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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


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!

Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

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

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year's Resolutions from the Stacks

Well, it’s January 5 and I’ve already blown my New Year’s resolutions, so I’ve decided to do something that’s more fun. I’ll make resolutions for other people.

Here’s a list of things that your librarian (that would be me) would like patrons to resolve to do – or not do in the library - for 2015 and beyond:

1. Please do not use nude photos of your girlfriend as bookmarks.

2. When you loudly answer your phone in the Quiet Study area, please don’t begin your conversation with “I’m in the library.” The irony kills us.

3. Parents, stop doing your kid’s homework. (Policymakers note: doing this would raise test scores and lower blood pressure for millions of people without spending a penny.)

4. Don’t eat in the library. If you are going to eat in the library, please choose an entrée that we can’t smell.

5. On a side note, when you do sneak food in, don’t leave your McDonald’s bag stuffed between Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss. This is a heavily trafficked area and the aroma of French fries has led to many of us falling off the Weight Watchers wagon.

6. If you are a government contractor who wants to reserve a conference room, please don’t tell me that you’re a non-profit. You are not. I am not bumping the children’s story time for you. Also, I am not your secretary. And yes, I am going to wait on patrons in the order they line up. That means I am going to help that eight year old figure out what book to read next in the Warriors: Omen of the Stars series. Yes, that is more important than you.

7. Please don’t leave your children unattended. Besides not being that guy’s secretary, we are not your babysitters.

8. When you return your copy of The Duke’s Deadly Desire with the pages damp and still scented with bath bubbles, please don’t tell us that you checked it out that way.

9. Students, don’t bother telling us that your project is due tomorrow. We know.

10. Don’t tell me that everything is on the Internet. “Everything” includes misinformation, disinformation, pay walls, and sales pitches disguised as information. We know where the really good stuff is – and we’ll help you find it.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest, and here’s a resolution for 2015 we can all agree on: Have more fun. But, if you’re in a library, please do it quietly.

Do you have a new year’s resolution?


E. B. Davis said...

I love your attitude, Shari. Full of snap for the New Year! I will confess to two library sins.

1. One book was damaged in a tussle when my children were young.
2. Before I got my Kindle, I took library books on the beach to read. Bad idea. One was damaged. After that, I bought paperbacks to take to the beach. Now, I read my Kindle, which works out fairly well. A bit of sand to clean out, but nothing more.

On both occasions, I fessed up to the librarians and paid for the books. Of course now, I download most of my books since I actually prefer to read on my Kindle.

Jim Jackson said...

I take it that nude pictures of boyfriends are okay?

All my best to all librarians in the world -- my world would be smaller without you -- except the few who somehow think their are guardians of knowledge instead of dispensers of it.

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

All is forgiven, EB! And I've paid my share of fines too - I just tell myself that the library can buy more books that way.

Jim - it depends of the boyfriend ;) And I'm with you - like most professions, there are good and bad apples in the library world. Some forget that we are supposed to keep the door open, not closed.

Kara Cerise said...

I love these, Shari. Number eight made me smile. I've found chocolate wrappers doubling as bookmarks along with chocolate shavings in romance books that I checked out from the library.

KM Rockwood said...

I've worked in libraries, and I can sympathize!

Jim, that reminds me of the joke (at least I hope it's a joke) of the librarian who is asked "How's the library doing?"

"Very well," he answers. "There's only one book out, and I'm going to get it now!"

Linda Rodriguez said...

Great post, Shari! One of my New Year's resolutions is to get back to using the library more again.

Gloria Alden said...

Great post, Shari. I love both my libraries, especially the one in the small town closest to me. I've never met a rude librarian. They are always so helpful. In fact, the librarian who started one of my book clubs in a local cafe, has now retired and joined our group now that she has the time. Still, I have to admit to buying more books than I check out, but only mysteries in series that I want to keep on my shelf.

Shari Randall said...

Kara, I think romance readers know how to live! I had to laugh - we've found some pretty weird stuff used as bookmarks but the best was a strip of bacon. (what a waste of bacon)

Shari Randall said...

KM - :)

Shari Randall said...

Linda, thank you. Good resolution!

Shari Randall said...

Gloria, I am glad to hear your positive comment. I cringe when I hear about rude or unhelpful librarians. Like every job, there are good and bad apples. It's just that I think libraries do not get funded sometimes because some politicians had run-ins with some cranky librarians when they were kids.

Donna Volkenannt said...

This post is so funny! Love it! And thanks for all you and other librarians do for readers and writers.

Shari Randall said...

Thank you, Donna! Actually, I do love my library job and feel so lucky to work there - but there are those rare days… ;)

Kath said...

Love this post!
Decades ago when my mother got her masters in Library Sciences, her first new rule was talking Was allowed in the library. BUT I wonder how she'd feel about cellphones? Never mind I know. She'd rule the speaker had to be on so Everybody could hear both sides of the conversation.

And as for food. Same rule as gum in school. Bring some for everyone, or none for you!

Shari Randall said...

Kath, I like your mom's rules - especially the one about sharing food!

Edith Maxwell said...

I love this, Shari! Nude photos as bookmarks? Yikes.