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I admit it. I’ve been a bad, bad girl. I haven’t updated the front page since Decem­ber. Decem­ber! It’s June, peo­ple. What could have kept me so busy that I didn’t update this page for six months?

I’d like to sum it all up as this, that, and the other thing.

 

This:

I’ve been try­ing to fin­ish the fourth book in the Peri Min­neopa Mys­tery series. (For those of you who look on Ama­zon and say, but you’ve already got four books up, CLEAN SWEEP is a short story. It doesn’t count.)

This fourth book is putting a huge chunk of my heart on the page. It’s not just another clever, light romp of a mys­tery. It’s impor­tant and I need it to be every­thing I want it to be. Does that make sense?

So the writ­ing has been slow. I’m almost fin­ished with the draft, but I feel like I can’t even rush the writ­ing that I’m going to be edit­ing two weeks after I finish.

That:

But I want to have a book out this year. For an author, espe­cially an author-publisher, it’s important.

Coin­ci­den­tally, this is a year of mile­stones for me. I have been writ­ing my col­umn for the Pla­cen­tia News-Times for 10 years. I have been involved with the Pla­cen­tia Library for 5 years. This gives me a cou­ple of anniver­saries to cel­e­brate, and what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate them than with a book of my columns?

How about THREE books of my columns? They will all debut at my booth at the Pla­cen­tia Her­itage Day Fes­ti­val, all to honor and cel­e­brate my P-Town read­ers. I’m work­ing on the cover art with my designer, Joe, at the moment. Stay tuned for more info.

The other thing:

My visit in April to the Los Ange­les Times Book Fes­ti­val was eye-opening. Usu­ally, I’m there as a seller and spend the whole time in the booth, con­vinc­ing strangers to try my books. This time, I was the buyer, wan­der­ing from booth to booth and observ­ing what draws peo­ple in. It gave me a lot of insights, includ­ing ideas for spruc­ing up my own booth, mak­ing it a consumer-magnet. I’m look­ing for­ward to try­ing out my new design in October!

 

Where will I be next?

June 25–29: My role as a Pla­cen­tia Library Dis­trict Trustee is tak­ing me to San Fran­cisco, to the Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion Con­ven­tion. I plan to take in a lot of pre­sen­ta­tions, dig through the ven­dors look­ing for cool stuff, and come back with a head full of knowl­edge and ideas. How­ever, I’m also going to sign and give away books at the Sis­ters in Crime booth on Sun­day from 4 to 5 p.m. If you’re at the con­ven­tion, look me up!

Sept. 25–27: I’ll be teach­ing at the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Writ­ers Con­fer­ence in Irvine. If you want to improve your writ­ing or inves­ti­gat­ing pub­lish­ing options or meet with agents, this is the place to be. Here’s the scoop — http://​writ​er​scon​fer​ence​.com/​la/

Octo­ber 3: I’ll be your emcee for the day at the 2nd annual Ladies of Intrigue event. Three pan­els, two guest speak­ers, all fab­u­lous women authors with some­thing inter­est­ing to say. For more infor­ma­tion, go here - http://​www​.ocsis​tersin​crime​.org/​i​n​d​e​x​.​htm

Octo­ber 10: Placentia’s Her­itage Day will be here! I’ll be in my booth, just as soon as I’ve put on my tiara and waved to every­one while I ride in the parade. It starts around 9 a.m. and is ever-so-much fun! I can’t wait!

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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,

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