Saturday, July 04, 2015

Sandi is Home

Mid afternoon today I brought Sandi home after she finished this round of her chemo. In addition to sailing through the chemo with no issues at all which allowed them to speed up the drugs into her, she has not been nauseated since mid afternoon Thursday, has not run a fever since then, has had zero shakes, and a little bit of night sweats Thursday night. None since then. She is still coughing a little bit, but that has also greatly improved since chemo was started again Thursday.

While all this is good news for her immediate health and well being, it also means that the diagnosis that her symptoms the last couple of weeks were not viral croup related and instead were due to the cancer running crazy and unchecked in her body is most likely correct. On the flip side of that, the way she has reacted also means that the chemo is at least somewhat effective---still--against her cancer despite the break caused by the viral croup.So, it is a bit of a mixed bag because while it is good, what all this implies is and was happening to her is not so good.

One more small piece of god news and one she really needed--- Sandi is back crocheting this evening as the pain in her hands which was just agony for her much of the week has lessened considerably in the last 24 hours. Crocheting is something she loves to do and can do by feel when here eyesight periodically goes so bad she is virtually blind, so being able to do it again has helped her mood considerably. Hopefully, this will hold.

We are supposed to call in Monday morning for an appointment so that she can get the post chemo shot asap as well as do the usual blood work and office visit.

In the meantime, she hopes to be well enough tonight that she can sit outside around dusk and see the fireworks fly skyward  thanks to the annual show put on by the Gleneagles Country Club a few blocks away. Every year since 1987 when we moved to this complex we have never had to leave home to see the fireworks or feel the concussive blast that some make as they rattle the windows and buildings around here. It is always a pretty cool show even when you can't hear the music. Hopefully they will be doing it one more time later this evening.

10 PM UPDATE--- The fireworks flew and Sandi was able to come outside and see them.

Review of James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass (Feathers of the Firebird-- Sophie Masson's writing blog)

Ads for Patterson's class constantly appear in my news stream on Facebook. Since I don't have $90 bucks to spend on something for me I have not bothered to investigate more. But, a link to the review came up in the comment section that otherwise was full of invective against the author for the way he does business. I thought the review was detailed and interesting so I am sharing it here.

Review of James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass  (Feathers of the Firebird-- Sophie Masson's writing blog)

Belle Gibson, Blogger Who Lied About Having Cancer, Just Keeps Lying

With all we have been through here and continue to go through, I tend to take these things very personally and get very angry .....

Belle Gibson, Blogger Who Lied About Having Cancer, Just Keeps Lying

Crime Fiction Friday: “How To Launder A Shirt” by Patricia Abbott (Mystery People Blog)

I came across this today and had to share it as it is one heck of a story.....

Crime Fiction Friday: “How To Launder A Shirt” by Patricia Abbott (Mystery People Blog)

KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in KRL a review & giveaway of "Death by Tiara" by Laura Levine

Also up, a review & giveaway of the latest mystery by Victoria Laurie, "Sense of Deception", and of the book before that, "Fatal Fortune"

We also have a review & giveaway of "Downton Tabby" by Sparkle Abbey​ along with a fun pet related guest post from them

And we have a review & giveaway of "Ladies' Night" an anthology from the LA chapter of Sisters in Crime, edited by Naomi Hirahara, Jeri Westerson, and Katie Thornton

Also up, a mystery short story by Debra Goldstein​

And we also have, a review & giveaway of a fun fantasy short story by Faith Hunter & DB Jackson

And over on KRL Lite, a review & giveaway of "Death At Gills Rock" by Patricia Kalka
Happy reading,

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Amazon's Review Policy is Creepy and Bad for Authors

Amazon's Review Policy is Creepy and Bad for Authors

Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied (Writer Beware)

Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied (Writer Beware)

Happy Fourth Of July

Happy Fourth Of July from all of us Tipples. Celebrate safely and enjoy the day.

Check out Bill Crider's blog post about the day from earlier this morning here.

Fourth of July Mysteries//Fourth of July Crime Fiction (Mystery Fanfare)

Fourth of July Mysteries//Fourth of July Crime Fiction (Mystery Fanfare)

Friday, July 03, 2015

New issue of Crime Review--Update

In our new edition of Crime Review ( this week we
have 16 reviews, together with Helen Grant in the Countdown interview hot
Crime Review can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewUK
Linda Wilson can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewer
Sharon Wheeler can be followed on Twitter: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:
DEATH IS A WELCOME GUEST by Louise Welsh, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Magnus McFall is in prison on remand for a crime he didn’t commit. Around
him, men start dying like flies –and it’s no better outside the prison
walls either, as Malcolm soon finds out.

SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
New cop Ari Thor Arason is offered a job in the far north of Iceland. A
famous writer dies, a woman is attacked – and the village is cut off by an
avalanche with a killer on the loose.

THE GIRL WHO WASN’T THERE by Ferdinand von Schirach, reviewed by Chris
Artist Sebastian von Eschburg is arrested for a murder of a girl, although
no body has been found, and the victim can’t be identified.

BRYANT AND MAY: THE BURNING MAN by Christopher Fowler, reviewed by Sylvia
A burned body is discovered on the steps of a London bank whilst a mob runs
amok in the city, protesting at the actions of the bankers. Soon more
individuals are killed, always through the medium of fire.

THE STAR OF ISTANBUL by Robert Olen Butler, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Reporter and US government spy Kit Cobb has a suspect German under
investigation, crossing the Atlantic in 1915 on the Lusitania.

THIS THING OF DARKNESS by Harry Bingham, reviewed by John Cleal
DC Fiona Griffiths uses her unique talents to link three apparently
unconnected events involving two deaths and a massive international

BLOOD FEVER (audiobook) by Charlie Higson, reviewed by Linda Wilson
On a school trip to Sardinia, young James Bond has to rescue a friend’s
sister from the clutches of a secret society.

EXIT STAGE LEFT by Graham Ison, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
DCI Harry Brock and his team investigate when an actor is found dead amidst
London roadworks one snowy February morning.

KILL FEE by Owen Laukkanen, reviewed by Chris Roberts
When a billionaire is gunned down, police get a good look at the shooter,
but his dead eyes and slack face strike them as very odd.

DRIVEN by Toby Vintcent, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Former Royal Marine Colonel Matt Straker is brought in to investigate a
possible case of deliberate sabotage within the glamorous but cut-throat
world of Formula 1 racing.

THE NORFOLK MYSTERY by Ian Sansom, reviewed by John Cleal
Wounded Spanish Civil war veteran Stephen Sefton accepts a job as assistant
to the eccentric ‘Professor’ Swanton Morley who is writing a
county-by-county guide to traditional England. Starting in Norfolk, they
discover a vicar hanging by his church’s bell rope.

ONE KICK by Chelsea Cain, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson
Kit ‘Kick’ Lannigan was abducted at the age of five and for six years
starred in child pornography movies. Now, ten years after her rescue, she
is presented with the opportunity to fight back against the abusers.

ROBIN HOOD YARD by Mark Sanderson, reviewed by John Cleal
Reporter John Steadman and his lifelong friend Detective Constable Matt
Turner investigate a series of brutal sexually perverted killings against a
background of approaching war.

RUNNING GIRL by Simon Mason, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When Chloe Dow’s body is found in a pond, Garvie Smith isn’t very impressed
with the police investigation into her murder. The only problem is that
Garvie’s still at school and is meant to be revising for his exams, not
sticking his nose into other people’s business.

THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS by Kate Rhodes, reviewed by John Cleal
Psychologist Alice Quentin is doing research at a high security hospital,
when a copycat killer begins kidnapping and murdering young girls –
apparently in tribute to a prolific child killer who is a patient there.
Alice must establish a relationship with the charismatic killer to find the
link to these new murders.

NO KNOWN GRAVE by Maureen Jennings, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
A convalescent hospital in 1942, run by Anglican nuns for badly injured
servicemen, is an unlikely place for a double murder to take place. That,
however, is what DI Tom Tyler finds when he is called to the hospital.

Best wishes


Lesa's Latest Contest-- Florida Law & Order Giveaway

This week, I'm giving away copies of Paul Levine's Bum Rap & James O. Born's Scent of Murder. Details on my blog, Entries from the U.S. only, please.


Amazon set to pay self-published authors as little as $0.006 per page read (The Guardian)

Amazon set to pay self-published authors as little as $0.006 per page read (The Guardian)

Bullet Points: Pre-Festive Fourth Edition

Bullet Points: Pre-Festive Fourth Edition

FREE Book Alert-- "Redemption: A Noah Milano Novelette" by Jochem Vandersteen

Redemption: A Noah Milano Novelette by Jochem Vandersteen is currently a FREE book at Amazon.

My review from last February is here.

Read An Excerpt of "The Tithing Herd" (Lindy's Lair)

 Read An Excerpt of "The Tithing Herd" (Lindy's Lair)

Criminal Minds: Writer Rooter – Clearing Writer’s Block

Criminal Minds: Writer Rooter – Clearing Writer’s Block: We all hit writers’ block at some point in time. What do you do to get out of it and move the story forward? by Paul D. Marks Here’s w...

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

FFB Review: "Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery" by Bill Crider

Another Friday is upon us and this happens to fall right before Independence Day tomorrow. Please remember not only the meaning of the day, but what my Mom often said no matter what we were doing when we were growing up--- STOP! You’ll Put Your Eye Out!!! Celebrate responsibly, stay intact, and make sure you capture that cell phone footage for later viewing by the media. Before doing all that, make sure that you first check out the rest of the books suggested over on Patti Abbott’s blog.

After the events in Dead on the Island private investigator Truman Smith has not been doing much of any investigating. Instead, he has been primarily house painting over on Galveston Island. He is aware that hiding away on the island painting a house here and there does little more than earn him some bucks and passes the time. So, when Fred Benton called and asked him to come about a dead alligator Truman was interested inspite of himself.

Fred Benton has a lot of acreage over by Eagle Lake outside of Houston. A lot of his land is thickly forested and swampy and is a natural home to gators. That is a good thing as he loves alligators beyond all reason. It is September, hot and humid, and somebody went and killed one of the many alligators that live on his land. Not only did they break the law by killing it on his land without permission, the person sent him a clear message in the way they did it. The creature was killed, skinned and left allowing the meat to rot. In Fred Barton’s view, what was done was murder and he wants the killer caught and punished.

Back when Truman was investigating as a private investigator, chasing murders wasn’t something he usually did. Benton does not care as he figures finding missing people was what Truman did and certainly somebody is missing---- the gator killer. As he puts it to Truman:

“What’s the difference? If you’re lookin’ for somebody, you’re lookin’ for somebody.” (Page 8)

While Truman thinks it is far more complicated than that he eventually agrees to look into the matter with no guarantees. He will soon come to regret that decision because of the time he has to spend out in the swamp fighting the heat, the bugs, the mud, and the smells. Digging a bullet out of a dead alligator is not fun either. All that and then the murders start.

Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery was originally published in 1992 and follows Dead on the Island. Events from the previous book are briefly mentioned in the opening pages of this complex mystery and serve as a foundation of sorts for Truman’s taking the case. A case that is rather complicated and takes a number of twists and turns before things are finally resolved. Very different from and darker in tone than the author’s Sheriff Rhodes series (Between The Living And The Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery is coming out August 11th) the read features a slew of interesting characters, plenty of action and clues, and a case that has no easy answers. Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery is a good one. 

Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery
Bill Crider
Walker and Company (subsidiary of Bloomsbury Publishing)
May 1992
ISBN# 0-8027-3213-5
Hardback (also available in audio and e-book formats)
186 Pages

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sandi Hospitalized

Sandi was admitted late this afternoon to Medical City Dallas Hospital for chemotherapy and tests.  The only good news I can share is that she does not have a blood infection near as they can tell based on the preliminary test results.

The belief now is that her cancer  is most likely undergoing explosive growth. This nightmare scenario would explain the heavy night sweats, the fevers, the weight loss (four more pounds in two days) and other symptoms. While she does still have viral croup, if the cancer is explosively growing everywhere in her (as it has done before) it is a way bigger risk to hold the chemo back. So, the chemo was started in the hopes that it will still work.

Tests of various types may be done depending on approval by Medicare as well as how she is handling the chemo and everything else. She did not do well with the first chemo drug today as her blood pressure went very low and they had to intervene several times to stabilize her. What will happen the next few days is anyone's guess at this point.

How to Host a Killer Book Event / Jenny Milchman

How to Host a Killer Book Event / Jenny Milchman

Pierce’s Picks (The Rap Sheet)

Pierce’s Picks (The Rap Sheet)

True Detective Reborn (Welcome To Hell Blog)

True Detective Reborn (Welcome To Hell Blog)

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 11 Tips For The Care And Feeding Of Your Muse: A W...

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 11 Tips For The Care And Feeding Of Your Muse: A W...: by Ruth Harris T he muse (also referred to as intuition, instinct, the subconscious, a superpower, the Spidey sense) is generally a frien...

Gail Farrelly: Spoofing My Way in Breaks from Writing Mysteries (ARE Cafe Blog)

Gail Farrelly: Spoofing My Way in Breaks from Writing Mysteries (ARE Cafe Blog)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

BookEnds Literary Agency: An Agent's Thoughts on a Publisher's Restructuring...

BookEnds Literary Agency: An Agent's Thoughts on a Publisher's Restructuring...: It's no longer news that there have been some dramatic changes at Berkley/NAL , changes that aren't necessarily a complete surprise,...

New Books by MWA Members – July 2015

New Books by MWA Members – July 2015

Today in MYSTERY HISTORY: 7/1/2005 Lopresti's Such A Killing Crime published...

Today in MYSTERY HISTORY: 7/1/2005 Lopresti's Such A Killing Crime published...: July 1, 2005.  Robert Lopresti's novel of murder during the folk music revival in Greenwich Village, 1963, is published.

Reminder: Dallas MWA meeting this Saturday, 7/4/15

Panel Discussion:

"Everything You Wanted to Know about Writing and Publishing But Were Afraid to Ask"

In honor of the Fourth of July, the "Gang of Four" will take their seats in the spotlight to answer any and all questions about writing, publishing, marketing, and the Meaning of Life (spoiler alert: 42). All questions about all areas of writing and more will be discussed and explained by leveraging the panelist's years of experience fighting the battle. Successes and scars highlighted equally.

Bring your questions, bring your answers, and bring your appetite because the give and take with associated arguments may last well into lunch.

Some smart person once said there is no one right road to success, but many wrong ones. Let's help each other stay off the wrong roads

Note: because of fire safety laws, all the fireworks will be verbal rather than thermal.


The Dallas MWASW group meets the first Saturday of each month at Texas Land & Cattle, 812 South Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There is a $5.00 door fee, cash only. All who attend are invited to remain for lunch. Contact info:

James E. Gaskin
Writer / Consultant / Speaker
Member Internet Press Guild

3 AM.....

It is 3 am ..... they need to invent a pill that makes your brain stayed turned off when you have to go to the bathroom. That way you could go back to sleep after your business was done. Way better than the way things are now where I start thinking and can't get back to sleep.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chemo Again Delayed

Not surprisingly after what Sandi has been through the last 48 hours they made the determination to hold off on the chemo. They took a very large amount of blood out of her to do blood cultures. The worry now is the strong possibility that she has contracted some sort of blood infection on top of everything else. The hope is that the fever and other issues are just related to the persistent viral croup and not another infection.

Since they are closed Friday for the upcoming holiday we go back Thursday and see where things stand. In the meantime, monitor all her symptoms and let them know immediately if anything seems to be getting worse.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sandi Tonight

Sandi has had a very rough time of it the last two days. Her fever and chills are back with a vengeance. This is on top of the congestion, coughing, etc she has been dealing with the viral croup deal. Tonight she has full body aches as well and says that she feels like it is the flu. 

The doctor had planned to start chemo tomorrow morning and to do that she would be admitted to the hospital. Considering how weak and sick she has been the last couple of days I expect they will be admitting her to the hospital to treat this instead of the cancer. There is no question in my mind that things are going backwards and that Sandi is definitely way worse than she has been in recent days.

Gravity Lawsuit: Why I am giving up (Tess Gerritsen Blog)

Gravity Lawsuit: Why I am giving up (Tess Gerritsen Blog)

June 20 RTE Update

The June 27, 2015  issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews as well as a new interview:


Rita Mae Brown in the 'Sixty seconds with . . .' interview hot seat:

Reviews this week:

DISCLAIMER    Renée Knight        Reviewed by Yvonne Klein       
Catherine Ravenscroft idly opens a book she finds on her bedside table only to discover that it purports to be about her and a secret she has kept for twenty years.

THE FIXER    Joseph Finder    Reviewed by Anne Corey       
When down on his luck, journalist Rick Hoffman moves back to his rundown childhood home, where he discovers a hidden fortune and narrowly escapes death more than once as his search for its origin leads him into an underworld of crime and murder.

CAFÉ EUROPA    Ed Ifkovic    Reviewed by Christine Zibas       
Set during the prelude to World War I, Budapest is a hot bed of activity when writer Edna Ferber arrives. While there, she falls in love with the city, but two murders bring her heartache.

THE HARVEST MAN    Alex Grecian    Reviewed by Meredith Frazier   
Fourth in the series featuring Walter Day, Dr. Kingsley, and the new Murder Squad of Scotland Yard, THE HARVEST MAN once again sees London under threat by Jack the Ripper, but now, two more serial killers have joined Saucy Jack's ranks.

THE LAST BOOKANEER    Matthew Pearl    Reviewed by Ben Neal   
Literary thieves attempts to steal his final novel from an ailing Robert Louis Stevenson.

SIX AND A HALF DEADLY SINS Colin Cotterill    Reviewed by Barbara Fister
Someone has sent Dr. Siri an attractive woven skirt from the north of Laos, but the finger bone sewn into its hem points toward trouble.

INNOCENCE    Heda Margolius Kovály   Reviewed by Yvonne Klein            
In Soviet-controlled Prague, the police investigation into a murder of a small boy leads to revelations about the spying, informing, and secret lives of the employees of a cinema

THE ONLY WORDS THAT ARE WORTH REMEMBERING   Jeffrey Rotter   Reviewed by PJ Coldren                               
Rowan Van Zandt tells the story of his family and how they become part of a bizarre plan to put a rocket into space.

THE UNCANNY READER    Majorie Sandor (ed.)    Reviewed by Rebecca Nesvet   
A time-spanning, global anthology of 'uncanny' fiction, certain to captivate seasoned and new readers of this 'viral strain' of literature.

FOREST OF FORTUNE    Jim Ruland    Reviewed by Meredith Frazier   
Drug-addict, alcoholic copywriter Pemberton, epileptic Alice, and gambler Lupita try their luck at overcoming grim pasts and creating better lives at the haunted Thunderclap Casino.

BITTER CREEK    Peter Bowen    Reviewed by PJ Coldren       
Gabriel DuPre and friends try to find the site of a long ago massacre, and the reasons behind it.

THE RELUCTANT MATADOR    Mark Pryor     Reviewed by Sharon Mensing   
Marston travels to Spain to locate a friend's daughter and finds himself in the midst of a human trafficking ring.

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES (Audio)     Lisa Scottoline    Reviewed by Lourdes Venard   
In the midst of a divorce, Dr. Eric Parrish finds his week spiraling out of control as he's besieged by problems, the biggest being the target of a sociopath out to ruin him.

TAIL GAIT    Rita Mae Brown    Reviewed by Caryn St Clair       
A University of Virginia history professor is found dead on the golf course.  The solution to his murder reaches far back in Virginia history.

THE CORPSE WITH THE SAPPHIRE EYES    Cathy Ace   Reviewed by Diana Borse
Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson arrive at Castle Llwyd in Wales for a dream-come-true romantic wedding but all plans are thrown out in the face of an accidental death that quickly reveals itself as a murder and a horrific storm that traps everyone involved in the castle for days.

We post more than 900 new reviews a year -- all of them are archived on the site -- as well as a new interview with a top author every issue.

Yvonne Klein

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs. (The Practicing Writer)

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs. (The Practicing Writer)

Bookish events in Texas for the week of June 29 - July 5, 2015 (Texas Book Lover Blog)

Bookish events in Texas for the week of June 29 - July 5, 2015 (Texas Book Lover Blog)

Monday With Kaye: "The Life I Left Behind” by Colette McBeth (Reviewed by Kaye George)

Okay, so you have decided you don’t want to read a series for awhile. Kaye George has you covered this week with her review of The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth. Published last February by Minotaur Books it is currently available in hardback, audio, and e-book formats with a paperback version hitting the shelves in January.

“The Life I Left Behind” by Colette McBeth

Very chilling stand-alone thriller! There are two main characters who very nearly meet the same fate. One was left for dead after being strangled, the second was successfully killed by the same hand.

The problem is, David, the man who was imprisoned for the first, unsuccessful, attack was probably not the guy who did it, in spite of the fact that, just after David is released after serving his nine year term, the second victim, Eve, dies. Eve appears in the novel as a ghost, but doesn’t interact with anyone except the reader. She’s a ghost who can’t comfort anyone and who exists in pain. She never thought this was what being dead would be like and she’s not quite certain why she’s hanging around.

Melody, the first victim, who didn’t die nine years ago, has nevertheless, not actually recovered. She is putting on the bravest face she can for her fiancé, Sam, and their friends, but she’s still suffering from the attack. She’s become obsessive about many things, which makes the sterile house she lives in with Sam neat and tidy. She’s also become a great cook. But this is all because she can’t bear to go outside alone any more and has to keep busy to keep from looking inside herself.

Eve was killed because she had figured out who really attacked Melody. She’s standing by, agonizing over whether or not Melody can figure it out in time to prevent the killer from coming back and finishing the job. You’ll be on the edge of your seat with this one.

Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Eine Kleine Murder, for Suspense Magazine.