry number 5, Kiss of Life. I really do appreciate every vote I get.

Regards to… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on July 22, 2009 at 3:20am — 2 Comments

I Can't Believe it!

I'm amazed and astounded that 'Legacy of the Ripper' has shown up at #42 in Amazon.co.uk's Top 100 bestselling Historical books. A Study in Red normally shows well in the Jack the Ripper and crime thriller category but this is the fist time I can remember one of my book being so high in one of mainstream categories at Amazon. I'm so excited today. The listing is at… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on July 21, 2009 at 9:05pm — 1 Comment

It's All My Mother's Fault (R)

Really. I mean, the woman started reading me Edgar Allen Poe when I was still too short to reach the kitchen faucet and get my own drink of water. She would often appear in our bedroom doorway with a book and share a snippet of poetry or prose that had grabbed her imagination, and it was usually something spooky. She talked about words and the usage of words, why things were better said this way than that. And she put into my hands at about age thirteen the most unlikely of English teacher… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on July 21, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

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