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Writers for New Orleans over Labor Day Is Energizing

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The link above will take you to a Twitter picture of me, apparently in tears, on a panel MC-ed by New York Times best-selling author (Caitlin Strong series) Jon Land.DSCN0736

Jon has been a great friend to me. True story: I was at my first ITW (International Thriller Writers) conference in New York City. I didn’t know a soul. I was in the bar at the hotel where it is always held and a group had formed around a gregarious sort who was holding court. At the time, I had no idea who this energetic person was. (Nor did he know who I was).DSCN0729

Rather than simply ignore me,  (as most would have done), Jon asked me, “What are you working on?” At the time, I was working on the 2nd volume of my “Hellfire & Damnation” series, organized around Dante’s “Inferno.” Each level of Hell is represented by a story focused on the crime or sin punished at that level of Hell. Completely out of the blue, Jon asked, “Would you like me to write a blurb for that?” I had not asked because I didn’t know him (well or at all) and I didn’t think anyone famous would care about a retired English teacher who grew up (and went to school) in Iowa and had few credits. I stammered out that I’d be delighted if he would write a blurb for this slim volume of short stories and Jon wrote one of the best blurbs I have ever received, unbidden. What a guy!DSCN0733

I also ran into Jon in Chicago at “Love Is Murder” and again at the Spellbinders Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii when he was MC-ing panels again and I was on one. It was a great conference, but woefully under-attended.

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Lance Taubold and Rich Devin of 13Thirty Books with the anthology “Fear Phobias,” which I have a story in about fear of dreams and dreaming.

This time out in New Orleans, all of the panels I saw Jon run or participate in, or the actual interview concerning his work that Molly Bolden of Bent Pages Bookstore conducted were well-attended, and he was in rare form.DSCN0726

Since I now knew Jon slightly better (and vice versa) he chose to give me some tough questions and, since I was on the end of the panel, I got the “speed round” question (in 5 words or less) and a few others that required some intense thought, and you’ll see, in that Twitter link (should you check it out) that I appear to be in tears…or distress.  DSCN0727

Jon went on to do an equally great job on his topic of “How to Write a Novel in 3 Easy Steps,” which featured him energetically pacing the room and taking suggestions from the assembled masses.DSCN0744

It was a very good presentation, and I enjoyed it very much. The entire conference was one of the best ever, and, since it took place the same weekend as Southern Decadence Weekend, there was plenty to see and do outside of the Hotel Monteleone in the heart of the French Quarter.DSCN0752

A great Labor Day

Mel Reynolds: The Mighty Have Fallen

There was a time when Mel Reynolds was one of the most promising young politicians in Illinois.

That was before he was sent to jail for having sex with a 16-year-old underage campaign worker. That was before he became a registered sex offender in 1995, forbidden to live within 500 feet of a school. That was before he was charged with failing to file income tax returns from 2009 through 2012. (Each count carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison or a $250,000 fine on conviction.) That was before he was found to have child pornography, tried to sabotage the case against him, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In 1997, Reynolds was convicted, while serving time in prison, of 15 counts of illegally raising campaign cash and defrauding banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. For that, he got 6 and 1/2 years in prison.

He served 2 and 1/2 years in state prison and was then transferred to a federal prison, but in 2001, Bill Clinton commuted his sentence hours before leaving office, at a time when Reynolds had 2 years left to serve.

In 2003, Reynolds made several attempts at a political comeback, running against another sterling example of rectitude, Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2004 Democratic primary. That failed. Ten years later, Zimbabwe would deport him from that African country on charges that he had sexually explicit photos and videos on his mobile phone, in violation of a censorship law…in Africa! Although the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor visa violation, he was sent packing and came back to the U.S., where, on July 31st, while leaving the Dirksen US. Courthouse in Chicago, he was trying to find a place to spend the night.

Reynolds was able to secure a court-approved place to stay on an emergency basis and was ordered to appear in court at 2 p.m. on Friday with a more permanent address. Asked by reporters who he was talking to on his cell phone, Reynolds declined to answer fully, saying only, “This is a one-night deal,” and, of the charges of failing to pay taxes for four years, “The narrative has been that somehow I didn’t pay my taxes. I didn’t file.  By going to trial, this is going to set the record straight.” Mel Reynolds is 63 years old, claims to have a “very sick” daughter in Africa, and is a convicted felon.

Maybe he and Jesse Jackson and Anthony Weiner can start a club aimed at “Redemption” (the sign in the background of the old campaign photo.).Mel Reynolds

 

“Hellfire & Damnation III” Offered for 99 Cents on June 27, 28; July 4, 5, 6

As part of a KDP promotion, the third book in the Hellfire & Damnation series will be reduced in price to 99 cents on June 27, June 28 (in other words, tomorrow, Saturday, and the next day, Sunday) and again on July 4, 5 and 6.

The third installment in the short story series organized around Dante’s “Inferno” and the 9 Circles of Hell, you can read more about the entire series and see trailers at www.HellfireAndDamnationTheBook.com.

 

 

 

Jennings Radio Podcast with Connie (Corcoran) Wilson

Jennings Wire. @: [Connie Wilson Podcast on Jennings P.R.](http://www.jenningswire.com/marketing/podcast-secrets-to-successful-self-publishing/)

This is the link to the Jennings Wire podcast I took part in recently. The post was about promoting what you write after you write it. Can’t say I’m an “expert” on this subject, but, after 12 years of learning by doing, I know a few things.

 

Wisconsin Cheeseheads Knock Off Unbeaten Kentucky on April 4, 2015

Wisconsin’s Big Ten team knocked off the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats in a frenzied finish that saw the Wisconsin Badgers emerge as the ultimate winners who will face Duke for the national NCAA championship on Monday, April 6th.

As we were in Cancun, the bar of the Royal Sands represented a cross section of fans from both Kentucky and Wisconsin, but I’d have to give the nod to the Wisconsin fans, who came with their red and white shirts and cheered noisily throughout.

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New Blog Tour Review from the U.K.

Here’s a link to today’s review from Nylah in the United Kingdom. There are also 12 other reviews up on Amazon.

Check out Nylah’s Words of Wisdom:

Winter Reads : BOOK TOUR: Hellfire and Damnation III by Connie Corcoran || INTERVIEW, REVIEW,…

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New Review of “Hellfire & Damnation”

 The following review appeared on March 3 on Lisa Binion’s blog. It is of the second book in the “Hellfire & Damnation” series, which precedes H&D III about to go on tour.

Hellfire & Damnation II – A Review

Remember the nine circles of hell written about in Dante’s Inferno?  From a frozen corpse bent on revenge to the horrors awaiting an organ donor, Connie Corcoran Wilson takes one on eleven terrifying trips through these dark regions.

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The Stories:
“Cold Corpse Limbo” – I’m sure you’ve read stories where a person wronged is bent on revenge.  What about a dead person?  Sure, some have come back as ghosts or been reborn as vampires, werewolves, or zombies, but what about a corpse?  The corpse of one man is out for revenge.

The creepy cover brings to life the cold corpse of Ole Monson.  His dead hand reaching for the cross while he peers through the top of his casket is enough to send chills down the spines of many.  Me?  I love it!  The cover promised creepy, somewhat horrifying stories, and it delivered on its promise.

“The Shell” – A young lady on vacation with her family likes to lay on the beach.  Little does she realize that she is being watched by someone who isn’t quite all there.  Once kidnapped, she finds strength she hadn’t realized she possessed, but is it enough for her to get away?

“Tempus Fugit: Resurrection Cemetery” – A woman has a meeting with a bartender at Chet’s Melody Lounge to talk about Resurrection Mary, the local ghost, and the cemetery.  What could go wrong?  Well, there is something about this bartender she doesn’t know.

“The Champagne Chandelier” – For some people, their greed continues even after they are no longer alive.  Can having too many objects be considered gluttonous?

“A Spark on the Prairie” – What was it really like between the Indians and the white men during the frontier days?  This tale takes you back to 1833 to take a closer look at the experience one tribe of Indians had with these new settlers.

“M.R.M.” – How long does it take for a woman to drive her husband to the edge of insanity?  Once he goes over the edge, what will he do?

“A Bridge Too Far” – A person’s spouse can drive one to the edge of insanity, but other people can push one there too.  Have you ever known a person who was convinced he knew it all?

“Letters to Claire” – Family secrets are brought to light in this tale.  A brother finds evidence of an extremely high paid doctor bill left behind by his dead sister.  What was it for? Was it the reason for her death?

“Room Service” – Do not ignore the writer.  If you make one mad for too long, the consequences could be deadly.

“Oxymorons” – Political corruption and murder run rampant in this tale.  If you know too much, will you be killed?

“The Bureau” – Love, infidelity, and betrayal all play their part in this chilling tale.  It might make you think twice before becoming an organ donor.

My favorite out of this collection of stories?  There is no way I can pick a favorite, but I can tell you which four stories I liked the best.  They are “Cold Corpse Limbo”, “The Shell”, “Room Service”, and “The Bureau”.

Favorite Sentences
Had my blood not been frozen, it would have boiled in indignation.

He is mumbling and his breath stinks of old mushrooms that have rotted.

Her eyes remind me of vampire movies where Dracula can hypnotize by merely staring into the eyes of his victims.

Who would have predicted that by nightfall I’d be a murderer?

New Words Learned:
incautious – not cautious; careless; reckless; heedless

sacristy– a room attached to a church or chapel where the sacred vessels, vestments, etc, are kept and where priests attire themselves

palapa – a simple, thatched-roof dwelling, usually open on the sides

banquette – a long bench with an upholstered seat, especially one along a wall, as in a restaurant

keened – wailed or lamented

appurtenances – accessories or equipment

I was sent a copy of this book free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.  If you would like to purchase your own copy of this book, all you have to do is click on the Amazon link below.

Amazon link: Hellfire & Damnation II

Virtual Tour of “Hellfire & Damnation III” Starts March 13th

“Hellfire & Damnation III,” the 3rd installment in the short story series organized around Dante’s “Inferno” and the 9 Circles of Hell, is going on virtual tour beginning March 3rd. This third installment consists of 9 stories that illustrate the 9 Circles of Hell,a few illustrations, and a cover by Vincent Chong, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist of 2013 and 5-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist. Vincent also did the cover for Hellfire & Damnation II and was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2013 and for a British Science Fiction Association Award as Best Artist.

The stops on the tour are as follows:

Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus – March 13 – Giveaway

Xmas Reads
– March 16, Interview & Giveaway

Amber Stults – Reviewer and Writer – March 19, Review & Excerpt

Lisa’s Writopia – March 20 – Review

Indie Review Behind the Scenes – March 20 – Live Radio Interview at 6 p.m.CST

Cassandra M’s Place – March 23 – Review & Giveaway

What U Talking About Willis? – March 25 – Review & Excerpt

Pinky’s Favorite Reads – March 31 – Interview & Excerpt-

Truly Simply Pink – April 1 – Review & Excerpt

fuonlyknew – April 10 – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Deal Sharing Aunt – April 14 – Review

Not Now…Mommy’s Reading
– April 28th – Review, Interview & Giveaway

New Review from “Legend in Dark Fantasy” for KHAKI=KILLER

KHAKIKiller[From the online magazine “Nameless” by William F. Nolan (“Logan’s Run”) comes this brand-new review of KHAKI=KILLER]:

 

Here is book three in Connie Wiilson’s award-winning  paranormal thriller series, following The Color of Evil and Red Is for Rage.

The story is set in a high school (Sky High High School) in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and the complex plot involves a serial killer, kidnap victims, a pregnant teenager, a dying girl, a climactic Mano-a-Mano fight on a bridge, a collapsing staircase, and a main protagonist (Tad McGreevy) who possesses a special power (Tetrachromatic Super Vision) that allows him to read good or bad auras.

Wilson keeps the action moving briskly in a tight time frame from December of 2004 into June of 2005.

Having been a teacher for more than 30 years, she knows her subect. (Her first book, in 1989, was a volume on teaching for Performance Learning Systems, Inc.)

Says Wilson, “My true inspiration for this book was a double homicide that took place in the real-life setting of Cedar Falls, Iowa.”

Wilson’s style is non-intrusive, grounded and smooth.  It more than gets the job done in holding a reader’s attention from front page to last.

I’d advise you to grab a copy of Khaki = Killer for yourself and one for the teenager in your family.

Trust me: you won’t be sorry.

(William F. Nolan, reviewer, and author of “Logan’s Run,” Nightworlds” and numerous other novels and short stories.)

New Review of “Khaki=Killer” from Andy Andrews on “True Review” Website

KHAKI=KILLER by Connie Corcoran Wilson. Quad Cities Press (www.khakiequalskiller.com), 2014, 235 pp., no price listed, ISBN 978-0-982444-82-5. Click here to purchase.

Tad McGreevy, the young protagonist of KHAKI=KILLER and in the previous two novels in the series, is back. The task this time: track down two missing girls, Heather Crompton and Kelly Carter. Both were abducted by sociopath and Vietnam vet Declan Hunter and taken to an underground bunker. Declan doesn’t appear to want to kill them – but simply wants to keep them hostage, as he claims too many people have “deserted” him in life.

Meanwhile, the clown psychopath Pogo is still after Tad for the events in the previous books. But Tad’s visions, based up on Tetrachromatic super vision, allow him to “see” the color of evil and ID evil (which he sees as the color of khaki).

Wilson moves the plot along with a lot of subcharacters/plots from the previous two novels. She keeps you in suspense and the Pogo character remains terrifying.KHAKIKiller Andrew Andrews

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