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Month: January 2017

MTW: Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers Theme

MTW: Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers Theme

Welcome to the fourth themed post about Mystery Thriller Week, an annual event celebrating the Mystery and Thriller genres! Over two-hundred authors are participating in this global event. To help readers and authors better connect, a variety of themed lists – sub-categories of both genres – have been created. Today I’m thrilled to share with you eight books from the Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers Theme. Authors Ritter Ames, Mary Angela, Colin Garrow, Kaye George, Tomasz Chrusciel, Joynell Schultz, Judy Penz Sheluk, and…

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‘Name the Character’ Mega Giveaway!

‘Name the Character’ Mega Giveaway!

January 24, 2017 – February 21, 2017 Win the Grand Prize Swag Bag or 1 of 20 eBooks! Okay creative types, now is your chance to name a character in my upcoming art mystery, The Anthropologist (working title), and see your own name immortalized in the book’s acknowledgements! The entrant with the ‘best’ name wins an extremely cool Grand Prize swag bag: Signed paperback copies of The Lover’s Portrait and Down and Out in Kathmandu (the first two books in…

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MTW: Sailing the Atlantic for Research by Marie Silk

MTW: Sailing the Atlantic for Research by Marie Silk

Today I’m honored to have MysteryThrillerWeek author Marie Silk as a guest on my blog. I’m an advocate of conducting extensive historical research before writing about events of the past and I know Marie Silk is, too! To write the fourth book in her Davenport House series, Heiress Interrupted, she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in the name of research. Many chapters of Heiress Interrupted take place aboard the RMS Lusitania during its last voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Marie shares with us many fascinating…

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What reviews teach me about my novels

What reviews teach me about my novels

As Mystery Thriller Week fast approaches, I and many other MTW authors are preparing to see a slew of new reviews of our precious novels. It’s an exhilarating and somewhat nerve-wracking time. What will the reviewers say about our books? Did they enjoy the story, characters and setting? Could they relate to the protagonist and their journey? As the author, deep down you hope every reviewer thinks it is a 5 star ‘must read’. That’s only natural. But that rarely…

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MTW: Historical Mysteries and Thrillers Theme

MTW: Historical Mysteries and Thrillers Theme

Welcome to the third of four themed posts about MysteryThrillerWeek, an annual event celebrating the Mystery and Thriller genres! Over two-hundred authors are participating in this global event. To help readers and authors better connect, a variety of themed lists – sub-categories of both genres – have been created. Today I’m thrilled to share with you eight books from the Historical Mysteries and Thrillers Theme, books which transport you back to Amsterdam during World War Two, Victorian England, the American Revolution,…

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MTW: Looting of Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Iraq by Paul Russell Parker III

MTW: Looting of Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Iraq by Paul Russell Parker III

I’m thrilled to share an article by Paul Russell Parker III, MysteryThrillerWeek author of All In: The Globe Trot Shuffle, about his tour of duty in Iraq and the devastating looting he witnessed of museums, government buildings and Saddam Hussein’s palaces. As Paul writes, ‘One of the greatest losses a society can face is the loss of it’s past… Ancient ruins belong to all of humanity, and are visual testimony to the world that we come from somewhere and are continuing that long…

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MTW: Art-related Mysteries and Thrillers Theme

MTW: Art-related Mysteries and Thrillers Theme

Welcome to the second of four themed posts about MysteryThrillerWeek, an annual event celebrating the Mystery and Thriller genres! Over two-hundred authors are participating in this global event. To help readers and authors better connect, a variety of themed lists – sub-categories of both genres – have been created. Today I’m thrilled to share with you nine books from the Art-related Mysteries and Thrillers Theme, also known as the Artwork, Relics, Gems and Precious Minerals Theme. Though this category initially…

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MTW: Setting as a Viewfinder for African Thrillers by Sarah Key

MTW: Setting as a Viewfinder for African Thrillers by Sarah Key

Welcome to the second of two guest posts about South Africa as setting for a novel, by MysteryThrillerWeek authors Sarah Key and Zaheera Walker. Today Sarah Key provides us with an electrifying glimpse into this fascinating land, a continent that, in her words is ‘both breathtakingly beautiful and profoundly disturbing’. Setting as a Viewfinder for African Thrillers By Sarah Key Southern Africa is an intriguing place. The iconic bushveld is home to species such as zebra, giraffe and elephant and…

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MTW: Durban, South Africa as setting for DEADLINE by Zaheera Walker

MTW: Durban, South Africa as setting for DEADLINE by Zaheera Walker

Welcome to the first of two guest posts about South Africa as setting for a novel, by MysteryThrillerWeek authors Zaheera Walker and Sarah Key. I know South Africa is high up on my ‘bucket list’. Today Zaheera Walker gives us a special glimpse into this fascinating land. And contrary to popular belief, lions and cheetahs do not roam freely on the streets! Durban, South Africa as setting for DEADLINE By Zaheera Walker DEADLINE is a romantic suspense novel for adults….

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MysteryThrillerWeek: Mystery and Thriller Passport Theme

MysteryThrillerWeek: Mystery and Thriller Passport Theme

Welcome to the first of four themed posts about Mystery Thriller Week, an annual event celebrating the Mystery and Thriller genres! Over two-hundred authors are participating in this global event. To help readers and authors better connect, a variety of themed lists – sub-categories of both genres – have been created. Today I’m thrilled to share with you fourteen books from the Mystery and Thriller Passport Theme, mysteries and thrillers set outside of the United States. Authors Anne C. Carmichael,…

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