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Ghostbusting 100 Years Ago

Ghostbusting, 100 Years Ago By K.B. Owen Among the joys of writing historical mysteries is running across cool nuggets of research. While writing Unseemly Pursuits, I needed to learn more about late-19th century spirit mediums and their tricks, [...]

National Read Across America Day 2016

by Jenny Hansen Tomorrow is National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day. Anyone who has read my early Undie Chronicles knows I adore Dr. Seuss. Do y’all remember “Man-Style Goes to the Zoo?” There’s [...]

Bugging Out — Terrific Dystopian Fiction

By Piper Bayard Noah Mann delivers a winner of a dystopian thriller with BUGGING OUT. The future is alarmingly possible, the characters are refreshingly real, and the challenges are terrifying in this deftly-spun tale of survival and treachery [...]

10 Bizarre Work Habits of Famous Authors

By Jenny Hansen Awhile back, someone sent me a post called Bizarre Habits of Famous Authors. It details the unusual methods famous authors have used to keep the words flowing. Holy cowbell, these people make me feel normal! Below, I’ve [...]

Becoming Josephine — From Carefree Creole to Empress of France

By Piper Bayard In BECOMING JOSEPHINE, Heather Webb eloquently traces the transformation of Rose Tascher, carefree Caribbean island girl, to Empress Josephine, wife of the most powerful man of her century—Napoléon Bonaparte.     Rose [...]

5 Espionage Myths–The November Man

  By Piper Bayard     The November Man is an espionage movie in which an ex-CIA operative is brought back by the Company for a personal mission in Moscow, only to find himself pitted against his protégé. It is a fast action [...]

FOLLOW YOUR BLISS

Follow Your Bliss: Love What You Do by Vicki Hinze   Recently, I spent the entire day doing background work on a fabulous new series: creating settings and the rules of the realm, characters and developing plot lines. I love those days [...]

10 Bits of Stellar Advice from J.R.R. Tolkien

by Jenny Hansen What if Tolkien had never written his books? What if there had been no Hobbits and no Gandalf, no Legolas or Frodo? The world of story would be an entirely different place. Our journey and our personal stories matter. They really [...]

Another Day, Another Battle: The Israeli Counter-Attack on Hamas

By Jay Holmes In April of 2014, Hamas, which governs the Palestinian Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which governs the Palestinian areas of the West Bank, agreed to make peace and form a unity government. Predictably, Israel reacted negatively to the [...]

Ghostbusting — 100 Years Ago

Ghostbusting, 100 Years Ago By K.B. Owen Among the joys of writing historical mysteries is running across cool nuggets of research. While writing Unseemly Pursuits, I needed to learn more about late-19th century spirit mediums and their tricks, [...]