Ihave written over 500 published articles about the craft and business of writing. Dry, techie books generally end up unread on the bookshelf after checking out a few articles of interest. So,  Writers' Tricks of the Trade: 39 Things You Need to Know About the ABCs of Writing Fiction covers nearly everything about writing fiction in a breezy and easily understandable manner seasoned with a touch of humor. It is like the appetizer table at a lavish writing buffet--a book you will want to read more than once and keep close at hand for reference and inspiration.


 FIRST BOOK IN THE AWARD-WINNING SILVER SISTERS MYSTERY SERIES

Re-issued, new edits and cover.Better and funnier than ever. Filled with twists and turns.

Identical twin sisters Goldie and Godiva take a wild and funny romp through the glitzy world of TV chefs - in search of a killer. When Godiva Olivia DuBois, a.k.a. G.O.D. - an advice columnist from Beverly Hills - takes her niece Chili to a taping of the TV cooking show Flirting with Food she's selected from the audience as a food taster - and winds up in the hospital with food poisoning. Chili's mother, Goldie Silver, an 'aging hippie' living in Alaska, already sensed trouble through a psychic bond with her twin and immediately hopped on a plane to California. Together these two wisecracking amateur sleuths try to solve the 'who's sabotaging the cooking show' mystery - with the help of their 80 year old mother Flossie and their Uncle Sterling - both former Vaudeville magicians


Manufacturing in Federal prisons is BIG business--About $800,000,000 a year and that is TRUE! A plan to embezzle millions was going fine until three savvy women were hired and the red flags went up. Join Kimberly, Cameron and Kate as they bumble into an undercover investigation and unravel the twists and turns in this clever crime caper. Suspicion turns to surprise when they discover so much more than they ever anticipated..
While this is fiction, the idea for this book was conceived from experiences the co-authors had while working as marketing representatives for furniture manufactured in Federal prisons. It could not have been written without their knowledge of the system and having been inside prison factories.

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Born in 1909, Rosetta was the youngest of a family of ten children. They didn’t have much money, but the riches of their zany antics and laughter overflowed into the neighborhood. That love of laughter continued throughout her long life. One of her fondest childhood memories was when neighbors knocked at their door, saying, “Can we come in and laugh with you?” Her stories have delighted thousands all over the world.

Rosetta Schwartz (later Rosetta Shifrin and finally Rosetta Lachman) wrote this memoir in 1989 when she was 80 years old. As her daughter, I edited it  and added Part II. She lived to be nearly 97 years old.

Can We Come In and Laugh, Too?

Rosetta's memoir of growing up in a zany family of ten children in the early 20th Century through her 80th birthdaywhen she wrote this book


RIPOFF - WHO'S RIPPING OFF THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM?

BETRAYED - INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

Teenager Laurel Murphy was a promising ballerina destined to have a brilliant career until she was kidnapped, sold into a brothel where she was raped, brutalized and finally left for dead. Contrary to what the kidnappers thought, she didn't die. As Laurel rebuilt her body and tried to build a new life, deep within her soul she dealt with the need for revenge. Her journey from terror to success and the high and low points of the life that followed will grab your heartstrings and not let go. Inspired by true events, this work of fiction begins in the late 1950s, but human trafficking of American teenagers is even more prevalent now than it was then.


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LA BELLA MAFIA - BELLA CAPO'S TRUE SHOCKING STORY

Bella Capo, the sexually and physically abused daughter of a powerbroker whose close associates included politicians and organized crime figures and a drug addicted mother. She spent much of her youth in foster homes and rehabilitation facilities. As a young adult she became a force on Hollywood's Sunset Strip, running clubs and after-hours clubs. After a failed marriage to an abusive husband, Bella became a boss in the Crips- the only white female to hold such a position of power in the gang at that time. She late fled Los Angeles in fear for her life when her ex-husband and his associates stalked her and threatened her with death.


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Short Stories are a wonderful way to pass time while waiting for an appointment, eating in a restaurant or just plain relaxing.  This collection of several of my short stories includes mystery, humor, a bit of romance and more. Some of the stories are inspired by true events, others are pure fiction.


Pull up an easy chair and settle down or a story you can finish in one setting


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CONFESSIONS OF A COUGAR - A MEMOIR

Three glorious weeks in England with no shortage of hot Englishmen!

Audrey's "wheeler-dealer" millionaire boyfriend leased a cottage in Surrey, sight unseen and said, "What could be more perfect than having you and Susan check it out for me?" Audrey is excited beyond belief but doesn't know he has an ulterior motive. The taxi driver pulls up in front of what should have been the charming country cottage she saw in a photo, but instead it looks as foreboding as a haunted house. A few loose shingles make flapping noises when lifted by a light breeze to complete the creepy feeling. What might have been a disaster for these 42-year-olds, turns into an adventure beyond anything they imagined. Oh yes, I was Audrey - all of the names were changed for legal reasons



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8 SURE SIGNS OF A JEWISH MOTHER - Everyone knows at least one

A "Jewish Mother" doesn't have to be Jewish, a mother and doesn't even have to be a woman!

A comical look at what it takes to be an official Jewish Mother and how to deal with one.

Just about everyone has heard oodles of jokes about Jewish Mothers. Comedians love them. One day when I had nothing better to do, I started to wonder, “What really qualifies someone to be a Jewish Mother?”You see, my mother was Jewish, but she would have been drummed out of the corps in a heartbeat for failing to conform. Outside of encouraging everyone to eat something—-her favorite saying was: you could stand to gain five pounds, Honey—-I don’t think she would have made it past the first plateau as far as placing of guilt and practicing Jewish Standard Time are concerned.

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THE MAFIA FUNERAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

A collection of my short stories - Many were Award Winners

WRITERS' TRICKS OF THE TRADE - A WEALTH OF TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

For writers at all stages of their careers

TWO UNFORGETTABLE  CHRISTMASES  

Learning the true meaning of Christmas

My family moved to Miami from Chicago in 1949 when I was nine. What a culture shock! I was a  young Yankee who was smart, wore glasses, wasn't good at sports and actually one of the few who wore shoes to school. I felt like an outcast. That Christmas we had our first Christmas tree--one of the few bright spots that stands out in my mind.

Just ten months later my Mom and Dad gave up on Miami and we were  back in Chicago. Things were much better, but the family had no money. However, to my sister and me that was the best Christmas ever. Find out why.Perfect to give as a Christmas card.

Morgan St. James - Author