Private First Class

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I offer you the free story below titled “Private First Class.” Long ago when I took “Private First Class” to my critique group, one member said it was “inane” while another proclaimed it the best thing I’d written. I’m sure this thinly fictionalized account of my dad’s World War II … Read more

The News Continues!

With the pandemic and now our fires, I did not expect to have so much wonderful news to report. On Saturday, September 12 at noon PT, I’ll be on a Zoom short story panel sponsored by NorCal Sisters in Crime. I am swooning to be on “stage” with Art Taylor, my absolute favorite mystery short … Read more

Hunting Inspiration With a Club

“Always grab the reader by the throat in the first paragraph, sink your thumbs into his windpipe in the second, and hold him against the wall until the tag line.”–Paul O’Neil That’s the goal. On the literary blog The First Two Pages, writers discuss their opening salvos in traditionally published works. I have the honor to be … Read more

First Ever Giveaway & Reading

December enters with a bang! Vinnie has two events on December first. Her Goodreads giveaway of Murder, Honey starts as a promotion for the rapidly approaching release of the seventh Carol Sabala mystery, Black Beans & Venom. (January 8th, Bookshop Santa Cruz) Also, her short story Disappearance has been published in phren-Z literary magazine. The other authors … Read more