“Going All Zen…” Guest Post by Donis Casey

Since the holidays are almost upon us, I invited my friend and fellow author, Donis Casey, to guest post. Donis is an award-winning Poisoned Pen Press author from… ready… Oklahoma! But this Chicago girl and Donis seem to click, whether we’re talking noir, the dust bowl, or Zen. Probably because, just like me, she has […]

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When the Going Gets Tough…

One of the best parts about being an indie author is meeting and finding you really like other indie authors. That’s happened to me over and over the past few years, and one of the authors I have come to consider a good friend is CJ West. We like to support each other when we […]

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Crossing the Rubicon — Guest Post by Rosemary Harris

  I’ve crossed the Rubicon. I’m guessing it won’t be as historically significant as Julius Caesar launching the Roman Empire but it was something of a milestone for me. I made the decision to self-publish. And not just an ebook, format the file, throw it online and see if anyone notices. I self-pubbed as a […]

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Former Intelligence Officer Admits “Spying Was Easier”…

Those of you who know me well know I am in awe of intelligence officers. Especially when they’re women. Espionage — and all its related activities — is like crack cocaine to me. I can’t stay away. So when Laura DiSilverio told me she was a former intelligence officer, well… I had to have her […]

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The World of Xarrok is Here!

A good friend of mine, and a lovely writer, Catrina Taylor has just published her first novel, a sci-fi, Star-Wars epic, Xarrok Birth of an Empire, Book 1. To celebrate, she’s put together a kind of scavenger hunt. I am thrilled to be able to help her launch her new work. (Don’t you love the […]

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Interview and more at my favorite blog

One of my favorite new blogs for and about crime fiction is READ ME DEADLY, and today they are interviewing — me. I hope you’ll stop by and have a read, leave a comment, a slur,  or even something nice. Thanks! http://www.readmedeadly.com/

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Girl In A Box — Using Current Events 30 Years Later

Ok. I confess. I’m a sucker for “modern” historical crime fiction — stories that go back to the recent past (ie Twentieth Century +) for their inspiration. I’ve written my fair share of them —  those of you who’ve read me know that.  But I’m always on the look-out for similarly themed crime novels, and […]

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Help for Special Needs Kids — and Their Parents

A very different post today. But just as important as the ones before.   A good friend of mine who lives in the UK just published a wonderful resource for parents of Special Needs Kids. The UK educational system isn’t that different from ours, at least in Chicago, in terms of what hoops you need […]

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What the Dutch think about hard-boiled American fiction…

I am delighted to have Dutch author Jochem Van der Steen as my first guest blogger. Jochem has a terrific blog, Sons of Spade which is devoted to hardboiled crime fiction. I  just discovered he is also the founder of the Hardboiled Collective, a group of like-minded hardboiled crime writers, including Timothy Hallinan, Bill Crider […]

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  • About Libby

    Compulsively Readable ThrillersLibby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

    She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.