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 . . .

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

Branding: It’s Not Just for Cows Any More

Before launching into the post, a definition of terms: brand noun 1. kind, grade, or make, as indicated by a stamp, trademark, or the like: the best brand of coffee. 2. a mark made by burning or otherwise, to indicate kind, grade, make, ownership, etc. 3. a mark formerly put upon criminals with a hot iron. 4. any mark of disgrace; … Continue reading Branding: It’s Not Just for Cows Any More

Waiting for the universe to cough & the #ROW80 report

Earlier this evening, I had an idea for a post. I knew the first line. I was confident I could write the middle without too much suffering. I didn't know how it would end--I never know the ending when I start out--but I believed what I'd already written would lead to an appropriate close. I … Continue reading Waiting for the universe to cough & the #ROW80 report

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

“Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

Excerpt from “Hell on Wheels” by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 *** The day I found Mama stirring ground glass into the filling for a lemon meringue pie, I took the bowl away from her and called a family conference. We … Continue reading “Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

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.

“Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

Excerpt from “Hell on Wheels” by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 Join Austin Mystery Writers for the launch of MURDER ON WHEELS at 7:00 p.m. on August 11, 2015, at BookPeople Bookstore, 6th and Lamar, Austin. Authors will read and sign. … Continue reading “Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

Excerpt: “A Nice Set of Wheels”

Excerpt from "A Nice Set of Wheels" by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 *** When the stranger stepped through the door, everyone in the store looked up. Old men playing dominoes at the Formica-topped table beside the front window. Farmers sitting … Continue reading Excerpt: “A Nice Set of Wheels”

Join AMW for the Launch of Murder on Wheels ~ August 11

Please join Austin Mystery Writers Gale Albright, Valerie Chandler, Kaye George, Scott Montgomery, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller & Earl Staggs and Reavis Wortham as they celebrate the launch of their first crime fiction anthology MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 Tales of Crime on the Move "Eleven stories put the pedal to the floor and never let … Continue reading Join AMW for the Launch of Murder on Wheels ~ August 11

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