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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No Right Way by Michael Niemann


Cover for No Right WayThe fourth installment in Michael Niemann's Valentin Vermeulen thriller series was published this week. No Right Way moves Vermeulen's investigatory brilliance out of Africa and into Turkey, a country doing its best to deal with the tidal wave of refugees from the civil war in Syria.

Authors Academy at Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach, FL

This is how I know summer has arrived in South Florida: Murder on the Beach (best Mystery Bookstore Ever!) starts its yearly Author Academy series of classes today.

Starting today and running through September 7th, any writer can walk into the bookstore on a Saturday and take a writing class from a published author from 10 am to 12 am, paying only $25 per class.

Today's class is taught by M.J. Carlson: