Today we’re priviledged to have with us legendary James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor which became the iconic Robert Redford movie, Three Days of the Condor. James has won literary prizes around the globe, including France’s Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in 2001, Italy’s Raymond Chandler Award in 2003, and Japan’s Baka-Misu Literary Award in 2008.
James doesn’t merely talk, he lights up the room, exudes a charge that amplifies and builds, reaching into the dark corners of the audience, until everyone is astonished by his fingertip information and unique perspective. No matter your political opinions, he has the ability to dredge up facts, turn your mind around, and get people motivated.
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Jonathan Maberry knows how to get into your head. He creates cross-genre thrillers where heroes battle monsters, and he follows teens who see and hear things in their heads. At scaring, thrilling, and understanding the human in us all, he’s a master. And his latest book, Deep Silence, featuring the studly, deeply damaged, Joe Ledger, is out at the end of this month! I can’t … Continue reading Jonathan Maberry: How to Query an Agent or Editor
Please welcome Rita-nominated guest blogger, Sarah Andre, as she extends congratulations from all the Kiss and Thrill gals to Sharon Wray for her fantastic debut novel, Every Deep Desire. Thanks for posting today Sarah. I’m so excited for Sharon Wray, and know my readers will be, too! by Sarah Andre All nine of us are up here and the champagne is overflowing! Welcome, friends, as … Continue reading The View From Cloud 9
Jacquie Biggar writes Romantic Suspense with tough, alpha males who know what they want, until they’re gob-smacked by strong, contemporary heroines, willing to show them that what they really need is love. Blessed with a long, happy marriage, Jacquie enjoys writing romance novels that end with happy-ever-afters. She lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. … Continue reading Jacquie Biggar Tells All
Sarah Andre interviews Diana Belchase regarding her nomination for the Golden Heart for her spy thriller, Escape from the Harem. Hi, Sarah Andre here! For those of you who don’t know what the RWA Golden Heart® is, it’s the most prestigious contest in the nation for writers. A tiny percentage of entrants are called in late-March, and notified that their scores (judged by fellow writers) were high … Continue reading Diana Belchase Nominated for Third Golden Heart Award!
In today’s Book Smart TV Quick Review, I’ll be taking a look at Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health. The review is about a minute and a half long. If you are receiving this by email, please click on the site link to see the video. Enjoy! Continue reading Book Smart TV Quick Review: Complete Guide to Women’s Health
A friend read the previous post about how Facebook parties work and still didn’t get it. “What the heck is a Facebook party?” she asked. Here goes: Imagine you are a fan of the lovely, incredible, wonderful Nora Roberts. You want to meet her, you ache to meet her. She has been your lifelong idol. You might even take a bus trip up to her Turn … Continue reading What is a Facebook Party? or Aching for Nora Roberts
Betty May’s fabulous book, Changing Corners is free on Kindle only through February 16th 2016. I can’t recommend it highly enough, so please go and download it before you miss your chance. Though the book is YA, it is a great read for adults, but also appropriate for age 12 and up. I know you’ll love it as much as I did. Here is the LINK to … Continue reading Changing Corners FREE on Kindle Today
Finally, our wonderful moderator, Christyna Hunter, is here to share a few words about her relationship with romance books. Please come and meet her, me, and all the lovely women I’ve featured this week, tomorrow, Saturday, February 13th, at 2PM at the Ashburn Virginia Library. The address is below. See you there! Now please help me welcome, USA Today Happy Ever After blogger and Virginia … Continue reading Snickers (Not the Candy)
I’m happy to add to this set of Valentine’s week posts with the fourth member of the Love Between the Covers authors’ panel, Adriana Anders. Please scroll to the bottom for details on how you can see this powerful documentary for free, win prizes, and meet the four of us . In the meantime, please help me welcome, Adriana Anders as she ponders what is at the … Continue reading At the Squishy Heart of Romance
I’m hosting my fellow panelists from the Love Between the Covers event this week as we lead up to the date (details below). I’ve asked them all to write about what romance means to them. Please help me welcome Delancey Stewart as she talks about her Five Most Romantic Things. Enjoy! Diana There are lots of clichéd things that come to mind when we think … Continue reading Delancey Stewart’s Five Most Romantic Things
Words can’t say enough, but I hope these photos open people’s hearts to the enormity of your sacrifice on all our parts. Thank you, always. Continue reading Happy Veteran's Day!
Wonderful Shannon Baker, author of 3 books and several short stories, is back again to celebrate Earth Day with us — this time with her friend Laura Kamala. Laura has lived in the spectacular Canyonlands of southeast Utah for thirty-eight years. During this time she was variously incarnated as a filmmaker, writer, artist, business entrepreneur, and Director of Utah Programs for Grand Canyon Trust. Diana: This is a new … Continue reading Celebrating Earth Day with Shannon Baker: Aliens, Polygamists, and Hopi, Oh My!
Diana: Editors E. Charles Nelson and David J. Elliott have compiled a book about a man I’d never heard of: Mark Catesby. One of the earliest naturalists, as well as an author and illustrator, Catesby studied the fauna and flora of North America over a seven-year period. He influenced Audubon, Darwin, and the explorers Lewis and Clark. The book, The Curious Mister Catesby, is a treasure and … Continue reading Mark Catesby: the Curious and Ingenious Naturalist
I wanted to let you all know about a real treasure of a book I recently came across. It’s called Ten Fingers Touching. What makes it unique is that it’s a fable for everyone. Ellen Roth spins a tale that has excitement for adults and kids alike. The illustrations by John Blumen are breathtakingly beautiful. I love that Roth is reviving a tradition of story-telling … Continue reading Ten Fingers Touching & Victorian Fairy Tales
Wouldn’t it be great if we could do away with dating and failed relationships merely by doing a DNA cheek swab? It sounds simple and pain free, doesn’t it? In our cells lurk genetic markers that just might indicate who is an ideal spouse and who is an utter cad. My guest today, Peter Schattner, is an award-winning scientist, educator and writer with 30 years experience in molecular biology, genetics, biomedical … Continue reading Finding Love in Your DNA
I know I’ve dragged this out quite some time. Two weeks doesn’t sound like much, unless you’re waiting with bated breath for me to post something — anything — about who won the delectable prize of reading a Darynda Jones Eighth Grave After Dark ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) well before anyone else. So, without more ado, and before I sound like that cute guy who promised to … Continue reading Darynda Jones Prize Winner!
Darynda Jones has a secret. On paper, her alter ego Charley Davidson is snarky, sex-mad, able to kick paranormal foes in their paranormal behinds. In real life, Darynda is probably one of the sweetest people you’ve ever met. She has a humble, self-deprecating humor, she’ll tell you all her writing secrets as if they don’t amount to much, and she’s more likely to talk about her … Continue reading Darynda Jones: Snarky Sayings and Grim (Reaper) Secrets
Happy New Year! For those of you who have gotten lovely eReaders, many with matching gift cards or even traditional gift certificates to your favorite book stores, here are a few recommendations. There are enough categories here to please everyone, I hope. Enjoy! Cozy Mystery: Lethal Black Dress by Ellen Byerrum When does a little black dress become a lethal black dress? When it … Continue reading Feed Your eReader
I had the pleasure of interviewing Charlotte Hinger, the author of four books. Her novel, Hidden Heritage was cited by Kirkus Reviews as “One of the Best Mysteries of 2013” and also “One of the Best Fiction Books of 2013.” A native Kansan with a flaming state loyalty, she says her books prove “the Greek tragedy is alive and well, it’s just moved to Western Kansas.” Her mysteries … Continue reading Greek Tragedy in Western Kansas