Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Happy May, everyone! I'm definitely happy. Pick and Chews, the fourth book in my Barkery & Biscuits mystery series is a May release. Its official release date isn't until May 8, but that didn't stop it from appearing at Malice Domestic, the conference for traditional mystery fans and authors that I attended last weekend.
It was a fun conference, as usual. I've been attending a lot of Malices since I started writing mysteries. This year, it was in a different hotel from the one where it was most recently held for a few years. This one was a Marriott in what they called
North Bethesda, Maryland,
but it apparently was north of rather than
being in the north area of that town. Bethesda
Despite being on a waiting list, I was able to participate in Malice Go Round, an event in which readers sit at tables and two authors visit them for a short period of time to discuss their latest releases, and then move on to the next table. It's always fun but exhausting. I talked a lot about Pick and Chews, and gave out bookmarks to remind readers what book I described to them.
At the conference, I visited with buddies I knew from the
area as well as others I know
more from attending conferences. I
signed copies of my books for those who acquired them. I attended panels and enjoyed meals with
fellow writers and readers, including the awards banquet. And I was particularly delighted to meet an
attendee who had a service dog who happened to be a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel--my
breed! Los Angeles
I'm back home now after getting little done on the manuscript for which I'm under deadline. I at least finished the edits on the two copyedited manuscripts before I left, so I should have some time to spend on this--although life seems to be getting in the way more than usual this time. But that's okay.
Still... it's time for me to get back to work on it!