Saturday, April 9, 2011

Welcome to Crime Fiction Collective!

We’re a group of writers, readers, and editors who share a passion for crime, mystery, and thriller fiction. We also love the new age of publishing and plan to share cutting-edge e-book news, as well as occasional writing and editing tips. The three novelists in our group all had long careers in journalism, and others of us have worked as librarians and editors. We met at Left Coast Crime this year and decided to stay in touch by pooling our talents and blogging together.

To entice you to follow yet another blog :), we’re hosting a huge giveaway in our first two weeks. Everyone who follows the blog wins a free e-book from L.J. Sellers, author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mysteries and standalone thrillers. In addition, Sellers offers one lucky winner the chance to have a name of their choice in her current novel.

Andrew Kaufman, author of the top-rated While the Savage Sleeps, is also giving away a character name, but his comes with the enticing opportunity to have that person killed off in his next novel.

Or you can win an e-copy of Where’s Billy from Judith Yates Borger, author of the Skeeter Hughes mysteries, which she calls “guilty pleasures for manic moms.”

For you writers, Jodie Renner, our resident editor, is giving away two critique-and-edits of the first five pages of a novel or short story, on April 22 and 29. Contact Jodie directly at to enter your name and genre for this draw.

And for those of you who still love the feel of a print book, Marlyn Beebe, librarian and book reviewer, is offering a hardcover copy of The Corpse Wore Tartan by Kaitlyn Dunnett.

Rounding out our group is Peg Brantley, aspiring novelist, who plans to share her insights and humor as she works her way toward publication. If you’d like to be a character in her first book, sign up to win.

To keep our content fresh, we’ll post guest blogs from experts in the e-book production industry and Q&As with crime fiction authors who are making bold moves in new age of publishing.

The Contest:
To get a free e-book of your choice from L.J. Sellers, simply sign up to follow the blog between now and May 1, then contact her at, saying which book you’d like and whether you want a mobi or e-pub file. Check your choices on her website.

To win any of the specific giveaways, post a comment stating which item you’d like to be entered for. We’ll draw names for some of the prizes after the first week, then draw again for other prizes at the end of the second week.

Thanks for stopping by. Our first post, a two-book review dealing with the issue of bullying, will go up on Monday, April 18. We look forward to your input. BHNFTVY5UCN6


  1. I'd love to win the 5 pg critique from Jodie! Thanks. Blog looks like it'll be a good one.


  2. This looks like fun. Look forward to more posts

  3. You're entered to win the critique, Caroline! Good luck!

  4. Put me in for the five-page critique and edit as well! I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on crime fiction.

    Kris Bock
    Rattled: romantic suspense in the dramatic and deadly southwestern desert
    Read the first three chapters:

  5. Done, Chris! I'm giving two of those critiques away, anyway - one April 22 and one April 29.

    Jodie :-)

  6. I would love to be killed off in one of Drew's books.


  7. The critique would be great for me, if Jodie doesn't mind a short story instead of novel.

    I can't wait to see your upcoming posts!

  8. Sure, Janel. I'll add your name to the draw for the 5-page critique and edit.

  9. Best wishes on your endeavor. My passion is crime fiction. I pray for the success of this blog.

    Glad you're having fun with it.

  10. I'd like to be a character in one of L.J.'s books.

  11. This looks like a great blog. I write romantic suspense and mystery, so am eager to see what you are sharing. I've been reading LJ's series since I met her at Left Coast Crime, and have enjoyed them.

    Also, Jodie is editing my 4th book in my Blackthorne, Inc. series, and I highly recommend her. (Guess I don't need to be entered in the critique drawing!)

    I'd love to die (or pick someone not so near and dear to me for the honor) in an Andrew Kaufman book.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  12. Yes, Terry, I think you'll really enjoy the posts here! And thank you so much for your generous comment about my editing!

    I think it's hilarious how people actually WANT to have their name as a character who dies in a book! LOL

  13. I'd love to win the 5 page critique! Thanks!

    ~ Katy

  14. I also emailed, but I would love to win a critique as well. My novel is suspense story set in Las Vegas, twitter name is stacygreen26.


  15. Thanks, Katy and Stacy! I've entered both of your names into the draw.

  16. Hi Jodie
    I've emailed you my entry. I'm keeping fingers crossed.

  17. Congrats to the first winner of a 5-page critique and edit: Kevin Armes. Kevin, I'll be contacting you by email on what to send me.

    I'll be drawing one more name next Friday, so it's not too late to get your name in for the free edit and critique of your first 5 pages. If you've already "followed" us and indicated you'd like to win the free edit, please send me your email address and genre to Thanks - and good luck!

  18. Hi all, Great start-up! It was fun seeing all of you at Left Coast Crime. I'd love to get a 5-page critique. At some point I'll be contacting Jodie for a "real" critique, but it would be fun getting a quick look while I'm still in the first-draft process.

  19. Thanks, Terry. Please send me your contact info and genre to j.renner.editing(at)

    - Jodie :-)

  20. Hey Jodie, count me in. Have emailed my request to you as well.

    Anyway, here it is again.

    Thanks, --gg
    (the free critique and editing promotion)

  21. The winner of the second draw for a free 5-page edit and critique is Garry Graves. Congratulations, Garry!

    And thanks to the rest of you for entering the draw. If you contact me directly, I'll do a free copyedit of your first 5 pages, with comments in the margin.


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