- Friends or family may suffer from immense guilt if they let you drive knowing that you were under the influence.
- Friends or family would be put through the hell of mourning your death;
- Family may have to deal with the legal ramifications of your decision, whether you lived through the accident or not.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
By Robin Merrill
Acacia Publishing, Inc
2008, Trade Paper, 276 pages
Lotsimina Hannon (Lotsi to her intimates) is forced by an evil corporate empire to retire before her time. Lotsi, for want of something else to do, decides to start a whole new life. What better way to do so than buy an old RV and a new motorcycle and hit the road? The fact that she’s never in her life driven either a large recreational vehicle or a high-powered motorcycle is no deterrent.
Since she’s looking for a little excitement in her new life, she heads to Las Vegas , home of opulent RV parks, saunas and hot tubs. And men. Oh yes. Older and retired, but far from sedentary, Lotsi has the heart and the attitudes of a much younger woman. You might say the fires are low but still burning. All it takes is a delectable hunk with the wit and the knowledge of the desires of the more mature woman, and a certain level of experience, to bring those embers to a raging inferno. It also may be said that starting a relationship in a hot tub can get things off to a quick start.
Then of course, murder and associated chicanery intrudes and Lotsi is forced into a game of clues, a game that soon turns deadly. What’s worse, Lotsi becomes a target of the killers even while desperately learning to ride the motorcycle and speed out of trouble.
Smartly written, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, author Merrill presents a romp through the RV culture with pokes at aging baby boomers that is just askew enough to keep you reading and chuckling all the way along. While the story is realistically presented with enough straight and freaky characters to keep readers guessing, this frank romantic mystery is not aimed at fans of the realistic or the noir. A fun read. I hope the author is able to bring us further adventures of the mature.
Carl Brookins www.carlbrookins.com http://agora2.blogspot.com, Case of the Great Train Robbery, Reunion, Red Sky
Monday, February 20, 2012
No, I haven't given up writing mysteries. Actually this book was written and published a long time ago. It had a new lease on life when one of my mystery publishers picked it up and released it as an e-book.
Epicon focuses on the e-book and is geared toward published writers.
Left Coast Crime is in Sacramento this year, not too far north of where I live. When I checked out plane fares, etc., the cost was astronomical and I had to make dumb changes whether I flew out of Bakersfield or Fresno. One flight would have taken me to Phoenix AZ, back to San Francisco, then another small town before the destination of Sacramento. The other one I found was just as dumb, so I decided to check out the train. For much less cost and a trip straight to Sacramento, I bought my train ticked. I've always loved LCC and have attended several. Probably the most fun about LCC is seeing old friends, writers and readers, and meeting a lot of new people who all love mysteries.
The only other conference I'm going to this year isn't until July, the Public Safety Writers Association. http://www.policewriter.com/ in Las Vegas. Check out the program and see all the great speakers, from FBI to a Foresnic Nurse. There will also be craft and promo panels.
The rest of the time I'll be promoting on line, writing the next mystery, and giving talks at libraries and anywhere else I'm invited, and going to craft and book festivals.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
How to Plot A Murder Mystery
With Juanita Rose Violini
20 years experience writing Murder Mystery Entertainment Scripts
Author of Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible and the Ignored
“Fair Play Whodunnits”
Mysteries where the author "plays fair" and gives the reader all of the clues necessary to solve the mystery. Fair play cluetrails can be used in:
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Thursday, February 02, 2012
This app apparently lets you report crimes/suspicious activities to the authorities with the push of a button. But, wait...there's more. It will include video and/or pictures with your report, and your location, and...
Sounds quite cool. However, first things first...Must go out and buy a smart phone.