The Arizona chapter of Desert Sleuths is hosting their annual writers conference on Friday and Saturday, August 14th and 15th. I cannot wait to soak in all the collective wisdom of the scheduled speakers. The board somehow managed to procure Sara Paretsky as the keynote speaker. I’m not sure how they managed it as the conference is VERY reasonably priced! If you are interested, go to http://www.desertsleuths.com for more information..
I’m very eager to go back to my home state to meet with readers there! CLIPPED! is set in a fictional town in Nebraska so I can’t wait to do book signings in Grand Island and Kearney.
Here’s my schedule:
Thursday, July 2nd from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Tattered Book, 110 W. 3rd St., Grand Island, NE 68801, 308-395-8491
Friday, July 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hastings Books, Music & Videos, 2250 N. at 2250 N. Webb Rd., #144, Grand Island, NE 68803, 308-395-3939
Thursday, July 9th from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Solid Rock, 2010 Central Av., Kearney, NE 68847, 308-234-9813. Kearney features a sidewalk sale that day so I plan to be outside the store.
I hope I can see you at one of these signings!
I received an unexpected, and truly wonderful surprise when I learned that CLIPPED! will be included on Melrose High School English Department’s Summer Reading List for 2015. Such an honor!
Yesterday at Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange in Mesa was another fun-filled day. The customers there are wonderful, as well as the staff. I strongly recommend them as a source for not only books, but movies, electronics and games of all kinds. I even met a potential teen beta reader for my next book! Visit their site at http://www.bookmans.com.
I’ll be doing a book signing for Clipped! at a wonderful book store, Bookmans, on Saturday, June 6th from 2 to 4 p.m.
The address is 1056 South Country Club, Mesa, AZ 85210. The store is on the northwest corner of Southern and Country Club. Hope to see you there!
Writing is such a solitary activity that when I get an “atta boy” from someone it confirms I’m doing the right thing. Such an affirmation came in the form of a call from Iowa. Susan Roxburgh took time out of her vacation to call and tell me that Clipped! was “really superb. It flowed well and kept my interest the whole time. I also believe it has a broader audience than just Young Adult.” Maybe because the story is intense and creepy? I don’t know, but THANK YOU, SUSAN, for your review!
As many of you know, I have two cats, Cassie and Cajun. Late Saturday night, I was awakened to the gut wrenching sound of one of them barfing up a fur ball…on the carpet, of course…they never choose the tile! Too tired to rouse myself, I waited until morning to solve this latest cat crime against humanity. Unlike dogs, whose guilt is plastered all over their faces, cats have no conscience. So, my two ingrates only stared disdainfully at me when I confronted them. This would be a tough case to crack. Carefully collecting the evidence with gloved hands, I combed through it with fastidious thoroughness. Yes! After examining every hair in the disgusting mess, I had the criminal! Cassie! Not a huge surprise since she’s the long hair and so fat that she probably has twice as much fur as Cajun. I found her and waved the offending pile under her nose. Her ears pinned back. Her eyes glowed red. Hmm. They say, “Choose your battles.” I backed away.
I’ve discovered a YA author I know you will enjoy! She’s been around a while so I’m a bit behind the curve. But that’s the beauty of books isn’t it? They wait patiently for us to snag them from the shelf and immerse ourselves in them.
Lisi Harrison writes books about girl cliques. We all have bumped in to those, right? In her second book of The Clique series, “Best Friends For Never,” we get to experience just how mean girls can be to one another! And, on the other hand, how kind! I know you’ll find a highly entertaining read here!