Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Murder By 4 in 2011: What's New?

February is the month the team at Murder By 4 is celebrating its third year of working together to make this blog a favorite stopping place for writers and readers alike. 

Today, it's our pleasure to introduce the newest contributing author here at Murder By 4, Ron Adams.

Let there be no doubt about it, Ron Adams loves a good story. Growing up around an extended family, he learned to appreciate the stories told by his great grandfather of “the old days” in Boston, of the family histories related by his grandparents, by his aunts, uncles and parents. And then there was the assortment of characters that always seemed to be around his parents’ home. Priests, cops, bar owners, bikers, Marines, cross country hitchhiking cousins, and even international animal rescue workers, all provided their own unique stories and a base for his imagination.

Based on a lifetime of colorful individuals and a love of the mystery and crime fiction genre, he published his first novel, Lake Effect, in 2003. He is active in several online writing communities, and has written several short stories, as well as article on topics from rehabilitation to fitness and health to poker basics

Born and raised in Randolph, Massachusetts, Ron Adams graduated from Daemen College in Amherst, New York in 1983. He has called Buffalo and the western New York area home for over twenty five years. Currently he lives in Hamburg, New York with his wife, Trish, and two children.

Ron’s detective mystery, KEY LIME SQUEEZE e-book was released in November 2010, the trade back will be out in June 2011.

Ron will post on Tuesdays and replaces our dear friend, Sonya Bateman. We wish Sonya the very best as she pursues what is certain to be a very exciting writing career.

Other News at Murder By 4:

The first Saturday of each month will be dedicated to, "Author of Month."  In February we'll kick things off with a tribute to the late, Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser for Hire and Jesse Stone series.

The second Monday of the month will bring you Sample Writing Crit Day. How’s this going to work?  First, sharpen your prose of 150 to 200 words and send it to Aaron Lazar by the first of each month. The Murder By 4 team will choose one entry to post along with our constructive comments and suggestions.  Once posted, readers will be able to offer their comments too!  Sample Writing Crit Day comments will be monitored to ensure all suggestions are helpful and constructive.   

Four times a year, we plan to bring to readers and writers contests in which to participate. See "Submissions" for more details about this month's contest. Our monthly schedule is now available at a glance by clicking on the tab, "This Month at MB4." 

Finallly, visitors can also keep up with each of our latest writing news by clicking on the new page tabs above!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again often!
The Murder By 4 Team
Marta, Kim, Aaron, and Ron


Marta Stephens said...

Ron, welcome! We're thrilled to have you as part of the MB4 team.

I'm looking forward to another year of great guest writers and inspiring articles. :)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Stopping by to say hello and welcome to Ron.

I'm envious of the descriptions of Ron's extended family - what a wonderful gift to have while growing up! Grandparents and Great Grandparents!

Kim Smith said...

It is so good to have you with us at Mb4, Ron. Your wit and writing sense is sure to please our fans and followers!

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Welcome aboard, Ron! It looks like we have a lot in common. We both started out in Massachusetts, and we both are now hardened upstate New Yorkers! Not to mention our passion for a good mystery... so glad to have you here!

Ron Adams said...

It is great to join your merry band of "Murderers", and I'm looking forward to contributing, learning, and having a little fun in the process. Thank you for the warm reception all.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Hi Ron. Congratulations on joining such a terrific group. I'm looking forward to reading your posts. Best of luck with your career.

Cheryl said...

Welcome, Ron. I swear I've heard of your book somewhere in passing, but I can't place it. I love detective mysteries. I'll have to check it out.

Best of luck,


April said...

Welcome, Ron!! I look forward to learning more about you and your writing!

V.R. Leavitt said...

Nice to meet you Ron. Your work sounds wonderful!

Erin O'Riordan said...

Hi, MB4. I'm dropping by on the recommendation of my Gather.com friend Aaron. Your readers might enjoy this article titled "The Care and Feeding of the Mystery Novel:"


Aaron Paul Lazar said...

It's wonderful to see everyone here today! Thanks, Erin, for the tip on the article by Kate. Going over to check it out now!

Deborah J said...

Looking forward to more of your posts, Ron.

Sheila Deeth said...

Nice to meet you Ron