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7 Upcoming Writers Conferences

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Los Angeles
July 7-10, 2017
https://www.scbwi.org/annual-conferences/

Thriller Fest, Grand Hyatt, New York City
July 11-15, 2017
http://thrillerfest.com/

Romance Writers of AmericaWalt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, FL
July 26-29, 2017
http://www.rwa.org/conference

Writers Digest Conference, New York City
August 18-20, 2017
http://www.writersdigestconference.com/

Killer Nashville, Franklin, TN
August 24-27, 2017
http://www.killernashville.com

Creatures, Crime & Creativity, Sheraton Columbia Town Center, Columbia, MD
September 8-10, 2017
http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/

Historical Writers of AmericaSanta Ana Pueblo, NM
September 21-24, 2017
http://historicalwritersofamerica.org/

 

 

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Coming in June 2017 – Adrift on Edisto

COMING IN JUNE 2017!

Title of Book: Adrift on Edisto
By: C. Hope Clark
Genre: Mystery

Book Excerpt: Blood rushed in Callie’s ears. With an embarrassed board frozen before her, stunned citizens behind her, Callie stiffened in defense. “Excuse me?” She crushed the papers in her hand, but she wasn’t sure she had the strength for Brice’s challenge, or the focus to handle it properly. Not without getting fired on the spot . . . or being arrested for murder.

And God knows there’d been enough murder on the island.
She’d been exonerated by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in the shootout. But that fact paled in the shadow of Mike Seabrook’s death. The community had adored him. And he’d been the man she’d professed to love just twenty-four hours before he succumbed to a bullet and a knife on a muddy, desolate, rained-out road.

The room had gone silent. Silent! How many people still held her accountable?

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Murder in Chelsea

TitleMurder in Chelsea

By: Victoria Thompson

Genre: Gaslight Mystery/Historical Fiction

Excerpt:

Frank knew the Upper West Side well.  He’d visited too many of the fancy town houses with their marble steps and their velvet draperies and their dreary furniture.  He’d listened to too many rich people make the pettiest complaints and give the paltriest excuses for committing murder.  He did not expect today would be much different.

The maid who answered his knock at Mr. Wilbank’s house looked him up and down and stuck her nose in the air.  “Tradesmen use the rear,” she said and started to slam the door in his face.

Frank gave it a shove and sent her staggering back.  Before she could recover, he stepped inside and closed it behind him.

“I’ll scream,” she said her eyes wide.

“Don’t bother.  Just announce me to Mr. Wilbanks.  Tell him I have a message from Miss Anne Murphy.”

“I shouldn’t ‘ve let you in.  He’ll give me the devil.”

“Not if you tell him what I said.  He’ll want to hear news of the child.”

“What child?”

 

 

About the Author: (from Amazon.com)

Edgar® Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest is MURDER ON ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE. She also contributed to the award-winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. A popular speaker, Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master’s program in writing popular fiction. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.

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Happy Birthday to Me!

happy-birthdaybeautiful-hd-picToday’s my Birthday and I sent out invitations for others to join me, however, everyone seemed to be too busy so I am eating CAKE all by myself.

Like my invitation stated, I am promoting all genres today even though February is Romance month.

And since no one wanted to party…guess you all had to big of a night on Sunday night after the Super Bowl Game…I am partying by myself.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of one of the books below, subscribe to my newsletter before midnight (Feb. 7th).  I will choose the winner on Feb. 8th.

http://www.sparkinganvil.com/cindy.html

Take time to visit the authors below and sign up for their newsletters.

 

 

by Clementine Paddleford and Cynthia Harris

Stories Paddleford wrote about her childhood.

  • Hometown Appetites, The Story of
    Clementine Paddleford the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

by Cynthia Harris and Kelly Alexander

You can only get this book in Paperback and Kindle, if you would like to purchase a hardcover, I will be happy to sell you a copy.

Website – http://www.sparkinganvil.com/cindy.html

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Cyn_Harris

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  • The Yellow Hoods Series

by Adam Dreece

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Twitter: @AdamDreece
Signed copies available at TheYellowHoods.com/Store

 

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by Jason B. Ladd
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Cindy’s Notebook First Book of the Year Award goes to….

My husband picked up a book that has been on my nightstand for a long time.

“Are you ever going to read this?” he asked.

“I have,” I replied.

“What’s it about?” he asked.

“Do you have the time for me to tell you about it?”

“Was it good?”

“Yes, it was!”

“So, what are you, book blogger, going to do about it?”

He had that glint in his eyes that says…”I know you want to.”

“I wrote a review and posted it on Amazon, to help promote it.  And I tweet, etc. about it every now and then.” I said.

“You are a book blogger.  Aren’t you going to do more?” he asked.

“More,” I thought.  Why would I want to do more than what I have already done or do when I think about it.  It is not my book after all.

Yet, this simple word “more” got me thinking.  What more could I do?

Then it donned on me.  I could start a book award of the year and this would be the first receiver of that award.

So, here is the first award that “Cindy’s Notebook” is giving away.

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3 Writing Contests

Nelson Algren Literary Awards is a short story contest sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. This contest is open to residents of the United States. All entries must be: fiction, less than 8,000 words, double spaced, written in English. Prize: One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Four finalists will each receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $500. Total value of all prizes: $10,000. Deadline: Closing date January 31, 2017.

El Chapo Review Essay Contest 2017. Genre: Creative non-fiction. Prize: $500 top prize. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest. “The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America.” Genre: previously unpublished work of short fiction. Prize: $100.00. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

 

My husband and I are combining our websites into one.  It is a work in progress.  Visit:

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Featuring Children, Tweens & YA Authors

Are you a Children’s Author?

Do you write for tweens?

What about Young Adults?

I am paying it forward in 2017 by featuring authors on my blog.

Sign up for me to feature you on the Feature Calendar page!feature-md

Occasionally, there will be bonus material, giveaways, reviews and more!

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American Book Awards Program

From the website of – Before Columbus Foundation

The American Book Awards Program is not associated with any industry group or trade organization. The American Book Awards offer no cash prize nor do they require any financial commitments from the authors or their publishers. The Award winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors, and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture.

Submissions

There are no application forms, fees, or any other restrictions for submissions, nominations, or recommendations to the panel. The book is what matters, not the procedure. The only requirement is that two copies of the book must be mailed to the Before Columbus Foundation by December 31st for consideration for the following year’s Awards. Anyone may make a submission (it does not have to be the publisher). There is no limit on the number of titles that may be submitted. All genres are accepted (including anthologies, children’s books, and multimedia). You may include reviews, publicity, or other informational material with your submission if you wish.

American Book Awards
Before Columbus Foundation 

The Raymond House
655-13th Street, Suite 302
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 268-9775
beforecolumbusfoundation@gmail.com

For more information visit – http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/american-book-awards/

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New Release – Mistletoe & Horseshoes

14923973_1840035786215305_526874780_oTitle: Mistletoe & Horseshoes
By: Juliette Douglas
Publisher: Juliette Douglas Brand
Publication Date: November 29, 2016

Book Excerpt:

Her five-year prison sentence was reduced to two years for good behavior for the killing of her boss and sometimes lover, Rance Girard. Jolene King had set out to rebuild her life if that was possible.

Arriving in Trace Crossings during a blizzard, Jolene was just glad to have a place to hole up from the ferocious wind and snow…even if it was a stable.

Emmett Foster wasn’t sure about his visitor…but it was Christmas and he wasn’t about to let human or beast die out in this weather if he could help it.

Two lost souls seek to leave their past behind and find new beginnings…after all miracles do happen during Christmas…Don’t they?

 

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This award-winning author lives in Kentucky where she is rescue mom to 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 possums.

Her stories focus on the bold, strong and brassy women of the old west. Her popular female bounty hunter series, The Freckled Venom Series has garnered readers of all ages. She now has five books available on Amazon.com in kindle and paperback under her pen name of Juliette Douglas.

Laramie Award: Best Debut Western Freckled Venom Copperhead
Finalist in fiction category: Authors Talk About It contest: Freckled Venom Skeletons
Laramie Award Finalist: Perfume Powder & Lead: Holy Sisters

Follow Juliette on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/author.juliette.douglas

 

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Lucky the Hard Way

lucky-the-hard-way-finalTitle: Lucky the Hard Way  (The Lucky O-Toole Vegas Adventure Series, Volume 7)
By: Deborah Coonts
Publisher:  Deborah B. Coonts
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Paperback: 318 pages
ISBN-10: 1944831827
ISBN-13: 978-1944831820
Price: Paperback – $15.99; Kindle: $4.99

 

 

 

 

About the Book:

The seventh in the successful Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure Series A dead body. A former lover on the run. Santa has given Lucky more than she asked for. As Christmases go, this one is proving a bit taxing for Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’ most over-the-top Strip resort casino. While facing a murder indictment, Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, has fled to Macau hot on the heels of the man everyone thinks is the real murderer, Irv Gittings. Lucky knows that if Irv finds Teddie first, Lucky will never see him again. Mr. Cho, a powerful figure in the Chinese underworld in Macau, is blackmailing the Big Boss with knowledge of gambling anomalies at the Babylon’s property in Macau. If the Macanese authorities are alerted, the resulting fallout would crumble the financial foundation of Lucky’s entire gambling empire. A trip to Macau is inevitable. With the opening of her own hotel less than a week away, and her engagement still very new, for Lucky the timing couldn’t be worse. As she’s pumping a local source for information about Mr. Cho, the lady is shot in front of her—Lucky narrowly taking the bullet. Lucky has no idea the bullet was really meant for her. With the help of her sidekick, Detective Romeo, Lucky must find Teddie, bring Irv Gittings and Mr. Cho to justice. But can Lucky beat them at their own game without getting caught in the trap? And will she be in time to rescue Teddie?

 

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My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted.  These things I do know:  I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer.  I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky?  (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist), its six sequels, Lucky the Hard Way, the latest and just out, and four between-the-books novellas.  Currently, I’m stretching my writer muscles working on a women’s fiction/contemporary romance series set in Napa—the first novel, Crushed, is out now.  Next up is After Me, a thriller incorporating cutting-edge science and a protagonist who literally can’t remember why everyone wants her dead.  In the pipeline is a romantic suspense series featuring a female helicopter pilot, as well as the next Lucky adventure—all very different projects. So, if you see me with a glass of Champagne in hand, you’ll understand.  I can usually be found at the bar, but also at

Website: www.deborahcoonts.com

 

Bonus: ch-1-lucky-the-hard-way by Deborah Coonts.  Enjoy!

 

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