I couldn't believe it when I opened the e-mail two days ago from Writer's Digest congratulating me on their selection of MURDER BY 4 http://murderby4.blogspot.com, as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest for 2009! I'd received the magazine earlier in the week, looked through the listing of other selected sites, and missed mine completely. What a wonderful way to end the week!
For those not familiar with MURDER BY 4, this writers' blog was launched in February 2008 to give readers and writers and insider's look at the lives of four published authors; Marta Stephens, Aaron Paul Lazar, Kim Smith, and S. W. Vaughn as well as a host of guest writers. Thus to receive this honor, is nothing short of amazing. When we launched the blog in 2008, my co-writers and I had no idea it would become so popular. In just over a year, the blog has received over 13,600 visitors, we've featured more than 120 guest writers, and posted well over 300 articles, reviews, and/or interviews. You'll find our anniversary post here: http://murderby4.blogspot.com/2009/02/mb4-celebrates-1st-anniversary.html.
Among our featured guests this past year were, author Warren Adler, "The War of the Roses" http://murderby4.blogspot.com/2008/10/warren-adler-idea.html and James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review http://murderby4.blogspot.com/2008/04/4-7-08-interview-with-jim-cox-editor-in.html as well as numerous debut authors. Whether your reading preference is for a throat-clenching thriller, a page turner crime/suspense, or a can't-put-it-down cozy, I hope you'll take a moment to visit Murder by 4. There you'll find interesting articles, author interviews, articles by guest bloggers, reviews, and an insider's look at the publishing world.
I know I speak for all of us at MB4 in expressing a deep appreciation to our readers, featured writers, and the virtual book tour companies who have helped us grow. Many thanks to those who have visited our site, offered comments, cross promoted with us and especially to those who voted for MURDER BY 4. For those who have the magazine, you'll find us listed on page 59.