In mid-November I was in southern California for the Giant Mystery Ice Cream Social that is Bouchercon, the world mystery convention. The weather in Montana was below zero so the sunshine of Long Beach harbor really felt good. There was much merriment and flogging of books but meeting up with old friends and making new ones is always the best part of the convention. I think I’ve finally worked out how to have a great mystery con. You were thinking *alcohol* weren’t you? But no! Having a gregarious roommate is the answer. I usually try to room alone, so I have a sanctuary when the social gets too much. But this year I roomed with the fabulous Robin Burcell. She knows *everybody* from Lee Child on down. Here she is (center) while Sara Henry and I photobombed their tete-a-tete! All in good fun 🙂
I gave away lots of tea samplers and bookmarks but I still have some left. If you send me a link to a review* of one of my books that you posted anywhere online I will send you a sampler tin of tea and a bookmark! OR: a photo of you reading one of my books, on your reader or in paperback! Send to LiseMcC at gmail dot com with your snail address so I can get your tea in the mail!
*Review you wrote and posted after November 1, 2014, please.
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Next year Bouchercon hits Raleigh, North Carolina. Can’t wait.
After the convention my husband and I had the pleasure of grandchild wrangling with our favorite three-year-old. Amazing times. And we got to go on a backstage tour of BOSCH, the Amazon Prime series from the books by Michael Connelly. Look for it in February with Titus Welliver as Harry. We got to see them shoot a scene where Harry throws Harvey Pound, his lieutenant, through a glass window. Yow, great fun.
Back home I have been writing madly to finish up the Bennett Sisters novella, Give Him that Ooh-la-la. I finished the first draft last night. There is still work to be done, accents to be checked (that darn French), plot holes to be filled. But look for it December 20 at your favorite online store.
Lastly if you’re feeling lucky here’s a giveaway I’m participating in. Some serious cash up for grabs. Stay happy!