The Beating Heart

If you’ve ever caught us on tour, you probably heard something about the heart of the story, the engine that makes it go. Here’s an example from THE RIGHT SIDE (from Chapter 21).

The dog came closer, stood beside LeAnne. Then she lowered her head toward LeAnne’s side and prodded her with her warm, wet muzzle. The message couldn’t have been clearer: Get up.


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19 Responses to “The Beating Heart”

  1. ML
    8:09 am on November 10th, 2017

    First ! Really? That in itself is a first!

    Good morning to all. Make a great day

  2. Darah Thea
    8:56 am on November 10th, 2017

    Good Morning ML (wow) and everyone! Mom read the post, turned to me and suggested I try that instead of poke and HONK. Go figure.
    Enjoy Friday, the start of another weekend and the celebration of Vetern’s Day.

  3. Darah Thea
    9:19 am on November 10th, 2017

    Darn big paws!

  4. dawson
    10:20 am on November 10th, 2017

    First or last?


    HoH: 😀

    ML: !!!!?

  5. dawson
    10:23 am on November 10th, 2017

    I thought I deleted that first or last comment. It was to be followed with asking ML if she’d been up all night. Heh!

  6. Herd of Hounds
    10:25 am on November 10th, 2017

    Dawson, perhaps she did both! We think so.

  7. Herd of Hounds
    10:37 am on November 10th, 2017

    Middle g-son showing a very creative side.

  8. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    10:56 am on November 10th, 2017

    ML — Not knowing what you have read makes it somewhat difficult to suggest other authors but let me throw out a few that have written fairly extensive mystery series (although not necessarily of the Jack Reacher type), some of which may have been previously mentioned on the blog and some not. These include Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs); Donna Andrews (Meg Langslow); Archer Mayor (Joe Gunther); Peter Robinson (DCI Banks); David Rosenfelt (Andy Carpenter/Tara); Laura Levine (Jaine Austin); Hank Philippi Ryan (Jane Ryland or Charlotte McNally), Alafair Burke (daughter of James Lee Burke), Donna Ball (Raine Stockton or Flash/Three dog Island series);Lisa Scottolini; Margaret Maron (Deborah Knott),Louis Penny (Inspector Gamache), just to mention a few of my favorite authors.

  9. BearSpiritDog
    1:00 pm on November 10th, 2017

    A Prod with a Wet Nose…an Excellent Start to the Day…I always say.

    ML: First and Last…that’s quite an accomplishment.

    Wookie&Teddie’s Paw: That’s quite a List!

  10. bluecat's mom
    1:04 pm on November 10th, 2017

    ML – Deborah Crombie (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James)
    Julia Spencer Fleming (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne)
    Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch)

    Diana Gabaldon (Outlander). It’s not for everyone so check that one out online first. 8 book series, also in the third season of Starz. The books are better.

    Good afternoon all.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    1:05 pm on November 10th, 2017

    We are enjoying the first of Donna Ball’s Flash/Dog-leg Island Mysteries.

  12. Masquers
    1:08 pm on November 10th, 2017

    BluKat’s Mom: We love the Harry Bosch series too!

  13. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    1:28 pm on November 10th, 2017

    ML — I would fully endorse the ones from Bluecoat’s mom as well. I am not familiar with Donna Gabaldon, but the other three are equally terrific. Indeed, I actually read all eight that Julia Spencer Fleming wrote in a single year (she single-handedly messed up my reading schedule for that year). Now that I am on a roll, some others to mention include Laurie King (Mary Russell) if you are at all Sherlockian in reading appetite; William Kent Krueger (Cork O’Connor), who has won a boatload of Edgar Awards for best mystery novel for that series as well as his stand alone novel, Ordinary Grace; and Steve Hamilton (Alex McKnight series and various stand alone books). Anne Hillerman’s continuation of her father’s series (Tony Hillerman) are also excellent, although she has only written three so far. And of course there is a guy of the name of Peter Abrahams who has written a great collection of stand alone mysteries as well.

    BSD — if you are enjoying the first Flash novel, I can assure you the second and third in the series are equally as good.

  14. Staff
    2:15 pm on November 10th, 2017

    thank you Wookie and Teddy’s Pa and BSD. I just put Flash on my Kindle. Mr. Staff pays for them. Heh heh heh. It is a reward for going to hand therapy this morning. I am doing GREAT! No pain to speak of.

  15. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:47 pm on November 10th, 2017

    Heart!…That amazing novel, “The Right Side”, was packed full of the right stuff…snuffle!…”Get up.” says it all. Keep going, keep fighting. No struggle is too over-whelming if you keep getting up each day and work to make it better…snort!

  16. dawson
    7:46 pm on November 10th, 2017

    Bluecat’s Mom, Wookie’s and Teddy’s Dad and BSD: Thanks for all the literary suggestions.

  17. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:27 pm on November 10th, 2017

    Blu-Kat!…Diana Gabaldon (Outlander). We here are getting ready to tackle those thick books…heh!heh!…Soon, maybe this weekend will be the start of the adventure…snorkel!

  18. Masquers
    8:40 pm on November 10th, 2017

    Riõ: We’ve watched the first 2 seasons on Starz, but have not yet read the books, which we hear tell are excellent.

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on November 10th, 2017

    Maskers!….Books are almost always better..snort!…I can think of one movie that was better than the book, “LA Confidential”…heh!…The movie was way better.

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