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We Interrupt This Program….
….for a review of GILDED CAGES, a
steampunk romp by your humble servants, also known as me, K.G. McAbee, and my brilliant co-writer, Cynthia D.
Witherspoon. The review is by Billy O’Shea, obviously a perceptive reader, who
is a writer himself. What do fans ...

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Bright Lights, Big City, Black Orchid—Part Three
So, cotton mill: scene of crime.
Cool. Now, who is the victim? Well, just about anyone can be a victim, but we
all get a certain satisfaction about a character getting his/her come-uppance,
don’t we? Someone who is nasty, or sneaky, or conniving, or rude, o...

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Bright Lights, Big City, Black Orchids: Part Two
Okay, so I’ve read hundreds and
hundreds of mysteries in my time. And I’ve also read a lot of ‘how to write a
mystery’ manuals. It’s what we writers do, after all. We’re either writing, or
reading about writing, or reading to see how other writers write, or...

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Bright Lights, Big City, Black Orchids--Part One
The usual apologies for not blogging lately. But... Back in early May, I read about a
contest for Rex Stout fans called the Black Orchid Novella Award. Being a Stout
fan from way back—and yes, you can read that any way you like, and I’m sure you
will—I deci...

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Book review: A CURIOUS MAN: The Strange & Brilliant Life of Robert 'Believe It Or Not' Ripley
From
a poor, inept, buck-toothed boy who loved to draw, to one of the highest paid
cartoonists in history—and in 1936, one of the highest paid men in America—Leroy
Ripley traveled a long way, in both miles and fortune, from his birth in the
small town of Sa...

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Summer sale at Smashwords!
All my books, novellas and short stories are free at Smashwords for the month of July! Go, splurge, binge read--you won't even hate yourself in the morning! Click here to go to my author page. Scroll down and see all my stuff . Did I mention FREE ? Go ahead...

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What's Your Favorite Heinlein?
I know. It's one of those either/or
questions. Either you don't like Robert Anson Heinlein, or his work, or both, at which point you may
as well stop reading now, or you like all his books and were vastly influenced
by his work in an infinite number of ways...

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Englishmen rule!
When
I had just turned twelve, I ran across an old book of my dad's called THE MASK
OF FU MANCHU by Sax Rohmer. Apparently, my dad loved the book enough to, well,
we'll say he liberated it from the public library, for the card was still in
the back. At that...

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If you're ever able to attend an Artists U presentation, get thee there in a hurry!
Last weekend, I had the opportunity
to attend the ArtistsU/SC at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC. And let
me tell you: it was awesomeness of the first water. There were all sorts of
artists there at the conference: glass blowers, painters, sculpt...

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Part 15 of SCUM by J. A. Johnson
Eversyn regarded Caravello for a moment, then Simikus. The manager
turned his desktop computer screen toward the Connie. "See," he said,
"the door scanner even confirms it. Wilfor Kudisi." Eversyn scrutinized the picture on the screen then studied Simikus. ...
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