Friday, April 25, 2008

We have a winner!

The winner of the April drawing at our WELL READ NEWSLETTER is Inessa from Denver, Colorado. Inessa wins a four-pack of Nero Wolfe mysteries (congratulations, Inessa!).

Our drawings in MAY:

May 5: At, you could win a pair of brand-new cozy mystery titles from my publisher, Heartsong Presents: Mysteries ...
* Death on a Deadline, by Christine Lynxwiler, Jan Reynolds, and Sandy Gaskin
* Everybody Loved Roger Harden, by Cecil Murphey
Watch for our blog entry there Monday, Apr 28.

May 23: Over at our WELL READ NEWSLETTER, you have another chance to win a pair of books from Heartsong Presents: Mysteries ...
* Murder in the Milk Case: A Trish Cunningham Mystery, by Candice Miller Speare
* In The Dead of Winter: An Ivy Towers Mystery, by Nancy Mehl
Sign up for our free WELL READ NEWSLETTER by May 19 and watch for your chance to enter.

Two drawings every month!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Busy, busy writing

I've been absent from blogging the past several days. Part of it is the job-seeking, sure -- but I'm also busy working on my new cozy mystery for Heartsong Presents: Mysteries. (I have three books due by February, so I don't have any time to waste.) My daily progress is greatly helped by my nifty new Neo word processor, which has turned out even better than I hoped -- it's lightweight, sturdy, a convenient size, includes word count and spell check, and reportedly runs for 700 hours on three AA batteries. I love it.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

We're famous!

My new publisher, Heartsong Presents: Mysteries, has a new ShoutLife profile. Speaking of HPM, sign up today and get four books free with your first shipment.

Meanwhile, CJ Darlington asks my advice for aspiring novelists. It's part 39 in a series which has already featured many successful authors, agents, editors, and publishing execs, including the likes of Allen Arnold, Alton Gansky, Brandt Dodson, Terri Blackstock, Matt Bronleewe, Sharon Hinck, Colleen Coble, Dave Long, Ted Dekker, Chip Macgregor, and more.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Tix on sale for International Mystery Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 2008 International Mystery Writers' Festival. This year's lineup includes the U.S. premiere of Agatha Christie's lost play, Chimneys, and the world premiere of Edgar-winning Stuart Kaminsky's new Sherlock Holmes' play, The Final Toast. Also staged at the festival will be the finalists in the "Discovering New Mysteries" competition, plus "Wide-Screen Audio Live" performances (performed onstage like an old-time radio show) of plays by Ray Bradbury, Rupert Holmes, Lee Goldberg, and Robert S. Levinson, among others. Mary Higgins Clark will be honored as "First Lady of Mystery 2008."

The festival is June 12-22 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Full list of events at the official site.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Two ways to win!

In April, we launch two different monthly prize drawings:

TODAY (April 7)
We give away a three-pack of my thrillers:

How to enter: Go to my ShoutLife profile and post a comment on the blog entry "Win a set of my books!"
Deadline: 10 AM Central today

We give away a four-pack of Nero Wolfe mysteries:

How to enter: Sign up for my free newsletter, "Well Read."
Deadline: April 21

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Sigmund Brouwer's "Broken Angel"

Sigmund Brouwer has a new thriller coming in May, Broken Angel (WaterBrook Press). His wife, artist and songwriter Cindy Morgan, previews the novel on her website. Click on over for all sorts of info, and to enter for your chance to win an advance copy.

About the book: In the rough, shadowy hills of Appalachia, a nation carved from the United States following years of government infighting, Caitlyn and her companions are the prey in a terrifying hunt. They must outwit the relentless bounty hunters, skirt an oppressive, ever-watchful society, and find passage over the walls of Appalachia to reveal the dark secrets behind Caitlyn’s existence–and understand her father’s betrayal ... More info at WaterBrook Press.

Book reviews: Good, Bad, Indifferent

A series of posts over at Crime Fiction Dossier finds professional book reviewers answering the burning questions ... "Why books get reviewed," "Why books don't get reviewed," and why there are so few Negative reviews. There is also an instructive demonstration of How not to run a small press.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

CFBA: When Zeffie Got a Clue by Peggy Darty

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance introduces When Zeffie Got a Clue (WaterBrook Press) by Peggy Darty. Darty is the award-winning author of twenty-seven books, including two other cozy mysteries set in Summer Breeze, Florida: When the Sandpiper Calls, and When Bobbie Sang the Blues. She has worked in film, researched for CBS, and led writing workshops around the country. Darty and her husband call Alabama home but spend a great deal of time in Colorado, Montana, and on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

It’s an ordinary afternoon in Summer Breeze, Florida, when a young, wide-eyed girl steps into I Saw It First, the trash-to-treasure shop Christy Castleman and her Aunt Bobbie have opened. Clutching a jewelry box, Zeffie Adams tells Christy she needs money to pay her grandmother’s medical bills, prompting Christy to offer this curious visitor more than the jewelry box is worth–or so she thinks.

But complicated questions form when Christy rips out the box’s lining and uncovers a clue to a cold case murder mystery from eight years ago. Despite warnings from her family and handsome boyfriend Dan Brockman, Christy decides to do a little detective work of her own. After all, the infamous murder happened close to her grandmother’s farm. How risky could it be to take the jewelry box back to the Strickland plantation and ask around about it?

Soon Christy finds there is more to the small box than someone wants her to know. A jewelry theft. A mansion murder. Dangerous family secrets buried in history. Can Christy convince others to let go of the past before it’s too late?

When Zeffie Got a Clue by Peggy Darty

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Fan mail!

As the first books from the new cozy mystery imprint Heartsong Presents: Mysteries reach subscribers, the fan mail has started to roll in. Some early comments from readers have been posted at Spyglass Lane, the official HPM blog.

Also, at Heartsong editor's blog The Edit Cafe, they consider the problem of too many choices and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Heartsong Editorial Process.

Related links:
The new guy at Heartsong Mysteries ...
Heartsong Presents Mysteries: The Authors!

Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.