The TV series Huge and what was added (and subtracted) from the book

Usually a book contains subtle layers and little touches that are missing from the more streamlined film version. But Huge is that rare video that adds depth and nuance. Some thoughts on Body Impolitic on how the TV series transcends the book. (also that cool Nikki Blonsky strip tease confrontation at the fat camp weigh-in)

Free Kindle copy of At Large for a few more days (till Sat Jan 22)

The first line is a nod to Casablanca:
Of all the women's job skill centers in all the towns in all the Pacific Northwest, he walks into mine.

It's a king-sized case for a queen-sized sleuth. In At Large Jo is working undercover at a women's skills center when she spots an old acquaintance. Jo last saw Teddy in Kathmandu when her photographer husband ran off with Teddy's mountain-climbing wife, leaving the spouses to commiserate. Now Teddy has a new problem—his latest girlfriend is missing. Jo agrees to track her down, and the trail leads straight to his estranged wife, murdered with a climbing axe. Jo suddenly finds herself a major suspect in the death of the woman who broke up her marriage.
"An entertaining story starring a larger-than-life heroine."--Midwest Book Review

"Warm, likeable characters enliven the neatly plotted At Large. The story has a nice twist to it, with an ending that will take you by surprise."--Romantic Times

Eye candy, YouTube and how our eyes learn "what is hot and what is not"

Some thoughts on Amateur & Professional Eye-Candy
My name for the way television culture skillfully and constantly tells us what’s beautiful, sexy, and hot–and what isn’t–is “Team Entertainment-Fueled Eating Disorders,” a team whose only goal is to dominate and destroy our traditional cultures and our own personal perceptions, which I call “Team Just the Way We Are.”
more on Body Impolitic

Birds do it, bees do it...also fat people, could not resist reviewing Fat Sex: The Naked Truth

Ironically the idea behind this live journal was to write about writing, and I now find that any writing I do about the writing process takes some of the limited stamina and pre-hurting time away from fiction writing. So I've got to do a kind of self-triage. I do occasionally manage a Body Impolitic post like this one:
in appreciation of Fat Sex: The Naked Truth.

Starting June 11, a week singing in the Pearlsong choir

The "real time writing on writing" I meant to write in this space has been escaping into the computer among other places and I haven't been Live Journaling much lately. But I have to mention that starting June 10th, Full Bodied Books Blog is hosting some authors from my small press publisher - "A Tribute to Pearlsong Press: Healing the World, One Book at a Time"

Festivities include free book prizes. I'll be posting Wednesday June 13 on "Watching Our Language" which may not be quite what you might imagine given the title. Blog creator, Zetta Brown, describes it well at

Featured author gig at Books2Heart

I’m happy to be the featured author at Books2Heart, thanks to Tallulah Grace for promoting indie authors and publishers!

Suspense, action, laughter and some chills combine in The Falstaff Vampire Files. Award-winning author Lynne Murray introduces Sir John Falstaff, undead and misbehaving in San Francisco. The heroine, skeptic Kris Marlowe, doesn’t believe in vampires, but when she’s attacked by a horde of murderous monsters, she must seek help from Sir John Falstaff, the most famous rogue in history, who once drank ale and now drinks only blood

Pretty thrilled to be on The Vampire Librarian's shelves!

Yay! A new review of The Falstaff Vampire Files at The Vampire Librarian!
Jan 22, 2011
New Vampire Books: The Falstaff Vampire Files
Title: The Falstaff Vampire Files
Author: Lynne Murray
Release: September 2011
Pages: 282
Genre: Urban Vampire

It starts with The Thing in the Shed – and the files we get to read in the package. Kristen Marlow is a therapist, she views herself as someone who is “sane for a living”, but things have been revealed to her that leaves her with that identity in question.

And so we begin to follow the clues left behind, the digital tape recorders, handwritten notes and typed case files. They are the remnants that reveal the chaos left behind when Kristen encounters something that in the end changes not only her own life, but the lives of those around her irrevocably.

It all centers around Hal, a somewhat mysterious but in the end selfish man whose need for power sends him and those around him into places they should never have ventured. Then there is Mina, innocent and just looking to find love. Unfortunately she finds something far darker, and far more dangerous. The twists and turns of the plot take us to unforeseen places, to organizations in the shadow and to knowledge of beings that have dwelt amongst us for centuries, unseen and unknown.

Lynne Murray does a fine job of leading us down a somewhat familiar path, the concept of the “found diary” by in the end showing us more than just notes on paper. The journey is enticing, mostly because the main characters have enough depth to them that you truly want to know what happens. Sir John Falstaff, the charming vampire that is the catalyst for the action in the story, is brought in well into the story and brings a new take on an old tale. His is the story I am most interested in, and I am hoping Murray will consider telling us more of the charming rogue. His story of how he met Shakespeare alone makes the story worth reading!

To tell too much of the story would take away from some of the charm of discovery that makes this story work so well. Suffice to say, if you are someone who likes urban vampire tales with a humorist twist, you will enjoy The Falstaff Vampire Files.

Sometimes it seems like reviews come in by slow, suspenseful drip, but for me each one is cause for celebration!~~~Lynne

Entering 2012 with Large Target in tow

Pearlsong Press has now reissued Large Target, the second Josephine Fuller mystery. The plot features a slain defense contractor, a kidnapped admiral and a world-class dysfunctional family that may not want him back.

Large Target is starting the year as a Kindle Lending Library selection available for borrowing by those in that program, or for sale as a Kindle book or paperback. This experiment reminds me, as the book itself does, of my father's approach to life. He was a research psychologist who worked with the military, but experimenting and storytelling were his preferred modes of interaction. It was a "right stuff" kind of approach like the pilots "trying A, trying B, trying C"...even when going down in flames. Not that I'm planning to go down in... never mind.

Preparing the book for reissue I remembered that it was also the last book of mine that my father read (in manuscript) and the subject matter owed a lot to his military and Defense Department lore.

I can only ever borrow that attitude, but I had fun doing it. It was also great while writing it to have an excuse to call him up and ask about fun things like radio tracking devices, Red Eye and Stinger missiles, radar jamming and all kinds of military culture stuff. I still have some pages from paperback thrillers he sent me on authentic descriptions of explosive devices in action.

Like the internet, my father didn't seem to ever sleep (I think he catnapped) so any time was an okay time to call. He died just before Larger Than Death came out, but he got to see the Advance Reader copy and knew it was dedicated to him.

A few notes about how Falstaff became a vampire

In a way Sir John Falstaff was an early pioneer of fat activism, although one thing that gets lost in all the laughter is that Shakespeare painted him as a disillusioned veteran soldier reduced to crashing in taverns and mooching off whomever was handy. I think this career description has more to do with vampires than it appears on the surface. I've discussed why briefly on the Body Impolitic blog--link below--and I am so happy to see the cover of my new book, The Falstaff Vampire Files, right over there on the right-hand column of Body Impolitic!

Part of the inspiration for the book was a Bay Area activist for fat men, who liked my mysteries featuring, Josephine Fuller, sleuth of size, but who wanted to see more fat men as well as fat women in fiction. Somehow that idea and the desire to write a vampire book inspired the thought that Sir John Falstaff, perhaps the most famous fat rogue and con man in literature would make an excellent vampire. After all vampires live outside the mainstream of normal human life, and have to reinvent themselves constantly to survive. Who better to do that than a confirmed con man?
More at The Falstaff Vampire Files on Body Impolitic