Month: July 2014

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to my friend Steve. He’s an occasional blogger and a damn fine writer.

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Conference Program

Two weeks ago, I told you about Deadly Ink, a conference for writers and fans of mysteries. The conference is now just two weeks off (August 1 – 3). If you’ve taken my advice, you’ve already registered for the conference, booked your hotel room and confirmed your travel arrangements. But there’s still time for the procrastinators out there to register. If you need convincing, take a look at the conference program.

I will be speaking on three panels, all of them on Saturday, August 2. At 9:00, I’ll join Peggy Ehrhart, Steve Rigolosi, Chris Roerden, John Clement and Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa to discuss the revision process. Writing, as they say, is re-writing.

At 10:00, I’ll be speaking about my work-in-process, Death and White Diamonds, on a panel about what’s in the works. Other panelists include Terry Irving, Jack Getze, Kevin Egan, Jeff Cohen and Hilary Davidson.

At noon, I’ll be signing books (A Minor Case of Murder and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Murder) in the book room. And then at 2:00, I’ll join Peggy Ehrhart, Eileen Watkins and Roberta Rogow for a discussion of musical influences in our books.

After that, I’m not sure, I think I may have another book signing, but mostly, I plan to find the bar,  sip scotch and chat with readers.

I hope to see you there.

Did you ever have another one of those days?

Thanks for taking the time to comment my last post. Although Death and White Diamonds does have a gruesome premise, it is not a gruesome story. It is a dark comedy. The problem, I think, with the teaser text was that it focused on the gruesome, rather than the comedy. So here’s another take.

Did you ever have one of those days? You know the kind, when nothing seems to go right?

Richie’s girlfriend suggests a romantic getaway, promising him a week-end he will never forget. So why can’t he remember what happened, when he finds her lifeless body on the beach? Richie is fairly certain he didn’t kill his girlfriend, but his memory is hazy. One thing, however, is clear. When Lorraine’s body is found, he’s going to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

If her body is found.

Disposing of the body turns out to be harder than Richie could have imagined. Losing it, however, is easy.

Did you ever have one of those days? And we haven’t even gotten to the bad part yet.

 

 

 

 

Did you ever have one of those days?

My publisher has requested teaser text for the back cover of Death and White Diamonds. Not an excerpt, but rather a brief synopsis, a teaser that will intrigue potential readers. So I am asking for your feedback. If you picked up my book and read the following on the back cover, would it make you curious about the book? Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Did you ever have one of those days? You know the kind, when nothing seems to go right?

Richie’s girlfriend suggests a romantic getaway, promising him a week-end he will never forget. But when he discovers her lifeless body on the beach, her blouse ripped, an ugly gash just above her left breast, a delicate thread of blood making its way between her breasts and running down along her abdomen, he can’t quite remember what happened. He’s fairly certain he didn’t kill his girlfriend, but his memory is hazy. One thing, however, is certain. When Lorraine’s body is found, he’s going to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

If her body is found.

Richie realizes that he will have to dispose of the body. It will be a gruesome bit of business, but he doesn’t think Lorraine will mind. So he cuts her up with a table saw. He tosses the body parts in a duffel bag and he tosses the duffel bag in the trunk of his car. But disposing of the body parts turns out to be more difficult than he anticipates. His attempts only serve to make him look guilty to a string of unfortunate witnesses. Bodies pile up faster than Richie can dispose of them.

Meanwhile his car is stolen, and with it, the duffel bag filled with Lorraine’s remains.

Did you ever have one of those days? And we haven’t even gotten to the bad part yet.