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Karen Pullen’s Cold Heart

February 19, 2017
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COLD HEART

Karen Pullen spends several days each week cooking breakfast and cleaning rooms for strangers! That’s because she owns a bed & breakfast! She took time out from her guests to answer a few questions about her latest work, Cold Heart. Sandra: What’s your new book/work in progress about? What inspired you to write it?...

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Author in the Hot Seat: James Oswald

January 14, 2017
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Author in the Hot Seat: James Oswald

If you don’t know who James Oswald is, where have you been? As well as writing a bestselling crime fiction series, James runs a 350 acre livestock farm, raising Highland cattle and New Zealand Romney sheep. He’s also been immortalized on late night TV by appearing on the Craig Ferguson Show. His latest Inspector McLean...

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Review: Hindsight, by Mindy Tarquini

November 8, 2016
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Review: Hindsight, by Mindy Tarquini

Deliciously original with a quirky voice that sets Mindy Tarquini in a league of her own, Hindsight is an entertaining story about a woman with the ability to see her past lives, who is desperate to find a way to break this curse. “But here’s the bitch about memory. It allows us to return...

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No Happy Endings for Angel Colon

November 4, 2016
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No Happy Endings for Angel Colon

Angel Luis Colon is the author of The Fury of Blacky Jaguar, No Happy Endings, and the in-progress short story anthology; Meat City on Fire (and Other Assorted Debacles). He’s an editor for the flash fiction site Shotgun Honey, has been nominated for the Derringer Award, and is published in multiple web and print...

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The Throes of Crime

October 29, 2016
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The Throes of Crime

In the late 1980s, Erik Arneson ran a play-by-mail professional wrestling simulation called the Global Wrestling Federation. It was small, but players joined from about half a dozen different states, and it generated enough income to buy an Apple IIc clone (the Laser 128), which he used throughout college. These days, Erik is celebrating the...

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The Secret to a Successful Author Event

October 24, 2016
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Recently, my writing group hosted a Skype conference with Sarah L. Johnson. Author of Suicide Stitch and the forthcoming Infractus, by day Johnson is the literary events manager at Owl’s Nest, an indie bookstore in Calgary, AB, Canada. As she explained, her role involves “wrangling writers and readers and bringing them together for events...

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Suicide Stitch: The Dark Corners of a Former Mormon Mind

October 16, 2016
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Suicide Stitch: The Dark Corners of a Former Mormon Mind

How does an ex-Mormon Canadian runner from Calgary manage to have a short story collection published by a small US press and get a contract on her speculative fiction novel with an Australian press? Meet Sarah L. Johnson, author of Suicide Stitch, a collection of short stories from EMP Publishing, and the forthcoming Infractus,...

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A HOT NIGHT IN DC – NOIR AT THE BAR

July 21, 2016
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A HOT NIGHT IN DC – NOIR AT THE BAR

On a weekend where the heat indexes crept into the 100s across the mid-Atlantic, no place was hotter than Washington DC’s Wonderland Ballroom, the site of author and reviewer E.A. Aymar’s third Noir at the Bar.

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: HUSH by Anne Frasier

May 6, 2016
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: HUSH by Anne Frasier

Ivy Dunlap has a secret. A secret that drove her to study criminology and become the author of a book on profiling serial killers. It’s also the reason she’s spent years in a sleepy Canadian town, teaching students but not working with the police on active cases. All of that changes when she receives...

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How Bad Can The Bad Guy Be? By William Petrocelli

October 29, 2013
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How Bad Can The Bad Guy Be? By William Petrocelli

Many mystery fans will tell you that their favorite character in any crime novel is the bad guy. There’s often a good reason for that. It takes a lot of thought to become a good villain. By the time you’ve been primed to be the heavy in the story, at least half of the...

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Guest Post: Leonard Goldberg’s Favorite Books

October 10, 2013
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Guest Post: Leonard Goldberg’s Favorite Books

Writers are often asked to name their very favorite books. I have been asked this question so many times, I have come to the conclusion that there are at least 20 novels that I could name comfortably. And the list is varied and includes Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, Harper Lee’s classic To...

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Review: ARGO – the must-see film of 2012?

October 13, 2012
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Review: ARGO – the must-see film of 2012?

“To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments.” ARGO does far more than salute the spirit of cooperation that’s existed between Canada and the United States, and how that helped save six Americans during the height of the Iranian Hostage Crisis: ARGO cements Ben Affleck’s place as...

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Internet Integrity and The Ethics of Review

September 9, 2012
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Internet Integrity and The Ethics of Review

If the medium truly is the message, the message of the internet may well be to warn of the return of the wild west, for the internet is a haven for lawlessness. Most people recognize this. The fact that they realize that it is very difficult to police behavior online does not mean that...

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The Hunger Games: Not Really About The Violence

March 25, 2012
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The Hunger Games: Not Really About The Violence

I didn’t read THE HUNGER GAMES before going to see the movie. The kids commandeered one Kindle, while Brian started it on the other Kindle, which left me last on the list. For me, that was okay. This is a movie I wanted to see, but went into with little in the way of...

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Benches & Telephone Malfunctions & Cutting Cable

November 15, 2011
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Just a few days after I wrote about PRIME SUSPECT and the growing potential of a show that looked like a bad joke from its horrendous promotional campaign, NBC has “benched” the show. It hasn’t officially been canceled, but it is disappearing. This has prompted an interesting discussion at Spinetingler’s Maryland HQ this morning....

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Opinion: PRIME SUSPECT – next casualty of bad marketing?

November 12, 2011
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I’ll never watch the American version of PRIME SUSPECT. I uttered that months ago, when the ads started, and would have repeated it a scant four weeks ago. Then it snowed. Being stuck inside while it snows in October is the only excuse I have. Trouble was, it wasn’t that bad. And as we...

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Soundtrack Sunday – “The Late Greats” by Nick Quantrill

August 21, 2011
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“The Late Greats” is the second Joe Geraghty novel. Set in my home city of Hull, Geraghty, a small time Private Investigator, is employed as a general dogsbody by Kane Major, manager of reforming 1990’s Britpop band, New Holland. But the job changes when vocalist, Greg Tasker, goes missing. “The Late Greats” is first...

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Soundtrack Sunday: BUFFALO GALS by Amy J Strychasz

August 7, 2011
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Soundtrack Sunday:  BUFFALO GALS by Amy J Strychasz

Music has always been an integral part of my life, from the top 40 radio of my childhood to the more subtle tastes of my adulthood. I often live my life in a soundtrack frame of mind. When I began to write my novel, BUFFALO GALS, music played constantly as I wrote. It coaxed...

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Soundtrack Sundays: COUNTY LINE by Bill Cameron

July 31, 2011
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Soundtrack Sundays:  COUNTY LINE by Bill Cameron

I don’t know where I fall on the Listen While Writing spectrum. Somewhere on the downslope toward Full On Rock Out Baby, but not so far down that dead silence is out of the question. Sometimes I find myself with the earbuds in and “November Rain” on repeat, the volume cranked up to Jellied...

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Soundtrack Sunday: HARVEST OF RUINS by Sandra Ruttan

July 17, 2011
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When I first started working on HARVEST OF RUINS, I needed chapter titles. You see, because the book had intersecting timelines originally, I wasn’t writing it in sequence. I wasn’t writing it chronologically, and I wasn’t writing it in the order I thought it would appear in the book. I needed the chapter titles...

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