Christine DeSmet Asks What Skill Shaped Your Life?

Christine DeSmet writes about pink fudge in her series of mysteries set in Wisconsin. You can find out more about her here. On a very busy day recently I asked myself: How do I get all of this stuff done? And, why and how did I become who I am? In my Fudge Shop Mystery Series, my character of Ava Oosterling credits knowing how to make fudge as her savior for organizing her life and bringing satisfaction if not success as well. I credit typing in my life. Writing my Fudge Shop Mystery Series is only one aspect of my…

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Anne Louise Bannon asks Why do you Hide Under a Blanket?

Anne Louise Bannon is celebrating the release of the third book in her Old Los Angeles series, Death of the Chinese Field Hands. Find out more about Anne here. Smoke outside my house. Yuck I hope that by the time you read this, the sky over my house will be blue and I will be able to open the windows again. You see, I live in Southern California and you may have heard that the entire freaking state is on fire. Well, not the entire state. But one of the bigger fires is burning in the foothills to the northeast…

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Valerie Biel Asks Who Are Your Favorite Mystery Series’ Sleuths?

Valerie Biel writes the Circle of Nine series. You can find out more about her here. A happy ping told me that my preorder of JD Robb’s latest book arrived on my Kindle today. Shadows in Death is the 51st book in the homicide detective “In Death” series set in futuristic New York City written by Nora Roberts as JD Robb. Eve Dallas kicks butt by day (and by night) and always catches the murderer. It doesn’t hurt that she gets to chase suspects with her gorgeous, billionaire Irish husband at her side. The rest of the recurring cast of…

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Joy Ann Ribar Asks What Different Hats Have You Worn?

Joy Ann Ribar is the author of the Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series. You can find her biography on this site here. Photo by Joy Ann Ribar Do you have a closet full of hooks with hats on them?  Every hat serves a different purpose, just as most of us serve more than one purpose.  We are multi-talented, a descriptor I prefer to the expression, “jack of all trades.”  After all, work experiences and other pursuits are the fertilizer that make our life garden grow. Although I cannot say that all of my experiences have been a pleasure, they all…

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Anne Louise Bannon Asks What’s Your Obsession?

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles and Operation Quickline series. Find out more about her here. Benzi is a little tired of hearing about the current project and wants food. I've been a little obsessed these past few weeks. Actually, my husband would say I've been a lot obsessed. You see, my latest Work In Progress has taken over my brain and I'm finding it really hard to think about anything else, including blog posts like these. It's not that I don't have other work to do. My next Old Los Angeles novel, Death of…

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Jeff Nania Asks Where Can You Find Peace in 2020

Today, we welcome the first post from our newest Blackbird, Jeff Nania. You can find out more about him here. Living an outdoor life has served me well. The tasks and chores that are part and parcel of living in the country keep me outside and occupied in mostly productive activities. Hikes on the trail are continual sources of adventure and discovery for both humans and Labradors. Walking among the prairie blooms is unavoidably cheering, even though the world right now does not seem like such a cheery place.       The author and his son, credit: Victoria Rydberg-Nania While our…

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Saralyn Richard Asks are You a Christie Fan?

Saralyn Richard is the author of Murder in the One Percent. You can check her bio out here. I’m often asked the ponderous question of how I ended up writing mystery novels. As I reach back into my memory of that ambition’s long history, a few milestones emerge. Dame Agatha Christie I started reading mysteries at a very young age.I collected and read every single Agatha Christie novel and every biographical work about her.I became fascinated with the connections that bridge author and reader through the intellectual and emotional puzzle that is a mystery. I’m not the only person whose…

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Avanti Centrae Tells us A Story About Stars

Avanti Centrae is the multiple-award-winning author of the VanOps thriller series. You can read more about her here. A few weeks ago, we were enjoying a socially distant vacation up in the Lake Tahoe basin, and discovered a bald mountaintop that we used to star gaze. We’d hoped to see Neowise, but the comet was already fading. Looking around the black sky, the Milky Way stood out, and the blanket of stars was so thick, it was hard to find a space between them. Using a scope, we could see Jupiter’s four moons, and the gorgeous rings around Saturn were…

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Who Are Your Heroines?

By Tracey S. Phillips Real and Historical Women In the quiet days of quarantine, I had many opportunities to meditate on my life choices and personal behavior. I used the time for reflection on changes I wanted to see in myself and the world around me. So I considered the woman I’d like to become. Am I kind? Thoughtful? Am I a good friend? My rumination brought to mind the women I admire most. Closest to my heart, my grandmother, Lucina Moxley was my teacher and mentor in music and in life. A patron of the arts and music, she…

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Margaret Mizushima asks Who are Your Furry Friends?

Margaret Mizushima and friends Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Check out her bio here. I’ve been married to a veterinarian for almost forty years, and I’ve become accustomed to sharing my life with animals, usually dogs and cats but sometimes fish and birds. I grew up on a cattle ranch, but my family typically only had one dog at a time during my childhood, not the pack that my husband seems to need. Currently we have four dogs, which is a handful, but we love them all. We live with Hannah and Bertie, both…

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