On Tour with Too Many Women in the Room

Starting today and continuing until the end of June, twenty-eight of my author friends will host me on their blogs. I will be sharing posts, excerpts, and recipes with wonderful companions who have provided support and encouragement on my writing journey.

I’m hoping you’ll visit their blogs and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Check daily for link updates.

May 28 – Donna Warner
May 29 – Just Romantic Suspense
May 30 – Marian Lanouette
May 31 – Claire Gem
June 1 – Romance Recipes
June 4 – Jen Stwinom
June 5 – Jacquie Biggar
June 5 – Lori Robinett
June 7 – Marilyn Meredith
June 7 – Lois Winston
June 9 – Ryan Jo Summers
June 11 – Lesley Diehl
June 12 – Vicki Batman
June 13 – Marsha West
June 14 – Mrs. N
June 15 – Marni Graff
June 16 – Kathryn Hunter
June 16 – Carly Jordynn
June 19 – Marilyn Levinson
June 19 – Kristina Stanley
June 20 – B.K. Stevens
June 22 – Rachel Sharpe
June 23 – Mysteriastis
June 24 – Ally Shields
June 26 – Judy Penz Sheluk
June 26 – Paty Jaeger
June 28 – Grace Topping
June 30 – Sisterhood of Suspense


The Right Opening

Have you ever experienced the tyranny of the blank page?

If you’re nodding in agreement, you are in good company. In fact, I believe every author—from beginner to published—has experienced those feelings of doubt and apprehension, especially at the start of a new manuscript. That’s when the gremlin thoughts are most powerful.

In this post, I will offer several suggestions on how to squash those gremlins and start writing the first page of your next manuscript.

Continue reading on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog.


Nuts and Bolts of Writing

L-R Alison Bruce, Donna Warner, Liz Lindsay, Joanne Guidoccio

Yesterday evening, I participated in a lively panel discussion with three other mystery writers at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library. We are all published authors and members of Crime Writers of Canada.

We gave mini-presentations on our favorite nuts and bolts of writing—The Right Opening, Character Development, Self-Editing, Building Your Author Brand—and read excerpts from our recent novels. During the Q & A sessions, we delved into a variety of topics, among them short stories, writing and critique groups, conferences, and contests.

Thanks to librarians Andrea Curtis and Deb Quaile for organizing and facilitating this event.

To learn more about Guelph Partners in Crime, visit our websites:

Alison Bruce

Joanne Guidoccio

Liz Lindsay aka Jamie Tremain

Donna Warner


One Last Peek

This Friday marks the official release of Too Many Women in the Room, Book 2 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series.

Here’s one last peek…

I turned and came face-to-face with Carlo’s daughter and her two sons. Tania’s facial features tightened as she gave me the once-over. “It’s his day off, you know.” She stepped closer. “He didn’t need this aggravation.”

So much of Carlo could be found in her crystal clear blue eyes and strong jaw. And the twins were miniature Carlos. Regardless of my feelings toward her, I couldn’t ignore the DNA I loved and admired. I didn’t want to lose my temper in front of the children, so I chose my words carefully. “What happened last night wasn’t my fault.”

“But you were there. And—” She turned and knelt down in front of her children. “Why don’t you go inside and surprise Grandpa? If you can’t find him, drop by Irina’s office.” She smirked in my direction.

So, there was something brewing between Carlo and Irina. Or maybe Tania dropped that morsel to upset me. I don’t imagine she would be too pleased with any woman who put the moves on her father. And a young, beautiful siren would be less welcome than me. Or maybe not. I didn’t know Tania well enough to know who she would approve of as a potential stepmother.

Both boys clapped their hands and ran toward the entrance. Tania waited until they reached the building before turning in my direction. Her blue eyes blazed. “Don’t you get it? He still feels responsible for you and believes you need protecting.” She paused to take a breath. “Or maybe you do and you’re manipulating events again. I wouldn’t put anything past you.”

Was she accusing me of murder? “I had nothing to do with Michael Taylor’s death. After Luke watches the security tapes from my building, I’ll be off the hook.”

“How convenient for you.” She stepped closer. “Everything has always worked out for you, hasn’t it? You win a lottery. You get cleared of murders you provoke. You play Lady Bountiful and buy love and affection. You get my father—”

“Stop right there. I don’t provoke murders. I don’t hold myself responsible for anyone else’s behavior. As for Carlo, he’s free to see me or not.” Her Lady Bountiful comment hit a bit too close to home. After winning the lottery, I had paid off loans and major debts. It did cement several relationships, but it also created acrimony among friends and relatives who believed they should have received more.

“Well, prepare for more of not. The last nine days have been bliss for me and my sons. We are a balanced group of four, and we don’t need a fifth wheel.”

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Finding Inspiration

When I decided to pursue my writing dream, I imagined one of the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne visiting each morning, taking my hand, and guiding me to the computer. There, she would remain, offering words of encouragement until I produced my daily quota of words.

That was the fantasy.

The reality was very different.

I was unprepared for the tyranny of the blank page. While everything was in place—business cards, new computer, dreams of a runaway best-seller—my writing muscles refused to budge.

Continue reading on Brenda Whiteside’s blog.