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!
Nearly fifty Arizona authors convened yesterday at the Red Mountain branch of the Mesa Public Library for the annual Mesa Book Fair. Every year the event grows larger and more successful. Not only were lots of writers and readers present, but musicians and face painters for the younger set.
I was fortunate enough to be seated next to Norbert, a darling rat terrier, who is the star of a children’s book, written by Linda Ann Casey Smock! He and his parents posed for my camera. Norbert is only ten months old, but showed the maturity of a much older dog by allowing many, many people to pet him. Linda says she thinks he would be a wonderful service animal, and I have to agree!
The Red Mountain branch of the Mesa Public Library is hosting its annual Mesa Book Fair this Saturday, March 28th from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is free and book prices vary. As many as 50 authors are expected! The address is: 635 N. Power Road, Mesa.
I will also be there finishing up my monthly local author book signings from 1 to 3 p.m. Come out and see how many talented authors we have in our midst!
Just a friendly reminder that I’ll be doing book signings for my mystery novel, Clipped!,at the Mesa Public Libraries throughout the month of March. This Saturday, March 7th, I’ll be at the Main branch at 64 E. First Street in downtown Mesa from 1 to 3 p.m. Come join me to talk about the book, and whatever else is on your mind!
Tucson hosts the third largest book festival in the nation. My sisters and brothers in crime writing, the Desert Sleuths, will have a table there. The event will be March 14th and 15th and has a huge slate of powerful and talented writers as speakers, as well as many marvelous books to peruse and purchase. Join us for a public celebration of reading and literacy. For more information, go to http://desertsleuths.com/tucson-festival-of-books-2015. I’ll be doing a book signing on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. I hope to see you at Booth #122!
What a wise woman Maya Angelou was! Here’s how she defined success: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
I know I like what I do, and the results are beginning to show up. Here are a couple of reviews I’ve received from readers about CLIPPED! that tell me I am on the right path.
From Nancy Kiely:
“I read your book on the plane Saturday, and loved it! Now I’ll be giving it to my teen granddaughters to read.”
From Erma Kahle:
“You gave me a copy of your book, CLIPPED!, and told me to ‘read it yourself before you take it to your library’ and I went home and thought, “Why not!” And I just now finished it…6:30 p.m. Had a few interruptions, of course, but what a treat for me to chuck other stuff and spend my day in actually reading a book. Don’t think that has been done in years and maybe ever! You are a gifted writer. You were writing so the reader could flow along with the story and keep things in order. There was lots of unpleasant stuff, but very necessary, but mixed in it also were very pleasant and realistic things, too.”
Curves Fitness has asked me to return for another book signing on Monday, February 2nd from 10 a.m. until noon. The women there are phenomenal! The address is 7133 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85207. If you haven’t been to a Curves facility before, this is the perfect opportunity to see how you can get a great strength training and cardio workout in 30 minutes. So, join me to talk about reading and writing…my favorite subjects and find out how this gorgeous cat plays a role in my murder mystery, Clipped!.
I am so pleased to announce that my new Young Adult mystery, Clipped!, is now available through Amazon, and Barnes & Noble! The publishing process took much longer than anticipated. I owe a huge thank you to Danny Ho, my web designer, for his patience!
So far, the feedback from readers has been extremely favorable. I’m so glad I paid attention to Maya Angelou’s quote, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Her words kept me going even when I doubted myself.
I hope you’ll check out Clipped! for yourself. If you do, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my Comments page.
Do you have a friend, or perhaps even yourself, where family roles are reversed? Well, that’s Kendra’s reality.
Because her mom fails to stand up to Kendra’s brutal alcoholic dad, the family has been on the run for years. With little education or job skills, Kendra’s mom is forced to work long hours at low paying jobs. That means Kendra is largely responsible for her four-year-old sister’s care, as well as many of the household chores.
Realizing that her mom’s on the verge of a breakdown, Kendra does her best to help. The stress manifests itself in horrific migraines that send Kendra running for her dark bedroom.
But there is an upside to mom being perpetually tired and distracted. She pays little attention to Kendra’s whereabouts. As long as Kendra leaves a note, she can conduct her detective activities without raising her mom’s suspicion. And growing up in a family where things have always been hard, has given Kendra a courage and resolve she didn’t know she had.
Next time we’ll look at a snapshot of our victim, Cloud Nicholson