Wednesday, August 17, 2022

2022 Quill Award Winner: Lyn Worthen


SMFS list member Lyn Worthen collected several honors during the recent Quills Conference held by The League of Utah Writers. The group is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering friendship, education, and encouragement to the writers and poets of Utah. Our organization aids our members in the improvement of their craft and support of their goals. You can learn more about the group at their website.  The honors she received are:

 

Diamond Quill

The anthology, Street Magic, edited by Lyn Worthen. Also includes the short story, Spirit of the Law, written under the pseudonym Leigh Saunders.

 

Collections—Recommended Reads

The short stories, The Party Planning Pickle, written under the pseudonym Lauryn Christopher, and, One Magical Christmas, written under the pseudonym as Leigh Saunders in the Whimsical Winter Wonderland: A Holiday Hijinks Anthology. The anthology was also edited by Lyn Worthen.

 

Genre Short Story—Recommended Reads

Lyn Worthen’s short story, Tilting At Windmills, written under the pseudonym Lauryn Christopher, in Fiction River: Dark & Deadly Passions.

Lyn Worthen’s short story, Virtual Oracle, written under the pseudonym Leigh Saunders, in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: #12.


 

SleuthSayers: Getting Motivated by Robert Lopresti

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

SMFS Members Published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: September/October 2022


Today is release day and several SMFS list members are published in the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: September/October 2022 issue. The issue is available at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS members in the issue are:

 

Elizabeth Elwood with “The Light on the Lagoon.”

 

Smita Harish Jain with "Publish or Perish.

 

Paul D. Marks with “The Wraith of Bunker Hill.”

 

William Burton McCormick with “The Celta Wave Conundrum.”

 

Leigh Perry with “The Skeleton Rides a Horse.”

 

Anne Swardson with “Uncaged.” 

 

Art Taylor with “We Are All Strangers Here.”

 

Joseph S. Walker with “Cleaning Day.”

 

Website:

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

September/October 2022

FICTION

The Wraith of Bunker Hill by Paul D. Marks

Uncaged by Anne Swardson

We Are All Strangers Here by Art Taylor

No Peace for the Wicked by Martin Edwards

The Celta Wave Conundrum by William Burton Mccormick

The Light on the Lagoon by Elizabeth Elwood

Deconstruction by David Dean

The Skeleton Rides a Horse by Leigh Perry

Cleaning Day by Joseph S. Walker

Publish Or Perish by Smita Harish Jain

Sound Moral Character by Hal Charles

The Kindness of Strangers by Twist Phelan

The Edinburgh Vampire by Jane Jakeman


DEPARTMENT OF FIRST STORIES

Down the Mine by John Dziuban

Dogs in the Canyon by Mark Harrison


BLACK MASK

The Hideout by Bernard Onken


PASSPORT TO CRIME

Police Technique by Pierre Véry


NONFICTION AND REVIEWS

The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock 

Stranger Than Fiction by Dean Jobb

Blog Bytes by Kristopher Zgorski

 

SMFS Members Published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: September/October 2022


Today is release day and several SMFS list members have stories in the Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: September/October 2022 issue. The issue is available at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. Those members are:

 

James R. Benn with “Irish Tommy.”

 

Kevin Egan with “Becoming Ian Fleming.”

 

John M. Floyd with “The Donovan Gang.”

 

James A. Hearn with "When the Dams Break."

 

Edith Maxwell with "Peril in Pasadena.”

 

Melissa Yi with “My Two-Legs.” 

 

Website

TABLE OF CONTENTS

September/October 2022

FICTION

The Donovan Gang • John M. Floyd

My Two-Legs  Melissa Yi

Becoming Ian Fleming • Kevin Egan

Polk, Pitts, and Cadaver  Michael Nethercott

Dragon Well • Martin Limón

The People All Said Beware • Christopher Latragna

The Bosky Dell • Janice Law

When the Dams Break • James A. Hearn

Irish Tommy • James R. Benn

The Green Man • James Tipton

Peril in Pasadena • Edith Maxwell

Scars • Iain Rowan

A Stranger in the House • Sharon Hunt

Victim of Circumstance • L. A. Wilson, Jr.

Adorable • Tara Price and James Patrick Kelly

DEPARTMENTS

The Lineup

Mysterious Photograph

Dying Words by Arlene Fisher

Scrambled Wimsey by Mark Lagasse

Booked & Printed by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo

The Story That Won

Solution to Dying Words

SleuthSayers: Finding the Sweet Spot Between Overexplaining and Underexplaining by Barb Goffman

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Monday, August 15, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: Snake Slayer by Rob Pierce


Today is publication day for Snake Slayer by Rob Pierce. Published by Down & Out Books, the read is available in digital and print formats at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. 

 

Synopsis: 

Three criminals on the run, not just from the law but from other criminals. Two of them are lovers, the third her former lover. Where does love lie, except in the grave?

Deria is the psychotic woman who prefers to work with a guy who’s good in bed. Vern is her violent ex, who let her go because he thought she lived too dangerously. Russ is the new guy, new to Deria, new to whatever hell he’s gotten himself into.

Can they keep the money from the psychotics who want it?

Are they more psychotic?

Or will they break down from the acts they must commit?

If you liked Pierce’s Vern in the Heat, you’re going to love Snake Slayer. And if you didn’t read that one, strap in for the ride. It’s fast, it’s bloody, and it goes well beyond that, into the minds of those who commit the horrible crimes.


Little Big Crimes: Blindsided, by Eric Brown

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