Friday, November 23, 2012

Hopes For a Happy Holiday, New Review

Hello all. Hope your Thanksgiving holiday and weekend is happy and healthy (except for the overeating). We had a wonderful family time here at the casa, and are very grateful for all the good things in our lives.

I'm spending the time working feverishly on book #3 of the Zack Taylor mystery series, A Shadow on the Wall.

It's not easy, but it's rewarding. A lot of novels tend to sag in the middle, until the writer gets going to the big climax at the end-- but this doesn't. Just more and more keeps happening, action that keeps going.

So as a reward, got news today of another review of A Memory of Grief, at Indie Bookworm.
She loved it!

A few quotes:

"The construction of the novel is complicated but everything stacks up and author Dale Phillips has done a good job in writing a convincing tale with some unusual twists."

"I thought a great strength of the novel was its dialogue: it's sharp and real and provides much of the forward drive of the story."

"Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Memory of Grief and I liked Zack Taylor sufficiently to want to read the sequel too."

Okay, back to work for me! Enjoy the weekend.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Great interview out today

Happy Monday, and Happy Thanksgiving Week! Don't forget the cranberry sauce...

Today I'm interviewed on the blog of Serena Akeroyd, fledgling Romance Writer, and I get to give long-winded answers to a lot of great questions, giving writing advice and dropping names of other writers giving even better advice: Stephen King, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Chuck Wendig.

This is the third interview in the last few weeks-- lots of exposure for the work, as I feverishly hammer away at A Shadow on the Wall, the third Zack Taylor mystery.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Story and Win News Link

Big news this week-- my latest story "Our Lady" is coming out in the Nightfalls anthology,
where all proceeds go to a children's charity.

The other exciting news of the week is that my fellow  Briona Glen author  Cathy Dougherty and I are winners in the contest
"50 Great Writers You Should be Reading." 

Cathy is the author of In Polyester Pajamas.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Cathy Dougherty and I are winners in the contest "50 Great Writers You Should be Reading." 
Announced today at The Authors Show.

Cathy was also published by my publisher Briona Glen, and she's the author of In Polyester Pajamas.

And here's our official sticker:

Monday, November 12, 2012

So Much Happening- Busy Weekend

Wow- so much has been going on, it's hard to keep track. Here's some of the good crazy stuff that's been happening.

One heck of a busy weekend- Friday and Saturday was the Crime Bake mystery conference.
Had fun, but missed my Book Cents buddies, who made it such fun last year.
Finally got to go to the banquet- see, Cinderella still lives!

Sunday was the Author Expo at the Danversport Yacht Club. Great time.

Have two terrific interviews up now- The Indie List, and on The Highs, the Lows, The In-betweens.

My latest story, Mistakes, is published at Fiction and Verse, with a nice linked page to other works.

My latest gig is on radio, as a guest on David Tierney's show on 91.5, WUML.
I'll be appearing Monday mornings from 10:00 to 10:30.
A few shows are available in MP3 file format (under What Else is Cooking)

And am waiting to hear the results for the contest "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" on the radio Author's Show (I'm a finalist).

Okay, just have to get through all the new contact info, send a number of thank-yous, and get all the new pics sent out.

And I confirmed once more why "it's lonely at the top." It's because success lies at the top of a mountain, and most people cannot or will not make the very difficult journey up.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Guy Fawkes Day-Vote tomorrow and today

Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason, and plot.

Happy Guy Fawkes Day, everyone.
If you're not sure of what I'm talking about, it's a piece of history-- and made wonderfully relevant in the movie (and graphic novel) V for Vendetta.

Tomorrow we have a chance to pick which plutocrat will be in charge of our emergency services and economy for the next four years.

One guy says we're on our own when disaster hits-- we saw that recently-- and the other guy reaches out a hand to help and make things better.

Or you can vote for someone else if you don't like either of them. I'm independent, belonging to neither party (gang).

People have a decided aversion to voting independently of the two gangs, and I'm really at a loss to explain why. They say it doesn't count. It sure does count when you tell them neither of their choices are your choice. Vote for the Libertarian, Green, Independent, or other alternative candidate and show them their agenda isn't for you. It's not throwing your vote away to tell them NO!


If you'd like to vote today, I'm asking for your quick help, please-- as a finalist in the contest
"50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" on The Authors Show,

I'd appreciate your clicking the link and voting for me:
"Please click here to vote for your favorite author"

One of my recent stories is up on Fiction and Verse:

Thank you--