Monday, July 06, 2015

The Truth About the Midlist (BookEnds Literary Agency)

The Truth About the Midlist (BookEnds Literary Agency)

Sandi Update

Just got home from a run down to Texas Oncology as they squeezed her in late this morning. Though somewhat anemic, kidney function and everything else was pretty good. So, they gave her the white blood cell boosting shot, refilled a couple of her drugs, and set her up for the next appointment on Thursday.

Hopefully things will rock on  relatively stable for a few days ..... at least.

Five Prime Picks for the Marsh Prize (The Rap Sheet)

Five Prime Picks for the Marsh Prize (The Rap Sheet)

Bookish events in Texas for the week of July 6 - 12, 2015 (Texas Book Lover Blog)

Bookish events in Texas for the week of July 6 - 12, 2015 (Texas Book Lover Blog)

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs. (The Practicing Writer)

 Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs. (The Practicing Writer)

Monday With Kaye: "The South Lawn Plot" by Ray O'Hanlon

Kaye George is back with her first “Monday With Kaye” piece for July. This time it is on the thriller THE SOUTH LAWN PLOT by Ray O’Hanlon.  Make sure you scroll back through the recent weeks and check out all the segments as Kaye George has been making quite a few reading suggestions.


The South Lawn Plot by Ray O'Hanlon


I think you have to call this a thriller, technically. It doesn't quite move like one, but the cast, geography and tangled plot are complex—gigantic even. There's a lot to recommend here as we follow Nick Bailey, a London reporter, into a story that starts out murky and gets deeper and deeper into a real, pea-soup fog.

The interwoven plots involve an odd, religious order with roots in the 1600s. The present day priests of that order: a wealthy Taiwanese businessman with a grudge and a terminal illness, a famous photographer who has a much darker sideline occupation, a frustrated, Irish freedom fighter and the top political figure in the world. Their conspiracies snowball. Nothing will stop them except, perhaps, Nick, the intrepid and courageous reporter and a few British police officers who stand in the way. Some American counterparts come into play also as we skip from continent to continent and world-wide war looms if the diplomacy isn't handled exactly right.

From the beginning, with dangling suicidal priests, these disparate groups weave a tangled plot whose strands gradually twine together to create a rope of intrigue that may be too strong to be broken. Throw in MI5, MI6 and a few American agencies and you've got a potboiler. A very satisfying read.



Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Choke, for SuspenseMagazine

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Congrats USA Soccer Women!

Awesome job and what a great win!

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Good News for Texas

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Good News for Texas: The Texas Tribune : The San Antonio Missions, the Alamo and other historic Texas shrines, have attained the status of other internationally ...

Anne R. Allen's Blog: Public Shaming, Cyberbullies, and the Hive Mind: F...

Anne R. Allen's Blog: Public Shaming, Cyberbullies, and the Hive Mind: F...: by Anne R. Allen L ots has been written about the pain caused by online bullying of children and teens—and that stuff is horrific—but w...

Yes, once more Amazon is “screwing” authors: Set to pay them .006 per page (Write On The River blog)

Yes, once more Amazon is “screwing” authors: Set to pay them .006 per page (Write On The River blog)

Righting Crime Fiction: New Paying Market to be Associated with Righting C...

Righting Crime Fiction: New Paying Market to be Associated with Righting C...: I am pleased to announce some changes and additions to Righting Crime Fiction. First, I purchased the domain name www.rightingcrimefiction....

"The Lesson of the Five Lilys" by Patrica Abbott (Deep South Magazine)

Patti has been a bit busy lately and this is another example you can read for yourself......

"The Lesson of the Five Lilys" by Patrica Abbott (Deep South Magazine)

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Sandi is Home

Mid afternoon today I brought Sandi home after she finished this round of her chemo. In addition to sailing through the chemo with no issues at all which allowed them to speed up the drugs into her, she has not been nauseated since mid afternoon Thursday, has not run a fever since then, has had zero shakes, and a little bit of night sweats Thursday night. None since then. She is still coughing a little bit, but that has also greatly improved since chemo was started again Thursday.

While all this is good news for her immediate health and well being, it also means that the diagnosis that her symptoms the last couple of weeks were not viral croup related and instead were due to the cancer running crazy and unchecked in her body is most likely correct. On the flip side of that, the way she has reacted also means that the chemo is at least somewhat effective---still--against her cancer despite the break caused by the viral croup.So, it is a bit of a mixed bag because while it is good, what all this implies is and was happening to her is not so good.

One more small piece of god news and one she really needed--- Sandi is back crocheting this evening as the pain in her hands which was just agony for her much of the week has lessened considerably in the last 24 hours. Crocheting is something she loves to do and can do by feel when here eyesight periodically goes so bad she is virtually blind, so being able to do it again has helped her mood considerably. Hopefully, this will hold.

We are supposed to call in Monday morning for an appointment so that she can get the post chemo shot asap as well as do the usual blood work and office visit.

In the meantime, she hopes to be well enough tonight that she can sit outside around dusk and see the fireworks fly skyward  thanks to the annual show put on by the Gleneagles Country Club a few blocks away. Every year since 1987 when we moved to this complex we have never had to leave home to see the fireworks or feel the concussive blast that some make as they rattle the windows and buildings around here. It is always a pretty cool show even when you can't hear the music. Hopefully they will be doing it one more time later this evening.


10 PM UPDATE--- The fireworks flew and Sandi was able to come outside and see them.

Review of James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass (Feathers of the Firebird-- Sophie Masson's writing blog)

Ads for Patterson's class constantly appear in my news stream on Facebook. Since I don't have $90 bucks to spend on something for me I have not bothered to investigate more. But, a link to the review came up in the comment section that otherwise was full of invective against the author for the way he does business. I thought the review was detailed and interesting so I am sharing it here.

Review of James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass  (Feathers of the Firebird-- Sophie Masson's writing blog)

Belle Gibson, Blogger Who Lied About Having Cancer, Just Keeps Lying

With all we have been through here and continue to go through, I tend to take these things very personally and get very angry .....

Belle Gibson, Blogger Who Lied About Having Cancer, Just Keeps Lying

Crime Fiction Friday: “How To Launder A Shirt” by Patricia Abbott (Mystery People Blog)

I came across this today and had to share it as it is one heck of a story.....

Crime Fiction Friday: “How To Launder A Shirt” by Patricia Abbott (Mystery People Blog)

KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in KRL a review & giveaway of "Death by Tiara" by Laura Levine http://kingsriverlife.com/07/04/death-by-tiara-a-jaine-austen-mystery-by-laura-levine/

Also up, a review & giveaway of the latest mystery by Victoria Laurie, "Sense of Deception", and of the book before that, "Fatal Fortune" http://kingsriverlife.com/07/04/sense-of-deception-fatal-fortune-by-victoria-laurie/

We also have a review & giveaway of "Downton Tabby" by Sparkle Abbey​ along with a fun pet related guest post from them http://kingsriverlife.com/07/04/downton-tabby-by-sparkle-abbey/

And we have a review & giveaway of "Ladies' Night" an anthology from the LA chapter of Sisters in Crime, edited by Naomi Hirahara, Jeri Westerson, and Katie Thornton http://kingsriverlife.com/07/04/sincla-ladies-night/

Also up, a mystery short story by Debra Goldstein​ http://kingsriverlife.com/07/04/exotic-a-mystery-short-story/

And we also have, a review & giveaway of a fun fantasy short story by Faith Hunter & DB Jackson http://kingsriverlife.com/07/04/water-witch-by-faith-hunter-db-jackson/

And over on KRL Lite, a review & giveaway of "Death At Gills Rock" by Patricia Kalka http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2015/07/death-at-gills-rock-by-patricia-skalka.html
Happy reading,
Lorie

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Amazon's Review Policy is Creepy and Bad for Authors

Amazon's Review Policy is Creepy and Bad for Authors

Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied (Writer Beware)

Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied (Writer Beware)

Happy Fourth Of July

Happy Fourth Of July from all of us Tipples. Celebrate safely and enjoy the day.

Check out Bill Crider's blog post about the day from earlier this morning here.


Fourth of July Mysteries//Fourth of July Crime Fiction (Mystery Fanfare)

Fourth of July Mysteries//Fourth of July Crime Fiction (Mystery Fanfare)

Friday, July 03, 2015

New issue of Crime Review--Update

In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we
have 16 reviews, together with Helen Grant in the Countdown interview hot
seat:
Crime Review can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewUK
Linda Wilson can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewer
Sharon Wheeler can be followed on Twitter: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:
DEATH IS A WELCOME GUEST by Louise Welsh, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Magnus McFall is in prison on remand for a crime he didn’t commit. Around
him, men start dying like flies –and it’s no better outside the prison
walls either, as Malcolm soon finds out.

SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
New cop Ari Thor Arason is offered a job in the far north of Iceland. A
famous writer dies, a woman is attacked – and the village is cut off by an
avalanche with a killer on the loose.

THE GIRL WHO WASN’T THERE by Ferdinand von Schirach, reviewed by Chris
Roberts
Artist Sebastian von Eschburg is arrested for a murder of a girl, although
no body has been found, and the victim can’t be identified.

BRYANT AND MAY: THE BURNING MAN by Christopher Fowler, reviewed by Sylvia
Maughan
A burned body is discovered on the steps of a London bank whilst a mob runs
amok in the city, protesting at the actions of the bankers. Soon more
individuals are killed, always through the medium of fire.

THE STAR OF ISTANBUL by Robert Olen Butler, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Reporter and US government spy Kit Cobb has a suspect German under
investigation, crossing the Atlantic in 1915 on the Lusitania.

THIS THING OF DARKNESS by Harry Bingham, reviewed by John Cleal
DC Fiona Griffiths uses her unique talents to link three apparently
unconnected events involving two deaths and a massive international
conspiracy.

BLOOD FEVER (audiobook) by Charlie Higson, reviewed by Linda Wilson
On a school trip to Sardinia, young James Bond has to rescue a friend’s
sister from the clutches of a secret society.

EXIT STAGE LEFT by Graham Ison, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
DCI Harry Brock and his team investigate when an actor is found dead amidst
London roadworks one snowy February morning.

KILL FEE by Owen Laukkanen, reviewed by Chris Roberts
When a billionaire is gunned down, police get a good look at the shooter,
but his dead eyes and slack face strike them as very odd.

DRIVEN by Toby Vintcent, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Former Royal Marine Colonel Matt Straker is brought in to investigate a
possible case of deliberate sabotage within the glamorous but cut-throat
world of Formula 1 racing.

THE NORFOLK MYSTERY by Ian Sansom, reviewed by John Cleal
Wounded Spanish Civil war veteran Stephen Sefton accepts a job as assistant
to the eccentric ‘Professor’ Swanton Morley who is writing a
county-by-county guide to traditional England. Starting in Norfolk, they
discover a vicar hanging by his church’s bell rope.

ONE KICK by Chelsea Cain, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson
Kit ‘Kick’ Lannigan was abducted at the age of five and for six years
starred in child pornography movies. Now, ten years after her rescue, she
is presented with the opportunity to fight back against the abusers.

ROBIN HOOD YARD by Mark Sanderson, reviewed by John Cleal
Reporter John Steadman and his lifelong friend Detective Constable Matt
Turner investigate a series of brutal sexually perverted killings against a
background of approaching war.

RUNNING GIRL by Simon Mason, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When Chloe Dow’s body is found in a pond, Garvie Smith isn’t very impressed
with the police investigation into her murder. The only problem is that
Garvie’s still at school and is meant to be revising for his exams, not
sticking his nose into other people’s business.

THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS by Kate Rhodes, reviewed by John Cleal
Psychologist Alice Quentin is doing research at a high security hospital,
when a copycat killer begins kidnapping and murdering young girls –
apparently in tribute to a prolific child killer who is a patient there.
Alice must establish a relationship with the charismatic killer to find the
link to these new murders.

NO KNOWN GRAVE by Maureen Jennings, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
A convalescent hospital in 1942, run by Anglican nuns for badly injured
servicemen, is an unlikely place for a double murder to take place. That,
however, is what DI Tom Tyler finds when he is called to the hospital.

Best wishes

Sharon

Lesa's Latest Contest-- Florida Law & Order Giveaway

This week, I'm giving away copies of Paul Levine's Bum Rap & James O. Born's Scent of Murder. Details on my blog, http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.


Lesa

Amazon set to pay self-published authors as little as $0.006 per page read (The Guardian)

Amazon set to pay self-published authors as little as $0.006 per page read (The Guardian)

Bullet Points: Pre-Festive Fourth Edition

Bullet Points: Pre-Festive Fourth Edition

FREE Book Alert-- "Redemption: A Noah Milano Novelette" by Jochem Vandersteen

Redemption: A Noah Milano Novelette by Jochem Vandersteen is currently a FREE book at Amazon.


My review from last February is here.

Read An Excerpt of "The Tithing Herd" (Lindy's Lair)

 Read An Excerpt of "The Tithing Herd" (Lindy's Lair)

Criminal Minds: Writer Rooter – Clearing Writer’s Block

Criminal Minds: Writer Rooter – Clearing Writer’s Block: We all hit writers’ block at some point in time. What do you do to get out of it and move the story forward? by Paul D. Marks Here’s w...

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

FFB Review: "Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery" by Bill Crider

Another Friday is upon us and this happens to fall right before Independence Day tomorrow. Please remember not only the meaning of the day, but what my Mom often said no matter what we were doing when we were growing up--- STOP! You’ll Put Your Eye Out!!! Celebrate responsibly, stay intact, and make sure you capture that cell phone footage for later viewing by the media. Before doing all that, make sure that you first check out the rest of the books suggested over on Patti Abbott’s blog.


After the events in Dead on the Island private investigator Truman Smith has not been doing much of any investigating. Instead, he has been primarily house painting over on Galveston Island. He is aware that hiding away on the island painting a house here and there does little more than earn him some bucks and passes the time. So, when Fred Benton called and asked him to come about a dead alligator Truman was interested inspite of himself.


Fred Benton has a lot of acreage over by Eagle Lake outside of Houston. A lot of his land is thickly forested and swampy and is a natural home to gators. That is a good thing as he loves alligators beyond all reason. It is September, hot and humid, and somebody went and killed one of the many alligators that live on his land. Not only did they break the law by killing it on his land without permission, the person sent him a clear message in the way they did it. The creature was killed, skinned and left allowing the meat to rot. In Fred Barton’s view, what was done was murder and he wants the killer caught and punished.

Back when Truman was investigating as a private investigator, chasing murders wasn’t something he usually did. Benton does not care as he figures finding missing people was what Truman did and certainly somebody is missing---- the gator killer. As he puts it to Truman:

“What’s the difference? If you’re lookin’ for somebody, you’re lookin’ for somebody.” (Page 8)

While Truman thinks it is far more complicated than that he eventually agrees to look into the matter with no guarantees. He will soon come to regret that decision because of the time he has to spend out in the swamp fighting the heat, the bugs, the mud, and the smells. Digging a bullet out of a dead alligator is not fun either. All that and then the murders start.

Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery was originally published in 1992 and follows Dead on the Island. Events from the previous book are briefly mentioned in the opening pages of this complex mystery and serve as a foundation of sorts for Truman’s taking the case. A case that is rather complicated and takes a number of twists and turns before things are finally resolved. Very different from and darker in tone than the author’s Sheriff Rhodes series (Between The Living And The Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery is coming out August 11th) the read features a slew of interesting characters, plenty of action and clues, and a case that has no easy answers. Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery is a good one. 


Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery
Bill Crider
Walker and Company (subsidiary of Bloomsbury Publishing)
May 1992
ISBN# 0-8027-3213-5
Hardback (also available in audio and e-book formats)
186 Pages
$18.95



Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sandi Hospitalized

Sandi was admitted late this afternoon to Medical City Dallas Hospital for chemotherapy and tests.  The only good news I can share is that she does not have a blood infection near as they can tell based on the preliminary test results.

The belief now is that her cancer  is most likely undergoing explosive growth. This nightmare scenario would explain the heavy night sweats, the fevers, the weight loss (four more pounds in two days) and other symptoms. While she does still have viral croup, if the cancer is explosively growing everywhere in her (as it has done before) it is a way bigger risk to hold the chemo back. So, the chemo was started in the hopes that it will still work.

Tests of various types may be done depending on approval by Medicare as well as how she is handling the chemo and everything else. She did not do well with the first chemo drug today as her blood pressure went very low and they had to intervene several times to stabilize her. What will happen the next few days is anyone's guess at this point.

How to Host a Killer Book Event / Jenny Milchman

How to Host a Killer Book Event / Jenny Milchman

Pierce’s Picks (The Rap Sheet)

Pierce’s Picks (The Rap Sheet)

True Detective Reborn (Welcome To Hell Blog)

True Detective Reborn (Welcome To Hell Blog)

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 11 Tips For The Care And Feeding Of Your Muse: A W...

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 11 Tips For The Care And Feeding Of Your Muse: A W...: by Ruth Harris T he muse (also referred to as intuition, instinct, the subconscious, a superpower, the Spidey sense) is generally a frien...

Gail Farrelly: Spoofing My Way in Breaks from Writing Mysteries (ARE Cafe Blog)

Gail Farrelly: Spoofing My Way in Breaks from Writing Mysteries (ARE Cafe Blog)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

BookEnds Literary Agency: An Agent's Thoughts on a Publisher's Restructuring...

BookEnds Literary Agency: An Agent's Thoughts on a Publisher's Restructuring...: It's no longer news that there have been some dramatic changes at Berkley/NAL , changes that aren't necessarily a complete surprise,...

New Books by MWA Members – July 2015

New Books by MWA Members – July 2015

Today in MYSTERY HISTORY: 7/1/2005 Lopresti's Such A Killing Crime published...

Today in MYSTERY HISTORY: 7/1/2005 Lopresti's Such A Killing Crime published...: July 1, 2005.  Robert Lopresti's novel of murder during the folk music revival in Greenwich Village, 1963, is published.

Reminder: Dallas MWA meeting this Saturday, 7/4/15

Panel Discussion:

"Everything You Wanted to Know about Writing and Publishing But Were Afraid to Ask"

In honor of the Fourth of July, the "Gang of Four" will take their seats in the spotlight to answer any and all questions about writing, publishing, marketing, and the Meaning of Life (spoiler alert: 42). All questions about all areas of writing and more will be discussed and explained by leveraging the panelist's years of experience fighting the battle. Successes and scars highlighted equally.

Bring your questions, bring your answers, and bring your appetite because the give and take with associated arguments may last well into lunch.

Some smart person once said there is no one right road to success, but many wrong ones. Let's help each other stay off the wrong roads

Note: because of fire safety laws, all the fireworks will be verbal rather than thermal.

Location:

The Dallas MWASW group meets the first Saturday of each month at Texas Land & Cattle, 812 South Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There is a $5.00 door fee, cash only. All who attend are invited to remain for lunch. Contact info: james@gaskin.com


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3 AM.....

It is 3 am ..... they need to invent a pill that makes your brain stayed turned off when you have to go to the bathroom. That way you could go back to sleep after your business was done. Way better than the way things are now where I start thinking and can't get back to sleep.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chemo Again Delayed

Not surprisingly after what Sandi has been through the last 48 hours they made the determination to hold off on the chemo. They took a very large amount of blood out of her to do blood cultures. The worry now is the strong possibility that she has contracted some sort of blood infection on top of everything else. The hope is that the fever and other issues are just related to the persistent viral croup and not another infection.

Since they are closed Friday for the upcoming holiday we go back Thursday and see where things stand. In the meantime, monitor all her symptoms and let them know immediately if anything seems to be getting worse.