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By Elaine Viets One of my favorite reads this time of year is Katherine Howe's The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. Howe's ancestors, Elizabeth Howe and Elizabeth, Proctor, were two of the accused witches in Salem, Massachusetts. Historians are still... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets My grandparents owned what St. Louisans called a "confectionary" - basically an early convenience store. It was the kind of place where neighbors could dash in and buy something without making a trip to the supermarket: a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets. "Weather event." The first time I heard this phrase was last year during Hurricane Irma. The massive storm was bearing down on South Florida. It was a menacing Category 5. The governor ordered a mass evacuation. Don... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at My Weblog
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Today, the Femmes Fatales welcome author Neil Plakcy. Neil has written or edited over three dozen novels and short stories in mystery, romance and erotica. To research the Angus Green FBI thrillers, including The Next One Will Kill You, Nobody... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at My Weblog
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When Jaden Terrell started researching A Taste for Blood and Ashes, about the ugly practice of "soring" horses, she was warned by a source, "They'll kill me and they'll kill you." The award-winning author persisted. The Femmes welcome Jaden today.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Kate Carlisle, author of Buried in Books. All mystery readers hate spoilers. Today, the Femmes are delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling cozy author Kate Carlisle. Kate has some questions for you: Did she post a spoiler? How... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at My Weblog
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Today, Maggie Toussaint, author of the paranormal Dreamwalker series, visits us and asks an intriguing question: Which sense would you like enhanced? Hearing? Vision? Touch? Taste? Knowing? Would you like to know the future or see the past? Welcome, Maggie!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at My Weblog
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The Femmes welcome author Dennis Palumbo, a licensed psychotherapist and Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year, Welcome Back, Kotter, and more.). Dennis's his fifth thriller, Head Wounds, features Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist and trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh police.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. Did you ever do something that you knew was stupid, but you did it anyway? Yep, that's me. I entered the Publishers Clearing House contest to win $1,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE!!! Now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets When I was a teenager, I'd go to the mall with my best friend Sue. We'd experiment with make-up at the cosmetics counters, try on cute clothes we couldn't afford, and eat an impossibly gooey dessert. We'd... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at My Weblog
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The Femmes Fatales are enormously proud of our Femme emeritus, Charlaine Harris. After her Sookie Stackhouse Southern vampire series had a successful run as "True Blood," she has another TV series, "Midnight, Texas." But Midnight fans have been waiting for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets When I need serious comfort, I long for a true St. Louis pizza. They're hard to find here in Florida. St. Louis pizzas are the perfection of grease, and the crust is one key. None of that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets What if we didn't look in mirrors all day? Early Colonial Americans didn't. I've been reading a fascinating debut novel called The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, a debut novel by Katherine Howe. In the 1690s, two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at My Weblog
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"Juliet left the house in a blue velvet strapless dress, high heels and a light-blue velveteen jacket" and disappeared at 11:42 p.m. It's below zero. Juliet Du Pres, the daughter of a wealthy Chouteau Forest family, sneaked out of her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Describing characters is hard – ask any writer. We try to get past the surface descriptions that say nothing – "pretty woman" or "balding Vietnam veteran." Actually, those last three words say more than we intended. "Balding... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at My Weblog
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Femme Marcia Talley left me this note: A sea gull just flew onto Femme Elaine’s balcony in Ft Lauderdale bearing an olive branch and a note from Femme Marcia who is somewhere in the Atlantic between the Bahamas and Charleston,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets What do we women really want to read? Do women in fiction really represent us? Neil Holland, an adult services librarian and columnist for Booklist magazine, tackled this question in a recent issue. He wrote about the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. That's me on the right in the photo. I was one of the 20,000 people who joined the March for Our Lives at Parkland, Florida, to protest gun violence. That's my friend Kay... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets So, what do you think? Here's the cover of my short story collection, Deal With the Devil and 13 Short Stories, published by Crippen & Landru. I was honored when Jeffrey Marks, the new publisher, asked me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets How do you like the new covers for my Dead-End Job mysteries? My Dead-End Job mysteries are now classics. The first 13 novels are being re-released by JABberwocky Literary on March 6 as e-books. JABberwocky also publishes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at My Weblog
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Today, we're bringing back Femmes Fatales favorite, Frances Brody. Frances writes historical novels set in post World War I Britain, featuring Kate Shackelton. In Death in the Stars, Kate is caught up in the eclipse fever that grips in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets "You're driving to Miami?" my Fort Lauderdale neighbor said. "Good luck!" She acted as if I was doing something incredibly risky, like bungee jumping off a bridge, or reaching for the last piece of pie at a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. Recently, I chaired a writing contest. A woman I'll call Lisa, because that's not her name, sent in a short story instead of a novel, and a judge pointed this out to her.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Sue Grafton has three children and countless literary daughters. I'm one of many women writers inspired by Grafton's detective, Kinsey Milhone. The southern California detective first appeared in A Is for Alibi in 1982. Kinsey announced she... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. You're at a big box store, standing in a long line. Why is it taking so long to check out? As a veteran of many dead-end jobs, I can answer that. Since big... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at My Weblog