If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our July author interviews: Ellen Byerrum (7/5), Day of the Dark anthology authors (7/12 and 7/19), and Nancy Cole Silverman (7/26).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in July: 7/1--Fran Stewart, and 7/8--Nancy Cole Silverman. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 7/15--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/22--Kait Carson, and 7/29--E. B. Davis.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.”

In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Bouchercon - The Day After

In 1973, Carly Simon was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Vocalist for her song, “Anticipation.” Though that song was much loved, the Grammy went to Helen Reddy and the, er, unforgettable “I Am Woman.”

Instead of becoming an anthem and punch line on late night television, Simon’s song had a more lighthearted fate: becoming the theme song for a Heinz ketchup commercial. There were many versions of this commercial. The one I remember had two little boys awaiting the bright red deliciousness of the slow-moving ketchup. When it finally came out of the bottle, met the little boy’s hamburger, and he bit into it…. Ah! The tagline: “The taste that’s worth the wait.”

This is the Monday after Bouchercon, the worldwide mystery convention that was held this year in Raleigh, North Carolina. My first Bouchercon! Like the kids in the commercial, I’ve been waiting, waiting for this conference to start. I am anticipating entertaining and informative panels, meeting authors, and the deliciousness of time spent with others who love the mystery genre.


Because I had to write this blog ahead of time and my Magic 8 Ball is in a packing box, I have no way of knowing if Bouchercon was worth the wait. Did the event meet my expectations? Did it meet yours? If you attended, please share your experiences in the comments section. I’ll be checking in – after the much anticipated nap I’ll be taking.

12 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Shari -- so good to see you and the other WWK members at Bouchercon (Sorry I missed Sam -- does he really exist, or is he someone's fictional character?)

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

Sam is real! I had the opportunity to chat with him a bit after a panel. Hope to see everyone in the same place some day. Is anyone thinking about Bouchercon in New Orleans?

Kait said...

Hi Shari, I missed this Bouchercon (it would have been my first) and am looking forward to going to New Orleans next year. I'm looking forward to reading reports of this year's B'con and hearing all the fun stories.

Gloria Alden said...


Shari, I enjoyed my time there, especially meeting those of WWK and our visit to the Sacred Heart Cathedral for Saturday evening mass, and the walk back to our hotel and seeing how beautiful downtown Raleigh is. I'll not be at Bouchercon in New Orleans, but I'll be at Malice for sure.

Carla Damron said...

Wish I could have been there! I've heard great things about it.

Cheryl said...

It was astounding to see so many Guppies and match the face to our posts. I'm going to Left Coast Crime and also Malice. The Guppy Lunch is one of the highlights of these conferences.

Kara Cerise said...

It sounds like a wonderful conference! Wish I could have been there.

KM Rockwood said...

Great conference! It was good to see everyone, esp. the Guppies and the Writers Who Kill bloggers!

Thank you, Paula, for being a Southern hostess and introducing us to some regional "delicacies." Although I'm not sure fried pickles land in the "delicacy" category. But they were delicious.

Grace Topping said...

I'm green with envy hearing about the reports from Bouchercon. I had been of two minds about attending and decided not to since my husband and I are taking a rather big trip in January. Lucky thing I decided not to go as my mother became seriously ill and I went home to be with her. Fortunately she is now doing well. Sadly, I will miss Malice next year as well. Bouchercon in New Orleans? Sounds like a plan. I've never been there.

Shari Randall said...

Paula, your Southern hospitality was a highlight of the trip. Loved those pickles and the coca cola cake!
I'm looking forward to Malice in the spring and Bcon in New Orleans - bank account willing.

Gigi Pandian said...

So good seeing you at Bouchercon, Shari! SUCH a fun convention -- but now I need to decompress ;). Looking forward to New Orleans.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Shari and Kathleen, part of the fun of fried pickles and coca cola cake is having friends with whom to share the delicacies. Can't wait to see you again at Malice!