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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

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There is nothing better than Maine in the Fall... unless it's those two weeks of summer we get in August!
Kiss of Death PresentsIts Annual Weekend Retreat
Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, 2008
Portland Regency HotelPortland, Maine
Sugar maples dressed in vibrant red, oak leaves turning yellow and shading to bronze. The nip in the evening air that warns winter isn’t too far off. A hint of wood smoke, kids back in school, all alone in the house ... hmmm, there’s a strange noise down in the basement. Hmmm, there it is again, sounds like someone’s ... digging? Maybe staying up late to read “Salem’s Lot” wasn’t such a good idea.
Whatever your interest - romantic suspense, mystery or thriller - share your passion for the written word and a great plot with fellow enthusiasts. Whether you’re a new writer or polishing your sixth manuscript, there’s no better event than Kiss of Death’s annual retreat - and no better place than New England in the fall.
Come join us for thrills, chills and spills with:
Special Guest and Bestselling Author LISA GARDNER presenting “Writing Romantic Suspense and Developing Villains”
Homicide Lieutenant Danny Agan Need help fleshing out that crime scene? Here’s the man to ask. A favorite COFFIN workshop presenter, Danny will answer all your questions and some you never thought to ask! And you’ll marvel at his arsenal of weapons.

and our Early Bird Workshop feature

Mary Buckham, award-winning author and popular national speaker&Dianna Love Snell, Rita-award winning author
presenting “Power Openings and Power Pacing”
Both Mary and Dianna will present solo workshops on Saturday as well.
We are also pleased to have with us staff editor Mackenzie Walton from Ellora’s Cave/Ceredwen, and literary agent, Meg Ruley, who will be available to take pitches Saturday.

On-site Registration
Early-bird Workshop
Free Evening
Closing Remarks

Cost for the Retreat:
Early bird (KOD members only) May 15-31
KOD members June 1
RWA members

Meals will include light buffet Friday evening, continental breakfast and lunch Saturday, and breakfast buffet Sunday.


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