If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

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

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

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.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring! A Pictorial Celebration

by Julie Tollefson

Some people, I understand, love winter. I personally don’t get that. I spend the winter bundled in layers of unattractive clothing or huddled next to the fire. It’s depressing.

So the warmer temperatures of spring make me downright gleeful. And here in Kansas, spring has arrived. Yay! It’s a perfect time for a stroll through the woods.

In the big picture, tender green shoots poke up through last year’s leaf fall, yet the woods don’t look particularly spring-like yet.

But look more closely, and signs of new growth, new beginnings are everywhere.

In redbud tree buds wrapped in water droplets on a rainy morning.

And bursting open a few days later.

In new leaves and flower bud clusters.

In the first dandelion of the season.

And bejeweled spider webs as fog lifts.

I’m still waiting for my favorite sign of spring (shown here in a photo from a few years ago):

These miniature irises—I’ve always called them “baby irises”—came from my Great-Grandma Ida’s yard. For three decades, every time I’ve moved, some of them moved with me. They’re always the first flowers to bloom in my yard, eagerly awaited. The leaves made their appearance last week, and the flowers shouldn’t be far behind.


E. B. Davis said...

It's so beautiful! The Cherry Trees are blooming in D. C. Our TV news-anchors' backdrop showed an aerial shot of the blossoms. Gorgeous! Although Hatteras doesn't have as many flowering trees, which I will miss--I won't miss the pollen. I'm sneezing my head off these days. Wish it weren't so because I love the colors of spring. Thanks for the pictures.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Very nice pictures. Spring is well along in Georgia. I'm lucky because I experience it three times: first in Georgia, second as we travel north, and third when it (eventually) reaches the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we summer.

~ Jim

KM Rockwood said...

Wonderful pictures!

I have some of the tiny irises, too. They have bloomed, and we've moved on.

We have a utility cut that runs along our property near the road. Over the years, I've planted several hundred daffodils of various types along there. This time of year, we get lots more traffic than usual! I think people are driving a bit out of their way to see them.

Margaret Turkevich said...

beautiful photos! In Cincinnati, the pear trees are bursting into bloom, white Q-tips in the brown landscape. Daffodils and forsythia, one of nature's bouquets. And the maple trees are in full red blossom against the blue sky.

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks, everyone! Mother Nature is laughing at me today - I woke up to the prettiest snow we've had all year. Big, wet flakes. I wrapped myself in a blanket and took my tea on the porch to watch and listen as it fell. Beautiful, but I still prefer spring flowers and warmer temps!

KM - Your daffodil display sounds wonderful. I would drive out of my way to see it (if I lived closer)!

Margaret - "white Q-tips in a brown landscape" - what a lovely expression!

Jim - Experiencing spring three times! Sounds like you plan your life right!

EB - I am so fortunate not to have allergies. I feel for those of you who do.

Gloria Alden said...

Lovely, pictures, Julie. You must be much further south than I am in N.E. Ohio because only now are the daffodils coming out and a few other things. No signs of leaves on the trees yet.The tulip leaves and daylily sprouts, too, but the tulips won't be blooming for some weeks and the daylilies not until July. I do have the minature irises, too, as well as the full size ones, but they won't be blooming for at least a month or more.

As for winter, I tend to focus on the up side, and that's that I have more time to write with less outside work. For the most part, I'm still able to get out for my daily walks in the woods unless it's below 15 degrees or raining. We've had a rather mild winter and my driveway only needed plowed once, and I probably could have gotten out even without it being plowed.