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A TOO PERFECT CRIME...A summertime police story by Wayne Zurl

This piece was destined for a contest that required everyone to begin their story with the line, “Have we met before?” I got that far, but drastically exceeded the word limit. So here we are. I gave the detective/hero of this saga the name Ian MacDonald because I wanted it ending with him getting the girl. And it would have been inappropriate for the long time married Sam Jenkins to do that.

A Too Perfect Crime By Wayne Zurl 2011

I stood in front of her desk holding a gold badge in my hand. She looked on the shy side of fifty and quite beautiful. Instead of delivering my usual line, “Detective MacDonald, county police,” like an idiot I said, “Have we met before?”

She took off a pair of half lens reading glasses, tossed them on her desk, and laughed—one of the sexiest things I’d heard in a long time.

Always the professional, it took me only a moment of feeling like a putz before I replied. “I guess that sounded foolish. Or just the worst line you’ve heard all week.”

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First, I love the title. Goes well with your Sam Spade/Philip Marlowe-style slick plot and spare dialogue. As usual, you have a su... Read More
Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:34
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My Last Eclipse Teasers by Kaye George

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I’m happy this series has been successful and my readers have enjoyed it so much. This is the 6th and last group of 4 tidbits of eclipse stories that will appear in DAY OF THE DARK, the short story anthology of eclipse-based stories coming out July 21st from Wildside Press.

 

We reached the eastern shore with the last story from last week, so these are others that aren’t in order of the path of totality, or even in the same century or on the same continent sometimes. Without further ado, here is the last batch of the 24 stories:

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More Eclipse Teasers by Kaye George

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The place I first heard of the upcoming total solar eclipse (coming closer every day!) was on Earth and Sky. http://earthsky.org/ In fact, I subscribe to their posts and get them every day. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen me repost some of their things. I’ve always been fascinated by what’s up there in the sky—and by what’s down here on the earth.

 

The 24 authors who contributed to DAY OF THE DARK, our short story anthology of eclipse-based stories, decided to give some of the proceeds to charity. Guess what I chose? You’re right, Earth and Sky! Two others chose that, too. We’re a varied group, so we have a lot of different interests. Here are the charities that will benefit from our sales:

 

I like to say that these donations are going to these great causes in the spirit of light and life: Earth and Sky, Petconnect Rescue, Natural Resources Defense Council, Science Center in Finland, DonorsChoose.org, Friends of Goldendale Observatory, Friends of the Earth, Morehead Planetarium, Texas Museum of Science and Techonology, DAPCEP.org for STEM education for future astronomers and scientists in Detroit, and personal friends in need. 

 

Here are teasers for 4 more stories, coming out July 21st, a month before the total solar eclipse in North America, from Wildside Press.

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Cheryl Peyton
Love the cover. The touch of red makes it pop even more. I'll mark July 21 on my calendar for the first Eclipse.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 22:33
Kaye George
Thank you!
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 22:42
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More Eclipse Glimpses by Kaye George

 

 

As the moon starts its journey, the journey that will eventually completely cover the face of the sun, you can watch the light dim around you, so very gradually. If you’re watching the sun and the moon, be SURE to wear eclipse glasses. $5 at Earth and Sky. https://earthskystore.org/collections/frontpage/products/eclipse-glasses

 

Also be sure to visit here every Wednesday so you’ll catch the cover reveal for Day of the Dark, 24 short stories centered around eclipses, mostly solar, but some lunar. There’s sure to be something for everyone here with some of the stories as different as night and day.

 

Wildside Press will release the book July 21st, a month before the coming total solar eclipse in North America. I gave you a bit about 4 of the stories last week. Here are some samplings of 4 more:

 

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A Mother’s Wish

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I wish God’s blessings for you always.

 

I wish your faith in God will remain strong and unwavering.

 

I wish I were younger and could do what I once could.

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GUESS WHAT’S COMING by Kaye George

 

I’ll be you’ve heard something about a total solar eclipse in North America this year. Science museums, observatories, many cities in the path, and even the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are gearing up for celebrations.  Yes, a total solar eclipse, but something else, too! An anthology of short stories to celebrate this rare occasion. The anthology is called Day of the Dark and contains 24 short stories, all of them with an eclipse theme, and all of them completely different.

 

To entice you, I’ll dole out something about each story, bit by bit on this blog over the next few weeks until July 21st, the day Wildside Press is releasing the book. That will be, not coincidentally, exactly one month before the eclipse on August 21st.

 

Here’s a sampling to whet your appetite for this delicious volume of light and dark:

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Kaye George
But suspense is what I'm doing here! I'll make a couple more posts over the next few days and mine will come up. Thanks for stopp... Read More
Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:44
Cheryl Peyton
Love the concept of the mood of the stories paralleling the effects of the solar eclipse, but I'm with Wayne here. I'd like to rea... Read More
Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:57
Kaye George
I cant' post my story since the publisher hasn't published it yet, but I can do a bit of it, I think. Stand by.
Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:52
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SHOTS FIRED, a short story

Here's another 1970s police adventure featuring Sam and Louie patroling the Long Island ghetto of North Bellport, a place known to the street cops as Pace Park. 

 

Shots Fired

By Wayne Zurl

 

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Cheryl Peyton
Loved the twist at the end that reminded me of the short-story writer Saki (HH Munro) who achieved fame for his surprise endings. ... Read More
Saturday, 06 May 2017 10:02
Kaye George
Great ending! Thanks for the story.
Saturday, 06 May 2017 14:42
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PERFECT IS BORING

Perfect is Boring

Wayne Zurl

 

When I began writing police mysteries I said to myself, “Aha! This is fiction, not a documentary. I have the opportunity to make everything come out perfectly.”

           

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Wayne Zurl
I guess all charterers should be dynamic as opposed to static. Each character should be memorable regardless of their standing in ... Read More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:24
Cheryl Peyton
Ha! I was able to give you five stars. I would say that you're exactly right that a hero must be flawed to be interesting and t... Read More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:59
Tilmer Wright Jr.
Great points, Wayne. This, of course, is the tried and true method used by authors of horror novels all the time. How many times h... Read More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:00
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Listened to a Webinar today given by Jason Schmetzer, Marketing Mgr. for Authors Learning Center. He is a writer, teacher, website designer and marketer who works with SEOs every day. Here's some of what he had to say.

I. WHAT SEO IS:

It's growing your site's visibility on the Internet by improving your ranking by search engines like Google and Bing. Your ranking is determined by the number of times people go to a site based on its relevance and popularity.

Relevance: How well does your site answer queries?

Popularity: How many people go there and how long do they stay? 

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Cheryl Peyton
I just tried the rating and inadvertently gave myself 5 stars. Maybe I'm the guest. I'm also the member who had to moderate your c... Read More
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:14
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Another Suggestion To Make Your Writing Better.

 

Yesterday I posted the late Elmore Leonard’s best advice for good writing. Not everyone agreed with the old boy. Neither did I. Well, I liked 3 or 4 of his rules, but didn’t exactly agree with the rest. But those were his ideas and he has been successful.

 

Today I’ll try to get back into everyone’s good graces with my own advice. This is one I believe in—100%.

 

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Kaye George
I tried to give a 5 star, but it kept saying 4 1/2! Sorry.
Friday, 21 April 2017 12:28
Wayne Zurl
Thanks, Kaye. I never noticed the star ratings before.
Friday, 21 April 2017 13:27
Cheryl Peyton
I still like most of Elmore Leonard's rules, except for 'never use a Prologue or start a book with weather' as there can be valid ... Read More
Friday, 21 April 2017 14:53
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Wayne Zurl A TOO PERFECT CRIME...A summertime police story by Wayne Zurl
22 June 2017
Thanks, Cheryl. I tried to tell this short story with almost all dialogue. I hope Raymond Chandler would approve.
Cheryl Peyton A TOO PERFECT CRIME...A summertime police story by Wayne Zurl
22 June 2017
First, I love the title. Goes well with your Sam Spade/Philip Marlowe-style slick plot and spare dialogue. As usual, you have a sure-hand with your style using smart banter between your characters. I liked the addition here of the Sherlock Holmesian ...
Cheryl Peyton New writer's marketing forum
03 June 2017
You're welcome. I corrected pronoun.
Cheryl Peyton New writer's marketing forum
03 June 2017
I joined Micheal's marketing forum at the beginning. I just finished reading an interview Micheal had with a reporter in the UK named Fiona, who asked him: "Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a publish...

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