Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Win A Copy of "Small Favors"!

Threats. Stalkers. Sexy pirates. It's just another day on the job for Tai Randolph and Trey Seaver in "Small Favors," a between-book novella releasing October 25th for Amazon Kindle. And you can win your very own copy! See the entry below for all the ways that YOU can enter.

The contest begins at 5:15 Tuesday, October 11th and runs until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October 19th.

The fine print: No purchase is necessary. You must be at least 18 years old to enter and must supply an e-mail address compatible with Amazon Kindle US. The winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter from all entrants for the prize. The winner will be notified by email. Tina Whittle is not responsible for transmission failures, computer glitches or lost, late, or returned email. Prizes must be claimed within 5 days or they will be forfeited.

Winners to be announced Monday, October 24th.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

For All The Pantsers Out There

*This is a re-post from 2011, but I got several questions at Murder Goes South about my very pantsy outlining process, so I'm sharing again.

Are you an Outliner or a Pantser? My guess is you know.

As a former English teacher, I'm supposed to be a fan of outlines. But here's my dirty little secretI hate the things. I taught my students how to create them, use them, revise them, but deep inside I was all bletch.

And then I wrote a mystery novel without an outline, flyingas it wereby the seat of my pants. I went Pantser all the way, baby. It took me seven years to get the thing in somewhat novel-shaped form, and I swore I'd never do another mystery novel that way ever again. Outlines started looking pretty sexy.

But they're not. Outlines are mean snippy things, the schoolmarms of pre-writing. My Muse went on vacation. I was alone with the blank page, and the Outline was just sitting there, mocking me.

But then I got a visit from that other MuseDesperationand she suggested something radical. And so we have this thing now (see right).

This is my version of a timelinethe eight-day span of my novel with descending business card-sized chunks of the scenes that happen each day. I can see the WHOLE book this way, plus move bits and pieces around as I see fit (or even take them out). I still get to write like a Pantserjust diving right in, scribbling scene after scene, letting the story go where it willbut when I'm done, I have a very tactile, spatially-coherent way to give those scenes some order.

I stole this idea from Trey, one of my main characters. He likes things organized and linear (he loooves outlines) and this is one of his ways of making sense of a whole lot of information. And surprisingly enough, it worked for non-linear me. I could never create a book this way, but it sure helped while revising it. And I'll take all the help I can get (thanks, Trey. You're a mensch).

PS: For you word mavens out there, here is an interesting explanation of where the phrase "flying by the seat of your pants" actually originates.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

50 Shades of Cabernet - Coming Soon!

Woo-hoo! I've got a short story coming out! It's called "And Wine to Make Glad the Heart" and was co-written with James M. Jackson for the mystery anthology 50 SHADES OF CABERNET (to be published by Koehler Books in March).

It's set in Atlanta, and features Tai and Trey and Jim's savvy sleuth Seamus McCree. There's darts and drink, tarot and shenanigans. You know, the usual.

And so here I raise a glass to the fine company Jim and I will be keeping: Heather Baker Weidner, Lyn Brittan, Barb Goffman, Debbiann Holmes Author of Unforeseen Circumstances, Maria Hudgins, Maggie King, Kris Kisska Mehigan, Doug Lutz, Alan S. Orloff, Jayne Ormerod, Ken C Wingate, Nancy Naigle, and Jenny Sparks, with special thanks to Teresa Inge for making it all happen. It's a fine bunch, and I'm looking forward to working with them.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Got Ink?


Tai's 5th adventure, Reckoning and Ruin, is now in the wild! Send me your pic of R&R—whether in your hands, or on a library shelf, or at a bookstore—and I'll send you a set of faux tattoos just like Tai has. Where you put 'em is your business—Tai's not telling and you don't have to either.

Just post a pic on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Tag me, and I'll get your new tattoos right to you.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Psst! Want some faux tattoos?

Reckoning and Ruin is now in the wild! This sighting was captured by my husband at the Savannah Barnes and Noble.

Send me your pic of R&R -- whether in your hands, or on a library shelf, or at a bookstore -- and I'll send you a set of faux tattoos just like Tai has. Where you put 'em is your business -- Tai's not telling and you don't have to either.

Just post a pic on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Tag me, and I'll get your new tattoos right to you.

Monday, April 11, 2016

More Ways to Win RECKONING AND RUIN!

It's out! I'm so excited. And I'm especially excited to see all the giveaways going on at some of my favorites blogs and websites. Get yourself in on the action before the deadlines fall. And here's hoping YOU are one of the lucky winners (each giveaway has its own rules and fine print, so check there for those specifications).

* Dru Ann Love has a great review of Reckoning and Ruin up in her My Musings, and my protagonist is sharing fashion tips for amateur sleuths in her Day in the Life feature. You can win one copy of any book in the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series by commenting HERE -- this giveaway ends April 14th.

* Terry Ambrose is featuring Reckoning and Ruin along with Tammy Kaehler's Red Flags in his Double Trouble giveaway for April (he also featured a behind-the-story interview with me -- commenting there will get you extra ways to enter) Two books, one contest! You can find the entry form HERE. This giveaway ends April 17th.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Amazon Giveaway Continues!

If you have to miss the Facebook party to celebrate Reckoning and Ruin, don't fret --  you've still got until Monday, April 4th to enter the drawing for the $25 Amazon Gift Card.

To enter, leave me a comment on this post telling me which book in the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series you're most excited about. It can be one you've read or one you're looking forward to reading.

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No purchase is necessary. You must be at least 18 years old and a US resident to enter. Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter from all entrants for the prize. Winners will be notified by email, which will not be shared or sold or used for any other purpose but notification. The author, Booklover’s Bench, its member authors, Facebook, and Rafflecopter are not responsible for transmission failures, computer glitches or lost, late, damaged or returned email. Prizes must be claimed within 5 days or they will be forfeited.