Crime Division: Seven Life Hacks for Self-defense, Plus One You’ll Never Use By Lily Black

Here is some great information from Lily Black on self-defense hacks you can use in your writing via the Mystery Thriller Week blog.

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How did that title work for you? Was it click-baity enough? Because the unfortunate reality is that most people start slinking off around the corner as soon as the subject of self-defense comes up. However, I’m determined to make this as painless as possible for you all and have broken down the pages and pages of things I’d like to say on the subject into just a few bullet points for you—and your characters, for the authors out there—to remember.

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Interview with Karen White

Check out this guest post with author Karen White via the Mystery Thriller Week blog.

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Where are you originally from?

Both of my parents were born and raised in Mississippi (my mother in the Delta–“the most Southern place on earth”–and my father on the coast in Biloxi) but my father’s job as an executive with Exxon had us living all over the world.  I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but the longest I lived anywhere was in London, England for 7 years.  I’ve now lived in Georgia for 24 years, and all of my family lives now south of the Mason-Dixon Line, too.

Yay Mississippi! My grandparents are from Mississippi.  Been to Georgia many times. It’s a very beautiful place. 

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Check out this great post from the Mystery Thriller Week blog (quickly becoming one of my favorites) with tips on describing how a killer speaks in your work by Rayne Hall.

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When a dangerous or evil person talks, make their dialogue short and to the point. The tighter their speech, the more intelligent and threatening it becomes. Wordy waffling would dilute the effect.

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Thank You!… And a Few Reminders

Check out the cover for Amy Reade’s new book, Highland Peril, via her blog.

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I’d like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the last two weeks! It’s been a busy time between the release of my newest novel, The House on Candlewick Lane, and the cover reveal for my next novel (coming in September), Highland Peril.

For those of you who missed the reveal on social media, here’s a look at the cover for Highland Peril:


What do you think?

There are just a few things I wanted to remind people this week.

First, if you have read The House on Candlewick Lane and left a review on Amazon or your blog or somewhere else online, THANK YOU! For those of you who’ve read the book and not left a review (good or bad!), I would ask you to consider taking a couple minutes and doing so. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, reviews are important for lots of…

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The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale by Gerard Reve [review]

The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale by Gerard Reve [review]

Check out this review of the book, The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale, by Gerard Reve via the Booker Talk blog.


the-eveningsThe Eveningsby Gerard Reve focuses on something we’ve all experienced – wasted days.  They’re the ones where you get up buzzing with plans to make the most of the day.  But you can’t get going until you’ve had breakfast and at least one cup of tea/coffee, and a thorough read of the newspaper. Maybe even an attempt at the crossword. Meanwhile your mobile phone keeps pinging to let you know  emails or text messages are awaiting your attention. Better deal with those first you think, they might be urgent. What’s happening on Facebook you wonder? An hour later having exhausted the stock of cute cat photos and pithy sayings, you migrate to Twitter and post a few of your own witticisms. Time to shower and get ready to face the world. Except everything you pull out of the wardrobe just looks naff. By the time you’ve sorted something that will pass…

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What Does Your Indie-Author Platform Look Like?

Here is a great post from R.L. Herron on the topic of indie author platforms

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Most indie authors seem to know they need a social media platform to talk about their work. Assuming you do, what does yours look like?

If your answer is “Blogs”
That can be a good thing, if you have information to share. Just be sure you do. I find writing these blog articles, sharing what has worked for me (and what hasn’t), has made my blog readership grow dramatically in the past year … and each new follower is a potential book buyer.

If your answer is “Other Social Media”
I know it’s important to connect with potential readers on social media, like Twitter and The Book of Face, but I’ve made it a mandate not to spam people with ‘Buy my book!’ messages. To me, it’s not only annoying, it’s ineffective.

So I ask questions, listen, re-tweet and share interesting articles and quotes. I try to make…

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Guest post: Really Easy to be Overwhelmed

Check out this guest post by Jaye Marie via The Eternal Scribbler blog on the topic of being overwhelmed as a writer of fiction

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It’s Tuesday so you know that means we are joined by a guest poster and this week’s poster is the wonderful Jaye Marie who discusses being overwhelmed – a topic I can completely understand right now. Enjoy 🙂

jayeReally Easy to be Overwhelmed

by Jaye Marie

I had made the decision to take a break from fiction this year, and already I know I will miss it.

The last few years have been pretty manic, almost destroying my passion for writing. I am 73 years old and half of a writing partnership, which means I am also an editor, proof-reader, promoter, publisher and marketer of our nine books.

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