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Kaye George is a national-bestselling author whose work has been nominated for three Agatha Awards and has been a Silver Falchion Finalist once. She writes four mystery series. Imogene Duckworthy humorous mysteries: CHOKE, SMOKE, BROKE. 

Cressa Carraway musical mysteries (Barking Rain Press): EINE KLEINE MURDER, REQUIEM IN RED. People of the Wind Neanderthal mysteries (Untreed Reads): DEATH IN THE TIME OF ICE, DEATH ON THE TREK.

As Janet Cantrell she writes the Fat Cat cozy series (Berkley Prime Crime): FAT CAT AT LARGE, FAT CAT SPREADS OUT, FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE. For these, she is agented by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds Literary.

These single short stories are published by Untreed Reads: “The Bavarian Krisp Caper” and “A Fine Kettle of Fish.” Her Agatha nominated “Handbaskets, Drawers, and a Killer Cold” appears in her own collection, A Patchwork of Stories. Her short stories have also appeared in Mysterical-E, Apollo’s Lyre, Kings River Life Magazine, Flash Bang Mysteries, and other magazines now out of print. Other stories are included in the anthologies: “The Truck Contest” in FISH TALES; three stories in ALL THINGS DARK AND DASTARDLY; “Henry, Gina, and the Gingerbread House” in GRIMM TALES; “My Husband” in HE HAD IT COMING; “The Last Wave” in NIGHTFALLS; “Immy Goes to the Dogs” in THE UNTREED DETECTIVES; two stories in MURDER ON WHEELS, which won the SILVER FALCHION; and “Heartbreak at Graceland” in MEMPHIS NOIR.

She lives in Knoxville, TN, where she also reviews for Suspense Magazine

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05 October 2017

Good read! Appalachian murder tales by a transplanted NY police detective

Wayne Zurl brings us six stories of murder and mischief that showcase small-town police chief Sam Jenkins and his crew in Zurl’s second collection of novelettes. The relationship and banter between him and his amour, Kate, bring to mind Robert B. Parker’s characters Spencer and Susan Silverman. Sam himself, is an original, a NY transplant like the author. The plots vary from murder to a stolen statue of a cow and they kept me eagerly reading all the way!

Five stars!

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20 July 2017
Short Stories

So big that I was able to collect 24 excellent eclipse-themed stories for the anthology, some from multi-prize winning authors. And Wildside Press was willing to rush it to publication before the event.

We're having an actual launch party online 9 to 9 EDT at https://www.facebook.com/events/199463997250907/

No matter when you look in, one of more of us should be manning the rocket ship, so go over to the launch pad and tell us you'll be there, then come on in tomorrow! We'd love to chat with you about the stories, the eclipse, our favorite ice creams, whatever.


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27 May 2017

I didn’t ask who “they” were. If I kept quiet, he might forget about his scheme and let it die. I hoped it would get dropped like his idea to rent out our half-acre back yard as a paddock. How lovely it would have been to smell horse droppings from the kitchen window on a spring day. I hoped he would forget about it like he forgot about his plan to lead tours of Knoxville—after buying a fifteen-passenger van that a local church was getting rid of. The van sat in the back yard, useless since it didn’t run. I hoped the idea would wither on the vine like the grape arbor he planted at the end of the back yard, planning on making, bottling, and selling his own wine before he learned how many years grape vines have to mature before they produce grapes. That is, if they don’t die first, like his did.

Tom was good at what he did. He sold insurance. He provided a comfortable living for us. I worked at the local drug store part time, not because we needed more income, but  because I wanted something to do while I was trying—still—to get pregnant. Every month I shed a tear or two when that awful red smear showed up, telling me I had failed again at conceiving a bundle of joy.

He was not, however, good at much of anything else. When we moved into the two story house, he decided it needed a wall removed to make the living space more open. I grew alarmed and called in a structural engineer before he got it completely down. Good thing, too. It was a load-bearing wall and the ceiling would have caved in if he’d finished. It cost quite a bit to rebuild the damage he did.

Another time he thought we needed a more modern toilet in the master bath. Apparently, he hadn’t turned the water off completely before he pulled the old one. The flood made it necessary to replace the floor, the bottom molding, and the cabinet for the sink, plus have a lot of work done in the deluged crawl space. We still had occasional rodent problems, probably because they thought they could get water under our house.

The worst may have been the spacious balcony he built outside our bedroom. It was cantilevered, mostly because he liked that word, I thought. However, I was afraid to stand on it after my first foray. It wobbled and swayed under my weight for a moment before I stepped back into the bedroom.

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24 May 2017

“Women’s Work” by KB Inglee is a historical mystery story, set in the DC area in 1875. The reason her period pieces feel so authentic is because she spends a lot of time dressed up and re-enacting that period as a tour guide for an old mill.


“Open House” by Bridges DelPont takes us to a quirky swindle that I know you’ll enjoy in Rhode Island.


“Relatively Annoying” by John Clark includes horror and sci-fi elements and a partial eclipse with other heavenly happenings. A chilling tale.

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19 May 2017
Short Stories

“Baby Killer” by Margaret S. Hamilton is a non-murder mystery eclipse tale that starts in Ohio and ends up in Tennessee. This one happens just after mine, also in TN and a bit to the west.



“Flying Girl” by Toni Goodyear continues the trend, taking place as the eclipse hits the Smokies. It’s a wonderful feel-good story told from a child’s point of view.


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16 May 2017

“Baby Killer” by Margaret S. Hamilton is a non-murder mystery eclipse tale that starts in Ohio and ends up in Tennessee. This one happens just after mine, also in TN and a bit to the west.


“Flying Girl” by Toni Goodyear continues the trend, taking place as the eclipse hits the Smokies. It’s a wonderful feel-good story told from a child’s point of view.


“To the Moon and Back” by Kristin Kisska will break your heart with the portrayal of mother-daughter love ending up in Greenville SC as the eclipse approaches there.

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13 May 2017

“Torgnyr the Bastard, Speaker of Law” by Suzanne Berube Rorhus takes place in ancient Norse times, a political Norse historical using a solar eclipse


“An Eclipse of Hearts” by Dee McKinney, a dark supernatural tale taking place in Canada with a penumbral lunar eclipse


“The Baker's Boy” by Nupur Tustin, a murder in Vienna, long ago, featuring Joseph Haydn

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10 May 2017

“The Dark Side of the Light” by Carol L. Wright, set in California, and playing off the possible dark power of the eclipse


“Chasing the Moon” by Leslie Wheeler, set from OR to SC along the path of totality and telling four light-ish stories about how the event affects four different groups of people


“The Path of Totality” by Katherine Tomlinson, an enjoyable political satire set in OR

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13 March 2017
Tips & Hints

To begin with, take a look at this IRS publication: http://www.irs.gov/irs/article/0,,id=186056,00.html If you’re starting out as a full-time writer, you don’t have to declare income 3 of the last 5 years if you satisfy some requirements. The important points from this article are, for you, as an unpublished writer (not making any money), or even a published one whose income doesn't cover expenses: **Does the time and effort put into the activity indicate an intention to make a profit? **If there are losses, are they due to circumstances beyond your control or did they occur in the start-up phase of the business? **Do you have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business? **Do you expect to make a profit in the future from the appreciation of assets used in the activity? You can report losses on a Schedule C for quite a few years before the IRS will take a look at you. See this article, which elaborates on the above: http://taxsolutionsforwriters.com/2014/02/16/a-special-provision-for-writers-in-the-tax-law/ It’s important to be keeping records of submissions, classes, time spent, and to conduct writing as a business in every way you can. Also, of course, keep track of what you can deduct. Write down your mileage every year on January 1st! This article goes into exquisite detail: http://www.eclectics.com/articles/taxes.html This one includes some forms to help you keep track if you don’t already have some that you like: http://www.artstaxinfo.com/writers.shtml AND, changes for this year: https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/2016-tax-changes

The main points for me are that the filing date is 4/18 and the mileage is 54 cents/mile. I hope this helps. Don’t lose out on loss deductions that you’re entitled to. And may you someday be declaring a profit! I made my first profit after filing as a writer for 12 years. A whole 3 figures.

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