As I might have mentioned before, one of the tricky things about writing in the suspense/mystery/thriller genre is ensuring that your characters aren’t too dumb to live. There has to be a reason for them to keep their deadly secrets or roam through dangerous places. In fact, there was one series of books by a mystery … More Characters Who Are Too Dumb to Live
Peachtree Publishers does such a lovely job of promoting the books on their backlist. My friend Sondy was at ALA and took a picture of SUSPECT being promoted even though it came out last fall. She also found SAVING THE GRIFFIN face out. It does have an extremely tempting cover.
Once again I can’t help thinking about how this is the weekend in June where the mystery weekend in SUSPECT would take place. Weather did really play a role in the plot. Weather, seasons and climate do play or at least should play an important role in establishing the setting in novels. In every book that … More When It All Goes Down
I’ve always enjoyed reading books in the season when they are set. I’ve done this most often with the work of Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels because that writer, whose real name is actually Barbara Mertz, does such a fabulous job of bringing in the season as well as the physical setting. So I can’t help thinking … More ‘Tis the Season to Read SUSPECT
SUSPECT was one of ten books picked for the High School KSRA 2011 YA book award . Students can vote on their favorite title as long as they’ve read at least four of the following books: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins, Charlesbridge Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Simon and Schuster Five … More Keystone State Reading Association
Suspect made the Pennsylvania YA Top 40 (or so) list. I’m afraid that “or so” means closer to 200 books, but it’s still a lovely honor. Here’s the review from the librarian who nominated it: Seventeen-year-old Jen goes to help her Grandma Kay for the summer at the bed-and-breakfast she owns, but finds herself investigating the … More The PSLA YA Top 40 (or so)
One extremely wise writer compared good reviews to crack and bad reviews to poison. And she’s right. It would probably be wiser to stay away from places like GoodReads where you run the simultaneous risk of becoming addicted to the “Attagirl!” feedback and being injured by the people who just don’t buy into your book’s solution. So … More Reading Reviews