I will be one of many mystery writers speaking at Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach, California. The conference is named after long-time newspaper book reviewer and co-founder of the Mystery Writers of America, Anthony Boucher. It’s designed for mystery novel fans. They can meet crime writers, buy books and learn about the craft of detection fiction. Also attending will be booksellers, literary agents, publishers, librarians, aspiring writers and book editors.
This week’s installment features two giveaways—of sorts. First, I’m giving away a signed copy of Death in Nostalgia City. All you have to do is register on Goodreads.com. Here’s a link to the contest: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/112192-death-in-nostalgia-city
The deadline is midnight, Saturday, Oct. 18.
The second gift today is a 100-word flash fiction story from my ebook (available on Amazon, etc.), Cops, Crooks & Other Stories in 100 Words.
Lionel’s New Game
Gazing across the resort pool, nattily dressed Lionel spotted a familiar face. “Say Jake, didn’t I hear bad news about you last year?”
“No big deal. So, what con are you running in this ritzy place? You doing your old investment scheme or romancing some rich widow?”
“Alas, nothing with finesse. I’m working with a bellman. We go through rooms when guests are gone. “Sad, huh? What do you think?”
“I think you’re going to do jail time.”
“What? Wait! I remember. You were caught!”
“Yup. Red-handed. This very hotel. So I agreed–reluctantly mind you–to work for them.”
Conventional wisdom says that the first line in a novel should grab you by the lapels and drag you into the story. Charles Dickens did a pretty good job.
For lots of examples of good beginnings and not so good, continue reading at http://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/heres-a-sentence-to-grab-your-attention/