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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Upcoming Events or Why I Can't Say "NO!"

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My timing will have to show off some military precision this fall, but I can't say no to any opportunity to meet with readers and fellow authors. Some links bring you to Facebook, so feel free to join the event, invite friends, and like my page to keep in touch! Other links bring you to the sponsor's site. Hope to see you there!

September 25: Independent Publishers of New England Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH

September 26: Village Square Bookstore, Bellows Falls, VT

October 7: Tracy Memorial Library Author Event, New London, NH (flyer below)

October 11: Irish Heritage Festival, Dorchester, MA
October 16: Merrimack Council on Aging Book Club, Merrimack, MA
October 24: Peabody South Branch Author Fair, Peabody, MA (11:00 to 1:00)
October 24: Boston Book Festival/Sisters in Crime, Boston, MA (3:00 to 4:00)
October 25: Green Stride Half Marathon, Newburyport (10:00 to 3:00)

November 1: Martha Canfield Library, Arlington, VT (2:00 to 4:00)

November 6 - 8: Crimebake, Dedham, MA
November 8: Local Author Fair, Ipswich, MA (1:00 to 4:00)
November 11: Podcast Interview: Authors Talk About it.
November 12 - 15: Equine Affaire, Taborton Books (various times)
November 14: K9 Gala: Mystery/Thriller Authors Fundraiser for K9s (6:00 to 11:00)
November 19: Emma Andrews Library Author Talk (6:30 - 8:30)
November 25: Authors Talk About It Podcast Interview Released (Link TBD)

December 3: Mystery Gala at New England Mobile Book Fair (6:00 to 9:00)

December 5: Book Signing at Pawling Book Cove (11:00 to 1:00)
December 7: Write Now TV Interview Taping
December 18: Author Tea at Wenham Tea House (3:30 to 5:00)

Green Stride Half Marathon w/ Evolvement Music, Newburyport, MA

Tracy Memorial Library, New London, NH Author Event

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"A Short Story About a Horse Named Evan" by K

(It might not seem like a lot to you, but the pages shown here evidence a mountain climbed. I've mentioned K and her short story in an earlier post. This is the first story she has ever written. I've transcribed it here.)

There is a field where I like to go riding all the time. Evan likes being outside. He likes when I ride him. The Farm name is called WindRush Farm. There is one large to middle size barn on this field. This barn looks more like a sm. eat in diner and there are very very interesting smells and this east in diner has a lot of very interesting horse equipment on each corners. On the walls the name each equipment are rains, the bit, a pair of sturups, a saddle.

Evan is quit a big horse and when I'm standing right up against a big horse like Evan it makes me feel a little small because he's so big. But I'm not aftaid of him at all because he's so gentle. I like to brush him a lot. I have to kind of stand up on my tippytoes to brush him.

Evan is a mixs breed. He would have one color on his head area and another color mixs into that for his mane and tail which is all braided. It looks very horse like when Evan is not happy he would buck and kick you when he's not in a good mode. You will see his ears go forward a little more and hold his head up really big and when I put him away at night in barn he would sqeal for more riding time. Every night he would do this  he would to these very interesting where he would bring everything to be in his mouth like hes raines a rope.

I put his bit in his mouth he doesn't like when he wears a bit because it like pulls on his mouth a little

When I put the saddle on him thats when his all happy and jumpy all around the barn. He like when I ride him if anyone goes near him he doesn't like it. He gets pretty upset he would bit you or even kick or head butt you to make away from him.

When I ride Evan he would like to on these very long trail rides up in the woods

to see different stuff like cabins, a lot of trees and big barns and hills

it makes me feel pretty special and pretty smart sitting in the saddle a little bit scared. But not as much. I'm happy to ride him.

I can control him by myself by pulling back on the rains to stop and to half halt I pull back and release.

Evan likes to play with the cat. They would play hide and seek all the time. Karma the cat like to hid in different areas of the Barn Like in the Buckets pails sometimes in stalls 

Behind things and Evan would go find her sometimes it would be very seeky

At night he would go crazy bananas when I feed her Evan would eat right out of my hand like carrots, apples or I put it into a bucket or a pail.

and for water I put a buck out for him and he would lap it all up.

The End

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Guest Gigs and Blog Discovery

Hey all!

I confess to neglecting keeping my blog current. I write at least one blog post a week, but often those posts are as a guest on one the many terrific blogs out there.

I thought I'd keep you posted (pun intended) on a few I've done recently. These are some fantastic blogs and I urge you to check out the authors. They are a handy resource for readers as well as writers.

In no particular order, they are:
  • Writers Who Kill: I love their masthead pictured above. I was the guest of E. B. Davis, a prolific and talented mystery writer with an easy and engaging style. My post answers the question how fiction writers and lawyers are alike. It turns out they share a lot of skills. Post is here.
  • Boston folks know Hank Phillippi Ryan as a top-notch investigative reporter they see on TV. Readers know her as the author of the best selling Jane Ryland series. When she asked me to be a guest on her Femmes Fatale blog, I jumped at the chance! Hanging with other "ferociously talented women dedicated to the fine art of crime fiction" is exactly what I love doing! My post on GRIT is here
  • Dale T. Phillips has a very active life as a writer of hard boiled crime, short stories and more. His blog and website are well worth cruising to see what a New England based author does to promote his work and support others. When he asked me to do a blog interview, I jumped at the chance. Click here to read the Blog Interview.
  • Penny de Byl is an author from Down Under. Meeting in the small village created by social media, Penny reached out to me all the way from Australia to be featured as the first author in her Five Minute Profile series. Cruise her blog and see what's hot in Australia, too. Link to my interview is here.
  • Christine Meunier is another author from Down Under. She has thriving equine education blogs and hosted me on her blogs
  • Rhonda Lane is a fellow Sister in Crime, horse lover, and blogger. She has a great blog that covers all things horse and a terrific sense of humor. My guest gig on her site is here
  • I don't always blog on writing or my background. Stef Reinhold, an expert on horse wellness, asked me to post in her award-winning blog. My topic? Mindfulness in riding. Ahhh... Link here.
Of course, I was beyond excited to be featured as Hallie Ephron's guest on the wildly popular blog Jungle Reds.

On October 15, 2015, I'll be on Renee Scattergood's blog with an interview with Jessica Wyeth, my books' protagonist. You won't believe the things Jessica says!