December 2013 Blog Posts (24)

50% off StoneThread e-books

From now through January 14th. Try western mystery author Gary Vineyard, thriller writers Richard Holcroft and L. A. Starks, and cozy mystery author Nora Barker. Or sample the writing of several StoneThread authors in an anthology.

Added by L. A. Starks on December 31, 2013 at 9:58am — No Comments

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-An author interview

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-An author/book spotlight on DGT Book…


Added by Dee Thomas on December 31, 2013 at 6:59am — No Comments

The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men

First, I want to thank all of you who have already said your piece, continue to weigh in, or will contribute your ideas for what you think half of our world’s population should be reading fiction-wise. This will be an on-going discussion, so please don’t think you’ve missed the boat.

Truth is, I am on a mission to get men reading fiction again.

Some 80% of…


Added by Victoria Dougherty on December 29, 2013 at 6:23am — 10 Comments


Filler pic (Written in September before the move to Carlisle)

Driving to work one night I kept scanning the radio stations trying to find something worthwhile. The AM side of my radio has gone kaput so I don't get to listen to the talk shows like I used to. The one FM station has sports talk during the drive so I usually end up listening to music. Taking Care Of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive…


Added by Stephen Brayton on December 27, 2013 at 9:18pm — No Comments

It's a Festivus Miracle!

Festivus really was a holiday this year.


First, Sons of Spade, a web site dedicated to fictional PIs, named A Small Sacrifice runner-up for Best PI Novel of 2013.


Then, before turning in, I learned Woody Haut, writing in the LA Review of Books, has named Grind Joint among his fifteen favorite reads of 2013. Not in the Top Ten, but that was populated by the…


Added by Dana King on December 25, 2013 at 12:03am — 1 Comment

Pauline Rowson - A round up of the highlights of 2013

Here is a  round up of the highlights of 2013, videos and photo slide show to come in following blogs.

My thanks to all my readers, my publishers, to the libraries and organisations who have hosted my talks, to the audiences who came to listen to me, to the press, radio presenters and their listeners, bloggers and their readers and to my family, friends and everyone who has supported me throughout 2013 and an special thanks to the hunky DI Andy Horton!

Wishing you all a very…


Added by Pauline Rowson on December 24, 2013 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Around the Globe with MARILYNN LAREW

This week, my featured author said, “We're going on a cruise.”

I was excited. A cruise. The Bahamas, Hawaii, Fiji. Warm sunshine, sandy beaches...

“No, we're going to travel the Bosporus,” she said.

“But I want to go to Tahiti. Come on, you'll love it.”

However, as with some of the more insistent authors I interview, in the end, I don't get a say in…


Added by Stephen Brayton on December 21, 2013 at 12:14am — No Comments

Give the Gift of a Review

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but that new novel is so delightful.  Or perhaps, the dreariness of that tome is accentuated by the glimmering sunlight on the winter wonderland of snow outside.  Chances are, the book in somewhere in between.

But whether you think the book shines or whether you can only get through the first ten pages before putting it aside forever, the best gift you can give the author is an honest review.


Of course, all of us who write would…


Added by Mike Worley on December 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

L.A. Crime - An Evening with Gregg Hurwitz, Miles Corwin and More at Muse on Rodeo - Jan. 30, 2014

Muse on Rodeo will explore the world or L.A. crime, mystery, noir and pulp in our next series and are honored to announce and welcome bestselling author Miles Corwinas our guest.

Miles Corwin spent the first years of his life…


Added by Michael P. Naughton on December 19, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment


Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.’ – Dalai Lama


Recently, I tuned into an excellent podcast produced by Amy Porterfield called, “How to Set Goals and Create a Plan for the New Year.”

In the podcast, she…


Added by Michael P. Naughton on December 19, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments

Presto Variations, a new book -- the third in the Ray Tate/Djuna Brown series -- will be released next week by Dundurn. Three strong reviews so far off the ARCs: Good Reads, The Globe and Mail, and t…

Presto Variations, a new book -- the third in the Ray Tate/Djuna Brown series -- will be released next week by Dundurn. Three strong reviews so far off the ARCs: Good Reads, The Globe and Mail, and the Winnipeg Free Press.

And Glass Pieces, the sequel to The Finger's Twist, the Charlie Tate/Elodie Gray series, is at the formatter's and will go up as an indie ebook in January.

Three completed novels, The Beautiful Policeman, Flowers, and A Murder in Rome, should follow during…


Added by Lee Lamothe on December 17, 2013 at 7:12am — 2 Comments

The Butchers of Kansas

In 1870, much of the American "Wild West” remained unsettled. Seeking a better life, pioneers traveled west in horse-drawn wagons, but they faced many hardships.

Some were ambushed and killed by robbers or Indians. Towns were few and far between. The treeless windswept Kansas prairie was particularly harsh: extreme summer heat, frigid winters, disease and grasshopper…


Added by Susan on December 16, 2013 at 10:42am — 2 Comments


I've been spending the week working on projects I have unfortunately allowed to go by the wayside, but as a result, I had a brainstorm this morning resulting in something, I hope, will prove to be much better. So in the next few days I'll be researching one idea while continuing on the others. No wonder it takes me so long to complete books.

Added by Stephen Seitz on December 15, 2013 at 4:13am — 2 Comments

Best Mystery and Crime Novels of 2013

Best of the year list. At Murder beach Mystery Reviews.

Added by William Wilde on December 14, 2013 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Severn House Publishers to publish the new DI Andy Horton, number 11 in the series, in 2014

Severn House Publishershas bought World English language rights to the eleventh in the mystery crime series featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton.

Shroud of Evil will be published in the UK and Commonwealth in April 2014 in…


Added by Pauline Rowson on December 13, 2013 at 6:38pm — No Comments

The Controversial Life of a Book: The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray

The Controversial Life of a Book: The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is now at Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto's Weblog.

Added by Mitzi Szereto on December 12, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

A statement issued through our solicitors

Read it here:

Thank you.

Added by Iain Parke on December 12, 2013 at 3:28am — No Comments

Good Idea!

Decided what to write for the Debut Dagger. Two or three years ago I started a fantasy novel and abandoned it. I revisited it a few times but could never get beyond about chapter 4.

I realised it was the characters I couldn't let go of, whereas the story itself was - poor :D

Then some real-life events and a bit of brainstorming suggested a story that these characters seemed to fit a lot better than they did a fantasy, so I decided to write it. 1800 words in so far and I still…


Added by Alex Sweeney on December 7, 2013 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Adult Truth #12

#12Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.”

And I don't even have a DVD collection. I have VCR tapes. I also have movies I download. Yes, folks, I admit, I download movies from the Internet. Illegal, you say? Let's not get into that particular issue. And let's totally stay away from my downloading television shows, about…


Added by Stephen Brayton on December 7, 2013 at 4:38am — No Comments

Short Stuff

Just started a short story to send off for hopeful inclusion in an anthology. They sent the last one back so the hopeful isn't very hopeful. I think the reason was probably that I had (IMO) great characters, interesting dialog and background and NO PLOT AT ALL....

When I thought about it later, it seemed to me that nothing much actually happened. So I think I would have sent it back too :D That's what you get for writing something at the last minute in a big rush.

Coffee is…


Added by Alex Sweeney on December 6, 2013 at 9:43pm — 7 Comments

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