FOCUS ON MME VICKI DELANY!

Mme Vicki Delany, the national (US) bestselling author of By Book or By Crook, is bringing out TWO new books this fall.

You can meet Vicki Delany and two other great cozy mystery authors, M. J. Maffini and Linda Wiken at Sleuth of Baker Street, September 18th, 7 pm.

 

Haitian Graves , a Rapid Reads Novella from Orca Press, will be released on August 25th.

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This is the second book in the series featuring RCMP sergeant Ray Robertson on his postings overseas.  In Haitian Graves, Ray is with the United Nations in Haiti, a land of brilliant color and vibrant life. A call comes in from the home of a wealthy American businessman: his beautiful young Haitian wife is floating face down in the swimming pool. The Haitian police immediately arrest the gardener and the case is closed, but Ray isn’t so sure and keeps digging. Then one night he finds himself in a Vodou-saturated cemetery, surrounded by above-ground tombs and elaborate statuary, confronting a killer with nothing left to lose.

 

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Booked for Trouble, the second book in the Lighthouse Library series, is being published September 1st by Penguin Random House

Lucy Richardson returns to the Outer Banks and the Lighthouse Library, where she must shed light on a shocking murder… Lucy has finally found her bliss as a librarian and resident of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. She loves walking on the beach, passing her evenings with the local book club, bonding with the library cat, Charles, and enjoying the attention of not one, but TWO eligible men. But then her socialite mother, Suzanne, unexpectedly drops in, determined to move Lucy back to Boston—and reunite her with her ex-fiancé. To make matters worse, Suzanne picks a very public fight at the local hotel with her former classmate Karen Kivas. So, when Karen turns up dead outside the library the next morning, Suzanne is immediately at the top of the suspect list. Now Lucy must hunt down a dangerous killer—before the authorities throw the book at her poor mother…

 

 

 

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Blog Buddies Tour: Rosemary McCracken

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This week we feature, Mme Rosemary McCracken, author of the popular Pat Tierney mystery series (Imajin Press). Her blog, Moving Target—Rosemary McCracken’s Big Book Adventure  first launched in June 2011.

Read Rosemary’s latest crime story, “Plastic Paddies”,  in Destination Mystery. And learn more about her books on her website.

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Moving Target is an interesting name for a blog. How did you decide on it?

I wanted to share the exciting adventure I’ve been on since Imajin Books accepted my first Pat Tierney mystery novel. Moving Target shows that writers’ career goals are constantly moving. Insatiable creatures that we are, as soon as we achieve one success, we’re gearing up for the next.

It’s been an amazing four years: Safe Harbor came out in March 2012, followed by Black Water in 2013. And several Pat Tierney short stories have been published since the blog’s inception. How could I not be passionate about this grand adventure of a lifetime?

And this passion translates into your blog! 

I hope other writers can learn from the steps I’ve taken, and from my mistakes. I do my best to promote fellow writers on the blog, and not just mystery writers, with interviews and guest postings—especially when they have a new release. I’ve been helped along my way by veteran mystery writers such as Gail Bowen, and I like to pay it forward.

Tell us about some of your guest bloggers.

I’ve had Canadian authors Melodie Campbell and Cynthia St-Pierre describe how they co-wrote a novel (A Purse to Die For). U.S. writer and police officer Stacy Eaton told viewers about her fascination with vampires that resulted in her best-selling My Blood Runs Blue series. And Toronto-based Nate Hendley dropped by two years ago and discussed why he writes about true crime (Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice,  The Black Donnellys: The Outrageous Tale of Canada’s Deadliest Feud).

 Tell us about some of your favorite posts.

My most popular blog was my February 15, 2015 piece on the late Canadian mystery writer Alison Gordon, put up on the very day she died. Alison was the author of the Kate Henry mystery series, and a popular Toronto Star baseball columnist in the late 1970s. She was a trailblazer for women sportswriters; among other things, she insisted on interviewing players in the locker rooms after the games. Her mysteries touched on many issues in the sports world—the outsized contracts, the massive egos and bigotry among players. As a writer who wore two hats, she had a lot of fans, and her death saddened many people.

Another popular posting, in terms of the views it received, was the poll I ran on Nov. 16, 2011. Imajin Books had just come up with two covers for Safe Harbor, and I was too close to the project to decide between them. So I ran a poll, courtesy of WordPress’s sister company PollDaddy, showing the two covers and asking viewers to help me decide. The winning cover was unveiled in a Feb. 20, 2012 post, about a month before publication. Cover A won hands down with 69.29% of the vote, while Cover B garnered 30.71%. A post like this accomplishes several things: it gives the author and the publisher important feedback; it builds the buzz for the upcoming book; it gives other writers ideas they use; and it gives the blogger a real thrill as the poll results come in. Some writers run polls to help them decide between two book titles.

What do your followers tell you?

Many enjoy my author interviews and say they plan to look up these authors’ books. I certainly hope they did. Strangely though I’ve had several romantic overtures from viewers, which is especially strange considering that I’m not a romance or erotica writer. Those all went into the trash barrel!

Please share your favorite blog with us.

I was in a cranky mood one day this spring, and I aired some of my pet peeves. Here’s what I wrote:

Etiquette on the Book Front

You’d think it would be a matter of common sense, but some people need rules to ensure that they put their best foot forward. Even in the book world.

Here are some guidelines authors should take a look at:

  • Social media and live author events provide wonderful opportunities to promote your works. But don’t toot your own horn too loudly or incessantly. That can be a real turnoff. And when you praise yourself, provide attribution. “I write page-turners” should be “The Toronto Sun calls my books page-turners.” The praise of others speaks louder than praise of self.
  • Never push sales at readings and signings. Readers can and will decide what books they buy, and sadly those books may not be yours. But I’ve found that some readers who’ve passed up my books will buy them at another author event. And readers who pass up your books may be big users of the public library. Library book loans produce revenue for you through Canada’s Public Lending Right Program.
  • Your fellow authors are your biggest allies. When you join forces with other authors – such as driving to an event in another city – share the expenses. Contribute money for gas, or pay for the driver’s lunch.
  • You and your fellow authors may be in this big book adventure together, BUT there are boundaries to respect. Don’t pressure fellow authors to share their contacts or their marketing strategies. Or to include you in their author events.
  • Don’t always be on the receiving end. Offer space on your blog when fellow authors have a new book out, or do an author interview with them. If you’ve enjoyed the book, post a review on Amazon without being asked. One of my wonderful Facebook friends posted on Facebook yesterday about my current 99-cent sale. That’s a friend indeed!
  • Attend authors’ book launches when you can. You’ll probably meet valuable contacts at these events, but remember that you’re there to cheer on the author, not to network with his fans, friends and business associates. AND buy a copy of the book that’s being launched. That’s the reason you are there!
  • If you receive a major favour from a fellow author, follow up with a thank-you note and a gift. Book endorsements and manuscript critiques are two major favours that come to my mind. Consider how many hours it takes to read a manuscript and provide a cover blurb or a critique.

And some rules for readers:

  • Don’t ask authors how much money they make from their books. Would you like to be asked that question? In Canada, there are about five crime fiction writers who earn enough from their novels and stories to live on. Most of us have other jobs or pensions to keep us going.
  • Never ask authors for a complimentary copy of their book – even if they’re good friends or relatives. Authors can buy copies of their books at a special author’s rate, but they don’t get them free. And they shouldn’t be expected to give them away.

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Buddies Tour: Funny Lady

The Mesdames of Mayhem are doing a tour of their favorite blogs. This week we kick off with our very own Queen of Comedy, Mme Melodie Campbell.


Mel posts at least weekly, getting 500 to 1000 hits per week for a total of over 58,000 hits since her blog first appeared on March 11, 2013. She has followers all over the world in places as far away as Dubai and China!

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What is the focus of your blog?

 Comedy! I’ve been a paid humour columnist for many years, and all of my books range from humorous to screwball comedies. On my blog, I repost humour and comedy columns from the places that pay me, when the rights revert back to me.

Our favorite Bad Girl explains….

Way back in the 90s when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I had a regular syndicated bimonthly humour column.  While copies of my columns appeared in The Toronto Star and other newspapers, if you aren’t a dinosaur, you probably haven’t seen them.  This blog will draw from the best of these columns, as well as new material.  And about the name….back in the day, I was known as “Bad Girl” and “Funny Girl.”  Now, it’s more like “Funny Broad.”  And the broad is no joke.

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I originally wrote comedy to escape the reality of my life, which includes an autistic brother. Our home was one of stress and sorrow; being funny helped to lighten the day for all of us. I kept writing comedy through my adult life, in hopes that I could give other people dearly needed entertainment. There is no question I write to entertain. As a comedian, I can tell you that comedy definitely has its roots in tragedy, and for me, it is a way of dealing with those hits that life gives you.

 

What do your followers tell you?

They love the comedy, pure and simple. The zanier humour columns are usually the most popular.

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I have a fan group in a retirement home in Florida, all men. They found me through the Rowena Through the Wall series, and are loyal followers. I’ve had several offers to ‘put me up’ if I want to come down to Florida for a visit. Now, my Rowena books are quite sexy, so I’m really not sure what to think about that…

 

 

 

What are you sharing with MoM’s followers today?

I’m sharing one of my zaniest columns. It has been reprinted in many venues; I still get requests for reprints and will admit it is one of my faves <smile>

TV TRAVESTY! (Warning: they let me off my leash again…)

People often ask me why I write silly stuff. I say it’s because I am seriously fed up with reality. I mean, really – what’s so special about it? Everybody does it.

So for those of you who are sick of reality (TV or otherwise,) this is for you. In the lofty traditions of Dallas, Dynasty and Desperate Housewives, make way for…TRAVESTY!

Note the originality of the plot. (Hey, it’s rerun season!)

INTERIOR. A pink frilly bedroom. Daytime. An attractive young woman in full makeup and Victoria’s Secret underwear reclines on the bed, moaning fatuously. An older man kneels by her side, wringing his well-manicured hands.

Lance: “Tell me April, I gotta know. Is the baby mine?”

April (in bed): “Oh Lance! Oh Lance! <sob!> …what baby?”

Michael enters the room.

Michael: “April honey, I’ve got something to tell you.”

April: “No – <sob> – not-“

Michael nods.

April: “You? And Lance?”

Lance: “OH-MY-GOD”

Michael: “And your mother’s been hit by a beer truck, and the boutique has burnt down.”

April (standing up in bed): “THE BOUTIQUE?”

Michael: “We saved the clothes, but the jewelry was a meltdown. Sorry.”

April (clutching throat): “I can’t take it anymore! This is too much for one day.”

Michael: “And it’s only 8 a.m.”

Lance (clearing throat): “About your mother…”

April (collapsing on bed): “OH-MY-GOD, MOTHER! She hated beer.”

Lance: “I have something to tell you…”

April (to director): “Do I faint now?”

Lance: “…she’s actually not your mother…”

Michael: “WHAT?”

April: “You mean-“

Lance: “Yes. I am”

<gasps all around>

Michael: “That trip to Sweden…?”

Lance: “Yes.”

Michael: “LANA?”

Lance: “Yes.”

Michael: “But didn’t we…?”

Lance: “Yes.”

Director (to April): “You can faint now.”

Everyone faints.

Stay tuned next week for more riveting drama, when April asks the question, “How do you tell if blue cheese is bad?”

 FOLLOW MEL !

 

 

 

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Murder & Mayhem between the covers – July 23, Fairview Mall Library

Join our very own Mesdames Rosemary McCracken and Sylvia Maultash Warsh for this special Library event.
Thursday, July 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
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BETWEEN THE CRACKS she fell, by Lisa de Nikolits, Fall launch Sept. 30

Be sure to join Mme Lisa de Nikolits and friends this fall for the release of Between the Cracks She Fell.

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A Triple-Book Launch at the Sleuth of Baker Street Bookstore, Sept.18!

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Join our own Mme Vicki Delany (writing as Eva Gates) and her good friends Mary Jane Maffini (Victoria Abbott) and Linda Wiken (Erika Chase) for this Cozy Triple Book Launch, coming September, 2015!

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Join Mme D.J. McIntosh for the launch of The Angel of Eden (Penguin Canada)

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Join our very own Mme, Bestselling author D.J. McIntosh, for the launch of The Angel of Eden (Penguin Canada), the highly-anticipated third novel in her Mesopotamian antiquities thriller trilogy!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7pm
Indigo Books, Bay-Bloor Manulife Centre, Toronto
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Bestselling Toronto Star reporter Peter Edwards, internationally acclaimed author Robert J. Sawyer and D.J. McIntosh will debate “Fact or Fiction” in discussion with Penguin’s Senior Commissioning Editor, Adrienne Kerr.

In 2011, D.J. McIntosh took the book world by storm with her bestselling debut novel, The Witch of Babylon. Praised by The Globe and Mail for its “stellar research” and “superb writing,” it introduced readers to John Madison, a rakish New York art dealer who uncovered a fabulous treasure trove of antiquities in the hills outside Baghdad and the truth behind a famous story long believed to be a myth.

In this highly anticipated conclusion, Madison is hired by a famous magician to find a rare sixteenth century book on angel magic and the former assistant who stole it thirty-five years ago. Madison’s quest leads him from the great mosques and churches of Istanbul to the ruins of Pergamon and the temples of the ancient Near East, where he discovers the true location of the Garden of Eden, the nature of angels, and the dark story of his birth.

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A Creative Scrutiny of Research Part One: You ask, “Why?” ~by Cathy Astolfo (reprint)

As the author of six books and several short stories (eight books if pre-published counts), I have indulged in a lot of research. I use the word indulge on purpose, because most of the time, it’s fun.

Wikipedia states that research (look again? look differently? – see how I get carried away?) is defined as “creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.” (READ MORE…)

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Mme Rosemary McCracken reads at the Red Rocket, at 7:30 on Friday, June 12

Be sure to drop in to the Red Rocket Café to rub shoulders with these great Canadian authors:
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The Mesdames participate in Mystery Month at the Belleville Public Library!

On May 16, the Mesdames of Mayhem were out in force at the Belleville Public Library, in support of “May is Mystery Month”!
(Don’t miss Tim-Miller’s excellent coverage in The Intelligencer, Sunday, May 17: The Mesdames of Mayhem Make Mystery Month)

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