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Thursday, June 12, 2008


Sorry, I just had to title this post like that. I've noticed, as most everyone else has, that with the big salmonella scare most restaurants have taken tomatoes off of their menu. It made me remember the line from that cheesy movie, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. You know, the one where the narrator says something like, "...the very mention of the word strikes fear in the hearts of many..." and then we see this guy sitting in the middle of a library and he looks around very carefully and smiles before saying, "Tomato!" Ok, I realize that it's probably one of those "you had to be there" kind of things, but I found it quite funny years ago. Actually now, I find it a tad creepy.

My point is, I like tomatoes and I'm terribly upset that we can't have any right now. Well, not terribly, I guess I'm just a little peeved. Mildly inconvenienced. Sadly, these are the things which trouble me. I don't really have anything substantive to add to the conversations that may be going on regarding tomatoes, I really just wanted to share my recollections of the Killer Tomato Movie and to share this with you...

The Clip

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Life and Times of Rona Shively, Issue 6


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Monday, June 9, 2008

Author Interview: June 2008

Every once in a while, I like to take the time to interview a fellow author. This month, I've talked with Jennifer Brown and here's what she had to say:

What are the titles of your books and where can we buy them?

Celebrity Secrets is available now, online and through bookstores. The second book in the Celebrity Secrets series, Secrets Unearthed will be available this summer and is currently available on

Where do you get your ideas?

Ideas come to me at very odd times and in strange places. I always try to think of twists on the same plot line you see over and over.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

Sometimes it takes me all day to write, and sometimes it takes only a few hours, it all depends on what kind of creative flow I am in that day and how busy I am with other things. I don't write everyday, due to other priorities and to give myself a break to reflect on what I have written and what I am going to write, but I am passionate about it enough that I find the time.

Why did you choose your current genre?

I chose suspense fiction because I like how broad I can make the material. With mystery, it's always the same thing... who shot who, who stole the jewels, and I just like to put spins on things. What I write can be put under mystery as well, but there are just components of it that to me fit better with suspense. If you want proof of this, just read Celebrity Secrets and it's ending.

What are you currently working on?

As well as the third installment of the Celebrity Secrets series, I am working on a novel, another series about a filmmaker that ends up involved in much more than making a film in each book, along with a few other books. I also have a short story that will be featured in the Word Weavers upcoming fiction anthology called "What the Past Hides"

Do you have any appearances planned?

At this time nothing is planned, but I am accepting questions on my myspace blog as a sort of interview/chat that I plan to post on my site at I am also planning to pick one person with an original question, to give a full length interview on the blog of my site.

What advice would you like to give to other writers or anyone interested in becoming a writer?

Try not to let anyone get you down. Be careful in choosing a publisher. It's a real tough profession, but if you love it enough you will persevere. Write from the heart, and see where it takes you. And no matter what, there will always be someone out there that likes what you do. Don't give it up, until you have thought it through.

There you have it. Be sure to check out Jennifer's website and pick up a copy of Celebrity Secrets!

Until next time...

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A Little Bit of Mystery: Short Mysteries to Confuse and Amuse

Where I've Been...

Listen to my interview on the Jeffery S. Miller show.

Listen to my interview on Calling All Authors.

Listen to my interview on the Let's Just Talk w/Kathryn Raaker.

Listen to my interview on Radio Free Baxter.

Where I'll Be...

After a short break in the summer, I'll be at the following locations:

8/11/09 Allen Park Public Library, Allen Park, MI 6:30 p.m.

Looking for something entertaining for your library or bookstore patrons? Looking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours? Do you love mysteries? Then you need to schedule a Tea & Mystery event for your library or bookstore! The fee is minimal and the presentation is fun and informative! Attendees will be given the chance to win great prizes and share their thoughts about the mystery genre and their favorite mystery writers!

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