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The Well

What are you afraid of? Death, poverty, debilitating illness, pain, creepy-crawly insects, being attacked on a dark stretch of sidewalk… When editor Mark Leslie issued his challenge for us to reach into ourselves, find our fears, and put them on … Continue reading

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Backstage Pass, a Hit Lady for Hire short story

Your favorite Hit Lady for Hire is back, with a new (short) adventure! A secret audit of an off-Broadway theater takes Meg to the Big Apple for what should have been an easy-money job. While prepared to act the part … Continue reading

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Lemonade and Larceny

I am so excited to announce my first cozy short story! When a silly law forbids Effie Birmingham from practicing her trade as a psychic, she feels obliged to break it…! Lemonade and Larceny, is a lighthearted, cozy caper, set … Continue reading

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The value of short fiction

Some colleagues and I were recently discussing the relative value of short fiction (short stories, novelettes, and novellas) vs full-length novels. Much to my surprise, there were those who seemed to feel that short stories were of no particular value … Continue reading

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If you like kick-ass heroines, regardless of which side of the law they’re on, you’ve come to the right place. As we get to know each other, I’ll introduce you to my characters via their own stories — and between their stories, … Continue reading

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The mystery of marketing

I just read a thoughtful blog post by Shelly Frome over at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, where she talks a bit about the recommendations frequently made to writers to promote, promote, promote their own work. I wrote a witty … Continue reading

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Castle – mini-series style

Yes, I admit it – I’m not a fan of most television series. It’s not that there aren’t some good series’ out there – it’s that I don’t like the whole “being held hostage to the television” thing. But I will pick … Continue reading

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How to Tell a Story

My husband and I were thoroughly engrossed by the five-part BBC miniseries version of State of Play that we watched this weekend. (Disclaimer: I thought I’d picked up the Hollywood-movie version, and will be watching it next weekend.) But getting … Continue reading

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The Last Sigh of the Moor

I love historical fiction – stories that connect me to a historical place and time and letting me see and experience it through the eyes of a character I can care about. But I’ve hesitated about trying my hand at … Continue reading

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Shades of Gray … the Anti-Hero

In most crime and mystery fiction, it’s pretty easy to spot the hero/heroine. She’s the person in the wrong place at the wrong time, who often finds herself in some sort of peril, but, in spite of all odds, manages … Continue reading

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