Monthly Deal on Kindle
For the month of March 2017 only, WICKED AUTUMN is being offered as a Kindle deal of the month. You can download the first book in the series for $2.99.
My short story appears in the current issue of EQMM. From their Mystery Place website:
"Murder, mayhem, and mystery appear to be occupational hazards in EQMM’s March/April 2017 issue. Doctors are enlisted in the body-counting in Andrew Klavan’s post-WWI psychological thriller “All Our Yesterdays” and in Robert Shepherd’s clever “Just Below the Surface” (Department of First Stories). Environmental scientists assist in “Oh, Give Me a Home” by Gerald Elias, and an academic tackles a poisoning in G.M. Malliet’s “The Oxford Tarts.” At another table, a romantic meal is disrupted by violence in “Le Bernadin,” Alaric Hunt’s hardboiled EQMM debut."
The issue has even more stories from Carl Robinette, Tim L. Williams, O.A. Tynan, Beatrix Kramlovsky, William Dylan Powell, Dave Zeltserman, Peter Tremayne, Charlie Hughes, Judith Cutler, Antony Mann, Bill Pronzini, and Cath Staincliffe.
You can read the full description here.
At the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine blog yesterday, I wrote about being a stranger in a strange land (the UK). My short story, "The Oxford Tarts," is appearing in the March/April issue of their magazine. The setting is (no surprise here) Oxford, England, UK. The time period is the early 20th century. It's a departure for me to write an historical story, but that is what suited this particular case of detection. I hope you seek out the story (subscribe for home delivery, ask your librarian, or buy a copy in bookstores). For "The Oxford Tarts" and a ton of great reads in this issue.
Thanks to Kirkus Reviews for this lovely review of DEVIL'S BREATH:
“It’s great to see the return of Malliet’s wit in a high-seas whodunit that deftly skewers the Hollywood high life."
You can pre-order now, in all formats.
I just attended a lecture by the editor of this book, Dana Prescott, who lives much of the year in gorgeous Umbria. Now I can't wait to get to Italy again. From the Amazon website:
In this exquisite anthology, esteemed poets from America, Italy, and elsewhere follow the renowned Piero Trail, a route through Tuscany and Umbria that features some of the most acclaimed frescoes by the legendary Renaissance painter, Piero della Francesca. The resulting poems―including ones by Henri Cole, Jorie Graham, Charles Wright, and Patti Smtih―capture Piero’s incomparable influence in the artistic, literary, and spiritual worlds, generated as they are by the transcendence of Piero’s timeless powers. Including twelve reproductions of Piero’s frescoes, a foreword by Rosanna Warren, and an introduction by anthologist Dana Prescott, Feathers from the Angel’s Wing is unforgettable collection, a book to be cherished by lovers of art, artists, and the spirits that move them. 12 color reproductions
Bookstore, that is. In the urban area where I live, you have to drive a far ways to find a bookstore any more. One More Page is a great store where book clubs gather. Here is the upcoming book club schedule. I wish I could make it for the Ruth Rendell book, in particular. She is a writer much missed.
FICTION: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda - Tues, Feb 7 @7PM
NON-FICTION: The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America by D. Watkins -
Mon, Feb 13 @7PM
DAYTIME: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra - Fri, Feb 10 @11PM
BOOK WORMS (Ages 9-13): The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin - Sun, Feb 12 @ 1PM - NOTE EARLIER START TIME
TEEN (Ages 14 - 18):
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton - Sat, Feb 18 @ 2PM
MYSTERY: Road Rage by Ruth Rendell - Tues, Feb 21 @7PM
Reviews for DEVIL'S BREATH (Max 6) are starting to come in. This is always "breath-holding" time for an author; no matter how long he or she may have been at this game, it is nice to emerge from isolation to hear a little applause. The reviewer seems honestly to have enjoyed the read, for which I am so grateful. (Exhale.)
"It's great to see the return of Malliet’s wit in a high-seas whodunit that deftly skewers the Hollywood high life."
Many thanks to Kirkus for this review:
MWA MID-ATLANTIC CHAPTER & SINC CHESAPEAKE CHAPTER
Do you need to put in some quality writing time on your latest story or
book? Looking for a chance to start something new? Interested in trying
out this writing thing? Then join your fellow SinC and MWA members and
start typing away.
And if you've never been to a writing marathon, just bring your laptop
or your yellow legal pad and your muse. We'll provide tables, chairs,
and a quiet space for you to work. We're also planning a few optional
breakout sessions for those who are interested.
The whole idea of a writing marathon is for a group of writers to gather
together to write--independently, but encouraged by each other. We'll
provide writing prompts for anyone who wants to try them, but they're
optional. If you already have something to work on, then bring that and
all of your ideas.
*And the best part--*IT'S FREE*! (*Though you'll have to provide your
own snacks and beverages*.)*
Chapter member Josh Pachter has arranged to host this writing marathon
at NOVA's Loudoun Campus. The address is:
*21200 Campus Drive*
*HEC Building, Room 204*
*Sterling, VA 20164*
*(Older GPS units may not show Campus Drive. If you have that problem,
use 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway. See more detailed directions below.)*
The marathon room will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, and you're welcome to
come for the whole day or just a few hours. It has a number of power
outlets, but we'd love for as many people as possible to bring power
strips, to make sure we can all plug in. And there is free wifi on
campus. It’s okay to eat and drink in the room, but please be prepared
to clean up after yourself. Josh will provide a hot water heater and a
coffee maker, *but it's BYO mug, teabag, ground coffee and any snacks
you need to feed the muse*. In addition to the big room, there are two
smaller conference rooms for people who want more quiet--or for a small
group that might want to help each other brainstorm.
When lunchtime comes, you can try the campus cafeteria or one of the
many nearby off-campus options. The wide variety of lunch options are
right across Rt. 7 (Panera, 5 Guys, a Mexican restaurant, Wendy’s, a
Mongolian BBQ place, a steakhouse chain, Friendly’s), and within a
two-minute drive there are dozens of other options (Santini’s deli,
Chinese, Irish pub, Lebanese, Wing Stop, pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, and the
hits just keep on coming.)
We have space for a large number of writers, but if we get an
overwhelming response, participation will be first come/first served. So
to make sure we have a place for you, please RSVP to our secretary,
Becky Hutchison: *bookgaia [at] comcast [dot] net *and indicate whether
you plan to come for the morning, the afternoon, or both. If you'd like
to volunteer to help with setup or cleanup, please notify Becky.
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Murder at the Library - Clover Hill Library - Chesterfield County, VA
Join SinC-CV members LynDee Walker, Heather Weidner, Fiona Quinn, Mary Miley, Maggie King, Tina Glasneck, Rosemary Shomaker, and Vivian Lawry as guests try to solve the "Murder at the Library. Tickets are on sale through the Friends of the Chesterfield County Library. http://library.chesterfield.gov/events/murder-mystery/
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Mysterypalooza- Tuckahoe Library - Henrico County, VA
Come and celebrate Sisters in Crime's 30th anniversary! We will have a panel moderated by Mary Burton. Panelists include LynDee Walker, Mollie Cox Bryan, Mary Behre, Tracey Livesay and Ellery Adams who will discuss their pathways to publishing. We'll have refreshments and then a book signing with our panelists.
Speaker Jenny Milchman
Fountain Bookstore - Richmond, VA
Join us as SinC-CV welcomes mystery author Jenny Milchman to Richmond to talk about her mysteries and her publishing journey.
RVA Lit Crawl
Fountain Bookstore - Richmond, VA
Join SinC-CV members at Fountain Bookstore as part of the RVA Lit Crawl. There will be readings, discussions, and book signings.
Agatha Award-winning author of the DCI St. Just mysteries and the Father Max Tudor series. All books available everywhere and in all formats, including large print, e-Book, and audio. Standalone suspense Weycombe arrives 9-2017.