Sunday, March 29, 2015

The 10 Commandments of Highly Productive Professional Writers

The 10 Commandments of Highly Productive Professional Writers

Gold Medal Corner -- John McPartland by Bill Crider

Gold Medal Corner -- John McPartland by Bill Crider

Welcome Spring! Say Hello to Flowers and Medicinal Plants that You Can Grow and Use!

Welcome Spring! Say Hello to Flowers and Medicinal Plants that You Can Grow and Use!

THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES by Lawrence Block

THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES by Lawrence Block

Ed Gorman's blog: Gravetapping: "The Hell-Bound Train" by Robert Bloch

Ed Gorman's blog: Gravetapping: "The Hell-Bound Train" by Robert Bloch

Veterans Administration Delays Due to Recent Technology Upgrade

Veterans Administration Delays Due to Recent Technology Upgrade

SJWG March Blogfest

SJWG March Blogfest

Saturday, March 28, 2015

KRL This Week Update

If you love mysteries and you love food, don't miss this review & giveaway of "The Cozy Cookbook" up in Kings River Life Magazine​ this morning http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/the-cozy-cookbookmore-than-100-recipes-from-todays-bestselling-mystery-authors/

Also up,​ an Easter short story with a bit of a mystery twist by Nancy Brewka-Clark http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/bubble-bubble-tulips-are-trouble-an-easter-mystery-short-story/

We also have​ a review & giveaway of "Horse of a Different Killer" by Laura Morrigan, along with a fun animal related guest post from Laura http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/horse-of-a-different-killer-by-laura-morrigan/

And​ the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier​, along with a chance to win books from Tracy Weber​ and Lucy Arlington​ http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/coming-attractions-no-april-showers-edition/

We also have​ reviews & giveaways of 4 more mysteries from Penguin authors-"Suspendered Sentence" by Laura Bradford​, "Ladle to the Grave" by Connie Archer​, "Murder She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed" by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain, and "Assault and Pepper": A Spice Shop Mystery by Leslie Budewitz​ http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/more-march-penguin-mysteries/

And we have​ a fun article by Terry Ambrose about Scottish mystery writers, from Arthur Conan Doyle to Catriona McPherson​ along with a fun video interview with Catriona http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/scottish-mystery-writers/

For our fantasy readers we have​ a review & giveaway of the new fantasy novel by Patricia Briggs, "Dead Heat" http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/dead-heat-by-patricia-briggs/
Happy reading,
Lorie

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Free short stories on the WEB

Free short stories on the WEB

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: New Story at Beat to a Pulp

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: New Story at Beat to a Pulp: LastExit : LAST EXIT Chris Leek

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc.

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc.

Kiwi crime: FINAL RETRIBUTION by Nettie Cox

Kiwi crime: FINAL RETRIBUTION by Nettie Cox

Documents Confirm: Lincoln Would Have Been Dead By Now Anyway

Documents Confirm: Lincoln Would Have Been Dead By Now Anyway

Kill and Pray (Requiescant) 1967

Kill and Pray (Requiescant) 1967

Making of a Monster: Guest Post by Simon Wood

Making of a Monster: Guest Post by Simon Wood

Lesa's Latest Contest--- Ghostly giveaways

This week, I'm giving away copies of Carolyn Hart's Ghost Wanted and Paige Shelton's If Catfish Had Nine Lives. Details on my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please. Lesa


Lesa Holstine 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Finds for Writers

Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery, Adventure and The Wild West: Forgotten Books: THE LINKS - and - THE RETURN OF T...

Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery, Adventure and The Wild West: Forgotten Books: THE LINKS - and - THE RETURN OF T...: The Continental Op (short for Continental operative) has done a lot of returning. After making his debut in the story "Arson Plus&qu...

Chemo--Round 4:Part 2 Done

Second day of chemo is in the books and Sandi had a very hard time with it. This was, without a doubt, her worst one ever since all this began in 2011. She is home, in bed, and sleeping.


Judging Books by Gayle Trent

Judging Books by Gayle Trent

Jake Hinkson's Arkansas noir

“The Strand” Shows Its Hand

“The Strand” Shows Its Hand

FFB Review: "Murder In Four Parts: A Dan Rhodes Mystery" by Bill Crider

The days go by and once again it is Friday. That means it is time for Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. This week Evan Lewis is collecting the links at his Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery where he also has an excerpt from his short story The Continental Opposite which can be found in the May edition of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM).

Patti might be doing it this week or might not. I never saw an update on her blog as to what was happening. Even if she isn’t she will have the link to the designated link gatherer and I will fix this late Friday after we get home from Sandi’s chemo.

By the way---- I don’t say it enough---thank you all for your thoughts and prayers here on the blog, by e-mail, and elsewhere across cyberspace. Sandi is having a very hard time with this chemotherapy  and it really helps all of us to know so many folks are keeping her in their thoughts. We really do appreciate it.

This week I thought I would run one of my old ones from way back on a series that you must read. Not only is Bill Crider a class act and a wonderful human being, he is a mighty  talented author. Murder in Four Parts: A Dan Rhodes Mystery is one of many installments in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series --as you no doubt figured out from the title---and is well worth your time as are all the other ones.


Like many of us, Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows he really can't sing and doesn't need some guy on a certain TV show to tell him. As a sheriff, Dan Rhodes is asked to join just about every group in Blacklin County. Most of the invitations he declines and he has every intention of declining the current invitation to join the barbershop chorus. Hack, the dispatcher, counsels otherwise and points out that it would help come election time.

The next election is more than a year out so Rhodes isn't worried about that. Elections are a sore spot with Rhodes anyway and he is more than a little tired of folks threatening him with their vote if he doesn't do things the way they want. Something that happens soon enough in the latest in the series along with a death.

Maybe the director of the barbershop chorus, Lyold Berry, wasn't interested in Rhodes singing. Maybe Lloyd Berry was hoping that if Rhodes joined the chorus, Berry would have some protection. Certainly his floral shop wasn't safe as that was where he was found dead behind the counter with his head bashed in. Proably due to the heavy metal wrench next to the body. Solving the case requires Rhodes full attention, but the frequent sightings of a naked man outside the local attorney's office, the chicken eating alligator, and a host of other things will fight for attention as well. That, and the constant reminders, like the drumbeat of the approaching storm, of the fact that the next election is coming.

On one end of the spectrum, you have Joe Landsale and his vision of East Texas. A vision of a landscape frequently populated by human beings full of violence, guile and twisted character. In his work there is a sense of the gothic coupled with a living breathing evil that many graphically and willingly embrace.

At the other end, you have the Dan Rhodes series by Bill Crider. A vision of East Texas where most are hardworking honest folks trying to do the right thing. A vision where occasionally, somebody slips up and kills somebody, but they never really meant to do it. It just happened and usually the victim bears some responsibility for his or her demise. And Rhodes just keeps asking questions until he catches the killer in one lie too many.

While both visions of East Texas have a lot of truth in them, Crider is doing for East Texas what Philip Craig did for Martha's Vineyard and Steven F. Havill has done for Posadas County, New Mexico. Unlike Havill who changed his series several novels ago by making his signature sheriff Bill Gastner nothing more than a minor player, Crider has kept Rhodes front and center in a series that consistently delivers a good read. You can't ask for more than that.


Murder in Four Parts: A Dan Rhodes Mystery
Bill Crider
http://www.billcrider.com
Thomas Dunne Books/Minotaur (St. Martin's Publishing Group)
http://www.thomasdunnebooks.com
February 2009
ISBN# 0-312-38674-0
Hardback
279 Pages



This book was provided by the good folks of the Plano, Texas Library System.  Please support your local library. They work to help keep people like me sane. Right now they and a lot of authors are working serious overtime.


Kevin R. Tipple © 2009, 2015


BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD: A DAN RHODES MYSTERY is scheduled to be released on August 11, 2015.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Do Some Damage: Guest post - Tom Pitts - The Novella is Dead

Do Some Damage: Guest post - Tom Pitts - The Novella is Dead

Chemo--Round 4: Part One-- Done

Sandi's blood work was really good today so she was able to start this round of chemo. She will have the rest tomorrow.

Next Monday we go back for the blood work, doc visit, and shot routine.

7 big changes coming to Facebook

7 big changes coming to Facebook

Review: POISON BAY by Belinda Pollard

Review: POISON BAY by Belinda Pollard

The Petrona Award 2015

The Petrona Award 2015

'Love & Crime' at St Hilda's Crime and Mystery Weekend

'Love & Crime' at St Hilda's Crime and Mystery Weekend

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to Slay a Gremlin

How to Slay a Gremlin

Four Lies Book Publicists Will Tell You

Four Lies Book Publicists Will Tell You

Only 99 Cents for THE DEPUTY by Victor Gischler AND LOTS MORE

I very much enjoyed THE DEPUTY by Victor Gischler way back in July 2010 when I reviewed it here. For today and I don't know how much longer a digital copy is only 99 cents if you use the code DHS25 at Tyrus Books.


UPDATE--- More info from Ben Leroy as posted on Facebook:


Everything we've ever published by Reed Farrel Coleman is being featured as part of our March Madness sale today. $.99 ebooks when you use discount code "DHS25" The sale also includes Craig McDonald's EL GAVILAN and Victor Gischler's THE DEPUTY.

THIRTEEN books for you. If you wanted all of them, you could make that happen for less than $13. Who loves you? I love you.

http://www.adamsmediastore.com/tyrus-books

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: It's Never Too Soon to Get Those Orders In

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: It's Never Too Soon to Get Those Orders In: Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries): Bill Crider: 9781250039705: Amazon.com: Books

Making pre-orders work for you by Neil Plakcy

Making pre-orders work for you by Neil Plakcy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Another Look: THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (1956 Western, starring Glenn Ford)

Another Look: THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (1956 Western, starring Glenn Ford)

The Southwest Armchair Traveler: Review: Buried Treasures of the American Southwest...

The Southwest Armchair Traveler: Review: Buried Treasures of the American Southwest...: Buried Treasures of the American Southwest :  Legends of Lost Mines, Hidden Payrolls, and Spanish Gold W. C. Jameson Publisher: Au...

Chemo Cancelled

Sandi's blood work indicated that her platelet count was way too low for chemo. Everything that was planned for today and tomorrow has been cancelled and moved back to Thursday and Friday. So, we ran a couple of errands and are now home.

Rights Grab: Omni Reboot

Rights Grab: Omni Reboot

Disabled World: Cancer Drug Prices Skyrocket Since 1995

Disabled World: Cancer Drug Prices Skyrocket Since 1995

By the time you read this we will be at Texas Oncology at Medical City Dallas Hospital so Sandi can do blood work and see the doctor before she starts another round of chemo later this morning. I don't know about prices going back to 1995.  I can tell you that since Sandi was diagnosed in November 2011 we have seen some of the prices of the drugs she has to have not just triple and quadruple as some of the drugs have while most have gone up by a factor of ten. Are her drugs the "leading drugs" cited in the study? I have no idea.


#Privacy: Keeping the Cookie Monster Out of Your Browser

#Privacy: Keeping the Cookie Monster Out of Your Browser

Righting Crime Fiction--- Interviewing: Locating Fictional Witnesses

Righting Crime Fiction-- Interviewing: Locating Fictional Witnesses

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wildcatter Exchange 2015 March 27 – 29, 2015 In the Historic South Main Village in Fort Worth

Via Graham Powell and big time thanks .....

"If you want to tip off your readers to an event, there's a festival in Fort Worth this weekend. Jesse Sublett will be at The Gallery at Landers Machine Company at 207 East Broadway, Fort Worth, at about 3:00 Saturday, and Joe Lansdale will be there at 4:30.

 The web site for the festival is http://www.wildcatterexchange.org/

Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus

Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus

The traditional way mentioned in the article is not always available as I discovered over the weekend while posting new reviews. I hate the new menu options, but I also hate two sentence reviews. This change seems geared to encourage more of the two sentence review style of things there.

Mystery author --Randy Wayne White-- in the area on Wednesday

Randy Wayne White, author of the "Doc Ford" mystery series will be in the area on Wednesday.  He'll discuss his book, Cuba Straits" at the North Richland Hills Public Library at 1:00 PM and at the Allen Public Library at 6:30 PM that evening.  Call each library for additional details if interested.



Cheap Words

Monday With Kaye: "The Setup Man" by T. T. Monday (Review by Kaye George)

Kaye George returns for another “Monday With Kaye” segment that has quickly become one of the more popular ones on the blog. This week she considers The Setup Man by T. T. Monday…..


The Setup Man by T. T. Monday

Don’t shy away from this mystery if you’re not a baseball fan. The industry is seamlessly interwoven into the story and you’ll pick up all you need to know without any effort. If you are a baseball fan, dive in headfirst.

Johnny Adcock is a setup man for the San José Bay Dogs baseball team. A setup man, in modern baseball, is a pitcher who is called in for only a few pitches and not in every game. And he hardly ever bats. He has plenty of free time and gets paid more money than he knows what to do with. So he does private investigating in his off time, a profession he fell into but now loves.

The team’s backup catcher, a young, genuinely nice kid named Frankie Herrera approaches Adcock to solve his problem: some porno films his wife made before they were married. When Frankie is killed in a car accident soon after that, the whole mess doesn’t smell right. Adcock swings into action, assembling his off-diamond team, a rainbow mix of oddballs. He soon discovers that what he knows is the tip of a very deep, very dirty iceberg. Toss in his ex-wife and fourteen-year-old daughter, and you’re in for a good read.

This is the author’s first thriller, but I hope it’s not his last.


Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Death in the Time of Ice for Suspense Magazine