On The Spot – Laughing With The Writers

On The Spot is the new playlist on the Dark Oak Press and Media channel. These video shorts will give you a laugh as you peer inside the insanity called a writer’s life. Subscribe today and enjoy the fun.

On The Spot Volume 1

  • Scaring the waiter when you plan a murder… mystery that is! {Carolyn McSparren & Phyllis Appleby}
  • Mother’s confession to her Marine son about the source of violence in her stories. {Kristi Bradley}
  • A biker’s poem – a twisted wolf’s perspective on food. {Larry Hoy}
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Writing Contest from Malice in Memphis

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If you think that you have what it takes to be the next world heavy-weight champion writer on the block — then HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

We want to see what you can dish out in between those piles of laundry, leftover spaghetti and that late night creative spell where you just have to write down that one inspiring idea. So here’s your chance to write it down in 300 to 500 words and see if it pays off. The Malice in Memphis “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” Writing Contest runs from March 1 until May 1. Entry fee is $10 per submission. That’s right…per submission. So that means you can do the one-two sucker punch, hit us with all you’ve got (meaning you can submit as many entries as you like) and cross your fingers that you come out a winner. So enter as many times as you want.

Finalists will be notified on or before June 15. Winners are announced on the Malice in Memphis website, the Malice in Memphis Facebook page and the Dark Oak Press website.

https://www.maliceinmemphis.com/hit-me-with-your-best-shot-contest.html

Great Review!

malicexlg“Mystery writers walk into a room for the first time and consider where we could most efficiently kill somebody in an interesting way. We discuss untraceable poisons in restaurants — and terrify the poor people who wait on us. We wonder whether that beam that runs across the ceiling in church would hold up a hanging corpse, and how long a dagger would have to be to puncture a heart.”
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Mystery and Murder!

malicexlgAll the stories in Malice In Memphis: Bluff City Mysteries are pure fiction, even if the locations in which they take place aren’t. Our mystery writers group, Malice in Memphis, is always looking for interesting local landmarks to use as settings for great mysteries. The characters who inhabit these places in our stories are also fictional, as are the things they do, both good and bad.

Mystery writers walk into a room for the first time and consider where we could most efficiently kill somebody in an interesting way. We discuss untraceable poisons in restaurants-and terrify the poor people who wait on us. We wonder whether the beam that runs across the ceiling in church would hold up a hanging corpse, and how long a dagger would have to be to puncture a heart.

We are essentially peaceful. We can always bump off unpleasant people in our writing. No reason to do it in actuality.

So don’t blame the blameless landmarks we’ve used. Remember, it’s all fiction.

http://www.darkoakpress.com/malice.html

Christmas in July!!!

Snowflake GardenSummer is the perfect time for a great murder mystery, so order this one today!

Can murder happen in the jolliest city on Earth?

During the early months of 1965, Vladimir Volsky, the Premier of Santa’s city at the North Pole is shot and killed in a city where firearms are forbidden.

Max Sneed, a retired Police chief finds himself reluctantly drawn back into service to investigate the murder. For Max, exploring the dark seedy side of the jolliest city on Earth is nothing compared to facing the demons of his own past. He is joined by a young British journalist, Robert Watson. Rob finds himself disillusioned by the short comings of the North Pole as well as how the turbulent events of the 1960’s are echoed in Santa’s city.

The men soon learn that this is far more than just a simple killing. As the list of suspects grows, the murder becomes intertwined with cold war politics, corporate espionage, labor disputes and a growing civil rights movement that threatens to destroy everything that Santa has built.

http://www.darkoakpress.com/snowflake.html

Video: M. B. Weston Interviews D. Alan Lewis – Blood in Snowflake Garden

Snowflake GardenJoin M. B. Weston for a short interview with D. Alan Lewis while they discuss his novel, Blood in Snowflake Garden, a murder mystery that takes place at the North Pole in Santa’s City. See the interview below:

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