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Cleaning out my emails finds famous criminals

I was cleaning out my emails and found a link to the FBI website of famous cases and criminals. If you write mystery or thrillers or anything else where you need to research crimes, this site would be interesting to you:


John Dillinger. Al Capone. The KKK. The Unabomber. John Gotti. Bonnie and Clyde.
The FBI has investigated them all… and many more spies, terrorists, and criminals besides. Listed below, grouped according to our top investigative priorities and related categories, are many of our famous and most significant cases over the past century.
The monographs and write-ups below have been made available for your use. You may download them for any non-commercial use without obtaining permission from the FBI. If you don’t see a case listed here, try our search engine or history story index.
Have fun!

BELONGING TO HEAVEN by Gale Sears TOUR

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Welcome to Gale Sears today! And congrats on your newest book.
Author Gale Sears Gale Sears is an award-winning author, known for her historical accuracy and intensive research. Gale received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the bestselling The Silence of God and several other novels, including The Route, Christmas for a Dollar, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, are the parents of two children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Website

Hi reading friends. My name is Gale Sears and I write historical fiction. I'm one of those mad people who love history and research, and I think I've found a way of blending compelling stories with historical facts. My latest novel,Belonging to Heaven, is the amazing story of George Q. Cannon's 1850 LDS mission to Hawaii, and the conversion of Jonathan Napela, a son of Maui ro…

Short Story~ Tattered Photo Album

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For the month of March I went through and edited my short stories. One of them is on Utah Children's Writers blog. If you have the time, hop on over and read it. Then leave a comment!

Tattered Photo Album

Foto Friday~

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Writers on Wednesday~ Stacy DeKeyser ~Beehive Nominee

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Welcome Stacy DeKeyser today! Stacy's book, THE BRIXEN WITCH, was nominated for a Beehive Award. Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

An enchanted coin. A witch’s curse. And rats, rats everywhere! What’s a boy to do?When Rudi Bauer accidentally takes a witch’s coin, he unleashes her curse. Accident or not, he knows he’s got to fix things, so he tries to return the coin, only to lose it on the witch’s magic mountain just as the snows come. Plagued all winter by terrible dreams, Rudi tries to find the coin again in the spring, but it has vanished—and a plague of rats has descended on his village.

     Then a stranger arrives and promises to rid the village of rats—for the price of the missing coin. Desperate to get rid of the rats, the villagers agree—but when they cannot pay, the stranger exacts a price too terrible for anyone to bear. Now Rudi is going to need all his courage—and some help from his savvy grandmother and a bold young girl—to set things right in this fast an…

You Are A Dealer of Words

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I love this quote! Thanks to Christy Dorrity for sharing it. It inspired me.



















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I loved biographies when I was in grade school and learning about people like Helen Keller and Harriett Beecher. There were so many amazing people in the world that I wanted to get to know. In high school I was 'forced' to read LORD OF THE FLIES. I didn't love those books but they stuck with me. LOTF haunted me and I wondered how I would act in their place.  But the book that has stayed with me for years-the one I love--is Jane Eyre. Jane resonated with me. She had an inner strength that helped her stay strong and true to herself. Each of the above examples are totally unique and different from each other. They go from national heroines to brutal human behavior to an orphaned girl who dreams of a love.  And all of the above examples are writers who are "dealers of words". Which, my writerly friends, is you. You are the only person who knows how to deal out the words in your he…

Writers on Wednesday~ Tristi Pinkston

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Welcome Tristi Pinkston today! Tristi was one of the first in a handful of local authors who I got the nerve up to talk to about the craft of writing. She was kind enough to answer all my newbie questions and not laugh at me. She's very good about giving back time and talent to the writing community. 

Enjoy today's post!

Is there one book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing?

One book?  No.  Not even close.  :) But I'll share some of those that have had the greatest impact. Dean Hughes and Ann Rinaldi lit a fire under me for writing historical fiction. Dee Henderson showed me how to write Christian novels that still contain a lot of suspense. Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery fed my hungry imagination and made it seem so natural for me to become a writer. Elizabeth Peters was very inspirational as I wrote "Targets in Ties." Every author I've read has influenced me in one way or another. That's the amazing about books.

Give us your elevator …

Pep Talk by Karen Hoover

My mother spent the first few years of her life in Tucson, Arizona back in the 1930s. She was a precocious child—curious and frequently doing things without thought, once jumping back and forth over a rattlesnake until my grandmother snatched her away.

One day she decided to go for a discovery walk toward town. Unfortunately, the closest route was across the railroad tracks, which she’d been told time and time again not to go near. Now, we’re not talking about crossing the tracks. No, I mean, the tracks formed a bridge that spanned a deep gorge that was nearly a mile across. So, this particular day she started on the tracks, skipping and probably singing, as she jumped between the rails.

She was having a grand time until the ground began to shake. She glanced over her shoulder and was terrified to see a train bearing down on her, horn blasting its warning. She ran as fast as her five-year-old legs would carry her, but even at that young age she knew there was no way she could make it to…

Foto Friday~ Disney

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Writers on Wednesday ~ Jean Reagan