Voice? Whose voice?


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Hubby went back to work this week following his mid-July hip replacement. I know I'll miss having him around, but it will allow me to get back into a routine--something I've missed these last six weeks. One of the problems I have with routine, especially when writing, is getting lost in what I'm doing and letting the time slip away from me. I can start writing around nine in the morning and the next thing I know it might be three. I've promised Hubby (and my doctor) I'll make a more concerted effort to get up and walk around every hour or so and that I won't get so engrossed I forget to eat. But how will I remember? I could always set the alarm on my cell phone, but…
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Killer Nashville — Another success!


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I am exhausted and all I did was attend the conference. I can't begin to imagine how tired the staff and volunteers who coordinated the event must be. Even so, their smiles welcomed hundreds of mystery writers who invaded visited Nashville for the weekend. I meant to ask how many had registered, but I forgot. Oh well! If that's the most I forgot over the weekend, I'm doing okay.   A bunch of people escaped the hurricane by coming in from the Carolinas, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maine and Virginia. In addition there were Texans, Californians and folks from several “states in the middle.” It was even an international affair with representatives of Canada and Rome (Italy, not Georgia) present.   I heard multiple guests say this was the best-organized writing event…
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Killer Nashville


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Killer Nashville starts today I'll be back on Monday   Have a great weekend
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I’m no Webmaster, but I manage!


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  For those of us who grew up without computers, who learned to type instead of keyboard, the world of computers, and all that comes with it, is new. I guess I’ve been lucky I’ve managed as well as I have, but I got humbled on Monday. I was on the blog to respond to some comments that had come in over the weekend, and when I hit “comments” I got a 400 Error. I think it was Will Robinson’s robot from Lost in Space that said, “That does not compute,” and I knew exactly what it meant. What the heck is a “400 error” anyway? The first thing I did was take a deep breathe and assure myself I could figure this out. Then I did what any intelligent…
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Social Media Whirlwind Tour


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Announcing the In Leah’s Wake Social Media Whirlwind Tour—WooHoo! As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the In Leah’s Wake Kindle edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including a Kindle, 5 autographed copies of the book, and multiple Amazon gift cards (1 for $100, 3 for $25, 5 for $10, and 10 for $5 – 19 in all)! Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, August 26th, so you don’t miss out.   To win the prizes: Purchase your copy of In Leah’s Wake for just 99 cents Fill-out the form on the author’s site…
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Almost time for Killer Nashville


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A week from today I’ll be KILLER NASHVILLE, a local writers’ conference that is tons of fun. This is the sixth annual conference, held the last weekend in August. (Mark your calendar for next year!) Like many conferences KN gives attendees an opportunity to meet with agents and editors (free). This year they feature agents from Folio Literary Management, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, and Nancy Coffee Literary and Media Representation. In addition editors from Five Star Mysteries, Oceanview Publishing, The Permanent Press and Second Chance Press will be taking pitches. Unlike most conferences, KN offers five distinct event tracks for people with varied interests and experience levels. They have a Writing Track, a Publishing Track, a Career Management and Promotion Track, a Forensic Track and a Fan Track—that’s right readers…
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The Help . . . and me


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Last summer I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Last weekend I saw the movie. Can you say, “Flashback?”   . . . “To the sixties?” Boy, I can—with both the book and the movie. Remember, I grew up in Alabama during that time. I'm guessing the setting of the book would have been when I was around six or seven years old. I’m not going to spoil the book or the movie for you, but I will recommend both. Here’s the basic premise without disclosing any more than you’d see in a television commercial, the movie trailer or a preview. A recent college graduate returns to her middle Mississippi plantation-style family home and all of her friends are married and most have babies. All also have maids . . . and…
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Trash the book, not the author!


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My intention today was to blog about Kathryn Stockett’s book The Help and the film adaptation, which debuted last week. As I wrote that post, I realized I needed more time to organize my many thoughts about this book and movie and what they bring up for me, so look for that post on Wednesday. In the meantime, I will write about my friend Phoenix Sullivan. She was a guest blogger here in March and has a popular blog called Dare to Dream. Until recently, she reviewed queries and synopses on her blog, made suggestions and helped hundreds of newbie writers with these tricky projects. Earlier this year, she invited authors to submit for an anthology, selected the pieces to include, edited them and published Extinct Doesn’t Mean Forever online. She has written two novels and runs a…
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Character Chat — Emma


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Guest blogger is Emma Morgan, a character from my novel, MURDER ON MUSIC ROW   Hi everyone, Last week Loralee told you a little about her heritage and I thought it was a good idea. Therefore, this week you get to read about me. I grew up here in Nashville, one of six children. My family settled here before the Civil War and most of my relatives have stayed in the area. I had a good childhood. My mom stayed home with us and my dad started a law firm that is now one of Nashville’s largest. I matriculated to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville like most of my family. That's where I met Nan. We were going through sorority rush and about to smolder all dressed up in the late…
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Starbucks and me


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I don't drink coffee. Never have. Never will. Yet I find myself snuggled in the same corner chair at Starbucks on MWF from ten until twelve. What gives? It's been four weeks today since Hubby had his hip replaced. Youngest son moved home for the summer to study for and take his GRE (done!) and help out after his dad's surgery. His jobs were to get the trash to the road on Fridays, water the outside plants because I'm afraid of what lurks beneath the bushes you have to go through to get to the hose and take his dad to physical therapy. It was a solid plan because the PT time would give me some much needed alone time in the house to write or whatever. So why am…
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