Guest Post – 30 Things About My Sleuth by Heather Weidner – MTW

30 Things about My Sleuth – Delanie Fitzgerald of Falcon Investigations Thank you for letting be visit your blog! Secret Lives and Private Eyes is the first in my Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series. She is a private investigator who lives in Central Virginia. And I’m often asked about what my protagonist is really like. Here’s my top-thirty list about my… Read more »

Guest Post – Small Press Publishing: What to Expect by Laura Wolfe

Small Press Publishing:  What to Expect Small presses can open doors for authors who may not otherwise find a home for their books. For anyone considering publication by a small press, here are a few things I’ve learned from working with Fire and Ice YA, the Minnesota-based press that published my young adult mystery, Trail of Secrets: * Expect to… Read more »

Guest Post – Out of Thin Air: The Creation of Your Creatures by K. Brooks

  Every author that tackles a genre with outside-the-norm characters wants to make the best ‘bump-in-the-night’. Let’s note that I originally wrote that line, using only ‘horror’ and ‘fantasy’ as genre examples. But fortunately for readers and writers, so many of the stories that we bring into the light lately are almost impossible to categorize. Though it makes it difficult… Read more »

Guest Post – Getting Reviews for Self-Published Books by Patrick Greene

Getting Reviews for Self-Published Books A few decades ago, self-publishing was a drag. Aside from the strife that comes with financing your book, you also have to impress the publisher with your transcript. Think about it. There used to be a time when the only people who could read were the ones who went to school. Why? Well, let’s just… Read more »

Guest Post – Breathing Life into Words – The Use of Mood Boards by K. Brooks

  The mind’s eye can be a wonderful thing. Through it, thousands of words become glorious landscapes and sweeping vistas and the darkest caves. We witness through our imagination the rise of kings and the fall of dictators, honorable battles, and mischievous deeds. We can see the glow of first love, the tears of new loss, and the grief of… Read more »

Review – A Necessary Act by Tony Wirt

The question that author, Tony Wirt, asks on the cover of his book, A Necessary Act is “Can you stop a serial killer before it starts?”  It’s the same thing you’ll be asking yourself until even the last page of the book – perhaps even scratching your head. The entire community of Lake Mills knew there was something amiss with… Read more »

Guest Post – Inspiration from the Big 80s – The Decade of Excess by Heather Weidner

Thank you so much for letting me visit today. Secret Lives and Private Eyes is the first novel in my Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series. When I started writing this (several years ago), I thought about what it would be like to encounter someone famous in an ordinary or unexpected setting. I coupled that with my love of ‘80s music and… Read more »

Guest Post – Author of Death by Diploma, Kelley Kaye

I definitely have a dark side. For as long as I can remember I have loved scary and/or weird stuff, starting with Nancy Drew and John Bellairs (remember The House With a Clock in its Walls? Spooky!), moving on to Nightmare on Elm Street and anything by Stephen King, James Lee Burke or Jonathan Kellerman, and now Lee Child. I… Read more »

Guest Post – How Fiction Built/Builds Our World by Michael Smorenburg (Part 1)

How Fiction Built/Builds Our World   Part 1   Stories… fiction… drama and entertainment. Maybe a spot of education too. These are the things that we superficially get from the storytellers of our species.   In truth though… we get a whole more than that.   Indeed, it is the imagineers of who built the world we live in with the ideas that they sold… Read more »

Today is the beginning of MTW – Schedule of Events

As promised, it’s Mystery Thriller Week Today (Feb 12th) through the 23rd February Please see below for our schedule of events,  But don’t forget to visit MTW for A schedule of the entire week’s events.       2/12/17 Guest Post – Michael Smoremburg – How Fiction Built/Builds Our World Part 1 2/13/17 Guest Post – Kelley Kaye – Guest… Read more »

Guest Post – We’re Trying Too Hard: The Oversaturation of Fairy Tales in the Fiction Market by NLJ

I have been a screenwriter for around 12 years, an avid reader for 23 years, and a writer for various mediums for 16 years. After a while, you start to notice patterns in the material you come across. The most recent pattern I have noticed is in Teen Fantasy Books. I released my first fantasy novel, The Golden Sword, in… Read more »

Guest Post – Does Travel Help Your Writing? by Bob Boze

  Our 777 broke through the clouds, leveled out and I slid my Surface out of the seat pocket in front of me. I had three things I wanted to do, or at least start on, during our 12+ hour flight to Beijing. First, was start a beta read for another author. Second, was work on my next book –… Read more »

Guest Post – Research in Historical Fiction by Andrew Joyce, Author of Yellow Hair

My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I would like to thank the folks at TAB Book Reviews for allowing me to be here today to promote my latest, Yellow Hair, which documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890…. Read more »