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Wel­come to 2016, a year of changes. But seri­ously, what year isn’t?


The 4th Peri Book:

Is finally in the edit­ing phase, as in, my delight­ful but stern edi­tor, Jen­nifer Silva Red­mond is read­ing it as we speak and run­ning the bad parts through with her red-tipped sword. I’m still plan­ning to have this out by Spring 2016, or at least by June. At the moment, what I really want is a title for the book. That would help.

Stay tuned…

There are still books on my shelves:

In honor of my 10th anniver­sary writ­ing my col­umn, I released three (yes, THREE, count ‘em, THREE) books of my columns last year. I now have 10 books to my name. Click on my AUTHOR tab in the ban­ner above to see them all, grouped appropriately.

What else is going on?

Golly, this year is going to be full of such promise. I’m hop­ing to share it all with you. In the mean­time, here are a cou­ple of links to some inter­est­ing information:

First, an exhor­ta­tion to you writ­ers out there - http://​goin​swriter​.com/​t​h​e​-​d​i​f​f​e​r​e​n​c​e​-​b​e​t​w​e​e​n​-​g​o​o​d​-​w​r​i​t​e​r​s​-​a​n​d​-​b​a​d​-​w​r​i​t​e​rs/

It reminds me of some­thing I heard Willard Scott say once: “If you’re green, you’re grow­ing, and if you think you’re ripe, you’re rot­ten.” Grow, writ­ers. Stay green and grow.

Sec­ond, where do writ­ers get their ideas? Here’s an arti­cle guar­an­teed to perk up any mys­tery writer’s imag­i­na­tion — https://​www​.wash​ing​ton​post​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​t​h​e​-​i​n​t​e​r​s​e​c​t​/​w​p​/​2​0​1​6​/​0​1​/​1​1​/​t​h​i​n​k​-​t​w​i​c​e​-​b​e​f​o​r​e​-​a​n​s​w​e​r​i​n​g​-​t​h​a​t​-​a​d​-​1​0​1​-​k​i​l​l​e​r​s​-​h​a​v​e​-​f​o​u​n​d​-​v​i​c​t​i​m​s​-​o​n​-​c​r​a​i​g​s​l​i​st/ 



What’s next?

Jan­u­ary 24: Join me at our monthly Orange County Sis­ters in Crime meet­ing, begin­ning at 2 p.m., at the Irvine Ranch Water District’s Com­mu­nity Room (Dis­claimer: Irvine Ranch Water Dis­trict nei­ther sup­ports nor endorses the cause nor activ­i­ties of orga­ni­za­tions which use the District’s meet­ing rooms that are made avail­able as a pub­lic service).

This month, we’re kick­ing things off with our Foren­sics Fest. We’ll hear from D.P. (Doug) Lyle, Den­nis Palumbo, and David Put­nam, who will be dis­cussing, “Dark Moti­va­tions: What Makes Bad Guys Tick?”

If you love read­ing or writ­ing mysteries/suspense/thrillers, and you live in or near Orange County (that’s Cal­i­for­nia), please join us! There is no charge for the meet­ing, although you will be invited to join our orga­ni­za­tion. Here’s a link to our web­site - http://​www​.ocsis​tersin​crime​.org/​i​n​d​e​x​.​htm

Feb­ru­ary 12–13: I’ll be teach­ing at the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Writ­ers Con­fer­ence in San Diego. If you want to improve your writ­ing or inves­ti­gate pub­lish­ing options or meet with agents, this is the place to be. Think it’s expen­sive? Stop that. This is an invest­ment in your writ­ing, an oppor­tu­nity to net­work, to meet the agent who will want to rep­re­sent your book, when it’s fin­ished, and the experts who will tell you what “fin­ished” means. Here’s the scoop - http://​writ​er​scon​fer​ence​.com/​sd/

Feb­ru­ary 21: Another Sun­day, another month, means another OC Sis­ters in Crime. In Feb­ru­ary, we have a spe­cial event. Stay tuned for more information.

March 5: The Pla­cen­tia Library Friends Foun­da­tion will be host­ing their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Pla­cen­tia Library Author’s Lun­cheon. This year’s guest is the tal­ented and vibrant Lisa See, and I get to be one of the celebrity wait­ers again. I’m going out on a limb this year and buy­ing an entire table. That’s 10 seats! If you want to come along, con­tact me. Tick­ets are $55. Here’s the flyer - http://​www​.pla​cen​tial​i​brary​.org/​s​i​t​e​s​/​d​e​f​a​u​l​t​/​f​i​l​e​s​/​e​v​e​n​t​-​f​l​y​e​r​s​/​L​i​s​a​S​e​e​.​pdf

That’s all for now, but check back when you can. I’ll be post­ing some semi-important news soon.


BTW, if you want to lis­ten to me ram­ble aim­lessly about writ­ing, I’ve been priv­i­leged to be a guest on two shows. You can check them out here:

•  Gar­rett Miller’s Blogtalk Radio show, Rat­ed­GRa­dio. http://​www​.blogtalkra​dio​.com/​g​a​r​r​e​t​t​m​i​l​l​e​r​/​2​0​1​3​/​0​9​/​1​3​/​r​a​t​e​d​-​g​-​r​a​dio

• Jason Matthews’ Google+ Show, Indie Authors. http://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​9​y​O​T​9​Z​Y​4​TnA

The mys­ter­ies and humor are all still avail­able and sell­ing as ebooks and paper­backs. Take a tour of my author page on Ama­zon, pick out your favorite, and start read­ing imme­di­ately. Why wait?

Where will I be next?

Stay tuned… I’ll post more as I book ‘em.

Danc­ing Corgi Press

In the meantime,

Keep read­ing, Peeps!




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