Wednesday, May 28, 2014

High Country Festival of the Book - Boone, NC

I don't know if y'all have been keeping up with all the happenings being planned for The High Country Festival of the Book, but if not - do check it out!

We have a lot of fun things planned, and a lot of great authors.

We've been adding names to the participating author list as well as the exhibiting author list, so stop by the webpage to see who's been added.  We'll be adding more names in the next month, so keep checking.

There will be a writing workshop on Friday, June 27th.

There will be a dinner on Friday evening featuring Lynn Cullen, author of "Mrs. Poe."

On Saturday, there will be a lot of children's activities and each child attending gets to choose a book to take home with them.

There will also be authors galore - reading, signing, panel  sessions.

And music!

And food!

Details for all this can be found at the High Country Festival of the Book webpage -

We're also interviewing some of the participants at the Who's Who blog at the webpage and coming up with some interesting facts and trivia about many of them.

It's going to be a great event and I hope to see many of you there!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Anthony Nominees Announced

Thanks to Lucinder Surber for the following:

Bouchercon 2014, “Murder on the Beach,” will be presenting Anthony Awards in eight categories at the 45th annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to be held in Long Beach in November. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented on Saturday evening, November 15. The Anthony Award nominees have just been selected by vote of the Bouchercon membership. Here are the nominees for 2013 publications:

Best Novel
• Robert Crais, Suspect
• Sara J. Henry, A Cold and Lonely Place
• William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace
• Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Wrong Girl
• Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the Evil Days

Best First Novel
• Matt Coyle, Yesterday’s Echo
• Roger Hobbs, Ghostman
• Becky Masterman, Rage Against the Dying
• Kimberly McCreight, Reconstructing Amelia
• Todd Robinson, The Hard Bounce

Best Paperback Original Novel
• Chris F. Holm, The Big Reap
• Darrell James, Purgatory Key
• Stephen King, Joyland
• Alex Marwood, The Wicked Girls
• Catriona McPherson, As She Left It

Best Short Story
• Craig Faustus Buck, “Dead Ends”
• John Connolly, “The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository”
• Deni Dietz, “Annie and the Grateful Dead”
• Travis Richardson, “Incident on the 405”
• Art Taylor, “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants”

Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work
• Maria Konnikova, Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes
• Cate Lineberry, The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines
• Josh Stallings, All the Wild Children
• Daniel Stashower, The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
• Sarah Weinman (ed.), Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives

Best Children’s or Young Adult Novel
• Joelle Charbonneau, The Testing
• Margaux Froley, Escape Theory)
• Chris Grabenstein, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
• Elizabeth Keim, Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy
• Penny Warner, The Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure

Best Television Episode Teleplay First Aired in 2013
• Jon Bokenkamp, The Blacklist, Pilot
• Allan Cubitt, The Fall, “Dark Descent”
• Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad, “Felina”
• Kevin Williamson, The Following, Pilot
• Graham Yost, Justified, “Hole in the Wall”

Best Audio Book
• Christina Cox, reading Crescendo by Deborah J Ledford
• Robert Glenister, reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
• Mauro Hantman, reading Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
• Davina Porter, reading Death and the Lit Chick by G.M. Malliet
• Tracy Sallows, reading Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann

My Congratulations to All the Nominees!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Reed Farrel Coleman


With the knowledge that my Moe Prager series was coming to an end with this month’s release of The Hollow Girl, the ninth installment in the series, people have asked me if I will miss Moe. The answer is simple: I don’t know. We haven’t been apart long enough. What I can say is that I don’t miss him yet. Moe and I have spent fifteen years together, about half as much time as my wife and I have been married. That’s a mighty long time to have someone else living in your head. It’s both frightening and wonderful to think about, but I have probably expended more thought, energy, and effort on the fictional Moe Prager than I have on any living human beings other than my wife and two kids. Moe and I have had a wonderful partnership, but not all partnerships last forever. Sometimes, when you try to push partnerships past their logical shelf life, they turn toxic. I wasn’t going to do that with Moe.

 Moe has been wonderful to me. He has given me a vehicle through which to express my views on religion, politics, morality, sports, corruption, hypocrisy, music, love and friendship, truth and lies, romance and sex. Moe has allowed me to paint vivid, if somewhat distorted, pictures of the world I grew up in, of my little corner of Brooklyn, NY. I haven’t physically lived in Brooklyn since 1983, but Moe has allowed me to linger in the Brooklyn I loved and hated, the Brooklyn I left behind but that has never left me behind. It is surely a Brooklyn of the mind. My mind. Moe’s mind. It’s very odd for me now that my daughter Kaitlin lives in Brooklyn. But it’s not my Brooklyn. There was nothing hip or cutting edge about my Brooklyn. To paraphrase something  I wrote in one of the Moe books, my Brooklyn was always the poor relation, the girl in last year’s dress. I never thought I would live to see the day that Parisians would say something was tres Brooklyn as an expression of coolness.

I’ve also been asked what gave me the idea to end the series now. That answer is simple. I never envisioned this as an open-ended series. That’s why I aged Moe throughout. I built the end of the series into its initial conception. Though each book was written organically—I never had a series arc in mind when I wrote Walking the Perfect Square—I knew that I would eventually run out of things to say through Moe. And let’s be real, 65 may be the new 55, but Moe had been through a lot. I could no longer accept a 65 year old man who had just survived a near fatal bout with stomach cancer as a tough guy, hard-boiled PI. And if I couldn’t accept it, how could I expect my readers to accept it. No, when I was writing Hurt Machine, the seventh installment in the series, I was already planning to wrap things up.

It’s my hope that as I move on with my career that readers who have never heard of Moe or readers who have heard of the series, but for some reason have never picked up one of the books, find the time to read the series. I hope people realize that although I won’t be writing anymore Moe books, I will never really leave Moe behind. How could I? Whatever success I have achieved has been largely due to our partnership. Thanks to all of you for your loyal support. I can’t possibly express how much it’s meant to me … I mean, us. 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy 28th Anniversary!

On May 11th, Donald and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary.

Happy, wonderful years that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.

On the 10th of May Harley and Donald and I went to Greensboro, NC

An odd place to go to celebrate?



We got to attend a Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss concert.

And honestly?

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than sitting outside on a cool spring evening listening to music from some great musicians.

And I do love Willie Nelson to the moon and back.

It was the first time I had seen Alison Krauss live, and she is so wonderfully talented she takes my breath away.

Now for the rest of the story . . . 
Here's a photo of my constant companion for the next two weeks.
Its name is "The King of Hearts." (seriously, that's really its name).

What I didn't tell you about our anniversary celebration is that the day before we went to see Willie Nelson I had a passing out episode at the gym.  This was the second incident.

The first happened several weeks ago - also after working out - and I've undergone a whole battery of tests with everything checking out fine.

Let me tell you local Boone folks, if you're going to pass out, The Wellness Center is probably the best place for this to happen.

This time though, they took me straight to the ER, and ran a bunch of tests - and everything checked out fine (again).

So today I went back to the cardiologist and he sent me home wearing this monitor thingie.

What he "thinks" is happening because both these passing out incidents have happened not while I'm working out, but after, is that my blood pressure is staying stable while I'm sitting or lying down, and then dropping quickly when I stand up. Now we need to find out why.

First step is wearing The King of Hearts for two weeks. If I see that it has recorded anything, I send the recording over the phone to the home system monitor.

Thursday I go for a test that includes strapping me onto a table and get tilted into different positions to see if the passing out thing can be duplicated. If this happens, they should be able to determine why.

And - if necessary, we will continue testing till we've come up with an answer. (cross your fingers that the answers come quickly). The tests could include a heart cath, a nuclear stress test and I don't know what all else.

But that's all I know for now. Except that the doctor truly did not seem overly alarmed, which was a comfort. Now we just find out what's wrong and fix it.



In the meantime, send as many good thoughts as you can spare.

And go hug your loved ones.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Malice Domestic - the final day

The first part of my Malice Domestic recap is posted at The Jungle Reds Blog -

Today, the final day, was another terrific day.

I was a nervous wreck about moderating my first Malice panel, but I have to say, I had a ball!

Connie Archer, Jessie Crockett, Mary Ellen Hughes and Daryl Wood Gerber were all delightful.  It's hard, I think, to have a bad panel with women this smart, funny and talented.

We had a good turn-out.  People seemed to enjoy themselves and laughed, so I think we can say, it was a successful morning. I loved it.

Then, it was back to the bookroom for me.  Bumped into my buddy Karen Maslowski, and author Catriona McPherson

And bumped into my friend Sally Goldenbaum. I was able to pick up Sally's newest Seaside Knitters mystery, MURDER IN MERINO.  Yay!!!!  One of my favorite series.

I got to spend a little time chatting and giggling with two of the nicest women in the mystery world (they also happen to be exceptional writers).  Gigi Pandian and Jenny Milchman.

Next on my itinerary was a stop in the Grits and Graveyards: Southern Mysteries panel.  David Burnsworth, Susan Boyer, Molly Weston and Ruth Moose had a very fun panel talking about books set in the south so you know this was just my cup of tea.

A final visit to the lobby lounge and I spied author Con Lehane in time to say goodbye before retiring to my room for the rest of the day.

It's been another great Malice.
My thanks to the organizers and all the volunteers.

and now -
time for a nap . . . 

Malice Domestic 2014

I've posted my Malice Domestic recap at Jungle Red. I hope you'll drop by and enjoy - - keeping in mind, please, it's midnight, and I am a tired, tired girl. So, excuse the errors - I'm sure there are some. I'm also a tired girl moderating a 9 a.m. panel. Oy. BUT, it'll be a fun one. If you're here at Malice, I hope you'll come by and join me,Daryl Wood GerberMary Ellen Hughes,Jessie Crockett and Connie Archer for our Cooking Up Murder: Culinary Mystery Panel. Nite, all!!!