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The Joy of Anticipation: Writing and Reading a Series

Posted by Lise McClendon on Aug 18, 2016 in Books, Essay | 0 comments

The Joy of Anticipation: Writing and Reading a Series

When you pick up a book in a series you’ve read before, there is a moment of joy, the anticipation of renewed pleasure, like the days leading up to your birthday when you were a kid. Here come the goodies! There will be cake and ice cream and presents! With a mystery novel the eagerness for the next book in the series can be powerful. Why can’t she write faster? What’s he doing off writing a stand-alone? I need my visit from my old friends and I need it NOW. My first books were series mysteries where the main character solves the problem of...

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THE LAST SHIP’s Elisabeth Rohm talks about season three

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Interviews, Television | 0 comments

THE LAST SHIP’s Elisabeth Rohm talks about season three

Elisabeth Rohm has been acting since 1997. People might know her for her portrayals of Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn in the TV series “Law & Order,” DA Amanda Taylor in “Stalker,” Polito in the movie “American Hustle,” Peggy in the movie “Joy,” and now Allison Shaw in the TNT series “The Last Ship,” now in its third season. The show’s plot has the world recovering from a global virus pandemic that nearly destroyed the population. This third season involves two plots, an action adventure that has a U.S. naval destroyer...

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2016 Traverse City Film Festival

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Events, Films | 0 comments

2016 Traverse City Film Festival

Traverse City Film Festival The 2016 Traverse City Film Festival began on July 25 and ended on July 30. Michael Moore and his crew did something no mainstream festival has ever done in this country —100% of the films in the Official US Section of the festival (fiction and documentary) were from women directors. The 12th annual festival screened 120 feature films and 107 shorts, welcomed over 123,000 admissions across the festival’s 12 different venues, offered classes in its TCFF Film School, and held panels, parties and podcasts throughout a...

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Laura McHugh’s ARROWOOD is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Laura McHugh’s ARROWOOD is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week CrimeSpree Magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of ARROWOOD by Laura McHugh     ARROWOOD A dark, gripping novel of literary suspense about a mysterious kidnapping and the ways in which our lives are shaped by memory and the stories we create about our past. Arrowood is the most ornate and beautiful of the grand historical houses that line the Mississippi river in southern Iowa where the days are long and humid and communities are small and closed. It has its own...

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NO ONE KNOWS Reviewed

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

NO ONE KNOWS Reviewed

NO ONE KNOWS J.T. Ellison 2016 Gallery Books No One Knows is an engrossing thriller with secrets in the pages. Aubrey Hamilton is sad lonely adult who hides behind her childhood. The only person who she claims to love and trust is her childhood friend Josh who ended up becoming her husband and disappearing from Aubreys life. Aubrey only has a few friends you can trust, if you can call it trust. Aubrey ended up being the lead suspect during the trial of her missing husband. Even Josh’s own mother had a great dislike for Aubrey. So If...

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Review of Ben H Winter’s Underground Airlines

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of Ben H Winter’s Underground Airlines

UNDERGROUND AIRLINES Ben H. Winters July 5, 2016 Mulholland Books So, we are going to address the pachyderms in the room, then lead them over to a distant corner with buckets of peanuts (or whatever non-cartoon elephants eat), that we might ignore them for the rest of the proceedings. The central premise behind UNDERGROUND AIRLINES is that slavery was not abolished. Instead, certain amendments were enacted to protect the practice of slavery in the American South and it currently remains legal in four states. The protagonist is a former slave...

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James MacManus’ MIDNIGHT IN BERLIN Reviewed

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

James MacManus’ MIDNIGHT IN BERLIN Reviewed

MIDNIGHT IN BERLIN James MacManus April 19th, 2016 Thomas Dunne Books MIDNIGHT IN BERLIN by James MacManus is a fictional story that takes readers through the harrowing months that ultimately led up to WWII. It is a historical novel with emphasis on the history. With a degree in American history it is evident that the author used his knowledge and research to make a captivating plot. MacManus noted, “I did not set out to write a book that would educate or teach moral lessons. Yet, there are lessons to be drawn from what happened in the 1930s,...

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Review of The Selena Trilogy by Greg Barth

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of The Selena Trilogy by Greg Barth

THE SELENA TRILOGY by Greg Barth All Due Respect Books 2015 Book 1 SELENA Book 2 DIESEL THERAPY Book 3 SUICIDE LOUNGE I got this package in the mail. It was heavy, dense I knew this was going to be something different purely by feel. I tear it open and these 3 books fall out. The covers are all red and feature variations of the same punk rock looking girl, 1st with a shotgun, 2nd in handcuffs, and the 3rd wielding a Tanto blade. Her make up is running and she does not look like a pleasant young lady.   Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Selena....

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Five things I learned while writing PARAISO

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Five Things | 0 comments

Five things I learned while writing PARAISO

This book is the second with the same editor. The first, Full Fathom Five, was non-fiction, Paraiso is fiction. I found that the same editor was much more invasive and persnickety with fiction, even down to punctuation. I happen to love ellipses (…) and he hates them. In revisions he’d take most of them out, and I’d put them back in again when the ms was returned. This kind of thing never happened with the non-fiction book. The novel went through four or five proofs, the non-fiction work through only two that I can remember. The editor took...

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Review of Rough Trade by Todd Robinson

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 1 comment

Review of Rough Trade by Todd Robinson

ROUGH TRADE Todd Robinson August 8, 2016 Polis Books Todd Robinson has an odd way about him. When you begin a “Boo and Junior Gig,” the world doesn’t seem quite real. Certain dialogue is unlikely. Certain characters could never exist in our world. Yet, it works. By page 30, the surreal nature of it all has become common place. By page 100, you believe it all. It all really happened. Maybe not exactly the way you are hearing it…but you know you are hearing it the best way possible. When reading THE HARD BOUNCE, I couldn’t figure out how the...

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