8 Movie Musicals To Watch During April Showers

Some of you know I write a column for Women’s Voices Magazine. Happily, it’s in their “Enjoy” section, which means I get to write about books and movies I’ve loved — every month. Usually they’re not new films or books, but they are centered on a theme. Recently, I wrote about Movie Musicals. Since April [...]


Our First Google Hangout

So we did it — the Top Suspense Group (of which I’m a member) conducted our first Google Hangout On air last night. All in all, I think it went pretty well. We tried to focus on techniques of suspense (imagine that), although we got side-tracked a lot. But it was fun. I hope you [...]


PI Georgia Davis Gets A Make-Over

She would cringe to hear me say that, but it’s true: the Georgia Davis books now have new covers. I don’t know about you, but the process of designing a book cover and then seeing the reality is one of the most satisfying parts of indie publishing. And just in time for the holidays, too. [...]


Two Cyber-Monday Audiobook Contests

Hi, all. Two Cyber-Monday audiobook contests I want to make sure you know about: I’ve joined 9 other traditionally published authors who’ve now gone indie in this “public service” contest. You can win one of 30+ free audiobooks — in my case, either Havana Lost or An Eye for Murder. Contest goes through December 7th, [...]


Virtual Book Fair Dec 1-7: Audio Giveaway

More holiday specials! I’m giving away a free audio of Havana Lost sometime between December 1-7, as part of my participation in The Virtual Book Fair. All you have to do is sign-up for my newsletter here. I’ll announce the winner on the 7th. But, and this is the best part, there are a lot [...]


A Narrator’s-Eye View of Audiobooks

Audiobooks are quickly changing the way we “read.” Yes, I’m a book addict, but there’s just not enough time in the day for me to escape with a great story. So I make time. When I’m in the car, walking the dog, or cleaning the house, I now listen to audiobooks. In fact, audio is [...]


SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE — Favor needed

I have a favor to ask everyone… at least those of you who’ve listened to the audio of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE and rated/ reviewed it on Audible. I’ve had to set up a new page for the audio (the rights reverted to me– which is good). However, the ratings and reviews could not [...]


The Writer and Sensory Detail: How much, how often?

  “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” E. L. Doctorow I love that definition. Sensory detail succeeds when a writer uses the senses of touch, taste, sight, smell and sound to create a visceral, emotional reaction [...]


The Cuba Files: Santería

If you have read Havana Lost you’ll have noticed the way I’ve woven the Santería religion through the plot. A potent mix of European Catholicism and African Voodoo, it is a constant backdrop to the Cuban psyche. My character Carla Garcia believes in it more than any of the other characters in the book, not [...]