My Bouchercon 2015 Schedule

There are no photographs of the dignitaries mentioned in this and subsequent Bouchercon-related posts. Between Witness Protection and wanted posters, many of those described are leery of any attempt to distribute their likeness. The Raleigh Bouchercon is over. I know more people now, so the ice breaking issues that made my first couple awkward are past. Given the rate things moved, it was more like an author drive-by. Speed dating implies two-way communication. A drive-by is more unidirectional. They paired me with Ed Aymar, which was good.


Murder on the Beach Location: Long Beach, California Date: Tuesday, November 11 Met for the first time Judy B.

Suffice to say, we did.

We finally met face-to-face when she sat down to pitch her novel, Freezer Burn , to the group. I’ve already read this excellent debut, so am happy to recommend it. What she does like are clean houses, and dirty martinis. She recently traded in her housecleaning business for a P. Her timing seems perfect when she cleans a former client’s freezer and finds a severed hand inside, wearing an expensive ring.

Sure, her patients might smell like mold and have spines made of leather, but no ailing book is going to die on her watch. The same can’t be said of Abraham Karastovsky, Brooklyn’s friend and former employer. On the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration, Brooklyn finds her mentor lying in a pool of his own blood. One of her young clients, Michael, has been found dead and his mother, Ashley, has been arrested for his murder.

And who made the decision to return Michael to Ashley? Little Lamb Lost is available through amazon.

Bouchercon Recap 2017

The email I received asking about it contains terrific information. Two persons are “teamed” and we will move from table to table. I’m working hard to prepare table favors for fans and others who will remain seated. The authors making the pitches move from table to table. I like to sew and fiddle with crafts.

I would see other blog posts from writers with a picture taken of the author standing to the side with sticky notes all over it proudly showing this as the foundation of their latest story.

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Her short story “Goldie” will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th. In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: Revision is the same way for me.

Mulholland Books at Bouchercon 2017

Saturday was my last day of Bouchercon. I was surprised how well attended this was considering the early hour, especially for a Saturday. Perhaps the bars closed early Friday night. There were a lot of new authors there, so the moderator called up a group of four or five at a time, and then gave each person one minute to tell us about their novel.

So I was stunned, to say the least, by the news that so many readers were actually picking them up—on purpose and everything—and grateful later to Quail Ridge Books who brought over some of their extra stock on Sunday for readers still searching out copies.

Countdown to Bouchercon 1 and Countdown to Bouchercon 2. This week, I am pleased to be talking about some of the non-panel-related activities which will be happening during the conference. You will no doubt arrive at Bouchercon with a list of authors you hope to hear, meet and get autographed books from. But remember that part of the joy of Bouchercon is discovering new reading adventures as well.

With that in mind, there are several events planned that will help to facilitate this connection: Author Speed Dating Grab a seat at a table and get ready for a whirlwind tour of authors. Pairs of authors will circulate around all the tables in the room, giving quick introductions to themselves and their books.

A Registrant Asks…

Author Speed-Dating with Michael Bracken—and really just spending time with Michael at several points throughout the weekend. Michael is a tremendously prolific and talented short story writer, and his output is matched by his extraordinary enthusiasm. When he came back to the table and I asked about the toy collection, he showed those same qualities again, talking about Hot Wheels cars and Matchbox cars and squishy toys and…. Just a joy to be around. Did I mention already that Janet is my strongest supporter in the crime fiction community?

Short Mystery Fiction Society Lunch.

And with that long a period between when I started and when I finished a read, I felt I might be missing something.

First, they graciously hosted the monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. We had a terrific guest speaker, Josh Brogadir, a TV personality, narrator, and voiceover artist, who spoke on producing audiobooks. And I got this pic of my Zack Taylor mystery series on prominent position at the MWA display at the front of the store, with a featured writeup and recommendations from pro writers.

Hope you’re able to enjoy some valued family time, and remember the blessings we do have, even though we live in uncertain times of terrible people trying to make life worse for others. Here’s a Christmas treat for you- debut author Joanna Schaffhausen talks about her work. Great book-buying event of the season, where folks come and see their favorite mystery writers signing copies.

Although this was the 6th annual party of this type, this was the first time at the new location of the recently-moved bookstore. To see recent posts of the bookstore’s big move, click here, and Grand Opening, click here.

Bouchercon 2017 Highlights! (And Funny Lowpoints Too…)

Buy it on Amazon! Former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway has been hired to look into the year-old homicide of a prominent businessman who was gunned down on his estate in Central Pennsylvania. When Galloway arrives, he determines the murder could have only been committed by someone extremely skilled in two areas:

Her tasks included setting up blocks of hotel rooms, planning the event so as not to conflict with the Queen Mary’s Halloween schedule and stuffing thousands of swag bags with books.

Passport to Murder Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Date: Tuesday, October 10, Arrived in Toronto and checked into my room. Got a nice view of the CN Tower. Went to the bank and got some Canadian money. Had lunch in the Food Court under the hotel — Chinese. Then did my volunteering gig — working the registration desk. To prevent the ice cream from falling through the bottom, they put a chocolate truffle as the base.

Bouchercon Thursday Started Early

Showing posts with label Bouchercon. Police detective Martin Beck was a typical cop in Sweden and readers got a fine portrait of Scandinavian socialism for good and bad. In Roseanna, his first outing, Beck investigates the murder of an American tourist found in the Gota canal. The duo would go on to write nine more books.

I read the book twice during my tenure at Walton Way.

But the year-old crime fiction convention also offers activities unlikely to be found elsewhere, such as cadaver dog demonstrations and a walk-through crime scene constructed by FBI agents. The massive conference in Long Beach has about panels and events planned. While some are bloody, others are downright sweet: At one panel, attendees discussing craft mysteries yes, that’s a subgenre will learn how to sew a pincushion that looks like a cupcake.

Advertisement Bouchercon attracts the bestselling authors in the genre, including J. Best known for her Sookie Stackhouse series, which became “True Blood” on HBO, Harris will appear on two panels, do two book signings and “catch up with all my friends,” she says. The author of the bestselling children’s series Artemis Fowl who has also written two comic mysteries for adults is coming from Ireland to attend his second Bouchercon. In , two years after beloved mystery writer, editor and critic Anthony Boucher died, fans put on the first conference as tribute to him, and 82 people showed up in Santa Monica that year.

Since then, the conference has rarely been held in Los Angeles. Organized by fans, Bouchercon has been held in Cleveland, St.

Programming Schedule

This is how I feel when I hear I have to pitch. Creating the perfect pitch is hard. I had two opportunities to pitch at Bouchercon last week, once during speed dating — where two authors go from table to table and each has three minutes to talk about their books — and also at the new authors breakfast where we each had one minute.

Both events are timed and both are designed to get readers interested in your writing. They had a routine and were very funny and again I still remember it!

Pairs of authors will circulate around all the tables in the room, giving quick introductions to themselves and their books.

Daniel Lester A big part of the conference is author panels, explaining many different topics. Ours was on the dark side of fiction. And we got to sign books in the big room afterward. Someone who’d attended our panel bought the first Zack Taylor mystery, A Memory of Grief , because of what she’d heard in that hour. So there were meals, in between seeing people and panels- here’s lunch with Lisa Lieberman And Sheila Connolly.

Yes, that is octopus you see in her dish.

A Cozy Mystery by Parnell Hall