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September 28, 2012


Keyhole Conversations scary Halloween Book Trailer contest closes on September 30, 2012. Be sure to get your entry in. You could be one of the the lucky winners. Not quite sure if your book trailer qualifies? Here is an example of a ‘scary’ book trailer. We’re even offering a special Kindle free e-book promotion of Dark Side of the Rainbow through September 30, 2012. Just click on the link and prepare to be scared . . . if you dare.


To be eligible:

Your entry must be in English and five minutes or less in length.

You must have the rights to the images and audio in the trailer with all credits listed at the end.

Your entry must be truly scary with elements of horror or the supernatural. Think Edgar Allan Poe to Mary Shelley to Stephen King.

Your entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2012

To enter:

Upload your book trailer to

Send e-mails with the YouTube link to both and to by September 30, 2012.

Book Trailer judging criteria:

The scary factor

The design, including graphics and sound

The plot: a hook, a middle that holds attention, and an effective close

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Thanks to vintagefeedsacks for their images.


August 26, 2012

This video is the last in a three-part series on pitches filmed at the Kansas Writers Association meeting where members were challenged by president, H. B. Berlow, to pitch their books in  one minute. Authors had ten minutes to prepare and practice their pitches, then they allowed  Keyhole Conversations  to film their efforts.

Our last authors to pitch their books are Diane Roads, Wes Brummer, and Kae Bartelheimer.

About Diane Roads

Diane Roads lives in Kansas with her husband. One of her biggest passions is her School Supply Ministry through her church. She knows young writers can’t be inspired without pencil and paper. Her second passion is in her writing. She had been to eleven schools by the fifth grade, and that in itself made writing a challenge. With amazement, she dared to dream when she wrote her first book, Only the Dog Knows. Using her dog Emmy as a role model, she borrowed pages from her life story and started to write, and she hasn’t stopped. An avid reader of mysteries, Diane gains support and encouragement with her writing from the Kansas Writers Association. No, she has never jumped out of an airplane, but would love to go up in a hot air balloon.

About Wes Brummer

Born in 1955, Wes Brummer grew up in Kingman, Kansas, watched children’s television programs, including shows such as Freddy Fudd and Major Astro, and made up time travel adventures. His first published story was a fantasy called “The Prophet,” which appeared in the Hutchinson Junior College magazine.

Along with the stories he saw on television, Wes was raised on stories of his family’s struggles during the Great Depression told to him by his mother. His current work in progress, Flowers in the Dust, is a historical novel which examines life on a Depression era poor farm and how one young woman seeks to provide some cheer in the bleak existence of the residents.

About Kae Bartelheimer


A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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Thanks to vintagefeedsacks for the use of their images.


July 30, 2012

What do you write? Whether the question comes from the person next to you in the grocery line or from an agent or editor at a conference, a brief description of your book that grabs attention may result in a sale or a contract.

Having made several pitches at recent conferences, H.B. Berlow, president of the Kansas Writers Association, shared his experience and knowledge of standard and high concept pitches at KWA’s July 21st meeting. After a brief presentation of the elements of pitching to agents and editors, he threw out a spur-of-the-moment challenge for members to pitch their book in one minute. Authors had ten minutes to prepare their pitch. They then allowed Keyhole Conversations to video their efforts.

Our hats are off to those seven authors who were put on the spot and brave enough to respond to the challenge.

This video is the first in a new three-part series on pitches that were filmed at the KWA meeting. Our first two authors are Makayla Yokley (writer of  steam punk novels) and April Pameticky (writer of young adult fantasy).

About Makayla Yokley

Makayla Yokley is a sophomore at Butler County Community College. She recently published The Ruby Curse, her first  steam punk novel. Visit her website here

About April Pameticky

April Pameticky received her MFA from WSU in 2006 and became swirled up in the Wichita vortex.  The birth of her daughter has given her new eyes, and her day-gig as a middle school teacher keeps her fresh and grounded.  While she enjoys writing for her middle school audience, her first love is poetry.  Her work can be seen in Mikrokosmos, Naked City, Chiron Review, and Poetry4theMasses.  Her first chapbook collection, Sandriver and Other Places I’ve Been, is currently under consideration at Finishing Line Press. She is also working on a YA paranormal suspense novella, Whirling Waters.  Read more and see samples of her work.


A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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Kansas Authors: Closet Painters? Take a peek.

January 7, 2012

Now that the frantic pace of the holidays is over, it’s time to take a deep breath and relax.

Keyhole Conversations has taken note of the fact that most of the writers interviewed on our vlog also paint. It’s another form of creative expression that closely ties into writing. A five-week series on authors who express themselves in other creative ways will be featured on our blog.

Our first writer, Bonnie  Myrick,  followed art as a career before she began to write seriously at the age of sixty-two. Her fiction covers many genres: horror, paranormal, mystery, and historical. Her chosen art media ranges from three-dimensional works of sculpture and pottery, as well as mixed media, painting, and pen and ink sketches.

We hope you enjoy peeking through the keyhole into another facet of Bonnie’s life.

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  Bonnie Myrick tells why she became an artist.

       “I had two sisters who were talented artists. I became an artist by accident when my sister, Betty, wanted me to accompany her to her art classes. I wasn’t interested, but she kept nagging until I agreed. Then I discovered the world of color and began to paint. All I have left are a few of my early personal pieces.

      “All my paintings are in oil. The still life is a copy after Cezanne and the old man was painted using Rembrandt’s technique known as chiaroscuro. The sculpture is cast plaster and the lump box was salt fired using red clay. The oil is a painting of  my electric range top. The Jerusalem street scene is copied from a small post card, my earliest attempt as a beginner.”

B. J. Myrick, author of Out of Control

Visit her page at authors den and amazon


January 6, 2012

Welcome to Keyhole Conversations

A Different Kind of Book Review.

It’s always fun to see how characters from the novel respond to our questions. It’s also very interesting to see which character from the book the author allows to be interviewed, which is not always the point-of-view character. It’s one way to see into the heart of the author.

Today’s guest is more than a character, he is also a rather unruly character you won’t meet every day.  He’s R. C. Bellicki, a professional hacker dealing with computers, lost loves, cops, and good beer. He’s got a heart of gold,  is extremely  likeable, and is one guy you will enjoy listening to as he reveals issues from his life and what he thinks of  H. B. Berlow, the author who created him.  You can buy the book at amazon.  Take a look at the video below.


Read the teaser below for a quick review of the story.

Don't miss Kansas Two-Step, a mystery by H. B. Berlow


He’s a gray-bearded old hippie who wears Hawaiian shirts and makes his living  doing subversive internet research. In essence, he’s a professional hacker.  But now R.C. Bellicki has gotten himself caught up in murder, and he has to use all his computer skills to stay one step ahead of the police — and the actual killer.

      Rated: Adult Content

Watch the book trailer below.

A mystery about computers, lost loves, cops, and good beer.

clip art from Tropical Plants, Flowers, and Decor


H.B. Berlow (1962- ) studied film-making at the University of Miami and for a time focused his attention on screenwriting. From 1990-1995 his efforts turned to poetry and he was involved in the Boston Slam Poetry scene, despite doing mostly sonnets and traditional poetry. He moved to Wichita, KS when he met his future wife Shelia. A member of the KWA (Kansas Writer’s Association) since 2007, he has concentrated largely on fiction, focusing on crime (hard-boiled and neo-noir) and transgressive fiction, having been inspired by such writers as James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Chuck Palahniuk. He also paints and creates mixed media art works.  He lives in a 100+ year old Victorian house in Wichita with his wife, Shelia, and three cats — Mongo, Camille, & Rupert. You can find his books on Visit his blog.


Be sure to visit his page at Author’s Den


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