Anthony Award Win

Art Taylor shared this photo from Bouchercon

Art Taylor shared this photo from Bouchercon.

Wow, what great news to hear — especially because I had to miss Bouchercon this year, sob! — that MURDER UNDER THE OAKS edited by Art Taylor won the Anthony for best anthology. I think my hand’s still sore from signing all the copies we did at last year’s Bouchercon but it was totally worth it. I’m grateful for Thomas Pluck reminding me of the due date so I got ‘Life Just Bounces’ in just before the deadline. Tom also had a terrific anthology up for the award PROTECTORS 2: HEROES which includes my short story ‘Mesquite’ which I’m planning to use as the start of a novel. Great to be rubbing such prestigious shoulders.

Click the images to check out the full ToC for each:

Pledging at Bouchercon

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I handed out pledge pins all over Bouchercon: enough people were amused. I do wish I’d snapped Heather Graham wearing hers.

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Even the bar got into the theme.

The big event: I do enjoy reading even when we had to fit 19 readers into a panel!

I have never signed so many books! And editor Art Taylor won an Anthony that night: hmmm, maybe that will be luck for next year.

Everyone’s ready to pledge! Thanks, Julie Beman (check out Chica Non Grata) and Lys Guillorn (who made the badges and is also a terrific singer).

All the reading, writing and promo makes you thirsty…

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Pledging at Bouchercon

Pledging Sigma Tau NuAfter some rather considerable postal shenanigans, the pledge pins arrived via FedEx so I could hand them out to all and sundry. It was a hoot to see folks wearing ‘I’m pledging Sigma Tau Nu’ badges — even the gals at the Twisted Mango!

Protect-heroes Ingram-coverfrontThomas Pluck made sure that the word was out about Protectors 2: Heroes. Posters and flyers in the halls of the hotel and of course at Thursday night’s Noir at the Bar. Alas, that was the only time I got to see Patti Abbott and Dr Phil. Bouchercon was madness and I didn’t see half the people I thought I would but met lots of new folks too.

The Murder Under the Oaks reading and signing was absolutely amazing. We each had three minutes to read. I made a quick intro and read a lively part from ‘Life Just Bounces’ and it seemed to go over well. Then we signed more books than I have ever signed in my life (so far!). No complaints from me about that. Maybe editor Art Taylor’s golden touch will anoint this book as well: he picked up an Anthony for best short story that night.

Tomorrow: it’s out! Satan’s Sorority will be hitting the streets. You best watch out for those gals.

Life Just Bounces into Bouchercon!

Murder Under the Oaks-200x300I am delighted to say my story ‘Life Just Bounces’ for has been selected for the upcoming Bouchercon anthology Murder Under the Oaks. Plus editor Art Taylor added, “Let me say how much I adored your story!”

Woot! I originally wrote this as a short play and when reminded by Thomas Pluck of the fast-approaching deadline for the anthology, hastily rewrote it as a short story. I still think it would great fun for performance. It made me laugh!

Yes, of course I looted another Fall song title:

See the full table of contents at Down & Out Books so you too can be gobsmacked (seriously, what company to be amongst!) and order a copy if you’re of a mind to do so.

See you at Bouchercon!