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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

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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

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Uneasy in Kansas City

Uneasy in Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals, the professional baseball team, is currently (as of 8/19/14) in first place in the American League Central Division.  It feels strange.  The team has the current longest active record of not playing in the post-season, — for 28 years.  I will grant that the Chicago Cubs have failed to win the World Series in 105 years. (As Jack Brickhouse said, “Any team can have a bad century.”)  The Texas Rangers had the longest pennant drought ever at 49 years until they won one in 2010.  So the local team has not been the worst of the worst.  They have just been close to it.

Part of the issue is that there are 162 games in a baseball season.  Earlier in the season the Royals fell into third place due to an eight game losing streak.  Like many others here, I thought that was the beginning of the long-expected implosion. I expected the team to crash like a downhill skier going off the course.  In stead they won ten games in a row and kept winning until they reached first place.  They could win the division.  They could also make the playoffs by winning enough games to be a wild-card entry. It has been quite a while since local fans had to do the math assessing that possibility.

There are still roughly 40 games left in the season.  It is not clear what would trigger a swan dive at this point.  Pitching has been good.  Defense has been good.  The team doesn’t have awesome offense, but they haven’t had it all this season.  They’ve been squeaking out wins with excellent late inning relief pitching.  One of the best players is out with broken bones in his hand.  In spite of the injury the Royals have been winning.  Even before the season started, Manager Ned Yost has been preaching taking one game at a time, not getting overly happy or sad about a single game and, as he put it, “grinding out games.”

That’s fine for him.  It may even be fine for the players.  They haven’t gone 28 seasons without a sniff of post-season play, the fans in Kansas City have.  These are supposed to be the, “dog days of August.”  Temperatures have been unseasonably cool this August.  On television the Royals players seem to be enjoying themselves and liking their teammates. 


Surely it can’t last. Can it?

2 comments:

Kara Cerise said...

I think the Royals are still doing well. Maybe they will win the pennant this year?!

KM Rockwood said...

One never knows. I grew up among Yankees fans in the days when they were on top of the world, playing repeatedly in "subway" World Series. New York was the place for baseball fans! I don't pay much attention any more--I realize I was a "herd mentality" fan, not a genuine one.

On the other hand, I have a sister-in-law who is a diehard Cubs fan. Talk about lack of incentive! The Cubs are one of the saddest teams. But she faithfully goes to games and is always on top of what's going on with the team.

My husband is a Phillies fan (grew up in Philadelphia) which is a mixed bag.

Good luck with your team, enjoy the good parts and don't get too upset about the sometimes stunning losses!