Fractured Clauses

Fractured Clauses Ah, grammar; everyone’s favorite subject. I can see your eyes glazing over already. However, for the sake of good writing and better stories, let’s talk for a minute about clauses. In my recent reading, I’ve been running into quite a few instances of clauses gone wrong. Poorly written, clauses can be awkward at best and can cause major confusion at worst. Do you really want your readers to be confused? I didn’t think so. Continue reading “Fractured Clauses”

Book Brief: Born to Die – The Montauk Murders

The Montauk MurdersBorn to Die: The Montauk Murders
by L.A. Lewandowski
Genre of this Book: Murder Mystery
Word count: 80,000

Born to Die – The Montauk Murders is set amongst the glitz and glamour of the Beau Monde. The 80th birthday of Miranda Richards, an art-world icon, boasts the party of the summer at her exclusive mansion on Long Island. Old resentments and convoluted relationships bubble to the surface as an eclectic, A-list cast of characters celebrate at a Masked Ball. The luxurious trappings of success, however, don’t hinder the agenda of an invited guest with a score to settle. Friends and family are left to wonder— Will I be next? Follow Detective Steele as he sifts through the evidence before the killer strikes again.

Born to Die – The Montauk Murders is available for Kindle on and Amazon UK. Continue reading “Book Brief: Born to Die – The Montauk Murders”

Book Fact Checking: Who is Responsible?

magnifyingglassI used to assume that the books I read, especially nonfiction, especially those from big-name publishers in New York, had been fact-checked down to the type of boots the hikers were wearing, what brand of vodka the Serbian operative ordered at the bar, and the hotel where the narrator met the contact who broke the story open. But several sources indicate that most publishers do NOT routinely fact-check authors’ manuscripts. And that it has NEVER been a standard practice of book publishing, the way it has been in magazines and newspapers. Continue reading “Book Fact Checking: Who is Responsible?”