HIGH SEA by Stu Leventhal

WHO DONE IT? HIGH SEA by Stu Leventhal is thrilling drama at its best! HIGH SEA by Stu Leventhal
Author Stu Leventhal has got a winner here! High Sea is innovative creative writing at it’s best. You won’t want to miss this engaging, frantic romp! Detectives chase a ruthless psycho jewel thief around their quaint, tropical island. It is a cat and mouse game, a battle of wits and sarcasm in this humorous Kindle police procedural. Sure to become a Kindle Mystery Summer favorite! You just got to read HIGH SEA by Stu Leventhal, live on Kindle mysteries.

High Sea is suspense, mystery, thrill and drama rapped up! A real new engaging WHO DONE IT? Not your regular Kindle Adventure Mystery book. Not another armchair mystery! A must read!

They’ve been tipped off by Interpol that an international jewel thief is aboard the freighter just now pulling into their calm harbor. Chief Detective Henry Oaks hates to be embarrassed especially when it comes to international affairs. He surrounds the ship before it can dock then proceeds to search. But this criminal is a quick change artist with a couple of high tech tricks up his sleeve who is determined to sneak off the freighter with his stash of priceless diamonds,no matter who he has to hurt! Add a quirky French Detective desperate to regain face since he allowed the criminal to slip through his fingers back in Paris where the crime originated. Now you have a recipe for old school detective banter, sarcasm, humor and bravado as two highly charged Detectives constantly spar over who is in charge of this investigation. Get ready for a high speed roller coaster ride as smart lawmen chase a genius and cold hearted conman around an exotic island resort! And what an ending!

Writer’s Bio:
Stuart Leventhal is a freelance news reporter, fiction writer and poet. Newspapers include: Downingtown Ledger, Tri County Record and the Weekly Press of Philadelphia. Mystery and western short stories: Veneration Quarterly, Ultimate writer, Bracelet Charm magazine, Dance Macabre. Featured writer on the Dana Literary Society’s Online Journal for September 2001. Poems published in Raphael’s Village, Treasured Poems of America and many others. Stu is the Examiner’s Atco Restaurant Reviewer for the Philadelphia Area:

Presently Webmaster/editor for:

* Author STU LEVENTHAL is open for online interviews – always free
*in person interviews-free- except for travel and lodging if outside of the Philadelphia area!

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The Alienated Critic: a column by D. Douglas Fratz

Editor’s Note: Here you will find the other The Alienated Critic columns.

Wherein One Critic is Introduced (with Theory Expounded)
and Another is Bid a Fond Farewell

I have been reading science fiction for almost fifty years, and writing about it for more than forty. Since discovering the Tom Swift novels and the Heinlein juveniles in the early 1960s, it has been a primary and continuous source of reading pleasure. After discovering comics fandom in the mid-1960s and SF fandom shortly thereafter, I have been reviewing books and writing commentary on science fiction and fantasy fiction since 1969, and spend slightly more than two decades (1973-1993) editing and publishing the SF review magazine, Thrust Science Fiction & Fantasy Review (in its later years Quantum Science Fiction & Fantasy Review), which garnered for me five Hugo Award nominations.

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Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane edited by Jonathan Oliver

Jonathan Oliver
Jonathan Oliver is the Editor-in-Chief of Solaris and Abaddon Books. He is the author oftwo novels in the Twilight of Kerberos series, The Call of Kerberos and The Wrath of Kerberos,as well as a bunch of short stories that have appeared in a variety of places. He lives in Abingdon with his family.

Solaris Website
ISFDB Bibliography

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Making Your Story Believable with a Real Setting

Writers in the Storm welcomes back NYT Best Selling Author Kat Martin, who shares her magic to MAKING YOUR STORY BELIEVABLE by setting the location in a real place.

In her latest book cover below, you can see the setting of Against the Edge. (Click the book title to watch the trailer and read an excerpt.)

Kat is donating her latest book to one of our readers who comments on this post.  We’ll announce the lucky winner next Monday, April 29.

by Kat Martin

One of the best ways to make your story believable is to use real places to locate the action and the real names of restaurants and streets.  Actually going there, of course, is the best way to make that happen.  Or using places you went to at some other time in your life.

In AGAINST THE EDGE, the hero, Ben Slocum, who also appeared in AGAINST THE SUN and AGAINST THE ODDS, lives and works in Houston.  Originally, I chose that location because my husband and I lived in Houston for several months.  I got to know my way around, know the restaurants and shopping, became familiar with the atmosphere of the city.  Which is amazingly small-town, considering the population.

I felt comfortable there and when I spread open my AAA Auto Club map back in Montana and started to write, the street names were all familiar, the parks and airports, stirring memories of places we had been.

I truly believe there are locations you can’t write about without being there.  For me that was Europe.  Until I actually traveled overseas, I couldn’t image cities and towns that went that far back in time.

Paris, London, Amsterdam, and the rural communities in European countries are the sorts of places you really need to visit in order to understand the way people in those areas live.  China, Russia, India–places I’ve never been–have personalities of their own and seeing them is about the only way you can get it.

Another possibility is to choose an area that fits your story and you can relate to.  Any of the mountain states are easy for me since I live in Montana.  I’m in Los Angeles a lot, thus my next book, AGAINST THE MARK, Ty Brodie’s story, uses that setting.

By the way, one of an author’s greatest tools is Google Earth.  In AGAINST THE EDGE, when Ben and Claire travel from Los Angeles to the bayou county of Louisiana, being able to go there over the Internet, to actually zoom down into the swamp, was incredible.

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Why We (and Our Characters) Fall in Love: Part Three

1TumblrEmailPrintDiggRedditLike this:Like Loading…This entry was posted in Craft, Miscellaneous and tagged Ambivalent attachment style, Attachment Styles, Fae Rowen, falling in love. Bookmark the permalink.← Stellar Writing Sells!Love at first line: Opening sentences that grab →19 Responses to Why We (and Our Characters) Fall in Love: Part Three

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WHO WILL YOU TRUST? Wills in Author Estate Planning

Big thanks to Writers in the Storm for inviting me back to continue our new series on estate planning for authors!

As we discussed in April, every author needs an estate plan, including a properly drafted will or trust, which addresses the ownership and management of copyrights and other intellectual property the author owns at the time of the author’s death.

All authors have an estate plan. Surprise! You have one, whether you know about it or not. If you haven’t written a will or a trust, then you’re operating with plan #3: intestacy, which essentially means the estate plan the state establishes by law for anyone who dies without a valid will or trust.

A hint for the wise: option #3 is bad.

Authors who have no written estate plan will find their estates (and copyrights) subjected to the laws of the state (or country) where the author resided at the time of death. In most U.S. jurisdictions, the law provides that spouses and biological or legally adopted children inherit the property and rights of a person who dies. However, state laws vary, and in some places property ends up escheating to the state

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Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon

Theodore Sturgeon
Born Edward Hamilton Waldo in 1918, he changed his name to Theodore Sturgeonin his early teens. He sold his first story, “Heavy Insurance,” in 1938 for $5 toMcClure’s Syndicate for publication in newspapers. The sale of”The God in the Garden” to Unknown was his first published SFstory.His novel, More Than Human, won the International Fantasy Award. His story,”Slow Sculpture,” won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. He died on May 8, 1985, and he was posthumously awarded theWorld Fantasy Life Achievement Award.

Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust
ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: The Nail and the Oracle
SF Site Review: The Dreaming Jewels
SF Site Review: More Than Human
SF Site Review: To Marry Medusa

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