December 2007 Blog Posts (160)

Over The River And Through The Woods

posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

My children will never forget our family vacations. They tended to involve recalcitrant vehicles stuffed too full with people, animals and enough accoutrements to launch a world war. Just going for a daily picnic required enough stuff (high chairs, potty chairs, playpens, etc.) that we looked like Okies rollin' down the highway.…Okies


Added by Writers Plot on December 13, 2007 at 11:20pm — No Comments

FIRST DROP by Zoe Sharp

British soldier-turned-bodyguard Charlie Fox is assigned to protect

Trey Pelzner, the bratty teenage son of an American computer

programmer. From the first chapter, Charlie and Trey are dodging

bullets. When she tries to report the attack, Charlie finds the entire

protection detail has been compromised. Both Trey's father and

Charlie's boss/lover have disappeared, and Charlie stands accused of

kidnapping Trey.

Among many highlights,… Continue

Added by Gerald So on December 13, 2007 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Not-So-Private Nervous Reactions to Public Appearances

I hear from many of my author friends that they hate the public part of the business even though they realize that it's required. If you've been reading the last week's posts, you probably know that I'm not particularly bothered by speaking to groups or meeting new people. After teaching communication for thirty years, I can tell you that whatever your nervous symptoms are, everyone has something, and they probably will never go away. All you can do is minimize them. Here are a few things to…


Added by Peg Herring on December 13, 2007 at 10:07pm — No Comments

'Tis the Season...

I seem to be missing a lot of the fun this time around, either because of the weather, a poor excuse, but real, or because of migraines. I blame that on the weather too,. Why not? Mostly, it's true. Still, the events I am making it to are cheering.

In spite of this, I've been lurching along through my new book, and am feeling more hopeful about it now. I'm refusing to reread anything much as I go along, just enough to give me the gist of what went before, so I don't get bogged down in… Continue

Added by Caro Soles on December 13, 2007 at 3:04pm — 1 Comment

Pisces 2008

Too funny. I just saw this prediction for 2008:


The position of Rahu planet may result in your undergoing a long and distant journey this year.

Rahu must know that I am moving. Or wait, maybe I'm just going on a vacation? Seeing how I live on an island, any…


Added by NL Gassert on December 13, 2007 at 2:30pm — No Comments

His Kind of Noir

There’s a review of MONEY SHOT up on the Thrilling Detective blog. Man, I have to admit I was a little worried about this one. TD’s Kevin Burton Smith is not known to mince words or pull punches and he’s also got impeccable taste and an encyclopedic knowledge of noir and hardboiled pulp. That “Betty Boop of noir” crack notwithstanding, I think this is one of the reviews I’m the most proud of.

Added by Christa Faust on December 13, 2007 at 10:51am — No Comments

FUNNY? SASSY? SEXY? WITTY? Yup, LONDON FROG is all that...and more

London Frog will have readers groaning, laughing, and scratching their heads…all at the same time. A series of extraordinary plot twists and coincidences…will keep mystery lovers amused all the way to the chase’s delightful end. This sassy, sexy, funny tale will please and entertain.”…


Added by Joseph Pittman on December 13, 2007 at 8:12am — No Comments

Is this kitty a killer?

Look at the book cover to your left. Look at that sweet little face, and tell me, is that the face of a killer?

Now, I write murder mysteries, but even for me that question might sound a bit odd.I mean, I’ve always promised my readers that no matter how many human bodies stack up, I will never hurt or kill a cat in one of my books. But make a… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on December 13, 2007 at 2:34am — No Comments

Doris Lessing gets it...

Let us suppose floods wash through our cities, the seas rise . . . but the storyteller will be there, for it is our imaginations which shape us, keep us, create us - for good and for ill. It is our stories that will recreate us, when we are torn, hurt, even destroyed. It is the storyteller, the dream-maker, the myth-maker, that is our phoenix, that represents us at our best, and at our most creative.

Thanks to… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on December 13, 2007 at 2:29am — No Comments

<h1>Write to Touch Your Readers’ Hearts and Minds</h1>

Listen to the Blogcast

Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and the best-selling author of the Bailey Weggins mystery series, said she frequently reminds herself to write big and bold—to find the best way of expressing exactly what it is she wants to say to knock her readers' socks off.

"I have a tendency to hold back with my writing,"…


Added by Jane Cleland on December 13, 2007 at 2:00am — No Comments

Road Show

posted by Doranna

Notepad Whenever I travel, I take work with me. Whether it's to the doctor's office (I'm typing this in a parking lot even now) or an agility weekend or even running errands--you never know when you might get stuck in traffic!

But generally, when I go on weekend trips, I hunt hardcopy work--polishing or edits or various…


Added by Writers Plot on December 12, 2007 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Listening to More Than Words

I mentioned in an earlier blog that we must learn to listen to more than the words that are spoken. Last night the Presidential candidates were answering a question about the environment put to them by Katie Couric . She asked if they believe the global warning issue has been over-hyped. Without listening at all to their answers, a person could predict what the words would be. Listening to their tone of voice was much more revealing.

No political candidate is going to say that an…


Added by Peg Herring on December 12, 2007 at 10:45pm — No Comments

The Dickens Challenge

Timothy Hallinan had a great idea: write a novel by the seat of your pants and post chapters weekly. The Dickens Challenge is just what I needed. Sign me up.

Look for the first chapter of THE STALKER right here on this blog next week. Since I scrapped almost the…


Added by NL Gassert on December 12, 2007 at 3:14pm — No Comments

You've Got about Thirty Seconds

All day long we choose what we will listen to and what we will tune out. Understanding that, a speaker knows what he must do: capture the listener's attention, pulling it away from television, radio, Muzak, and that building custodian who's mowing the lawn in apparently endless circles. Even if they win that half of the battle, speakers still have to make listeners want to keep…


Added by Peg Herring on December 11, 2007 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The End

Posted by Lorraine (L.L.) Bartlett

After struggling for months, I finally came to the end of my Work In Progress. Oy. What a relief.

Okay, this isn't my first book. You'd think that after eight or nine completed manuscripts it would get easier, not harder. Well, you would be WRONG! How often have I heard an author say (and usually in writing, not verbally) that after each completed manuscript, they find they've forgotten how to write a book.

Well, it's true. I…


Added by Writers Plot on December 11, 2007 at 10:57pm — No Comments



The first time he came apart

he left us all at once and forever

only sneaking back…


Added by Karyn J. Powers on December 11, 2007 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

Litcrawl 2007: Murder, Mayhem, and F-Bombs

Note: I initially wrote this for my local MWA newsletter, and it seemed to go over well so I'm re-posting it alternate title is "Cornelia Read's Pottymouth." Read on to discover why...

I was running late as usual, although in my defense this wasn’t entirely my fault. My husband was out of town, and the babysitter was held up a half-hour in traffic. Then the cab never arrived, so I drove to the

Mission, praying to the gods of street parking after three…


Added by Michelle Gagnon on December 11, 2007 at 11:10am — No Comments

Maddy Van Hertbruggen Interview

Suspect: Maddy Van Hertbruggen

Known Aliases: Her Royal Maddness, The Maddinator

Occupation: Mystery addict - avid reader, owner/co-founder of 4MA list serve, book

reviewer (plus one of those day job things to feed the addiction)

Location: Somewhere Deep in the Heart of Texas

This week we talk with hard-core mystery addict, Maddy Van Hertbruggen. Listen… Continue

Added by Angie on December 11, 2007 at 1:49am — No Comments

Someplace new

Posted by Sheila Connolly

If all goes well, this will be posted while I am somewhere else. In fact, I'm should be in a place I've never been before: Tucson, Arizona. This is rather funny, since I've now completed two books set in Tucson. But that was Berkley's idea, not mine. Still, I want to get it right. I want to collect the details: the way the air smells, the way the mountains look in the early light, the sights and sounds of the desert. I have never seen a desert. I…


Added by Writers Plot on December 10, 2007 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Read First!


December 10, 2007


One of the questions I dread in the Q&A section of any talk I’m giving is that loaded one, Where do you get your ideas? I generally shrug my shoulders and tell the absolute truth: if I knew for certain, I’d be happy to share it with you. After all, where does imagination have its roots? I’m sure there’s some psychological or physiological answer of which I’m ignorant, but I don’t think that’s what people want to know. They’re…


Added by Sisters In Crime on December 10, 2007 at 11:06pm — No Comments

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