December 2011 Blog Posts (111)

Is Santa Claus Real?

It's a question that has dogged humans for centuries: Is Santa Claus real?



Fortunately, the world's crustiest and most profane detective, Maynard Soloman, has "put the pin" on this problem. After an intense encounter at church - some would call it a divine revelation - Maynard has the answer. In fact, he has proof.…



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Added by Benjamin Sobieck on December 3, 2011 at 8:18am — No Comments

Retreat To Goodisville 2012

It's official; my partner in crime Lou Boxer has booked the bus, and we're finalizing the itinerary. What used to be a humble graveside tribute to Philly noir legend David Goodis has blossomed into a full-on noir adventure on wheels we're calling, "Retreat to Goodisville."

Here's the deal: at 10 a.m., Saturday January 7th, 2012 (the 45th anniversary of Goodis's death) we'll be meeting just outside The Lost Bar of Atlantis, 2442 Frankford Avenue. A coach bus will take 30…

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Added by Louis Boxer on December 3, 2011 at 3:32am — No Comments

Blog Post for Kindle to Mark the Release of the Novel:

Guest Blogger: I.J. Parker on Pirates and Loose Women

Death on an Autumn River I.J. Parker was born and educated in…

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Added by I. J. Parker on December 3, 2011 at 1:01am — No Comments

AKITADA # 9 IS NOW OUT!

The ninth novel in the series, DEATH ON AN AUTUMN RIVER, is now available as a Kindle exclusive.

Added by I. J. Parker on December 3, 2011 at 12:55am — 3 Comments

Paraprosdokians

Some time ago, a friend dropped me an email I thought was just delightful. I had never heard the term, don't know if it's even a real word or something someone made up to fit. But, these are wonderful and shows creativity. Plus, they make great story inserts.



A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on December 3, 2011 at 12:34am — No Comments

Take Angel Zapata's Challenge- Can you tell a story in only 25 words? Find out what 5x5 really is!

  5x5 Fiction: Skillfully Shortening the Short Story

Just about everyone, at one time or another, has read a short story. But ask someone if they’ve ever read any flash fiction, stories told in less than 1,000 words. You’ll most likely get a cocked eyebrow. Ask them about micro fiction, stories told in less than 500 words. It’s probable the reaction will be a deeper…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 2, 2011 at 6:26am — No Comments

Hospice of the Comforter and Florida Writers Association Join Forces to Help One Dying Man’s Final Wish Come True

A TERMINALLY ILL PATIENT’S DREAM IS REALIZED THANKS TO THE DEDICATED EFFORTS OF A VOLUNTEER WITH HOSPICE OF THE COMFORTER, DOUG DILLON.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla… Meet Hospice of the Comforter patient Tony Mancuso. He offers you the best smile he can, given his physical situation while at the Garnet Heart group home in Altamonte Springs, Fla. And meet Doug Dillon, a volunteer with…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 2, 2011 at 5:35am — No Comments

Review, True Crime - Murderer No More, Colleen Egan

Book Title:   MURDERER NO MORE

Author:  Colleen Egan

Category:  True Crime

ISBN:   9781742371177

Publisher:  Allen & Unwin

Year of Publication:  2010



In 1994 Pamela Lawrence was brutally bashed to death in her jewellery shop in Perth.  Police suspicion fell on a young drifter named Andrew Mallard.  Although innocent, he was charged and convicted of this murder.



In took twelve years and an epic struggle by Andrew's mother and sister, a team of lawyers…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on December 1, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Starting Tomorrow a NEW FEATURE on the Trestle Press Website!

Starting tomorrow each and every day there will be at least two guest posts by Trestle Press authors on the Trestle Press website Monday through Sunday. The only off day in December will be Christmas Day. Plan to read plenty of insightful and interesting content. Get to see a different side of the authors: their viewpoints, thoughts and feelings on what is going on in and…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 1, 2011 at 7:45am — No Comments

Question: How important is a You Tube video to the sale of a story?

I need to ask you as a reader, is: ”A You Tube video important to you? Does it help in your purchasing decision?”, How much does it sway you to push that button to make the purchase?”

Trestle Press has not been using its You Tube page much to this point. Some of the authors have been making videos lately in the hopes of increasing sales, or just getting their work more…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 1, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Info for Indie Authors

Indie published (self-published) authors looking for some great company oughtta head over to Famous Five Plus .  This international band of indie authors with attitude are taking the world by storm.  Come join us!  We're also on Twitter @famousfiveplus.

Check out my opinion piece on self-publishing at Magic of the Muses

Added by Eileen Schuh on December 1, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

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