Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Guest Blogger, Terrie Farley Moran

Please join me in welcoming author Terrie Farley Moran as the special guest blogger here today at Thoughts in Progress.

Terrie’s short mystery fiction has been published in several venues including the anthologies, Murder New York Style  and the third Toys for Tots anthology, Dying In A Winter Wonderland which rose to number eight on bestseller list of the Independent Mystery Booksellers in 2008. 

Terrie’s story “When a Bright Star Fades,” was published in the e-zine, Hardluck Stories, and won recognition as a distinguished mystery story of 2008. She joins us at Thoughts in Progress to talk about the newly released Mystery Writers of America anthology, Crimes by Moonlight, edited by Charlaine Harris.

Terrie invites everyone to visit the blog Women of Mystery to enjoy the grand banter of eight talented mystery writers, each and every one a member of the New York/TriState chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Hi everyone. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to tell you about Crimes by Moonlight. Last year, The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced that they were organizing an anthology of short mystery fiction with a paranormal theme. The incomparable Charlaine Harris agreed to be the editor, and as such, she invited other noted authors to join her. 

A call for submissions went out to all MWA members for ten additional stories. A team of five eminent MWA authors culled through more than two hundred blind submissions of paranormal mystery stories and selected the ten that completed the anthology. I am honored that a story I wrote, “The Awareness,” is included in Crimes by Moonlight.

The mere mortals among us find the paranormal world to be enticingly mysterious which leads to a natural tie-in between paranormal stories and mystery stories. This anthology offers twenty mystery stories each with its own unique paranormal element: shape-shifters, vampires and ghosts abound. Steve Brewer writes about a man who wakes up on the autopsy table. He’s officially dead but has a mission to accomplish. Elaine Viets weaves the story of a grandma who can presage death. One story is about an inquisitive banshee who decides to solve a murder. I’m pleased to say the banshee is my own creation.

The authors contributing excellent paranormal mysteries to this anthology are:
Charlaine Harris
Steve Brewer
Dana Cameron
Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
Barbara D'Amato
Brendan DuBois
Terrie Farley Moran
Jack Fredrickson
Parnell Hall
Carolyn Hart
S. W. Hubbard
Toni L. P. Kelner
Lou Kemp
William Kent Kreuger
Harley Jane Kozak
Margaret Mahon
Martin Meyers
Jeffrey Somers
Elaine Viets
Mike Wiecek

Although yesterday, April 6th, was the official release date for Crimes by Moonlight, the actual book launch will be held in the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City on Tuesday, April 27th. I expect it to be a glamorous event, with many of the anthology authors and any number of Edgar Award nominees present. You can find all the information here.  

Finally, thanks to our wonderful publisher, Berkley Prime Crime, I would like to offer one free copy of Crimes by Moonlight to a reader of Thoughts in Progress.

Terrie, thank you so much for guest blogging here today. Crimes by Moonlight sounds intriguing and loads of fun to read.

Now for the giveaway. If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Crimes by Moonlight, just comment on Terrie’s post between now and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 14. Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not included in your profile.


  1. Good Morning,

    Just thought I'd stop by and thank you for hosting me and the Crimes by moonlight anthology.


  2. Terrie, thanks so much for guest blogging here today. Crimes by Moonlight sounds like a book that would keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

  3. Sounds like a great anthology!

  4. Sounds like a fun read. A banshee no less!

  5. Thanks, Mason, for having Terrie (my blogmate) on Thoughts in Progress today. All of the Women of Mystery are so proud of Terrie.
    The Anthology sounds wonderful, and I'd certainly love a chance to win a copy of CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT.

  6. Hi Terrie,

    The book sounds great. Can't wait to read it and I'd love to win a copy.

    It is so nice to have you as a blogmate on Women of Mystery.

  7. I've been looking forward to this release ever since MWA announced they were planning a paranormal anthology. Can't wait! Thanks for giving us a little taste, Terrie.

  8. Terrie's so generous with her praise that you might think her story got in on charity. Well, I can attest that she deserves the company she's keeping in this one!

    I'm already reading it to review for our site, and I think the contest winners will have a lot of fun reading it, too!

  9. Thanks for all the support.

    Carol, my banshee, Rynne Bannon, is the true Irish keening type-and a friendly but nosey gal.


  10. Sounds like a fabulous anthology with great authors. Have fun at the NY launch!

    Straight From Hel

  11. Who wouldn't want to read a story about a banshee?
    I can't wait to dig in.

  12. This sounds wonderful--I wish I could be there! How fun/ I'd love to be one of those women! :-D

  13. Terrie--
    Congratulations on having your story chosen for this anthology. What great company you're in! Crimes by Moonlight is on my TBR list (everything by Charlaine Harris is on my TBR list!) and I look forward to reading "The Awareness." Thanks for visiting.

  14. A great idea for an anthology. Love it!!! Hope to read it wether by winning or buying. I wait for the winning first.


  15. Terrie,
    I can't wait to read this and your story about a banshee sounds great!

  16. Thanks for the intro to Terrie. That book cover is awesome, too. Love the spider web illuminated by the moonlight - very indicative of a well spun mystery tale, hmm?

    The Old Silly

  17. Very cool, great post! I love the sound of that anthology - I'd love to win a copy!!

  18. Sounds like a great anthology - fun stuff :)

  19. This theme was a great idea. Terrie I can't wait to read your story. This is by far the most unique idea I've heard.
    Hope to win a book so that I can read it sooner.

    Rebecca Lugones

  20. I love ghost stories and mysteries. Sounds like a great book to me! Sometimes it's nice to have "bite sized" mysteries.

  21. The theme for my newest story was prompted by a presentation on Ghosts in the Cemetery by a local historian. I'll look forward to reading this book. Joan Tuohy

  22. Thanks for this chance to win a copy of a book that sounds wonderful.

  23. Wow, I can't wait to buy the anthology and read your story. I bet it is a beatiful tale.

    Joann Breslin

  24. Cool! I hadn't heard of this anthology; I know it'll open a lot of doors for Terrie.

    No need to enter me, Mason. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. This is posted about over at Win a Book.

  25. This sounds really good! I'd love to read it! Please enter me! Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  26. mccauleycarole@hotmail.comApril 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Yes, Terrie. Thanks for all you do. I live away from NY area now and do miss all you mysterious women. Good wishes from Carole Spearin McCauley

  27. I haven't read any anthologies so far. This one sounds AWesome ! I'd love to have the chance to read it.

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  28. It's so nice to have friends both old and new stopping by to say hello.

    Please remember that if you want to be in the drawing for a free copy of Crimes by Moonlight,you must leave contact info unless it is available in your blogger profile.


  29. Book sounds great.

    jhidey at gmail dot com

  30. Not a fan at all of forcing folks to leave a comment to win an anthology. And yet, here I am.


  31. It is so kind of all of you to drop by. Great luck to everyone.


  32. Sorry for posting again but I forgot to leave an email address. I really don't know what I'm doing.
    Rebecca Lugones

  33. Hi Rebecca,

    I'm glad you came back and got your email address in under the wire.

    Just a reminder to everyone else, you have until 8 pm tomorrow night (Wednesday) to comment for a chance to win.



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