July 2010 Blog Posts (145)

Lee Lofland Interviewed

Retired police officer and writer Lee Lofland shares his memories about law enforcement with mystery writers and readers on Hook'm & Book'em. Good background material for writers looking to deepen their characters.

Added by Mark Young on July 27, 2010 at 10:24am — No Comments

blog on beginnings

I have a blog entry on handling story beginnings at http://sirjohn.org/blog7/2010/07/23/writing-tips-by-guest-blogger-john-desjarlais/

John

http://www.johndesjarlais.com

Added by John Desjarlais on July 27, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

guest blogger at Mike Manno

I'm guest blogging this week at http://mikemanno.blogspot.com, about Bleeder and Viper

Added by John Desjarlais on July 27, 2010 at 2:09am — No Comments

MysterEbook Launch

Today marks the beginning of a new webblog for owners of e-readers. Mysterebooks.blogspot.com begins listing mysteries for e-books with author-submitted information and reviews. This week's listings are below. Please stop by and read, comment, and enjoy!



Monday, July 26, 2010

Title THE FOUR LAST THINGS (Simeon Grist #1)

Author Timothy Hallinan

Genre/Sub-genre: LA private eye novel

Tuesday:

Title TO CATCH A COP

AUTHOR Elle Druskin

GENRE…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 26, 2010 at 9:52pm — 2 Comments

MysterEbook Launch

Today marks the beginning of a new webblog for owners of e-readers. Mysterebooks.blogspot.com begins listing mysteries for e-books with author-submitted information and reviews. This week's listings are below. Please stop by and read, comment, and enjoy!



Monday, July 26, 2010

Title THE FOUR LAST THINGS (Simeon Grist #1)

Author Timothy Hallinan

Genre/Sub-genre: LA private eye novel

Tuesday:

Title TO CATCH A COP

AUTHOR Elle Druskin

GENRE…

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Added by Peg Herring on July 26, 2010 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Thinking is an essential part of writing

You think about the plot and sub plots. You think about the characters and their motivations. You think about the weather and the time of year the novels take place. And you think about the locations. In fact you think about everything there is to think about when writing a novel, and rather than spending my time sitting in a room and staring out of a window thinking, I prefer to do most of mine while walking. Not only does this help to keep me fit but it's a well known fact…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on July 26, 2010 at 5:20pm — No Comments

6 Great Novels that were Hated in Their Time

For everyone crouched in the fetal position wondering if their writing will ever be appreciated, check out this post over on Cracked.com: http://tinyurl.com/2u2dtrb

Did your hated novel make the list?

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on July 26, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

You should write a crime novel...

Write what you know, that's what they always say. You work as a crime reporter, why don't you write a crime novel?

My immediate answer: I can't handle plot. And I hate descriptive writing. Facts, ideas, characters maybe. I like to observe people; what they say, their motives and psychology. I don't care what kind of sound the gravel makes under my foot or exactly how black the night sky is on a cold November evening. I don't want to write about weeping mothers and orphaned…

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Added by Murdermap on July 26, 2010 at 9:48am — No Comments

BOGO yup. Buy One Get One FREE!

You can stop by KdBlog this week to get the secret code to your free book. Just follow the directions, purchase either Where the Dreams End or Murder at Timber Bridge from the KDWrites Store and until the end of the month you'll receive a free copy of Nine Kinds of Trouble.

Added by KD Easley on July 26, 2010 at 6:58am — No Comments

Friday Flash at the Bella Vista Motel Blog

Friday is the day to catch quick new fiction at the Bella Vista. I've been posting 1000-ish word flash stories on my Bella Vista Motel Blog for a while now. My stories are vintage noir crime with supernatural elements.

Stop by. Have a look. I'd love to hear what you think.

Added by ms.pamila on July 26, 2010 at 4:23am — No Comments

ZONCOM COMING TO LOVE IS MURDER



Lesa Zonsius of ZonCom, a photography company specializing in portraits, will be available at Love Is Murder 2011 to take headshots of authors and fans attending LIM. Appointments can be made before (call 815-676-5275) or during the conference.
Following is some advice from Lesa on preparing for your headshot. For more information, or to consult with Lesa re prices, please call…
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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on July 25, 2010 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Interview with Charlaine Harris

Just posted an interview with Charlaine Harris of True Blood fame on my magazine site http://KingsRiverLife.com
There is also a new chapter of my mystery novel DEADLY DISCRIMINATION
Lorie Ham

Added by Lorie Ham on July 25, 2010 at 4:54am — No Comments

The Chapter One Blog #4

Latest from The Chapter One Blog: "In Jen's Words," by Jennifer Brown. Read the first chapter here: http://tinyurl.com/34exlkk

Submit your own chapter and I'll post it. Details here:
http://tinyurl.com/24ww5nw

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on July 25, 2010 at 4:13am — No Comments

ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

The last several months I have been submitting large sections (50+ pages, double spaced) of the first of my Susan Edmonds series for review and critique to the Writers Group. This is quite an assignment for the group since those who don't write novels usually submit short memoirs or articles of no more than six pages double spaced. Writer #2 who also writes novels used to submit thirty or so pages but she now submits 50 or so pages. No one seems to object to the size of the weekly…

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Added by Glenna Fairbanks on July 25, 2010 at 3:45am — No Comments

20 Reasons to read Killer

Here are 20 reasons to read Killer if you love crime fiction:

1) "Spare prose and assured pacing place this above most other contemporary noirs." Publisher's Weekly



2) "Dave Zeltserman is at it again writing about ex-con antiheroes with the kind of panache that would make Jim Thompson, king of the psycho killer novels, proud." Boston Globe



3) "With graphic imagery and exciting twists, this novel is… Continue

Added by Dave Zeltserman on July 25, 2010 at 1:56am — No Comments

Israeli settlements: frozen, still cooking

JERUSALEM — Palestinian negotiators said again this week they’d refuse to re-enter direct peace talks with Israel unless the current partial freeze on construction in Israeli settlements is extended when its term runs out in September.


But as <a href="http://www.btselem.org/English/Publications/Summaries/201007_By_Hook_and_by_Crook.asp">a report</a> released this week by the Israeli human-rights organization B’Tselem reveals, a real settlement freeze…
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Added by Matt Rees on July 24, 2010 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Grow House short story now available from Smashwords

A short story I wrote, Grow House, is now available for free on Smashwords, here.

The story appeared online in Demoiltion Magazine.

The description on Smashwords is:

Stand-off in a suburban grow op. Freddie is robbing the place, Victor has come to kill him, Steve is caught in the middle and Holly is looking for a quiet…

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Added by John McFetridge on July 24, 2010 at 8:35am — 1 Comment

Brian Drake Interviewed on The Indie Spotlight!

A few months ago when my e-book Reaper's Dozen came out I answered some questions from the good folks at The Indie Spotlight, which highlights "indie" authors. If any of you Kindle owners subscribe to the newsletter you've probably already seen this; if not, click away!… Continue

Added by Brian Drake on July 24, 2010 at 6:08am — No Comments

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