Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Going Dark

I hit 3,000 words yesterday - and the story really moved for me. So I'm feeling pretty good. Keeping away from the Internet as much as possible and basically having no life at all during the day is doing wonders for my writing. I love it.

But, I'm still far off my planned schedule and the deadlines haven't changed. So, just letting you know this blog will go dark for a little while unless something amazing comes up that I have to share.

See ya....

Friday, June 25, 2010

Name change

Hiya,

So, as I'm writing this next installment in the Manor House Mysteries, it occurs to me that I don't often call it the "Manor House" series. I tend to refer to them as my "Grace books" - and that got me thinking.

(Btw - did 3,700 words yesterday and am at 2,000 today. Hope to get back in and crack 3k today.)

Here's my thought - what do you think about keeping "Grace" in all the titles? I think it has the potential to brand the series better and make it more recognizable. I also think it could be tough to come up with Grace-based phrases, but it could also be a lot of fun.

Right now I'm considering a new title for my second Manor House book. The storyline deals with a Civil War reenactor's murder on Marshfield grounds. The new title I'm thinking of?

Grace Under the Gun.

What do you think?

Julie

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Murder Most Civil

I'm going dark for a while here. I need to make some headway on Book #2 of the Manor House Mystery series. So far I'm calling it Murder Most Civil, but you know how titles get changed...

Anyway, I'm determined to stay off the Internet for as long as my online addiction will let me. Wish me luck!

See ya later!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Killer Characters!

Killer Characters is kindly posting about the release of Grace Under Pressure today. I hope you check out the site, but not because of Grace -- because this is a wonderful new blog where a couple dozen characters get a chance to talk. Yep, I said characters!

The blog started June 1st, and we've already had visits from Olivia Limoges (A Killer Plot), Jeff Resnick (Lorraine Bartlett's psychic protagonist), Charlotte Bessette (The Long Quiche Goodbye), Charlotte Adams (Closet Confidential) and so many more. Read back through some of these posts and you'll come to love these folks as much as I do.

Tomorrow is Grace's turn to talk to readers! Please come see what she has to say.

I hope you bookmark this fun page and get to know some of these ladies and gentlemen. They're eager to talk to you!



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Writing, writing, writing

Too much play over the past few days (er... weeks? months?) and now I'm buckling down to write. I don't intend to come up for air until I make some decent headway on Book #2 of the Manor House series (tentative title: MURDER MOST CIVIL)

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Graduation part 2



I should have taken more pictures!! Shoulda definitely taken pics of all of us in the jumpy on Friday night. Way too fun! Loved it even though I had a hard time keeping my balance. The kids were great and "bounced" me a lot. I think it was because I'm a pretty good screamer.

Anyway, despite the hot, muggy, rainy, windy, cold day... everything went great! More pictures and a recipe for raspberry bars on Mystery Lovers Kitchen today!


Happy Graduation, Biz!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Happy Graduation

Today's graduation party day. Looks like it's going to storm but good. Of course. We Hyzys tend to always have parties during a monsoon. But we were able to get in to the jumpy yesterday for a little bit at least. All the craziness begins shortly as I finish up the decorating and cleaning.

Pictures later...


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Meanderings and Muses

Do you know Kaye Barley? If not, you should! She's one of the sweetest, most wonderful people in the mystery world and she runs a fabulous blog where lots of people congregate daily to meander through her posts and muse about them. Join me today as I guest blog: Link

More pictures from the book launch...

Just a few more....


I met Barb in the spring when she invited me to her book discussion group. So much fun! And what a wonderful bunch of women!



Allan Ansorge is just a great guy and this was the first time I met his lovely wife!

Jan is always smiling, isn't she? She and Diane sat down to chat for a bit...

Bookseller and friend, Augie Aleksy


And... the fam...
Most of the family... Robyn was out of town and couldn't join us but this is me with hubby, Curt, daughters Sara and Biz, and Sara's boyfriend, Luke.



Tuesday, June 08, 2010

More pictures from the book launch...

Chatting with Lisa...


Augie keeping busy...


Darn glad to meet you! *grin*


Kathy! Haven't seen you in ages!



So great to see Mr. Gurney!




The room starting to fill a bit... even though we weren't sure if we were supposed to start at 1:00 or 2:00!




Rob and Claire Mendenhall. Good friends for a long time. Rob and I had short stories in two Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies back in 2002 and 2003.

Still a few more coming tomorrow....
:-)

Monday, June 07, 2010

Book Launch Party Pictures


Finally able to post! Blogger kicked me out for a while. Some system outage that affected certain users. It's nice to be able to access the site again!

The book launch party yesterday for Grace Under Pressure was *wonderful* and that is thanks to all the great people who showed up to help me celebrate - despite the fact that Centuries & Sleuths advertised it beginning at 1:00 and I told everyone it started at 2:00! I was so happy that the people who came early stayed for a while to listen to the talk and share some snacks- Thank you all so much!!

Here are a few pictures from the event yesterday...

I'll post more tomorrow!



Always fun to hang with the McGuires, Vanders, and Springers!

It was so nice to see Gayle again!

I met Suzette (second from right) at Printers Row a couple of years back. So thrilled she came to the launch! And thrilled to meet new friends, too!




We somehow missed getting Linda and Sandi in this shot, but these are my good friends from my writing group, Helen, Lydia, and Scott.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Book Launch - Oops

Seems I neglected to mention a time for the book launch party on Sunday.

Let me try this again... (I guess I was just a bit excited)

Sunday, June 6, 2010
2:00 - 4:00

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison Street
Forest Park, IL
Bookstore phone number: 708-771-7243

Hope to see you there!

Julie