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September 30, 2014

I figured I was way overdue to read The Help by Kathryn Stockett, so I got a copy from the library and dug in. It's easy to see why it was the book everyone was talking about a few years ago.



The Blurb:

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just g...
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September 28, 2014

Show don't tell can be hard when you don't know the minutia of how things are done. It's so easy to get it wrong even when you try to play it safe. Lee Lofland's post is of course not comprehensive, but if you have a cop collecting evidence, there's some nice detail here.

http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/12-tips-to-help-your-detective-become-a-real-crime-solving-pro/



Got a story that includes the FBI? The FBI is willing to talk to you.

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2008/october/a-guide-for-...
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Published on September 28, 2014 00:32 • 2 views

September 25, 2014

I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of kno...
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Published on September 25, 2014 10:18

September 23, 2014

A friend turned me onto Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon, and I'm so glad she did. Part coming-of-age, part mystery, part nostalgia (set in 1964), part magical realism, I don't know any book to compare it to. There are so many oddities in Cory's hometown--the rich man's son who walks naked around town; the giant crocodile that lives in the river; Cory's bike, Rocket, that seems to have a golden eye in its headlight and a mind of its own; the ghost that drives a stretch of highway in his black...
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Published on September 23, 2014 02:00

September 21, 2014

In Knight of Hearts, Mac is a fan of old-time rock and roll. (Odd, how my characters like the music I like.) One of the groups that shows up on the CD player in his truck is Three Dog Night. This video is actually pretty cheesy but it's the best I could find for their classic, Eli's Coming.




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Published on September 21, 2014 01:00

September 18, 2014

There is no mistaking a good book when one meets it. It is like falling in love. ― Georg Christoph Lichtenberg



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Published on September 18, 2014 01:00

September 16, 2014





Last week, I did a teaser from Courtney Milan's The Governess Affair. That started something, so this week, I'm rereading Unveiled. I don't read a lot of historical romance, but Courtney Milan is on my auto-buy list, and this is my favorite of her books.





Blurb:

Of all Ash Turner's accomplishments, stealing a dukedom from his old enemy is by far the most brazen. Now that he's been recognized as the heir, nothing remains but to head to Parford Manor and survey the estate that will be his. He exp...
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September 14, 2014

I wish Fire up Your Fiction: An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories by Jodie Renner had been available when I was a novice writer. It is jam packed with the most wonderful advice - advice I give novice writers in my critique group all the time.



Jodie Renner is a free-lance editor (specializing in suspense) who I've been aware of for some time. I respect her, so when I saw she'd written a book about writing, I jumped on it. Sadly, for me, I'm past the point where this has anything new...
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Published on September 14, 2014 00:00

September 11, 2014

In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them. ~ W. H. Auden








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September 9, 2014


Today's teaser is from  The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan, who is my go-to for historical romance. This is the prequel to her Brother's Sinister series. And yes, I'm hedging a bit, stepping a little beyond the two sentence allowance, but only because I love this bit, and no, this isn't a "random" selection, but when I read it, I had to share it.



The Blurb:

Hugo Marshall earned the nickname "the Wolf of Clermont" for his
ruthless ambition--a characteristic that has served him well, ele...
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Published on September 09, 2014 01:00