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, February 17, 2014

Literary Escapes


The last few days have seen historic snow, ice, and cold in much of the country.  The wintry weather has been wearying to the mind, body and spirit. Let’s face it  - we all need a change from that bleak scene outside our windows. For a change – of mental scenery, at least – I offer for your enjoyment three fascinating literary hotels. At these three great escapes you can not only get away and luxuriate in a jetted hot tub, a windswept beach, or hot jazz scene, but also commune with a favorite author.
The Sylvia Beach Hotel
Want lots of quiet time for reading and walking on the shore? The Sylvia Beach Hotel is the place. Perched on the rugged Oregon coast, the Sylvia Beach – named for the founder of famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris – caters to the book lover. Rooms in three categories – the spacious Classics suites, the Best Sellers, and the cozy Novels – are whimsically decorated to honor authors from JK Rowling to Dr. Seuss. Mystery lovers can choose the Agatha Christie Suite, which contains decorative nods to clues from many of her novels. The Virginia Woolf room offers views of the lighthouse. The JRR Tolkien room is papered with maps of Middle Earth and has a large pair of Tom Bombadil’s boots parked outside the door. Quiet nooks and cozy couches abound in the well-stocked library, and hungry readers can refuel in the Table of Contents Restaurant.

Hotel Monteleone
New Orlean’s Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter has hosted and housed famous authors for more than 100 years. Truman Capote used to brag that he was born there, but the website says that although his mother lived there while pregnant, the hotel did provide transportation to the hospital where little Truman safely made his debut. At the Monteleone, you have the choice of the Truman Capote Suite, the William Faulkner Suite, the Tennessee Williams Suite, the Eudora Welty Suite, and the spectacular Ernest Hemingway Penthouse. The hotel’s famous spinning Carousel Bar and Lounge features in several of these authors’ stories and dozens of literary luminaries have made it their favorite New Orleans watering hole. Pull up a barstool and get your Tennessee on!

Inn BoonsBoro
Romantics and lovers of romance novels can escape to Maryland’s Inn BoonsBoro The Inn is the work of the Queen of Steamy Romance herself, Nora Roberts. Roberts resurrected the historic hotel on Boonsboro’s Main Street, transforming it into a boutique hotel with rooms dedicated to famous literary lovers. Sorry, there is no Romeo and Juliet Suite. Roberts chose only lovers whose stories had happy endings. Guests can choose from rooms dedicated to Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora (art deco elegance) or Westley and Buttercup from The Princess Bride (fairy tale romance).

The rooms evoke the feel of the novels with décor, furniture and amenities like evocatively perfumed bath products and silky duvets. Even the Inn’s room descriptions (penned by Nora herself?) whisk you away: The Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (“enjoy the elegance and peace of an English country house”), Jane and Rochester from Jane Eyre (“heather scented bath amenities sweep you back to summer on the moor”), Marguerite and Percy from The Scarlet Pimpernel (“mounds of pillows will transport you to the halcyon days of aristocratic splendor”), Titania and Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (“romantic bower for two”), and Roberts’ own ultramodern Eve and Rourke Room based on her In Death books (“scents are mysterious with romantic lavender patchouli designed to help you relax after a day fighting crime”).

Do you have any favorite getaways, literary or otherwise?

11 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Favorite getaways? Nothing like those; that’s for sure.

I prefer exploring the out-of-doors, so a favorite memory is sleeping in a tent, hearing waves lap against the water, a loon calling in the distance and an otter eating a small fish as though it was an ear of corn.

~ Jim

Warren Bull said...

In Wellington, New Zealand I suggest the Booklovers Bed and Breakfast. It's a wonderful place in an incredible setting.

Sarah Henning said...

My favorite getaway is to our family cabin in Colorado. However, I wouldn't mind staying any of those places. How cool!

Gloria Alden said...

I love to stay in an occasional bed and breakfast or hotel, but like Jim, I prefer the out-of-doors and camping. That being said, I'd still love a brief stay in at least one of those hotels or maybe all of them.

Shari Randall said...

James, Sarah, and Gloria - I love hiking but I joke with my husband that if he wants to backpack it has to be Inn to Inn!
Warren - I am going to check that out. I saw that there is a hotel shaped like Hobbit House - I think in New Zealand - definitely bucket list material.

Kara Cerise said...

Fun blog, Shari. At the moment my favorite getaway is anywhere warm (preferably a tropical island) because it's been so cold and snowy this winter.

I wonder if any of these literary themed hotels offer writing retreats.

KM Rockwood said...

I've seen the Inn Boonsboro but I've never stayed there. Nora Roberts has made Boonsboro a fun destination. The other I haven't seen although New Orleans is on my "want to visit in this lifetime" list. I think my favorite place to stay is the Captain Freeman Inn, in Brewster, MA, on Cape Cod.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Kara - a writer's retreat in one of these places would be amazing! Sign me up!
KM - I just looked at the Captain Freeman Inn - it looks wonderful. Anything on the Cape is OK by me.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Shari, this is a great blog. Let me know when you and Kara have a retreat set up.

Shari Randall said...

Will do, Paula ;)

Amy Taylor said...

I stayed at the Hotel Mark Twain in San Francisco last year. That was fun:)