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Saturday Spotlight

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Book review: To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn

PI Bernie Little and Chet are hired to find a kidnapped elephant and her trainer. It’s complicated, and they have to cover a lot of territory. Later Bernie and Chet are separated, and Chet has to find Peanut, the elephant, and Bernie, who’s in trouble… I love Chet and Peanut and “Pobre.” (Chet doesn’t understand Spanish.) So many great scenes with Chet and Peanut and “Pobre” and Bernie and the nasty baddies and some great lines. (Bernie has some good ones.) I’d love to share them, but mustn’t spoil them for you. Interesting background also. Highly recommended.

I’ve read more Chet and Bernie mysteries, but this is the best.

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My early contest wins

I’ve been culling old files, and I came across my list of early contest winners. Very few readers will remember these publications: 
Sugar Time collects Joy V. Smith’s Sugar Sweet stories into one volume, but the first Sugar Time edition was a semi-finalist in the 1996 N3F contest.

Pretty Pink Planet got an Honorable Mention in the 1993 N3F short story contest and the 1995 Dark Dixie contest and 3rd place in the 1995 Dragon Dreaming contest.

Hot Yellow Planet was a semi-finalist in the 1994 N3F contest.

The Doorway and Other Stories includes Pilot’s Course (1995 FFWA/Andre Norton Short Story Award), Carnies (1997 Killer Frog contest runner-up), and Too Tight (2nd place in 1993 Oops Award.rom back in the day:

Hidebound was co-winner in the Fifth Di novette contest [1996]) and also co-winner in the 1998 Once Upon A World contest.


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Authors for Authors book fair upcoming

The Meet the Authors’ Book Fair will be held on November 23 & 24, 2019, at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, FL. My books on display include Taboo Tech, Strike Three, Sugar Time, and Detour Trail.

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Interview: David Lee Summers talks #Mythpunk with Collin…

This is a fun interview:

via Elevenses: David Lee Summers talks #Mythpunk with Collin…

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October 18, 2019 · 4:28 pm

Resending To Agents

In case you’re worried about resending to an agent: via Resending To Agents 

Btw, if you’re wondering about resending to a publisher, I’ve been accepted the second time at least once.


July 29, 2019 · 4:07 pm

World Building (Part IV)

Lots to think about when building a world–thanks to Linda Maye Adams via World Building (Part IV)

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March 26, 2019 · 12:34 pm

Jake the mule from Detour Trail, is interviewed.

“I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and we’re broadcasting remotely today from the field just outside my studio. This is because, my special guest today can’t fit inside the little Airstream that houses the studio. “Welcome to the show, Jake.”

“Lisa, Hi! Nice field, by the way.”

“Thanks. Now for our listeners out there, you’re actually a mule. Can you tell me a little about your parents?”

“The first thing I remember is my mother–she was a beautiful red mare–red roan they called her. She was so beautiful and gentle. She taught me manners–and to be careful around humans. My father? I only saw my father once; he was a big black jack–blacker than me, but I’m even bigger than he was.”

“So how did such a noble creature as yourself, wind up on a wagon train during the westward expansion?” …”

Source: Detour Trail, on Lisa Burton Radio

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Guest post: Putting Words In Their Mouths – How I Write Dialogue by Kristen Bailey

Today’s guest blog post, on the topic of dialogue, is brought to you by novelist and short story author Kristen Bailey. Putting Words In Their Mouths – How I Write Dialogue When I was little, I was…

Source: Guest post: Putting Words In Their Mouths – How I Write Dialogue by Kristen Bailey


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13 Reasons Authors are Mistaken for Serial Killers

Guest post: Seriously. I once spent an entire afternoon googling Fort Worth hotels to find the right one with a balcony to toss someone off of. I was like the Goldilocks of murder.

Source: 13 Reasons Authors are Mistaken for Serial Killers

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