Guest Blogger: Connie Berry – THE DOMESDAY BOOK: Don’t Worry, It’s Not the End of the World

One of the themes in my Kate Hamilton Mystery series is the effect of the hidden past on the present. What do we think we know? Is it true? What would happen if we learned the truth? In every book in the series, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton must unravel the tangled threads of history …

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Guest Blogger: Diane A.S. Stuckart – Living the Dream…Or Not

Living the Dream…Or Not by Diane A.S. Stuckart Running a bed and breakfast inn has been my dream business for a couple of decades, even before I wrote the first chapters of what would become my Georgia B&B mystery series. It was the late 1990s, and I didn’t much care for the daytime job anymore. …

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Guest Blogger: Sophy Smythe – Corruption in the Medical World

Guest blogger: Sophy Smythe – Corruption in the Medical World Sophy Smythe is my pen name. I am a Dutch doctor living in Antwerp, Belgium. After more than thirty years of medical practice, I reinvented myself and pursued my long-lived dream: writing fact-based mystery-thrillers about what I know best, the medical and pharmaceutical world. The …

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Guest Blogger: Maggie Toussaint – Staying in Character

Staying in Character by Maggie Toussaint When writing a series mystery, writers should strive for all their characters to “stay in character” throughout the series. A deviation in characterization is a red flag for editors and readers alike. Some writers use programs such as Scrivener to keep track of character traits. I must admit it …

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Guest Blogger: Lynn-Steven Johanson – The Cat in the …Book

The Cat in the…Book by Lynn-Steven Johanson I’m a cat lover as well as a dog lover. I live with dogs…and one cat. I should say, “my cat.” I admit to being owned by my cat, and he knows it. “Boris” is a Russian Blue, and he’s my best buddy. So, I guess it was …

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Storytelling and the Ides of March

Storytelling and the Ides of March by Debra H. Goldstein Today is the Ides of March. Originally thought of as a day to settle debts, it became a day of notoriety because of it being the date Julius Caesar was killed. Its significance is that it is believed to have changed the fate of the …

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There’s Cooking and There’s Baking by Kaye George

  There’s Cooking and There’s Baking by Kaye George I know Sarah Blair doesn’t like to cook, but I’m not sure about baking. I’d guess that’s a no to that domestic art also. I’m totally with her on the cooking. But, for some reason, I’ve always loved to bake. My start was Home Ec in …

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Our World by Debra H. Goldstein

The trees outside my window are bare. When we moved into this house a few months ago, the leaves were so plentiful I couldn’t see any of the other new houses being built in our subdivision. But now, although the tree trunks create a barrier, it isn’t the same. Then again, the world is not …

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Patience and Personality

Patience and Personality by Debra H. Goldstein I am not a patient person. It isn’t that I want it yesterday. I am willing to work for things, to wait until a flower blooms to cut it, or however long it takes to make sure something is done right. But, I am not a patient person. …

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Guest Blogger: Joanne Guidoccio – What Will You Do When Your Characters Misbehave?

What Will You Do When Your Characters Misbehave? by Joanne Guidoccio When I first heard this question at a creative writing workshop, I was tempted to say that I intended to firmly hold onto the reins. A neophyte with no literary credits to my name, I couldn’t imagine characters actually misbehaving on the page. Thankfully, …

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