Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and author. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. She is currently in post-production on the feature documentary The Eight Faces of Jane (2019). She is the author the of The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005); the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), translated into Spanish by Plots Ediciones, adapted as a play by La Recua Teatro in Toledo, Spain (2012) and adapted into the documentary, Be Natural, by Pamela Green (2018). Her fiction includes: a historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), which won the Rosemary Award for Best YA Historical in 2014 and the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award in 2015. Her short mystery "The New Score" appeared in the Fish Out of Water Anthology (Wildside Press), and "The Drive By" in the Busted anthology (LevelBest Books), both April  2017, both nominated for Derringer Awards. “Kamikaze Iguanas” appears in the MWA anthology for middle grade readers entitled  Scream and Scream Again, edited by R.L. Stine, (HarperCollins, 2018). "King Hanuman" is forthcoming from the SinCLA Anthology Fatally Haunted. She is represented by Gina Panettieri of Talcott Notch Literary.

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Snowbound, YA Dark Fantasy by Maria Alexander

I'm here to blog about Snowbound, Maria Alexander's second installment in her Yule Trilogy series. Usually when I write about the second book in a series, I'm quick to say, "it can stand alone." But that is not the case here. You really have no idea what's happening unless you've first read Snowed, (Bram Stoker Winner for Superior Achievement in a YA novel and Anthony Award nominee).

Authors not to be missed at Bouchercon 2018

 

ANTHONY NOMINEES FOR BEST SHORT STORY

In 2016 I wrote an article for The Big Thrill about Susanna Calkin's A Death Along the River Fleet. A Death Along the River Fleet was the fourth in a series that started with A Murder at Rosamund's Gate, about Lucy Campion, chambermaid, who must use her wits and every other available resource to solve a mur