K Is for Knowing–or Not: #atozchallenge

  Three scenarios: A lone woman hears a sound in the middle of the night. She doesn't know what it is, so she goes in search of the source: to the attic, the basement, the back yard, the barn, the woods, the creek. She might take a flashlight and/or a bat. She wears her pajamas … Continue reading K Is for Knowing–or Not: #atozchallenge

Book Sales and Books Book

A good day at the Boerne Book and Arts Fest in Boerne, Texas with a group of my Sisters in Crime from the Heart of Texas Chapter I sold four times as many copies of MURDER ON WHEELS and LONE STAR LAWLESS as I did last spring in Fort Worth--no need to say how many … Continue reading Book Sales and Books Book

What You Can Do When You Don’t Turn on Your Computer

On June 18, I didn't turn my laptop on. At all. I got out of bed, trekked up to Central Austin for a mammogram, came back home, picked up a book, and read from roughly 11:30 a.m. till midnight. The mammogram was nothing to speak of, but the rest of the day was lovely. I … Continue reading What You Can Do When You Don’t Turn on Your Computer

LONE STAR LAWLESS!

Austin Mystery Writers' second crime fiction anthology now available for Kindle! Paperbacks coming soon   ONE MORE TIME by V. P. Chandler WILD HORSES by Alexandra Burt LIFE OF THE PARTY by Mark Pryor ARCHANGEL TOWERS by Gale Albright BAGGAGE CLAIM, Part 1: THE DEVIL’S LUGGAGE by Janice Hamrick BAGGAGE CLAIM, Part 2: CARRY ON … Continue reading LONE STAR LAWLESS!

Thank You, Nightstand Book Reviews

When I was eight, my grandmother gave me two Nancy Drew mysteries for Christmas: The Secret in the Old Clock and The Clue of the Tapping Heels, and I was hooked. One title led to another. Since then, I've read through Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Donna Leon's Inspector Brunetti, Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley, … Continue reading Thank You, Nightstand Book Reviews

The Silver Falchion (Again) & #ROW80

Good news on both personal and professional fronts: MURDER ON WHEELS, Austin Mystery Writers' crime fiction anthology, has been awarded the Silver Falchion Award for Best Fiction Short Story Anthology. Member Laura Oles accepted the award from author Anne Perry Saturday night at the Killer Nashville International Writers' Conference 2016.   The eleven stories in MURDER ON … Continue reading The Silver Falchion (Again) & #ROW80

Brazos Writers’ Women and Crime: Facts, Projected Details, and a Streak of Luck

Just the Facts, Ma'am:  Gale Albright and Kathy Waller spent a pleasant and productive day at  Brazos Writers' Women and Crime workshop, held at the Southwood Community Center in College Station, Texas. Speakers included Mary Ringo, private investigator at Gumshoe Investigative Services, on Life as a PI; Courtney Head, DNA Analyst at the Houston Forensic Science Center, … Continue reading Brazos Writers’ Women and Crime: Facts, Projected Details, and a Streak of Luck

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

[Links are scattered throughout this post. If you slide your pointer across the screen, you'll see where to click. In the meantime, I'll choose a theme that makes finding links easier.] In yesterday's abbreviated post, I promised an announcement to end all announcements. Confession: Kaye George was quicker than I. She made the announcement on … Continue reading Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

Book Not-Quite-Review: Terry Shames

Back in my teaching days, I handed a student a copy of T. H. White's The Once and Future King and told her I thought she might like it. She did. So much, in fact, that she volunteered to write a review for the school newspaper. The review went something like this: I loved this … Continue reading Book Not-Quite-Review: Terry Shames