A Special Four Cover Reveal Friday!

Satan’s Lullaby: A Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal Synopsis: It is the autumn of 1278. The harvest is in. The air is crisp. Dusty summer breathes a last sigh before the dark seasons arrive. For Prioress Eleanor, dark times arrive early in Norfolk. The head of her order, Abbess Isabeau, has sent Father Etienne Davoir [...] Read More →

Brown Leaf Reed Rebels

by Mary Reed That common autumn sight of leaves falling or gusting past the window puts me in mind of my sole public appearance as an interpretive dancer. When I attended grammar school, the British equivalent of the American high school, dancing lessons were on the curriculum. Naturally, all my classmates suffered from the usual [...] Read More →


By Jeanne Matthews Videos of the grisly beheadings of hostages by ISIS terrorists have horrified us all, but we risk sounding like Captain Renault in Casablanca when we say that we are “shocked, shocked” by the “inhuman brutality.” Human beings have a rich history of inhumanity and brutality and, as regards methods of execution, we’ve [...] Read More →

Not Just Between the Pages

My fourth novel — Deeper Than the Grave, the next book in my Tai Randolph series — is being released in less than a month (yay! yikes!). Introverted homebody that I am, I come to book promotion as if it were a particularly grouchy porcupine — tentatively, carefully, all the time wondering why I have [...] Read More →

Go Figure (of Speech)

  We all use figures of speech in our writing, but there is a whole bunch of them out there that too often are neglected. Unlike similes and metaphors, they don’t get respect or recognition, which is a shame. Worse yet, when some are used, they’re not even noticed or acknowledged as such, even though [...] Read More →


A while back I read an article that predicted in twenty years, half our society’s jobs would be in fields yet to be created. That summer, a friend and I met on vacation and had some time to gab. I told him that prediction and asked, if it proved true, what he thought most of [...] Read More →

An Unacceptable Blog

I usually avoid repeating post I’ve used on another site. Although this one was used on Type M for murder, I feel so strongly this issue, I’ve decided to repeat it here. In light of the discussion of our feelings about 9/11, I feel it is especially appropriate. So here goes: Please. There is a word I [...] Read More →