Friday, 29 April 2016

Theories of World Building

**Potential Spoilers Ahead**

So Clever woman that she is, Ms Harris has seemingly begun to bring all the individual worlds of her books together with her new series set in Midnight Texas. How is this possible, when some of her books are not set around supernatural circumstances and what is my evidence for this theory. Let me start with my three pieces of evidence of connection that come from Midnight cross roads.

On Page 12, Manfred Bernadois is working...

"Every time he admired the Photoshopped bolts, he thought of his lightning-struck friend, Harper"

I think this is a reference to the lead character in another series, Harper Connelly (a series which I have ordered so I can read and find out if Manfred shows up). Another supernatural work to do with finding the dead.

Further connection comes a little later when Bobo Winthrope starts talking about his past and the fact that when he was a kid he lived in Shakespeare Arkansas.

"And a white woman named Lily Bard. She could knock me down with her little finger." Then a little later "The Guys name was Jack Leeds" and then "His girlfriend came to rescue him".

Lilly Bard and Jack Leeds are characters from Harris's Shakespeare books (I am going to start reading these soon). A non supernatural series as far as I can tell. However this is not the first time that these two have crossed out of their own book. They appear in one of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, now married and investigation the disappearance of Debbie Pelt.

My last connection is the Sheriff that comes up to investigate the crime.  Arthur Smith. Anyone who has read the Aurora Teagarden mysteries might recognize the name, though he was a detective then. However anyone could be named Smith. However he tells us a few things that encourage us to believe he is one and the same.

Page 155 - After making a comment about being on his third wife, Bobo enquires if he has kids.

"I have a child by another marriage, but she lives in Georgia with her mom"

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries are set in Georgia. The Arthur Smith in those books did have a daughter, with his wife, Lynn.

Then almost as if in confirmation later, we see more of an insight into his past.

"I got interested in cold cases, and I belonged to a club that met once a month to talk about famous cases from the past."

This to me confirms that Ms Harris is trying to bring all her worlds together. But how do we rectify the non supernatural stories with the supernatural ones. Well here is my theory. Sookie Stackhouse can be quoted as saying there was a great reveal, where vampires came out into the light and then later the two natured joined them. I from this have created a little time line.

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries - no supernatural elements
Lily Bard Series - no supernatural elements

THE GREAT REVEAL - the supernatural step forward into the light

Sookie Stackhouse Series - Vampires, Witches, Two Natured, you name it, its got it
Harper Connelly Series - Power to find the dead, definately supernatural
Midnight Series - Lemuel is a vampire out in the open and I'm pretty sure the preacher is two natured. Also Fiji is a witch.

Knowing that another Aurora Teagarden book is on the way, I have to wonder whether it will be set in the past (ie before the great reveal) or whether the supernatural is going to find its way into a modern day Lawrenceton, Georgia to complete the one world. One world to rule them all

Mwah ha ha

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Dusty Pages Review : Midnight Crossroad

A new series from one of my favourite authors. Midnight is a strange little town that if it weren't for their one stop light most folks would just breeze on through. It's a little slow paced for what turns out to be a murder mystery but that is more than made up for by the host of interesting characters. By far Mr. Snuggly is my favourite, especially towards the end. However the culprit did surprise me as I just didn't see it coming, as there were literally no clues to indicate the guilty party.

One thing I noted and delighted in was the fact that this new series seems to pull from all of her previous works. There are name drops that create links between all her other works. The sheriff for instance - Arthur Smith - the name rang a bell, especially talking about his daughter who lived in Georgia. This is the same Arthur Smith from the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries. One of the main protagonists mentions his friend Harper who got struck by lighting, which is the premise behind the Harper Connelly quartet of books (which are on my to buy list) and Bobo another main character mentions the protagonists of the Shakespeare series Lilly Bard and Jack Leeds (in my tbr pile).

It spins a greater theory as this is not the first time her books have crossed over, but I will discuss this in a later post. Midnight crossroads proves to be a great start to a new series and I will definately be looking into what comes next. I give it

Monday, 18 April 2016

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

... Patricia Neely Dorsey

1. Tell me about your books and where you got your inspiration?

My books Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life In Poems and My Magnolia Memories and Musings-In Poems are "a celebration of the south and things southern". In my books and through my poems. I attempt to give a more positive glimpse into the southern way of life, than all of the negative images usually portrayed. I get my inspiration for my poems from the great love that I have for the people that I have known and the wonderful place/region that I call home.

2. How do you come up with titles for your books?

It was very easy for me to come up with the titles. Both books are filled with childhood reflections and memories, so I incorporated that in the titles. I love magnolias! The magnolia is the state tree and state flower of Mississippi. Mississippi has a nickname of "The Magnolia State" and women from Mississippi are often referred to as Mississippi Magnolias  One of my co-workers at the mental health center where I worked, years ago, always introduced me as that Mississippi Magnolia. I used that in the title of my first book, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia and again used the magnolia in my second book My Magnolia Memories and Musings.

3. Why did you want to write this book?

There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the South, in general. I wanted to show a flip side of the coin. Through my poems, I want to show that there is much more to the story. I hope to show that there is much to love about Mississippi and the southern way of life

4. What is your favourite word?

LOVE. And I love to use the word love in my writing! My very first poem was a love poem. It was written on February 14, 2007. I woke up out of my sleep with a poem swirling around in my head. I woke up and scribbled it down. After that the poems just started to flow and flow. The name of the poem is Our Place. The first lines are: “There is a place of enchanted love, Where only you and I do dwell ...”

5. If you had to be named after a city, state or country, what would you want it to be?

I am very proud of my state and love being associated with it. I was very honored when one of my Facebook friends dubbed me Mississippi Maya!

6. Are you still learning who you are?

I think that each new day that we live is a learning and growing process for each of us. For me, it is a grand adventure. We are all very complex beings/ creations. One of the most wonderful things about getting older, for me, is getting to know and understand myself so much better. I think as we get older, we become so much more comfortable in our own skin. I am always encouraging others to just be who they are and love who they are.


Who I Be?
I Be Me.
But, there's much more to me,
Than the me you see.
I can be sunlight and laughter
Or storm clouds and rain
I might cry when I'm happy
Or even laugh when in pain
I am sometimes the anchor
And sometimes the sail
I'm often successful,
But, sometimes, I fail.
Sometimes, I'm exactly
What you think, hope , want
Or expect me to be
But most importantly,
I Be Me

2012 Patricia Neely Dorsey

One of my slogans is Be You! Do You! SHINE! I have a poem about that, too!

7. Glass half full or half empty?

With me, I am definitely always focused on the fullness of the glass. I am one who believes in looking at and looking for the positives.

8. Which of the four seasons do you like the most?

My favorite season is definitely summer. I am not a cold weather person at all!!! I don't DO winter! You can enjoy the warmth of the southern, summer sun all year around in my poems, because I write many about the season.

9. What is your best childhood memory?

I have SO many wonderful childhood memories. That is probably one for the reasons that they started to overflow in poems. Most of my poems are about childhood memories/experiences. Growing up in Mississippi, and especially in a country/rural was a marvelous experience! I write about romping around in the clovers, going fishing in the pond, picking wild berries, shelling peas...all of that.

10. If you had the chance for a do over in life, what would you do differently?

I have had such a wonderful life! I have been truly blessed. I would not want to change it, because each part of my life has made me who I am and brought me to where I am. I think the last lines of my poem "Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia" say it best:
"My life has been so wonderful,
I wouldn't change one condition; 

As one friend of mine always says. 
I should have paid admission."

11. Why did you choose to be a writer?

I really didn't choose to be a writer at all, I think it just chose me.
I rarely sit down to intentionally write a poem. They just come. In the foreword of Reflections, I wrote: I always hesitate to call myself a poet, I feel more like vessel or a conduit through which the poems flow.

12. What does love feel like to you?

Warm and Fuzzy ...Safe

13. What does a perfect day look like to you?

Sunny, warm, green (lots of green). Watching the birds, barefooted, reading.

14. Where is your favourite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?

I am SUCH a homebody! I love to stay around the house ...and READ...or write.

15. If you were forced to open a bakery, what would you name it?

I would call it Patti's Pastries. My Mom has always called me Patti and Patti Cake.


Purchase Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia

Purchase My Magnolia Memories and Musings

About Patricia

Patricia Neely Dorsey is the author of two books of poetry. Through her poems, she hopes to protect, preserve and promote the rich cultural history and heritage of her state and region along with providing more positive images than all of the negative images usually portrayed. Patricia lives in Tupelo with her husband James, their son Henry and a miniature schnauzer, Happy.


Monday, 4 April 2016

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

... B Lynn Goodwin

1. Tell me about your book TALENT and where you got your inspiration for it?

The story evolved over several years. Sandee, my protagonist, shared some drama activities from Ms. G’s class in a series of articles for Dramatics Magazine, and she and several of the characters came to life there.

2. Why did you want to write this book?

I wanted to write a book about the people who did high school drama. It’s a team sport for non-athletes in which passions run high and teens can find temporary fame as well as learning to stretch and support others. High school is a microcosm of life’s issues.

3. Do you find your social life hampered by your writing life?

I got married for the first time at age 62 to a two-time widower who I met on … gulp … Craigslist. He’s helped my courage and my self-esteem, and he’s taught me how to schedule time for breaks. He’s the major focus of my current social life and he knows writing time is important to me.

4. How do you feel about public appearances? Do you do them often?

I enjoy public appearances. Years ago, I did them very regularly as part of a group called Improvisation, Inc, which performed on Friday and Saturday nights in San Francisco. Every day that I taught in high school and college I was making a public appearance. And I’ll still go to any bookstore that will allow me to read from my book and answer questions about it.

5. If you were asked to review a fellow author/friends book would you be honest?

I would be both supportive and honest.

6. If all the worlds a stage, where does the audience sit?

Opposite the players, of course. If all the world’s a stage, then we must all be both performers and audience.

7. What is your perfect pizza?

A calorie-free one with lots of sausage, cheese, mushrooms, and a bit of tomato. Did I mention that I write fiction?

8. Are you still learning who you are?

Every day.

9. Glass half full or half empty?

Half full, unless I empty it.

10. Why did you choose to be a writer?

Writing chose me. I found myself thinking in third person, though I often write in first person.

11. Do you believe in ghosts?

Possibly. I believe in the evidence I’ve experienced. To find out what I’m talking about read Talent. “There is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in your world, Horatio.” ~~William Shakespeare


Fifteen-and-half-year-old Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her driver's license, and stop living in the shadow of her big brother, Bri, who disappeared while serving in Afghanistan. 

Available November 1st

About B. Lynn

B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice,, which will celebrate its 18th year this October. She is the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers, (Tate Publishing) and the author of Talent (Eternal Press) which will be released on November 1, 2015. Her stories and articles have been published in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; Friction Literary Journal, Inspire Me Today, several newspapers, additional online sites, and The Sun. She conducts workshops and writes reviews for Story Circle Network,

She’s recently been published in Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers, Small Miracles from Beyond: Dreams, Visions and Signs that Link Us to the Other Side, True Words, Impressions: the Las Positas Anthology, and the Good Housekeeping blog. She’s currently working on a memoir about getting married for the first time at age 62 to a two-time widower she met on …gulp… Craigslist.


Twitter: @Lgood67334