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You know, I could kill 17 in Chapter 1. Would have to be a bunch at once, like arson or a bomb or a crash or... Hmmmm.... It probably wouldn't be a cozy....
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Bad Advice at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I'm going to be attending the science fiction convention Arisia in Boston this weekend, weather permitting, and I'm scheduled to moderate a panel about bad writing advice, so naturally I've been thinking about... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry The late great Donald Westlake says he came up with Dortmunder, the protagonist of his hilarious caper novels, when he had an idea for a book that was just a bit too zany... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Leigh Perry As I type this, it is both Election Day and Release Day for my new book, The Skeleton Makes a Friend. (Insert obligatory book cover illustration here) With my book fresh on the shelves, I should be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner A reader recently gave my book The Skeleton Paints a Picture on Amazon a one-star review, and it hit me hard. Let me start by explaining that one of the characters in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I figure 40 seconds of animation has got to be a whole bunch of words. In that spirit, I present this book trailer introducing The Skeleton Makes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at My Weblog
Deb, Lucky you! Fresh Pollifax books to read. Of course, it's been so long since I read them, they're nearly new books for me! Mark, Shame on you for not sampling Gilman's other books! I never read the young adult stuff she did, but I think I've read all the adult books. Susan, You're so right. Though it does amuse me when she speaks of Women's Lib, instead of feminism. Art, You pretty much nailed it. Elaine, Given how many people are going to losing most of their belongings because of Hurricane Florence--and in the fires tonight in Massachusetts--I'm not going to complain about a dozen paperbacks. (Except that signed William Gibson--that one hurt.) Kris, I adore THE TIGHTROPE WALKER. It was the first book I read where I thought, "That protagonist is me!" Not any more, but when I read it... I remember being shocked when I realized the book quoted in it--THE MAZE AT THE HEART OF THE CASTLE--is a real book. Gilman herself wrote it. (And I have an autographed copy!)
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by Leigh Perry/Toni L.P. Kelner A few weeks ago, I heard dripping noise as I was sitting at my desk. I looked around,and realized water was dripping from my air conditioner down the wall, onto the top of one of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I've spent the past couple of days reviewing the copy edits on The Skeleton Makes a Friend, which will be released in November of this year. And, as always, my reactions were somewhat... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at My Weblog
The giveaway is live now and through Monday. (Would have posted this sooner, but I've been out of the country.) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FJ6EC18/?tag=publishmarket-20
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by Toni L.P. Kelner This month is my twenty-fifth anniversary of being a published mystery writer. In June of 1993, Zebra Books (now known as Kensington) published Down Home Murder, the first in my Laura Fleming series set in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner and Leigh Perry Okay, it might not be to the day, but roughly twenty years ago, the Femmes Fatales published one of our newsletters. On paper, which we then sent through the mail. Does that sound... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry My mother was a Reece, and when I was younger, our family would try to attend the Reece Family Reunion every year. It was a typical Southern-style family reunion, as far as I can tell. Everybody would... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner As I sat down to write this, my older daughter Maggie's was in the basement pouring silicon over a clay sculpture of a wolf to create a mold. Once it cures, she'll be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at My Weblog
Elaine, in fact there is proof to back up the observation that women apologize more than men. https://www.livescience.com/8698-study-reveals-women-apologize.html I think your goal to limit your apologies to those times when you have something to apologize for is a great idea. Apologizing too often can be off-putting. if I'm giving somebody feedback, I don't want them to say "I'm sorry." I want them to say, "I understand and will do something about it," or even, "I don't agree, and I'm not changing."
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2018 on A Sorry Situation at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I occurred to me tonight that my family has been having an odd assortment of conversations this past few days. Maybe it's been being kept inside by the dreadful weather of ludicrous cold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner You remember when you were in [insert name of subject or teacher you were bored by] class in school, and you'd stay awake by doodling stick figures on the corners of your notebook,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at My Weblog
By Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I have a new book coming out next Tuesday, and I just got my author copies in the mail yesterday. Were this any other day I would likely be posting a photo of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at My Weblog
Mark, thank you. It's so easy for a short story to disappear, so I take pleasure in this one staying alive. Art, I don't know that I ever will do that project. Of the four stories I wrote for it, three have sold elsewhere so I'm not sure I could glue it back together. But maybe a similar project some day. Hank, thank you!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2017 on An Endless Summer at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner Fall is here. Days are getting shorter and nights are getting colder. So if you are already missing the lazy, crazy days of summer, here's a reminder. The Mystery Writers of America has just re-released the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at My Weblog
I've been on two ballon rides. One was a surprise on. My father and I were at a balloon festival in Statesville, NC, and one of the participants landed a bit short of the desired field. Nearly on top of us! So we helped him get situated , and in return, he let me hop on board for a short ride to the field. After that, we had to do a full ride. So on Halloween of one year, Daddy and I were up in the sky. Amazing! Fun fact 1: Balloon baskets have tiny little glove boxes. Okay, maybe it's just a storage box, but it looked like a glove box from a car. Fun fact 2: The balloon pilot for ours had a tape player, and the tape inside it was the soundtrack to TOP GUN. Amused the heck out of us!
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2017 on Up, up and away at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I realized something wonderful last week. I was at Gen Con, which is THE convention for tabletop gaming. Board games, role-playing games, card games... This year was the 50th Anniversary, and over 60,000... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner As I write this, my daughter Maggie is finishing up her last quarter of college and facing that even more daunting milestone: looking for her first job. She's writing cover letters and polishing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry This being summer, the time for summer vacations, I had planned to write about some of my most memorable summer vacations and like all vacationers, I was looking forward to the post-travel slideshow.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at My Weblog
Thanks, Hank!
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2017 on Cover Story at My Weblog