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A Study in Red - Another Nomination - Win a Copy of the book!

A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper has been named as Book Cover of the Week on the website of Erin Aislinn

The book will now be included in the poll for Erin Aislinn's Book cover of the month for July and the voting will open very soon. Anyone who places a vote for the book will be included in a free draw with one lucky person winning a copy of the e-book edition of the book. I will of course post the link… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on July 27, 2008 at 10:04am — No Comments

Recent Posts on Writers in the Sky Blog


Added by Yvonne Perry on July 26, 2008 at 9:17am — No Comments

Then (Vietnam War) and Now (Iraq War): Fraternization With the Opposite Sex

An older National Guard soldier due to deploy to Iraq told his wife the following:

What a huge difference between the fraternization briefings I got when we were shipped to Germany in 1976 (an armored brigade to Fulda on the East-West border) and now.

The 1976 briefing was four hours of telling us not to fraternize while assuming we would. The motto then: "Sleep NATO."

The same briefing lasted five minutes this May.…

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on July 25, 2008 at 4:39pm — No Comments

My Favorite Books for Book Marketing


Added by Yvonne Perry on July 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

How to Win When Hopping in a Cash Cab

What a crazy idea…get unsuspecting folks in a cab and shock them with a surprise chance to win money.

My mom was watching this program, enjoying it to the max. And I wonder what the thrill is. Is it the surprise element? The fact they took a simple, ordinary activity of taking a cab and turned it into an exciting adventure? Or is it simply the potential to gain cash that stirs excitement?

I'd love to ride in a cab, answer questions the correct way, and relish with the… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on July 25, 2008 at 8:14am — No Comments

Author J D Rhoades guest blogs on the topic of Marketing vs. Connecting

How often have you been invited to sit down with a published author and asked your opinion about anything?

Here's your chance, your invitation to chat with this week's MURDER BY 4 guest blogger J.D. Rhoades, author of BREAKING COVER, published in July 2008 by St. Martin's/Minotaur, and the Jack Keller series of thriller novels: THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND, GOOD DAY IN HELL, and SAFE AND SOUND, also from St. Martin 's.

His article… Continue

Added by Marta Stephens on July 25, 2008 at 5:09am — No Comments

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

July 24th, 2008

I have learned an interesting thing in my life. Many things are good or bad depending on who is doing the looking. I am not talking about sin. I realize there are some who want to debate what is sin and what is not, but really that is just words. Even a person who has had no contact with the Bible has deep in them the ability to know right from wrong at its most basic level. This post is not about sin.

I am speaking of something different… Continue

Added by Barbara Smith on July 24, 2008 at 1:07pm — No Comments

U.S. Military Personnel Trained as Jewish Lay Leaders in Iraq

The article about Jewish military personnel in Iraq training as lay leaders caught my eye on – an online resource for Jews in the U.S. military.

I clicked on the link to the July 10th article in the Jewish Daily Forward by Richard Tenorio titled “American Soldiers in Iraq Enlist in a Different Kind of Service.”

Here’s the beginning of the article:

A Jewish… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on July 24, 2008 at 11:09am — No Comments

Summer Poetry Reading at the Palisades

As you may know, I rarely read my poetry. It's certainly not from lack of love of the genre. But two very special poets have asked me to read at an exceptionally supportive bookstore in Pacific Palisades in a couple of weeks (info below). I hope you'll join us and support our efforts. I'll read a couple of poems from Tracings, a couple from my coming chapbook She Wore Emerald Then co-authored with Magdalena Ball. Maybe a couple brand new ones, too. Please mark your calendars.

Carolyn… Continue

Added by Carolyn Howard-Johnson on July 24, 2008 at 10:25am — No Comments

Victory Over Aquatica

For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

As I mentioned the other day, the boys and I are in Orlando. As my friend, Cindy, said, "A kid's dream vacation." And she's right. I really didn't plan it that way, but when you have two little boys, well, you do things that they like. And that's okay. I enjoy seeing them happy. I didn't want to spend the whole week at the theme parks, so I told… Continue

Added by Joyce Schneider on July 24, 2008 at 9:55am — No Comments

My first book signing


Book signing at Carmichael's Bookstore on September 20,2008 at 4:00 PM at the Frankfort Avenue Location.

The voices in your head, are they schizophrenic delusions or a window to another dimension?


The First Book in the Mind Bending Series

Lynn Tincher

Mystery/Fiction/Psychological Thriller

ISBN Paperback: 978-0-595-51769-5… Continue

Added by Lynn Tincher, Author on July 23, 2008 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Hurricane Bertha, Cristobal and Dolly

2008 Hurricane Watch

Last Friday the remains of Hurricane Bertha was heading into the cold waters of the North Atlantic to die while the quick hitting Tropical Storm Cristobal was forming in the Atlantic about a hundred miles east of Charleston, S.C.

By Sunday morning Cristobal was located 105 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. carrying maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. The system remained about a hundred miles at sea moving at about 6 mph parallel to the… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on July 23, 2008 at 3:41pm — No Comments

New Dates Added for ELEMENTAL Book Events

(Savannah, GA, USA)—With six new dates added to the list of events for the increasingly popular gift book ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love those who missed the launch for the title now have an extended opportunity to pick up personalized copies of the limited first edition of the book.

All locations at this point are in Savannah and the dates are as follows:

July 27,… Continue

Added by Author-Poet Aberjhani on July 23, 2008 at 3:18pm — No Comments

New Approach to Fiction Manuscript Submissions

This series of articles on the blog "Read It and Weep:"

"Create a Market Survey for Your Fiction Manuscript"

"What You Should Know About the Amazon Sales Rank"

"Using the Amazon Sales Rank"

"Calculateing Book Sales From amazon's Sales Rank,"

you might find interesting and useful. They address the issue of

inculding a "Comparative Book Survey" and a "Market Survey" with… Continue

Added by Bill Stephens on July 23, 2008 at 11:56am — No Comments

'A Study in Red' Still Holding Top Spot in Chart

I'm absolutely delighted to see that 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' continues to hold the number 1 slot in the Amazon UK chart which displays all Jack the Ripper books in their catalogue in order of 'best by average customer review.' The listings can be seen at

In terms of the Jack the Ripper… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on July 23, 2008 at 6:45am — No Comments

Learning to Shoot a Gun

Learning to Shoot a Gun

I was shocked when a sweet friend shared that she had at one time been a guard at a women’s prison. The job was rough, the demands stringent, and the circumstances often mirrored a nightmare. But armed with her gun, a sense of security must have eased her tension.

Her instructions were to shoot, no reservations, no hesitation…just fire should she see any inmate display even a slight attempt to escape.

She learned how, she was trained, she… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on July 22, 2008 at 7:35pm — No Comments


There's always so much to do, and I've neglected BMN. I would invite all of you to look over and join Comments are limited to a total of 140 characters and spaces. The restriction of format necessitates precise and disciplined thinking. It also makes comments easy to read. It's like eating pistachios: you can't eat or read just one, but have to keep going. On twitter my user name is: Tedsays. Thanks and see you there, and here, too. Ted

Added by T. R. Catanzarite on July 22, 2008 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Are You Happy?

Are You Happy?

July 22nd, 2008

Did you say yes or no? Your answer will tell you what you need to do next!

I have learned a few things about happiness. It really has very little to do with the things we have, or what we are doing. It really is not based on anything outside of ourselves. It is an internal state. No one can make you happy, and no one can take away your happiness. Oh, they might sway things one way or another for a time, but the real, deep down joy can not be… Continue

Added by Barbara Smith on July 22, 2008 at 11:16am — No Comments

An Update On "Things"

Life can only be described as having gone from hectic to frantic. The big news is that my debut novel, SILENCED CRY, received honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Fair. I heard about the contest late last year and although I was excited about submitting my novel, as the deadline drew near, I began to hesitate. After all, what were the odds of getting noticed among ... how many other excellent entries, right? I’m thrilled to receive the mention. You’ll find the complete list of winners… Continue

Added by Marta Stephens on July 22, 2008 at 10:35am — No Comments

Jesus Loves U

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Psalm 36:5

The boys and I are in Orlando this week, taking a bit of a vacation. Bobby couldn't get the week off, with his new job, but since we had already booked our week, I decided I would bring the boys myself, which is a major accomplishment in itself. Just a few years ago, I would never take off somewhere with the boys for a week, by myself, but that might be another story for… Continue

Added by Joyce Schneider on July 22, 2008 at 9:41am — No Comments

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