Saturday, September 30, 2006

Almost a month???

Egads! It's been almost a month since I've posted here, and I'm ashamed. Of course, probably the other three people who regularly read the blog are bored stiff by now, so I've got to come up with something interesting. Let's see...

Oh, OK. Recently, I was contacted by one of the marketing types at Warner Bros., and she asked me if I'd like to help with getting out the word about their new movie The Departed.

Blink, blink. Me??

Yes, me. Specifically, she (Anna, bless her heart) wanted me to use my Crime and Suspense ezine/ website to help promote the movie. So, I put together a quick writing contest on the fly, and the winners are getting t-shirts or posters from the movie. And it looks like an interesting movie, too. I know I'm going to see it. Check out the trailer at the link for The Departed.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Re-release of my first novella, with a bonus!

I recently republished my first novella, after subjecting it to a round of editing and adding a couple of bonus short stories to give a bit of backstory on some of the characters in the novella. It's called Blinded By Darkness and it's a cozy mystery set in a small Southern town, and centering around some murderous attempts to stop a church from building a new sanctuary.

(And if you don't believe a church can be a dangerous place, trust me... I was a preacher's kid!)

If you would like, you can click on the linked title above and read more about it, read the first chapter, and even order a copy online!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Wow, I've been busy lately!

I'm hustling to get the By The Chimney With Care anthology all ready to go, but I'm waiting on a couple of blurbs for the back cover. It's been a fun project, and the book is packed with interesting stories about crime and the winter holidays. As soon as it's available, I'll post word here.

I was invited to be part of an online writers' conference that's taking October 9-13. It's FREE, too, so that should be an attraction for anyone who is interested. I and four of my authors (Sunny Frazier, John M. Floyd, Deborah Elliott-Upton and Frank Zafiro) will all be there fielding questions on a variety of writing and publishing questions during that time. Go to to see what's on the agenda, who will be there, and to sign up.

And, I've been invited to be a guest at Long Ridge Writers' Group, an online writing school, to be interviewed and answer questions about getting into publishing. That will be on October 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Go to the web site for more details about their chat rooms and how to enter.