Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mumbling and stumbling

Well, I mumbled my way through the keynote address and stumbled my way through the workshop. I suppose it wasn't really that bad but I must say that I was a tad nervous because I'd never given a keynote presentation or conducted a workshop before. The Keynote went pretty well with a minimum amount of snoring coming from the audience but I feel that I could have done a better job with the workshop. I learned a lot and next time will be a treat for everyone.

The mid-Michigan Writer's group is a sophisticated and well disciplined organization. They've been around a long time and have polished their act to a beautiful shine. This is a class assortment of diverse writers. You can learn more at www.midmichiganwriters.org

Now it's on to my next adventures.

In February I'll be attending the "Love is Murder" mystery writer's conference in Chicago. It's a three day, high intensity affair bringing together high visibility authors, literary agents, publishers, and a few small fish like me.

In March Saginaw Valley State University's college of lifelong learning has asked me to conduct a three part seminar for seniors on the ins and outs of writing and getting published. I'll post more details as they become available.

Sometime between now and next June I'll also be doing a presentation to the Grayling, Michigan Rotary Club. Information should be forthcoming soon on that gig.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

FREE EXCERPT - Grand Murder

Grand Murder ~ ~ © 2007 Sylvia Hubbard


Author’s Note: This book was started shortly after Stone’s Revenge was finally finished in 2000. I was still in a killing mood and I found myself doing this killer in Detroit.Now I must tell you something about the most noted murder capital of the world. In my opinion, even if there was a serial killer in Detroit, it would be hard to find. I seriously think Detroit is a body dump and people just think because there’s so many people dying here anyway, why don’t I just dump it there.They’ve never found a methodical killer such as the one in my book except for the one that was killing prostitutes or homeless women and leaving their bodies in abandoned homes all over the Eastside.

As a side note, I hshould let you know that the Bellini's are mentioned in this book, but I don't think there are any major speaking parts, nor anything regarding their story and I think Sheriff has a walk in role. Henry the morgue guy appears in another book as well, but right now I couldn't tell you which one he appears in.

These are just the first seven chapters, but I wanted to see if you guys like it. Regina is my typical innocent but smart girl and then the guy, well, I’m still trying to make my mind out about him.

If if sounds interesting, I might finish or I might change the characters. I know the rest of the story already in my head, but I thought I'd test this with you first.

I'd also like to know if you can come up with a better title. I'm not feeling this one and I would love for someone to give me something unique and just would hook me totally.

Winner gets a free book of Secrets, Lies & Family and when this book is released you'll be given a code to get a free book when I ship your initial book. (Must produce the code to get the book.)
Don't forget to comment if you like and let me know if you like it or not. And if you have a better name, please let me know.
Oh yeah, and of course you're greedily reading this trying to find some insight on Sex Weed then here it is...I'm still working on it. I've gotten to the part where she's still with Reed. I've introduced Mackenzie, who's like Tanner and will later appear in the story with Chance (from Sin's Iniquity). I had to hide Dyson who decided against turning himself in per Montgomery in Onyx's home, in which the only two people who know how to get in or out is Del and Onyx.I'm debating as to which way to go with Melissa. Reed's a changed man, which has made it easier to write him, but I'm not sure if it's a facade and then there's the case that he had a hand in killing her sister and even though she hated Penelope (I hated Penelope too), staying there with him is not good when her heart belongs to Dyson. Yet, now Reed wants to give up the life and move out of Detroit. Dyson is on the run, but Melissa thinks he's in jail for her murder and the only thing to free her love is to get the digital tape to him. Yet, how can she do that if Reed keeps her locked her or closely guarded.So that's where I am in Sex Weed. It's coming along slowly because of my event and they've (my job) has started to let me get on the computer more and do whatever I want to again, so hopefully by November, I'll be done and be able to offer it for free like I usually do and then go from there.What's next for me?Well, I'm finally going to wrap up Stealing Innocence III. The trouble was the secondary plot. It seriously sucked. Her (the heroine) really had no motive for the reason why the original case wasn't closed and the link to the present case that was causing Lethal the most trouble. I had gotten Lethal to get involved, but linking her to the case wasn't a good one. It seriously sucked and I wasn't happy, but once I found out what she really did - she had no profession until I found out what she did and now... oh man, you guys might really love Lethal after this. I said might because do you know how difficult it is to find a woman for that diffiicult man? And then I gotta get Onyx laid. Good lawd! If y'all could spend an hour in my head at night as I formulate these stories, you wouldn't sleep for a week.'Nuf talkie, talkie. Okay, post your comments about the story and quit yelling at me about Sex Weed. I swear it's not another Dark Facade, although y'all just wait until a big book company picks me up and Dark Facade will be everywhere!!... i hope!!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Who Should Be The Next Great Crime Writer?

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