The Kill Zone Blog Wins Award

For fans and writers of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, The Kill Zone is a terrific online hangout. Eleven bestselling authors rotate daily posts. The archives add up to a master course in crime writing. You never know what surprises you’ll find at TKZ.  Sue Coletta described allowing herself to be sealed in a metal barrel to research how her fictional victim would feel; Joe Hartlaub recounted his meeting with the legendary Fats Domino; John Gilstrap gave me chills when he wrote about his visit at age 18…

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Happy 92nd Birthday

Today would have been the 92nd birthday of my adopted mother, Ruth. Although we weren’t related by blood, she was always the mother of my heart. From my earliest years, she taught me the values of kindness, patience, loyalty, and forbearance, not by lectures but by her daily example. Her patience exceeded that of anyone I’ve ever known. She showed unwavering kindness in the face of cruelty. She quietly went about her life doing good works, not expecting rewards or…

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Valentine Treat with Zero Calories

  Looking for a Valentine’s Day treat with no sugar, fat, or harmful preservatives? And a bargain too? Amazon bestselling women’s adventure book Instrument of the Devil is on sale for only $0.99 from February 7 to 14, 2018. Download to your Kindle or other device or send it as a non-fattening gift to a reading friend. Here’s the link. Guaranteed to go down easier than M&Ms without adding pounds or inches.  

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99 Cent Book Sale for January

With the country gripped by the Big Chill, now is the perfect time to curl up with a new book…and my thriller Instrument of the Devil   just happens to be on sale for only 99 cents during January. Here’s the link to Amazon along with a short video teaser.    

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Five New Year’s Tips to Overcome Butt-in-Chair Syndrome

The writer’s job is to plunk our butts in chairs and produce words day in, day out. As a result, posture suffers, eyes blur, brains fog, carpals cramp, and rear ends keep getting wider. In extreme cases, Butt-in-Chair Syndrome leads to the dreaded Dead Butt Syndrome (you can’t make this stuff up!).           Here’s a countdown of five easy tips to counteract the occupational hazards of professions requiring seat time: #5 – Breathe Sitting hunched over a…

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HOW DO YOU READ? PRINT BOOKS, EBOOKS, OR AUDIO BOOKS?

My husband is a “collector” and I’m a “tosser.” We share a running joke: I swear I’m going to die first because I don’t want to clean out the garage! But…we both love to read and are both guilty of filling any available empty space with books. His huge collection makes our bookshelves sag–World War II history, automobiles, firearms, electronics, etc. He can answer questions like: which battleships were moored adjacent to the USS Tennessee during the attack on Pearl Harbor? What kind of carburetor came standard in…

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GIVING THANKS FOR DARK BLESSINGS

Without villains, there are no heroes. Without conflict, there is no story. Without lies, greed, theft, lust, jealousy, betrayal, rape, and murder, there is no crime fiction. Those of us who write mystery, suspense, and thrillers embrace evil as a dark blessing to our chosen profession. Sue Grafton famously admits the inspiration for her alphabet series sprang from an ugly divorce during which she fantasized about killing her ex. She grabbed adversity by the throat and transformed it into a…

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3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF

Today is launch day for my novel, Instrument of the Devil. Ever wonder if your smartphone is possessed by a demonic force? If so, you might identify with Tawny Lindholm, a recent widow grappling with a new cell she believes was a gift. In fact, she’s targeted by a terrorist who’s using her phone to launch a cyberattack on the power grid. Charismatic and treacherous, he draws the her into romance while setting her up as a scapegoat. Soon her family is in…

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IT’S 10 P.M. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR VILLAIN IS?

For years, my mystery novels won contests and attention from agents and editors…and rave rejections. Despite study, hard work, and persistence, my books remained unpublished. A key element was missing. But what? Several years ago I started following The Kill Zone blog about the same time I began a new novel titled Instrument of the Devil. TKZ is a terrific clearinghouse of information focused on thrillers, suspense, and mysteries by a dozen bestselling authors. Through them, I experienced a slow but critical epiphany…

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