Sunday, April 12, 2015

Upcoming Book Signings

After a brutal winter, and several snowed-out book signings, things have heated up in the region, and I've got a bunch of book signings lined up with my author friends.

First up is Tuesday, April 14, from 7-8, at the Middlesex CC Bookstore,
at 88 Middle Street, Derby Building, Lowell, MA.
Join me and fellow Insanity Tales authors David Daniel, Ursula Wong, and Vlad V.

Next is Noir at the Bar, on Sunday April 26, from 6-9
At the Pour House, 907 Boylston St, Boston.
Join me and other great authors for a night of crime and mystery- readings and book signing.
Connie Johnson Hambley is bravely appearing with a bunch of tough guys (to see an interview with her, click here).

The one after that is Authors at the Inn, Wednesday, May 6th, from 6-9
At The Victoria Inn, 430 High St, Hampton, NH
Come meet local authors in a lovely setting.
Admission is free, and there will be complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and more!
I'll be joined by T. Stephens, Scott Goudsward, fellow Sister in Crime Coralie Jensen, and other authors.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Back With a Vengeance- Panel at Monson, MA Library

Sorry for being in absentia, but recently started a new job. The hours are long, and the work demanding. So little time to write for the blog while finishing a novel, writing stories, and trying to keep up with all that's happening.

First off, we had a great night at the Monson, MA Public Library. I was on a great panel of authors: Host T. Stephens, Vlad V., Steve Hobbs, B. B. Boudreau, Slam Poet Joseph Mosby, and his cousin Arthur Strategos Williams.

And a bit of audience participation. Our host discovered there were poets in the audience (including J.H. Curry), and he pulled them up to tell us about themselves.

Many thanks to Hope Bodwell, the Library Director, for setting up a great night of meeting readers. Great snacks, and we even got gift bags! A first from all the library events we've done.
Some photos courtesy of Jennifer Getz Hobbs

Here's the gorgeous Gothic building

Here I am at the podium

Our attentive audience

And more

T Stephens explaining why he thinks I'm wonderful

My cohort in crime, Vlad V.

The Hair Club for Men

Da Gang- author Steve Hobbs between me and Vlad

 Joseph Mosby, Slam Poet. This young man is going places- he performs with power and passion

Joseph's cousin, Arthur Strategos Williams. He has a great talent for spoken word poetry

And B. B. Boudreau, hamming it up. Funny thing is, I see that bust in a lot of libraries. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sisters in Crime Panel

We had a speaking panel on Noir crime along with Marian Lanouette (see an interview here), at a Sisters in Crime event and signing at the Edwards Public Library, Southampton, MA.
They happen to be featuring The Maltese Falcon, one of my favorite books (yeah, and movies, because they shot the dialogue from the book).

Try the funky link here to see the flyer.

It was a lovely night with an attentive audience, talking about noir, mystery and writing, the current state of publishing, and other fun stuff. Marian has great stories to tell, and we had a blast.
Sorry, I didn't get to capture all the crowd in pictures, but we had a respectable attendance.

Many thanks to Barbara Diamond Goldin (a noted children's book author in addition to her library duties) for setting this up, and the the library and its supporters for an excellent night.

 Marian in position

  My tapestry featuring the cover to A Shadow on the Wall

 Marian mixes with the audience

That's Barbara (the library Director) in the middle, who made us feel so welcome.

Fiction Slam Night Contest

Recently attended the Fiction Slam Night Contest, sponsored by the New Hampshire Writers' Project.
The contest was held in the French Building Auditorium Rotunda at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester, with a lovely reception area to refresh the 80-some-odd people who came to hear the 8 winning entrants from the regional 3-Minute Fiction Slam competitions.

Now I've got rather high expectations, and this was a night of extraordinary talent. The stories were top-notch- quick, concise, and sometimes touching. It was a tough task for the three judges to select winners from the terrific stories read.

Thanks to the Institute for hosting this wonderful event, and to all those in the program who made it all possible. There are a lot of people working hard to create excellent fiction, and all in our backyard.
And shoutout to John Herman for being an entertaining emcee for the event. 

Judges: Tim Horvath, James Patrick Kelly (who also generously supplied cash prizes), and special guest Jacquelyn Benson

The contestants- each one already a regional winner

The appreciative crowd

Nashua regional winner Jennifer Valentine and supportive family

Steven Wong, Nashua group coordinator Ursula Wong (middle- the rose between two thorns)- the author of Purple Trees, and Dave, from the Nashua group

I'd say there were a lot of winners, but you can see the ones holding prize checks!

Kent Devreux and Rob Greene

If you'd like an example of one of the superb stories of the night, try Getaway.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Featured in Latest Granite Coast Magazine

The new Granite Coast entertainment magazine is out, and features a few New England writers- most notably myself and fellow Insanity Tales author Stacey Longo, author of the new release Ordinary Boy.

The mag has lots of info about music and entertainment in our region, so check it out. Here's their Facebook page.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Authors by the Sea and Queen City Kamikaze Con Writeup

Fun couple of days this weekend, but exhausting.

First up was the Author's Night by the Sea, sponsored by Pear Tree Publishing, where we had a good night of signing books and meeting people.
Some pics courtesy of Jenn Hobbs, others by Maureen Ross.


Many thanks to K.D. Mason for his work on publicity, raffle prizes, and taking over in a time of need for others. And thanks to the Portsmouth, NH Elks Club for hosting us.

Friends new and old were there, including: T. Stephens

Scott Goudsward, Ogmios, Joe Ross of Rosstrum Publishing, Coralie Hughes Jensen, Maureen Ross, and others



Then early next morning, we were off to Manchester, NH, for the Queen City Kamikaze Con, where we were signing our works at the Books and Boos table.
More pictures available here.

And as the authors of Insanity Tales we were on a panel to discuss writing collaboration.
Left to right: David Daniel, me, moderator Stacey Longo, Ursula Wong, and Vlad V.
Thanks to Jason Rivers for playing official Staff Photographer for the panel shots.

Other friends were there, like The Dome from SciFi Saturday Night, the cool podcast of all things science fiction. Here, the Dome meets his cosplaying counterpart!

Stacey gets in on the action ...

And then we get the Three Jasons! Which one is the scariest?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Weekend- Two Book Signings

Hey there. I've been away for a bit. Got laid off, had to find another job. Glad to say, that happened, so I can focus on other things again. Whew.

So after being snowed out of the first two book signings of the year, finally have a clear day- and back-to-back events.

Tonight I'll be in Portsmouth, NH, for the Author's Night by the Sea, sponsored by the New England Author's Expo and Pear Tree Publishing. We've got lots of writers, prizes, a cash bar, and more. Come on by. And buy...

Tomorrow, we'll be at the Queen City Kamikaze convention, up in Manchester, NH. I'll be on a panel with fellow authors from Insanity Tales.

Which, by the way, on Kindle is #75 in Anthologies & Literature Collections > Horror
Just sayin', an awesome collection, with an Introduction by horror writing superstar Jonathan Maberry.