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This year was the best yet. I got to meet authors and readers, and promote my own mystery series as well, selling books through the approved vendor for the first time. Did another book signing, for copies of the Red Dawn anthology, from Level Best Books, which has my story Hope it Fits.
Great panels, accessible, pleasant writers, interested and helpful
agents, friendly folk of all kinds, and enough mystery books and stories
to fill your reading queue for some time to come.
The books released by Sisters in Crime from the New England chapter in the last year. In the poster on the right, note that cool cover in the lower-right corner. Yup, it's A Certain Slant of Light, released only weeks ago.
Thanks to Hans Copek, who puts this together!
Hank gave a great talk with Tilia- click here for a view of that
The bookstore vendor was The New England Mobile Bookfair, with owner Tom Lyons on the far left. The line to buy was like that for most of the weekend.
And they carried a lot of good books- including mine- for the first time ever at Crime Bake! They sold copies of 3 different titles of mine- awesome, considering how many other wonderful writers and and books were there
Leslie Wheeler and Loiuse, plotting, no doubt...
Hank with hubby and a friend
The Level Best Books editors at dinner
Another troublemaker- Edith Maxwell, A.K.A. several other names, because she has three series going at once!
The pro arm of mystery writers, the MWA, recruiting for a cause
Liz Mugavero, Cheryl, and Hans
Mike Johnson gets his signed copy from Elizabeth George
Steve recently graced the Groton Library- to read about that, click here
SERIOUS trouble- The
To see an interview with Ray, click here
The Board of Sisters in Crime, who always are out in force at this conference
Leslie Wheeler (front left) with the Winner and Honorable Mentions of this year's Al Blanchard Award, for which I was a judge
Vince O'Neil, a thorn between two roses
Kate Flora (again) with Jon
Kat Fast gets a signed copy
Here's the start of The Big Lineup, with a mass book signing by a string
of authors featured in the
Barbara Ross (another one from Maine!) is happy to see the end of the line is near
And more. Okay, that's all of that!
Connie and Amy Mackin
Here's Dr. Lewis Preschel, author of the Karmic Knight Mysteries. Now that sounds like fun!
Sheila Connolly,who also has three mystery series out, taking in a panel. Mike again, to her right, and behind.
And speaking of panels...
Another panel, with Hank moderating
Connie with me for my presentation at the Ask the Experts
This was an expansion of the guest post I did for the Maine Crime Writers
To see an interview with Pete, click here
And then the costume-themed banquet began, with all things British-themed. Ray didn't realize he'd be thought of as James Bond all night!
Alice in Wonderland
Connie on the right, horsing around
Cheryl and Edith
The Hogwarts gang...
The PBS contingent
The Pink Panther
Maureen "Mo" Walsh gets to Rule Britannia
A high-class night
Shades of Agatha Christie
Sightseeing in London
We even had pirates! Stephen Kelner, author of Motivate Your Writing
And with his Better Half, Toni (Leigh Perry), author of the Skeleton in the family series.To see an interview with Leigh, click here
My dinner companaions- left is Stephen Huyler, with his better half
A mostly quiet group
Annnnd not so much behaving themselves
Alice with both Queens
Stirring up trouble
Yet more trouble
So- can't wait for next year!
At the Level Best table with the editors and others, signing copies
At the Level Best lineup, so all the authors can sign books for buyers
With Kate and Hans, the youngest and oldest authors in the anthology. See if you can guess which is which...
Cindy Shea, a first-time CB attendee, with her friend Jessie Crockett
Me with the fun cutout of the Guest of Honor as John Wayne
Edith Maxwell in charge of the Sisters in Crime table
Hank Phillipi Ryan being menaced by a bear. The life of an investigative journalist is fraught with peril!
A writeup of one of Hank's numerous talks around the area is here.
Kate Flora, who also worked way too hard all weekend
Kate Cone, who writes about microbrews!
My "Conference Wife" Kathryn and I grin and bear it...
Marian Lanouette without her crew
Michael Nethercott and Connie. Michael won this year's Al Blanchard Award for his story that appeared in Rogue Wave. Connie just likes buckskin...
Mike Johnson with Cindy and Connie
Tom Lyons, who's here from the New England Mobile Bookfair, the huge, wonderful place to buy books in this area. Oh yeah, and Connie...
Fellow Sisters in Crime at the Trouble in Paradise banquet
I got to talk with Jane Friedman, publishing and technology goddess
Here's the Eat, Drink, & Murder panel
Jessie and Liz and Marian Lanouette
So we had this Trouble in Paradise banquet, and there was plenty of it!
Troubled "angels" Toni Kelner/Leigh Perry and Stephen Kelner
Hallie Ephron stops by
And Conor Driscoll
Finally we got the parting glamor shot from Jessie and Julie Hennrikus
Here's me and my friend Kathryn Gandek-Tighe, one of the tireless volunteers at the event, who helps make it run.
Here's a pic of me and my home boy Barry Eisler, a top-notch writer.
Check out my new BFF- Sue Grafton, best-selling author of numerous books, including the Kinsey Milhone series you see in every bookstore.
The following are really terrific people
I met. Some have already published in the mystery field, and some are
on the cusp.
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