Summer Mysteries with a Touch of Romance

on August 9, 2016
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I’ve always thought of romantic suspense as being akin to having one’s cake and eating it too. And if I had any doubts about that, a trio of new novels set in small towns and out this month would put them to rest. The Queen of Small Town Thrillers Shiloh Walker starts off August with… Read More

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub. A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.

THE 1920s AND FASCINATION WITH SPIRITS

on August 9, 2016
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by Carolyn Haines The Victorian ghost story became a Christmas tradition long before Charles Dickens wrote A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Some of the literary masters of the day indulged in chilling tales that were read around a fireplace while waiting for Old Saint Nick to pay a visit and fill the children’s stockings with sweets or… Read More

THE FIRST STEP—AN IDEA…OR CHARACTER…OR…

on May 9, 2016
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by Carolyn Haines People often ask writers where ideas for books come from. I think it’s different for each story—a tidbit for a newspaper or magazine, a chance conversation with a friend, happening upon a historical fact while looking for something else, or maybe a dream. Sometimes, as in the case of Rock-A-Bye Bones, one… Read More

It’s May—Time to Start Gathering Your Beach Reads

on May 3, 2016
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For some of us, summer promises the time to read what we never have the time to read the rest of the year. Think: Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, James Clavell’s Shogun, or Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. Wonderful reads all. Each completely different from the other, save for the time they demand of the reader… Read More

The Fine Tradition of Christmas Pageants

on October 12, 2015
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by Carolyn Haines Growing up in the small town of Lucedale, Mississippi, I looked forward to the Christmas holidays for a number of reasons. I love to sing Christmas carols. Sadly, few people like to hear me sing Christmas carols. One of my friends told me that my singing had been listed as a form… Read More

NEW BOOKS, NEW STORIES, NEW STUDENTS

on August 21, 2015
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My university fiction writing classes have begun—another academic year is off to a start. Things in my writing life are crazy. And lets not talk about the animal rescue, where I have way, way too many animals. I want to talk about writing and the crazy adventures I’ve had this summer. KILLER TAILS is an… Read More

Sarah Booth was BONE TO BE WILD

on May 25, 2015
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As I’m enjoying the release of the 15th Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, BONE TO BE WILD, and writing the next installment of this crazy series, I am struck anew by the forces that came to play in how Sarah Booth and her friends became a mystery series. To be completely honest, I’ve adored reading mysteries… Read More

Free Story:  My Valentines Gift To You

on February 13, 2015
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by Carolyn Haines, February isn’t one of my favorite months, but this year I have excellent news to share. The paperback edition of BOOTY BONES has been released by St. Martin’s Press, and my alter ego, R.B. Chesterton, also has a trade paperback release—THE SEEKER. A lot of people ask me why I write both… Read More

A Case for a Good Chill

on September 30, 2014
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By Carolyn Haines/R.B.Chesterton A lot of recent posts on Facebook have asked for lists of favorite books, books that changed your life, best books, etc. I think a lot about books and the influence they’ve had on my life, and the wonderful adventures they’ve taken me on. I love stories, and because of that, I… Read More

Welcome to Zinnia

on July 11, 2014
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Growing up in the small Mississippi town of Lucedale, I had two ambitions. I fantasized about being a cowgirl and solving mysteries, a la Nancy Drew. Fate has a wicked sense of humor. I have attained my dreams, but certainly not in the way I envisioned them at the age of nine. Today, I live… Read More