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Fun and fundraising at Literary Libations

On September 14, Steve attended Literary Libations, a fundraiser for the New Britain Public Library. Alderman Don Naples and his wife Phyllis assembled a raffle basket based on Steve's novel Who Wrote the Book of Death? The basket contained the wine and all the snack foods characters in the book consume. PIctured below from left: Alderman Don Naples, Phyllis Naples, raffle winner Arnaldo Perez and Steve.

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And the winners are…

Congratulations to the winners of the Name the Band Contest!  The contest winners are Amber Foxx and K. M. Rockwood. Thanks for coming up with great names for the fictional band(s) that will appear in my next novel. Each winner will have a character in the book named after her and will receive a signed copy of Back Door Man when it comes out in late 2018/early 2019. Thanks again to everyone

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“Two (Or Three or Four) Trains Running” on Sleuthsayers

"Back when I started reading grown-up mysteries like Ed McBain and Rex Stout, their books weren't much longer than the Hardy Boys books I'd recently left behind. If I pick up one of those books now, they feel very linear. We go from point A to point B, C, D and so on and eventually we can predict the next bead on the string. Maybe that's why some of the

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Check out the Femme Fatale Bundle on StoryBundle

O’Neil De Noux has curated a new Femme Fatale bundle for StoryBundle, "a terrific collection of ten outstanding novels by some phenomenal writers." At StoryBundle, you name your own price – whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charities Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.For $5, you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format. If you pay $15 (or more,

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“Would I Lie To You?” on SleuthSayers

If a story uses a first person narrator, the most important action in that story is the telling. The narrator arranges the people and events in a way that serves his purpose. Since he has a stake in the story, sometimes he cheats. That's where the fun begins. Many of the classics gain their power from the irony of a dissembling story-teller. Read the full post to see why Steve is

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Contest: Name a Band, Get a Role

My upcoming book, Back Door Man, features a struggling band, currently named Hope Flings A Turtle, and a few readers have suggested a different name. If YOU suggest the name I use, I’ll include YOUR NAME in the acknowledgements AND as a minor character in the book, which will appear late in 2018. You will also receive a signed copy of the book. The story takes place in 2012 and is the sixth

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“Second Thoughts and Second Best” on SleuthSayers

A few months ago, I read a Facebook post from a writer I didn't know, ecstatically proclaiming that his writing was so good he never revised anything. I went to his Amazon page and opened the "look inside" button on his most recent masterpiece. His claim was about half-right. I read a page and decided he really didn't revise. If he'd been in my tenth-grade comp and lit class when

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