I know. Maybe we'd best forget 2016. But I'm not going to talk about any other subject but my favorite one: Me!
I began the year with Mystery on the Menu at the fabulous Cerritos Library. Look, I'm telling you, if you haven't been to this library you are missing out. Check out the giant aquariam wall or the children's section.
In February we released THE SILENCE OF STONES, Crispin's 8th novel!
Reader and friend Rebekkah made the lovely "Crispbear" for me, which was proudly displayed.
We started at Mystery Ink in Hungtington Beach, moved on to the big party at Vroman's, then to Book Carnival in Orange, Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, and took it on the road to Northern California...
With owner Luan Stauss at Laurel Books in Oakland, to the Belmont Library, and Sisters in Crime NorCal.
Then it was on to Phoenix in February for Left Coast Crime (I know, Phoenix is shy of a coast, but just go with the sentiment). It's a mystery fan convention held in different cities along my coast and Hawaii. Lots of fun, I get on at least one panel, and hopefully sell books.
When I host a table, I like to make people put on silly hats, give them plastic medieval goblets, and say things like, "Huzzah!" Anyway, they seem to like it.
We skip to April where I got to sell and sign books at the LA Times Festival of Books at the USC campus.
I spoke at the reboot of the Sisters in Crime San Diego chapter in April as well and joined the Romance Writers of America, two chapters, one in Los Angeles and one in Orange County. I also spoke to Sisters in Crime Orange County while I was there. It was my chance to really re-connect with my fellow sisters and misters in crime, I guess.
And at the end of April, my wonderful son Graham married his wonderful fiance Mysha, and now we have a girl!
At the tail end of April we did a virtual launch on Facebook for the UK release of A MAIDEN WEEPING, which was a lot of fun. It featured a YouTube video on the history of medieval crime, lots of chatting, and giveaways.
In June was the El Segundo Author's Fair where I was on a panel with other mystery authors. And a photoshoot with author Susan Spann for our upcoming joint appearance at Mysterious Galaxy. My hubby is a photographer and he graciously took time out of his day for us.
And a sad note in June on Father's Day. Our Maine Coon Murray, suffered a stroke the day before and unfortunately, we had to take him to the vet for his final rest. He was a great cat, the lovingest boy, my writing buddy of 12 years, and he is sorely missed.
Murray making it hard to write.
I gave away lots of books during the year. CUP OF BLOOD, THOUGH HEAVEN FALL, and ROSES IN THE TEMPEST, in print, ebook, and even audiobook, all trying to drum up reviews. By the way, if you haven't, it would be appreciated.
In July we spent Independence Day in San Diego at a boutique hotel and wandered the gas lamp district...
...and later in the month went off to Tehachapi in Kern County, CA, so Craig could judge beer and we could enjoy the beer and wine and food at the festival.
I also visited a book club (yes, I do that) and insinuated myself on oodles of blogs.
In August, A MAIDEN WEEPING was released, the 9th Crispin Guest book. Don't expect THAT again! Two launches of the same series in one year is too much.
Also in August, Craig harvested the grapes from our over 40 vines. He makes wine, beer, and mead. So THAT'S how he survived living with me all these years!
And then in September it was off to New Orleans for Bouchercon, the world's biggest mystery fan convention! Craig and I had a blast. I don't think I've ever drunk so much in my life. We stayed on extra days after the convention as our vacation. Many sights, many amazing meals, many drinks.
My panel at Bouchercon. God knows what I was doing.
Meeting some of my fellow Severn House authors.
Craig's tag that I made for him was a hit all around.
Random parades in the streets.
Random musicians just set up any old place.
And a steamboat tour down the Mississippi to the battlefield museum of the Battle of New Orleans.
And a very cool Pharmacy museum.
And the Voo-doo museum.
And of course, a trip to Cafe du Monde for our beignets.
Mystery Writers of America gave its annual Gumbo Party hosted by author Bill Fitzhugh.
And then I was a panelist at the Pomona Lit Fest. I was also a guest speaker at the Acton Agua Dulce Library along with author Carrie Patel where I persuaded librarian John Elford to try on my helm (I didn't have to persuade too hard, mind you).
There was some remodeling in our bedroom, moving a closet door so we could get our full compliment of bedroom furniture in there (after some 24 years), and a new pantry going up in the kitchen (not done yet). I'm the designer and instigator. Craig is the builder and carpenter. See that dresser? He built that, too.
I was on a panel at the Diamond Bar Library, and spoke at the Lattes and Literature event for the Sierra Madre Women's Club. In November I was one of several speakers at the Laguna Nigel Soroptomists. And then it was off camping for Thanksgiving weekend with a turkey on the spit.
Hanukkah and Christmas is yet to come, but mostly I'm trying to get done Crispin #10 SEASON OF BLOOD, and the second in my BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN series DEADLY RISING done too. BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN, my new paranormal romance series, will be released next November, so be looking for that. Thank you to all my readers, to the librarians who supported and continue to support me, to all my friends and family out there. May 2017 see us all safe and happy and prosperous.