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June 1st, 2021

June 14, 2021

I’ve been reviewing novels for a while now, and I’ve learned a few things. Today (June 14) the ubiquitous and beloved Janet Rudolph, mystery readers’ mavin extraordinare, hosted me on her Mystery Readers Inc. blogspot, where I share a few tips about what NOT to do when writing a mystery novel. Check it out, here. And if you have other tips, I’m all ears!

p.s. at the end of this week (Friday) I’ll be posting a new feature on this blog – I’m asking other writers to tell us how they got started and what writing has done for them. I’m starting big with Sheila Lowe, whose wonderful new Claudia Rose novel, Dead Letters, will be released next month. Don’t miss it!

A lovely new review of Valentino Will Die showed up today in the May edition of Historical Novels Review magazine. Reviewer Janice M. Derr said, “Casey’s second in the Bianca Dangereuse Hollywood Mystery series immediately transports the reader to 1920s Hollywood glamour while also showing the gritty reality…Stars of the day like Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford,and Charlie Chaplin Make appearances…I had no trouble getting caught up in this fast-paced and fun read…”

Thank you, Janice! I’ve posted the entire review on my Valentino Reviews page, here

The hat has spoken! Congratulations to the three winners of a copy of Hell With the Lid Blown Off. Thanks so much to all who entered the drawing for a chance to win a copy. Look for another drawing later this month, when I’ll be giving away an audio disc copy of The Wrong Girl to a lucky winner.

On June 5, I presented a Zoom workshop for the Arizona Authors Association titled “How Is He Going to Get Out of This One? Increasing Suspense In Your Novel.” It was a lot of fun. I’m always happy to present writing workshops to any group, so if there’s anything about writing you’d like for me to talk with your group about, shoot me an email and we’ll set it up.

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