Monday, August 30, 2010

Guest Post at Flash Fiction Chronicles

I'm thrilled to have a guest post over at Flash Fiction Chronicles. Please stop by if you have a moment. It's entitled, "Whodunit: Mystery Writing Advice from the Masters." Thanks to Gay Degani for inviting me.

Happy Monday! May you have a spectacular week as summer winds down.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


"Thank-a-Cop-Thursday," or #tacop as it is known on Twitter, is the brainchild of Mike Ellis, a Customer Relationship Manager for Emergency Communications Network. You can find Mike on Twitter @EmergCommNetwrk. Mike explains how #tacop came into existence on

So, why not join in and thank a cop on Twitter today ~ or any day.

Thanks, Mike, for recognizing law enforcement officers in the U.S. and around the world, and the fine job they do each and every day.

I was honored that Mike included me in his debut #tacop; he thanked me for my years of service. I tweeted back a kind thank you. He even included it in his explanation post!

Not on Twitter yet? Not sure what it's all about, or how to start? Check out this "Guide to Twitter - The Ultimate Guide for Everything Twitter."

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

On August 18, 1958, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was published in the United States by G.P. Putnam & Sons. The controversial novel is included on Time's 100 best English language Novels from 1923 to 2005, and is fourth in Modern Library's 1998 list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century.

Nabokov wrote the novel from 1949 to 1955; it was published in France in 1955. It was banned in Paris from 1956-1958.

The review that appeared in September 1958 in The Atlantic Monthly can be found here.

The novel sold 100,000 copies in the first three weeks, the first novel to do so since Gone With the Wind.

Nabokov wrote the screenplay that Stanley Kubrick directed in 1962, starring James Mason as Humbert Humbert. Adrian Lyne directed an adaptation in 1997, starring Jeremy Irons.

Nabokov, who was born in 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russia, died in Switzerland in 1977.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Twitter Fiction on Nanoism

I am pleased to announce that one of my twitter-fiction stories was accepted and is now appearing on ("A paying twitterzine/litmag for thoughtful nanofiction"). Titles for these stories are neither required or accepted.

The editor, Ben White, has also tweeted the story @nanoism, along with my bio.

It is based upon my police experience on the Crime Stoppers tips line.

Check it out ~ and let me know what you think!

Artwork source here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

NPR's Audience Picks: Top 100 "Killer Thrillers"

The results are in ~ NPR's audience vote of Top 100 "Killer Thrillers."

Which are some of your faves? I took part in this ballot after my blogmate on Women of Mystery, Cathi Stoler, brought the poll to our attention. The list was narrowed down to 182 titles from 600, and you could vote for your top ten.

My opinion is similar to the readers who voted ~ every one of my picks made the list.

If you're looking for a suspenseful novel during your next trip to the library or book store, or ordering it straight from your e-reader, this is an exciting list of titles to review.

Don't forget to check Project Gutenberg to look for some of the free e-books available, such as #10, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or #11, Dracula, by Bram Stoker.

Speaking of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have you seen him discussing Sherlock Holmes on a YouTube video?

Are there some books that you've been meaning to read and haven't gotten around to it yet? Maybe now's the time!

Happy reading!