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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Remember to thank a veteran


cj Sez:  Veterans Day is Monday, November 11. What is the difference between Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day, you ask . . .
   
   Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, including those who are still living, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.

   Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as Armistice Day, a day to honor the fallen soldiers of The Great War for their sacrifice and bravery. The name and date were fixed by history—the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

   The day didn’t become a legal holiday until 1926 and was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 at the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations.

   
   And in Arizona at precisely 11:11 a.m. on every November 11th, the sun’s rays align to complete the stunning Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona, by shining an solar spotlight through each pillar’s oculus and highlighting a vivid mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States

   The monument's five staggered, gleaming, white marble pillars honor the service and sacrifice of members of the nation’s five military branches. The sizes of the pillars correspond to the Department of Defense’s order of precedence: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and finally Coast Guard.
(Veterans Day Info Source:  Various sites on Google.)

   I live free today because of brave men and women who defended the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. Thank you, veterans, each and every one of you.
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  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. See you next week?

cj

   TO ORDER an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, and the anthologies HOMETOWN HEROES and THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice. 

   If you’re local (in Mobile area), do stop in at the book store. They make a point to shelve the books of local authors, and it’s a neat place to browse.

   Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook






Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sliding into 2020


cj Sez: Fall, autumn, pre-winter, post-summer, turn-back-the-clock-time…whatever you call it, it’s time for state and county fairs. Corn dogs and hot dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy, games of skill and luck, rodeos and grandstand entertainment, blue ribbon winners and petting zoos, a kaleidoscope of color, a cacophony of beautiful noise, and exciting rides.
Photo by Jeff Johnston

  How about that for an exciting ride at the Greater Gulf State Fair? Personally, I would not be one of those people spinning and hanging by a thread that many feet in the air. That said, I hope you had a chance to go to a fair this year.
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   I feel like I’m on a downward slide to the end of the year—somewhere between Halloween and the beginning of winter (the winter solstice occurs December 21). And my favorite annual greeting pops into my brain: Happy HalloThanksMasYear! Think about it. Right now, many stores have displays up for the generic harvest time and fall colors as well as for every one of those holidays.
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NaNoWriMo anyone?
   If you’re participating…best wishes for the win!
November is the National Novel Writing Month, and the challenge is to write fifty thousand words, as in 50,000, in one month. Let’s see, “30 days hath September, April, June, and November.” That means you’ll have to write an average of (just a minute, calculations going on) 1,667 words per day. Whew!

   If you’re not in a support group (they are very good for encouragement and motivation), there are multiple sources of helpful forums and advice online. There is even an official organization:  https://www.nanowrimo.org/

   So, shouldn’t you be writing? There are only 27 days left until Nov. 30.
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   November 30? Now that I think about it, since I get paid monthly, I have only one more payday until Christmas. Aarrgh
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cj’s helpful hints for your Holiday Gift Giving List…

   The good news is there is still time to get bargains that offer more bang for your bucks, and that’s anthologies! More than one story in a tome, offering hours of enjoyment at one low price.

   In addition to getting wonderful stories, the best part about the two listed here is that part of the proceeds will go to benefit worthwhile charities.  (P.S. I have a story in each anthology.) HOMETOWN HEROES (benefits the Cajun Navy) is available now . .

   FINALLY HOME is set to launch December 10 (benefits animal rescue groups).
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Personal Update:
   I’ve requested a reversal of rights from Simon&Schuster for my novels CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR. As of this post they were still free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. If they disappear before you can grab a copy, you can still order autographed paperbacks from The Haunted Bookshop. (See below.)

   I’m hoping to get the novels re-issued with new covers and new names, and if I’m lucky, it’ll be next year. (Seek a new publisher? Indie publish? ¿Quien sabe?)
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   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. See you next week?

cj
   Visit my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj for information about my stories. And if you wind up searching for my name, be sure to use two "t"s in petterson.

   TO ORDER an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, and the anthologies HOMETOWN HEROES and THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Writes of passage


cj Sez: I found a path into my office closet last week to conduct a long over-due decluttering and found a 900-word flash fiction story called “The Family on Bushnell Creek” that could benefit from a bit of editing.

   As is my habit whatever I read, I began picking out a few things I would edit. Basically I liked the story line, and the nits I picked out were minor…things like two spaces after a period. Imagine my surprise when I realized the story was one I had written six or seven years ago.

  I think I’m going to clean up the manuscript, which will also add a few words, and file it away for inclusion in a future anthology. (The rest of the closet clean-up will have to wait.)

   My suggestion to you is to go back through your old manuscripts. Maybe you’ll find a gem or three you can resurrect.
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   From Owl Hollow Press . . . “We're incredibly delighted to announce THE EXISTENCE OF BEA PEARL, a YA Contemporary Southern Mystery by the amazing Candice Marley Conner Author, coming next fall (2020)! Its atmospheric swampy perfection w/ edge-of-your-seat mystery will make you swoon!”

 “Swampy perfection—I adore that. Y’all, I’m beside myself that THE EXISTENCE OF BEA PEARL will be out into the world! It’s my love letter to the swamps of my childhood and stories whispered around campfires crackling next to muddy rivers. Thank you, Owl Hollow Press for believing in Bea Pearl’s existence.”

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cj’s Public Service Announcements: 

   Daylight Saving Time ends at 1 a.m. local time on Sunday morning, November 3, 2019, in most areas of the U.S., so we'll “fall back” and return to Standard time. Ergo: If you’re living on DST, try to remember to set your timepieces back one hour on Saturday night.

   NANOWRIMO anyone? Time to prepare your writing place and allocate your times. 
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   Writing the right word . . .  (I can’t give proper attribution for the following because I don’t remember where I picked up these helpful tidbits, but it was probably on Facebook.)

   That or which? Do you have trouble deciding which to use? Here’s a rule:
If the sentence doesn’t need the clause that the word in question is connecting, use which. If it does, use that…for example:

   The Haunted Bookshop, which has one store, is located in downtown Mobile.
The Haunted Bookshop that has one store is located in downtown Mobile.

   A coffin and a casket? The difference is basically one of design. Coffins have six sides and are tapered at the head and foot and are wide at the shoulders (think of the rough, pine coffins you see in western movies). Caskets are rectangular in shape and are usually made of more expensive woods and trims.

cj’s helpful hints for Holiday Gift Giving List…

   If you, like me, get paid once a month, there are only two more paychecks until time for holiday gift giving. I always look for the bargain that offers more bang for my bucks, and that’s Anthologies! More than one story in a single tome, offering hours of enjoyment at one low price.

   In addition to getting wonderful stories, the best part about the two listed here is that part of the proceeds will go to benefit worthwhile charities. (P.S. I have a story in each anthology.)

 HOMETOWN HEROES (benefits the Cajun Navy) is available now. (A click on the cover will take you right to Amazon.)

 
FINALLY HOME is set to launch December 10 (benefits animal rescue groups).

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   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. See you next week?

cj



CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are quick reads, chock full of adventure with a touch of sassy banter and sweet romance. Free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post.  (Click on the name to go directly to Amazon.) Visit my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj for more information about my stories.
 
   TO ORDER an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, HOMETOWN HEROES, and/or THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Is your favorite author among the Macavity award nominees?


cj Sez:  Nominations are in for the upcoming Macavity Awards. Is one of your favorite authors among them?

   Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate their favorite mysteries in five categories from the previous year for the Macavity Awards. The Macavity Awards are a literary award for mystery writers. Nominated and voted upon annually by the members of the Mystery Readers International, the award is named for the "mystery cat" of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.  The winners of this coveted award will be announced at the end of October, 2019, at the Bouchercon convention in Dallas, Texas.
 
Best Novel:
Lou Berney: November Road
Alison Gaylin: If I Die Tonight
Jane Harper: The Lost Man
Jennifer Hillier: Jar of Hearts
Naomi Hirahara: Hiroshima Boy
Lisa Unger: Under My Skin
 
Best First Novel:
Oyinkan Braithwaite: My Sister, the Serial Killer
John Copenhaver: Dodging and Burning
Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing
Catherine Steadman: Something in the Water
C.J. Tudor: The Chalk Man
 
Best Nonfiction:
Laird R. Blackwell: The Metaphysical Mysteries of G.K. Chesterton: A Critical Study of the Father Brown Stories and Other Detective Fiction
Margalit Fox: Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer
Leslie S. Klinger: Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s
Michelle McNamara: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Laura Thompson: Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life
Sarah Weinman: The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World
 
Best Short Story: (Click on titles in blue for links to the stories)
Craig Faustus Buck: “Race to Judgment” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov/Dec 2018)
Leslie Budewitz: “All God’s Sparrows” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May/Jun 2018)
Barb Goffman: “Bug App├ętit” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov/Dec 2018)
Barry Lancet: “Three-Star Sushi” (Down & Out: The Magazine, Vol.1, No. 3)
Gigi Pandian: “The Cambodian Curse” (The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories)
Art Taylor: “English 398: Fiction Workshop” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Jul/Aug 2018)
 
Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery:
Dianne Freeman: A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder
Elsa Hart: City of Ink
Laurie R. King: Island of the Mad
Sujata Massey: The Widows of Malabar Hill
Ann Parker: A Dying Note
Charles Todd: A Forgotten Place
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   Special congratulations to fellow Mobile Writers Guild member and author Candice Marley Conner. Her illustrated text chapter book, “Secretly Poppy, the Finder of Lost Things,” was awarded FIRST PLACE by the Southern Breeze chapter of SCBWI in their 2019 writing contest. Southern Breeze reported a record number of entries and tough competition for the winners.  (Yay, Candice!)
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   NaNoWriMo Helpful hint to avoid saggy middles:
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cj’s helpful hints for your Holiday Gift Giving List: 
   
FINALLY HOME Christmas anthology launch is December 10, 2019


   Also still available (you can never have too many feel-good Christmas stories anytime of the year): the  HOMETOWN HEROES Christmas anthology is free on Kindle Unlimited.

And you’ll be getting another two-fer!

   Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Cajun Navy, those hometown heroes who trailer their personal boats to hurricane flood-devastated areas to help those in need. And they do their incredible volunteerism on their own nickel. 

   By buying this book, you will help contribute to a wonderful cause and be able to read some lovely stories at the same time.


   Discover the role this fox plays in my story, “Hobbes House Noel,” one of the five romance stories in the Hometown Heroes anthology. (Well, actually not THIS fox. This photo was taken in my back yard.)

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   By the by, as the masthead of Lyrical Pens says, if you have a book you want to promote (new or one you want to re-energize the marketing for), let me know. We can arrange a blog date…the only caveat is that this site is PG 13.

   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. See you next week?

cj

CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are quick reads chock full of adventure with a touch of sassy banter and sweet romance. Get your Kindle copy on Amazon…visit my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj for more information about my stories.

   TO ORDER an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, HOMETOWN HEROES, and/or THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook