Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bowls and Books - Tomorrow!!

Sorry for the delay in posting this information. After I set up my post for Mystery Lovers' Kitchen (Easter cookies today - here), I tried to add information on this blog about Bowls and Books happening tomorrow in Kenosha, WI. But at that moment, Google developed a server error and I couldn't connect to this site. Weird. But all fixed now, apparently.

The Rhode Center for the Arts hosts Bowls and Books and I believe this is the 10th annual event. They invite local restaurants to prepare their best soups and for a small donation (proceeds benefit the Rhode Center), guests can enjoy a sampling of soups at lunch and/or at dinner. Donations ($12 lunch, $15 dinner) include a souvenir bowl and guests are also invited to vote on their favorite soups.

Local authors -- even someone like me from thc Chicago area -- will be there as well, selling and signing our books. I'll have Hail to the Chef and Eggsecutive Orders with me, and I'll be handing out bookmarks as well.

Here are the specifics:


514 56th Street

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
5 p.m.– 7 p.m.
$12.00 Donation - lunch
$15.00 Donation - dinner - Includes hors deourves and music.
Desserts available Desserts and wine available.

(inserts, extras and beverages included)
50/50 Drawings and Silent Auctions “MEET AND GREET” WITH LOCAL AUTHORS

Tickets available at Larsen Mayer, Pollard Gallery, Copy Center and at the door

Monday, March 15, 2010

Beware the Ides of March

Today - March 15th - the Ides of March. The day to "beware."
I'm not particularly superstitious, but I'm always on the alert for weirdness and not just on March 15th.

Weirdness came my way a little while ago. I went out to check the mail (wasn't here yet) and noticed that my garbage can was missing. Today's garbage day, so we'd wheeled it to the curb last night. Everybody else's garbage was still at the end of their respective driveways, but mine was not. Then, I spotted it. Next to my house - almost put away in its normal spot for the week. Now, how did it get there? The obvious answer is that someone wheeled it there. But who would have done that?

No idea.

I asked my friend and neighbor across the street (who we teasingly call Gladys Kraviz) if she'd seen anything, but no...

I'm a mystery author. I need to solve this puzzle.

As clues become available I'll let you know...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Grace Under Pressure

The pre-release promo begins! I'm really excited about the upcoming release of Grace Under Pressure and I'm starting all the pre-promotional efforts early this time. I have bookmarks (with EGGS on one side and GRACE on the other), bookplates, and a whole bunch of ideas for my next newsletter.

As soon as I find out when my ARCS (advanced reader copies) will be available, I'll be contacting my independent bookstore and reviewer friends to see if they would like one. If you're a reviewer or bookstore and not on my contact list - please drop me a note.

I'm really hoping to give this series a good start and I plan to have a launch party this summer. Due to my daughter's graduation and friends' daughters' graduations, we may have to get creative with the timing, but stay tuned!

Monday, March 08, 2010

North Carolina - Wonderful!

What can I say about my trip to North Carolina? Wonderful. Fabulous. Fun.

It was a total blast. And I have Molly Weston to thank. She (of Meritorious Mysteries here) arranged the Triple Threat Tour for me, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Karen E. Olson. Molly not only set everything up, she graciously invited us into her home to stay. We met her husband, Noel, her dog Rags, and thoroughly enjoyed her hospitality.

Here we are at McIntyre Books in the Fearrington Village:

Take a look at the McIntyre website (link above). This had to be the most beautiful bookstore I've ever encountered. Just gorgeous. Our host, Pete, above, asked us to sign copies of our books to him personally. I was thrilled to do so, but felt the need to apologize. After all, one of the most unpleasant characters in my White House Chef books is Peter Everett Sargeant...

Here we are Sunday morning at Flyleaf books. This is a wonderful brand-new store in Chapel Hill, and I highly recommend you visit if you can. Jamie (lower left in the picture) set up a fabulous display of our books. I wish you could see it close up!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Quail Ridge Books. I had a lovely chat with Warren when Molly and I stopped by to pick up six big boxes of books for our tour. I'm happy to report that we sold most of them, and discovered that most readers want the first in the series first. Those were the first to go -- and they went quickly!

An incredibly great event took place Friday night. Karen Kiley of the Cary Library, hosted us at the historic Page-Walker hotel. Wonderful turnout - and we even had music, punch, and nibbles as we mingled with readers before our presentation. Karen is just a bundle of fun and we enjoyed meeting her husband, Joe. Still wish we could have seen him with the light-up cheeks! (You had to be there...)

After the Triple Threat Tour, I drove to Asheville on my own to visit the Biltmore Estate. More on that in an upcoming post....

Thank you, North Carolina! I have nothing but warm, wonderful memories of my week out there!