December 2008 Blog Posts (187)

Been away for a long long time...

Currently reading THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Steig Larsson. I'm sure, as readers, you've experienced that moment when the story catches your imagination. At that moment of "clicking", you cannot read anything else; you must know what is going on in this world and you won't stop until the end of the story. I love that moment. I don't know if it is as powerful as falling in love, but it has the principal. It has that difference between "I could walk away at anytime and not care" and "who… Continue

Added by PK the Bookeemonster on December 28, 2008 at 4:31am — No Comments

Working on a True Crime

Wow! Yes, this is exciting. I am working on some additional details for a true crime book. I sent the proposal to Michaela Hamilton at Kensington for their Pinnacle Books line. I have a little to add on to the chapter summary and then I hope it's a sale.



I won't tell you the case until I get it sold but I've been following it from the first day's press and it's a doozy. If everything pans out, I'll write a short blog on what I've done, what I'm doing and how it… Continue

Added by Andrea Campbell on December 28, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

Mr. Potato Heads Reenact Crime Scene

I suppose this is somewhat self promoting, but I think member will enjoy watching a rather funny reenactment of a crime scene from my murder mystery novel The Dead Guy. The characters are portrayed by a couple of Mr. Potato Heads.





It's on YouTube.

Here's the link:…

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Added by Doug Hewitt on December 28, 2008 at 3:25am — No Comments

Indians Create New Gathering Spot

We live very close to the Tule River Indian Reservation. With the advent of their casino (small by most Indian casino standards) life for these Native Americans has been a change for the better. The reservation is tucked away in a narrow valley between huge mountains. The reservation has more acreage than any other California reservation. However, much of it is inaccessible and includes part of an old growth Sequoia forest.



The Indians now have their own health clinic, a modernized… Continue

Added by Marilyn Meredith on December 28, 2008 at 2:50am — 5 Comments

A Late Plea for Votes

With just a few days to go to the end of the month, please may I ask any of my friends who haven't yet voted to support 'The Nemesis Cell's' nomination for this month's New Covey Cover Awards.

The superb artwork is by the hugely talented Graeme S Houston and the book is due for publication by 4RV Publishing. As always I sincerely appreciate every vote that comes my… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on December 27, 2008 at 10:46pm — No Comments

After Christmas signing in VA

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday and are prepping for the new year. My last public appearance in 2008 is tomorrow when I visit the Borders Express in Springfield Mall. While shoppers are returning all the gifts they didn't really want, I'll make sure a signed novel is among their replacement options. From noon to 4 pm I'll greet people at the bookstore nearest my home, in Springfield, VA

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 27, 2008 at 5:28am — No Comments

Small Crimes reviewed in the Boston Globe

"A Jim Thompson mentality on a Norman Rockwell setting... 'Small Crimes' is a strong piece of work, lean and spare, but muscular where a noir novel should be, with a strong central character whom we alternately admire and despise." Boston Globe



Read the whole review here.



Small Crimes has gotten some great reviews so far from places like NPR, The Washington Post,… Continue

Added by Dave Zeltserman on December 27, 2008 at 4:09am — No Comments

When Do You Give Up on an Idea?

I've got a million of 'em. News stories, friends' anecdotes, observed oddities, all form possible stories in my head. The next step is to try to write them down, and here I'm successful about a third of the time. It's heartening to know that big authors struggle with the same problem: Michener did all the notes for IBERIA decades before he actually wrote the book, and authors like Martha Grimes express frustration that they have other ideas they'd like to work on while their agent/editor/public… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on December 26, 2008 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Today is Xmas 2008 -- my luggage is having a vacation in Seattle while I stay in L.A.

The title pretty much says it all! My true crimes show this saturday will be a re-run. I am supposed to join my luggage Saturday in Seattle.

Added by Burl Barer on December 26, 2008 at 10:06am — 2 Comments

Feliz Noir-vidad!

Added by Christa Faust on December 26, 2008 at 6:23am — No Comments

God Rest Ye Merry

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas..." Check.
"I'll be home for Christmas..." Check.
"Christmas time is here..." Check.
"Jack Frost nipping at your nose..." Check.
So...
"Have yourself a merry little Christmas!"

Added by Peg Herring on December 25, 2008 at 9:18pm — No Comments

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Added by Tory Richards on December 25, 2008 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Review: WHAT BURNS WITHIN, by Sandra Ruttan

RCMP Constables Craig Nolan, Ashlyn Hart, and Tain (no first name) worked together on a case the year before that profoundly impacted all three. Since that time, they've not worked together. As the story opens, each is working a separate case: Nolan, a series of rapes, Hart a series of arson, and Tain a string of child abductions, one of which has turned to murder. As the separate investigations proceed, it becomes clear that they are linked in some fashion, bringing the three together again.… Continue

Added by Larry W. Chavis on December 25, 2008 at 9:29am — 3 Comments

Magical Series Not To Missed

I was Reading Rachel's Blog at Changing Hands and saw that she had posted a list of the Top 5 Books to Reread and Rediscover and while I agreed with some of her selection (see below) I just had to add a few.



From Rachel:



1. The Stand, Stephen King

2. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

3. Swan Song, Robert McCammon

4. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

5. Sunshine, Robin McKinley



While this is a good list I… Continue

Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on December 25, 2008 at 2:46am — No Comments

Happy Holidays From The Poisoned Pen

Greetings!



Good morning. Happy Holidays to all!

We hope your season is filled with health and happiness!

The store is decorated, holiday and gift book ideas are everywhere, our Best Books of 2008 Lists are posted, gift wrap is at the ready. We hope to see you!



Don't Miss These Fun Holiday Mysteries

Ballard, Mignon F. Hark The Herald Angel Screamed

It’s Christmastime in the seemingly tranquil town of Stone’s Throw, South Carolina, but amid all the… Continue

Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on December 25, 2008 at 2:40am — 1 Comment

Winter reading

Merry Christmas everyone!! I'm not a white Christmas fan, myself. These are the days I long for more tropical climes. I can't actually go this year, but I can do the next best thing - take a fictional trip in a good mystery novel. If you feel as I do, let me recommend "Square Snapper," a fun romp in Bermuda, penned by Deborah Middleton.



In this police procedural, the Bermuda Police are beset by a veritable epidemic of… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 24, 2008 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Two awesome reviews for BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS...and one for LIBRARIANS DONT GET MARRIED

Reviews

Title: Beyond the Looking Glass

Author: AP Miller

Author Website: na

Genre: Horror/Fantasy Erotica

Published by Extasy books

Cinderella,…

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Added by AP Miller on December 24, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

CSI Finland

I'm posting this story from Yahoo 12/22/08 for anyone who might not have seen it. This sounds like an interesting forensic tidbit.



HELSINKI (AFP) – Police in Finland believe they have caught a car-thief thanks to a DNA sample taken from a sample of his blood found inside a mosquito.



Last June a car was stolen in Lapua, some 380 kilometres (235 miles) north of Helsinki. It was soon found near a railway station in Seinaejoki, about 25 kilometres from where it was… Continue

Added by Troy Acree on December 24, 2008 at 1:28pm — 2 Comments

My Wish for Your Christmas

We talk about peace on earth, but that's a joke, as is good will to men. We wish folks happy Hanukkah or Kwanzaa knowing that they have heartaches that won't go away just because it's the holiday season. So what genuine wish can be sent out?



I'm not sure how I'd say it in person, but the wish I have for every person is that he or she finds a passion in life that makes all the rest of it worthwhile. For some it's family, and their faces light when they speak of their children, spouse,… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on December 24, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Half- off Sale

After Christmas sales have started popping up already. Here is one you will want to make note of!

Added by Kim Smith on December 24, 2008 at 8:22am — No Comments

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