Friday, May 27, 2016

Super Busy week - time for lawn work

Since it's super busy this week, made me think of weather and how we have to almost cut the lawn - again....

Or maybe not. haaa!





I'll just leave this for you to consider. Have a safe Memorial Day and remember those who served. (These are from  http://revenantfx.com/index.php/product-category/zombie-garden-gnomes/)

Stay safe!



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Another #1LineWed - Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter #Horror

It's again #1LineWed- or 1 Line Wednesday, so I'm sharing another line from my upcoming book,  Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

 (See website to keep up with any new details. Right now, I'm waiting on blurbs and reviews, and the edits back from the editor.)



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I know, I know, it's so hard to tell it all in only one line. But I'm not going to cheat. I'm just gonna give you that teaser... 


Today's Line:


 Another growl and a moan, and she lunged, arms rigid, her stubby hands held out like claws.



About the Book:


Every city has its secrets…

Everyone thinks Lizzie Borden murdered her father and stepmother one hot August morning in 1892 for the oldest of reasons—greed, social status, frustration… But what if she did it because she had to?

Discovering Mr. and Mrs. Borden have become zombies thrusts Lizzie into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but even the world beyond. Now Lizzie enters the fight, vowing to do everything she can to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown, from this horrid scourge.

But who really killed the Bordens—and why? Lizzie and Emma try to unravel the mystery, even as Lizzie faces the gallows for murder and another fear: what role did her father have in these horrors?

Nowhere in nineteenth-century Fall River seems safe from either these nightmarish ghouls or from the influential conspirators controlling them.

Yet, for Lizzie, uncovering her city’s—and  her family’s—secrets may come at a terrible price…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday #Mystery #Paranormal Writing Tips

It's Tuesday, so here are some more sage words of wisdom - that is, some pretty decent writing tips from top authors. 


* Read last week's tips from authors Jeffrey Westhoff and Terrie Farley Moran. *

Multi-published and USA Today Bestselling author Jean Rabe has a couple of new titles out with a paranormal twist. These include:



Pockets of Darkness about businesswoman and thief Bridget O'Shea, whose latest relic theft comes with a curse and an ancient Sumerian demon out to kill everyone Bridget knows until it gets what it wants.


And The Love-Haight Case Files (with Donald J. Bingle), the story of two attorneys representing OTs - Other than Humans (ghosts, vampires, maybe even a zombie) in San Francisco during the Summer of Love. 

With so many new ideas (between ball-tossing sessions with her favorite dogs, that is, and maybe little sleep), you wonder how Jean manages to sit down and crank out the words. But she does, and offers pretty simple advice to doing the same: 
“Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard, don't quit for the day NO MATTER WHAT, until you've reached the desired word count.


Camille Minichino, (writing as Margaret Grace) is author of the fun Miniatures Mystery series. Her latest, Matrimony in Miniature, is book nine in the series and also comes out Sept. 9. 

About the Book: 


When murder happens in the small town of Lincoln Point CA, there aren’t many degrees of separation between the victim and retired teacher Gerry Porter. How can she stay away from the investigation when the crime scene is the venue for her marriage to Henry Baker? But this time, nephew Detective Skip Gowen tries to discourage Gerry’s and granddaughter Maddie’s efforts to solve “The Case.” He couldn’t live with himself if the murderer learns of their efforts and comes after them....

Camille's writing tip comes comes from one of my favorite authors as well. She says: 


“My fave is really Stephen King's: Write with the door closed; edit with the door open.
 She also offers this good advice: "“I have an endless list of beta readers to help edit so that my manuscripts are very clean by the time they're submitted.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Now out! Happy Homicides 3, Summertime Crime Mystery Anthology

Now out!

Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime includes stories from 12 authors - includes my story, "Surf's Up," in which my part-zombie girl, Becca (from my book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie) helps solve a murder mystery coinciding with a miniatures competition. Yes, it has miniatures, too! 

 You may recognize the miniature entry in the contest!  (Right now, it's on sale -only 99 cents!! - see link.  - And see the contest below. Hurry before it ends!)



zombie girl short mystery

Be sure to come to the launch party, Sunday, May 22, 1-4 p.m. EST in the Facebook group, http://www.Facebook.com/HappyHomicides. You might win a bag of beach goodies!

Be sure to check out the fantastic giveaway! Enter to win $150 worth of great beach gear!!

Win  a Beach Bag Full of Swag from your friends at Happy Homicides!


Everything you need to have a great day at the beach (even if it's just pretend). A thick, plush towel. Yummy cookies and hibiscus tea. A stunning water bottle. Margarita foot cream. Sunblock. Relaxation oils. And of course, the fabulous beach bag. 




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Saturday, May 21, 2016

The US and its Monsters

Saw this and had to laugh... so it's zombies in Wisconsin (though there's not much difference between that and cannibals... ha! )






Friday, May 20, 2016

New Mystery Anthology - Happy Homicides 3 Cover Reveal!

Today is reveal day! Check out the fantastic cover for the upcoming mystery anthology, Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime.


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Be sure to come to the launch party, Sunday, May 22, 1-4 p.m. EST in the Facebook group, http://www.Facebook.com/HappyHomicides. You might win a bag of beach goodies!

The book includes my latest short mystery, "Surf's Up," in which my part-zombie girl, Becca, (from my book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie) helps solve a murder coinciding with a miniatures competition. Yes, it has miniatures, too! 

Be sure to check out the fantastic giveaway! Enter to win $150 worth of great beach gear!!

Win  a Beach Bag Full of Swag from your friends at Happy Homicides!


Everything you need to have a great day at the beach (even if it's just pretend). A thick, plush towel. Yummy cookies and hibiscus tea. A stunning water bottle. Margarita foot cream. Sunblock. Relaxation oils. And of course, the fabulous beach bag. 




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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday #Mystery #Thriller #Writing Tips

For a change of pace, I asked a few other authors to share some of their favorite writing tips, bit and small. To start, here's what a couple of them had to say:


  


Jeffrey Westhoff, author of the YA spy thriller, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, says his favorite writing tip is simple: 

" When you finish up writing for the day, leave off in the middle of a sentence. When you resume writing again, it should be easier to get back into the flow."



About the Book:



The adventure of Brian Parker's dreams has just become a nightmare. While on a school trip to Europe, Brian hopes for just a taste of the glamour and excitement from his favorite spy novels. He gets way more than he bargained for when he stumbles across a wounded spy in a Lucerne alley. Brian faces a deadly path, but reading all those spy novels has taught him a few tricks of the trade. They just might save his life.





Terrie Farley Moran is author of the fun Read em and Eat Mystery series. The next book, Read to Death, comes out July 5.  She has not one, but two writing tips she says have helped her get to where she is now. Good advice!

" I have two favorite writing tips, both borrowed from other authors. I rely on these two because, as the Queen of Procrastination, I need constant prodding to sit down and write. So I take advice from these fabulous writers. "I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine o'clock every morning." William Faulkner, author of  The Sound and the Fury. "Don't write it right, right it down." Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper series.


And here's more about her latest,  Read to Death,  coming in July:


The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder...
 
At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…
 
With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories  and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.
 


After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.