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Bobby Underwood

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Bobby Underwood is a respected reviewer of classic films whose comments about Mrs. Miniver, and The Bishop's Wife on Amazon.com were quoted in the Saturday Evening Post of Nov/Dec 2006.

He is the creator of the unique, darkly sensual and thought-provoking Matt Ransom crime series set in the 22nd century, the old-fashioned Wild Country Western series, the Nostalgia Crime series set during the 1940's, and the exciting Seth Halliday crime series set in the present day. His more romantic endeavors include the anthologies, Lovers' Tide, After Closing Time, and Where Lonely Lives. His nine-story anthology of mystery and suspense, The Unlocked Window, was written to pay homage to all the pulp writers who provided endless entertainment in the 1930s
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Bobby Underwood Creating a story, a world, and characters that I'm happy with and leaving behind something for others to enjoy. In essence, writers put little pieces…moreCreating a story, a world, and characters that I'm happy with and leaving behind something for others to enjoy. In essence, writers put little pieces of their own soul on display in everything they write. Ross Macdonald said it best in regard to writers leaving clues and fingerprints on their work so they can be caught. There is no greater feeling of satisfaction than to finish something you feel is beautiful in some way, and later on, have a reader agree.(less)
Bobby Underwood I can't honestly say that I've ever experienced what I'd consider writer's block. There are times when I'm not ready to write a specific scene, but I…moreI can't honestly say that I've ever experienced what I'd consider writer's block. There are times when I'm not ready to write a specific scene, but I generally have enough projects ongoing that I can work on something I am in a groove to write until I'm ready to get back to that story. Occasionally, I will write a scene and chapter far ahead that I am in a mood to write and then return to the other scene later, but don't think I've ever had writer's block. Hopefully I never will.(less)
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Fellow author Jane Risdon was kind enough to ask me to do an author interview on Wordpress, on her blog. I get to talk about writing, other authors I enjoy, and of course my own books. All who would like to read it are welcome to pop over. I think it went well. Here is the link - https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/2017... Read more of this blog post »
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Sushi (寿司) is on page 27 of 416 of Essential Japanese Grammar: Double check is a problem also for English people. For my luck typos are only in the roumaji. I kanji so far are ok also because I use Tanoshii to write them so I can zoom in them.
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Bobby Underwood is starting Women: I'm giving this four stars only because the last section, New Man Laws, seemed almost like satire, but then again, in twenty-five years or so, who knows? Most women are great, and so are most men, but this little gem tells it like it is about the current climate men are dealing with due to a hijacked feminist movement. There are plenty of quotes from women in here, even some from Pope Francis.
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" Karina wrote: "That sounds like a tough read and very bias. So many sides to this arguement"

It's an easy read at 90 pages, and is ABOUT bias, and an a
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Hundred-Dollar Baby was a last hurrah of sorts for the Spenser series, and a return to near-greatness for Parker as a writer. The emotional impact of the final entry in the sad April Kyle trilogy within the Spenser canon was well written and deeply m ...more
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" Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed this one! I wanted to blend elements of all those female-first-person suspense tales of Cornell Woolrich (minus the f ...more "
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“I hoped she was taken dead so quickly she was given no micro-second of the terrible reality of knowing she was ended.”


If ever there existed a book within a series which makes you realize as a reader that the series is something really special, this
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" Fred wrote: "Thanks for your comments Bobby. Hope all is well."

Buried in stories, projects, so not here much any more. Semi-retired from reviewing aft
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“For death is a spider's web, and once caught within its silky strands, our only hope of escape is to kill the spider.”
Bobby Underwood, The Sensual Sea

“She had aged with style and beauty. In soft romantic lighting, I could still see the magnificent girl from Mexico who had saved me with her love. When the lighting was less sentimental and somewhat more revealing, she was perhaps even more magnificent. The years had added a velvety richness to her physical beauty, a resonance to her inner loveliness that made her even more spectacular. She was a woman in every sense of the word, yet so much of the young girl remained in those dark and lovely eyes it made you feel young again too.”
Bobby Underwood, Just Beyond Love

“A delicate scent hung in the air as we strolled down the long boulevard toward the Opera House holding hands. Paris had come to life in a very special way, the lights of the Eiffel Tower a gentle reminder that nothing mattered once that starry blanket covered the great city, except love. Love was the reason Paris existed. For those lonely in their soul, their heart a barren wasteland starving for nourishment, she offered hope. For those like Caroline and I, lucky enough to have found each other and begin the healing process to repair our brokenness, Paris was a bastion to love's transforming power. A year ago I could not have pictured myself holding hands with someone as nice as Caroline, as lovely and unpretentious. She was pretty, but her soul made her beautiful. I loved everything about her, including her damage.”
Bobby Underwood, The Long Gray Goodbye

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“There is no hard and fast line that can be drawn that says: Up to here there was no love; from here on there is now love. Love is a gradual thing, it may take a moment, a month, or a year to come on, and in each two its gradations are different. With some it comes fast, with some it comes slowly. Sometimes one kindles from the other, sometimes both kindle spontaneously. And once in a tragic while one kindles only after the other has already dimmed and gone out, and has to burn forlornly alone.

("Too Nice A Day To Die")”
Cornell Woolrich, Tonight, Somewhere in New York: The Last Stories and an Unfinished Novel

“She had aged with style and beauty. In soft romantic lighting, I could still see the magnificent girl from Mexico who had saved me with her love. When the lighting was less sentimental and somewhat more revealing, she was perhaps even more magnificent. The years had added a velvety richness to her physical beauty, a resonance to her inner loveliness that made her even more spectacular. She was a woman in every sense of the word, yet so much of the young girl remained in those dark and lovely eyes it made you feel young again too.”
Bobby Underwood, Just Beyond Love

“You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don’t want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who’s the bore of all time. A lot of the people whose work they’ve taught in the schools for the last thirty years, I can’t understand why people read them and why they are taught. The library, on the other hand, has no biases. The information is all there for you to interpret. You don’t have someone telling you what to think. You discover it for yourself.”
Ray Bradbury

“She didn’t have to say that it wasn’t our time, that a whole new world had opened up for her in Mexico. She didn’t have to say that she was just beginning her journey, while I was already weary from mine because of all those I’d lost along the way.” — The Sapphire Sea”
Bobby Underwood, The Sapphire Sea

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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Bobby Underwood Paula wrote: "Hi Bobby! Thanks so much for the friend request! :)"

No problem! I'm not around here much any longer, but I'll still check in from time to time. Thanks for accepting, and sorry I didn't see this when it was posted. :-)


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Paula Hi Bobby! Thanks so much for the friend request! :)


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Bobby Underwood Luís wrote: "Thanks Bob for accepting. I hope getting more attention to the thriller-crime specific genre! All the best, Luís."

No problem! Always great to connect with others who love books, enjoy reading. :-)


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Luís C. Thanks Bob for accepting. I hope getting more attention to the thriller-crime specific genre! All the best, Luís.


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Bobby Underwood Carol wrote: "Your comment in your last book states "a simpler time." That's very profound. I guess I have similar beliefs, and I miss them very much. To use that concept in your writing really touched me, and I..."

Thanks.


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Carol Your comment in your last book states "a simpler time." That's very profound. I guess I have similar beliefs, and I miss them very much. To use that concept in your writing really touched me, and I hope that perhaps a time will come when our work and family, religion, whatever is stressing us will calm down. Best to you and your wife.


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Bobby Underwood Carol wrote: "How cool that you are able to read some of James' books. I'm still seeing if I can locate a copy. Enjoy"

I'll see how it goes, since I always give an honest opinion, and never let my acquaintance or friendship, or the opinions of others about a book influence me. I do, however, try to keep in mind the audience a particular book is aimed at, which isn't always me, and give some latitude as to how it will strike that audience. Reviews on this one put me off for a while, because it's an extension of that Goodreads anti-author vibe. If a guy or gal wants to stick something on their personal profile, fine, their business, but Goodreads has it's own guidelines for authors, and I don't personally feel that within a review of a book, other authors need to be told how to "behave" by another reviewer, especially since they most likely do not work for Goodreads. I've been reviewing for over thirty years on Amazon and have never seen anything resembling that. It's put me off reviewing this author's book for some time, which probably isn't fair to the writer, who had nothing to do with reviewers' comments. But nonetheless...


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Carol How cool that you are able to read some of James' books. I'm still seeing if I can locate a copy. Enjoy


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Bobby Underwood Joe wrote: "Hi Bobby,
I was going to add this to your review of "Bridge of Sighs and Dreams" but wasn't sure if it was the place to get it off my chest. So bear with me as I place it here.
Another great review..."


Yes, there were bad leaders supported for one reason or another, but the perspective of the book, as was Hans Fallada's Little Man, What Now? was more simple and intimate, just about everyday people trying to survive war in general, disconnected from what nations and governments are doing, but suffering for their decisions. Their foolishness in supporting and putting into power the governments which brought on the war, of course, is not really dealt with, which is a different book. I did feel a bit of that simplistic vibe that America and the Allied forces were wrong for pounding Italy in order to liberate Europe, and the world, because people were hurt. But many more would have been hurt had they not, however we might hate the casualties and the cost. The alternative is in fact, unthinkable. Before the war was 2/3 over, America was providing 70% of the food for Britain (it's in Vera Lynn's book, among others), and once it was over, it was America which shouldered the bulk of the price for rebuilding all of Europe, with surviving sons and daughters, fathers and mothers in the US paying for the Marshall Plan. Most people on the ground, however, are far removed from actual war, and why it's happening. Not all of them were fans of Mussolini, there just wasn't much they could do about it, and then the war came.


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Bobby Underwood Sandra wrote: "Hi Bobby!

I hope you have a Wonderful 2018!

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You too, and thanks so much! Sorry I didn't reply earlier, but never saw this!!! :-)


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Joe Krakovsky Hi Bobby,
I was going to add this to your review of "Bridge of Sighs and Dreams" but wasn't sure if it was the place to get it off my chest. So bear with me as I place it here.
Another great review Bobby. War is hell, and Mussolini brought it to Italy, but the Italians didn't mind him when he made the trains run on time, or made great concessions to the Church, or bombed the Ethiopians with mustard gas. I'm sorry Bobby, for I didn't mean to preach. I do want to read this book because I like WWII history, and I do respect great works by talented authors. I just figure the Italians got what they deserved for what they did to Ethiopia and siding with Hitler.


message 22: by Sandra

Sandra Hi Bobby!

I hope you have a Wonderful 2018!




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Bobby Underwood Sandra wrote: "Hi Bobby,
Thanks for the friend-invite! :)"


Thanks for accepting! Always great to find others who love books. :-)


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Sandra Hi Bobby,
Thanks for the friend-invite! :)


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Bobby Underwood Stacey wrote: "Hi Bobby! I'm looking forward to reading your books. I think I'll start with The Turquoise Shroud. Thank you for the friendship!"

Hi Stacy! Thanks for accepting! Looking forward to checking out All your reviews. Always nice to connect with other book lovers. :-)


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Stacey Hi Bobby! I'm looking forward to reading your books. I think I'll start with The Turquoise Shroud. Thank you for the friendship!


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Bobby Underwood Candace wrote: "Bobby,
Thanks for the friend invitation. Best luck with your writing.
Happy Reading,
Candace"


Thanks for accepting. Always nice to connect with people who love books, and love to read. :-)


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Candace Bobby,
Thanks for the friend invitation. Best luck with your writing.
Happy Reading,
Candace


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Bobby Underwood Stacy wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite!"

Thanks for accepting! Always great to connect with people who love books and reading. :-)


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Stacy Thanks for the friend invite!


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Bobby Underwood Bobby wrote: "Majenta wrote: "Hello, Bobby! Thank you for contacting me. Congratulations on your books! Happy Monday, have a great week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from ..."


Thanks! Sorry, but I only just now saw this! It didn't pop up in red under my notifications deal for some reason. Best wishes and nice to be in touch! - Bobby


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Bobby Underwood Majenta wrote: "Hello, Bobby! Thank you for contacting me. Congratulations on your books! Happy Monday, have a great week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta"


Thanks! Nice to be in touch! Best wishes. :-)


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Majenta Hello, Bobby! Thank you for contacting me. Congratulations on your books! Happy Monday, have a great week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


message 10: by Bobby (last edited Jan 13, 2017 11:53PM)

Bobby Underwood Jane wrote: "Bobby I cannot find the reviews I left re Beyond Heaven's Reach, The Unlocked Window, and Lover's Tide. No idea where they went. Anyway, I picked out those stories I really loved, though I enjoyed ..."

Thanks so much! I saw a rating for The Unlocked Window collection, the homage to the great pulp writers of mystery and suspense, but that's all. Maybe there was a glitch? I guess if they don't show up, and you haven't saved them to documents or something, you can just click on whatever star you gave them and rate them. Even just a rating is much appreciated. :-)


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Bobby Underwood Linda wrote: "Thank you so much for your lovely review, Bobby. :)"

No problem! It was great fun to read! Also posted it on Amazon US, UK, AU and Canada. Hope it does well, charming little story. :-)


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Linda Hill Thank you so much for your lovely review, Bobby. :)


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Jane Bobby I cannot find the reviews I left re Beyond Heaven's Reach, The Unlocked Window, and Lover's Tide. No idea where they went. Anyway, I picked out those stories I really loved, though I enjoyed every one of them. I love your easy writing style and observations of people and time and place. Such a captivating selection of stories which grabbed me and took me with them to the last words. Thanks so much for sharing them with me and if you find my reviews let me know. I am mystified. Happy 2017 and much continued success. Jane x


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Bobby Underwood Jane wrote: "Bobby thanks so much for watching the YouTube of my Flash Fiction piece, Changing the Guard; hope you enjoyed it. Thanks also for reading my recent blog post. Did it bring back memories for you and..."

Jane, - Enjoyed the fiction and the blog. My mom in America is most definitely not with the technology. She would simply be lost with a computer, and even has trouble sometimes with a cell phone she has just so I can cal and stay in touch. She is more the Murder She Wrote type, although in her 80s now. I send her the books because she likes to read them. I think in some ways simpler was better, though. Hard to imagine being without the computer, but I'd simply write on a typewriter like I used to. I'm sort of a dinosaur myself, don't own a cell, and don't want to. Technology, rather than widening our sphere, I believe, has created disengagement because people no longer actually speak and cultivate relationships. In many ways, technology, in my opinion, has created a disconnect of humanity. Einstein once wrote that he feared the day when technology grew faster than society, which would, in his words, create a generation of idiots. LOL If you browse through television channels, or simply watch people in mass staring down at their cell phones as they walk, or eat at a restaurant, or do anything, I have to wonder if Einstein's fears have already come to pass. Is it the culturally shallow world which made it conducive to technology taking precedence over human interaction and using the imagination, or thinking, or was it the other way around, and technology brought it about? Who knows. But maybe the good old days really were the good old days. As for me, I'll keep reading and writing. LOL Looking forward to your new book release in May!


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Jane Bobby thanks so much for watching the YouTube of my Flash Fiction piece, Changing the Guard; hope you enjoyed it. Thanks also for reading my recent blog post. Did it bring back memories for you and growing up with grandparents/parents using these items? Do you have an elderly techy? How are things?


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Bobby Underwood Jane wrote: "Bobby, thanks for reading my blog and the short stories (flash fiction there) I hope you enjoyed them. Appreciated. :)"

You're welcome! Sorry I only now saw this post! They place them at the bottom of my profile page and I didn't notice it. Enjoy both the blog and the short stories. Hope they keep coming! :-)


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Jane Bobby, thanks for reading my blog and the short stories (flash fiction there) I hope you enjoyed them. Appreciated. :)


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Bobby Underwood Dianna wrote: "As a friend and fan I'm currently reading a number of his books and each has left me emotionally and psychologically changed for the better. He takes you with him so you can see,smell and hear the ..."

Thanks so much! I write in different genres, as well as a few continuing series, but try above everything else, to tell a truly involving story that also transports the reader there, whether it is a time and place, a tender emotional moment, or action-filled scene with tension and excitement. Hopefully all my work is lent a cinematic quality through description. Nothing beats a book for transporting you into another world. Hopefully as a writer, I accomplish that. It is the most important thing a writer does, I believe.


Dianna As a friend and fan I'm currently reading a number of his books and each has left me emotionally and psychologically changed for the better. He takes you with him so you can see,smell and hear the world you're in. Not many authors can do that consistently. Do not pass up an opportunity to read one of his books,for it certainly won't be your last.Dianna Slowey-Thomas


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