Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Have you seen #whokilledsarah? Check out Robert Dugoni’s website.

Robert Dugoni
His new stand alone, My Sister’s Grave (to be released November 1), features Tracy Crosswhite, a chemistry teacher and championship shooter whose life changes dramatically when her sister Sarah disappears. Tracy believes a man is wrongfully convicted of Sarah’s murder. Twenty years later, when Sarah’s remains are found, Tracy has become a police detective and must uncover secrets about her past while searching for the real killer.
A prequel short story, “The Academy,” showing Tracy in law enforcement training, is currently available at no cost on Kindle through Amazon.

Congratulations, Robert!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sharing Good News with Carla Damron and Sam Morton

Two close friends who are members of the Inkplots, our local writing group, and fellow bloggers for Writers Who Kill, are celebrating terrific achievements.

Carla Damron, dedicated social worker and author of the Caleb Knowles mystery series, recently had her literary novel, The Stone Necklace, accepted for publication by USC Press Story River Books imprint, with editor-at-large Pat Conroy.
Sam Morton, whose adult novel Disavowed and young adult series are published by Echelon Press, attended Writer's Digest PitchFest and received SIX agent requests for his latest manuscript.

Both of these writers have worked diligently and deserve every success. Many congratulations!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seeing a Special Friend in Nashville

Sandra Brannan, PGB

Sandra Brannan lives in South Dakota’s Black Hills; works with relatives in the mining business; has a husband, four sons, and three grandchildren; and, writes the thrilling Liv Bergen mystery series about a mine manager who investigates murders, becomes involved with an FBI agent, and eventually joins the FBI herself. Since I met Sandra at Malice Domestic, she has been tremendously supportive of me and my writing. I was so delighted when she came to the SC Book Festival and enjoyed seeing her at Killer Nashville, where I met her son. She is a lovely person and wonderful writer.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Conceived in Nashville

Sara York, Lisa Jackson, PGB, Mary Burton, Jenna Bennett
At Killer Nashville, I was privileged to moderate the “Sex Scenes in Crime Fiction” panel with bestselling authors Jenna Bennett/Jennie Bentley, Mary Burton, Lisa Jackson, and Sara York. I began by explaining that I was uniquely qualified to be the moderator (although my mother would hate my telling this reason) because I was conceived in Nashville. Then, each author shared excellent information about writing scenes integral to the plot that advance the action and help develop characters. They also told about readers' notes about how their books had affected lives. Thanks to KN and these wonderful authors for the opportunity!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

KN's Short Story Panel

PGB, Robert Mangeot, Debra Goldstein, Warren Bull, Kaye George

Our short story panel at Killer Nashville gathered together friends Warren Bull, Kaye George, and Debra Goldstein for a lively discussion of shorter crime fiction. Robert Mangeot, our excellent panel leader, has published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and this year’s MWA’s Ice Cold Anthology. Debra is celebrating acceptance of her story to The Killer Wore Cranberry 4; Kaye’s Fat Cat series, that she has written as Janet Cantrell, debuts in September; and Warren and I, both Writers Who Kill contributing bloggers, met for the first time in person. We had a wonderful, receptive audience and thoroughly enjoyed the event.