Seven Sinister Sisters on Genres
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by Edith Maxwell
2y ago
Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day here. The Seven Sinister Sisters are on a blog tour and we're giving away books! We are seven authors with new books coming out this winter and spring, and we've been guest blogging all over cyberspace since January. You can see where we've been and where we're still scheduled on our Facebook page. I asked everyone to answer the following question: If you could write in another genre, what would it be? Here are our answers in no particular order. Edith Maxwell: I would love to try my hand at science fiction. I used to read a lot of it, especially the fabu ..read more
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Twice Honored
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by Edith Maxwell
2y ago
Edith here, still riding on a joy cloud! Why am I riding on a joy cloud? I learned last week that Called to Justice, my second Quaker Midwife Mystery, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel! Delivering the Truth was nominated last year, so I've twice been honored in this category. I am nominated with four other stellar authors: Rhys Bowen for In Farleigh Field Jessica Ellicott for Murder in an English Village Susan Elia MacNeal for The Paris Spy Renee Patrick for Dangerous to Know I know all these authors, and they are all gracious, talented, and friendly. I've ..read more
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The Fun of Plotting
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by Linda O. Johnston
2y ago
by Linda O. Johnston It's plotting time! I'm currently finishing the editorial process for the fourth of my Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries for Midnight Ink.  Pick and Chews will be a May release. I also have a deadline coming up in a few months for number five in the series.  No name yet.  I started plotting it a while ago and had to set it aside because of other writing commitments... but I'm back! As always, it's fun to reunite with established characters and create new ones that'll be important to this new book.  That includes the dogs, of course.  How t ..read more
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Tumbles, Broken Bones, and Book Launches
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by Tracy Weber
2y ago
Today's blog article will be short and sweet. I recently took a tumble which resulted in me falling on my shoulder and breaking my collarbone and multiple places. In the long run, I will be just fine. In the short run, typing with one hand is a little problematic. But I wanted to share the great news about the launch of my 5th Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder. Reviews so far are fabulous, and I hope you give the book a try.   If you happen to live in the Seattle area, I would love it if you came to see me in person. Please join me in celebrating my book's birth at t ..read more
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How Hard Is It to Turn a Tide?
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by Edith Maxwell
2y ago
Edith here, gearing up for the release of Turning the Tide, Quaker Midwife Mystery #3.  Actually, I don't think it's possible to turn an oceanic tide. It's not a little boat. It's not even a giant ocean liner or tanker. Our earth's ocean tides are mighty gravitation-powered forces. They come around more or less twice a day, with two high tides and two lows. The moon influences them. The weather influences them. We dinky humans have no effect, unless on a grand climate-change scale. Don't trust me on this, though. I write novels, not science articles. But I'm pretty sure it's true. So ..read more
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Happy New Year!
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by Linda O. Johnston
2y ago
by Linda O. JohnstonYikes!  This post just sneaked up on me.  The first Monday of the month is also the first day of this new year.This will be short since I'm still celebrating.  Plus, I'm still dealing with deadlines--nothing unusual about that.  But I'm looking forward to an exciting and fun new year of writing and reading and family time (including my dogs, of course) and more.  I also look forward to more interaction with the Midnight Ink team and other MI writers.  Good bunch of people, and I hope the new year is great for all of them! Do you have plans f ..read more
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My Christmas Gift to you: Chapter 1 of Pre-Meditated Murder
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by Tracy Weber
2y ago
Merry Christmas, everyone!  Without further ado, I present to you the first chapter of Pre-Meditated Murder.  It officially releases on January 8, but it is available for pre--order now! Let me know what you think!   CHAPTER 1:   I slipped through the restroom door, leaned my back against the counter, and tried—unsuccessfully—to slow the pounding in my chest. Dad’s voice echoed inside my head. Take it easy now, Kate-Girl. Remember what Rene told you. You have to act like everything’s normal. You don’t want to ruin tonight for Michael. Almost three years after his death ..read more
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An Almost Rose Carroll Story
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by Edith Maxwell
2y ago
Edith here, feeling just a little stressed about the holidays and various authorly tasks also on my to-do list. So I thought I would de-stress by asking you to celebrate with me. 'Cause who doesn't love a party? My newest story, "An Ominous Silence," came out last month in Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017 from Level Best Books! Cue the cries of "Bravo!" and pop the champagne. It is my sixteenth published story (see the whole list here on my beautifully rehabbed new web site), and I have one more  story accepted for publication next spring. So I thought I'd ..read more
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Promotion Pluses
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by Linda O. Johnston
2y ago
by Linda O. JohnstonHoliday time seems to be a good time for book promotional events this year, or at least it is for me.  There are lots of kinds of events, too.  Over time, I have participated in quite a few different kinds and have considered the pros and cons of each of them. Why get out there and promote?  There are a variety of good reasons.  For example, it's fun to be on a panel and share information about my stories, how I came up with ideas for them, how I wrote them.  It's also fun to be on my own in front of a group and let 'em know what's on my mind and ..read more
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Dedications, Gratitude, and Appreciation, Oh My!
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by Tracy Weber
2y ago
The Monday after Thanksgiving seems appropriate to share my intense gratitude for all of the people who have helped me on the path to publication for my newest book, Pre-Meditated Murder.  Even though it's not out until January, the individuals mentioned below helped me over a year ago, meaning that this thanks is well overdue.  To all of the people who help me every day of this life, I probably don't say it enough, but I appreciate you!! Dedication: To my precocious German shepherd pup, Ana. Thank you for filling my days with laughter and my nights with warmt ..read more
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