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Stone • Cold • Dead!

I have another WIP and another excerpt chapter to tease you with. Stone Cold Dead is a military-based action thriller that opens with a fire-fight about to go down in Iraq, involving a number of clandestine alphabet agencies. And, as the bullets fly, everyone’s first reaction is to shoot first, and ask questions afterwards. “CIA Agent, Karen Stone, crouched down in the tight confines behind the huge boulder leaning in against the solid safety listening to the Special Forces team leader, Sergeant Johnny ‘Jack’ Daniels, whisper instructions to the rest of the group. Simmons spread out the tactical data across his knees as others peered in over shoulders, scanning the topography on the aerial and hi-res shots. Stone wasn’t a part of their team. Just an observer. An unofficial, official observer. She had supplied the Intel and, as such, had come along for the ride, which was the official line— confirm the kill for the Agency. That was the supposition. At least, as far as the craggy-faced Sergeant Daniels was concerned. But she had her …

Deception Point

“Paul Jutra’s life is about to become a living hell, the problem is, Paul doesn’t remember. Doesn’t remember much of anything, prior to waking up in a hospital bed with a raging headache.” The prologue of this novel, which I’m about to start work on (well, this winter at least) is now up for review on my writing website, HERE! I would appreciate any feedback anyone would care to give, even if it’s just to tell me you spotted a spelling mistake. And if anyone would like to be a BETA reader for me, let me know. This novel started out with a tongue-twisting title I’ve now since abandoned, and who wouldn’t, it was awful: THE DIOSCURI STRATAGEM is now DECEPTION POINT — yes, even though that title has already been used by another, eh, more famous author. I decided that Deception Point was a better fit. It was, in fact, one of the original titles I’d chosen, but abandoned after doing an online search. I mean, no one really wants to have the same …

Getting A Grip On Crime …

Or, more to the point, learning the art of writing crime fiction. The amazingly talented Crime Thriller Girl, A.K.A. Steph Broadribb, along with a couple of her fellow crime-writing friends—Susi Holliday, AK Benedict, and Louise Voss—have created a website in order to help authors write their first novel. If you would like to know more about what’s on offer, visit them HERE. And while you are at it, why not look them up on Facebook, HERE.

Pistols at Dawn

This weekend saw me make a start on my proposed novel by setting up certain sections, and searching out some background material I’ll need. This can be a fun part of writing, but also, a distracting part now that we all have access to the WWW. So when I start a project, I like to get as much of the background and research done as soon as possible. Names, places, character ideas. Plot points, outline, anything I think I’ll need to keep me on track, and not distracted. Which is why I’m going to write this one in Scrivener, a writing software that’s a little more than the name suggests. It offers a way to keep all your research and writing in one place. And while the program itself can, at times, seem a little overblown, with maybe one or two more bells and whistles than seems necessary, I thought I’d give it a try this time around. Given I’ve had the software for quite a while now. So late yesterday evening, in a moment …