August 2009 Blog Posts (179)

Think Outside of the Bookstore Box

I recently attended a friend of mine's book launch and signing at a local coffee house here in Raleigh, NC and I found it highly successful.

Martin Brossman, the author of… Continue

Added by Anthony S. Policastro on August 26, 2009 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Ellroy Queen: Megan Abbott’s Writing Life

Megan Abbott is the female James Ellroy. When I read her Edgar-award-winning “Queenpin,” I immediately was put in mind of everyone’s favorite noirmeister. Dig it. Even more I loved “The Song is You,” in which Abbott took a real-life missing persons case from 1949 and plumbed her Hollywood characters for real… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on August 26, 2009 at 1:53am — No Comments

BookRix - community connects writers to readers - a social network for writers and readers, where everyone can convert novels, non-fiction, poetry, comics, poems etc public as an e-book in own design.

You can edit your books with a special tool, or simply upload your doc and pdf-files. It's free to read books online. You can even download e-books for e-reader or smartphones for free. Find community features like individual user profiles, forum, groups etc and make new contacts, discuss with like-minded people or just… Continue

Added by Nils on August 26, 2009 at 12:28am — No Comments

Redhead of the Week is Hot, Hot, Hot

Firestar (Angelica "Angel" Jones) is a fictional mutant superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. She can generate and manipulate microwave radiation, creating intense heat and flames. She can also fly. In the comics, Firestar has been a member of the Hellions, the New Warriors, and the Avengers. In the cartoon from which she originated, she was a member of the X-Men and, later, of the Spider-Friends.

Firestar was originally created for the… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on August 26, 2009 at 12:19am — No Comments

The Word

When I was in high school, they called me the walking dictionary due to several factors: I always loved words, as did my mom, and I was on the debating team. My vocabulary was always being stretched by one or more of those things, and like coins deposited in a piggy bank, I kept adding to it.

Then I taught high school for thirty years, which tended to push me in the opposite direction. I had to keep putting things into terms that tenth graders could grasp, which meant I didn't use a… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on August 25, 2009 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Another Cool Review

I like to share reviews of my work, especially if the reviewers might lead you to other good reads. Today I want to introduce you to my pal Martha Eskuchen.

Martha lives in Florida, but we bumped into each other on the social network She’s an avid reader whose reviews you will find around, Goodreads, and other places under the byline MESreads, or sometimes MSEreads.

Martha posted a very nice review of Russian Roulette on,… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 25, 2009 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Review - The Tower, Michael Duffy

Book Title: THE TOWER

Author: Michael Duffy

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-74175-813-9

No of Pages: 454

Book Synopsis:

Young detective Nicholas Troy is basically a good man, for whom homicide investigations are the highest form of police work. But when a woman falls from the construction site for the world's tallest skyscraper, the tortured course of the murder investigation that follows threatens to destroy his… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 25, 2009 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Killer Career Now at Barnes & Noble

I received some fantastic news about my new release, KILLER CAREER. It's now available in Barnes & Noble stores, as well as on their database. I'm still waiting to hear back from Borders and Books-A-Million.

Killer Career is about a lawyer whose decision to quit her day job could be a killer. That's because her mentor, a NY Times bestselling author does more than write about murders. Her law partner isn't too happy about her leaving, either. Does he mean more to her… Continue

Added by Morgan Mandel on August 25, 2009 at 9:53am — No Comments

All Lost Things...coming soon.

All Lost Things, the third novel in the Killian Kendall Mystery Series, will be released in late September/early October. Watch the trailer on my page.

Killian Kendall's life is changing faster than he can keep up. He's graduating from high school, breaking up with his boyfriend, and starting a new job with a private investigator. He's barely settled at his new desk when his ex-boyfriend calls with a desperate plea for help. He wants… Continue

Added by Josh Aterovis on August 25, 2009 at 6:48am — No Comments

Bog butter!

3,000-year-old butter found in Kildare bog - Kildare Today


3,000-year-old butter found in Kildare bog - AN OAK barrel, full of butter, estimated to be roughly 3,000 years old has been found in Gilltown bog, between Timahoe and Staplestown.…


Added by Erin Hart on August 25, 2009 at 4:22am — No Comments

Horror Country Song

Horror Country Song


A girl requests help killing her father only to face new dangers after the deed is done.

My love, the deed is done.

He wont rape anyone.

Yes, dear, I killed him slow.

We reap what we sow.

Please dont hang up again.

I know how hard its been.

Forget all daddy did.

You were just a kid.

Hes dead because you asked

So lose your niave mask

And meet… Continue

Added by Mike on August 25, 2009 at 1:49am — No Comments


In the world of writing, as in the world of business, failing to plan is planning to fail. However, I am regularly reminded that spontaneity is an important part of keeping a personal life together. The challenge is that when one has a job and an all-consuming hobby, it’s hard to make spur-of-the-moment decisions. How do we handle this apparent life conflict?

Me? I plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 24, 2009 at 9:25pm — No Comments

What a Rush!

I wrote last week about giving up on a story I was trying too hard on. It felt artificial and difficult. Yuck.

But that feeling of oh-my-god-I've-got-to-write-this-down is now in high gear. Boy, have I missed it. My Other Idea is obviously the one I should have been working on all summer, because it has all the signs of a winner: monopolizing my mind, keeping me way too long at the computer, and making my friends and family wonder why I'm so distracted and disinterested in real life… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on August 24, 2009 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Author Update

Borders Express manager Russ really took good care of me yesterday. When I arrived the posters were up, he had been handing out bookmarks all week and there was a table at the entrance for me to take over. Oddly, now that I had copies of Russian Roulette available, just as many people still wanted the earlier Hannibal Jones books. Not that I mind. Once they’re hooked they return for the new book and Borders Express in Westfield Mall will have them.

On line, my friend and fellow… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 24, 2009 at 5:09am — No Comments

So you want to write about the FBI?

There appears to be some confusion as to the exact nature of all the alphabet branches of our government. You know, FBI, CIA, NSA, ATF, etc. For some reason, they tend to be used somewhat interchangeably in various fiction books. In order to help clear up the differences, Special Agent Bill Whatrights of the FBI has agreed to answer a few questions for us.

Hello Agent Bill. Nice to meet you.

Um, that’s Special Agent Whatrights.

Sorry. Special Agent… Continue

Added by M.C. Peery on August 24, 2009 at 4:19am — No Comments

Five Star Review for 'Legacy of The Ripper'

I'm rather delighted that 'Legacy of the Ripper' just picked up another five star review at

Regards to all,


Here's what the reviewer said:

5.0 out of 5 stars Jack is back?, August 20, 2009

By Edward T. Cook "ETC" (Zion, IL) - See all my reviews


The Legacy of The Ripper


Brian L Porter

The story begins with Jack Reid confined to a psychiatric hospital, having been found guilty of… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on August 23, 2009 at 6:44pm — No Comments

11 arrondissements to go: Cara Black’s Writing Life

Each of Cara Black’s titles takes her computer-security PI Aimee Leduc on the trail of a murder in a different quartier of Paris -- Montmartre, Clichy, Bastille. Aren't those names alone enough to make you want to read them? The latest is… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on August 23, 2009 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Anybody Else a Sherlock Fan?

If so, you have to try this new promotional website.

Fill in the five gray boxes with the password, IRENE, and you will hear and see Warner Bros. video for the new Holmes movie set to open Christmas Day.

If you're a Holmes fan, you know the password IRENE remembers Irene Adler, the woman who once tricked Sherlock into revealing the…


Added by Jack Getze on August 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Confused about Networking and Self-promotion? Don’t ‘drop your pants’ just yet – there may be hope!

With so many social networking sites available on the Internet, I thought I’d do some research to discover the emerging Do’s and Don’t’s of Self-Promotion. After all, one doesn’t want to become known as a Dreaded Spammer. On the other hand, we all know that “Bench Advertising Works”, so in that spirit, I set out to uncover the mysteries of Global Networking.

According to the experts, the following are the… Continue

Added by Donna Carrick on August 23, 2009 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

In a serial killer's hunting ground

I am a writer and actor, I was in a movie called Nun of That (about psycho killer nuns) and we filmed one day at a strip club called K2U in Woonsocket, RI. By total coincide I went to a bookstore the next day and picked up a copy of the book RIPPER by Linda Rosencrance. The book is about a serial killer, Jeffrey Mailhot, who strangled several women. He would go to K2U, get drunk, and pick up his victims there or on the way home from K2U. It was weird knowing I had been at K2U the day before.

Added by David L Tamarin on August 22, 2009 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment

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