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Interview with M. J. Heywood, Author of “The Web Across the Water”

What is your book about? The Web across the Water is about two lonely souls, living on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Lily and Brad meet on an internet chat room; Lily is a prolific internet thief and fraudster, who has been using the internet...
by Pat Bertram Introduces . . . on Apr 12, 2016

Blood Cries Chapter 30

1980Louella emerged from the Piggly Wiggly and stopped outside the entrance long enough to situate her purse in the toddler seat of the grocery cart.“Miss Harper. Miss Harper. Miss Louella Harper.”Louella up to see who was calling her name and wa...
by The Daily Brass on Mar 23, 2016

Blood Cries Chapter 29

September 1977A newspaper was spread flat across the kitchen table, covering most of the walnut surface, and leaving only a small space available for a half-empty coffee cup. Louella sat at the edge of her chair and leaned into the middle of the tabl...
by The Daily Brass on Mar 15, 2016

Blood Cries Chapter 19

June 11, 1977 1:47 a.m.The headlights of Sheriff Maddox’s patrol car shined down on broken, uneven pavement.  He drummed his fingers nervously on the steering wheel as he drove deeper into the woods.  As he approached a bend in the road,...
by The Daily Brass on Nov 29, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 18

by The Daily Brass on Nov 22, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 17

1980Louella sat on the sunset side of a wraparound porch, sipping coffee from a teacup.  Former Sheriff Maddox sat beside her in the second of five wooden rocking chairs facing the yard, the fence, and the highway beyond.“Are you getting every...
by The Daily Brass on Nov 15, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 16

From January 21 to July 9, 1968 in the Quang Tri Province of the Republic of Vietnam, a battle was fought.  Six thousand marines under the control of General Westmoreland faced constant attacks from the North Vietnamese army that surrounded them...
by The Daily Brass on Nov 7, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 15

About This Novel; Chapter 1 ; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Chapter 8; Chapter 9; Chapter 10; Chapter 11; Chapter 12; Chapter 13; Chapter 141980Louella sat at the head of the hotel bed.  Her feet on the floor,...
by The Daily Brass on Oct 25, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 14

1975Kevin handed the bottle to his guest and then continued pacing the viewing area in the front of the chapel.  After circling around a floral arrangement, he ran his hand down top of the mahogany coffin.  J Christopher slid down in the fr...
by The Daily Brass on Oct 18, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 9

About This Novel; Chapter 1 ; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Chapter 81970Calpurnia Murphy strutted into the courtroom in a bright purple dress and matching hat.  After the bailiff swore her in, District Attorn...
by The Daily Brass on Sep 15, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 8

About This Novel; Chapter 1 ; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 71969Melvin pressed his face between two bars and surveyed a row of prisoners.  “Which one of you is my preacher?” he asked.Five men sat leaning aga...
by The Daily Brass on Sep 10, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 7

About This Novel; Chapter 1 ; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 61980Melvin Little was pleased with the turnout.  Everyone in town, it seemed, including the mayor, the president of the bank, two judges, several high profile doc...
by The Daily Brass on Sep 8, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 6

About This NovelChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5 Early the next morning, Melvin strolled into the sheriff’s office on the way to meet his client.  It was a fact-finding mission as much as it was a personal courtesy.  Mel...
by The Daily Brass on Sep 6, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 5

About This NovelChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Melvin Little opened his eyes.  What’s happening, he thought.  Why am I awake? He glanced over at his wife buried in the covers sleeping soundly.  He looked at the clock.  It w...
by The Daily Brass on Sep 2, 2015

What Happened to Harper Lee's True Crime Manuscript?

After much speculation, followed by an examination by a rare books expert, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal announced that Harper Lee’s safe contained no additional novels.  This is unhappy news for those of us hoping to find out wh...
by The Daily Brass on Sep 2, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 4

About This NovelChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 41969Three deputies roped off a crime scene using the Lincoln Continental as a center-point.  Undamaged on three sides, but with a slight scratch on the front fender where the vehicle rested in...
by The Daily Brass on Aug 31, 2015

Blood Cries Chapter 1

Blood CriesByChristamar VaricellaThen the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother, Abel?”“I don’t know,” Cain replied.  “Am I my brother’s keeper?”The Lord said, “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me fro...
by The Daily Brass on Aug 24, 2015

Blogging My Next Novel

Two months ago, I started blogging again because the new Harper Lee book was out, and I felt like I had a few things to say about that and about Lee’s connection to my first novel.  Everything I'd read prior to that decisio...
by The Daily Brass on Aug 22, 2015

Protecting Harper Lee

Recently I wrote about my decision to write a true crime novel (later turned into a potboiler) based on murderous 1970s-era preacher from my hometown of Alexander City, Alabama.  I’ve also written about how my efforts were hampe...
by The Daily Brass on Aug 2, 2015

Writing in the Shadow of Harper Lee

In March of 2015, Casey N. Cep published a piece in The New Yorker called "Harper Lee's Abandoned True Crime Novel."  The following post details some of my experiences researching the same story. Back in the 1960s and '70s in Alex...
by The Daily Brass on Jul 13, 2015


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