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:

Triple Whammy!

Wow, great news! The Anthony awards are out and I’m quite pleased to find myself in two nominated anthologies. My story ‘Life Just Bounces’ is in Murder Under the Oaks edited by Art Taylor and my tale ‘Mesquite’ appears in Protectors 2: Heroes which Thomas Pluck edited. I owe Tom a double debt of gratitude because he reminded me about the deadline for the Bouchercon anthology and I hastily turned my short comic play into a story just in time. Great to see so many folks I know on the list of nominees — it’s going to be a tough ballot to decide on in New Orleans.

And hey! That Frank Duffy has an interview up with me on Facebook. It’s public so you should be able to see it here. Fun interview to do. You should check out the other interviews Frank has done with folks on his author page.

Pulpcore

Hey, do you like some fine German-language noir? Look no further than PULPCORE! Now available and FREE! Kostenlos! Get stuck in. Practice your German or give it to you friends. As you can see it’s a stellar lineup.

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.

Bouchercon Bound!

Flying from New York today to Raleigh for Bouchercon! Noir at the Bar tonight, Sisters in Crime breakfast Friday morning and the reading and signing of Murder Under the Oaks on Saturday!

Looking forward to seeing a bunch of folks. With luck my promo buttons will catch up with me somewhere, though I’m rather irked that 3 days will have passed and the ‘1 day delivery’ has not arrived. At least I have the flyers to hand out. Maybe I can sweet-talk my brother into overnighting the badges to me assuming they finally arrive. They’re pretty sweet (thanks, Lys Guillorn!).

Pledging Sigma Tau Nu

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!