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Mystery Books I’m Reading for Bouchercon

Writers are people who always have homework. We read. This is what we do for work and for fun. Naturally, I read a lot of mystery books. Just so you know, the image you see above is the logo for Bouchercon 2015, to be held in Raleigh, NC. In any case, since I’ll...

The Law is an Ass

Part of the reason I wrote the Sam McRae mystery series was that truly the law is an ass. It’s no great secret that those with the money get better representation than those without. But the problem goes far beyond that. So … just as a for instance,...

How Not to Build an Author Platform

I can’t even begin to tell you how to market or build an author platform. Hey! If I wanted to build a platform, I would’ve become a carpenter! :) But I CAN tell you how not to build an author platform. See … turns out I want to be an author and a...

Coming Soon – A New Mystery Book!

Well  … not really a new mystery book, but a new edition of my New York Times bestselling novel, IDENTITY CRISIS! The new edition will be released on Friday, August 28! So … please … if you see this post, spread the word. Tell all your tweeps, your...

I Almost Became a Musician

When I look back on my life and realize I almost became a musician, it gives me pause. When I was much younger, I had this crazy dream of forming an all-girl version of The Who. This was back in the days when all-girl groups didn’t play hard rock and roll. I...

Another Mystery Reading and a Book Cover Reveal

Happy Saturday! Or … should I say #Caturday? :) Today I’m doing another mystery reading from Identity Crisis, my first novel. This time it’s Chapter Three! I’m also doing the cover reveal of that same novel, which will be released on Aug. 28 by...

A Post About Best Reading Books

When is it too early to have your kids read the best reading books? Well … never! Not that I know of any books that aren’t for reading. But somehow or other, “best reading books” is SEO-friendly! Can you imagine? :) But who are you to believe...

Content Curator Monday

Hello all! Happy Monday! Aren’t you glad it’s Monday? Well, of course, you are. Not only that, but it’s Content Curator Monday! So let’s get right to work, shall we? It would seem that the secret to social media and blogging success is in...

Another Murder Mystery Book Reading

Hello all! It’s Saturday and time for another murder mystery book reading! :) Today, I’ll be reading Chapter Two of my New York Times bestselling novel, IDENTITY CRISIS. So … without further ado … here you go! Also, while I have your attention,...

My Latest Crime Fiction Author Guest Post

A.J. Sidransky is my Crime Cafe guest blogger today. He’s a crime fiction author who’s written a post about the inspiration for his books. He’ll be giving away five copies of Forgiving Mariela Camacho to five lucky readers. Simply send an email to A.J....

The Indie Authors’ Weekend

Okay, like all other indie authors in the world, I’m trying to “brand” myself or some such. And, of course, blog and market on social media, etc., etc. So, anyway, not only do I have a YouTube channel, but I also have a SoundCloud account, where I post the various...

The Saturday Mystery Book Reading Event

A long, long time ago, in a bookstore far, far away from my home in Columbia, MD … that is to say, in a Barnes & Noble in Arlington, VA, for Pete’s sake … I did a book reading and signing. That was back when my first novel IDENTITY CRISIS was...

Identity Crisis: The Online Reading Event

There will be an online reading event tomorrow — Saturday, August 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. At that time, I’ll post a video of me reading the first chapter of my first novel IDENTITY CRISIS on the Facebook event page. After the reading,...

Where Does a Writer Get Ideas? – A Guest Post

Once again, it’s my pleasure to introduce my next Crime Cafe interviewee as a guest blogger here! Today we have the very prolific Bill Crider, who is giving away a copy of his upcoming book, BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, to a lucky winner! All you have to do...

What It’s Like to be an Indie Author

As an indie author, I decided to make a video that would demonstrate something about the indie author life these days. I must warn you it is a satirical video, so if you don’t like satire, don’t watch this okay? I’m putting this video up a bit...

The Saturday Matinee: The Last Sci-Fi B-Movie

Hello all! Back again, to present the very last part of this parody of a really, really awful awesome sci-fi B-movie! So … let’s get this over with on with it, shall we? :) And let’s finish up the sci-fi B-movie matinees with a cartoon that seems...

Another Future Crime Cafe Free Podcast

Once again, it’s time to post another Crime Cafe episode, which will eventually become a free podcast. This week, we have TS Hottle, formerly known as, Jim Winter. As TS Hottle, he now writes sci-fi. So, the interview covers both his crime fiction and sci-fi...

Awesome Things to do on a Saturday

So, on Saturday, I got up as usual and sat at my computer. My husband had gone out to visit his mom in the … place where she lives. But I had awesome things to do, so I decided I take a drive and do them. It had been such a long time since I’d last driven my car. And...

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