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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Monday, November 18, 2013

Time for Thanksgifting!

Thanksgifting? Isn’t that a typo?

Nope. It’s one of my favorite holiday celebrations.
Like Seinfeld’s made up holiday, Festivus, this holiday celebration is a recent invention. Unlike Festivus, there is no airing of grievances; just lots of good food, and most importantly, lots of presents.
The staff and volunteers at Kingstowne Library have been Thanksgifting for close to ten years. No one remembers exactly how it started, but everyone looks forward to it every year.

This is how Thanksgifting works. Everyone buys a toy that they would have liked to receive when they were a child. The gift is wrapped and stacked in a bow and tinsel covered pile. Everyone takes a turn unwrapping a gift and then guessing who donated it. After a few Thanksgifting celebrations, it was easy to guess that Ted was crazy about Matchbox cars and action figures when he was a little boy. Lori, who had horses when she was a girl, always donated a toy with a horse theme. Most people have figured out that whenever a gift is accompanied by a Nancy Drew book, it’s from me.

Some staff are a bit harder to pin down, or they just want to keep us guessing. The unwrapping is usually followed by a reminiscence about holidays past. We have learned a lot about each other over the years by sharing these memories.

Unlike George Costanza’s Human Fund, the beneficiary of Thanksgifting is real. Koinonia Cares is a local charity that distributes our gifts to families in need.

In the weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Day, it is easy to feel more stressed out than festive. Thanksgifting is one day when giving really feels better than receiving.

What’s your favorite holiday? What is the one gift that you would have liked to receive when you were a child?


Jim Jackson said...

It is a sad commentary about my materialistic needs that I have a strong memory of a game in which the player was a submarine commander and the goal was to sink ships that “floated” across the sea. It was an early, early electronic game from 1960 or 1961 – and Dad broke it on Christmas Day!

It stayed on the workbench in the basement for months before we conceded defeat and threw it out - and 50+ years later, I still remember. How sick is that?

Anyway, as an introvert who has always found things to entertain myself with, I'd probably look for games people could play on their own -- without being attached to Facebook!

~ Jim

Kara Cerise said...

I had not heard of Thanksgifting. What a great idea. I just celebrated Thanksmas (Thanksgiving and Christmas) with my sister who lives in Arizona.

My favorite board games were Candy Land and Operation.

E. B. Davis said...

Great idea, Shari.

Okay, I'll admit it. My favorite toy was my horsie. They don't make them anymore probably because of safety issues. You'll probably remember them. A big 3D plastic horse that was mounted on four springs and attached to two wooden runners at the base. I could bounce that horse all over the house. Never fell off. I have a picture of me while still wearing a diaper with plastic pants approaching my horsie on Christmas Day by the tree.

It disappeared. Thirty years later, I have children. I'm bound and determined to find them a horsie. I found one at a yard sale. My children, to my great disappointment, weren't as thrilled with it as I was. (Electronics!) One of my husband's employees had a child. My horsie again disappeared and never was returned.

It's ten years later at my in-laws' downsizing sale. There was my sister-in-law's horsie. I bid on it. I bought it. It disappeared! I was mad. We scoured the parking lot and found it in someone's car. Someone who wanted the horsie as much as I did. We got the auction management involved. I got my horsie back. It's in my garage attic waiting for grandchildren!

If it disappears again, there will be hell to pay.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Jim - Sorry, I can't stop laughing! I think "and Dad broke it on Christmas day" would make a great refrain to a country song. Funny how those early memories stick with us - I can still see my little sister taking her new tricycle for a spin - right into the Christmas tree! Maybe we should do a blog on holiday disasters.

Hi Kara - Thanksmas is a great idea. With family members living far away, we have to get creative. I loved Candy land and Operation, too (though my hands were never steady enough for Operation).

Warren Bull said...

Great idea. I will have to ponder about the gift.

Shari Randall said...

E. B. - Nobody comes between you and your Horsie! (sounds like a Barb Goffman story!) When I think about the toys we played with - small pieces, sharp edges - and our cement playgrounds with metal equipment - it's a wonder we survived childhood -

Gloria Alden said...

Shari, what a wonderful idea that is. We have a giving tree at my church that is put up before Thanksgiving with tags with needy children's names, ages, sizes and something they really want.

When I was a child way, way, way before the age of electronics, my dad won a wire recorder. Probably most of you have never heard of such a thing. Anyway, my dad recorded our voices and on it I said what I wanted for Christmas. It was a Betsy Wetsy doll. That was the latest thing in dolls.

As for board games it was Monopoly, although we played card games mostly. With my children and grandchildren it was Sorry.

E. B. Davis said...

You're right, Shari, and I never mentioned the merry-go-round at the elementary school. It was killer--a wonder no one got killed--really. By the time I was in high school, the merry-go-round we so cherished was gone!