A Disjointed Post . . .

. . . because my brain is fried. When we tried to medicate William last night, a pill fell into the pit between the seat of my recliner and the arm, and we weren't able to locate it. It's in there somewhere, or it fell through onto the floor under the chair. After a cursory … Continue reading A Disjointed Post . . .

A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

  "Rural Virginia, 1945. The Second World War had just ended when Alice Hannon found the lifeless body of her five-year-old daughter, Eugenie, floating in Blue Lake. The tragedy of the little girl’s death destroyed the Hannon family. "More than twenty years later, Alice’s youngest daughter, Regina, returns home after a long estrangement because her … Continue reading A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

LONE STAR LAWLESS!

Austin Mystery Writers' second crime fiction anthology now available for Kindle! Paperbacks coming soon   ONE MORE TIME by V. P. Chandler WILD HORSES by Alexandra Burt LIFE OF THE PARTY by Mark Pryor ARCHANGEL TOWERS by Gale Albright BAGGAGE CLAIM, Part 1: THE DEVIL’S LUGGAGE by Janice Hamrick BAGGAGE CLAIM, Part 2: CARRY ON … Continue reading LONE STAR LAWLESS!

No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It

NaNoWriMo --National Novel Writing Month--the month* in which participants vow to write a 50,000-word novel--and some of them do--began yesterday. The goal--if you want to reach 50,000 words and win NaNoWriMo (which from this point on will be called NaNo), you need to write an average of 1667 words a day. I've registered for NaNo--there's a … Continue reading No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It

Creativity and Imagination

Creativity and imagination, unlike faith, is constantly replenished by our need to question the universe, to give it form and purpose... That's why it is so dangerous to marry the power of the church to that of government. Only corruption can result.                           … Continue reading Creativity and Imagination

Day of the Dark Coming–Twice

The total solar eclipse--the first across the entire continental United States in ninety-nine years--will take place on August 21. David and I will view it from Kansas City, where the full eclipse will be visible. We have our eclipse glasses and hotel reservations and look forward to a jaw-dropping experience.* Not to take anything away … Continue reading Day of the Dark Coming–Twice

Coming July 21: DAY OF THE DARK & More of the Murderous Marva Lu

“The good old days.” Joe turned his eyes up to the ceiling and sighed. “Oh, I remember it all. Fried chicken, sunbathing, you grabbing me and holding me under the water till I almost drowned before you let me go. . . . What I don’t remember is anybody actually swimming.” “We had too much … Continue reading Coming July 21: DAY OF THE DARK & More of the Murderous Marva Lu

Thank You, Nightstand Book Reviews

When I was eight, my grandmother gave me two Nancy Drew mysteries for Christmas: The Secret in the Old Clock and The Clue of the Tapping Heels, and I was hooked. One title led to another. Since then, I've read through Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Donna Leon's Inspector Brunetti, Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley, … Continue reading Thank You, Nightstand Book Reviews

The Silver Falchion (Again) & #ROW80

Good news on both personal and professional fronts: MURDER ON WHEELS, Austin Mystery Writers' crime fiction anthology, has been awarded the Silver Falchion Award for Best Fiction Short Story Anthology. Member Laura Oles accepted the award from author Anne Perry Saturday night at the Killer Nashville International Writers' Conference 2016.   The eleven stories in MURDER ON … Continue reading The Silver Falchion (Again) & #ROW80

One Trailer. No Horses. No Cows.

Marketing? NO... I'm happy happy happy when a reader buys a copy of Murder on Wheels, Austin Mystery Writers' anthology of crime fiction. BUT... I share the following link because V P Chandler, an AMW member, created a Murder on Wheels book trailer, and she did a beautiful job. I'd like it to have a wider audience. SO... Please … Continue reading One Trailer. No Horses. No Cows.

Murder on Wheels: 11 Tales of Crime on the Move

MURDER ON WHEELS, Austin Mystery Writers' first crime fiction anthology, has been released by Wildside Press. Since it appeared, the Writers have been difficult to live with. We'll get over it, but only after a decent interval of frolicking. The cover copy reads-- "The eleven stories in MURDER ON WHEELS put the pedal to the floor and never let … Continue reading Murder on Wheels: 11 Tales of Crime on the Move

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

[Links are scattered throughout this post. If you slide your pointer across the screen, you'll see where to click. In the meantime, I'll choose a theme that makes finding links easier.] In yesterday's abbreviated post, I promised an announcement to end all announcements. Confession: Kaye George was quicker than I. She made the announcement on … Continue reading Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

AMW Workshop: Special Invitation for Procrastinators

Austin Mystery Writers spent Thursday making last-minute preparations for Anatomy of a Mystery, the free workshop it's sponsoring today from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin. I offer two photographs as proof. Some of the people in them are duplicated. (My assigned task was to cut up paper for the raffle. Mission … Continue reading AMW Workshop: Special Invitation for Procrastinators

If You Don’t Love a Character…

Sunday's Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter presented a New Authors panel: Robin Allen (If You Can't Stand the Heat: Stick a Fork in It), Kaye George (Choke; Smoke), and Janice Hamrick (Death on Tour; Death Makes the Cut). Hopeton Hay, host of KAZI Book Review, served as moderator. Here, listed in no particular … Continue reading If You Don’t Love a Character…