December 2011 Blog Posts (111)

The Power of Words

Words have power. They can make someone’s day. (“You have beautiful eyes.”) Or, they can break someone’s heart. (“I don’t love you anymore.”) We writers know about proper sentence structure and how to place our carefully chosen words within a sentence to create the effect we want. And we strive to do that in our novels.…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on December 22, 2011 at 6:53am — No Comments

Aldo Calcagno DROPS A BOMB ON THE G-ZONE @ 5.30 PMEST TODAY!!

Do you have anything to do with ebooks? Aldo Calcagno has an extremely good idea he is reveling today at 5.30 pm EST on The G-ZONE. Tune in or catch it on the archives, you do not want to miss out on this.

Here is the link for the show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2011/12/21/aldo-calcagnoanastasia-v-pergakis-and-cheryl-riker

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 22, 2011 at 6:39am — No Comments

Only Four more days to WIN a Kindle Fire, Books, and Prizes at the Author Holiday Hop!

Christmas is a time for giving back and that's why our authors have come together to offer gifts of ALL kinds to show their appreciation. From books, to gift cards, to gift baskets, it's all there, it's FREE, and most of all, you can even enter to win a Kindle Fire!!!

http://holidaybloghop.blogspot.com/p/holiday-blog-hop.html

Added by Cheryl Bradshaw on December 22, 2011 at 5:35am — No Comments

A Non-Review of Debbi Mack's Latest Sam McRae Crime Novel

Just wrote a review of Debbi Mack's newest crime novel in the Sam McRae series. It's called, Riptide, although the title could change. I slammed that sucker down in two days. One of the most enjoyable reads I've had all year.

It's not out yet, though, so I can't release the review. I got the ARC. Yep, I'm going to brag about that. This is a novel worth being a dick about.

Until then, here's…

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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on December 22, 2011 at 12:02am — No Comments

Crime author Pauline Rowson Presents Certificates to Winners of the Wight Fair Writers Circle Winter Short Story Competition

Had a great time presenting certificates and prizes to the adult winners of the Wight Fair Writers Circle Winter Short Story Competition at an Awards Ceremony held at Newport Minster on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday 20 December.

The event was organised by the Wight Fair Writers Circle and by fellow crime authors Bob and Carol Bridgestock.

Pauline Rowson presenting…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on December 21, 2011 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Pulp Pusher's 2011 picks (part 2)

Lawrence Block and Sam Millar are among the host of top names delivering their 2011 top crime reads at Pulp Pusher…

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Added by Tony Black on December 21, 2011 at 1:59am — No Comments

How To Create Quality Characters by John Hansen

How To Create Quality Characters

By John Hansen

Creating and developing characters is never an easy task, but there are numerous, easy ways to approach it. In this post, I’ll share my method for this madness, but keep in mind there are many other just as successful ways as well.

I tend to base a book off of a plot idea and then build the characters off of that plot. However, some authors prefer to start with the characters first,…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 20, 2011 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Review - Luther The Calling, Neil Cross

Book Title:   LUTHER THE CALLING

Author:  Neil Cross

ISBN:   9780857203373

Publisher:   Simon & Schuster

Year of Publication:   2011



Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther.



He's a murder detective.



A near-genius.



He's brilliant; he's intense; he's instinctive.



He's obsessional. He's dangerous.



DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on December 20, 2011 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Review - Defender of the Faith, Chris Allen

Book Title: DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

Author:  Chris Allen

ISBN:   9781456545413

Publisher:   Bright Sea Publishing

Year of Publication:   2011



When a seasoned British agent is brutally murdered in the small West African nation of Malfajiri, a sinister plot to overthrow the government and systematically extort the mineral rich, but struggling nation gains rapid momentum.



Enter INTREPID: The Intelligence, Recovery, Protection & Infiltration Division of…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on December 20, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

What I Learned from Reading Walter Mosley

One of the big events of the year at the school where I teach, Marygrove College in Detroit, MI, is our Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series held each April. This series, now in its twenty-fourth year, brings in a guest writer each year to give a free public reading and hold a master class with our own and area high school students.

As the chair of the department that hosts the event, I am the emcee for the evening, which means my job is to preside over the…

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Added by Donald Levin on December 20, 2011 at 6:36am — No Comments

Trestle Press Buy One Get One Free Sale Right Now!!

Trestle Press Buy One Get One Free Sale Right Now!!

 

All the Trestle Press authors are now engaged in providing readers with a buy one get one free sale from this very moment till the end of the day December 24th,2011. Just send any of us your proof of purchase and we will gladly send you another Trestle Press title of equal or lesser value. Feel…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 20, 2011 at 6:04am — No Comments

Stirapalooza 2011 by Leona DeRosa Bodie

Stirapalooza 2011:

5 E-Book Trends Stirring Up The Publishing Industry

 

December 16, 2011 By Leona DeRosa Bodie

 

 

Although the publishing industry is dramatically changing, how is technology rewriting the rules?

 

  1. 1.   E-Book Versus Print Book…
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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 20, 2011 at 5:16am — No Comments

Mike Evers – The Fun and Mischief of Writing

As we head towards Christmas and New Year and people start to get into a festive mood, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about something that’s close to my heart. We all know about the great enjoyment we can get from reading, but I’m not sure many people are aware of the fun that can be had when making words, sentences and stories. I’ll try to give you some examples of…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 20, 2011 at 12:59am — No Comments

BSP: Diana Andrews at Untreed Reads

It was supposed to be a lucrative job posing as a rich man's girlfriend, but that was before someone ended up dead. Now the police are leaning on prositute Diana Andrews and making her cooperate with them. From Cape May to darkest Morris County, New Jersey, she must investigate old money and murder and hope she's not the next victim.

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Added by Albert Tucher on December 19, 2011 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Somebody Doesn't Like Sarah Leigh

My cozy mystery, SOMEBODY DOESN'T LIKE SARAH LEIGH, is available for Kindle and will come in other formats in the spring of 2012. Set in northern Lower Michigan, it’s an intriguing mystery and more than that. It's also about what can happen to friendships between women.

We've all seen movies and read books about those lifelong, girl-to-woman relationships, and they are wonderful. But what we often don't consider is that some of those friendships go wrong over time. It's hard to say…

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Added by Peg Herring on December 19, 2011 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Crime author Pauline Rowson to present prizes to the winners of the Wight Fair Writers Circle for their Winter Short Story Writing Competition

I will be presenting prizes and certificates to the winners and runners up of the Wight Fair Writers Circle for their Winter Short Story Writing Competition at an awards ceremony on the Isle of Wight on 20 December.

This is the second year I have been asked to present the prizes and I'm looking forward to it.The ceremony is being held at Newport Minister. There are some great prizes on offer as well as the winners being published in the County Press and interviewed on…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on December 19, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments

THE GIRL IN THE MGA

Just completed the manuscript for THE GIRL IN THE MGA, the sequel to VINTAGE CONNOR. The book will be out in April 2012 from RJ Buckley. I'm thrilled and exhausted, and also experiencing some kind of postpartum feeling.

Added by Robert Baty on December 19, 2011 at 8:46am — No Comments

Win a signed copy of ABIDE WITH ME

Fancy a chance of winning a signed copy of my debut novel ABIDE WITH ME . . . just click the link below

 

http://death-by-killing.blogspot.com/2011/12/free-book-abide-with-me-by-ian-ayris.html#comment-form

 

PS.  If you've never read a short story of mine, just write 'Secrets' in the comments and it'll put you in with a shout :)



Warmest…

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Added by Ian Ayris on December 18, 2011 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Christmas mystery short stories & reviews in new KRL issue

The new issue of Kings River Life is up a bit early today and we have so much!

A review of Steve Brewer's Christmas mystery novella "Sanity Claus" http://kingsriverlife.com/12/17/sanity-clause-review/

Another Christmas mystery short story by Patricia Brown http://kingsriverlife.com/12/17/the-tattooed-confession/

A Christmas mystery short story…

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Added by Lorie Ham on December 18, 2011 at 2:43am — No Comments

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