November 2013 Blog Posts (35)

The Bad Day

bad day pic (This was written a few months back. I've since moved on and hope I can avoid this kind of experience in the future)

I know. Everybody has bad days but don't you feel some people have more than their fair share? You may even think this about yourself.

As writers, bad days can turn into opportunities for story content. So, feel free to use any of my experiences in one of your…


Added by Stephen Brayton on November 29, 2013 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Ten Reasons Men Must Start Reading Fiction Again

According to recent statistics, men have all but stopped reading fiction. Do they watch great television? Yes. Do they read non-fiction? Some. But the novel – that great interior journey – seems to have been lost to them.

It wasn’t always this way.

The path from boyhood to manhood used to go something like this: Boys got dirty, played with plastic guns, disturbed…


Added by Victoria Dougherty on November 28, 2013 at 7:57am — 13 Comments

Review of POLICE by Jo Nesbo

A top notch crime thriller. At Murder Beach Mystery Reviews.

Added by William Wilde on November 23, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Stone Cold--Best New England Crime Stories" On Sale

The anthology, "Stone Cold--Best New England Crime Stories," is now on sale.

I am proud to have one of my short stories, "Pipe Dream," included.

Added by Jed Power on November 23, 2013 at 5:03am — No Comments

Japan Before "Shogun"

Folks, I have a blog up on Suzanne Adair's site ( where I talk about writing the Akitada series. You'll find a nice discussion there, and a book giveaway, and the announcement that DEATH ON AN AUTUMN RIVER will be free for Kindle November 23-26.



Added by I. J. Parker on November 23, 2013 at 12:18am — No Comments

A Special Holiday Giveaway

DISTORTION is now a top selling Kindle murder mystery and to thank everyone I’m doing a special giveaway:

One signed copy of DISTORTION

with an oil painting kit and

a signed first draft of the first chapter of PARADOX.

To qualify: Buy DISTORTION anytime from now until December 23rd to qualify. Send me a copy of your Amazon, B&N or bookstore receipt to wonderactivist (at) yahoo (dot) com. Phone snapshots will do if you have a paper… Continue

Added by Lucie Smoker on November 22, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

A visit to the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau for crime author Pauline Rowson

Crime authors get to research all sorts of interesting things and last Saturday I spent a fascinating morning at the Fingerprint Bureau at Hampshire Police Support Headquarters at Netley, UK, learning how the fingerprints taken at the scene of crime and of people in police custody are identified. Although I'd researched this before and have had lots of advice from the Fingerprint Team I went there specifically to ask questions that relate to the…


Added by Pauline Rowson on November 22, 2013 at 3:31am — No Comments

Elmore Leonard

Just finished 'Bandits", a real page turner. I didn't realize Leonard wrote 'Get Shorty' and 'Be Cool." Both were major motion pictures with John Travolta and Danny DeVito. (DeVito produced both films.)

Added by Joe D'amato on November 21, 2013 at 2:14am — 1 Comment

DISTORTION #14 in Kindle Murder Mysteries

I'm so grateful to Buzz Books USA and my entire community for pushing my first book, DISTORTION, up the ladder on Amazon. It was just featured in Ereader News Today and was the focus of a grassroots FB campaign. All from a tiny publisher. I'm so grateful.

Added by Lucie Smoker on November 20, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Thomas L. Hay Releases New Book Video Trailer for Novel "An Abduction Revelation"

An Abduction Revelation is a mystery fiction novel that explores an interesting mix between the paranormal and true life events of the author.

The intriguing book video trailer for An Abduction Revelation, published by Balboa Press, was revealed today on DGT Book Promotion news. In addition, Thomas L. Hay shared an insightful interview this week on the Reading and Writing Addiction blog about himself and the release of An Abduction Revelation. An Abduction Revelation…


Added by Dee Thomas on November 19, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

DISTORTION anniversary sale, 99 Cents

An artist paints a crime scene in reverse perspective and turns a murder investigation backwards--onto her friends. DISTORTION is a gritty Houston mystery on the backstreets of the art world. Here's a link to pick it up for 99 cents.

I've been rather tied up with short projects and with writing the sequel, PARADOX, so the anniversary sort of snuck up on me, but… Continue

Added by Lucie Smoker on November 19, 2013 at 2:05am — No Comments

Authors Handy w/Phone Video Recorder or Camcorder 4 Promo Swap.

Have you heard the saying that free publicity is the best publicity?  Well, after spending tons of advert dollars, I found this saying totally true.  So, if you're an author, have a book or book related business that could use some FREE promo, I may have an opp for you.  On a prepared 15 - 30 second pitch (the industry calls it a pop or drop...shout-out), you'll be able to state your name, book, biz in exchange for mentioning my film production.  I'm legit, above board so I'd need your…


Added by MC - Tina on November 16, 2013 at 7:07am — No Comments

A Killing Coast, DI Andy Horton (7), now published in paperback and as an audio book

A Killing Coast, the seventh in the DI Andy Horton series has been published in paperback and as an unabridged audio book. Already available in hardcover and as an e book, published by Severn House, it has been released as an unabridged audio book by Isis publishing, read by Gordon Griffin who also reads the others in the DI Horton series. Published in the UK, Commonwealth and America,…


Added by Pauline Rowson on November 15, 2013 at 3:16am — No Comments

BOILING POINT just .99 thru 11/16! Click one of the links below to grab your copy, and have a blast reading!

“Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne’s exciting second ecothriller . . . Crisp writing keeps the pace fast, and the tight interweaving of story lines bodes well for this author’s future efforts.” — Publishers Weekly…


Added by Karen Dionne on November 14, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Pauline Rowson explains how she uses time frames in novels when writing the DI Andy Horton crime series

Time frames in novels, and particularly when writing a series, as I do with the DI Andy Horton novels, are a tricky thing. There is ‘real time’ and there is ‘fictional time’.

In ‘real time’ I write two DI Horton novels a year whereas in ‘fictional time’ the current novels are set over a period of sixteen months, which means there are an awful lot of murders in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, making it…


Added by Pauline Rowson on November 12, 2013 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Happy Hour

A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in the Iron Writer Challenge in which 4 writers are asked to write a fictional short story in 4 days time and are given 4 elements to work with and a 500 word limit.  Readers then get to vote on which story they liked the best.

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t even know if I won or not and I’m not sure I care all that much.  I…


Added by Victoria Dougherty on November 12, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Oak Tree Press Staff Announcement!

We are delighted to announce that MARILYN OLSEN is now Acquisitions Editor at Oak Tree Press. Marilyn has worked with us for several years, both in acquisitions and general advice and support. She has had an extensive career in publishing and other ventures, which you can see on her bio at our website, STAFF Page

Marilyn actually began to head up Acquisitions early last June, with Sunny Frazier's departure, but with…


Added by Oak Tree Press on November 12, 2013 at 5:45am — No Comments

Teen Ghost at Dead Lake Now in Audio

From award winning mystery writer R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of audio teen novels, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY and COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, comes his latest audio young adult haunted house tale, TEEN GHOST AT DEAD LAKE.


When sixteen year old Paige Preston and her mother relocated to Dead Lake, Michigan, they were…


Added by R. Barri Flowers on November 10, 2013 at 5:55am — No Comments

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