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A Review of The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

I’m a huge fan of the Easy Rawlins mystery series. However, I was very curious to get to know Leonid Trotter McGill (aka “LT”), the old-school PI working in New York City filled with many secrets some of which could get him killed.

In this first installment of the series, readers meet Leonid (aptly named by his Communist father), a former boxer, and a married man whose wife left him for a lover but came back to make amends. He’s the father to one out of three almost grown children. He’s had an affair with Aura who works in the building but must now cast her aside now that his wife whom he insists didn’t love him was back. But he stayed with his family because he “had a job to do, and more than one debt to pay.” Leonid was contracted to find four men. One was dead, one in prison, and the third was awaiting trial. The fourth, Roger Brown was the one he couldn’t locate. The job seemed pretty straightforward until folks started dying and he was attacked and almost killed. That’s where the s…

Sisters In Crime - Mystery Author Panel (Let's Talk About Crime Fiction)

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, I was a panelist on the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters In Crime: Mystery Author Panel at the Walkersville Branch Library in Walkersville, MD. The other panelists were: Eileen McIntire, R. Lanier Clemons, and Ginny Fite. The panel was moderated by Carla Coupe who did a fantastic job.
Although we each write different types of mysteries and suspense novels, we all had something to share about how the framework of crime fiction conveys the concept of justice. The audience was also very interested in hearing about our writing process especially how we created our characters.
I had a great time! And to tell you the truth, I really stepped outside of my comfort zone going to parts unknown with barely any streetlights and very windy roads. I was instructed to "Watch out because it's deer season." And I certainly heeded those words as I drove cautiously home.












Marc Clarke Presents: Words & Wine Event (Totally Cool Authors Mixer)

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, I hung out with some really cool authors (LaDawn Black – Multimedia personality, Carlos Avent - Program Director, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore, Aaron Maybin – author of Art Activism, Charmel McMillian – President/CEO, Char-Town Entertainment, and Sean Yoes – AFRO Editor) at Spirits of Mt. Vernon in Baltimore. We were all a part of Marc Clarke Presents: Words & Wine where he tapped local authors to read and sell their books.

When I arrived, Marc was chilling in a corner playing some good music and introducing us authors as we walked into Spirits of Mt. Vernon. It was great to meet the man behind the voice back in the day on 92Q Big Phat Morning Show – Baltimore’s legendary hip hop and R&B radio station…missed those days. I loved the laidback atmosphere that allowed us to meet, mix and mingle with each other and with readers looking to purchase the next book for their nightstand. It was great to see Victoria Adams-Kennedy who stopped by to sho…

Lights! Camera! Action! The C3 CON was on FIRE!

During the weekend of October 5 – 7, 2018, I attended and had a wonderful time at the Creatures, Crimes and Creativity (C3) Con at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center in Columbia, MD. I have to say that this conference has grown since its inception in 2013. Throughout the years I have made some great author friends and it was a joy to meet them again and add some new author friends to the circle (Jaime Freveletti, Glenn Parris, Ellen Butler, FJ Talley, Natalina Reis, David Swinson, Shawn Cosby, Helen Chapman, Jacki Kelly, Suzanne Gilbert, and the list goes on).


So, let’s get into the action of the conference. For starters, the addition of Noir at the Bar hosted by Ed Aymar on Friday night after dinner was simply awesome. The lineup of readers captivated our attention and made us yearn for me. John Gilstrap brought his “A” game and knocked his reading out the park. Saturday was nonstop. Right after breakfast, I hit the ground running as the moderator for the panel titled “A Nooner – The S…

Interview with K.L. Brady, author of Trouble’s in the Cards

Author’s Bio: USA Today Bestselling author K. L. Brady is a D.C. native and award-winning author of 15 novels. She self-published her first book, THE BUM MAGNET, after an Oprah "live your best life" moment, which was picked up by Simon & Schuster in a two-book deal. She’s been publishing romantic comedies ever since.

K.L. is a Washington football fan and professed nerd-girl who loves all things Star Trek, Star Wars, and Big Bang Theory. She lives to write stories involving hilarious quirky characters looking for love. She's hard at work on her next several projects, including the sequel to her story ACQUIRED which, as part of the BILLIONAIRE EVER AFTER anthology, hit the USA Today Bestseller list!
DL: What’s the inspiration for writing your book? KLB: TROUBLE’S IN THE CARDS is my new romantic comedy centered around a greeting card company called Keep It Real Cards.I guess you could say it's inspired by a lot of the interactions that I see on social media. When I w…

Interview with Eva Tremaine, author of the Unstable Trilogy (Part 1, II, III), Seven Again: Coming Full Circle, and Betrayal Served Cold

Author’s Bio:Eva is the self-published author of five novels: Unstable, Unstable II, Unstable III, Seven Again: Coming Full Circle, and Betrayal Served Cold. The Unstable trilogy is a psychological thriller that captures the transition of Stephanie from a little girl to a violent, unstable woman. The book speaks volumes of what can happen when the psyche of a child is broken and the pain is buried within. Seven Again: Coming Full Circle is co-written with Author Lubran Edwards and expresses the true definition of girlfriends. The story is a testament that if you have just a mustard seed of faith and a few BFFs, you can make it through any situation. Betrayal Served Cold is a story of secrets, lies, and deceit. The betrayal is so cold that will surely chill you to the bone.

Eva Tremaine has many different sides to her and that versatility can be seen in her writing style. It is her hope that through the gift of literacy, she can make a lasting impression on her readers.
DL: What’s the …

Interview with Austin S. Camacho, Team Member of the 2018 C3 Convention

Today’s guest, Austin S. Camacho, is a mystery author and also is part of the team that puts on the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con, October 5th thru the 7th. He says it’s the Mid-Atlantic’s book lover event of the year and he’s here to tell us why.

DL:How did you come up with the name for the conference? AC: We chose the name Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con (C3 Con for short) to indicate the genres we embrace. Creatures and crimes appear in: suspense, mystery, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal fiction. We gather readers AND writers those genres. Our attendees have become a little community, and we hang out on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/452670518248659
DL:How did this conference come to be? AC: We’ve attended and enjoyed writer’s conferences all over the country like Bouchercon, Thrillerfest, DragonCon etc. After all that travelling we wanted to see something like that closer to home. It’s a great opportunity for writers to meet their …

2018 Baltimore Book Festival

Sunday, September 30th was such a beautiful day. I had a fantastic time at the Baltimore Book Festival at the Inner Harbor. I participated at the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland (Tent #22). My tablemates were Claudette Bard and Michael Phillips. 

We enjoyed meeting new readers and introducing them to our various works. It was also great to run into author Denise Cuffie, who was also a Baltimore Book Festival Ambassador and author Victoria Adams-Kennedy. 

Here's the day in photos: