Blogroll: Feeling the Fiction

Malicious Masquerade

Alan_CuppWith his new mystery/suspense release, Malicious Masquerade, just hitting the shelves, Author Alan Cupp met with me to talk about life and his love of writing.

Whether it’s with a captivating mystery novel or a funny promotional video for his church, Alan is always anticipating his next creative endeavor. In addition to writing fiction, Alan enjoys acting, music, travel, and playing sports. His life’s motto is, “It’s better to wear out than rust out.” Alan places a high value on time spent with his beautiful wife and their two sons. He lives his life according to his 4F philosophy: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Romance & Beyond

Lifetime of Little Things

Posted by Sherry Isaac on Mar 22, 2013 in Friends on Friday

Alan-Cupp-HS-199x300Alan Cupp loves to create and entertain, always anticipating his next creative endeavor. In addition to writing fiction, Alan enjoys acting, music, travel, and playing sports. His life’s motto is, “It’s better to wear out than rust out.” He values time spent with his beautiful wife and their two sons. Keep up with Alan on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter. Information on Alan’s new release, Malicious Masquerade, can be found at Henery Press. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Huff Post Books

Shrimp, Grits and Murder

by Chef John Malik

Are you looking for a clever murder mystery? One with a unique sense of place and enough quirky characters to make the cast of The Big Bang Theory take notice? Can you deal with a ghost as a central character? And I don’t mean a ghost in the traditional sense, one that fades in and out on a whisper and holds the same mass as the aromatic vapors of a warm chicken pot pie. Nope. This ghost comes and goes when summoned, holds conversations with a dear friend and plays an integral part in a tightly knit crime drama. If you can let yourself go long enough to enjoy the preposterousness of the ghost of a 17 -year-old sworn to protect the fictional island of Stella Maris, just north of Charleston, S.C., then you’re going to love Lowcountry Boil, the debut novel of Susan M. Boyer. [Read more...]


Reviews Of Books Recently Written By Southside Authors: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

The title of Larissa Reinhart’s debut novel refers to the coffin portrait Cherry Tucker is painting of murder victim Dustin Branson.  It also refers to the biographical portrait of the man himself which emerges in the story as Cherry tries to find out who his murderer is.  But I think the story is really a portrait of Cherry Tucker herself (and of the other wacky inhabitants of the contemporary rural Southern town where she lives).

Cherry is a graduate of one of our nation’s premier art educational institutions, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she was molded into a skilled professional artist.  But she is an amateur in her sleuthing and in her relationships with men, which generates the wacky humor in the story.  She is, however a feisty and delightful character whose adventures proceed at a rapid pace spiced with silly stuff not only from her and other humans but also from her ornery goat Tatter — if you like goat humor, you will enjoy Tatter! [Read more...]

Blogroll: Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers

Book Club Friday – Guest Author Larissa Reinhart by Anastasia Pollack

Our Book Club Friday guest today is award-winning author Larissa Reinhart. Larissa considers herself lucky to have taught English in Japan, escaped a ferocious monkey in Thailand, studied archaeology in Egypt, and survived teaching high school history in the US. She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. When she’s not writing about southern fried chicken, she writes about Asian fried chicken at her blog about life as an ex-expat. Learn more about Larissa at her website.  Larissa is offering an advance reading copy of Portrait of a Dead Guy to one of our readers who posts a comment to the blog. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday to learn if you’re the winner. — AP

Do Good Girls Love Bad Boys? Uh, Yeah

The other night, while watching an episode of Girls, my husband turned to me with a look of such concern and disgust, I immediately clicked out of Pinterest and focused on my distraught betrothed.

“Why,” he sputtered, “do nice girls think they like bad guys?”

I refrained from delivering some smart-mouth remark, but instead of returning to pinning other people’s pictures, I gave his question a moment’s thought. The Good Girl-Bad Boy axiom is older than the reclaimed hills we live on. Drooling over bad boys isn’t just a rebellious need to overthrow our Electra complexes. It’s more to do with the Alpha male so inherent in bad boys. Which is why, as writers and readers, we love our fictional bad boys. They’re swimming with Alpha pheromones, and we can dip our toes in their testosterone without actually getting wet. Theoretically. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Lesa’s Book Critiques

Review of  LOWCOUNTRY BOIL by Lesa’s Book Critiques

Today is release day for Susan M. Boyer’s debut mystery, Lowcountry Boil. And, it’s quite a debut. This terrific traditional mystery has been nominated for both the Golden HeartAward from Romance Writers of America as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Mainstream Category (unpublished division). Anyone who enjoys a solid traditional mystery set in the South will be glad Henery Press, a small independent publisher, recognized Boyer’s ability.

Meet Liz Talbot, the private investigator who is the sleuth in Boyer’s Liz Talbot mysteries. For six years, she’s been a partner with Nate Andrews in Talbot & Andrews, a private investigative firm in Greenville, South Carolina. Her grandmother’s unexpected death sends her home to Stella Maris, a small sea island near Charleston. But, when her brother, the local police chief, tells her Gram was murdered, she packs up to move to the house she inherited, and find a killer. [Read more...]

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