And the winners of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine are:

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Drum roll please!

Ruth Lyons Mazur, Marlene Ezell and Katrina Powers have each won a copy of the April issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. I want to thank everyone who visited my author Facebook page, Terrie Farley Moran and messaged for a chance to win.

I really like giveaways, so I am sure there will be more. See ya there.

Terrie

Broken Window by Dorothy H. Hayes

Broken Window by Dorothy H. Hayes, one of our very own, is out today!

Hayes2Reporter Carol Rossi achieved some local notoriety with her last investigative piece for the local newspaper in Wilton, Connecticut. Still, it’s completely unexpected when she’s drawn into a case that has her trolling for information in the streets of New York City.

Kelly Singleton, a recent graduate of Wilton High School, was thrilled to take her friends to see her dorm room at NYU. The girls had begged their parents to let them learn the ins and outs of riding the subway.

However, the young women discover they’re completely out of their element when Kelly vanishes without a trace.

We met Rossi in Dorothy’s first novel, Murder at the P&Z, where she used her investigative skills to look into local politics at the Planning & Zoning Commission. She’s an interesting and innovative amateur detective who loves to rescue animals and is an uncompromising vegan.

Hayes has woven a complicated mystery with this challenging story line, set in steamy New York City in 1984. It’s obvious she did extensive research into the times and issues facing NYC during this critical time.

Check out this trailer for this suspenseful read:

For a chance to win a copy of Broken Window, check out my review at Criminal Element and enter the sweepstakes!

A dogged reporter and a missing teenager lost in a city of millions. It makes for good mystery.

Over the Moon

Definitely, it was an over the moon feeling when my four children were born, many years ago, I might add.

February 25, and 28 brought to me two beautiful human beings, Lauren and Lisa. March delivered to me my son, Paul, and in the month of November my daughter, Lenore, arrived.

If people ask, I tell them that the gems of my life are my four children, now grown and married to people who have added even more joy. Of course, when their children were born, I thought, great, I’ve got my babies back.

Those baby years, with my four children, were filled with amazement, with something new each day. I was a stay-at-home mom and I loved my job. Those were treasured times the memories of which are so sweet that I cry for missing them. Love is, it’s been said, always packed with some tears. Then I thank God for them, for they are close in heart and spirit and still feed my life with the joy they brought on the day of their birth.

When Animal Instinct, my first novel, was published, 2006, I was with my son and daughter-in-law, and granddaughter on a vacation. The local Wilton, CT newspaper, the Wilton Bulletin, for whom I had been a staff writer for three years, called to do an interview about my new book. While doing that interview, and being with some of my family members, I thought no one should be this happy. Over the moon again.

The moment was a celebration of motherhood, grandmotherhood, and the birth of a novelist.

Now my third book, Broken Window, will be published by Mainly Murder Press on March first. It is the second book in The Carol Rossi Mystery Series, the first being, Murder at the P&Z. We’ll be celebrating three February and March birthdays in that short spate of time.

Birthing babies and books is an honor, a gift. As my years of living pile up, I consider myself so fortunate to have been so blessed.

Were your books and babies among your over the moon moments?

Two Greats

When one of the best crime writers working today, Michael Connelly, reviews a new book by one of the other great crime writers of today, Richard Price, and it’s the front page of the Sunday New York Times book section, that is worth taking notice. 0215-bks-Connelly-articleLarge

It’s an excellent review, meaning the reviewer liked the book, and it’s an excellent review, also meaning it says some interesting things about the book, the writer, and crime writing itself. So herewith, a link, in case you haven’t read it. Enjoy!

The Whites,’ by Richard Price Writing as Harry Brandt

By MICHAEL CONNELLY
FEB. 12, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/books/review/the-whites-by-richard-price-writing-as-harry-brandt.html

Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch Series

The City of Bones was a clever title and I was more than eager to read at least one mystery of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch Series. He’s written more than twenty-plus novels, and this one was highly recommended by a fellow writer. I was all ready a fan having loved The Lincoln Lawyer, the movie.

Mr. Connelly is an American author of crime fiction, in particular, the LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. He’s the winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

In between writing books I set out to learn more about American iconic writers in general. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a big fan of Swedish author, the internationally famous Henning Mankell, who wrote the Kurt Wallander Series which is featured on PBS, public broadcasting.

I’ve grown to chuckle and become very fond of Kurt Wallander while considering Mr. Mankell a master writer. His books have a depth to them that reflects society worldwide, Sweden, in particular. And, Kurt fumbles around in life, trying to keep pace with personal issues, aging, illness, his daughter, and his love life, all this juggling while he ingeniously solves crimes. Yet, Mankell stories are consistently bigger than Kurt Wallander.

In reading the City of Bones I was disappointed in the narrow scope of the plot. The many twists and turns, on this cold case, seemed just a ploy to get us through the story, add the numbers of pages required to call it a book. Connelly’s writing is polished and the twists and turns were well set into the plot. I intend to read at least one of his Mickey Heller tales and others since he too seems, from the many titles, to cover a great deal of ground.

What is your favorite Michael Connelly tale? And why?

Book Trailers–Do They Work?

A while ago, a book trailer was included in a comment on Women of Mystery, and I wasn’t very impressed, but I thought I needed to keep up with the new technological way of promoting a book.

Recently, however, a sister writer, M. C. V. Egan, created a trailer for my new mystery Broken Window to be published on March 1st, and I was blown away by its dynamic effect.  The great music and the visual, with moving parts, helps to embed the book cover and the name of the book in the viewer’s mind.

Book trailers can be placed on YouTube, your Amazon Author’s page, and your website. And by all means, they can be sent on the blog tour, another recent technological invention that has grown into being a must in the launch of one’s new book.

Book trailers are just one little, lively feature, that can be most memorable.

What do you think of this new fangled marketing tool?

Writers and Coffee: A Love Story

L-Frank-Baum-CoffeeOver at CriminalElement, I posted briefly about writing (and editing, which goes hand in hand), being among the Top 5 coffee-drinking professions. The results were from a small survey, but it made me think. With all the sepia-tinged legends of scribblers and booze, coffee or tea is far more often the lubricant among writers I know. Yes, and for myself, as one of those already at optimal dosage with the most recent health recommendations for consumption. From last week, here’s the Washington Post’s Roberto A. Ferdman with “It’s official: Americans should drink more coffee.”

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Samuel Beckett over his coffee.

As I surfed around, mug in hand, I found these tidbits at figment.com:

Coffee: Induces wit. -Gustave Flaubert

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.  -T.S. Eliot

And from BrainyQuote:

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. -Anais Nin

Coffee is a language in itself. -Jackie Chan

Okay, you got me. Jackie Chan’s not a writer, but I agree with him anyway. And here’s director/writer David Lynch’s take on coffee as it appeared in the HuffPost‘s Obsessed series:

I am pretty much obsessed with coffee. I’ve been drinking coffee on a regular basis since I was in the ninth grade. In the ninth grade, I met my soon-to-be good friend, Toby, on the front yard lawn of my girlfriend’s house. And during that first conversation with Toby, he happened to tell me that his father was a painter, a fine art painter. Hearing this news that an adult could be a painter — an explosion went off in my head and from that moment on all I wanted to do was paint. And for me, the world of a painter held much coffee.

Coffee became tied to what I called “The Art Life.” I loved to go to diners and drink coffee and try to catch ideas for the work. Coffee has always seemed to facilitate thinking and catching ideas. Not only that, but the flavor of coffee is beyond the beyond good.

Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.

The leading image of Oz’s L. Frank Baum is from HuffPost’s article on 9 genius coffee drinkers, which included the astounding habits of Voltaire (40-50 coffee/cocoas daily) and Kierkegaard (approx. 30 sugar cubes/cup). I, too, have a ton of mugs and enjoy matching them to the day’s requirements. And that may be the only honest point of reference between myself and the Danish philosopher.

Nonetheless, I think I will have another cup, now that you mention it. Hope your day is full of catching ideas, too!

“On Target” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

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I am gleefully wandering around town waving the April issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine under everyone’s nose pointing to my name on the cover. And you must admit, the cover is gorgeous.

Even more fun, on the Hitchcock website, there is an excerpt from my story “On Target” complete with a true-to-story illustration by Hank Blaustein. You can start it here:

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I yanked the brim of my cap low on my brow and hunched my shoulders against wind gusting inland from the East River.

I felt him fall in step with me and I lengthened my stride, knowing it would be tough for him to keep up. Still he limped along as best he could.

“Dmitri, still living with your mother. A man of your age? Shouldn’t you have your own apartment, with a soft sweet woman to keep you warm at night?”

“James. My name is James.”

“Ah, you don’t need to act like such an American. Old friends know the truth.”

“Truth? The truth is I’m late for work.” I tried to walk even faster but Pavel grabbed my arm and pulled me to an abrupt stop.

“You cannot avoid your destiny. Your father’s legacy is yours alone to fulfill. Your brothers—”

Click here to read the full excerpt.

There is still more exciting news. If you go to my author Facebook page and message me the word “April”, I will enter you in a drawing for a copy of the April issue of AHMM which, along with “On Target”, includes stories by such fabulous short mystery writers as Martin Limón, Janice Law, John C. Boland, Jay Carey, David Edgerley Gates and Dan Warthman.

So, what are you waiting for? Click on over to Terrie Farley Moran on Facebook and send a message for a chance to win the April 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

As always, if you are not on Facebook, a comment here will be considered an entry.

Terrie

Making the Best Seller List

thLike most writers I know, i’d love to see my name on the Best Seller list. We work hard to make our stories interesting and compelling. We find our voice and create plots with amazing characters (at least to us) who inhabit terrific settings. Stories we hope will rack up the sales and offer us fame and fortune so that one day, our names will be on The List.

In an interview with Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series,the BBC News Entertainment and Arts section listed the author’s Ten Tips for being a Best Selling Author. From starting a story and getting to the end to finding an agent, her advice can help with navigating the road to that elusive Best Seller list.

What about you? Any tips you’d like to share?

Murder on the Menu, Wetumpka, Alabama

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Last week I talked about attending Murder in the Magic City in Birmingham, Alabama. The very next day we caravanned to Wetumpka, a town about an hour away to attend Murder on the Menu, the main fundraiser for the Wetumpka Library. It is a superb event coordinated by the energetic Tammy Rushing Lynn, ably assisted by FOWL–Friends of the Wetumpka Library.

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I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel called “Why did Johnny have to die? Creating the motivation for murder.” Mystery writing panelists J.K. Kennedy, Robert Mangeot, Sharon Marchisello and Michael Kardos were enthusiastic and so clever in their explanations of how a murderer thinks that I’m sure everyone in the audience was extra careful not to cross one of these exceptional writers for fear of, shall we say, retribution. And speaking of the audience, one of the great joys of Murder on the Menu is that the writers have plenty of time to mingle with the audience for conversations that were lively and fun.

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All in all, I had a fabulous time both days. And is it any wonder I find myself singing Sweet Home Alabama from time to time? Nope. No wonder at all.

Terrie