If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

Check out our April author interviews: Two WWK members have new books out this month. Look for James Montgomery Jackson's interview about his fifth Seamus McCree novel, Empty Promises, on 4/4. Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver novel, Necessary Ends also debuts this month. Her interview will be on 4/18. WWK veteran, Sherry Harris's interview posts on 4/11. The next in her series, I Know What You Bid Last Summer, is now available. Grace Topping interviews KB Owen on 4/25. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our April Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 4/7-Cindy Callaghan, 4/14-Sasscer Hill, 4/21-Margaret S. Hamilton, 4/28-Kait Carson.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here.

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Are you a Lexophile? by Warren Bull

Image from nwcreation.net 

Are you a lexophile?, i.e., a lover of words, one who derives pleasure from various use of words, who appreciates the nuances surrounding different words, and who is alert to synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and homonyms, often using them for effect, sometimes in humor.
For example:
Lawyers’ briefs are anything but brief.
I know I shouldn’t have argued with the nurse but he kept needling me.
The pop singer was a flop as a movie star. He just didn’t project well.
Baseball is holy. After all, Genesis starts, “In the big inning.”
My uncle must be a magician, Mom said he took a car and turned it into a tree.
My teacher asked how many sides a circle has. I told her, “Two; inside and outside.” 
How big is the capitol of Ireland? I don’t know but it must be enormous. Every time anyone talks about it they say its Dublin.

“Jimmy! I missed you.” “I know, Sam. I ducked.”
Even Abraham Lincoln was a lexophile. He used to sit by a window in the White House reading newspapers or books. He would glance out the window from time to time. One evening he said to his confidential messenger, William Slade.
“William, who is that old colored man outside with an empty basket on his arm? I’ve noticed that for some days he comes regularly and leaves with the basket still empty. Go down and get him. Bring him up to see me.”
The old man hobbled into the presence of the President, but upon realizing he was seeing Lincoln, he was too full of emotion to speak.
Realizing this, Lincoln spoke first.
“Well, Uncle. I’ve seen you coming here for several days with your empty basket and a few minutes later you leave. What’s your story? What can I do for you?”
“Thank you, sir,” he said. “Mr. Lincoln I heard that you have the Constitution here and it has provisions in it. Well, as we have nothing to eat in my house, I just thought I’d come around and get mine.” 
Lincoln laughed and told Slade to take him to the kitchen to fill his basket.