Gothic novelist Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time. Rely heavily on concrete nouns and action verbs. Nothing conveys immediacy and excitement like the concrete noun and the … Continue reading How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing
Today’s guest, author Heather Balog, gives us a step-by-step guide on the art of how to truly embarrass your teen Warning: BookSmart advises an empty bladder before reading 😉 Kids don’t come with a handbook, so sometimes it’s like I’m back in school. I feel like I’m learning something about parenting everyday. My latest educational experiences have led me to the conclusion that I, as … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Embarrass Your Teen
Author Cleo Bannister reviews The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler. Thanks to her and Cleopatta Loves Books for ferreting out this quirky find. If you are looking for a gift for a bibliophile you can’t go far wrong with this wonderful book that I know I will treasure and refer to for years to come. Christopher Fowler has collated ninety-nine authors who for … Continue reading Christopher Fowler Remembers Forgotten Authors
The fabulous Ellen Byerrum has a great new mystery out. The Masque of the Red Dress — a terrific play on the title of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous stories. In celebration, Ellen has launched a fun series of fashion tips drawing from her own lifelong love of fashion, research for her character, and advice from the most interesting people. In this clip, … Continue reading Ellen Byerrum is Well Suited
This week’s guest, author Jacquie Biggar talks about what it’s like to release her first audio book and details the process. Congratulations Jacquie! It’s hard to express the feeling I had this week when Audible released Missing: The Lady Said No to audiobook. Hearing your hero speak for the very first time is indescribable. I’ve been waiting for ACX- (Audible Creation Exchange) the company that produces audiobooks … Continue reading Creating an AudioBook WriterTips with Jacq Biggar
The late Jo Beverley sat down in a final interview with Diana Belchase shorty before she died. Her last book was released today and it is the final jewel in the crown of a much loved and lauded author. Continue reading Jo Beverley’s Last Interview
Diana Belchase here: Criminals, police, and bicycles? Mimi Matthews once again regales us with a funny story about mayhem in New Jersey as the law tries to keep up with the newest technology of the 19th Century. Enjoy! Welcome guest blogger, Mimi Matthews: In September of 1896, British newspapers reported the remarkable use of a bicycle in a New Jersey murder case. The case involved … Continue reading A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase
Author Kathryn Jane‘s very funny take on the vagaries of Vancouver weather. Enjoy! Hello, Mother Nature? It’s me again, Kathryn Jane. Just a quick question. Do you have another rooky at the helm? I mean since the idiot who sent us a snow storm a couple of weeks ago? Um, may I suggest you set your margarita aside, peek out from under your beach umbrella and check … Continue reading Snow joke
Author Mimi Matthews astounds us once again today, not only with her encyclopedic knowledge of history, but with this delightful piece about a proposition to tax old maids of twenty-seven! I know you’ll enjoy. Now, here’s Mimi Matthews: The 1777 edition of the London Magazine includes an interesting letter to the editor in which a gentleman—who signs himself as ‘A Friend to the Community’—has appended a … Continue reading A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!
Congratulations to Manda Collins who has just released another terrific historical. I love blue stocking romances, and if you do, too, I know you’ll love her books as much as I do. Here’s Manda talking about her newest release. Take it away, Manda! Great being here! This is Manda: It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but its even harder (for me) … Continue reading Are You Ready to Go Rogue?