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And the Winner is …

Thanks so much to Art Taylor for letting me interview him on Tuesday.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed learning more about short stories from him and how much I enjoy Art in real life, too.  So here, without further ado …

The winner of a copy of Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder is Pat Marinelli!

This job is murder

& The winner of Carey Baldwin‘s novella, Hush is Paula Gail Benson!


Congratulations to both our winners.  And for those of you who didn’t win, both books make great Christmas and (belated) Chanukah gifts, too!  Click on the images below to get more information on both.

Coming up on Tuesday, our own Lena Diaz will be interviewing Romantic Suspense author Rachel Kall.  Rachel enjoys writing spicy and suspenseful stories tthat keep readers guessing.  They’ll be discussing her newest book, Presidential Pursuitwhich  debuts next week .


The “Art” of the Short Story

Triple Derringer winner, Art Taylor, teaches writing and literature at George Mason University.  He’s such a fan of noir, that he’s named his son, Dash.  Please join me as we sit down and discuss  how he writes his winning short stories, his students, and what makes great short fiction.


Great News!

Art is giving away a copy of the latest, Chesapeake Crimes anthology:  This Job Is Murder with his Derringer-winning  story, When Duty Calls.  It has a host of great shorts from other award winning authors, too — like Barb Goffman, Donna Andrews, and a forward by Elaine Viets.  So leave a comment here and/or at my other website to enter.

This job is murder

Now, for another dazzling short — well not a short story, but novella, by our very own Carey Baldwin, tell us who your favorite short story or mystery author is.  For an extra chance to win, guess why Art’s son is named Dash.  Or be really sneaky and go to and leave a comment there (under this same post) for another chance.  Tune in on Thursday to see who won.

Here is our second amazing prize!


Reformed bad boy Charlie “Drex” Drexler returns to his hometown of Tangleheart, Texas hush-by-carey-baldwin-ebooklg-e1373254420916hoping to make peace with his dark past and make amends to those he’s wronged. He’s also looking to reconnect with an old flame. But Anna won’t cooperate, new questions tear open old wounds and his best friend’s wife and baby disappear. Can Drex and Anna mend their broken hearts while fighting for their lives and racing to bring mother and baby home safely?

Read an excerpt here.

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