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Barbara Winkes on the Critical Life Events that Shaped Her and Her Latest Release and Work in Progress

Sandra Ruttan: What’s your new book/work in progress about?  Barbara Winkes: I have just introduced the all new covers for my Carpenter/Harding series. The next release will be #9, Implications, in which the protagonists Jordan Carpenter and Ellie Harding have to solve a murder that happened a long time ago. At the moment I’m writing...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books, Banned Books Week Edition: The Hate U Give

It’s ironic that people would fight for censorship of a book that advocates using your voice to seek justice. Starr Carter is a sixteen-year-old girl who has grown up in a rough neighborhood called Garden Heights. Her dad used to be in a gang and did time, but has cleaned up his life. Through an...

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Fiction: Stepping Stones

Short Fiction by Neil Plakcy Content Warning: This story addresses sexual abuse and may be difficult for some individuals to read. It took me a long time to figure out, but I finally understand why my stepfather married my mother. It was for me. When Richie came into our lives, I was twelve, and my...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: MISSING IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO BY STEVEN TORRES

Steven Torres uses his skills as a storyteller to use the threads of an investigation to build tension in Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico. From the start, puzzle pieces are introduced that are used to filter all the additional details that arise during the course of the investigation. Torres does an excellent job of developing...

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From Reporter to Author and the High-Stakes Appeal of Crime Fiction: An Interview with Michael Connelly

by Alverne Ball New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly has been called the “Dostoyevsky of crime literature,” by Publisher’s weekly. Michael Connelly is known for his endearing, but strong series Detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. His works include 22 Harry Bosch novels and 13 non-series novels along with an assortment of short stories and other media...

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Original Concepts

Last week launched a short series of articles looking at the most important ingredients in a story. The series began with an exploration of compelling characters. This week, it continues with a look at another key component; original concepts. Hardcover books typically cost $26.99 U.S., while trade paperback editions are as much as $16.99. When...

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Refuge

Short Fiction by Lindy Greaves It’s dark. A deep embracing darkness that wraps my limbs into its folds. Outside the hollow tree the wind strops and lashes like a petulant child. Ice tendrils hang like fangs around the entrance and every so often a putter of snow wisps through in a grey chink of light....