But I’ve Got the Fastest Set of Wheels in Town*

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

As this is posted, it would have been Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 101st birthday. As you’ll know, the Lamborghini name is associated with world-class racing cars, among other sorts of vehicles. To own a ‘Lambo’ is certainly a status symbol in a lot of places.

Of course, not everyone is passionate about racing cars. But Formula One, NASCAR, and other auto racing have plenty of devoted fans. And there is something about the feeling of driving a car that’s build for speed.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that driving and racing pop up in crime fiction. There are plenty of opportunities for disparate people to interact, there’s the racecourse setting, and there’s lots of money involved. And even off the course and out of the circuit, racecars and their drivers can add to a story.

In Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, for instance, we are introduced to Anthony…

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A Creative Effort ;-)

Mystery writer Margot Kinberg tests your artiste knowledge!

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Isn’t this magnificent? It’s Salvador Dalí’s L’homme Invisible. Paintings like this one can certainly make you think. And this one makes me think of…

…a quiz! Oh stop it! You ought to know by now to be prepared whenever you visit this blog! 😉

Art is all around us, including in stories. And, as a dedicated crime fiction fan, you know all of your crime-fictional artists and art-related novels, don’t you? Or do you? Take this handy quiz and find out. Match each question to the correct answer and see how many you get right

Ready? Pick up the brush… if you dare! 😉

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What to Do with Goodreads

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Kristen Twardowski

New-York-City-Library-Hotel-booksGoodreads is the largest book review website on the internet. As of April 2017, it had 55 million members who wrote 50 million reviews and added 1.5 billion books. According to Quantcast, a website ranking and data collection site, around 400,000 unique visitors access the Goodreads each day from all around the world. Those numbers are all very impressive, but they don’t solve my problem.

I don’t have the slightest idea what to do with Goodreads.

I have a Goodreads page, but I haven’t done much with the rest of the site. There are great forums, lists of fabulous books on every subject imaginable, quotes from novels, ways to win books, and places to ask authors questions. But there are so many ways to interact with the Goodreads community that I don’t know where to start. I’ll admit that I usually don’t even look at a book’s Goodread’s rating before…

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ADRIFT is an Amazon Bestseller!

My friend & fellow mystery writer, Micki Browning, hit the Best-Seller List!

Micki Browning

Pinch me. Go ahead, this is a freebie, because the thing is, I think I must be dreaming.

Yesterday, my publisher ran an Adrift promotion through BookBub. Last night, I became a Best Seller. Today, I’m sitting at #17 in the top 100 Kindle mystery books. That means I’m on the first page of results when readers click on the top 100 list.

Wonder where I am in the Kindle Suspense category? How’s this for some stellar company?

It gets better. I’m ranked #1 in paranormal mysteries.

How long I’ll stay there is anyone’s guess. The rankings change hourly, promotions end, Stephen King releases another book.

But…

In this moment, I’m giddy, and grateful, and a host of other things that I haven’t yet parsed. And I have all of you to thank.

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Letter from General Nathanael Greene to Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox

My Great-g-g-? Grandfather served as a captain with Francis Marion throughout the Revolutionary War!

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140705DavidNeilanFrancisMarion Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.  The letter below I cite from pg. 202 from Traditions of the Swamp Fox by William Willis Boddie

On April 24, 1781, General Nathanael Greene sent the following letter to Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. Written and sent from his camp in Camden, Greene wrote:

When I consider how much you have done and suffered, and under what difficulties you have maintained your ground, I am at a loss which to admire most, your courage and fortitude or your address and management. Certain it is, no man has a better claim to the public thanks than you have. History affords no instance wherein an officer has kept possession of a country under so many disadvantages as you have. Surrounded on every side by superior forces, hunted from every quarter with veteran troops, you have found means to elude their attacks, and to keep alive the…

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Book Festival Season is Here

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

by Sarah M. Chen

I’m seeing posts about how “it’s that time of year!” Or “Spring is in the air!” Unfortunately, in L.A., seasons all blend together, and sure, I’m noticing a few more flowers but it’s definitely not the spring vibe of almost anywhere else in the country. Actually, I learned recently that because of all the rain we’ve had, there are more bugs than usual. Yuck. Not something that makes me excited for spring (unless it’s Superbeetle of course!)

But I can think of one aspect of spring that has me excited—books! April is the start of book festival season and since I work as a bookseller, this month is always our busiest time of year. I know I can’t plan anything during April or else I earn the wrath of my manager. April 1 was Literary Orange which launches our official Book Festival Season followed by the

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Book Festival Season is Here

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

by Sarah M. Chen

I’m seeing posts about how “it’s that time of year!” Or “Spring is in the air!” Unfortunately, in L.A., seasons all blend together, and sure, I’m noticing a few more flowers but it’s definitely not the spring vibe of almost anywhere else in the country. Actually, I learned recently that because of all the rain we’ve had, there are more bugs than usual. Yuck. Not something that makes me excited for spring (unless it’s Superbeetle of course!)

But I can think of one aspect of spring that has me excited—books! April is the start of book festival season and since I work as a bookseller, this month is always our busiest time of year. I know I can’t plan anything during April or else I earn the wrath of my manager. April 1 was Literary Orange which launches our official Book Festival Season followed by the

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Art, Freedom, and Seeing 100,000 Banned Books

Kristen Twardowski

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To many, the Parthenon of Ancient Greece represents ideals of democracy and thought. This year an artist is attempting to use 100,000 banned and censored books to create a new Parthenon.

Artist Marta Minujín is currently constructing The Parthenon of Books as a symbol of resistance. This isn’t the first time that she has used books in such a way; back in 1983 after the collapse of Argentina’s dictatorship, she created El Partenón de Libros (The Parthenon of Freedom). This early incarnation of the project featured 20,000 books, and at the end of its installation, cranes tipped the structure to one side so that people could take the books used in it.

Minujín’s new Parthenon will be a little different. In addition to being much larger in scale – it will be 100,000 books instead of 20,000 – the exhibit will draw from Central European rather than Argentinian history. It will…

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