First, I received a mention, and my photo was posted, in Robert Lopresti's blog December 17 on SleuthSayers. Robert, winner of a Derringer award for short fiction, talks about Bouchercon, free books, and his criteria for purchasing a hardcover.
The decor might seem a bit unusual, but it's what you can expect from an imaginative group of mystery authors - Edgar Allen Poe on the cake, and a skeleton in a Santa hat with a raven on its bony shoulder (notice the raven's flashing red eyes).
Each author had two minutes to read a section from his or her most recent work. The snippets went from funny to scary to suspenseful to steamy. I was nervous reading from Stone Cold Dead in front of a room full of people, but they laughed at the right places. The crowd responded well to each reading, and bought lots of books. I may have purchased a few myself.
Broadway Book Mall
For book one, my publisher asked for cover art suggestions. I had plenty of ideas, and fortunately they did not use a single one. Instead, the cover artist created the amazing, and very red, cover with the beautiful flying magpie. I would like to see the same cover style used for book two, but with a different "clue" featured.
In the meantime, I can cheer on my friend Liesa Malik, who received her book cover art a few days ago. Sliced Vegetarian looks like a delicious read. Liesa's novel is coming out this summer.
I would like to say I am taking a break now, after a very busy 2014. Truthfully, I will be going full steam ahead on book three in my series.
I wish everyone happy holidays!