Friday, December 30, 2011

          DECEPTION
               by
               Lillian Duncan




Twins are supposed to have an unbreakable bond, but Patti and Jamie have serious “relationship issues.” Patti hasn’t seen Jamie since her twin ruined her upcoming nuptials years before. When a niece she knows nothing about calls, Patti must unravel the yarn of Jamie’s life and her disappearance.

Detective Carter Caldwell takes his job seriously, and it's his job to keep Patti and her adorable niece safe. But Patti is determined to help find her sister. Each step brings her closer to the truth, but pulls her further into a web of danger and deception.

They must find the courage and faith to continue the search for her sister. Her journey will take her down a road of deception where they will have to fight for her life and the lives of countless Americans.

Friday, December 23, 2011

New Release

The Joshua Covenant


by

Diane and David Munson



God’s covenants to His people take center stage as CIA Agent Bo Rider races to help Israel defeat a dangerous enemy amidst unfolding Bible prophecy. After years of clandestine spying, Bo’s new assignment plunges him into Middle East intrigue at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv where he is rocked by a menacing plot against America’s ally. Julia immerses herself in her role as a diplomatic wife in the ancient land where Jesus lived, only to discover the life changing truths of God’s promises for the end days. Meanwhile sinister forces challenge Bo’s loyalty. His battle to regain his stature tests his very core. Will Bo survive the greatest threat ever to his career, his family, and his life?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Release

     PERIL
                                                                          
     by
                                                                           
     Suzanne Hartmann

     Release Date: December 19, 2011



A top-secret agent. A high-profile assignment. Danger at a NASCAR track.

A top secret agent with enhanced strength must use her extraordinary abilities during several high-profile assignments when she escorts the first Muslim king to convert to the Christian faith to the White House and several NASCAR tracks. When unwanted publicity and the attention of a NASCAR champion threaten to expose her secrets, she becomes a terrorist target with danger surrounding her on all sides.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Goodbye Noel

                by

       Nike Chillemi

Released December 15, 2011



Will a young pediatric nurse be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life and her heart as he works to catch the killer before someone he loves dies?

Words of praise from Robert Liprulo, author of The 13th Tribe, Comes a Horseman, and The Dreamhouse Kings

“Wow, Nike Chillemi knows how to set the hook into readers right from the first page and refuses to let go. Goodbye Noel is a taut thriller, peopled with intriguing characters and crafted by an author at the top of her game. Don’t miss this one.”

Friday, November 4, 2011

                                                                                
Another Hour to Kill
                      by
         Anita Highman

Released October 31, 2011

Where Bailey Walker lives, being neighborly takes on a whole new meaning.


Bailey has survived the mysteries of Volstead Manor, but her latest threats are more ominous than ever. Did her neighbor B.J. die of natural causes? Or was he murdered? And why does the new neighbor, Vlad Tepes, always seem to be watching her?

While searching for a lost treasure and planning a wedding the size of an amusement park, Bailey must discover what monster is still lurking in the neighborhood. Will she unravel the puzzle in time, or will Bailey merely provide the villain with Another Hour to Kill?

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Release

Ten Plagues
         by
       Mary Nealy

Coming October 1, 2011

A demon possessed serial killer brings the Ten Plagues of Egypt to the city of Chicago.Paul Morris, an inner city mission paster, draws the attention of a madman and becomes the focus of his rage.

Keren Collins, a lady cop with the spiritual gift of discerning spirits, gets the case and is confronted with an evil unlike any she's ever known.

Paul and Keren race to stop a murderer, knowing that the plague of the first born and the plague of darkness are being saved just  for them.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Check It Out!

Weapons for Writers

by Wendy Piper Rome and Mark Pfeiffer

October 3 - 28

Fee: Non-Members $25; Elements Member $15
To Register go to: http://www.elementsofrwa.com/


Description:

Law enforcement officers, members of the military, hunters, civilians, good guys,bad guys - writers put weapons in the hands of all sorts of characters. But do they 'get it right' in their manuscripts?

Which weapon should your hero carry? Would he carry a back-up pistol? Should he? A knife? What kind of knife? How about your heroine? Could she carry a .45? A .357 or .40? Maybe a 9mm? What's the difference between a revolver and a semi-automatic? What are some of the different types of ammo? Does it matter in your manuscript? How do hunting rifles and ammo differ from military and civilian ones? What is the realistic range of the rifle your military hero is using? Is there a rifle with greater range that you could put in his hands instead? What kinds of weapons should you give your law enforcement hero? Can your villain hit your hero by shooting through ten feet of water? Where can you find information that will help you develop accurate weapon scenes?

In Weapons for Writers, you'll learn the answers to these and many more questions. Mark Pfeiffer and Piper Rome will teach you how to choose the appropriate weapons for your characters and develop details that make your weapon scenes believable. If you've been using Hollywood and the media as points of reference, beware. They often get it wrong. This course will arm you with the facts and research sources you need to make your confrontation scenes accurate. Your confident inner muse can then make those scenes dynamic and exciting.

This is an online workshops and classes are conducted via email loops. The deadline to register for all classes is the 7th day before the start of the workshop unless otherwise noted. (All fees are in U S Dollars only.)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Release

A Summer in Oakville

by Lisa J. Lickel and Shellie Neumeier

September 2011

One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin,
Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives.

Tessa Hasmer Murphy has a secret. Estranged from her husband, will she let a past love and a fight to save the family farm destroy her marriage and daughter Lindsay’s happiness?

Lindsay Murphy plans to live on her grandparents’ farm until she can find a job, but developer Brandon Calloway has other plans for the property. As she wages war against him, will she lose her heart and the farm both?

Widower Arthur Hasmer’s life and that of his son, Andy, spiral out of control. Then old friend, Dana London, reenters the picture with the power to help them all back to love, joy and faith.

Andy Hasmer has the ultimate bummer life. No mom, not much of a dad, no future. When he’s sent to the farm and wrecks the truck, nothing could be worse than the lousy job he takes to pay Grampa back—except maybe putting up with the pastor’s daughter.

ISBN: 978-1-934912-39-3
ASIN: B005KF6I2E
Price: $16.95 paperback
Price: $8.00 Ebook (PDF format)
Pages: 268 paperback


Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Releases


    
    Deep Cover
                 by
        Sandra Orchard
     
        September 2011

Maintaining his cover cost undercover cop Rick Gray the woman he loved. Sweet Ginny Bryson never really knew Rick--he never gave her the chance. Not then, and not now, when he's back with a new alias to gather evidence against Ginny's uncle. The man's crimes led to Rick's partner's death, and Rick wants justice to be served. But his investigation is stirring up trouble, and Ginny is in the middle of it. Someone wants Ginny to pay the price for what her uncle has done. But how can Rick protect her without blowing his cover, jeopardizing his assignment...and risking both their lives? Publisher: LoveInspired 

Published: September 2011
ISBN10: 0373444591
ISBN13: 9780373444595
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Releases

Falling to Pieces
by Vannetta Chapman
September 2011

Not your usual Amish buggy ride!

Deborah Yoder needs to sell her quilts. Callie Harper has reluctantly inherited her aunt's quilting store. Deborah is Amish, tall, and hearty, the married mother of five. Callie is English, petite, young, and single. They form an unlikely partnership when Deborah reveals her plan to auction her quilts … on-line … in a town where few residents even have electricity.

In the tiny community of Shipshewana, what could be more implausible?  A murder.

And when circumstances and a relentless detective point to a surprising prime suspect, Deborah and Callie set aside their differences and work together in an attempt to solve the mystery and catch a killer.

In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman blends the best components of Amish fiction with a great who-done-it twist. You'll be glad she did.

Two women, an auction, a dead body, and one friendship quilt. Shipshewana will never be the same.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Quote of the Week

“God is more interested in who you are than what you do.” Rick Warren

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Quote of the Week

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Releases

When the Lights Go Out

                           by
             Max Elliot Anderson

         Release Date:  August  2011

             For readers 8 and up


Peyton Aldrich and his family find themselves stationed at an army base, in the middle of nowhere. Peyton finds two friends, Gill and DaveThey decide to train like Rangers, and search for some kind of mission to accomplish on their own. Little did they know that a mission was about to put the boys right in the crosshairs of a dangerous terrorist plot,when a secret weapon would be delivered to the base on its way across the country.

When the Lights Go Out is a story for kids 8 and up, so we
never forget 9/11. Video When the Lights Go Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfSEkGN5q0U&feature
When the Lights Go Out http://max-whenlightsgoout.blogspot.com/

New Release

Shadowed in Silk
            by
     Christine Lindsay

     Release date: August 2011;

She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mystery/Suspense Release

Killing Time
             by
     K. Dawn Byrd



Mindy McLaurin, thinks it's the end of the world when she's incarcerated on trumped-up embezzlement charges. While in jail, she investigates the death of an inmate who allegedly died of an overdose. Mindy suspects foul play when her cellmate dies and she learns that both women had ingested the same drug. Mindy trusts no one, including Drew Stone, the handsome counselor she can’t stop thinking about. She faces many challenges, including constant interrogation by the Major and emotional abuse from the other inmates. Upon release, someone is stalking her and framing her for the murder. Can she prove to Counselor Stone that she’s innocent of all charges before she loses him forever?

Mystery/Suspense Release

Queen of Hearts
            by
         K. Dawn Byrd



Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative. When the photograph she takes of the crowd at a murder scene places her on the mob's hit list, she's forced into hiding in a vacant mental asylum in the middle of nowhere with terrifying secrets of its own.

Daphne believed herself to still be in love with her ex-fiancée, Kenneth, until she spends several days locked away in the asylum with Vito, the mob boss' son. Can she put the terrifying events that occurred there behind her and allow herself to pursue a relationship with Vito? Or, will she return to Kenneth who has turned his back on his country by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer? One thing's for sure, it won't matter if she can't escape the mental institution alive.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Quote of the Week

". . . You must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. . . ."—Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Quote of the Week

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. – G. K. Chesterton

Friday, July 1, 2011

Meet the Author

                                                                     
Pursued
by
Lillian Duncan

I’m excited to interview author, critique partner, and friend, Lillian Duncan better known as Lil. Her debut novel, Pursued, releases July 1 as and ebook and a print book

VBT: Hi Lil. How exciting for you to have your first novel published. Pursued is a contemporary mystery/suspense and the buzz is it’s a great read. Tell us about the story.

Lil: PURSUED is about a young attorney, Reggie Meyers. She’s spent her life pursuing success, money, and power. But now she’s being pursued by an unknown killer. Lucky for her, God arranges for her to crash into her knight in shining armor, literally.

Reggie grew up in the foster system and has a hard time trusting other people. Trusting Dylan Monroe will either be the best thing she’s ever done or the last.

VBT: How much research did you have to do to write Pursued?

Lil: I didn’t have to do a lot of research for this book. Just some of the basics about bugs (the listening kind) and bombs. You know, just the usual!

VBT: How can reading your book have an impact on the reader’s life?

Lil: Dylan, the hero, and his family believes in helping others. They put their faith in action. I want my readers to come away from the story feeling like they would be willing to help others, even when it’s inconvenient.

VBT: What are you working on now?

Lil: I have another book coming out in the fall, DECEPTION. So, I’m working on that as well as a sequel to PURSUED.

VBT: Who or what inspired you to write?

Lil: I love books and always wanted to be a writer but never did anything about it. I’ve always made up stories when I was bored but it wasn’t until I was 40 when I realized that I was supposed to write them down so other people could enjoy them.

VBT: Tell us a little about you personally. What are some of your hobbies?

Lil: I love animals. My husband and I have two dogs and four parrots. Between him and the animals, there’s rarely a dull moment in the house, especially since the one is a new puppy. Along with that we do some camping. We just got back from a weeklong camping trip at the Lake of the Ozarks. We met my mom, sisters and brother and their families out there and had a great reunion.

And, of course, I love to read.

VBT: When you sit down to read, what is your favorite genre? Your favorite authors?

Lil: Mysteries and suspense are my favorite genres, but if it’s a good story I’ll read anything. Some of my favorite authors are Terri Blackstock and Brandilynn Collins.

VBT: What is your favorite Bible verse, and why?

Lil: So many to choose from. One of my favorites is Proverbs 23:7. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. I believe our thoughts control our beliefs and our actions and therefore our lives. If we think we are capable of reaching our dreams, then we will. Which brings to mind another of my favorite verses, Matthew 19: 26—With God, all things are possible.

VBT: Tell us a little about your personal life?

Lil: My husband and I will celebrate our tenth anniversary in September. I have two adult step-children. My day job is a Speech Pathologist for a school district. I’m semi-retired now and loving it.

VBT: Now for some fun questions. What is your current cell phone ring tone?

Lil: Oops. I have an old-fashioned phone ring as my ring tone. I guess that speaks to the fact that I miss the “good old days.”

VBT: What is your favorite vending machine item?

Lil: Without a doubt, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Always has been and probably always will be.

VBT: What is your biggest fear?

Lil: Mmm. Again, so many to choose from. Amusement park rides terrify me! Really!! You have no idea how many times, I’ve been close to death because of roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and other rides—at least in my own mind.

VBT: And now for my final and most important question, how can our bloggers purchase your book?

Lil: They can buy it through any of the major online bookstores (Amazon and Barnes and Nobles) along with going to my publisher’s website:

www.whiterosepublishing.com. But the best thing they can do is go to their local bookstore and ask for it to be ordered if it isn’t available at that store. If you’d like to learn more about me, you can visit me at: www.lillianduncan.net.

VBT: Thanks for spending time with us Lil. Now, everyone go forth and buy Pursued!

Lil: Thanks for having me.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Quote of the Week

All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.
 -Edmund Burke

Monday, June 27, 2011

New Releases

                                                                                 
Dandelion Summer
 by  Lisa Wingate

  Release date; July 6, 2011

All her life, Epiphany Salerno has been tossed like a dandelion seed on the wind. Now, at sixteen, she must move to the low-rent side of Blue Sky Hill and work where she's not wanted: in an upscale home on The Hill.

J. Norman Alvord's daughter has hired a teenager to stay with him in the afternoons. Widowed and suffering from heart trouble, Norman wants to be left alone. But in Epie's presence, Norman discovers a mystery- memories of another life and a woman who saved him. As he and Epie take an unexpected road trip through sleepy Southern towns, they form a life-changing friendship-and uncover long-held family secrets.

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 Winter  by Keven Newsome
Supernatural Thriller
Splashdown Books, June 1, 2011

Winter Maessen didn't ask for the gift of prophecy. She's happy being a freak - but now everyone thinks she's crazy. Or evil. Goths aren't all the same, you know. Some are Christians. . . . Christians to whom God sends visions.

Students at her university are being attacked, and Winter knows there's more than flesh and blood at work. Her gift means she's the only one who can stop it - but at what price?

URL: http://darkwater.splashdownbooks.com/winter.html

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Burning Hearts 
by Nike Chillemi 

 May 2011

Can a sheltered young seamstress, disillusioned by the horrors of WWII, escape an arsonist/murderer who killed her employer and mentor, while trying to decide if she can trust the dashing war hero who’s ridden into town on his Harley—who some say is the murderer?


Erica Brogna’s parents doted on her and taught her to think for herself. Many boys she grew up with have fallen in the war, shaking her childhood faith. In rides a handsome stranger, at the hour of her most desperate need. A woman who is her best friend and mentor is trapped in a burning house. After making an unsuccessful rescue attempt, Erica stands by as this man rushes into the inferno and carries her friend’s lifelessbody out.

Lorne Kincade can’t out run his past on his Harley Davidson WLA, the civilian model of the motorcycle he rode in the war. He’s tried. He’s been a vagabond biker in the year since the warend. His uncle  bequeathed him a ramshackle cottage in Sanctuary Point,on the Great South Bay of Long Island, NY and now he hopes  for a future again, to repair the miniscule place, and settle down. The only problem is, a young woman with hair the color of mink is starting to get under his skin and that’s the last thing he needs.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Releases

 Don't miss this latest Roland March mystery coming July 1, 2011

                                Pattern of Wounds
                                     by     
                                   J. Mark Bertrand

For Detective Roland March, his latest case has become personal.  March doesn’t know the young female who was stabbed to death, but he thinks he recognizes the crime scene. Nearly ten years ago, March gained national fame as the subject of a true-crime book. But now this crime scene bears eerie similarities to that one. Ane whispers begin to emerge that March may have put the wrong man behind bars.

Worse, Houston may now have a serial killer on the loose. As more cases emerge that seem connected and threats against March and those closest to him build, he must solve the case—rescuing not only the city, but his own reputation as a homicide cop.

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Prophetess One: At Risk 
by                                                                                                     
Linda Rohrbrough

It’s a very different kind of war.

Why would God choose a pregnant computer programmer to fight it?

All Anna McClintock wants is a peaceful stretch of beach she can walk to with her new husband, Jack, and her soon-to-be-born child. Jack is finishing his engineering degree this semester and the two plan to leave his Kansas home to build their new lives together.

But when Anna finds herself in jail for the murder of a preschool child she tried to save, she realizes she is alone, except for God. She has to rely on new-found spiritual gifts as well as her wits and skills in order to save herself, her unborn son, and her marriage.

And she has another decision to make. This one affects the entire nation.
Pub date: April 20th, 2011

High Hill Inspiration, a division of High Hill Press, St. Charles, Missouri
ISBN: 978-1606530429
Retail: $17.95

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Quote of the Week

                          When Discouragement Comes . . .

People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
 Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
– Sister Teresa

Monday, May 23, 2011

Quote of the Week

"There are things only you can do, and you are alive to do them. In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song, and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely." —Max Lucado

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Check It Out!

RWA Coffic Classes

Murder One - August 1, 2011
When: Must  register before June 27th
Cost; $15.00 for RWA members
          $30.00 for non-members
Register online at the RWA Kiss of Death Website


Title: An Introduction to Violence

Instructor: Rory Miller

Class Description: How and why does violence happen? What motivates people to violence? How do people- victims, professionals and violent criminals perceive force? This course will cover the basics- Who (predators, hustlers, cops and citizens) the what (levels and types of violence) the how (injury and force) where (the social milieus where violence is the norm) and why (motivations) as well as the emotional weight and aftermath of a single violent encounter, multiple encounters, and living in a violent environment.

Instructor Bio: Rory Miller is a seventeen-year veteran of a metropolitan correctional system. He spent seventeen years, including ten as a sergeant, with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Portland Oregon. His assignments included Booking, Maximum Security, Disciplinary and Administrative Segregation, and Mental Health Units. He was a CERT (Corrections Emergency Response Team) member for over eleven years and Team Leader for six.


His training has included over eight hundred hours of tactical training; witness protection and close-quarters handgun training with the local US Marshals; Incident Command System; Instructor Development Courses; AELE Discipline and Internal Investigations; Hostage Negotiations and Hostage Survival; Integrated Use of Force and Confrontational Simulation Instructor; Mental Health; Defensive Tactics, including the GRAPLE instructors program; Diversity; and Supervision.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Quote of the Week

I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy. -Unknown

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Quote of the Week




Ignorance killed the cat. Curiosity was framed. –unknown

Check It Out!

John Foxjohn, former homicide detective and author will be teaching three classes for the remainder of 2011.

1. In May, a two-week class for Savvy Authors University titled. Eight Steps to Murdering a Manuscript without a Conviction.

2. In September, an online class for the RWA Kiss of Death Chapter titled, He’s Tall, Dark, and Handsome—She’s a Blonde Goddess
”Now that you have a character description, where do you go from there? John Foxjohn believes that one of the most important elements of writing fiction is the ability to create realistic, life-like characters. He will help you decide where to go in this interactive and comprehensive class on characterization, pace, and flow.

3. In October, he’s teaching a one-week course for Savvy Authors titled, You Have the Right to Remain Silent.
In this interactive class, John Foxjohn explores with the students the difference between an interview and an interrogation—techniques in interrogations and things not to do, and what an arrest is. He’ll also cover the Miranda warnings.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Check It Out!

Homicide Investigations

Instructor: John Foxjohn. In this interactive class, John Foxjohn takes the students through the ins and outs of a homicide investigation—dispelling myths brought on by TV and movies. The students will look at the pressures, emotions, and problems that homicide detectives encounter in the normal course of an investigation.

Like all of John’s classes, he encourages class participation and questions.

WHEN: Mar 7, 2011 - Mar 20, 2011


COST: $10 for Premium Members
$20 for Basic Members

Cancellation policy: Registrations are non-refundable except when the workshop is cancelled by Savvy Authors.


REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register (Members will not receive member rate unless logged in.)


INSTRUCTOR:

John Foxjohn, the 2008 author of the year, epitomizes the phrase “been there—done that.” Born and raised in the rural East Texas town of Nacogdoches, John quit high school and joined the Army at seventeen—Viet Nam veteran, Army Airborne Ranger, policeman and homicide detective, retired teacher and coach, and now a multi-published author.

John uses his extensive experience, as well as meticulous research, to write his suspenseful, true-to-life novels with seemingly real characters who tell his stories.

John has taught classes at writer workshops, conferences, and online for three years. He has presented at the MWA national conference, and is scheduled to present at the RWA conference in Nashville in 2010.

John is a member of Romance Writers of America, Northwest Houston chapter of RWA, Elements of Romance, Kiss of Death, Lethal Ladies, Sisters-in-Crime, East Texas Writers Guild, League of Texas Writers, and more online writing groups than he can count. He is a full time writer and speaker and lives in Lufkin, Texas, but travels extensively across the U.S.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Quote of the Week

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.--Scottish Blessing

Check It Out!

Coffin Classes - Kiss of Death
Murder One – March 1-31
Title: Historical Forensics
Instructor: D.P. Lyle, MD
Class Description:

Today we're all familiar with the marvels of CSI, whether from reading mysteries or true crime or watching television programs and movies. But all these ways to pin the crime -- and the criminal -- down had to start somewhere! So where and when did it all begin? And what sorts of things were early forensic investigators able to do?

This class will cover the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an era that gave birth to so many forensic techniques: fingerprints, blood typing, firearm's examinations, toxicology, and the expansion of the autopsy into the forensic arena. This will give the writer of historical fiction the accurate information needed and will give all crime writers a firm foundation for understanding the world of modern forensics.

Dr. Doug Lyle, M.D. will lay the historic groundwork in March 2011's Murder One workshop, HISTORICAL FORENSICS.

Instructor Bio: The author of FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES, which won the Macavity Award and was nominated for an Edgar in 2005, Doug writes thrillers (Devil's Playground, Double Blind and Stress Fracture) as well as crime scene non-fiction, and has worked with writers on television shows such as Law and Order, CSI: Miami, Monk, House, and others.

http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com
or
www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffinClass

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Check It Out!

Writers’ Police Academy

Where: Guilford Technical Community College and Public Safety
Training Academy, Jamestown, NC
When: September 23-25, 2011
Registration Fee: $255.00

Guns, cops, firefighters, EMS, patrol cars, K-9′s, explosives, arson,
serial killers, officer-involved shooting, bloodstain analysis, crime
scene investigation, homicide, helicopters, motorcycles, fire trucks,
ambulances, night vision, police, sheriffs, jails and prisons, women in
police work, detectives, crash investigation, pepper spray, Tasers,
computer crimes, law, bioterrorism, DNA…

Those are just some of the workshops and demonstrations you’ll attend
at the 2011 Writers’ Police Academy.
And the best thing is that’s only part of the fun. Want to know what
it’s like to drive a patrol car, fire truck, or an ambulance? Well,
here’s your chance! How about being in a shootout with armed suspects?
Yep, we’ve got a simulator for that, too. And, we’re offering
ride-a-longs with sheriff’s deputies and tours of a real jail.

http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/?p=10292

The Embassy Suites Greensboro,NC – Airport

Rates good until Sept. 3 or until the group block is sold out.
Book room through Writers Police Academy to get group rate.

Rates.
2 DBL Beds non-smoking $114.00 USD/night

1 King Bed, corner, $114.00 USD/night
non-smoking

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Check It Out!

What Every Suspense Writer Needs to Know!

Passionate Ink Chapter of RWA Presents
Action Sequences: Writing Heart-Pounding Fight Scenes, Chases and
Climaxes with Angela Knight
Mar 7th - Apr 4th

$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members
A crucial ingredient of great romantic suspense and adventure is the fight
scene. Yet many writers have a difficult time pulling off believable fights
and climaxes that deliver on reader expectations. New York Times
bestselling author Angela Knight discusses the techniques she uses to create
heart-pounding action sequences. She discusses how to create heroes and
villains who are a good match for each other, how to choreograph fight
scenes, and how to build a plotline that rises to a climax that makes
readers eager for your next book.

Angela Knight is the author of eight bestselling paranormal novels for
Berkley.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quote of the Week

An old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. "The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed." -Author Unknown