Monday, October 29, 2012

Magna Cum Murder Touches Many Topics

Mary Monica Ferris & Albert Bell
The Magna Cum Murder Conference in Muncie, Indiana was a great opportunity for authors and readers to mix as a number of mystery writers talked about topics including the competing roles of imagination and research in historical crime fiction, writing the cozy mystery in an age of 'noir and gore,' and alcohol as a poison.

It would take a notebook to give even a quick summary, so I'll pass on a few of the ideas that grabbed me.  Paraphrasing of course.

If you want to describe a place through the eyes of a character, it matters how familiar your character is with the setting. Unfamiliar eyes will see it very differently than a native.  (Terry Faherty)

What's the antitode for most alcohol poisoning?  Vodka.  (Luci Zahray)

A mystery is a hunt, a thriller is a roller coaster ride.  (John Billheimer)

Our brains are wired for stories. From the time people were writing on cave walls, we've been using stories to remember and pass along ideas.  (Michael Dymmoch)

Authors were a diverse group.  The photo shows Mary Monica Ferris about to sign one of her crewel mysteries.  Next to her is Albert Bell, who writes a series set in ancient Rome, which features Pliny the Younger.  S.J. Rozan was the guest of honor. Among her many books is one in which the books feature alternating points of view (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith).  It was interesting to hear her talk about what each character brings to the work.

One piece of memorable advice came from paranormal investigators Shelly and Andy Gage.  As part of their very professional overview of hunting in haunted places, they suggested that if you want to determine if a ghost is actually a hallucination, the first place to investigate is the medicine cabinet.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jolie Gentil in Large Print

I have put the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series into large print paperbacks.  My mom lost most of her  vision in her early 50s, so I have been slowly working on this.  The prices are only one dollar more than the paperbacks, and I wish they could be the same.  There are so many more pages the sellers literally cannot permit me to sell them for less. Large print editions are only available via Amazon and Create Space -- if I opt for additional sales channels the price goes up a lot.  The two covers displayed are by Patty G. Henderson. Enjoy!

Large Print Editions

Appraisal for Murder

Rekindling Motives

When the Carny Comes to Town

Any Port in a Storm

Trouble on the Doorstep

Behind the Walls

Vague Images

Ground to a Halt

Holidays in Ocean Alley

The Unexpected Resolution
(coming soon in large print)

A page on my web site also has information on all large print books and another on the audio books and the wonderful narrators who read them.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Chris Redding Offers a Kindle Freebie

 Welcome to Chris Redding, writer of intrigue and a generous colleague. Her blog features guest authors regularly and her thrillers keep you on the edge of your seat.

And check out Blonde Demolition...
 You just can't hide from the past...

Mallory Sage lives in a small, idyllic town where nothing ever happens. Just the kind of life she has always wanted. No one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about her past life as an agent for Homeland Security.

Former partner and lover, Trey McCrane, comes back into Mallory's life. He believes they made a great team once, and that they can do so again. Besides, they don't have much choice. Paul Stanley, a twisted killer and their old nemesis, is back.

Framed for a bombing and drawn together by necessity, Mallory and Trey go on the run and must learn to trust each other again―if they hope to survive. But Mallory has been hiding another secret, one that could destroy their relationship. And time is running out.

    If that doesn't draw you in, check out this short excerpt.

   She glanced at Trey.
   He raised a dark eyebrow. "You used to know when I was near."
     "Been a long time since I've had to watch my back."
His long slender fingers spread across his chest. "That hurt."
     "Truth does."
     Cal looked her way from the beer tent, his brows knit. The carnies didn't often stop to talk to the firefighters. Cal moved his big frame in front of her as if she needed protection.
     She noted that he looked tired. Maybe she shouldn't bring up her idea about finding her parents today. It could wait until the fair was over.
     His pace was slow but steady as he moved toward her. He tugged Mark, the new guy, along with him.
The idea always amused her when they circled the wagons around her. It was sweet how they protected her.
     They had no clue she could defend herself armed or unarmed. That information didn't go along with her trust fund reputation. No need to enlighten them.
     Trey's words brought her back. "Have you thought about it?"
     "I didn't come up with an answer."         She wouldn't be rushed. She would decide this in her own damn time. Not on someone else's schedule.
     "Better soon."
     "You better move on, Trey."
     He glanced back at the firefighters who walked his way. A sardonic grin creased his face. "Well, well."
     "Leave, Trey. I don't want to see anyone hurt."
     "Me or them?"
     He walked past her as if she didn't exist.
     More, more, you want more!

You can get an electronic copy of Blonde Demotion or look for the paperback. Today, October 9th, Chris is offering the Kindle edition free.