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Jun.18.2012
June has been a busy month. A four-day trip to visit my par­ents, another shorter one to babysit for the grand­son, and an upcom­ing trip on Thurs­day to Rom­Con, fol­lowed imme­di­ately by a pre­sen­ta­tion for my local RWA chapter—priorities shift,...
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Jun.04.2012
Last week I talked about doing research, and a few easy-access resources. Let’s go one step fur­ther. Writ­ing what you’ve learned. Beware the dreaded info dump! One of the fastest ways to alien­ate your read­ers is to lec­ture them. Too often, we’ve spent so much time...
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May.31.2012
Reminder: My NOOK con­test will end June 10th. Don’t skip a chance to win a NOOK Sim­ple Touch. And, I’ll have gift cer­tifi­cates for sec­ond and third place win­ners. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Rules are here. Write what you know, every­one says. If I did...
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May.24.2012
A reminder: My NOOK con­test is still going strong. Don’t miss out on a chance to win a NOOK Sim­ple Touch. To enter, all you have to do is fol­low the blog and sign up for my newslet­ter. More details at my main blog, Terry's Place. Recently, after lis­ten­ing to the...
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May.21.2012
If you’re a writer, they say you’ll never be able to read for plea­sure again. That’s a rather blan­ket state­ment, and of course writ­ers are read­ers. But once we start work­ing on the craft, we notice the tiny flaws. Take a work­shop on dia­logue? All of a...
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May.17.2012
For my Five Star Blackthorne, Inc. series, the publisher grants digital rights to the author. However, we're not allowed to exercise them for a full year after publication. On the one hand, it's frustrating not to be able to provide e-books to those readers who want them. But on the other hand...
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May.14.2012
I’m busy this week — Today and tomor­row, I’m blog­ging at Just Roman­tic Sus­pense (with a give­away). Tomor­row is also my day at The Blood-Red Pen­cil. And Thurs­day evening, I’m over at Tri­an­gle Vari­ety Radio for another interview. Mark Coker of...
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May.10.2012
Things have been going well lately, and I think it’s only fair that share my good for­tune with my read­ers. I appre­ci­ate each and every one of you who fol­lowed me here from Blogger. In my plus col­umn: A suc­cess­ful debut of SAVING SCOTT at Barnes &...
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May.07.2012
What I’m read­ing: Blood Trail, by C.J. Box; Royal Flush, by Rhys Bowen I promised to share a recap of the sec­ond foren­sics work­shop I attended at Pikes Peak Writ­ers Con­fer­ence. Tom Adair (who’s going to be my guest tomor­row) set up a crime scene for...
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May.03.2012
First – I’m still work­ing on blog fea­tures for my new site. Con­sider this a ‘soft open­ing’ as I learn my way around, with the help of a very patient designer. It’s amaz­ing how much periph­eral stuff there is to do, too … chang­ing blog links, and often that...