Check out what's new on the shelves of Sally's Cafe and Bookstore from this post on the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
Check out this helpful post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog with a writer’s guide to firearms. This one covers shotguns.
This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Assault rifles have featured prominently in the horrific events in Florida, Las Vegas and elsewhere, so I wish to repeat that this series is only meant to help writers improve their writing and not to glorify weapons in any way. You can check out the rest of the series on firearms here. Today, Bill explains how rifles work and describes some common writing blunders. Enjoy and bookmark!
A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett
Part 5: Shotguns
A shotgun is a long gun with a smooth bore, designed to hit either a moving target or a stationary target while using a less precise aim.
To understand a shotgun, one must first understand the shotgun shell. Shotgun shells…
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Check out this interview with historical mystery author, Jennifer Kincheloe from this post on the Mystery Thriller Week blog.
Jennifer is a research scientist turned writer of historical fiction. Her novels take place in 1900s Los Angeles among the police matrons of the LAPD and combine, mystery, history, humor, and romance. THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK was released in November, 2017. Her debut novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC was a finalist in the Lefty Awards for Best Historical Mystery, The Colorado Author’s League Award for Best Genre Fiction, the Macavity Sue Feder Award for Historical Mystery, and is the WINNER of the Mystery & Mayhem Award for Historical Mystery and the Colorado Gold for Best Mystery.
Jennifer grew up in Southern California, but has traveled to such places as Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and Papua New Guinea. She’s been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. Jennifer currently…
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Check out this post from Staci Troilo’s blog with author inspiration and helpful writing links.
Ciao, everybody! I hope you had a great week. Mine, as always, was a busy one.
In honor of the Royal Wedding, I chose a quote from Meghan Markle.
Even though we’re in different industries (I’m a writer and she’s an actress — well, probably not even that anymore), the quote applies. For that matter, I think it applies to all of us.
I know I have a tendency to let things get to me. The funny thing is, I’m willing to bet the majority of things I take personally aren’t intentional slights at all. I have a tender heart, always have. And I wouldn’t change that if I could. I think empathy is important. But I know sometimes I waste time worrying about something that I shouldn’t. If I’m not going to devote years to something, I shouldn’t give it any time at all.
This isn’t just good…
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Meet author Melanie P. Smith from this post on Lucinda E. Clarke’s blog.
I saw that this week’s guest has degrees coming out of her ears, but her marketing experience caught my attention and from the information she sent me, she is one switched-on author. So organized, on the ball and knows what she is doing! Over to Melanie to tell you about herself.
Hello, my name is Melanie P. Smith and I am an American, Multi-Genre author of Paranormal, Criminal Suspense, Police Procedural and Romance novels. I work hard to make my stories exciting, action-packed and gripping. So, if you like a story you can’t put down, one that will keep you guessing and take you on a journey of discovery… I have something for you.
I was born and raised in the state of Utah and spent my younger years working hard and playing hard. As a farm kid, we always had a huge garden and plenty of animals to care for. …
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Check out this short story from John Howell via this post from his Fiction Favorites blog.
It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week we started a new story. Larry Dunfee, a police detective, went into a fortune-telling establishment in China town. There he met the owner, a fascinating lady by the name of Micki Lee. (of course). Micki told Larry some things that she read in the newspaper and yet could read on his face he was troubled. Larry asked if he was wasting his time and she invited him to chat. Let’s go back and see what the chat is all about.
“So, what is the scam all about?”
“Do you think it’s a scam, Larry?”
“I suppose. You didn’t tell me one thing that wasn’t in the newspaper. By the way, you know my name. What’s yours.”
“Ah. Please forgive my miserable manners. Lee. My name is Micki Lee.”
“Micki? That’s unusual.”
“Would you prefer Mei-Xiu?”
“Oh, I get it. Americanized.”
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Last time, I brought up a subject I never believed would warrant discussing—cockygate. I wish this was the first time a writer did something epically misguided to gain advantage. Some drama to sell their ‘story.’ But, I’ve been around too long. Seen too much. Yes, I was there for the BIG BANG (dot.com implosion). I also…