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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


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?


Jim 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:)