Monday, August 30, 2010

Hank and Ro and the ALA - or, Who Loves Us, Bloggers?

During the American Library Association Convention in June, Rosemary Harris and Hank Phillippi Ryan recommended a few blogs. 

They had this to say:  "We only had a limited time and so we had to choose a broad selection—there are lots of other wonderful blogs out there. The goal of our talk was to introduce librarians to mystery and thriller blogs, and encourage them to check them out. (Little library joke.) We emphasized it’s a great way to connect with authors, learn about new books and become part of the community."

And I have this to say:  "Yay Yay and Yippee Skippy!  I am over the moon that Meanderings and Muses was included!"

Rosemary and Hank listed their suggestions in alphabetical order.

I, being the greedy guts girl that I am, have moved Meanderings and Muses to the top of the list.  heh heh heh - sometimes it's good to be Queen of My Own Domain.

Drum Roll, please - - -

Fan and avid reader Kaye Barley has amassed a surprising number of followers and guest bloggers. She’s a trendsetter in the mystery community, beloved by authors from every genre in the field.  This blog is a low key, friendly and informative must-read–especially if you are interested in the genre buzz. 

(Tickled pink?  Me?!  You bet!!  Many Thanks and Many Hugs to Hank and Rosemary!).

 And, in all seriousness, if you're not familiar with the following blogs, please do yourself a favor and take a look.  I heartily join Hank and Rosemary in recommending them.

Features JB Stanley, Heather Webber, Lorna Barrett, Kate Collins, Deb Baker, Leann Sweeney, and Maggie Sefton. “We blog about our writing and our lives and discuss book promotion.”  They send quarterly newsletters and hold seasonal contests for readers.
“Ferociously talented women dedicated to the fine art of crime fiction.  Charlaine Harris, Dana Cameron, Kris Neri, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Toni L. P. Kelner, Elaine Viets, Mary Saums and Donna Andrews bring their wit and wisdom to this long-running cyberchat.
Feature two dozen authors published by Midnight Ink Books.  They blog about all aspects of the writing life–motivation, editing, publicity, marketing, book signings, and libraries.  Some bloggers are Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams, Beth Groundwater, Sue Ann Jaffarian, Felicia Donovan, Julia Buckley, Deborah Sharp, Alan Orloff, and G. M. Malliet.
Started about 2 years ago by a high school English teacher.  At JBT you’ll find review, interview, news about book events and author events, and special projects like “Six-Word Memoirs from Crime Fiction’s Greatest Writers.”  JBT has also incorporated video interviews on the blog.  Visiting authors have included James Lee Burker, Michael Connelly, Gregg Hurwitz, T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Koryta, Dennis Lehane, Sue Grafton, Lisa Unger, and Ken Bruen.
Writing well is the best revenge.  Multiple award-winning authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Rosemary Harris, Roberta Isleib, Rhys Bowen, Jan Brogan, and Hallie Ephron write about writing, not writing, reading, and the publishing world and the real world.  Jungle Red Mondays are a special chat among all the authors, in a “View”-like atmosphere, they invite visitors to join in the discussion.  Wednesdays showcase a special guest–such as Katherine Neville, Linda Fairstein, Carolyn Hart, Michael Palmer, agents, editors, and some of their favorite librarians.  Fridays are “anything can happen!”
Lesa Holstine is a library manager in Arizona who has worked in public libraries for 37 years. Her blog features book reviews, author interviews, and recaps author appearances.  Articles are frequently picked up for syndication, and can often be read in the Chicago Sun-Times.  She also reviews women’s fiction for Library Journal and crime fiction for Mystery Lovers’ Journal.
The renowned and successful Lipstick Chronicles just celebrated five years online, and now includes authors who appeal to a broad fiction audience.  It’s irreverent, edgy and often hilarious, it gives an up-close look at some top notch writers.  The bloggers have won every award in the industry: Brunonia Barry, Diane Chamberlain, Heather Graham, Harley Jane Kozak, Margaret Maron, Nancy Martin, Louise Penny, Nancy Pickard, Cornelia Read, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Sarah Strohmeyer, Kathy Reschini Sweeney, Elaine Viets and Jacqueline Winspear.
Mystery maven and North Carolina author escort Molly Weston’s blog features mystery author guest bloggers on Tuesdays and reviews of great mysteries not usually found on the NY Times Bestseller List.  Meritorious Mysteries offers readers crime fiction gems they might not otherwise find.
Hard-boiled and medium-boiled mystery and thriller authors take turns writing thoughtful and provocative essays.  Their website says: “…examines critical themes, historical archetypes and trends in publishing, marketing and the life of the published author.”  Bloggers are: Alafair Burke, Alex Sokoloff, Allison Brennan, Brett Battles, Cornelia Read, JD Rhoades, JT Ellison, Louise Ure, Pari Noskin Taichert, Robert Gregory Browne, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Tess Gerritsen, Toni McGee Causey and Zoe Sharpe.
Poe’s Deadly Daughters bills itself as “a blog for mystery lovers.”  Bloggers are Elizabeth Zelvin, Sandra Parshall, Sharon Wildwind, Lonnie Cruse, Julia Buckley, and Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell).  Often it’s books, reading, the writing process, creativity, or language, but also a vast range of topics from crime and alcoholism to parenting and animals.
Seven Criminal Minds includes 12 crime writers including Kelly Stanley, CJ Lyons, Meredith Cole, Sophie Littlefield, Bill Cameron, Shane Gericke, and Rebecca Cantrell.  Each week, they respond to questions about writing and reading, murder and mayhem–focusing on one topic.
“Women writers on mission to bring mystery, human and high heels to the world.”  Visitors to TSG are treated to “healthy doses of humor, opinion, mysteries, and information.”  Gang members are Evelyn David, Marilyn Meredith, Maggie Barbieri, Rachel Brady, Misa Ramirez and Susan McBride.
Stop, You’re Killing Me is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy and suspense books.  “We list over 3,300 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 38,000 titles), both series (3,700+) and non-series.  And it’s perfectly fine with us if you print our pages for your private use, especially for a trip to your local library or bookstore.”


Leighton Gage said...

Great blogs all, and I love them, every one.
But how about us, huh?

Rosemary Harris said...

True, true, lots of excellent mystery blogs! This past ALA was the first in which the organizers had an official Mystery Day and I was thrilled to have been asked to help organize. For the purposes of this particular talk we restricted ourselves to a one page handout - attendees pick up LOTS of literature at ALA and we wanted to make sure that ours got taken home and not left in the hotel room! We had a terrific response so hopefully it will happen again...and we can turn librarians on to lots of other good blogs!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Hey, all..yeah, we could have gone on for days! But we had one page--and our goal was to get librarians on the trail of great mystery blogs--and to get hooked on reading them.

All the more reason to make sure we all link to each other--nothing more successful than nabbing someone while they're blog-shopping!

So let's make a big list--who else do you all love?

And Kaye--thank you! xoxo

Beth Groundwater said...

Thanks so much for the Inkspot mention, Hank and Rosemary! Also, I was happy to see that I had all of the blog sites you mentioned in the Links list on my blog, and I'm following all the blogspot ones. So, I'm not missing out on any of the really cool stuff!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...
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Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

There really are a ton of great blogs out there. One that pops into mind (along with Leighton's Murder is Everywhere!) is Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. Oh! And Vicki Lane's Mystery Blog. And the one that, I think probably started it all for many of us - Sarah Weinman's Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.

Meredith Cole said...

Thanks for mentioning all those great blogs (like 7criminalminds!) Hank and Ro. Mystery Day was a lot of fun, and I hope ALA will want us back to do it again. Librarians love mysteries (and we love librarians).

Julia Buckley said...

Good to know you're keeping those librarians in the mystery loop! Great post.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Remember when there were no blogs? Remember, Kaye, when you were just starting this one, and you were so uncertain? Whoa.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

I do remember when there were no blogs and I do recall being so uncertain - jumping right in not knowing what I was doing.

Now, I spend a part of every day hopping around to different blogs (mystery and non mystery) and being totally blown away by some of the talent I happen on.

You know who I miss the most? Ken Bruen. He used to blog at Murderati and I KNEW he would have me crying like a baby by paragraph 2. In the best possible way.

Here's another mystery related blog I visit often - Patricia Stoltey's -

Jody said...

I have the majority of these on RSS feed already. Will add the rest!