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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of June!

June 6 Maggie Toussaint, Confound It

June 13 Nicole J. Burton, Swimming Up the Sun

June 20 Julie Mulhern, Shadow Dancing

June 27 Abby L. Vandiver, Debut author, Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies

Our June Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 6/2--Joanne Guidoccio, 6/9 Julie Mulhern, 6/16--Margaret S. Hamilton, 6/23--Kait Carson, and 6/30--Edith Maxwell.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

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.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Reading

I've always associated summer vacations with summer library reading programs. Browsing library shelves has introduced me to so many authors and subjects. To have the luxury of time to read as much as you want of whatever you want is what a holiday is all about. If I had to choose between virtual reading journeys or actual travel, reading might have the advantage, particularly when I consider coping with the summer heat and crowds.
Recently, I had an experience that brought the best of both worlds together. With fellow authors Bert Goolsby and Susan F. Craft, I went to Boone, N.C., for the third annual High Country Festival of the Book.

Boone is a lovely mountain community with stores featuring crafts, antiques, and excellent cuisine. Home of Appalachian State University, which has a most impressive campus, Boone offers many cultural experiences. While there, we met a family who brought their sons from Florida each summer to attend an orchestra workshop. In an outdoor amphitheatre above the town, the drama Horn in the West, depicting the lives of the area’s early settlers including Daniel Boone, has been presented since 1952.

A popular dining experience is going to the Daniel Boone Inn and Restaurant, now operating for over fifty years, where a set menu of home cooked meals is served family style with heaping plates of meats, vegetables, salad or soup, biscuits, dessert, and drinks brought to each table—so come hungry to have room for seconds! The Inn offers breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.

For lunch, my companions raved over Melanie’s Food Fantasy and I enjoyed an excellent apple, walnut, and bleu cheese salad from Our Daily Bread. At dinner, we had wonderful spinach/artichoke appetizer with mountain trout, tilapia, and shrimp and grits at The Red Onion Cafe.
Watauga County Library
The festival itself took place at the Watauga County Library, a spacious, well-arranged facility on a hill just above the main street. The children’s area was created behind the walls of a castle with embedded shelves for books and items of interest.
Susan F. Craft, Bert Goolsby, and PGB
Authors and exhibitors set up in the conference room and under tents outside. Speakers and panels were presented in the Jones House Community and Cultural Center, a block away from the library.

Following is a list of some of the participating authors whose works sound intriguing for exploration:

Kaye Wilkinson Barley is author of the Southern novel Whimsey, which combines magic, fantasy, and humor and takes place in an artists’ colony on an island off the Georgia coast. I first met Kaye at Murder in the Magic City in Birmingham, Alabama. She served as webmaster, interviewer, and panel moderator for the High Country Festival of the Book.

Miriam Jones Bradley, a nurse, writes the Double Cousins mystery series for children and inspirational books for adults. Her husband, Dr. Bruce Bradley, accompanied her to the festival and helps with some of the graphics she uses in her books and presentations.

Sarah Martin Byrd’s beautifully illustrated book is called The Manger Mouse, which drew my attention because both Warren Bull and I have used that concept in our writing. Sarah’s was completely different and a lovely story for children.

Susan F. Craft writes historical fiction with hints of romance and suspense. Her novel, The Chamomile, which won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick Award, takes place during the Revolutionary War in Charleston, South Carolina. Its sequels, tentatively titled Laurel and Cassia, are scheduled for publication in 2015. 

Shawn Crenshaw, graduate of the University of Alabama, husband, and father, writes inspirational texts about embracing the real you and finding your own authority. 

Jane Grimsley Edwards, author of Jelly Bean Finds Her Special Place, bases her children’s book on the true story of a lamb who became a symbol of hope for a community. 

Elysabeth Eldering has written short stories and the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), a fifty-state teaching series using mystery and trivia. 

Bert Goolsby, author and lawyer, sets his fiction in the Deep South of the 1940s through the 1960s. He often draws his plots from unique cases he has encountered. He also is the author of a book of devotionals for lawyers and judges.

Gretchen Griffith, who calls herself a “storycatcher,” writes about her own experiences, compiles oral histories, and prepares teachers manuals about life in the North Carolina mountains.

Regina Jeffers, having taught English for thirty-nine years in public schools in West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina, now writes the young adult Pride and Prejudice Mystery series, based on the characters in Jane Austen’s novel.

Sean Keefer, a lawyer, author, and musician from Charleston, S.C., writes legal suspense based in Charleston. His debut novel, The Trust, involves the probate of an unusual estate. His second novel is tentatively titled, The Solicitor.

Vicki Lane is the well-know author of Appalachian tales, including The Day of Small Things and the Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Mysteries. She considers herself “new people,” having only lived in the mountains since 1975, but writes with great authority and empathy for the life there.

Richard Nance with daughter Rhonda Nance Roth writes the Hidden World Chronicles series, science fiction/adventure novels including: Journey of the Chosen, The Secrets of the Sword, and The Dragon Princess of Shambala.

Mike Orenduff, a former university professor and president, writes the Pot Thief novels that combine archeology, philosophy, humor, and mystery. His books have won the “Lefty” for best humorous mystery at Left Coast Crime, two “Eppies” for best eBook mystery of the year, and the New Mexico Book of the Year Award.

Debra Webb Rogers has taught dance at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts since 1986. Her first novel, Dancing in Time, written under the pen name Violet Rightmire, is a time travel love story set in the North Carolina mountains. She has written nonfiction about San Marco and Jacksonville’s Southside and a genealogy of Israel Boone’s descendants, The Boone Connection in the Lost Colonies.

Sandra Warren is a talented writer of children’s educational materials. When she heard the story of an Army Reserve nurse’s struggle for child custody, she wrote a gripping biography about a case that helped to change the law in this country.
Mystery Panel at Jones House with Vicki Lane, Sean Keefer, Kaye Wilkinson Barley, and Mike Orenduff
What are you reading this summer? Did you find it at the library?


James Montgomery Jackson said...

I have such a large TBR pile from the various conferences I attended earlier this year, I haven’t visited the library once this summer. My favorite find is a co-founding member and current president of the Low Country Sisters in Crime chapter, Tina Whittle. I read Blood, Ash & Bone, which I rate as one of my top books I've read for the year. Then I went back and started her series with The Dangerous Edge of Things, which I also enjoyed.

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

Hi PGB! Thank you for introducing us to all these authors and their books. So many sound so enticing - I am especially intrigued by the spin on Pride and Prejudice.
I'm so behind on all my reading, my TBR is threatening to topple over! Right now it's beach reading - Top Secret Twenty One by Janet Evanovich. That's in preparation for my book club's pick, The Book Thief, which will be heavier going, and The Accursed, which just sounded so good.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

A wonderful group of books! Thanks for posting. You've just filled my summer reading.

Sean Keefer said...

Thanks for the mention and organizing everything from Boone in one place!

mystery stories said...

Amazing article with fantastic books. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely check some of them. May be I'll start from this weekend.

Warren Bull said...

I belong to a book club that read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, what was great. I also like CODE NAME VERITY

Paula Gail Benson said...

Jim, as you know, my TBR stack has your Cabin Fever at the top. The lovely thing about reading Cabin Fever where it's 96 degrees outside is that you don't need to turn up the air conditioning. You have truly created a winter terror world!

Shari, I've met Regina Jeffers on several occasions. Her books are well researched and written.

Jacquie, I have a few of your books on my TBR list, too.

Sean, so good to meet you! Looking forward to reading The Trust.

Thanks so much, Mystery Stories!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Warren, thanks for the recommendations! I've heard great things about both books.

Sandra Warren said...

Paula, Thanks for putting together such a complete list of the authors who attended. I'm so impressed with it. It was great meeting you there.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Sandra, I enjoyed meeting you, too. Best wishes with your writing.

Kara Cerise said...

Great list of books, Paula!

I've been reading historical mysteries by Sarah Shaber, M. Louisa Locke, and Suzanne Adair. I recently read the old "The 39 Steps" by John Buchan. On my summer TBR list is "Silver Lies" by Ann Parker and "History Lover's Cookbook" by Roxe Anne Peacock.

Gloria Alden said...

What a wonderful place to visit, Paula. It almost made me want to pack my bags and take off again even though the book festival is over. Maybe next year.

B.K. Stevens said...

Hi, Paula--

I enjoyed your post. It sounds like a wonderful conference, and a delightful town!
Bonnie (B.K. Stevens)

Mike Orenduff said...

Hi Paula,

What a great summary of the event. Next time in Boone, I'll have to try some of those food places. Among your many writing talents, do you also write restaurant reviews?