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November 25, 2011

Mystery We Write Nov. 2011 Presents Anne K. Albert

Bio: Anne K. Albert’s award winning stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. A member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter
of a century, it’s a given she’d write mystery and romantic suspense. When not writing she loves to travel, visit friends and family, and of course, read using ‘Threegio’ her cherished and much beloved Kindle 3G!

Anne is also an original member of the first 2011 Mystery We Write Blog Tour. You’ll find my interview with her here:

Thanks for featuring me today, Beth, on Day 1 of the second 2011 Mystery We Write Blog Tour. You asked me to discuss the hardest thing I had to learn on the road to publication. Like most writers, I studied point of view, transitions, dialogue, conflict, etc., but something other than the
actual process of writing had me stumped.

Self-confidence has always been my Achilles heel. I first realized I had a major problem when at a writer’s workshop the guest speaker began by stating it’s natural for a writer to be her number one fan. Everyone clapped and applauded that statement.

Me? I realized I was my greatest and most ardent critique. Even when I placed in the top three or won writing contests, I belittled my achievements. I even caught myself rationalizing there must have been so few entries in such and such a contest that my story was simply the best of the

That all changed during the summer of 2009. It was taking me forever to get into a book written by a well known author who shall remain nameless. I didn’t care about the protagonist. The author’s use of language pulled me out of the story. Reading was work. Finally, frustrated and annoyed, I closed the book and vowed not to read another word.

“I can write better than that,” I said. For the first time I realized I meant every word. I could write a better story. In fact, I’d written five. But where were they? Collecting dust in my home office.


I undervalued my skill and ability. Who needed to worry about publishing gatekeepers when I was doing such a fantastic job of sabotaging my career before it had even begun?

I thought long and hard about this, and eventually resubmitted my work. This time I submitted with passion and conviction. Two months later, I was offered a publishing contract.

Has my self confidence soared? A little. The truth is I’ll never become an ego-maniac, but I’ve come to appreciate myself, my abilities, and my books more. This past June I received a little help when my first book, FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, received the 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit. I felt like the actress Sally Fields when she won the Oscar. “You like me! You
really, really like me!”

All joking aside, here’s the story blurb:

FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL is set the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only get worse. This cozy, comedic mystery is recipient of the prestigious 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit.

To read a sample of Frank, Incense and Muriel click here:

Thanks again, Beth. I always enjoy dropping by and chatting
with you!

Visit Anne online at her website and blogs and
She is also on Facebook and Twitter .

Three names will be selected at random from comments on all 14 of Anne’s Mystery
We Write Blog Tour guest appearances. Winners will receive an e-copy of FRANK,
INCENSE AND MURIEL, book one of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. Visit for her schedule and contest details. Good luck!

Here’s where you can buy Anne’s book:

Thanks for visiting, everyone, and don’t forget to comment for a chance to win this book.

Cheers, Beth Anderson




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November 21, 2011

Guess who’s going everywhere Friday, Nov. 25?

You guessed it.  Me, of course! Lookee what I’ve gotten myself into AGAIN! I’m going on a blog tour with 14 terrific mystery writers, all of whom will be answering, for me, my interview question, “What was the hardest thing for you to learn about putting a publishable manuscript together, technical-wise, if there is such a word, and also, what finally tipped you over the edge so you knew for sure what to do and how to do it from then on out. Just pick one thing and give the reader a small lesson on writing a novel, with your toughest writing nemisis finally conquored.  As an example, was it POV or scheduling yourself or commas or any one of a hundred things you had to learn about writing a publishable novel.”

And what a tour this will be for all of you who follow my schedule, below, because folks on this tour have really gone the extra mile to help any unpubbed writer who wants to know the nitty-gritty about this business and not only how to enter it but also how to stay there. There’s some valuable stuff in all of these blogs, so please try to make an effort to keep up with us for the two weeks and you’ll be a lot richer, information-wise because these are all people who have done it.

Over the two weeks I’ll be keeping track of everyone who visits and leaves a comment at my blogsite, as well as who comments on my written blogs at the other authors’ blogsites and at the end of the whole two weeks I’ll award 1 copy each of Night Sounds, Murder Online, and Raven Talks Back, by drawing at the end of the tour from my list of people who comment over the two weeks. Winners can choose either e-book or print. Most of the authors will be giving away books at the end of this tour, totalling some 60-so free books to some folks, and just in time for Christmas, imagine that! What a coincidence, huh? 😉

So here’s my personal schedule from November 25 through December 9. Y’all stop by here at my blog on Friday Nov. 25th for the first one, and then daily to see the following author blogs.  Also, you might want to keep track of this whole schedule so you won’t miss any blogs.

This is my list of who will be here on my blogsite, and their dates:

Nov. 25 – Anne K. Albert

Nov. 26 – Earl Staggs

Nov. 27 – Jinx Schwartz

Nov. 28 – Mike Orenduff

Nov. 29 – Marilyn Meredith

Nov. 30 – Jean Henry Mead

Dec. 1 – Jackie King

Dec. 2 – Timothy Hallinan

Dec. 3 – M.M. Gornell

Dec. 4 – Wendy Gager

Dec. 5 – Alice Duncan

Dec. 6 – John M. Daniel

Dec. 7 – Pat Browning

Dec. 8 – Ron Benrey

Dec. 9 – Recap of all blogs and list of winners of my books

And on those same days, in case you’re not confused enough to have already run away to Disneyland by now, here’s the list of author names and urls for where I’ll be:

Nov. 25 – Ron Benrey  

Nov. 26 – Pat Browning

Nov. 27 – John M. Daniel

Nov. 28 – Alice Duncan

Nov. 29 – Wendy Gager

Nov. 30 – M. M. Gornell

Dec. 1 – Timothy Hallinan

Dec. 2 – Jackie King     

Dec. 3 – Jean Henry Mead

Dec. 4 – Marilyn Meredith

Dec. 5 – Mike Orenduff

Dec. 6 – Jinx Schwartz

Dec. 7 – Earl Staggs    

Dec. 8 – Anne K. Albert

Please come and see me there and comment.  You have no idea how lonely it is when nobody comments, and a lot don’t even though they do come to see the blogs.  Just a couple words put you into the running for free books either print or e.

See you starting Friday, November 25th!  I love y’al, you know I do!  And Sarge the Wonder Cat says “Hey” although I admit it sounds suspicously like “Meow”.

XOXOXO Beth, Hotclue’s alter ego.  And vice-versa.  😉

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