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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Palm Beach Peril!

Micki Browning

A light moment with the Palm Beach Peril panel

International Thriller Writers and the Palm Beach County Library system teamed up on Saturday, April 15 to present Palm Beach Peril.  Hosted by the incomparable Oline Cogdill, the panel included veteran author Meg Gardiner and debut authors Elena Hartnell, Kent Lester, KJ Howe, Lili Wright, and Mark Spivak.

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The questions ranged from specifics about their books to what books the panel considered inspirational. Meg admitted Stephen King was her muse–and that he still scared her. Her newest book, Unsub, launches June 27th.

Mark Spivak

Mark Spivak wrote Friend of the Devil, a culinary thriller about a restauranteur who makes a pact with the horned one. While he didn’t name names, a very prominent club in Palm Beach owned by a US President inspired his setting.

Elena Hartwell

Elena Hartwell had a special day. Her book One Dead, Two to Go qualified her as…

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Mystery Mondays: Author Garry Ryan on Keeping A Novel Relevant

KRISTINA STANLEY

I know a secret! Today on Mystery Mondays, Garry Ryan, best-selling author of the Detective Lane Mysteries, is here to talk about keeping a novel relevant. But that’s not the secret.

Do you want to know the secret? Of course you do.

The next novel in the Detective Lane series will be published by NeWest Press this year! The title:  MATANZAS.

The blurb is below…Maybe if we’re lucky, Garry will give us more details on the release.

And now over to Garry.

Keeping a Novel Relevant by Garry Ryan 

How do you make a book relevant at release? A few years can pass after the process of writing, submitting and editing is completed. It can become a bit of a challenge to remain current.

As a result, I look for plausible predictions of what’s likely to happen. I also watch trends and think about outcomes.

Matanzas might…

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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down*

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

As this is posted, it’s 152 years since General Robert E. Lee of the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, who was headquartered with the Army of the Potomac. As you’ll know, that was more or less the end of the U.S. Civil War (or, the War Between the States, depending on where you live).

Of course, that didn’t end the hostility and bad feeling between the former combatants. The war left deep and lasting scars all around, and even today, there are times when resentment flares up on both sides.

Certainly, there are important cultural differences between the northern and southern parts of the country. There are other regional differences, too. And it’s interesting to see how those differences, and that war, play roles, even in more modern crime fiction that doesn’t take place during the 19th Century.

For example, Rita Mae Brown’s Mary…

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CLEANING UP FINN wins an IPPY award

Congratulations to my friend and fellow-writer, Sarah M. Chen!

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I’m very excited that FINN has won a Silver IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction in the West – Pacific category.

The IPPYs are the Independent Publisher Book Awards which honors those books published with small presses. It’s a fantastic organization that supports indie publishing and it’s an honor to be recognized. Woo hoo!

IPPY AWARDS 2017

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Three Book reviews: Deadly Spirits, Year of No Clutter and Rosie’s Little Café on the Riviera.

Great New Review of DEADLY SPIRITS!

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Deadly Spirits by E.Michael Helms. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Series, ISBN: 978-1603813495, Out now to buy.

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Taken from E.Michael Helm’s Website: When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whodunit. 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.

My Review:

Deadly Spirits is book four from the Mac McClellan Mystery series, however it…

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Author Interview with Lyrical Pens

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LYRICAL PENS Spotlights author E. Michael Helms Today!

cj Sez: Lyrical Pens’ guest today is Mystery Thriller Week author E. Michael Helms, who writes the popular Mac McClellan mystery series. The latest in the series from Coffeetown/Camel Press is the brand-new deadly spirits, which launched on Jan 15, 2017. (Congratulations, Michael.)

This busy author graciously stopped by for a few minutes and answered some questions for us. Let’s get right to it…

Lyrical Pens: Where did you get the inspiration for your Mac McClellan series?

hardy-boys-1E. Michael Helms: My previous books had all dealt with war, mostly drawn from my own experiences. It was draining and I knew I needed a change. I grew up reading and loving the Hardy Boys books, and had recently renewed my interest in mysteries. One day I thought: Why not try my hand at writing a mystery? It took off from there.

LP: What…

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And so We Bid a Fond Farewell

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Saying goodby is always tough. On behalf of Kait I’d like to express our thanks to each of you for making Motive Means Opportunity a success during its brief existence. Over the course of a year we’ve gathered over 2500 followers. Not bad at all, in my humble opinion. Alas, nothing on this mortal plane lasts forever. Kait and I are both behind on deadlines for our respective publishers. My work-in-progress beckons (as does my editor!). It’s been a good ride, but the old gray mare (meant as non-gender specific) is winded, sore, and tired. In short this humble blog has become too much for us to handle and still give our writing the time and respect it deserves.

But wait–nothing is forever–who said that? fond-farewell-1Maybe circumstances will, in the not-too-distant future, allow us to reopen MMO after deadlines and rest and a hundred other things right now beyond our control…

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