Monday, February 15, 2016

IWW Members' Publishing Successes

Mel Jacob

Reviews up at Science Fiction Review:

I, Robot: To Preserve by Mickey Zucker

When a humanoid robot, Nate, is accused of murder, Susan Calvin, a psychotherapist, is determined to prove otherwise.

Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip

A new take on various Arthurian tales with a mix of old and modern. Lovely writing.

Jeannette de Beauvoir

I’m doing a series of blogs for the Criminal Element. My first one went up last week, a fun tour of heist movies. My upcoming novel features a jewel heist — sort of.

Anyway, a Yahoo! and a topic for discussion if you're so inclined ... (And the first commenter is correct: the wrong clip was attached. Hopefully that will be fixed presently.) Would love to have you comment over there, share your favorites, etc.!

In my second guest blog for Criminal Element, I talk about other books and authors I think do that same juxtaposition well. I've always been interested in the intersection (or perhaps melange) of genres. I used to write "straight" historical fiction, and more recently have been playing with combining it with mystery fiction.

It's called History as Mystery and as always I'd love to hear your thoughts, if you have any titles you'd add to mine, or if you have feelings about or experience of combining genres. For a long time there was a popular genre called the romantic thriller, which seems slightly less popular now than it was 50 years ago. Who knows?

Jody Ewing

Forensic Colleges listed Iowa Cold Cases as one of "10 Cold Case Blogs Worth a Follow." I was in great company, along with friends Alice de Sturler of Defrosting Cold Cases and Joe Giacalone of Cold Case Squad.

Guilie Castillo-Oriard

I was interviewed on a local Curaçao tv station's morning show, Awe Mainta, live and to be re-transmitted (and streamed) throughout the week in both the Caribbean and Holland.

Then I got a call from the local bookstore stocking The Miracle of Small Things to let me know they'd just sold the last copy and could I please bring more. Also, there are some fifty people confirmed for the book launch in Curaçao this coming Saturday.

These are Facebook event confirmations, which means the count excludes the bookstore's clients or anyone who hears of the event via any other means - posters, radio, newspapers, the TV thing, etc.

Two acquaintances contacted me today to say they bought the book yesterday, stayed up late to finish it—yes,both of them—and loved it. One said it made her fall in love with Curaçao and with dog rescuing all over again. The other said it made her excited about her island (she's from here) and about the sector she works in (the financial industry).

Today I'm celebrating the warmth people — friends and strangers— have showered on me. On the book. No matter how extraordinary a book, it's the people element that makes (or breaks) it. And I'm beyond grateful to be on the receiving end of so much generosity.

Lynne Hinkey

My book review of Jillian Green DiGiacomo's novel "Codename Cupcake" is now up at Underground Book Reviews.

Joanna M. Weston

A good review of my children's book, 'Frame and The McGuire', is up at Kirkus Reviews. There was a good one in Quill and Quire a while back, but no link. Happy days!

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