Why I Wrote Big Book Betrayal – A Cozy Mystery about Addiction

[Guest post by Marion Moore Hill] As a writer of cozy mysteries set in a small-town setting, I wrote my latest novel, Big Book Betrayal, for several reasons. For one, I like mystery novels to be about something more than the puzzle of who killed whom and how. Each of the earlier books in my Scrappy Librarian series have dealt with social issues of importance. Addiction is a pervasive societal problem that I thought worth highlighting in a story.

Meet the Author – Sylvia Dickey Smith

Meet the author of award-winning mysteries, historical novels, and contemporary women’s fiction: Sylvia Dickey Smith, of Georgetown, Texas. Ms. Smith is the author of the Sidra Smart mystery series, featuring ex-minister’s-wife-turned-P.I. Sidra Smart, set in the bayou country around Orange, Texas. The four books to date include: Dance on His Grave, Deadly Sins Deadly Secrets, Dead Wreckoning, and The Swamp… Read More

Recent Reviews of Doyli to the Rescue

We’re getting wonderful reviews of Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon, the first book in Cathleen Burnham’s outstanding six-book WAKA (World Association of Kids and Animals) books, showing global kids around the world active in wild animal rescue and protection. Here’s a review from Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Vermont children’s book author, whose many books include The Bear… Read More

Why I Wrote It – How To Write Your Best Story

“Most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.” – Flannery O’Connor. My corollary: “Story rules. Plot drools.” – Philip Martin. Why did I write How to Write Your Best Story ? Here’s the tale. [This is a guest post by Philip Martin, author of How To Write Your Best Story: Advice for Writers on… Read More

Odin’s Promise – Awards and Accolades

Odin’s Promise: A Novel of Norway, a middle-grade historical novel by Wisconsin author Sandy Brehl, has been gathering some lovely praise and awards. Recent accolades include: Best Girl-Empowering Books of 2014 (Ages 9–12) – A Mighty Girl Website. Ten Best Indie Middle-Grade Novels of 2014 – ForeWord Magazine . Finalist, Midwest Book Award (Children’s Fiction) – Midwest Independent Publishers Association (winners… Read More

Bookmarked for Murder Released in Scrappy Library Mystery Series

Crispin Books is pleased to announce the release of a third book in Marion Moore Hill’s “Scrappy Librarian” series. Bookmarked for Murder is actually the first title in Hill’s three-book series (so far), which Crispin Books has now re-released in new editions, with the other two books released several months ago. The series features inquisitive public librarian Juanita Wills, who… Read More

Fun Spooky Books for Boys

It’s October . . . the perfect month to curl up by the fire and enjoy a spooky ghost story. Raymond Bial, noted Illinois children’s book author, is especially fond of the humorous tale, with restless ghosts haunting every old barn and overgrown cemetery . . . but also full of good messages about friendship, doing the right thing, helping… Read More

Warming Fires – Book of Short Stories Set in Wisconsin

[By Alissa Knop • For Immediate Release] If you’ve lived in the Midwest, these characters will be instantly familiar to you. Now in a second edition, Jeff Kunkel’s Warming Fires: Stories for All Seasons is back in print with an entertaining cast of Midwestern characters, with the bonus of a new story added to the collection. In this book of… Read More

Twelve Tips for Young Writers

Summer reading for kids? How about summer writing! Here are some great tips for young writers.

Cook the Books Released – A Cozy Library Mystery Set in Oklahoma

Looking for a nice mystery about a nosy public librarian and adult literacy tutoring, all sprinkled, like little candies on a poisoned cupcake, with a few dead bodies and oodles of suspects? Then you’ll want to read Oklahoma author Marion Moore Hill’s latest installment in her Scrappy Librarian Mystery series: Cook the Books. Cook the Books is a cozy mystery… Read More

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