In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

What goes on in this story that makes someone want to read it – and other “shadows” that authors think about as they design cover art and write blurbs. Ever experience a time in your writing life when you stare at the screen absently and mutter to yourself, “What now?”  And this is not some mental block that keeps you from writing. Oh no. It’s more like the inescapable time when you have to consider what will work for your cover art, and what won’t, and you are stricken with a lack of ideas for blurbs. My hubby, who is a

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Tuesday Teaser Excerpt from new book!

Tuesday Teaser Excerpt from new book!

Here we are in May and you know what that means? The number two book in the Shannon Wallace Mystery series is about to bust out of here! That’s right. and I am going to give you a special sneak peek into the book but first… The new TITLE!!!!!! Yew to a Kill Isn’t that snazzy?  I know, right? It’s a cool little twist to “View to A Kill” and I did it to match  Disk of Death  which is a twist on “Kiss of Death”. Okay, so now that you are in the know, here is a bit of Yew

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See Kim cough. Cough, cough, cough. Kim is sick.

See Kim cough. Cough, cough, cough. Kim is sick.

I don’t know about you guys, but I hate being sick. Hate it like … well, like most anything you can hate with a fury. I just do not have time to be sick. But – there ya go. I am sick. Nothing to be done for it but medicate and rest.  It is a goodie too, with cough cough cough. You know the score. And when I am sick, I read. I feel bad, so I want to lie down. And there is nothing better than lying down, opening a book, and diving right in. At least until the

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Disk of Death Cover Reveal

Disk of Death Cover Reveal

Disk of Death is almost here! Hello and welcome to cover reveal day! I am very excited about this reprisal of my Shannon Wallace Mystery series. If you are a fan and have been following along since the early days, let me say thank you. I cannot wait for you to enjoy the ride all over again. It’s been updated, re-edited, re-covered, and I think much better. Shannon and I have had a chance to renew our friendship as well, and I must say I am in love with writing her stories all over again. If you are new to

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Mystery Fiction: Detectives

Mystery Fiction: Detectives

As I get prepared for my big book release, (Disk of Death will have its cover reveal this week!) I thought I would share some things that might be of interest to a reader of mystery fiction. I read somewhere that mystery fiction wasn’t even called mystery fiction until the 1930s when a crime fiction magazine changed its bent or focus and started calling its stories “mystery”. Apparently, the first mysteries were more like supernatural stories where an unknown, unseen villain was at work. The rise of mystery stories came about when the pulp magazines took the world by storm

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