Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mark Your Calendars-- Sleuths' Ink Speaker

Dr. Larry Shaw will speak to Sleuths' Ink at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12th.

Dr.  Shaw was introduced to Chiropractic care in 1958. Entered Chiropractic College in 1964 and moved to Buffalo, Missouri to start his practice in 1967. Early on he became aware that a license to practice is just "practice" with a seed of knowledge to start you on your way.

Thirsting for more knowledge in other areas of helping people to heal, he studied Kinesiology, and then Acupuncture under 5 masters at Columbia Institute of Acupuncture, and later under Eric Tao, one of the "Old barefoot doctors of China in the 40's through the 60's."

He studied Orthopedics at the Cleveland Chiropractic College and mastered Applied Kinesiology under the supervision of the father of that science, Dr. George Goodhart who originated applied kinesiology in 1964, He also studied under Dr. Walther who wrote the book Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Shaw added blood work and electrocardiographs to his practice and some things he felt were necessary, but didn't fall under description of the license.

He professes his greatest realization was that Acupuncture paralleled Chiropractic with the philosophy of both being almost identical. The only difference was Chiropractic addressed the spinal system and Acupuncture addressed the "electromagnetic system". He learned to do things with Acupuncture that could not be done with Chiropractic alone.

Dr. Shaw retired in 1995 due to bad health, hence his quest for better health progressed. He continued to study Acupuncture, and is quoted as saying, “I learned more about the science of Acupuncture in the last 18 years than I did in all my years of practice.” Currently Dr. Shaw has discovered holographs which have helped to improve his health, and at 81 years young he says he has never felt as well in general in his life.

For those of you with a curiosity about UFO’s, Dr. Shaw will also be sharing his personal extraterrestrial experience with us his

Saturday, March 1, 2014

***Lisa Medley***


Sleuths' Ink Highlight of our fantastic members, starting with Lisa Medley. Her debut novel releases March 3, 2014 in the boxed set 
and stand alone June 2, 2014.

We are honored to have Lisa ... drum roll, please.

Writing Reapers Was All A Mystery To Me
I didn’t originally sit down to write a book about reapers. Reapers aren’t sexy. Reapers are death. And skeletal. And…grim. I first tried writing about vampires because, well, VAMPIRES. When I gave my first 30K of my first real novel attempt to my BFF, her reply was, “It’s good, but what makes it different?”
      Erm, nothing. Same old story. Same old (okay, old but HOT vampires). I needed something that hadn’t been reincarnated for the umteenth bazillionth time. Something that might stand out in a crowded field of paranormal monsters in love.
      I chose reapers. And then I set out to make them better. Still human looking but human DELUXE! Lots of dark potential there. I sat down and got to work making a world for them to live in, threw in some demons, an evil fallen angel and the Reaper Series was born.

      Reap & Repent is Deacon and Ruth’s story.
Once I started writing, it didn’t take long for Deacon and Ruth to take over. I wasn’t telling their story. They were telling their story. About halfway through, I realized we all three needed a plan and finally sat down and organized all of the sticky notes, which had previously been decorating my car dashboard, writing cave desk and notebooks. I typed them up and printed them out.
      HOLY COW, I had a plot! So THAT’s how that happens.
      From that point on, I put Deacon and Ruth in peril, threw roadblocks in their way, and let their love grow until I reached the end, some eighty thousand words later.
      And THE END ends with one of my favorite things.
      BACON.
      If you’d like to see how it all plays out, here’s your chance. Book one of the reaper series, Reap & Repent, is available now. Here’s a taste, (follow the link).


Reap & Repent Blurb:
Deacon Walker is a burned out loner, whose two hundred years as a reaper have left him empty inside. But when he meets Ruth Scott, a gorgeous shut-in with unusual gifts, he’s forced to set his career complacency aside to train her for a destiny she never knew existed. Soon the two will face the ultimate test: a battle against demons determined to destroy humanity, one soul at a time.



Lisa Medley writes reapers. The grim kind. Her urban fantasy romance, Reap & Repent is available now in a Harlequin E Box Set with three other Harlequin debut authors. A lover of beasties of all sorts, she has a farm full of them in her SW MO home including:  one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees and a guinea pig. Not so in love with the guinea pig. She can do ten pushups IN A ROW and may or may not have a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times. Just. In. Case.






Reap & Repent is available March 3, 2014 in a Harlequin E Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Box Set with the works of three other amazing new Harlequin authors! Reap & Repent will be available for single-title release June 2, 2014.

Reap & Repent Preview


Prologue from Reap & Repent:
Prologue

What does a guy have to do around here to get some service? Deacon Walker marveled as he glared at the undulating queue of grotesque reapers in front of him.

For all that’s holy, move the hell along already.

It had been a long week, and it wasn’t over yet. He needed to make at least one more pass through the hospital circuit before he could call it a day. He could already feel the tug of a freshly departed soul. Again. People were dropping like flies lately.

He massaged his brow, trying to soothe his exhausted patience as the line inched forward at a snail’s pace.

He was worn thin. Over the past few weeks, three demon soul poachers had popped up in his fair city of Meridian like poisonous mushrooms after a hard rain. While it wasn’t unheard of for one to slip out from Hell every now and then, three was a nightmare.

When it got topside, a demon’s M.O. was to steal a human body, poach a few souls from the dead and dying, and then make its merry way back to Hell, taking its host’s soul along for the ride. The only way to save the souls a poacher was carrying was to behead the host with a scythe. Not a pretty thing to do, but the poor suckers were too far gone by then to survive anyway. No human could withstand the pressures of being ridden by a demon. And it was worth it to save a handful of souls, not to mention inconveniencing the demon.

Deacon refused to lose any souls from his territory. At all.

So far the score was Deacon, 3. Demons, 0.

As a reaper, carrying souls to Purgatory for judgment was his job and he wasn’t about to cede his territory to poachers who used up their hosts like they were disposable Tupperware. So now, in addition to his normal day job, he also had to keep an eye out for more demon invaders.

While demons burned through most human hosts in a matter of days, some in a matter of hours, they had discovered long ago that under the right circumstances they could ride a reaper. Of course, they couldn’t just worm their way in like they did with humans—they had to be invited. But once a deal was struck? They were in.

And reapers? Yeah, they could hang on for decades inside a reaper. Deacon knew that fact firsthand.

His stomach twisted at the thought, but he shook it off, looking ahead with a heavy sigh.

Seriously, this line? Still. Not. Moving?

God, he needed a freakin’ vacation. Extended. He dragged a hand through his hair in frustration as his mind flipped through postcard-esque locations of reapings past. He snarled at the thought of New Orleans in summer. He would definitely want to go someplace cool—cool as in frigid, not hip. He was sick of the heat, and it was only the beginning of summer in the semitropical Midwest.

Come to think of it, he was sick of a lot of things.

This place was high on the list. It was as hot as…well, Hell actually. Or at least what he imagined Hell to be, although he’d never actually been there. Thank God.

Steam rose from random cracks in the stone floor of the underground station, veiling the place in a humid sulfur stench.

He pushed forward, finally making his way to the front to deposit his cargo of souls. He didn’t bother chatting. In. Out. Move on. It was a motto that served him well.

Mission completed, he hustled through the crowd, forgoing the bar-side frivolity of some of the more socially inclined reapers and their small talk about their glory days in the field or—even better—the missteps of the newest reapers. Newbies often tested their limits to humorous if not disastrous effect at least once in their early careers. That was exactly why new reapers had mentors or at least worked in teams. From all the laughter, he could tell that the stories were good ones. It didn’t tempt him.

He slapped his palm against the black granite monolith and flashed out of Purgatory to what he prayed was his last stop of the day.



BUY LINKS: Reap & Repent is available March 3, 2014 in a Harlequin E Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Box Set with the works of three other amazing new Harlequin authors! Reap & Repent will be available for single-title release June 2, 2014.


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

JANO 2014 CATEGORY WINNERS

JANO 2014 is over and the winners are listed below. 
 
 
First to hit 50,000 words - Sharon Smith
Second to hit 50,000 words - Shirley McCann
3rd to hit 50,000 words - Allison Merritt
1st Place - Best First Sentence - Cecily White
2nd Place - Best First Sentence - Tina Riffey
Best Title - April Fantastic, You're Out of This World - Avery Cornelius
1st Place - Most Unique Character Name - Cecily White
2nd Place - Most Unique Character Name - Vera Jane Schultz
1st Place - Most Unique Setting - Cecily White
2nd Place - Most Unique Setting - Kari Lynn Halley
1st Place - Best Cliff Hanger - Sharon Keeling Davis
2nd Place - Best Cliff Hanger - Avery Cornelius
1st Place - Best Blurb - Sharon Keeling Davis
2nd Place - Best Blurb - Tierney James
1st Place - Author's Favorite Line - Sharon Keeling Davis
2nd Place - Author's Favorite Line - Sharon Smith
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND PARTICIPANTS

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Get Ready For JANO 2014

About JANO

During January, 2010, Sleuths’ Ink held it’s first-ever JANO challenge. Modeled after the popular National Novel Writing Month in November, JANO begins in, you guessed it, January.

 
Participants are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel during January. Join us and kick off the new year with a novel in progress! 


Two good reasons we picked January: 
1) You get an extra day to write. To complete 50,000 words during January, you only need to write 1,613 words a day.

2) The holidays are over. Winter has set in. What  better way to spend a long, dreary month than writing a novel?

Over the past few years, participants from across the nation entered our challenge. Many of them reached their 50,000 goal, with a few actually receiving a contract for their completed JANO project.

To celebrate JANO members’ successes, Sleuths’ Ink will sponsor a party the first Saturday in February. Details are forthcoming. As always, during the party, prizes will be awarded to our JANO 2014 JANO participants.  See categories below.  In addition, we're giving away a $100 grand prize to one lucky JANO participant at our annual December holiday party.  The winner of this grand prize must be a Sleuths’ Ink member and must have written a minimum of 25,000 words.


TEN PRIZE CATEGORIES FOR JANO:


1st Person to reach 50,000
  • 2nd Person to reach 50,000
    3rd Person to reach 50,000

     FICTION:
    Best Title
    Best First Sentence
    Best First Page – This is read at the JANUARY 12th, meeting
    Best Blurb – 100 words or less
     
    SHORT STORY COLLECTION:
    Best Title
    Best Blurb – 100 words or less
     
     
    NON-FICTION/CREATIVE NON-FICTION
  • Best Blurb – 100 words or less
     
    KEEP IN MIND: a Blurb is often used in your query letter to sell your story to an editor or what is found on the back of the book to grab your potential reader’s attention.
     
    Participant MUST have written at least 10,000 words to be eligible for prizes
  •  
    Must be on the loop (if feasible)
  •  
    No acceptances after MIDNIGHT January 31, 2014 deadline. NO exceptions!!!
  •  
    With the exception of Best First Page, attendees of the Wrap-Up Party judge all categories on Saturday February 9thd, and prizes awarded accordingly. You do not have to be in attendance to win, but we encourage everyone within driving distance to come join the FUN!
     


PLEASE JOIN US FOR JANO 2014!

Sleuths' Ink will hold its FIFTH Annual JANO in 2014 beginning January 1. Please join us and kick off the new year by writing a new novel or adding new words only to a work in progress. 

Rules: There may be no actual writing on your JANO novel until January 1, but you may plot your novel and create character sketches before January 1, 2014. On that date, write like mad (no editing) the entire month in order to reach the 50,000-word goal.  Again this year, at least ten prizes will be awarded to JANO participants. All donations are greatly appreciated.

JANO is sponsored by Sleuths’ Ink, a mystery and suspense writers’ non-profit organization in Springfield, Missouri. Contact: Sharon Kizziah Holmes  JANO 2014 Chair  JANO2014@yahoo.com

Or sign up at janowriters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Sunday, September 8, 2013

September Speaker - Award Winning Author Jan Morrill


Jan Morrill’s award-winning short stories and essays have been published in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books and other anthologies. In February, her debut novel, The Red Kimono, was published by The University of Arkansas Press. She enjoys speaking at schools, libraries and conferences, and she is currently working on the sequel to The Red Kimono. For more information, please visit www.janmorrill.com.

Jan has used several methods of developing characters in her stories, including interviewing and letter writing. Join her on Saturday, September 14 for her workshop, "Who Is Your Character, Anyway?"

 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

August Speaker/Toni Somers


Toni Somers is a retired photographer, guitar teacher, and Adult Education teacher.  Her degree was in studio art and she has taught drawing in Port Aransas, TX and in Springfield, Missouri.  Somers began writing in 1995 and has been published in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Today’s Woman Magazine, Grist magazine and in the recently published Life Lessons From Teachers.  In January one of her flash fiction pieces will appear in The Binnacle published by the University of Maine.  She is the recipient of a number of awards for poetry, short fiction, and memoirs.  During her years in Port Aransas Somers initiated the first Texas Laughing Gull Writing Competition sponsored by the Port Aransas Art Center.  She currently resides in Springfield, Missouri with her husband (John) of 58 years.

Join us on Saturday, August 10th, as Toni talks about Murder Plots in the Bible.