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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. Is it just me, or do mysteries seem to be getting longer? When I started writing mysteries, most contracts called for novels between 70,000 and 90,000 words. That's still standard contract language, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. There's something about winter that calls for binge watching. On these long dark nights, I curl up by the TV with a bowl of hot popcorn and watch one show after another. Here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at My Weblog
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I really enjoyed the first novel Debra Goldstein's new cozy series, "One Taste Too Many." Today's blog is inspirational and informative. Deb, who has been nominated for an Anthony and an Agatha Award, had not one but TWO publishers fold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. For 2019, I'm not going to try to lose weight. I'm through with the same old boring New Year's resolutions. But I do have one resolution – an important one. I resolve to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at My Weblog
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Our guest today is Victoria Thompson, author of the bestselling Gaslight Mystery Series. Her new book, City of Secrets, is the second in her new Counterfeit Lady Series. The first book in that series, City of Lies, is now out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. Even the biggest authors run afowl (or is it afoul? There's never a copy editor around when you need one.) with our complicated language. Here's an error I recently saw in a book... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. Green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with little marshmallows, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, four kinds of pie, and Aunt Mildred's cranberry-orange surprise. All these delights are waiting for us next Thursday, along with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets of the Femmes Fatales. "Mistress of the Mickey Finn" is the title of my new short story in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine's November/December issue. It's also a warning to young men. We women are warned to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at My Weblog
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By Joanna Campbell Slan I have always been fascinated by small things, and after my mother took us to see Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle in the Museum of Science and Industry, I was hooked. Since I grew up poor, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at My Weblog
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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 Oct 17, 2018 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