Monday, July 8, 2024

NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza

Had a great day yesterday at the NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza in Boxboro. 

As the show advertises, it's all forms of Collectibles! Antique & collectible toys, comics, art, vinyl records, weird stuff, diecast, Funko, trading cards, nerdcrafts, oddities, artifacts, memorabilia, and EVERYTHING in between!

I was there selling and signing books with Scott Goudsward, another author and big-time collector of figurines.

There was booth after booth of fun stuff. 

So many nice people selling their wares. 
Here's Jim Dyer, another author, and one who had a relative that was a friend to H.P. Lovecraft!

And one more- Scott M. Baker, who pens tales of monsters, zombies, and the supernatural.

And here's Brittany Lyn Batchelder, an author, illustrator, and artist, who created an avian Tarot deck, with lovely illustrations.

And a couple of cool guys from Nightfall Collectibles- even those who vend similar items cannot resist acquiring a piece for their own! 

And here's Kyle Russell, of Crystal Concentrics, with a huge and elaborate setup.

Fun day for all- lots of families, showing the kids all the cool stuff. 
They run a few of these every year, so if you're in the mood for nostalgia (needing some comics to complete your collection), or just want to browse, check it out. 

Friday, June 21, 2024

Halls of Fame

Took a break recently to visit a couple of places that have been on my list for some time. Convinced a friend to accompany me for a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame, followed by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Outside the BB Hall with the Naismith statue.

And inside:

I got so inspired (especially after watching the Champion Celtics!), I finally worked up to dunking the ball!
Go Green!

Then it was the turn for Cooperstown

Just down the street is Doubleday Field, noted for a lot of high-profile teams playing.
Was even featured in the movie A League of Their Own

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Natick Beach Reads Day

We had a lovely day outside selling books at the Natick Beach Reads Day.

Nice contingent of mystery writers attending, and a good crowd came to browse and buy.

Here's Tilia Klebenov-Jacobs, who organized the whole shindig.

Best Dressed Award goes to Maine's own Matt Cost

JM Taylor, who shared a booth with me

Kim Herman Shapiro, who might have driven the farthest to attend

The ever-camera-shy BJ Magnani

Robin Orm Hansen and Sarah Smith, with her model (and book) of the Titanic

Thanks to the organizers and all the customers who came to chat and buy.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Recent Travels


Hello again- it's been a busy time.

A few pics from recent travels- been a busy time!

Took a day to travel to the Encore casino in Everett, with Dave.

Pretty inside, lots of decorations.

Fun time playing the poker slots and seeing how people spend their money.

So back to business, as I was on a panel about making a success at Indie writing for the Tewksbury Library

(Of course I promoted my book, How to be a Successful Indie Writer)

Shown here are fellow panelists Jeff Deck and Tilia Klebenov-Jacobs

Nice attentive crowd, and they asked good questions

So on the holiday weekend, we took advantage of the lovely weather.

First, off to Newburyport for a time by the sea, and a terrific seafoody lunch, with a craft market by the water.

Then off to Tower Hill Garden, to view the lovely flowers in a peaceful setting.

Hope your holiday weekend was fun.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Townsend Earth Day

Had a great day signing and selling books at the Townsend Earth Day event. (Happy the rain stopped!)

Set up my booth among the many local vendors of all different offerings.

Good crowd and many activities, from gymnastics, to dance, to cheerleaders and a magic show!

The dancers entertaining the folks

Here's Sean Fitzgerald, a local businessman (need any tropical fish supplies?). He's got great taste in books, as shown here! 

Good time, and even got a visit from author Adrian Vaslyn and family. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Latest News

Lots of happenings this month and next.

I'll be on a Sisters in Crime Mystery Making panel at the Brockton Public Library on Monday night, April 22, at 7. With fellow mystery authors Nicole Asselin, Liz Mugavero, and Joanna Schauffhausen.

I'll be selling and signing books at the Townsend Earth Day event on Saturday, April 20th, from 10-3.

My guest for the Tewksbury Writer's Night Out will be author Kurt Springs, on Tuesday, April 30th.


Thursday, April 11, 2024

Local Murders Solved

We had our monthly meeting of the Mystery Writers of America, and our special guest was journalist/author Susan Clare Zalkind

She is shown here second from left in the front. 

Next on her left is Mo Walsh, with Dave Zeltserman on the end. Back row L to R is Tom Lyons, JM Taylor, and Lorenzo Petruzziello, who has a new book out and is touring to promote it. 

Susan's book, The Waltham Murders, is her years-long journey to solve a brutal triple murder that also had dark connections to the Boston Marathon bombing. It is a chilling account of events of the murder and the fact that law enforcement did little to solve the crimes. Using her investigative journalistic background, she was able to piece facts together to uncover the murderers. 

Sometimes learning more about real-life crime can be unsettling, but she was determined to get at the truth. She also created, wrote and produced the three-part docu-series The Murders Before The Marathon. The series was inspired by her book proposal, began streaming in the US on Hulu in September 2022, and is available on streaming platforms around the world.