Vickie Fee

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What does “Bless Your Heart” really mean?

  Several months ago a popular blog apparently set out to explain what the Southern expression “bless your heart” really means. Unfortunately it seems, to me at least, that this blog post was written by someone who speaks Southern as a second language and really doesn’t understand the nuances. I now feel compelled to speak …

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Who’s That With My Name?

Until I had a book published/about to be published, I had only ever Googled my name a handful of times. But once I knew my name was “out there” on blogs, online retailers, in reviews, and such, I started Googling my name more regularly. Every time I Googled my name, someone else always popped up …

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Job not all fun and games

Liv McKay, party planner extraordinaire and main character in the Liv and Di in Dixie mystery series, is a guest today on Dru’s Book Musings. Click on the link to stop by and hear her account of a truly memorable day and, for a limited time, enter to win a signed copy of Death Crashes the Party. (http://wp.me/p3nHH-7xs) …

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The Write Kind of Music

So with the first book I didn’t particularly have deadlines—other than those I imposed on myself. And for most of us, it’s all too easy to ignore self-imposed deadlines or extend them indefinitely. Having worked as a newspaper reporter for many years, I work best under the thumb of a real, no-fudge-factor deadline. Now than …

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Cozy and Unashamed

My name is Vickie and I write (and read) cozy mysteries. Not a shocking admission really, but enough to garner me a disparaging look or comment on occasion from some writers and readers of other genres. In fact when I attended the Writers Police Academy in August, I sat next to a pleasant-looking lady at …

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Playing Cops and Writers

I admit to having a certain amount of Nancy Drew envy growing up, what with all her exciting adventures in crime solving. But this past weekend, Nancy Drew would have been jealous of me! I attended the Writers Police Academy in Appleton, Wisconsin. Law enforcement officers from different agencies, firefighters and emergency medical personnel train …

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Q & A with cj petterson

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A big welcome to fellow author and Sister in Crime, cj petterson, who’s visiting the blog to chat about her latest book, a romantic suspense novel titled “Choosing Carter,” which releases today (Aug. 17, 2015). VF: Choosing Carter features taut suspense and heavy action, with a sweet and genteel romance or what your publisher describes …

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Love Me Tinderbox

It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, or as the locals call it “Death Week,” when fans from around the world descend on the city. Activities culminate August 16, the anniversary of Presley’s death, with a candlelight vigil at Graceland. For the most part Memphians lock themselves indoors with the air conditioning, while sunburned tourists mill about outdoors …

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Southern Relativity

I recently watched one of those “finding your roots” type shows on TV and thought I’d take a minute to discuss the complicated matter of Southern genealogy. Basically, it goes like this: Southerners extend the branches of the family tree to include any leaves, twigs or nuts that happen to brush against them. For example, …

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Merry Ice Cream Dreams

On a glorious day earlier this week, I met a friend for a picnic lunch in the harbor park down the street from where I live. After noshing on pasta salad and fruit we decided to treat ourselves to an ice cream cone. I ordered a scoop of Amaretto Mackinac Island Fudge in a sugar cone. If …

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