Friday, July 31, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
|Edgar Allen Poe|
The 2nd Shaman Mystery, UNRAVELED VISIONS
This week, we sat down with the father/daughter writing team behind Elizabeth Perona. Their series debut, Murder on the Bucket List, was released earlier this month.
|Elizabeth Perona: Tony and Liz|
|Tony and Ginny|
Monday, July 27, 2015
This is the second of three blog posts that highlight ways writers can show their readers some love. Check out the first twenty at last month's post. Enjoy, share, and add to the list in the comments. I hope it sparks some creative ideas!
Thanks for reading. The final ten ideas (with a few bonuses) will post next month.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
What I believe and a few other random thoughts:
- It’s raining books.
- And the forecast is a breeze; it’s going to rain harder.
- I believe not all books are for all readers. Can you imagine if they were?
- I believe there are way too many books being published. And that’s not a bad thing.
- I believe that if you are a voracious reader, you read about two books a week. (My mother did.)
- That’s 104 books a year. If there were 300,000 titles published last year, you read .03 percent of all books published.
- Nice job.
- Feel good!
- Just don’t think about what you might have missed. (I know I can’t.)
- I believe a sharp, updated cover will make me want to re-read a classic.
- I believe Patricia Highsmith is finally getting her due through film. “Carol” with Cate Blanchett, for instance, and “The Blunderer” with Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel are two movies coming out soon. I can’t wait.
- But no movie will ever quite capture the edgy darkness of Patricia Highsmith’s words on the page.
- I believe that if every book was a best-seller, it would be a better world.
- I mean, just think of all the reading that would be going on.
- I believe that if every high school diploma meant you were a voracious reader—and, say, that’s all it meant—it would be a better world.
- I mean, just think of all the reading that would be going on.
- I believe there is no guaranteed marketing strategy for a writer that will lead to a big jump in sales.
- If there was a guaranteed formula, every book would be a best-seller.
- And that ain’t possible. The physics of it. And the math. And the ink supply.
- I believe it’s possible to walk into a good independent bookstore and feel overwhelmed. And yeah, happy, sure.
- I believe that if the book isn’t as good as your platform, you got no platform.
- I believe that one day the late Gary Reilly will be known as major talent.
- The record so far: 8 posthumous published titles since 2012 and all Denver Post best-sellers (two number 1’s); two titles named Colorado Book Award finalists; one major rave review on National Public Radio.
- And a woman who was the academic selector/bibliographer for Princeton Libraries (who only found Gary Reilly’s works because it was her job to keep up with new titles) called Gary Reilly one of her all-time favorite writers.
- Okay, since you asked, here is exactly what Karen Haverkamp wrote in an email to me: “He (Gary Reilly) is one of my all-time favorite authors— honest, completely unpretentious, and such a master of his craft that the reader experiences only apparently effortless prose (without that annoying feeling that the writer is trying too hard).”
- More about the late Gary Reilly: www.theasphaltwarrior.com
- So even the writers who have left us are adding to the fact that it’s raining books out there.
- I say, let it rain.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
This is my inaugural InkSpot blog post, and I'm so happy to be here. I became a member of the Midnight Ink author clan last month, which means I get to blog right here along with a crew of fabulous authors. Yay!
I don't have much to tell you yet. The process is just beginning. Midnight Ink has my next novel within its editorial grip, and pretty soon I'm going to receive an editorial letter. Over the next year I'll revise and revise some more; I'll see my cover art; I'll gear up for marketing and publicity -- and all while writing the NEXT novel.
Waahoo, let the games begin!
Here's what I can tell you right now. I named the novel GREY MAN, but that might change. It's my first novel with Midnight Ink, but not my first published novel. My debut novel, KILMOON, came out last year. It's set in Ireland and features Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern and Merrit Chase.
GREY MAN continues their stories, and I'll have waaay more to tell you about that in the upcoming months. Meanwhile, let me tell you about another Grey Man, a predatory faery of Irish folklore and one of the inspirations for the novel.
I loved the imagery of the dark faery when I first read about it. I don't write paranormal mysteries, but I like a little magical realism, and I love symbols. I love that creating a grey and obscured atmosphere could incite locals in my fictional town of Lisfenora to start thinking about the faery while a real Grey Man lurks within their midst.
I welcome comments and conversation. Please visit me every third Wednesday of the month!
What would you like to know about me? Ask away!
Lisa Alber is the author of KILMOON, A COUNTY CLARE MYSTERY, which has been called "utterly poetic" and "a stirring debut." Ever distractible, you may find her staring out windows, fooling around online, or drinking red wine with her friends. Ireland, books, animals, photography, and blogging round out her distractions. Visit her on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, July 13, 2015
By Maegan Beaumont
I sat down with my friend and fellow author, Cynthia Hickey, to ask her a few questions about what's she been up to...
GUNFIGHT AT GRACE GULCH: Cici and Audie take a dangerous gamble to nail the killer - and lay their lives on the line. (Christian)
TROUBLE UP FINNY'S NOSE:A crazy kaleidoscope of characters such as the uptight gallery owner, Napoleon Prinn; half-baked Dimple Dent, writer of fortune-cookie wisdom; Alva Hernandez, octogenarian newspaper boy; and Monk, the amorous town caterer, add to the chaos in the shadow of Finny’s nose until Ruth finds herself in the ultimate do or die situation. (Christian)
MURDER IN THE MILKCASE:Sleuthing to exonerate herself from murder charges, she shakes up a murderer who has nothing to lose by killing any one in the way - including Trish. (Christian)
THE WEDDING CAPER: Join Annie Peterson, mother of the bride, as she solve crimes on her way to the wedding. In book one (The Wedding Caper) a $25,000 night deposit mysteriously disappears from the Clark County Savings and Loan, and Annie Peterson takes on the role of amateur sleuth to solve the mystery. Only one problem. . .she knows nothing about crime solving! (Christian)
MURDER UNDER THE MISTLETOE: What she'd hoped would be a relaxing holiday between jobs turns into a stressful and often frustrating