September 2011 Blog Posts (112)

Crime author Pauline Rowson on the business of writing crime fiction

I'm often asked if I get writer's block and while I haven't suffered this there are days when the words flow and the inspiration seems to come from an unknown source within me, and there are also days when it's a struggle to find the right words and know how to advance the plot.  Every writer deals with this differently. Me?  Well there are three ways I tackle this, depending on my mood (and the weather): 

1. I keep writing, bashing anything out on the keyboard even though I know…


Added by Pauline Rowson on September 20, 2011 at 2:05am — No Comments


New collection available: NEW ORLEANS PRIME EVIL by O'Neil De Noux

Ten historical mystery short stories (two never before published) set in the city newspapers of the time called - 'Hell on Earth'.  From the autumn of 1887 through the summer of 1891, NOPD Det.… Continue

Added by O'Neil De Noux on September 20, 2011 at 1:42am — No Comments

Another Anniversary Reached and one Totally Intense, Insane, Incredible, and Important Giveaway! Every Trestle Press Author wants YOU as a reader!

About 6 months ago I had a caller, Katherine LaHart, on my blogtalk radio show The G-ZONE call in and suggest that I do a collaboration. Personally I was floored; really, this was the last thing that I thought anybody would ask me that day. I sure didn’t wake up with that thought on my mind. Since then we, various authors and Trestle Press, have produced 22 installments of the series covering just about every genre possible except romance. Let’s face it, with names like Harry Balls, Peter…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 19, 2011 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Behind Closed Doors - Big Saving at Barnes & Noble, and you still get to help the animal sanctuary

My latest release Behind Closed Doors is now available from Barnes And Noble with a fantastc 28% introductory discount, meaning you can get the paperback edition for a…


Added by Brian L Porter on September 19, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Start with action.

Start with action.  I hear it every week in my writer's group.  I say it myself.  But is it right?  P.D. James is adamant that she wants her readers to know the characters before something unpleasant happens to them. That way, the impact is greater.  It's usual for her detective, Adam Dahlglissh, not to show up in the first fifty pages.  I think that breaks another writer's group rule:  Get your main character on stage right away.


Anne Perry started "Face of a Stranger", her…


Added by Brian Hoffman on September 19, 2011 at 10:44am — 2 Comments

Three Deadly Sins is now avaible

Three Deadly Sins the latest edition to the Call Me Smitty series is now available on  Two short stories and a novella featuring Smitty--a man of unusual talents.  A rather efficient hit man with a well defined Code of Ethics.




Added by B.R.Stateham on September 18, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Write First, Clean Later

When my readers commented about how much they enjoyed my blogs, I decided to combine the best of my nonfiction—including all the posts I wrote about my journey to become a full-time novelist—into a book. I thought my readers would like to know more about me, and authors would find the writing, editing, and promotion advice helpful and inspiring.

The title was easy. I…


Added by L.J. Sellers on September 18, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Mystery book & TV reviews & mystery short story in new KRL issue

New issue of Kings River Life is up and we have a review of "The Mentalist" which returns this next week

A review of mystery author Elaine Viets latest book "Pumped For Murder"

And a creepy… Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on September 18, 2011 at 4:32am — No Comments

10 Things Heard In The Bar At Bouchercon

In my post today at Criminal Minds -- 10 things that you might hear in the bar at Bouchercon.

Added by Reece Hirsch on September 18, 2011 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

"You'll never get a Major Deal Again!"

The following blog is "now appearing" at The Vincent Zandri Vox:


The way we used to buy books....


"You'll never get a major deal again!"

Sounds harsh doesn't it. Even cruel, especially when it comes from the mouth of a respected independent bookstore…


Added by Vincent Zandri on September 18, 2011 at 1:14am — 8 Comments

Headhunters - Jo Nesbo

What a great cover eh? Take a second look at it....creepy and clever. And so is the author Jo Nesbo. I picked up Headhunters…

Added by Luanne Ollivier on September 17, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments


Small publishing houses work for me because I can't seem to resist the urge to put my two cents in on how the publishing house works. I'm sure Simon & Schuster or Random House could care less about what I think on the way they run things, but I've had two publishers now who value my opinions. Let me tell you, it's a heady feeling.


When my current publisher was backed up by the onslaught of query letters, I volunteered to lend a hand. Not that I know anything about…


Added by Sunny Frazier on September 17, 2011 at 4:59am — 8 Comments

The P.I. Life, Part 2

As promised, here's the second part of my interview with Amy Drescher, private investigator.

8. How much do you utilize computers in your business?

The internet is a tool of the trade. I’m online daily to run background checks, search profiles on Facebook, access property records and on and on. A serious P.I. subscribes to at least three different proprietary databases. It’s like “one-stop shopping”—with essentially one-click, we can access comprehensive data on an…


Added by Stephen Brayton on September 17, 2011 at 12:35am — No Comments

Forsaken Jeffrey Martin Jr. The Author's Lab/Collaboration series

Mass murder and serial killers just seem to go together so why not have two in the same story. In fact why not have one serial killer try to bring the other to justice?  And to top it off why not make the deal sweeter by…? Wait I can’t tell you that part; it would be a spoiler. I don’t do that, sorry. Here is the deal on this installment: Jeffrey Martin has come up with an insanely great character that is, well, insane, and to boot he is a serial killer with certain tastes. I would prefer…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 16, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

Murder Can Be Critical


I had fun with this parody. Cheers!  (  )



I’d heard that film critic Rex Braverman would be in the audience tonight. Well, so would I.

The movie theater was crowded and smelly just as I had predicted. There were…


Added by A F Waddell on September 16, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

The P.I. Life, Part 1

As the countdown continues toward the October 1 release of Beta and the first adventure of private investigator/martial artist Mallory Petersen, I thought I’d take an opportunity to show you a small part of the world of an actual private investigator.

I met Amy Drescher at the Killer Nashville writers’ conference in 2010. She sat on a panel discussing…


Added by Stephen Brayton on September 16, 2011 at 12:21am — No Comments

Harry Houdinin: a Guest Post by C.E.L. Welsh

This essay appears at the end of C.E.L. Welsh's latest work, Coffeyville, a Harry Houdini Novella, and discusses the author's love for the subject matter:

“The Story Behind The Story: Coffeyville, a Harry Houdini Novella

I am a retired magician. Actually, that may be stretching things on a few technicalities; yes, I have been paid to perform magic, and thus could have been considered a pro, but my skills never eclipsed the mildly talented. It has been years since I’ve handed…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 16, 2011 at 12:14am — No Comments

Amazing Experience

In the last few days, I've had an amazing experience.  Amazing  because I discovered a natural story that no one I know of has written.


It began when I mused about what it would have been like to be an honest detective in Berlin during the Nazi era.  (The thought came from a reference to Nazi I made in a short story).  I figured it would have been difficult at best.  I started some research on-line and found it wasn't just difficult, it was a horror.  That brought the thought…


Added by Brian Hoffman on September 15, 2011 at 10:12am — 2 Comments


 Husband, father, vigilante... Mike Dalmas left Special Forces to become a dedicated family man, but when his daughter gets molested he had his revenge, killing the pervert who committed the crime.

Now the Bay City cops keep him out of jail if he takes care of their dirty work. The things their badge won't allow them to do but for which Dalmas has the right skill set.

In his first story to appear Mike Dalmas is blackmailed in saving a young girl from a known sex offender. The…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 15, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

Which Reviews Matter?

This week I share my
thoughts of where authors need to get reviews on my main blog, Another Writer’s
Life -

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 14, 2011 at 10:38pm — No Comments

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