ON BANNING GUNS

ON BANNING GUNS:

 

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Someone crashes a car into a crowd–do we ban automobiles?car into crowd

 

Someone stabs a person to death with a knife–do we ban knives?Depicting Murders

 

Someone chokes a person to death with his hands–do we ban hands?choking a victim

 

 

 

REMEMBER–Almost ANYTHING can be used for evil. . . .

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Sense and Sensibility

 

Sense and SensibilitySORRY TO MISLEAD YOU, but this isn’t a treatise on Jane Austen’s classic novel pitting one sister’s passion against the other sister’s sound reasoning, although that might make for an interesting post some day (Kait, you interested?). Full disclosure: way back when during high school, my English class was assigned Sense and Sensibility to read, followed by a book report. When school ended for the day I high-tailed it downtown to Cooper’s News Stand and the spiral rack which held Cliffs Notes for many of the classics. Fortunately, there were two copies available. I think I paid about three or four bucks for it, but it was worth every cent to spare the fifteen-year-old me from over three-hundred pages of drudgery (my opinion at the time). But I digress.

Deadly Catch newer coverA few days ago I was reading through a blog listing URLs on numerous topics helpful to writers. One that caught my eye was about using the five senses to enhance our fiction: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. I’ll admit to thinking, How mundane. Any writer worth his salt knows that, even most beginners. And then it struck me—what a pompous ass I was to think that! Mr. Know-it-all-Author, how often do you use the five senses to enhance your own fiction? And so I decided to put it to the test, using my first Mac McClellan Mystery, Deadly Catch, as the guinea pig.

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I grabbed a copy of the book and opened it to Chapter One. With bated breath (oh, the drama, the tension!), I put myself to the test and began reading:

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A quick flick of the wrist and the lure flashed in the rising sun, arched thirty or so yards alongside the grass flats and landed with a quiet splash barely a foot from the edge.

Making-notesMuch to my delight (and surprise) I was able to scratch off the first two of the five senses in just the second sentence of the novel. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

“flashed” = Sight.

“splash” = Hearing.

Whoopee! So far, so good. I wondered if my luck would hold. I ventured on. At the bottom of the first page and on to the second page of Chapter One, I read,

The lure wiggled and skirted the grassy edge for ten or fifteen feet when I felt resistance.

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“Felt”—Hurrah for me! I now could scratch off sense number three: Touch. I’d only reached the top of the second page of my mystery and I already had used senses one, two, and three.

About halfway to the target a light breeze rose and drifted my way. That’s when the stench hit, almost gagging me.

Stench-of-DecayHot damn! “stench” certainly qualified for “Smell.” Four out of five senses used in the first two pages of Deadly Catch, and in order as listed on the blog I’d read, no less. Was it karma, or merely coincidence?

I could hardly contain myself as I ventured to the following page in search of the next—fifth— sense. Could I possibly go five for five, a perfect batting average of 1.000, or would my streak end at a very respectable .800? I took a deep breath and plunged ahead.

A couple pages into Chapter Two I found this:

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I fished a roll of breath mints from my pocket and popped a couple in my mouth.

Hmm, does that qualify? Maybe, maybe not. The sentence doesn’t directly state anything about taste, but the implication is there. Mac had polished off a six-pack of beer while waiting for the Florida Marine Patrol to show up after he’d discovered the decomposed body he’d hooked beside the grass flat. It’s not a direct reference, but I think it qualifies. But not to worry: batting .800 ain’t bad at all—just ask any baseball fan.

Confidence word destructionSo, what’s the moral of this post? Well, I believe good writing will always include the five senses placed here and there throughout the story to enhance the reader’s enjoyment. Not on every page, or every other page. It just happened to occur in Deadly Catch. I had no idea of that when I reopened the book for the first time in many months. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I don’t recall consciously planting the five senses in the opening pages of the book. It just happened. And that fact boosts my confidence in my writing.

Lesson learned? Using the five senses in fiction makes Sense and Sensibility (apologies to Ms. Austen).

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What about you? If you’re a writer, does your work include these five senses to help enrich your readers’ enjoyment? And as readers, do our favorite books and authors employ the senses to widen our experience as we travel through the pages? Grab a book from the author of your choice and see how far into the story you get until you find all five. It’s fun, and a good way to test your reading chops!

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Author E. Denise Billups releases new book!

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I’ve been away, but not gone entirely, thoroughly engrossed in my characters, it was an effort that required any extra time I had left in a busy, chaotic life. Finally, I’m done with my third novel, Kalorama Road, titled initially, A Blog Affair. Much like marathon training I’d done over the years, the novel required effort, dedication, and diligence until I reached the finish line. And much as I feel after preparing and running a race, I’m happy it’s over, but wishing for more.

Excerpt from Kalorama Road

I’m not afraid to die. I’ve always believed I would die young. But not this soon, not here, not tonight, and not by those hands. Surrounded by tattered, aromatic petals, a dark silhouette watches my naked, bleeding flesh. I tilt my head, an eternally engraved image, a tormenting ghost—an inescapable, haunting memory. Sweet, soft, rose petals, a lifelong obsession. How…

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Book Review: Pea Body

Author/Blogger Denise Fleischer reviews PEA BODY: A Rollin RV Mystery, by Ellen Behrens

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Book Review – Pea Body

By Ellen Behrens

A Rollin RV Mystery

Trade paperback

289 pages

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While bird watching at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the outer banks of North Carolina, Betty and Walt Rollin make a gruesome discovery: they find a body of a young woman. After being questioned by a volunteer wildlife specialist and two officers from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, they realize they know the woman. She recently gave them a kiteboarding lesson.

Soon after they are involved in a road rage incident because they are driving their RV slowly. When they turn off the road into a restaurant parking lot, they continue to be harassed by the truck driver. He barely lets them out of their vehicle. On top of that, he files a report against them. The fulltime RVers learn from Sargent Murphy that witnesses observed the whole thing…

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Let’s Go to the Movies*

Mystery Writer/Blogger Margot Kinberg Invites You to the Movies!

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Going to the cinema has been a deeply ingrained part of many cultures for a very long time. I’ll bet you have memories of going to the cinema as a child. Or of going there on a date – and not actually watching much of the film. Perhaps you still go. There’s no doubt that the advent of the internet, streaming films, and other technology has changed people’s cinema habits dramatically. But the cinema’s still a part of our lives.

It’s little wonder, then, that it’s also woven into crime fiction. For instance, there are dozens of crime novels where a suspect claims to have been at the cinema. And, there are sometimes important scenes – even murders – that take place there.

For example, in Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, Hercule Poirot works with Chief Inspector Japp and local police detectives to solve a series of murders that…

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The Fictionary Finish Your Novel Contest

Author/Blogger Kristina Stanley Presents:
The Fictionary Finish Your Novel Contest

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You know me. I can’t resist sharing my Fictionary news with my writer friends. Today, I’m super excited to announce The Fictionary Finish Your Novel Contest.

 The Fictionary Finish Your Novel Contest.

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Sign up for a free 10-day trial between

January 18th and February 18th, 2018.

Upload your 50,000+ word manuscript and start your Fictionary story edit.

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Winners will be chosen at random in April. Good luck!

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Tome Tender Book Blog features the Mac McClellan Mystery Series! https://tometender.blogspot.com/

Dianne Bylo of Tome Tender Book Blog Features the Mac McClellan Mystery Series!

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Friday, January 5, 2018
Attention: Mystery Lovers! Armchair Sleuths! Tome Tender Uncovers Great Reading Picks! Settle in and discover the Mac McClellan Mystery Series by E. Michael Helms – Set in the Panhandle of Florida.

The New Year is here, it’s time to find some GREAT New Reading!

Meet Mac McClellan

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by E. Michael Helms

Series: Mac McClellan Mystery, Book One
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
ISBN: 1616148675
Genre: Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 210
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“The first cast of the day turned my dream vacation into a nightmare. . . .”

After twenty-four years in the U.S. Marines, recently retired Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again. He is enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle when he hooks a badly decomposed body.
Then, when a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed…

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BEACHED Launches Today!

Micki Browning’s new mystery, BEACHED, launches today!!!

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There is no greater honor for a writer than to have readers who come back for more, and I am thrilled to announce Beached, the second Mer Cavallo Mystery, is available today!

Grab your book and dive into a new adventure with Mer, the crew of the Aquarius Dive Shop, and assorted miscreants of Key Largo.

When you come up for air, you can see what I’ve been up to this week as I hop around the Internet doing my best to spread the good news!

“BEACHED is a non-stop mystery thrill ride…” These words from The Big Thrill — the magazine for the International Thrill Writers started my year off with a bang!

I discuss short story writing (and my most embarrassing typo) at “Cozy in Miami.” I talk villainy at “The Writing Train.” I offer insight into what I hoped to accomplish in the opening…

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In Memory of Sue Grafton: 1940-2017

Author Sue Grafton

The literary world has lost a wonderful and talented writer. Sue Grafton, author of the “Alphabet” series featuring feisty P.I. Kinsey Millhone, passed away December 28 surrounded by family. The below is taken from the NBC News website:

Grafton began her “alphabet series” in 1982 with “A is for Alibi.” Her most recent book, “Y is for Yesterday,” was published in August.

“Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name,” her daughter wrote. “Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.”

Humphrey said Grafton had been struggling to find an idea for “Z” while undergoing treatment and losing weight.

“Nothing’s been written,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “There is no Z.”

He added with a laugh, “Nobody in this family will ever use the letter Z again.”

Fans can take heart that she lives on through the body of her work. Rest in peace, Sue Grafton.

Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms

Darque Dreamer reviews DEADLY SPIRITS —

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The Book:

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Book Author:E. Michael Helms

Page Count: 266

Publishing Date: January 15th, 2017

Publisher: Camel Press

Date Read: December 12th, 2017

Synopsis: When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit.
Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch. Reads as a stand alone.


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