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.
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Hey, that award-winning writer Linda Sands has grilled me with her 10 Questions. Drop by to see if you really should put haggis on your burger…
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.
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After 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!
Thomas 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.
My story in Protectors 2: Heroes ‘Mesquite’ is a little different than a lot of what I do because it’s set in Houston where I lived for three years, eleven months, seven days, fourteen hours, forty-three minutes and however many seconds. It’s safe to say I didn’t enjoy much about my time there, but I have managed to get a few stories out of the experience. This one — turning west instead of east — will become a novel, but not yet (too busy).
And Marty Robbins is always class.
The Protectors Books website has direct links to retailers for the ebook and trade paperback:
Contains my tale ‘Mesquite’ and a whole lot more! Check out that stellar list of contributors and remember, it all goes to the very best of causes: protecting the most vulnerable!
“Good stories for a good cause. You can’t go wrong.”
— Bill Crider, Mystery Scene Magazine
“By turns chilling, tragic, and just downright entertaining, this collection will have you turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning.”
— Kristin Centorcelli, Crime Fiction Lover