Avanti Centrae on A Prison Escape and Inspiration

Avanti Centrae is the author of the Van Ops series and other thrillers. You can find out more about her on her website, www.avanticentrae.com, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and buy her books here. 1987. Glen Stewart Godwin is incarcerated inside Folsom State Prison. With the facility’s imposing granite walls and high guard towers, escape seems unlikely.  But as I learned while researching my latest thriller, The Picasso Job, not only did Godwin escape, but he remains at large to this day.  Folsom State Prison was built along the American River, not far from downtown Sacramento.…

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Tracey S. Phillips Asks Is Romantic Thriller Really a Subgenre?

Tracey S. Phillips is the founder of the Blackbird Writers, as well as the author of Best Kept Secrets and other thrillers. You can find out more about her on website, www.traceysphillips.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here and here. On a perfectly sunny day, waves gently roll onto the sandy shore as soothing music wafts along the breeze. Fragrant pink and white flowers decorate the altar, and all eyes are on the bride and groom. This is not exactly the setup for an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Or is it? A happy couple…

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Margaret Mizushima says, “Left Coast Crime Is Always a Good Time!”

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 police procedurals. You can find out more about her on her website www.margaretmizushima.com, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and buy her books here. Left Coast Crime (LCC) Seattle Shakedown is a wrap for 2024, but it’s not too early to start planning for LCC Rocky Mountain High Jinks in 2025. Set at the Westin in beautiful Denver, CO, the next LCC will take place March 13-16 and registration is open now. You can find out more about it on the Left Coast Crime site. You might…

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TK Sheffield might know “Why Readers Cozy Up to Mysteries in Wisconsin”

TK Sheffiled is the author of the Backyard Model comic cozy mystery series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.tksheffieldwriter.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Cozy mysteries are to crime fiction what an ice cream drink is to a Wisconsin fish fry, a component of the meal, but sweet and delightful, with the beverages’ dash of brandy (or liqueur) adding zest to the experience. Mysteries are one of the most popular fiction categories, and the genre includes thriller, police procedural, and medical, among others. xr:d:DAGCNGfu6DA:22,j:1000223760644161561,t:24041213 Cozies are…

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My Agent Search Adventure/Failure Update

Valerie Biel is the author of the young adult Circle of Nine series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.valeriebiel.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Last fall, I let you all in on my agent search adventures in an effort to be transparent about this process for other authors and for any readers who were curious about how this all works. I created a series of YouTube short 1-minute videos – one each week. You can catch up with those videos here. We all tend to share the pretty, shiny things – the “wow—look…

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Christine DeSmet on Tulips, a Tornado, Lighthouses, & Napoleon’s Brother

Christine DeSmet is the author of the Fudge Shop series of cozy mysteries. You can find out more about her on her websitge, www.christinedesmet.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, or buy her books here. Lighthouses have a special meaning for me. The cover of Hot-Fudge Frame-Up depicts the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, in Door County, Wisconsin, which I’ve toured. With its 11 lighthouses open for tours June 7-9, 2024, “the Door” as we call it has the most of any county in the United States. Tulips also have a special place in my heart and April/May festivals…

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My Favorite Murmuration of Blackbirds

G.P. Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped series of cozy mysteries. You can find out more about her on her website, www.gpgottlieb.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. I’ve always wanted to be in a gang, preferably one that wore t-shirts emblazoned with our name and a cool picture, so everyone would notice us hanging out together. Sadly, transfer students who join choir and work on shows, unless they look like Sandy in Grease, do not typically get invited in. Fast forward nearly half a century and my dream…

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Laurie Stevens on Her Wake-Up Call

Laurie Stevens is the author of the Gabriel McRay thriller series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.lauriestevensbooks.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. For many years now, I’ve been waking up at 3:30 am and struggling to go back to sleep. I stress out about this because we're supposed to sleep through the night for eight hours, right? At least, that’s what I’ve been told. Eventually, I’d fall back to sleep and feel fine when I woke up, unless I struggled too much and became anxious. I…

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Nick Chiarkas Worked Security at Woodstock

Nick Chiarkas is the author of Weepers and Nunzio's Way. You can find out more about him on his website, www.nickchiarkas.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and buy his books here. I was recently interviewed about my experience at Woodstock in 1969 as an NYPD cop providing security. Among other things, I was asked, what did I take away from that experience? What did I learn, if anything? The brief history is that in 1969, Police Commissioner Howard Leary originally agreed to provide NYPD cops for security at Woodstock. However, he was embarrassed by a front-page…

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Editors, Consultants, Designers, oh my…

Sheila Lowe is the author of the Forensic Handwriting psychological suspense series and the Beyond the Veil series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.sheilalowebooks.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Those who write books don’t do it alone. At least, the professionals don’t. Unless, perhaps, they are JK Rowling or Patricia Cornwell (If JKR cut 200 words from the middle of the last Harry Potter, I wouldn’t miss them). Authors who say “I don’t need an editor” are fooling themselves. As much as we would love to…

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