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If You Like Crime Fiction, Read This Now!

When you’re an unknown New York Times ebook bestselling crime fiction author, it can be hard to get noticed online, with everyone out there on Twitter, Facebook, and all the rest shouting for attention. But I say, if your product is good, then give out samples!...

Why Reading Short Fiction is Good for You

I only occasionally write short fiction. However, I love to read a good short story. It takes skill and word economy to write the best short stories. I consider the ability to write good short fiction a measure of a writer’s proficiency. Readers also benefit from...

My Interview with Crime Author Ben Sobieck

It is indeed a pleasure to finally post on my blog my Crime Cafe interview with crime author and weapons expert Ben Sobieck! Who has also done me the honor of posting the video of our interview on his blog! How awesome is that? :) In any case, without further ado,...

What Makes a Great Lawyer?

A great lawyer isn’t necessarily the most obnoxious person. Nor is a great lawyer necessarily a sleazebag. And yet so often, on TV and in movies, lawyers (particularly criminal defense lawyers) are depicted as unethical slimebags and liars. However, one of the...

Crime Cafe Guest Post on Successful Writing

It’s my great pleasure today to have as my guest blogger crime author and weapons expert Ben Sobieck, whose post focuses on defining success as a writer. As you can see, he’s giving away a copy of his guide for writers on weaponry. Something we writers...

Just Another Manic Monday

It’s been a great weekend, but now it’s just another manic Monday! :) So … to start the week off right, how about this tune from The Bangles? That should give you a little motivational Monday music!...

Book Review of ‘Forgiving Mariela Camacho’

While I very rarely post book reviews these days, A. J. Sidransky, an author of my acquaintance, sent me a free copy of his latest crime fiction/thriller novel, FORGIVING MARIELA CAMACHO, and asked if I would share my thoughts about it. I not only loved this book, I...

Why Libraries Rock

Libraries are both an author’s and reader’s best friend. They’re even better than bookstores, because libraries just give books out and rely on your better instincts to actually return them! Well … that and a fine, which they may or may not be able to enforce. In any...

How (Not) to Write Legal Novels (and Other Stories)

To be honest, I don’t intend to get into the gory details about how to write legal fiction properly. I picked the headline, because when it comes to legal novels (and other stories), so often authors get the details all wrong. Everyone I know who writes novels tends...

Musical Mondays

Personally, I find it hard to get motivated to work on Mondays. However, if there’s one way I know of to get my ass into gear, it’s to play some awesome music. Therefore, as a treat for all of you who find it hard to get going on this fine day,...

Guest Blogger Review of ‘X’ by Sue Grafton

For your edification and enjoyment, I have a guest blogger today! She goes by the name of Nancy Mack, who may or may not be my very funny sister. Way funnier than Dave Barry! :) But I digress … Nancy is doing me the honor of allowing me to post her review of Sue...

The Crime Cafe Presents a Great Thriller Author

This week’s Crime Cafe video features W.D. “Bill” Gagliani, who writes a series about a werewolf crime solver. He’s also written standalone crime and thriller novels, as well as young adult and horror. In my opinion, Bill really is a great and...

My New Year’s Goals

Since I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, instead I’m making New Year’s goals! See how unorthodox I am. Due to my non-belief in New Year’s resolutions (or possibly goals), I figure I can start doing these (or not) anytime I want. I just happen to be writing...

My Top 10 Books List for 2015

Hi there! Here I am at the last possible minute, giving my Top 10 Books List for 2015. Okay, I lied. This isn’t really my list at all. But it is the New York Public Library’s most checked out books of 2015. So here we go then! At No. 10, we have Grey by E.L. James. As...

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