By Denise Fleischer

GWN Blogger, author of Deadly Reservations

Samhain Publishing is now accepting Horror novels and Retro Romance. Original, exciting, dramatic and frightening stories between 12,000 and 120,000 words that are believable, have three-dimensional characters, credible world-building and within the horror genre. Either supernatural, non-supernatural, contemporary or historical. Info on how to submit is here.

MC900286837Retro, meaning your classic romances from the 70s, 80s and 90s which you are looking for a digital publishing partner. If you have digital rights, Samhain will copyedit, format, do the cover and wide digital distribution. For more information, email

Amber Quill Press, LLC has a number of imprints. They include Amber Allure (GLBT), Amber Heat (Erotic Romance and Amber Quill (Genre Fiction). Currently interested in completed manuscripts between 5,000 and 160,000 words for the three imprints. The genres Amber’s editorial staff considers are listed on the menu/sidebar on the left side of the imprint pages. Query, synopsis and formatting info can be found here.

Did you say Conventions?

The Western Writers of America (WWA) 2015 Convention is slated for June 23-27 at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, Texas. Panels on the Buffalo Soldiers, Ranching Heritage and the craft of writing have been planned. The WWA has offered the Spur Awards since 1953. It has recognized distinguished writing about the American West. Information about joining WWA can be found here.

The Association of Writer’s and Writer’s Programs 2015 Conference & Bookfair will be held April 8-11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel. Deadline for early-bird registration is Oct. 30, 2014. Conference overview is here.

Gotta Write Update

Marked Down for MurderI’ve just finished reading “Marked Down for Murder” by Josie Belle (Berkley Prime Crime) and “Trick or Deadly Treat” by Livia J. Washburn (Obsidian). Currently reading “Gossamer Ghost” by Laura Childs (Berkley Prime Crime hardcover) and “Cover of Snow” by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine).

Harry Dolan

Harry Dolan

The Last Dead  GirlI’ll soon be reading “The Last Dead Girl” by Harry Dolan (Berkley), “Knot Guilty” by Betty Hechtman (Berkley Prime Crime hardcover) and “To Kill a Matzo Ball” by Delia Rosen (Kensington). “The Wrong Girl” by Hank Phillippi Ryan is on my to-be-read list along with many new Berkley titles. Receiving cozy and regular mysteries to review is like having a birthday every month.


Elaine Viets Photo by Cristiana Pecheanu.

A Dog Gone MurderIf you haven’t had a chance, read Jim LeMay’s 3-day blog tour stop posts. There’s an interview, first chapter and guest blog post. Kelli Wilkins will soon have her monthly article featured. I’ve just interviewed Elaine Viets, author of the Dead-End Job and the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Mysteries. Very pleased to announce that Romance author Kat Martin’s 4-day blog tour stop will be Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 5.



Obsidian Mass Market Paperbacks on sale this month include the following. I don’t leave home without them:

A Midwinter's Tail

A MIDWINTER’S TAIL, (A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly, Oct. 7, $7.99) is the 6th book in this series featuring amateur sleuth Kathleen Paulson.

Winter in Mayville Heights is busy and not just because of the holidays. Kathleen is hard at work organizing a benefit to raise money for the library’s popular Reading Buddies program. She has her hands full hosting the event. When a guest at the gala dies, her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, will have their paws full helping her solve a murder.

The victim is the ex of town rascal Burtis Chapman, but she hasn’t lived in the area in years. Everybody is denying knowledge of why she was back in town. Kathleen and her detective boyfriend, Marcus, begin nosing around and discover more people are connected to the deceased than claimed to be. Now Marcus, Kathleen, and her uncanny cats have to unravel this midwinter tale before the case gets cold.


One Potion in the GraveONE POTION IN THE GRAVE (A Magic Potion Mystery by Heather Blake, Oct. 7, $7.99) is the second book in this series featuring amateur sleuth Carly Bell and her love potions.

When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding.

But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? Why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a chilly reception.

Weave of AbsenceWeave of Absence (A Weaving Mystery By Carol Ann Martin, Oct. 7) is the third book in this series featuring weaving tips.

It’s a joyous time at Dream Weaver, Della Wright’s studio in small-town Briar Hollow, North Carolina, as part-time employee and full-time friend Marnie Potter is preparing for her upcoming marriage. Della has enlisted a tight-knit group of close friends to hand weave a beautiful collection of fine household linens as a wedding gift for the happy couple.

But when Della notices Marnie’s suave fiance engaged in a heated argument with one of her students at the engagement party, she starts to worry that there may be something wrong with Marnie’s Mr. Right. After the student turns up dead the next day, Della must weave together the clues to find the killer – before Marnie agrees to “Till death do us part.”

A Fatal Funnel CakeTHE FATAL FUNNEL CAKE (A Fresh-Baked Mystery By Livia J. Washburn, Oct. 7, $7.99)

Phyllis and her friends Carolyn and Sam are ready to whip up their best dishes and win some ribbons in Dallas. And they’re excited to learn that one of their favorite celebrity chefs – Joye Jameson of The Joye of Cooking – is broadcasting her TV show from the fair. When Phyllis’ funnel cake is picked as one of the best of that category, Joye invites her and the other finalists to prepare their delicious recipes live on the air.

But Phyllis’ moment in the spotlight is spoiled after Joye suffers a deadly allergic reaction from one bite of her funnel cake.  Now she’s gone from top entry to top suspect. So in order to clear her name, Phyllis will have to turn up the heat on this investigation before the real killer slips through her fingers.



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