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February Interviews













2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar


Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson

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WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.


Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!


KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.


Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.


Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.



Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Halloween Tales


After reading old Halloween tales a week ago, I wanted to read some newly created tales. I went over to Smashwords.com and downloaded free or inexpensive tales to see if they would meet my fancy. Once downloaded and read, I realized that many of the pages at the end of the stories were advertisements for the author’s novels—I’m so na├»ve—but, depending on the story, it’s great idea. I dropped one story from my list of those to review because the author actually pleaded with readers to forgive his mistakes. What? Here are the results, and there were a few gems.

“Unholy Cow” by John H. Carroll. (Free)
The story contains some enjoyable deadpan humor and repartee among three evil friends who corrupt a little girl. The author doesn’t follow the usually short story format, resulting in an ending without a twist or conclusion.

“Dumb White Husband vs. Halloween” by Benjamin Wallace (.99)
Another title for this piece could have been “National Lampoon’s Halloween Adventure.” It’s a good tale worth reading with a nice twist at the end—more than worth the price.

Something Spooky This Way Comes ($2.99)
Halloween Short Story Anthology 2010

This volume contains nine tales by nine authors. Most are romance stories, and I have to admit most of them used Halloween as a prop. That’s not to say that the stories were not worthwhile reading, but if you’re looking for spooky tales, this volume won’t provide satisfaction. Most of the writers write well, but the quality varies. Changing tenses seems common in romance stories (as opposed to mystery), and a few of these stories I faulted for that reason. Perhaps, since I’m a mystery reader and writer, that aspect won’t bother romance fans. For me, the following stories were notable:

  • “The UnHaunted House” by Lozi Hart-A short tale, even if the ending was expected, that was well written and executed.
  • “Masked Souls” by Tonya Kappes-A well written love story, again using a Halloween party as backdrop, but it contained a nice taste of revenge that wasn’t too sweet.
  • “Fireside” by J. W. Keleher-A short short-story well written and executed with a surprise ending. Bravo!
  • “A Piece of her Soul” by Magdalena Scott-Another romance story, using Halloween marginally, but the ending contained a good twist. There is a change of POV at the very end that is bothersome. I understood the reason, but I also felt that the author could have handled this need without breaking POV.
  • “Finders Seekers” by Jennifer Johnson-This was an unusual and well written tale set at the time of Halloween and, unlike the other tales, utilized the holiday to provide an emotional basis for one of the character’s feelings and thoughts—well done.
“Love Thy Neighbor: A Halloween Short by L. S. Pierce (Free)
I don’t know of author L. S. Pierce, but she sure can write a good short story. The tale has its twists and an ending that was totally unexpected. Good show!

6 comments:

Pauline Alldred said...

Elaine, thanks for the list. I'm in the process of checking out the many ways of writing an interesting short story. There are writers who think a twist at the end is a gimmick to hide the lack of content in what went before. I don't believe that's always true but then, what is?

E. B. Davis said...

Oh no! A gimmick--no--a twist is a classic ending to a story. It doesn't have to be a twist ending, but when the writer sets up a twist, it's always a nice surprise!

Writing a straight story without withholding anything is fine. But, if the writer gives clues that could end in different scenarios, but ends with the unexpected one, it isn't a cheat or a gimmick, it's genius!

Just proves people will complain about anything--even when a story has consistancy and strength--a surprise ending? Maybe they're just mad because they didn't see it coming. Ha!

Warren Bull said...

Thanks for the list.

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks Warren, are your shorts at Smashwords.com?

Warren Bull said...

Thanks for asking EB,

My short stories will be published by Untreed Reads, but Im not sure when.

E. B. Davis said...

Are they going to e-publish them or is it exclusively a print version? If it isn't e-published, will you get them up on Amazon or Smashwords yourself? If not, why? Sorry, I'm a bit of a bugger tonight! :)