Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I've Been Giving A Lot Of Books Away Lately...

...and most have been for worthwhile causes. There's nothing like knowing what you write makes a difference, even if it's only in the giving away of a book or two. The first two novels of the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series are to be included in a gift basket donated by members of Sisters in Crime at the Left Coast Crime Mystery Conference in Sacramento at the end of the month. This basket crammed full of books will be bid on at LCC and the money goes to a local literacy program. Get more people reading books; I'm all for it, even when they're not mine.
Want more info about the conference? Go to

In addition, I am devoted to SinC, especially as Camille Minichino is one of its icons. This lovely lady gave me some sage advice several years ago at a Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference and I've never forgotten the advice or her. Here is that talented author's website: Her books are great, by the way.

The second but very important cause is a children's advocacy center called The Bridge The overall goal of The Bridge is to help children and their families heal from the trauma of abuse so it does not define their lives. Direct quote.
This wonderful program comes out of Amarillo, Texas. By happy coincidence, The Bridge is doing a murder mystery event April twentieth called A Wedding to Die For, which is the title of my second novel in the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series. I am donating eight of my books for the winners table and doing so with joy in my heart. The Bridge is still looking for sponsors, if anyone is interested. No cause could be better.
This is a nice part of being a published author, the giving something back. True, it ain't open heart surgery and I ain't saving lives, but it gives me a glow.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

EPICON Mystery At The Menger Is Nearly Upon Us

Wish I could be in San Antonio at this fun and informative conference over the weekend. Especially as one of my books, A Wedding to Die For, is a finalist as best eBook mystery for 2012.
And it is an honor just to be nominated. The chosen three in each category have been selected out of dozens, if not hundreds, of other books. I am nervous, I am scared, but mostly I am thrilled.
The presentation will begin on Sunday and I wish there was a way I could see the event. Actually, it would be great to be there in person, but you know how that goes. In any event, I am there in spirit and wish everyone a special, wonderful time. To all the nominees in every category, the best of luck. It is truly an honor to have gotten as far as we have!
For those of you curious or interested in EPICON, here is the website:
Have a fabulous time, everyone!