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James Mathis talks about The Framed Father and The Penitent Priest

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Today we welcome James Mathis who writes the exciting Father Tom Mysteries! James Mathis was born in Orlando, Florida in the halcyon days when the land was covered with orange groves and swamps, with nary a mouse in sight. He discovered his love for writing in high school, though history remained his first passion. After getting a PhD in the subject from the University of Florida, he began an enjoyable career as an archivist with the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Following a bout with cancer, James rediscovered his love for writing, beginning a series of mysteries based on the germ of an idea that he had been toying with for some time. Father Tom Greer is now among his best friends and most trusted confidant and the two are looking forward to many adventures in the near future. What would you say are your strengths as an author? I believe my strengths are writing compelling and believable characters, and crafting plots that compel the reader to keep tur

Jim McDonald talks about his debut book Smash Palace and upcoming Counterculture Revolution

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  Welcome to author Jim McDonald!   I was fortunate to meet Jim at a Crime Writers of Canada event and mesmerized by his stories!  I hope you will be too!   Jim McDonald is an author, teacher, musician, actor, and officiant.   Since 1990, he has operated A-Plus Tutoring, teaching mathematics to high school students; he specializes in statistics and calculus. Jim launched Happy Together Wedding Ceremonies in 2017. As Humanist Officiant, he is authorized by the Ontario Government to solemnize marriages.   While playing drums with rock band Starchild, he also wrote entertainment columns for Vancouver’s Georgia Strait and Victoria’s Monday Magazine , reviewing concerts by Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Heart, and the BeeGees. In 2016 Jim and his son Dylan produced a movie, the comedy Fun With Math . Married with four adult children, he enjoys playing baseball and running, and is pretty good at his local bar’s Golden-Tee Golf game.   His novel Altered Boy is a

Round Robin Blog Fest August 2020

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I hope summer and this odd year we’ve been having has been good to you all! In real life, I’m still working from home, but the weather has cooled enough I can get out in the garden more. Less humid right now. I’ve also started to write again, which is amazing! I’ve missed that flow of creating new stories and new lives. Currently, I’m working on book two in my Glitter Bay Mystery series called All That Shines . Onto today’s topic for all the inquiring minds out there:  What elements do you include in your stories to make a story seem and feel more realistic to the reader? To make my stories feel more realistic to the reader, I go through while I’m doing edits to make sure I’ve used all the five senses:  sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. We take these things for granted in our every day lives, but as writers we need to focus on the things some people might not even notice. For this blog post, I’m using examples from Dead Without Glory , book two in my Gilda Wrigh

E. R. Yatscoff talks about The Rumrunner's Boy and Fire Dream

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Welcome to E. R. Yatscoff, a fellow BWL Publishing author! I had the pleasure of reviewing Edward's novel The Rumrunner's Boy, which was a finalist for Crime Writer's of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award... The Rumrunner's Boy: A great coming of age story set during the U.S. prohibition in the 1920s. The reader learns a lot of history while main character Jarrod has to deal with filling the shoes of his sick father while he grows up fast running rum on the waters of Lake Erie around Windsor and the Erie Islands. While there were spots that could have used a minor edit, I found the book to be a realistic view of what life was like for a young man in the 1920s. Lots of twists, turns, and action. I’d highly recommend for pre-teen/early teen readers. Edward Yatscoff was born in the Niagara Peninsula and now resides Alberta, Canada.  He’s backpacked the world, visited five continents, and lived in Australia. From steelworker to assembly lines to constructio

Eileen Charbonneau tells us about Seven Aprils and Mercies of the Fallen

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  Welcome to author Eileen Charbonneau! Enjoy! Eileen Charbonneau’s unique viewpoint reflects heritage that includes immigrant Irish, French Canadian, Eastern European ancestors and Huron and Shoshone relatives. She enjoys exploring the perspectives of people often left out of history: its women, its immigrants, its marginalized poor. Eileen has published historical fiction for adults as well for young readers. Eileen lives in the brave little state of Vermont and runs a small historic house B and B with her husband Ed. She adores him, her kids, and sweet grandchild Desmond. Eileen is addicted to American roots music and dance, and maple creemies. What would you say are your strengths as an author? I have a passion to tell the stories of the American experience from the point of view of the people I did not read about in my schools’ history books…the women, the poor, the immigrants, the Native Americans, the people of color, the ones who did not follow the preva