Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gala Mystery Night 2016

For the fifth year, the biggest and best mystery bookstore north of New York, the New England Mobile Bookfair held a Gala Mystery Night, with top-name mystery authors, many of them NY Times best-sellers. We had authors from all over New England.

Once again, I was a featured author with these literary lights. It's great to be in such good company. Lots of my fellow Sisters in Crime were signing as well.

Thanks to owner Tom Lyons and the hard-working staff (Lisa and Amanda deserve special thanks) who made the night glorious and fun!

To see a writeup and pics of previous year postings of this annual celebration, click here.

 Once again, we had a big crowd of buyers and supporters.

Here's our two biggest supporters- Robin and Steve. They come to chat with the authors and buy a basketful of books. Thank you on behalf of all of us!

 


 Here I am, looking authorly. with Coralie Jensen and Clea Simon

 
Our erstwhile host, Tom Lyons. on the right


Here's author Bruce Robert Coffin, with wife Karen and fan Jay Shepherd
Bruce's debut novel, Among the Shadows, is terrific, and tearing up the charts with richly-deserved sales. And is now on sale on Kindle that is irresistible.
To see an interview with Bruce, click here


Tom strikes a pose with author Ray Daniel
To see an interview with Ray, click here


Superstars of the mystery writing world: Linda Barnes, Kate Flora, and Connie Johnson Hambley
To see an interview with Kate, click here
To see an interview with Connie, click here


Gina Fava with Arlene Kay and Jay
To see an interview with Arlene, click here


Judy Copek, Susan Oleksiw, and Hans Copek


Coralie with a new fan


Ben Coes, a writing star, discovers a wonderful new author (yes, he bought the first book in my Zack Taylor series, A Memory of Grief)...


William Landay, another star (yes, I made him pose with his own books)


Frances MacNamara, who sat next to me


Ray with Joe Finder

 

Linda Barnes gets in the spirit


Gina got her spot placed right under some Adult Books. Ahem... Hi, Mom!


Then it was time to give out the annual Robert B. Parker Award, given each year for outstanding long-term achievement in the mystery world. Here Tom announces this year's winner- Archer Mayor







Here's a previous winner, Linda Barnes, with Tom and the most recent winner


And Connie with her sweetie and Number One Fan



Not pictured were others, who slipped away from the roving camera eye: Michael Urban, Robin Stratton, Steve Ulfelder

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Crime Bake 2016- A Trip to Brigadoon

Writers or fans of mystery fiction should definitely go to the annual Crime Bake mystery conference, hosted in part by the New England chapter of the Sisters in Crime, of which I am a proud member.

Every year is the best yet, and I've been to many. I realized it's a lot like Brigadoon- a transcendent, magical kingdom that suddenly springs up to change lives, and then disappears into the mists of time, leaving only the memories.
Luckily, we only have to wait another year (not 100) for the reappearance, and we have your intrepid reporter to chronicle the latest manifestation.
This is a long post, with many names and links, so if you have a correction, let me know, and I'll make it right. 

Thanks to the New England Mobile Bookfair, the store that handles all sales of panelist author books at the event, Tom Lyons and the gang sold 7 books of mine- even though most authors were restricted to only two titles. 

Plus the new gang of Level Best Books editors were there to sell copies of the latest anthology Windward: Best New England Crime Stories (a steal right now on Kindle, and also out in print).
It has my story Dead Weight in it, and we had a big signing line of authors featured in the collection, and an even longer line of buyers of the collection getting their copies signed.


Here are Sarah Chen and Janet Halpin doing their part


Shawn Reilly Simmons, who had a story in the collection- also one of the editors!



And the always hard-working Kate Flora
To see an interview with Kate, click here

Your conference co-chairs, Sharon Daynard and Ray Daniel
To see an interview with Ray, click here


And with the Guest of Honor, William Kent Krueger
(the moose and flannel theme is in honor of his beloved Minnesota)


Here's Ray in more dapper mode, with Len Rosen and Joseph Finder


And Connie Johnson Hambley, showing Ray the error of his ways...
To see an interview with Connie, click here


 Presenting one of my favorite Maine writers, Bruce Robert Coffin, charming his new fan base. His debut novel, Among the Shadows, is selling like hotcakes, as well it should be.
And to see an interview with Bruce, click here


And the ever-gracious and wonderful Hank Phillippi Ryan, with Vincent O'Neil.


The gang- L to R: Mo Walsh, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Verena Rose, Shawn Reilly Simmons, PeggyMcFarland, Ray, and Bruce.


Barbara Ross with Hank and Len


Allison Keeton made it back this year


Mo and Bruce


Jason Walcutt stares us down






Saturday brought my panel, with Kate Flora as Moderator, and we were talking about Navigating the New Waters of Publishing. The audience seemed to like it, had great questions, and came up afterward to continue the conversation. 




Then I took part in an Agents and Editors Roundtable, where publishing professionals helped folks with their manuscript first page and pitch. I was paired with Alec Shane of Writers House, who was professional, polite, and pretty awesome in his tips and feedback. 




 Then we relaxed a bit, and I saw some lovely folks, The Wicked Cozys (with a few friends).
L to R around the table: Liz Mugavero, Jessie Crockett, Kimberly Gray (another Level Best Editor), Sherry Harris, Barbara Ross, Bill Carito, Kate Cone, Edith Maxwell, Julie Hennrikus, and Sheila Connolly


A T-Rex wandering through...



 Soon it was time for fun, with a party and a banquet, and costumes. 
Here are Rocky and Bullwinkle with Hallie Ephron


To see an interview with Leigh, click here





Our intrepid organizer co-chair


Dancing broke out, instigated (as usual) by Edith. Here she is with Connie and Hallie




We had a selfie station with props, so of course silliness broke out


 It's Robin Stuart, Connie, and Lisa Matthews






And of course we had refreshments afterward, for some time.



It was a wonderful weekend, and we got a parting shot with the moose and some Wicked Cozys on the way out on Sunday


Had so many great chats with people, old friends and new: Steve Ulfelder, Lee McIntyre, Cynthia Hall Koure, Stephen Doyle, Alexa Gordon, Tonya Price, Louisa Clerici, Peggy Gaffney, Emily Ross, Tina deBellegarde, Nancy Marshall, Ken Keoughan, Jill Fletcher, Penny Goetjen, Johnnie Dun, Cheryl Lawton Malone, Mary Feliz, and Vicki Lindem (who had the best line of the weekend!)