September 2008 Blog Posts (137)


If only I'd kept my clothes from the seventies, my kids' toys from their early days, the furniture from my first apartment. Everything seems to come back into vogue, and I can't help but think I could have made a fortune on Ebay. I saw a skirt in a store last week that is almost identical to one I used to own. Star Wars, He-Man and Barbie stuff goes for pretty pennies, and all those goofy things I threw in the trash call to me now, "We're collectors' items, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Plots… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on September 22, 2008 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Weekly Blog - Monday 22nd September

I’ll keep this week’s blog on the brief side as I’ve got a large turf laying operation on the go in my back garden, plus there’s what promises to be a very exciting finale to the Ryder Cup coming up later today!

Work on ‘The Beholder’ continues apace, as I sailed through the 50,000 word mark at the end of last week. In theory, this puts me at somewhere around the half way point for the first draft, although I’ve got a feeling that this novel may turn out to be slightly longer than my… Continue

Added by Steven Hague on September 22, 2008 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Blurb Me!

By attending writers’ conventions and being personable I've been able to get some pretty nice folks to write blurbs for some of my books. Warren Murphy and Ken Bruen have blurbs on my published works, and people like Libby Fisher Hellman and David Hagberg have given me blurbs on manuscripts that are still making the rounds. In the same vein, I've written blurbs for other authors whose work impressed me. I always thought this was simply one good way to give a book s little more credibility, but… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 22, 2008 at 5:07am — 3 Comments

Perfect for Framing by Maggie Bishop, Nov 2008

Are you tired of crowded highways, expensive gas and no adventure in life? Perfect for Framing is an easy read for pure escapism to the mountain vacation town of Boone, North Carolina.

Returning for a second suspense-filled mystery, Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker find themselves embroiled in a Property Owners Association power struggle. When a simple break-in escalates to murder, Detective Tucker finds suspects aplenty from POA president Petula Windsor's files, leading him to… Continue

Added by Maggie Bishop on September 21, 2008 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Home Remedies

1. If You're Choking On An Ice Cube, Simply Pour A Cup Of Boiling Water Down Your Throat. Presto! The Blockage Will Instantly Remove Itself.

2. Avoid Cutting Yourself When Slicing Vegetables By Getting Someone Else To Hold The Vegetables While You Chop.

3. Avoid Arguments With The Females About Lifting The Toilet Seat By Using The Sink.

4. For High Blood Pressure Sufferers ~ Simply Cut Yourself And Bleed For A Few Minutes, Thus Reducing The Pressure On Your… Continue

Added by Tory Richards on September 20, 2008 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

Meet Me in Maryland

already told you that today I was at the Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton, MD to help launch its first annual 25 book campaign.

That, of course, was a private event for those students. The public will be able to find me tomorrow at Borders Books - that's Saturday from 2 pm to 4 pm - I'll greet book lovers in the store at 931A Capital Centre Blvd, Largo, MD.

Can't get there? Order my novels at

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 20, 2008 at 11:29am — No Comments

On Editing

I’m one of those people who enjoy revising. That’s a good thing, because in the ordinary run of things, an author must revise a lot.

My drafts tend to be pretty rough, following more or less the story line. They have to be worked over almost paragraph by paragraph, frequently several times. In the past I’ve had readers of the chapters (who never received anything but my best shot), and their reactions then meant another revision. And, when a book is done, a final revision of the… Continue

Added by I. J. Parker on September 20, 2008 at 8:09am — No Comments

My Dad's Wisdom

My dad was a high school dropout, but in those days it wasn't considered a problem. You went to school until you figured you'd got enough education, and then you went to work. His English was a little sloppy, lots of phrases like "I seen" and "he don't." I suppose that lowered some people's estimation of his intelligence, but I never met anyone any wiser than he was. And I'll take wisdom over intelligence any day.

Two things my dad tried to teach us stick with me and help me cope as… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on September 19, 2008 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Coming soon in Audio Book

I'm thrilled that my award-winning novel, 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' will very soon be available in an audio book edition as well as in it's current paperback and e-book formats. The following Press Release from the publisher outlines this exciting new development for Double Dragon Publishing's titles. I'm thrilled that the book will soon be able to be downloaded both from I-Tunes and from, a leading… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on September 19, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A Night With Staind... The True and Uncensored Story

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Added by Mitzi Szereto on September 19, 2008 at 3:13am — No Comments

School days

Tomorrow I'll have a rare opportunity to spread the gospel of writing to an important youth audience. Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton, MD is hosting its first annual 25 book campaign. All of their students will be expected to read at least 25 books by the end of the school year. This campaign will kick off Friday, and the school has asked me and a few other authors to help them celebrate reading by attending their assembly and sharing our experiences as authors.

We'll… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 18, 2008 at 10:38pm — 1 Comment

Old Dogs & New Tricks

Current wisdom says that we must keep learning or lose brain power. Where a few years ago they were teaching that the aging brain was like cement, hardening to unchangable, now advisers recommend learning new things to fend off the zombie-like conditions we see in nursing homes. It isn't enough to learn to play golf better; you have to learn to play something altogether new. At a time when a lot of us have the leisure to do the things we like, we're supposed to leave our comfort zones and tread… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on September 18, 2008 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Peter Christ, Founder of LEAP, LIVE this Saturday 2pm PST

"Legalization simply means the elimination of 'Schedule 1'. All other discussion is about regulation."

LISTEN LIVE 2pm Pacific Time, 4pm Central, 5 pm Eastern.....just click this link!

Peter Christ retired as a police captain after a 20-year career enforcing drug laws. From the beginning, Peter believed "the drug war can never be won and it is doing more harm than good."

Peter then originated the idea of… Continue

Added by Burl Barer on September 18, 2008 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Everyone's a Critic. Or Should Be.

In addition to much appreciated writing credits, producing reviews has definitely made me a better fiction writer. Read entire post.

Added by Dana King on September 18, 2008 at 6:23am — No Comments

How will high-tech trends, global economy affect book publishing?

As I watch high-tech trends and the economy, which includes consolidation and buyouts, decimate print newspapers, forcing a definite paradigm shift for journalism, I wonder about books and publishing.

I don't think books will be as threatened by the Internet in the short-run because well, books tend to be long--and people are still catching on to reading from hand-held digital devices. As e-readers get more popular, I wonder if people will be more open to download self-edited books… Continue

Added by Naomi Hirahara on September 18, 2008 at 3:11am — No Comments

Where Do You Fit in the Writing Spectrum?

There is in every aspect of life a continuum, and we all fit on it somewhere. I once read an article that told of asking people where they fit on the range between ugly and beautiful. Most felt they were on the plus side of center, and yet on any scale, 50% have to be below and 50 above. So a bunch of homely people are deluding themselves about how scary they look.

I suspect it's true for writers as well. I've never met anyone in the business who admitted to being a below-average… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on September 17, 2008 at 10:49pm — No Comments

New yahoo group

Hey y'all!

I have cranked up a new yahoogroup for cozy lovers. If you write cozies, read cozies, or just are into that vein of thought, come on over and join up! It's going to be a lot of fun especially as cold weather approaches and everyone is stuck inside in front of the computer. If you are doing Nanowrimo this year, we want to hear from you! This is a great place to post your cozy word count!

It's called A COZY HOME and it is on yahoogroups.

See ya there!

Added by Kim Smith on September 17, 2008 at 10:02am — No Comments

National Hispanic Heritage Month--and Reminiscing

From September 15 to October 15 the nation will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. I'm not sure when the holiday started or rather, when the nation decided to acknowledge it, but for as long as I can remember, there was always a celebration in my hometown, Port Arthur. (okay, technically it started around the time I turned six.)

Every third weekend in September my family (and I mean everyone in my family) would attend a three day "Mexican Fiesta" held by the Mexican Heritage Society in… Continue

Added by Terri on September 17, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Another Great Site for Readers - AND Writers

In this blog I like to share good additions to your library, or places to find them. Bookroom Reviews is one such place, a blog that offers quality reviews of published books. They accept submissions from authors, publicists and publishers. Once complete, the reviews are published on the website where they are permanently viewable and searchable by their readers. New reviews are also publicized in their bi-weekly free… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 16, 2008 at 10:31pm — No Comments


Stop watching the news. Change the button on the radio when the song is done. Turn your head as you pass the stack of papers full of doom. Just stop.

I know it's not realistic, responsible, or right. But I'd sure like to have oh, let's say three days without hearing about anyone who's homeless, starving, injured, going bankrupt, or suicidal.

Maybe that's why historicals appeal to me. The events I write and read about are over; the people long removed from whatever pain and… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on September 16, 2008 at 9:42pm — No Comments

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