Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mobile Stories

Eveningland by Michael Knight


In this book, Michael Knight brings us a collection of short stories to give us the flavor of the people and the location of Mobile Alabama. Short summaries of the stories are as follows:

  • An elderly man tells us the story "Water and Oil," as he observes his young neighbor suffer through his first crush.
  • The story "Smash and Grab" is about a home break-in that goes terribly wrong, with a twist ending.
  • An art teacher in a strict Catholic school is at the center of "Our Lady of the Roses," where she looks at her world, and wonders how, or if, she can find relief from that which is suffocating her.
  • A 50th birthday for the member of what seems to be the perfect Mobile family is the backdrop of the story "Jubilee."
  • In the story "Grand Old Party," a man realizes his wife is having an affair, and he decides to take his shotgun and confront her at her lover's home (told in second person).
  • The still grieving and (very) wealthy widower in the story "The King of Dauphin Island" suddenly gets the idea into his head that he can buy Dauphin Island and everything there, until his daughters get wind of the project. The last line of this story connects nicely to…
  • "Landfall," which is a story (with a large number of characters) of mostly one family that delves into the events surrounding the approach of a disastrous hurricane.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Guest Post: Carolyn Arnold - Writing Serial-Killer Fiction.

http://carolynarnold.net/remnants/
As a lover of the TV shows like "Criminal Minds," you'd think that I would be more of a crime fiction reader; but actually, I hardly ever read this genre. So when I received this offer to put up a guest post about writing serial-killer fiction by author Carolyn Arnold, I jumped at the opportunity. It certainly sounds fascinating!

Writing Serial-Killer Fiction


BY CAROLYN ARNOLD



The world seems to be uniquely fascinated and captivated by the mystery of serial killers. What motivates them to kill, and why do they choose certain people to be their victims? As fiction writers, we need to harness that intrigue, but we also should be very careful not to allow our work and characters to become cliché. That feat is certainly a tough one—especially since most stories have already been written!—but it can be done. It’s all about making your work extraordinary by creating your own distinct slant and personalized voice. And let’s not forget that it’s up to you to make sure your storytelling is superb. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Counting on Family


Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star


Ginger's 13th year was as unlucky as the number. Many years after that tragic summer, it seems no one has been able to fix anything broken back then. Furthermore, there's her deteriorating relationship with her daughter Julia, and her mother Glory is no less strange now, than she was back then. This book, written in parallel timelines, is a story about secrets, hiding things and what should to let go of vs. what to hold close.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Becoming the First

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

 
Kate Warne - I'm sure that name means nothing to you. On the other hand, you may have heard of the name Pinkerton. Today that name mostly brings to mind security services, like their armored cars. However, in the mid-19th century, Allan Pinkerton started a detective agency in Chicago, and in 1856, he hired Kate Warne as his first female detective. With the little information left about Warne and her escapades, Macallister weaves a story of intrigue and mystery in her latest historical fiction novel.