Saturday, January 14, 2012

Poetry Corner ~ Calling ALL Poets!

The Beast

This beast – my body – is beating me once again,
I feel like a slave to its needs,
It’s a wanton beast that loves to be visited,
After awhile, the face and name no longer matter,
The places I’ve been and the trouble I’ve seen,
Is the fault of the beast!
It controls my mind and I loose sight for a while,
But when I awaken from the ride,
I always find the journey un-fulfilling,
A great pretender is what I am,
Thinking I’m controlling this beast when it controls me,
I’ve raped myself over and over again,
Just to satisfy that hungry beast,
One day I’ll betray it and stop the madness,
The game will have a new sight and feel.

Written by Becky Illson-Skinner

Friday, January 13, 2012

Marketing YOU and YOUR BOOK ~ Part II

Hi everyone,

Now that you’ve had an opportunity to become familiar with how to market yourself from Marketing YOU and YOUR Book Part I that was posted on Tuesday, it is time to take a look at the various ways and forums in which you can use those new strategies.

Social Marketing

So much has been written and said about this phenomenon and I can tell you from experience that it works. I’ve been using Twitter for the past several months and the readership for Mystery Writers Unite has increased and I’ve met some wonderful writers and fellow bloggers. I strongly recommend that if you haven’t become familiar with this particular form of self promotion that you read R.S. Guthrie’s post on social marketing by clicking the following link: Social Marketing.

A couple other marketing ideas:

  1. Offering a buy one get one free book offer if you have more than one title available.
  2. Offering a free copy of your book to a limited amount of readers and asking them to post a review on your behalf.
  3. Becoming involved in blog crawls so readers of many blogs get to know you.
  4. Taking part in special events in your local community by either donating a free copy of your book or making an appearance to do a book signing or a reading or both.
  5. Contacting your local library to find out if they have any regular book clubs that meet that you might be able to get in touch with to discuss promotion of your book.
  6. Teaming up with other authors and offering a package book deal.
  7. Reaching out to your local high-end coffee shop (for us here in Aylmer, Quebec that would be the Moca Loca) and see if you can conduct an author reading event.
  8. Conduct an on-line forum (live via conference call) where readers can get in touch with you directly and ask you questions about your book and your process.

The list is practically endless but these are a few suggestions to get your juices flowing. What other types of marketing promotion can you think of?


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Capital Crime Writers

Kate Burns

I apologize in advance for the shortness of this post; as I write this, I am getting ready to go the the Ottawa Public Library, for the first meeting of Capital Crime Writers, a wonderful group of published authors, mystery fans and aspiring mystery writers. I wasn't going to go, as work is getting very busy, and family life never pauses... however, this is my treat for myself.

I've lurked at a couple of meetings, but tonight I'm going to join, to reap the full benefits of membership. I'm assuming that will be increased networking, tips for my particular market here in Ottawa, Canada, and the sheer joy of talking to a bunch of people who can understand what I am going through!

Dope that I am, I forgot to grab a copy of my book (The Ophelia Trap), on my way out the door this morning. So I've stolen my boss's copy (Thanks, Eric!).

Now, in short, is the thing I want to share... join a group! Writing is so solitary, and if you are a writer with a full time job (98% of you, right?), you are undoubtedly surrounded all the live long day by people who do not understand what it is you are doing with this (crazy?) hobby. You need to seek out others of your kind. Reading blogs (as fab as this one is, I can't lie) is not enough. You have to get out there.

And, I'm late. Happy Writing!! (and talking about writing, networking for writing, meeting new writers, and so on...)

Kate Burns

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Author Interview ~ Don Bruns


Don Bruns, an advertising executive, has a lot of irons in the fire. He and three friends converted an old 1905 neighborhood grocery store into a very cosy, nostalgic used book store, Bookends Used and Rare Books. Living in Ohio, the author travels to Florida and the Caribbean on a regular basis.

--- Interview

First, thanks for agreeing to let Mystery Writers Unite interview you, it is a pleasure to interview talented writers and after reading STUFF TO DIE FOR, I so wanted to interview you. What a great book!

MWU: If your wife Linda was approached on the street, what would she say your writing quirk(s) is/are?

Don Bruns: I don’t know if it’s a quirk, but I like to write out by the pool when I’m at our home in Florida.  And there’s a mockingbird that sits on the roof of the house next door and gives me a concert.  Somehow I’m inspired by that.

MWU: Aside from your wife, who would you say has been the biggest supporter of your writing?

Don Bruns: I have a support group.  My attorney, a former math teacher, a buddy from Chicago.  But I’m always surprised by the ladies in their eighties and even nineties who email me or call me on the phone.  There are three or four of them that read everything and comment on all the characters and scenes from the books.

MWU: If you were one of the characters in the STUFF SERIES and one in the CARIBBEAN SERIES, what type of character would you be and why?

Don Bruns: Skip is the narrator in the Stuff series.  A starred review from Booklist compares the narrative style to Mark Twain’s Huck Finn, so I suppose I’d be Skip.  I think Twain probably identified with Huck.  In the Caribbean series my protagonist is a journalist who covers rock and roll and travels to the islands.  No question who I want to be in those books!

MWU: If Skip Moore or James Lessor could step from the pages of the STUFF SERIES what do you think they would say to you? What would they be thankful for? Upset about?

Don Bruns:  Skip does step from the pages as the narrator with asides to his readers.  Skip Moore is an interesting guy.  He’s a smart dude, could be independent, but for some reason chooses to follow some of the hair-brained schemes his best friend comes up with.  Secretly, Skip wants James to succeed, knowing all the while there’s a slim chance of that happening.  James just wants to make a million dollars in the shortest time possible with the least amount of effort.

MWU: If one of your characters could step from the pages of the CARIBBEAN SERIES, which character would you most want it to be and why and least want it to be and why?

Don Bruns: Ginny Sever, Mick’s ex-wife is a vibrant character.  She’s a knockout and very strong.  I patterned her after a young lady in Chicago who I admire a great deal, so I know who she’s most like.  Still, I’d like to meet the real Ginny Sever.  There’s no one I wouldn’t want to meet.  These are my people.

MWU: If you had less than a minute to tell a perspective reader what they could expect from the STUFF SERIES or the CARIBBEAN SERIES (you are at a trade show and someone has stopped by your booth) what would you tell them? Go….

Don Bruns: Elevator pitch?  The Stuff series is about two 24 year old guys in Miami who start their own detective agency.  They have no clue what they are doing and they are constantly screwing things up.  Publisher’s Weekly says “Be prepared for laugh-out-loud moments.”

The Caribbean series is about a journalist who covers the entertainment industry.  Mick Sever always seems to find the seamy underbelly of the business and he investigates the strange characters that populate the world of pop culture.

MWU: I really enjoyed Angel from STUFF TO DIE FOR and wondered if he comes back and makes an appearance in any of the other STUFF SERIES books?

Don Bruns: You wouldn’t believe how many people want Angel back.  I haven’t found a place yet, but the book for 2012 is still being written, so who knows?

MWU: How do you develop and differentiate your characters and how do you “stay in character” when your writing? Has this processed changed over time?

Don Bruns: I have a pretty clear sense of who the characters are.  It’s always been there.  My publishers did not believe that I wrote the first Stuff book,  They accused me of using my wife.  They just didn’t feel that I could make the departure from hard-boiled Mick Sever to befuddled Skip Moore.

MWU: Who do you see as your “ideal” reader?

Don Bruns: I should have a better sense of who he or she is, but I don’t.  Demographics say it should be women 35 plus.  I hear from a lot of guys and women, so I don’t really know.

MWU: What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

Don Bruns: Keep writing.  People get hung up on the story line, or characters or they put it down for awhile.  If you’re putting words on paper things start to happen.  You can sort them out later.  Just keep writing.

MWU: What are you working on now and when do you expect to release the next book? 

Don Bruns: Too Much Stuff is just out.  Next year Food Stuff (or possibly Unsavory Stuff) is coming out in December.  And I’ve got another series I’m working on plus a stand- alone that I’m shopping

MWU: Is there anything you would like to say to new writers, new readers or current fans of your work?

Don Bruns: The same advice as to writers.  Keep writing.  To the readers, keep reading.  We appreciate your support!

The synopsis for STUFF TO DIE FOR

Chasing the American Dream could leave you running for your life. Best friends James Lessor and Skip Moore are hardly on the fast track. While James works as a line cook at Cap'n Crab, Skip spends his days selling—rather attempting to sell—security systems to people who have no money and have nothing they care to protect.

James and Skip aren't upwardly mobile, but they're about to get literally mobile when James spends a surprise inheritance on a white box truck. An investment in the future, he surmises, as these two are starting a business. Moore and Lessor, or Lessor and Moore. Have Truck Will Haul.

But the fledgling business takes a shocking turn when James and Skip unload the contents of their first moving job and find some unexpected cargo—a bloody human finger.

As James and Skip scramble to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators of a gruesome crime, they'll learn that there is some stuff you should never touch—and some stuff to die for in this witty, gritty mystery about big dreams, big ideas—and big trouble.


James Lessor, Skip Moore and their white box truck are back. And when Reverend Preston Cashdollar and his traveling tent revival come to town, James and Skip reinvent themselves—as Holy Rollers.

Rest assured: James and Skip aren't seeking salvation; they're seeking the Almighty Dollar. After all, Cashdollar's prosperity gospel draws thousands of people with open minds—and open wallets. After some minor modifications to the truck, Less or Moore Catering is ready to roll, and the entrepreneurs are born again, intent on making a mint by selling meager meals to the hungry masses.

As James and Skip become entrenched in the Cashdollar culture, they start to realize that this good reverend is nothing but bad news. Cashdollar may preach about seeing the light, but his organization has a dark side of greed, power, corruption and murder.

When James and Skip see something they shouldn't, their meals-on-wheels venture is about to become hell on wheels. The love of money may be the root of all evil, but the stuff dreams are made of could be James and Skip's worst nightmare. As James and Skip seek the truth, they'll either need to keep the faith or run like the devil!

The synopsis for STUFF TO SPY FOR

Best friends James Lessor and Skip Moore are still stuck in dead-end jobs, still living in their ratty apartment in Carol City, Florida, and still dreaming of hitting the big time. It seems those dreams are finally within reach when James lands a job to install a state-of-the-art security system for Synco Systems. There's a huge commission—and plenty of strings-attached. To collect on the cash, James will have to provide 'additional services' by assuming the role of pretend boyfriend of Sarah Crumbly, an employee who's having an affair with Sandler Conroy, Synco's married president. When Sandler's wife offers James a tidy sum for the dirty details about what's going on at Synco, James and Skip resurrect their entrepreneurial dreams and go into the business of being spies. The spymobile—their beloved, rattletrap of a boxtruck—is on its last legs, and they'll have to spend a small fortune on spy equipment, but there's no business like spy business. In this spy game, James and Skip may be the ones who get played—or worse.


It's official: stumbling, bumbling James Lessor and Skip Moore are licensed private investigators. Now, that's some scary stuff. It could take time to get More or Less Investigations off the ground, so James takes a job with a traveling carnival show. But this show has a dubious reputation, having had a string of accidents and at least one death in the past year.

When they're hired to investigate what's caused the carnival chaos, James and Skip set into motion a dizzying, roller-coaster chain of events.

After a terrifying trip on the Dragon Tail ride, a not-so-fun dust-up in Freddy's Fun House, and a host of threats, James and Skip realize they'll get anything but cooperation from this cantankerous cast of carnies. But when a carnival worker is murdered, James and Skip will have to act fast . . . because they might be next in line.

For James and Skip, the only thing sweeter than the smell of corndogs and fried dough will be the sweet smell of success—but in this case, 'success' means getting out alive. When this investigation goes completely off the rails, and James and Skip will be in for the ride of their lives.

The synopsis for TOO MUCH STUFF

It took Henry Flagler years to build a railroad to Key West. It took thirty seconds for a hurricane and a twenty-foot tidal wave to destroy it. Five hundred people were killed in that violent 1935 storm and many more were missing. Among the unaccounted for was a finance director for the East Coast Railway, Mathew Kriegel, who had loaded one and a quarter million dollars in gold on a train that very morning. The man and the gold were never found.

Newly minted private investigators James Lessor and Skip Moore have just been hired by Kriegel's great-granddaughter to help her search for the lost gold. And she many or may not have the map that leads to the treasure.

Fighting off competitors, scuba diving, digging in a spooky cemetery, and almost getting killed in the proccess is just part of their job. Come along for the ride, but watch your back. It's a very dangerous mission, and don't count on James and Skip for help. They can barely take care of themselves.

The synopsis for JAMAICA BLUE

When successful and charming rock journalist Mick Sever goes to Jamaica to see the "next big thing," a reggae/rap band with a flare for hypnotic beats and violent lyrics, he finds that there's more than just sun, sand, and music on the island of Jamaica. Danger, lies, sex, and murder abound in the tropical paradise.

Led by front man Derrick Lyman, a talented and captivating performer with a radical political message, the band seems set for instant stardom. But then a young girl is savagely murdered at an after-party celebrating the band's first American concert in Miami. Roland Johnson, the band's security guard, is caught with a knife in his hand at the crime scene. Roland is arrested and charged with murder. For all involved the case is closed—all except Mick Sever.

Sever, a relentless and charming sleuth, isn't convinced that the simple guard is the cold-blooded killer everyone thinks he is. Stories of other murders and violence that follow the band lead Sever to believe there is more to the story than meets the eye. Threatened by the band, the police, and dangerous unknown assailants, Sever, with the help of his beautiful and intelligent ex-wife Ginny, is determined to learn the truth.

In the world of music, with double deals, beautiful women, and sexy sounds, nothing is as it seems. Set against the exotic backdrops of Florida and Jamaica, this is an edgy, atmospheric, edge-of-your-seat mystery that will keep you guessing right up to the shocking ending.

The synopsis for BARBADOS HEAT

Congressman Robert Shapply is no saint. A former music insider who fleeced his clients for millions, he now leads the crusade against offensive and violent rap lyrics. When he is attacked and murdered in front of his Adams Morgan home, the list of suspects—from former clients to current headliners—is endless.

But the killer might be closer to home: Police arrest Shapply's son and charge him with murder.

For music journalist Mick Sever, covering this case is personal. Mick, a former client of the congressman and best friend of the accused killer, knows the case isn't quite as simple as it appears. He believes his friend's claims of innocence and sets out to prove them. With the help of his ex-wife and an old friend, Mick must penetrate the bizarre Shapply family—the icy matriarch, Alicia, the disturbed daughter, Amber and the minister brother-in-law—to find the truth.

From Washington, D.C. to Sarasota, Florida and Barbados, rock and roll journalist Mick Sever follows the leads, trying to prove the innocence of his former childhood friend. Threatened by unknown assailants and dangers at every turn, Mick becomes the hunted as the killer turns the tables in a stunning climax.


When you're looking for a lost person, looking in Miami, Florida can get you killed. As entertainment journalist Mick Sever and his ex-wife Ginny try to find their friend, pop-music star Gideon Pike, they soon realize he doesn't want to be found. Pike's career, his business associates, and his fortune are all being held hostage by a Korean mobster named Jimmy Shinn, who is blackmailing the singer/piano player.

The steamy underworld of Miami, with its excesses, crooked cops, strip clubs and murder all comes into play as Sever and his ex-wife try to find Gideon Pike and save his life. In the meantime, they risk losing theirs.

Billions of dollars are at stake in fast-paced South Beach, and when those kind of dollars are in play, the stakes are high. The Severs never give up on the hunt, and enlisting the help of some colorful locals, they search for the singer and the story, finding that you should always be somewhat careful of the people you put your trust in.

The synopsis for ST. BARTS BREAKDOWN

Sun, sand, and a psychopath. It's a deadly mix. Rock and roll journalist Mick Sever is back with a new assignment: interview music legend Danny Murtz. One of the most successful producers in music history, Danny Murtz has walls lined with gold and platinum records—and a closet full of skeletons.

Known for producing an unbelievable string of hits, Murtz is also tied to a string of disappearances. It seems a number of Murtz's romanitc conquests have vanished into thin air. After his latest incident, Murtz conveniently retreats to his secluded St. Barts villa.

Before Mick Sever can hop a plane to the island paradise, he's nearly run over by a speeding car. Coincidence? Maybe, but hit maker Danny Murtz and near misses seem to go hand in hand.

Murtz's stay in St. Bart isn't quite the relaxing vacation he'd hoped for. When he begins receiving anonymous threats implicating him in a number of crimes, Murtz gets the message loud and clear: someone is trying to bring him down. Fueled by a steady stream of drugs and alcohol, and ravaged by mounting paranoia, Murtz begins to unravel. In Murtz's muddled mind, everyone is suspect—even his long time secretary Nancy and attorney/manager/chief cleaner-upper Harvey Schwartz. And Mick Sever's quest to get to the bottom of the story puts him at the top of Murtz's hit list.

If Danny Murtz has his way, Mick Sever will only need a one-way ticket to paradise. Because if Mick isn't careful, his next column will be an obituary—his obituary.

The synopsis for BAHAMA BURNOUT

or rock and roll writer Mick Sever, another story, another deadly island paradise is all in a day's work. This time, Mick heads to Nassau, Bahamas, home of the legendary Highland Studio. Known for pumping out hits that burn up the charts, Highland is where the magic happens-or rather, where the magic happened until a devastating fire destroyed the entire studio. No one knows how the fire started, who started it-or whose body was found among the charred ruins.

Sent to get the inside story on the opening of the new Highland Studio, Mick finds this is hardly the Phoenix-rising-out-of-the-ashes story he expected. Some say the studio's haunted, some say it's cursed, but one thing is for sure: someone—or something—wants to stop the music. A smashed guitar and erased tracks send a subtle warning, but murder? That's an entirely different tune. If Mick doesn't act fast, Highland Studio, along with everything and everyone in its path, could go up in smoke. It's not always better to burn out than to fade away.

To learn more about Don or to order any of his books, please visit his webiste: Don Bruns 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

iTrapped: Does Technology Kill Suspense?

Kate Burns

This is not bragging: I can solve quite a few mysteries in as little as ten minutes.

When a name pops up in the news, a shocking amount of information is already available about that person, especially if it is the first time that name has been dragged into public view.

Like the names of the mother, father, fiancé, workplace, home phone number, address, hangouts of the young man arrested for a drunk driving collision that killed three people.

Using Facebook, Google, Canada 411's reverse lookup feature, and Maps, it's easy to lock and load on an identity in the tiny space between a dude seeing his name in print, and calling his mom from the holding tank to have her take down his Facebook page.

And that's not all. Also not bragging: In an urban setting at least, it might be rather difficult to lose me.

Assuming you have a smartphone somewhere on your person (6 out of 8 people did this morning on my bus, I counted), and have some basic logic skills and full battery power, you could call, GPS or bluff your way out of pretty much anything, or nearly anywhere.

So. Am I a mentally unstable morally outraged vigilante stalker? Wrong question.

Actually, how do I, as a writer, get my heroine into grave difficulty, and how do I tease out suspense when any character could walk up to a computer and blow the whole plot wide open? How could she languish in a kidnap situation or chase the bad guys all over town, if all of the tools formerly possessed only by police are clutched in her left hand?

Some of the devices we brave new writers use involve taking technology right out of the equation. Power failures, low battery, downed cell network, rural locations and having your smartphone fall into a lake are all plausible means of getting this pesky novel-ender out of the way. And there are a million creative ways to introduce these obstacles.

Perhaps your hero or heroine is technologically addled. What's the Google, dear? But, as time and technology march forth, so too do our characters. Miss Marple herself would be scouring Facebook, I'm certain of it. Some seniors I know not only have no problem on the web, they have a lot of time to spend there and could run circles around me with knowledge gleaned from running knitting blogs and recipe circles.

In fact, very soon most of these literary machinations will be clichéd. That threshold may have already been reached. Remember when he's calling from inside the house could make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up? Writing that now would produce more groans than shivers. That's the last thing I'd want to do to my readers, who trust me to lead them by the hand into the darkness.

So, for me, one solution seems to be to fully integrate technology into the plot.

Let's talk about the world we live in for a moment: the technological world. Finding, gathering and compiling information used to be time-consuming and difficult. Now, it's trivially easy. Yet how misleading that easily obtained data could be.

Information is neutral, therefore it is still subject to human interpretation. And that can make for some wonderful, dangerous mistakes for a character to make.

There is also that other critical element in mystery writing: the mystery of why. That is, once you have the who, the what, the when and the how, the motive, or the why, is the real heart of any mystery. Any madman can put a elaborate electronic trap out. But no amount of technical hoo-ha can ever replace the fragile complexities of human behaviour -- and that will always be what readers turn the page to devour.

Now, when I say to use technology in your writing, I don't mean for you to plunk your hero at a screen and let them 'World of Warcraft' his way to a solved crime. Nothing is as dissatisfying as a hero whose butt has never left the home office chair, or who never faces real world danger. No. Our world is infused with technology, it runs through the bloodstream of human consciousness. Therefore, our characters must run the gamut of it.

Technology has every potential, like setting or weather, of almost achieving a level of a character in itself.

Writers need to behave like the technology itself. And to write one step ahead of it.

Your readers need to know they can depend upon a main character who's smart enough and quick enough to get by in this world. One who solves her mystery with moxy and ingenuity, who is human enough to be fooled by a red herring, but agile enough to recover, reinterpret the facts and use her unique insights to get to the bottom of it all.

Insightful writing, all.
Kate Burns

Monday, January 9, 2012

Marketing YOU and YOUR BOOK ~ Part I

Hi everyone,

Okay, now it’s time to get serious about MARKETING!! In publishing, this means marketing yourself as much as your work. So, how do you market yourself? Does this entail wearing a big neon sign on your person or taking out a full-page ad in the Sunday paper? What works and what won’t? What exactly does that mean?!?

For some authors, this is a very challenging and at times intimidating task and something I continually try and offer some solutions to the readers.  Today, I think I will focus on marketing your most important asset – YOU!! On Thursday, I will focus more on marketing your work so be sure to come back and read that post as well.

Marketing yourself isn’t easy but it is necessary and probably one of the most important tasks you will undertake in the world of publishing. YOU are the product and the brand all in one. This is different than selling Nike running shoes – where the shoes are the product. I don’t think the designers of these wonderful shoes ever looked at a finished product that didn’t quite make the cut and feel like a part of their soul had died with the design. Writing is different in that it is personal and emotional. So, your book, although a product like running shoes, is also much, much more.

Do you want to be known as an author that is mysterious, forthright, funny, or aloof?  These are some questions you may want to explore before you begin to “put yourself out there”. For those of you that are already feeling a little queasy and your are thinking, “I don’t want to push myself on other people and have to do a bunch of empty socializing or make superficial small talk.” I understand but effective marketing creates a pull for more from you and people begin to seek out you and your product (book).
Here is an eight-step plan to guide you:

  1. Define your mission and the benefits you offer your readers.
  2. Set your marketing objective: What exactly do you want to achieve? Make it measurable and realistic and built in timelines and deadlines.
  3. Design performance measures: what will be observable, objective indicators that show that you are accomplishing or have accomplished your goal?
  4. Gather, analyze and interpret information about your situation. For example, what are your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats? Perform this assessment and then act on the areas that need to be adjusted to improve your success.
  5. Identify your target market and speak to them!
  6. Develop your marketing strategy and activities aimed at your target market (attend conferences, continuing education events, write articles for them or professional publications that your target market would subscribe to).
  7. Define implementation strategies: What will you do, when will you do it and what resources will you need or obstacles might you have to overcome?
  8. Periodically evaluate marketing efforts and modify them if needed to determine what is working or what you may need to do differently. Do you need to do more or can you scale back your efforts?

Make sure you come back on Thursday for more tips and tricks and you can also view some of the previous marketing discussions we've had on Mystery Writers Unite by clicking the following link: Marketing


Sunday, January 8, 2012

What Can YOU Write in 6 Sentences or Something Like It!

Hi everyone,

Okay, I thought "What Can YOU Write in 6 Sentences?" was a pretty cool interactive post for Sunday's but based on the input from readers...I think I may have been wrong. So, I spent some time brainstorming for a new idea for Sunday's and I'm hopeful that it will be easy yet interesting and that maybe, just maybe, it will encourage those that take the time to stop by to read something will also feel moved enough to interact :-)

I've come up with 4 ideas that may be worth exploring but I really want to know what YOU think so please take a few minutes to vote on the site!

Idea One:  The Online Story

What about building an online story together? Do you think we could actually have something that could possibly be self-published by a list of online co-authors at the end of the year? It's an idea and it would be interesting and fun to see where the story may or may not lead. I know some very talented people visit this site on a regular basis.

Idea Two: Week in Review

This may sound kind of boring because in a way it is but Sunday's could be a recap of what the highest viewed post of the previous week was and to open discussion on some of the best comments posted (if there were 

Idea Three: Guest Blogger by Request

What about guest bloggers, could be one of our readers that had a very strong reaction to one of the posts or a fellow author, publisher, editor...whoever feels they have something important to say! Of course, that would actually mean the interested party would have to get in touch with either Katie or myself to let us know that they would like to post something. That could be tricky and then I may have to fill the spot if nobody does...could be complicated but that doesn't mean it wouldn't work.

Idea Four: eBook Giveaway

If I can find enough authors to partake, Sunday could be used to promote an authors work by providing a synopsis of their book and giving readers an opportunity to post questions for the author to answer. At the end of the day, names from the comments will be entered into a random drawing for a free eBook of the featured author.

Help me make this site work for you!