To Write a Series or Not To Write a Series –by Maggie Thom

Suspense/Thriller Writer Maggie Thom’s CASPIAN WINE Series — “A Tangled Web of Secrets, Lies and Deceit.”

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Okay, well first off I have to be honest, I had never planned on writing a series. In fact, I had sworn to myself that I would never write a sequel. Now that I’m in the process of publishing book 3, Split Seconds, of the Caspian Wine Series, I guess I have to say that was an empty promise.

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I love reading series and I have read many of them but one of the first things that came to me was they were a lot of work. Not only did you have to keep track of all the characters, action, situations and setting in one novel but now you have to do it across several.

So how did my series come about?

I actually wrote Captured Lies, book one, in the series many years ago and I had originally written it as a romance. For some reason, I…

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Article on Self-Publishing to Appear in InD’Tale Magazine, by Max Everhart

InD'taleAn article I wrote called “Self-Publish or Perish” will appear in the September issue of InD’Tale Magazine. The article chronicles my journey from small press author to whatever it is I am now. I discuss writing “epiphanies” I had along the way, critique my goals as a writer, and recalibrate my expectations going forward.

If you’re looking to promote a book, or if you have something to say about the craft of writing, consider sending InD’Tale Magazine an article. I’ve copied and pasted the magazine’s submission guidelines below, if you’re interested, or you can click here to go ahead and submit a piece.

InD’Tale Magazine Submissions

Articles:

InD’tale welcomes all article submissions and happily compensates all contributors with a short bio and picture plus a free full page advertisement (a $90.00 value) upon publication.  If you are interested in having your article published in a monthly issue of InD’tale, please read the following guidelines and information:

  • All articles must be between 850 – 1500 words (concrete on the low end, flexible on the high end.)
  • Articles must be written in an informative and/or entertaining way that includes all readers (rather than a “diary” type that concentrates only on the author.) Personal experiences are accepted and often encouraged but must tie in directly to a larger message that is clearly explained.
  • We do not accept articles that are submitted for advertisement purposes only.
  • Articles must take into consideration our readership ranges from Adolescent to Old!  All content must be PG-13 rated or lower and contain content appropriate for mainstream audiences only.
  • Subject matter diversity is encouraged as long as it is educational and/or entertaining.
  • Original work ONLY!  We do not accept articles that have been posted or published in other magazine, websites or blogs.  Basic content is allowed but the article must have fresh information, new content, ideas, etc.

 

Max Everhart photoMax Everhart’s latest book is a collection of short stories called All the Different Ways Love Can Feel.  It is available on his Createspace store and Amazon. His novel Unlove Me is available for free on Wattpad.  Find him on Facebook and twitter.

A Tour de Force of the Complexities of Relationships

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My 5-Star review of Max Everhart’s, ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS LOVE CAN FEEL.
By Michael Helms
ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS LOVE CAN FEEL is a smorgasbord of emotion. Love, hate, anger, indifference, angst, happiness, joy, disappointment–all these and many more bleed their way throughout these eleven stories. I found Max Everhart’s writing contagious; a first sentence, or paragraph–never more than a page–and I was drawn into every tale.

All_the_Different_Wa_Cover_for_KindleMost, if not all, of this collection is autobiographical to some extent. How do I know? I FEEL it! Father and son relationship is a common theme in several stories. The care for and bonding of an older brother with his younger brother; or a brother’s closeness and deep love for a troubled sister, are other paths threading through the pages of Everhart’s seminal work. A few times this former “badass” Marine found himself on the verge of tears.

The characters are…

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It’s the Latest, It’s the Greatest*

From mystery writer/blogger, Margot Kinberg—-

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Not long ago, crime writer and fellow blogger Christine Poulson did a very interesting post about clothing fads and other fads, too, that make us wince now, but were all the rage. You know what I mean: bug-eyed glasses, bowl haircuts, and cable-knit vests, among others.

Of course, it’s not just a matter of clothing. Fads can come in any form, and not all them are as cringe-worthy as jumpsuits for men. But they all leave their mark, including mentions in crime fiction.

For example, during the Jazz Age, Mah Jong became all the rage.  People played it at parties, at home, and sometimes in clubs. Agatha Christie makes mention of that fad in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. In that novel, the small village of Kings Abbot is rocked by the stabbing death of retired magnate Roger Ackroyd. The most likely suspect is the victim’s stepson, Captain Ralph…

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Roll Up For the Mystery Tour*

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

You’re probably very much aware that culture (including art, music, and the like) have a powerful effect on crime fiction. That makes sense, too. Authors are members of cultures, and those cultures impact how authors think, what they value, and so on.

Interestingly, crime fiction also impacts culture. Culture, of course, has a lot of dimensions, many more than space permits. But even if you look at one of them, music, you see that impact. There are actually mentions of famous crime-fictional characters and authors in a lot of songs.

Here are just a few examples from different sub-genres of music. They may not all be to your taste, but they all show that impact.

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It’s hard to discuss crime fiction without mentioning Sherlock Holmes. This song puts a sort of experimental, psychedelic-rock twist on the topic…


The LucksmithsEnglish Murder Mystery

This Australian…

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FAMOUS DARLINGTON COUNTY RESIDENTS: Buddy Johnson, jazz musician

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Woodrow Wilson “Buddy” Johnson, a renown jazz and New York blues musician, was born in Darlington, SC, on January 10, 1915.  A pianist and bandleader, Buddy performed songs with his sister Ella Johnson.  Among his songs that went into the R&B and pop charts were “Let’s Beat Out Some Love,” “Baby Don’t You Cry,” and, his biggest hit which went all the way to #1 in 1944, “When My Man Comes Home.”  In 1948, Johnson performed at Carnegie Hall, where he played an original blues concerto. Buddy Johnson died on February 9, 1977, of a brain tumor. He is a member of the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

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The Confederate Origins of Memorial Day By Brion McClanahan on May 29, 2017

 

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Many Americans will pause today to honor the men and women who have given their lives in the United States armed forces. What most probably don’t know is that this holiday originated in the South after the War for Southern Independence. It was originally called “Decoration Day.”

Don’t tell the social justice warriors.

The monuments that these modern day Leninists believe represent “white supremacy” were a byproduct of a movement that began one year after the conclusion of hostilities to remember the over two hundred thousand men who died defending the Southern fight for independence.

It took decades to collect enough pennies to build the monuments that are now being toppled in hours.

Not even the Yankees who faced cannon and rifle fire from these Confederate soldiers were so bold to deny Southerners their memorials. Some, in fact, joined hands at dedication ceremonies across the South. If anyone should have hated Confederate soldiers, it was these men. But they didn’t.

Thousands of Union soldiers saluted their Confederate counterparts as they surrendered at Appomattox and wept with them when these Southern patriots gave up their flags. Not one Union soldier burned a Confederate flag or dragged it through the mud when the War was over. The immediate aftermath was magnanimous on both sides.

Reconstruction created tension, but in subsequent decades as the South sought to be once again an integral part of the Union, and as the vigor of youth gave way to the reflection of old age, these grey headed veterans saluted both sides and honored their dead.

If anyone wants to understand why these monuments were erected, simply read the inscriptions. Not one is dedicated to “white supremacy,” but all honor the Confederate soldier and many the Southern women who supported the cause. Several are dedicated to the “Principles of 1776” and the “Sovereignty of the States,” the same cause Southerners wrote about as they headed off to war in 1861. This is no “Lost Cause” revisionism. That comes from those who disingenuously write that the War began as a moral crusade to end slavery.

The women who held the first “Decoration Day” in Columbus, Georgia in 1866 did so to honor the dozens of Confederate soldiers buried in Linwood Cemetery. This was soon replicated across the South. The Grand Army of the Republic copied the event in 1868, causing another Southern innovation to be coopted by Yankee do-gooders.

American soon honored Confederate dead as part of “Memorial Day” events, including those like President William McKinley who wore the blue.

Southerners eventually decided to hold separate “memorial day” remembrances in April as part of “Confederate Memorial Day.” They wanted as a people to reflect on the cost of war. Their newly gained poverty was a daily reminder, but these wives, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, cousins, aunts, uncles, sons, and daughters of fallen heroes still burned with the flame of defiance. They put down their swords but did not concede that their men were “traitors.”

By the 1870s no one north of the Mason Dixon called them that anymore. They were as American as Lincoln. It was not unfashionable well into the late twentieth century–even for the Left–to honor Confederate soldiers as valiant and courageous men. That list includes every American president from Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

Taking down monuments or removing Confederate flags would have been as un-American as rooting for the Soviet Union to win the Cold War.

But as Bernie Sanders demonstrated in 2016, being a Soviet stooge makes you a rock star in modern America. Perhaps that is why adopting the Soviet playbook is so easy for both the uneducated and university indoctrinated masses. Confederate memorials represent a roadblock in their crusade to eliminate Western Civilization and rewrite American history.

When all of the Confederate monuments are gone or “contextualized,” where will the Leninists turn next?

If the cultural Marxists want to divest themselves of “Confederate” imagery, then “Memorial Day” would eventually have to go, too.

After all, long after the War for Southern Independence, the Confederate Battle Flag showed up on battle fields from Europe to Asia to the Middle East.

It would be the only “fair” and “equal” thing to do.

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DEADLY DUNES & ED, NOT EDDIE are nominees for the 2017 RONE Award!

Usually I spotlight other bloggers or writers on this humble blog. Today I’m taking the liberty to be a little selfish and feature myself and my good friend, Max Everhart.

ed-not-eddieMax’s third Eli Sharpe Mystery, Ed, Not Eddie, and my third Mac McClellan Mystery, Deadly Dunes, have been nominated for InD’tale Magazine’s RONE AWARD in the Mystery category (Week-6).

51ldRn0Us+L._UY250_.jpgBecause of the number of nominees in the Mystery category, each voter can vote for two separate books. Max and I would be grateful for YOUR votes!

The catch is, the first round of voting is limited to subscribers of InD’tale Magazine. HOWEVER, subscribing is both FREE & EASY! It only takes a couple of minutes and doesn’t cost you a penny. Nor will your email or other information ever be shared. The five books receiving the most “readers” votes will advance to the next round where a panel of qualified judges will read each book and vote for a winner.

Here is the URL for the voting page: http://www.indtale.com/2017-rone-awards-week-six

Once there, you’ll see a highlighted “Subscribe” button at the top of the page. Click it to register your account. You can then proceed to the voting page and cast your vote(s). That’s it, but please don’t delay because voting ends May 28!

Max and I will certainly appreciate your support. THANKS!

Michael and Max