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Vincent Zandri stops by... (and a giveaway)

Readers, please join me welcoming Vincent Zandri, author of Moonlight Falls who's guest blogging here today!

Moonlight Falls is the Albany, New York-based paranoid tale (in the Hitchcock tradition) of former APD Detective turned Private Investigator/Massage Therapist, Richard “Dick” Moonlight, who believes he might be responsible for the brutal slaying by knife of his illicit lover, the beautiful Scarlet Montana. The situation is made all the worse since Scarlet is the wife of Moonlight’s boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana.

Biting the Nail: The Discipline of Writing
By Vincent Zandri

“Where do you get your discipline?”

That’s the question I’m asked most frequently about my solitary writing life. Most people who work according the programmed schedule of job and career find it inconceivable that a person can actually roll out of bed, face a blank page, and begin to make words. Yet, as writers, that’s what we do. We create and in order to create we have to have discipline. Discipli…

Feature - Wendy Corsi Staub's Live to Tell (& a giveaway)

Author Wendy Corsi Staub is one busy gal! Last year, every single time I emailed her, she was either on her way to some event, or coming back from one. I honestly don't know how she can write so prolifically as she does! Even this guest post today (see below) was written while on a flight back to JFK from a Caribbean vacation. Now that's dedication! And that's one of the reasons why she's so wide read as she is.

If you're new to this author, then I must tell you that Wendy Corsi Staub is a New York Times bestseller with the suspense novels she writes under her own name, and a USA Today bestseller with women's fiction she writes under her pseudonym Wendy Markham. Whether killing off suspects or romancing a bad boy, Wendy is equally adept at making the readers care and become so engrossed in her plots as to make them feel they're actually there, experiencing it all.

2010 is shaping up to be an exciting year for her, with the launch of a brand new thriller tr…

Author Guest Post - Maria Andrade

Readers, please join me welcoming Maria Andrade, author of Heart Magic: Keeping Love Alive and Well who's guest blogging here today! This book describes the 8 important principles for a healthy partnership along with "Do's and Don'ts" for keeping love strong.


The "Heart Magic Skills" To A Lasting Love
By Maria Andrade

There are three basic things we are not taught to do well in life. These three basic things are:

1. How to get along with the person we hope to live with the rest of our lives.

2. How to raise healthy, creative, children who have self-respect and respect others.

3. How to deal with stress and anger.

We know this is true because of the unfortunate divorce rate (one out of two marriages fail in America), the river of children abused in our society and the high degree of addictions and crime, which reflects the stress and rage in our society. Yet, our hunger for information is reflected in the billion dollar industries behind, self-help…

Author Guest Post - Carla Buckley

Readers, please join me welcoming Carla Buckley, author of The Things That Keep Us Here who's guest blogging here today!


About the book - Ann Brooks never thought she’d have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see. In this chillingly urgent novel, Carla Buckley confronts us with the terrifying decisions we are forced to make when ordinary life changes overnight.

A Debut Author’s Guide to Agents
I began writing fifteen years ago, and found an agent ten years ago. My debut novel is about to be released, and I’ve been reflecting on a few things I’ve learned over the years regarding authors and agents.

In order to be published, you have to have an agent.

False, sort of. It depends on your hopes and dreams. If you’re writing category romance or looking at e-publishers, you don’t necessarily need to b…

Author Guest Post - Elisa Lorello

Readers, please join me welcoming Elisa Lorello, author of Ordinary World, who's guest blogging here today!
E-books and print books can co-exist
Perhaps it was because I was raised to believe that people of different backgrounds can live together harmoniously. Perhaps it’s because I’m an eternal optimist. Perhaps it’s because I’m trying to please everyone. Nevertheless, I believe e-books and print books can co-exist.

There’s no doubt that the Amazon Kindle has changed the reading landscape and rattled the publishing industry. Just like what Napster and iTunes did for indie musicians and the music industry at the turn of the century, e-publishing has made it possible for an unknown author like me to be recognized. It’s also true that bookstores, especially the independent stores, are suffering, and that part troubles me. I’m a huge indie bookstore fan. Huge. I’m equally a huge fan of the tactile book. The sturdiness of a hardcover, the flexibility of a paperback, the smell of the …

Author Gary Morgenstein stops by...

Readers, please join me welcoming Gary Morgenstein, author of How to Find a Woman...Or Not who's guest blogging here today.

Finding true love isn't impossible as long as you view the entire world as one big singles bar. Walking your dog, practicing yoga, riding mass transit, buying a book, even visiting a friend in the hospital can lead to the woman of your dreams. Critically-acclaimed novelist/playwright Gary Morgenstein provides the romantic roadmap!

Using his own battle-scarred experiences as a divorced man along with many years "spinning" as a public relations specialist, Morgenstein takes men (and women eager to go inside the mind of a guy) on a step-by-step comic and erotic guide to love and sex. From making eye contact, dazzling opening lines, online etiquette, younger and older women and how to conduct yourself on a date to what goes into a successful relationship (in and out of the bedroom), How to Find a Woman...Or Not is a riotous, poignant and indispens…

Review - The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon

Still haunted by the death of her only brother, James, in the Great War, Evelyn Gifford is completely unprepared when a young nurse and her six-year-old son appear on the Giffords' doorstep one night. The child, the nurse claims, is James', conceived in a battlefield hospital. The grief-stricken Giffords take them both in; but Evelyn, a struggling attorney, must now support her entire family-at a time when work for women lawyers is almost nonexistent.

Suddenly a new case falls in Evelyn's lap: Seemingly hopeless, it's been abandoned by her male coworkers. The accused-a veteran charged with murdering his young wife- is almost certain to die on the gallows. And yet, Evelyn believes he is truly innocent, just as she suspects there may be more to the story of her "nephew" than meets the eye.

My thoughts -The Crimson Rooms is an exciting and thought provoking story of a woman struggling to change both herself and society, and all the while attempt to …

Author Angela Henry talks about Mystery Writing

Readers, please join me welcoming Angela Henry, author of Schooled In Lies, who's guest blogging here today.

About the Book - GED instructor Kendra Clayton's high school days were nothing to brag about. So she's not too thrilled when on top of having to take a class to renew her teaching certificate or be fired, she gets roped into serving on her high school's reunion committee. Spending time with her former classmates is even less fun than having a root canal. Then to make matters worse, Kendra and the other committee members start receiving strange messages and having freak accidents. When one of the accidents results in a death, Kendra is convinced it's murder. Unfortunately, neither the reunion committee nor the police take her seriously. To try and prevent another death-and to keep from worrying about all the time her sweetie, Carl, has been spending with his scheming ex-wife-Kendra digs into the lives of her fellow committee members and uncovers enough secre…