Nostalgia City Mysteries

By Mark S. Bacon

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‘Desert Kill Switch’ is new Nostalgia City mystery

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The life and times of stressed-out, former detective—now cabbie—Lyle Deming, and former college basketball star Kate Sorensen, will continue in 2017 with the publication of the second Nostalgia City mystery, Desert Kill Switch

Many thanks to Lauri Wellington, my editor at Black Opal Books; I’m happy to announce that Desert Kill Switch will be followed by the third mystery in the series.  (I’m keeping that title under my fedora for the time being.)

In Desert Kill Switch, Lyle finds a bullet-riddled body in the Arizona desert near Nostalgia City.  But when he returns to the scene with sheriff’s deputies, there’s no trace of the dead young man or the classic 1970s Firebird Trans Am that the victim had apparently been driving.  Was Lyle seeing things?

Desert-Kill-SwitchAt the same time, Kate, Nostalgia City’s PR VP,  is in Reno, Nev., to promote the park at a ten-day classic car festival.  Soon she’s in the middle of a local controversy involving community leaders, a sleazy Las Vegas car dealer and the state legislature.  There’s a taste of violence in the desert, a cast of quirky characters and enough plot twists to satisfy Chubby Checker. The book will be available in print and all popular ebook formats.

I’ll be posting more details as we get closer to the book’s release date.  And no, this is not what the cover will look like, but the font style is the same.

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Writer’s block doesn’t exist

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Cat got your tongue? Or your fingers? Suffering a serious case of writer’s block? Impossible. Writer’s block’s doesn’t exist.

You may think you’re blocked, but can you write a grocery list, an email to your mother, a love letter? Unless both of your hands are broken, chances are you can still write. The problem is simply with quality, not necessarily quantity.

Whether we’re working on the great American novel, an online post or a business report, we all have had times when our production slowed down and we felt at a loss for just the right words. That’s not the time to say we’re blocked,  to lament we’re not Hemingway or even Grisham and flip from MSWord to Angry Birds .

You can work your way out of it—and quickly—with my method for getting the words to start flowing. I developed the following techniques over many years and included them in my first book, Write Like the Pros, published by John Wiley & Sons. Some of the suggestions are shortcuts taken from journalists, others are just common sense ways to help you relax and practice. Continue Reading →

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