Excited and Mortified

Excited and Mortified

Excited and Mortified

Well yes, I am looking forward to being a member of the panelists at Imaginarum 2015 this week. I am very excited (Don’t let this post fool you…I am thrilled!) and would love it if anyone in attendance who comes by to visit my table in the vendor hall wants to take pics with me. Okay – no denial- I am a photohound. I am also hoping you will make this con a part of your regular planned events every year. I believe it is going to be one of the most outstanding for 2015 and certainly for every year

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Mystery Books and Authors I Love

Mystery Books and Authors I Love

Welcome to my book list. Here are some books I love by authors I enjoy reading. Jan Burke— Irene Kelly Mysteries including Goodnight Irene and Dear Irene Patricia Cornwell–Kay Scarpetta Mysteries including Postmortem and Cause of Death Cleo Coyle — Coffeehouse Mysteries including On What Grounds? and A Brew to a Kill Janet Evanovich–Stephanie Plum Mysteries including One for the Money and Two for the Dough Anne George–Southern Sisters Mysteries including Murder on a Girls Night Out and Murder on a Bad Hair Day Sue Grafton–Kinsey Milhorne Mysteries (also known as The Alphabet Mysteries) including A is for Alibi and

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How to Write: the first chapter

How to Write: the first chapter

It’s day 4 of How to Write and today we are going to discuss that all important first chapter. There is a really great way to know what to put in one and I am going to challenge you to try it. What is this cool new challenge? READ A CHAPTER Not just any chapter, now, but one from a book that you think is like the one you want to write. The best way to know what goes in a first chapter is to read some that have already been written. I do not know what you are writing,

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How to Write: the first page

It’s day three of our How to Write series! How are you feeling? Pumped? Motivated? Ready to shake up the writing world and get something started? We’ve already covered nailing your blurb, characters, and first line, and how to create a super-interesting first paragraph, and today it’s all about getting yourself off your butt to lengthen it and make it into a first page. It is not too late! Now, there are a heap of places on the Internet that talk about what a good first page is all about. You could spend HOURS looking and learning everyone’s opinion on

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Reading a book versus savoring a story

If you are like me, you love to read a good book. To race through the pages (or savor them slowly) to get to the end and find out what this adventure really was all about-well, that’s about the best experience with a book. But have you ever been reading and found that the story made you scratch your head and say huh? Sometimes writers get carried away with world-building and forget “the story”. Sometimes they are so in love with their character trait sheets that they tell us more about who the paper person IS than what they are

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