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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


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


Monday, April 9, 2018


by Shari Randall

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real.” Nora Ephron
A lot of writers post pictures of their book “in the wild.” Usually it’s a shot of the book on a store shelf, or of a disembodied hand holding the book in front of a landmark building, or propped next to an espresso and tiramisu on a trendy café table.
photo by C. Potenza

Just last week, author friend Carol Potenza sent me a pic of Curses, Boiled Again with a storyteller doll at a museum in New Mexico. Some days my book has more fun than I do! I plan to return the favor when – if! – the weather ever improves here. Snowy, gray New England in mud time doesn’t make the most enticing background.

Speaking of not very enticing backgrounds, I did take a photo of a friend’s book in the wild last week under unusual circumstances. Well, sadly, not entirely unusual, just not the typical book in the wild shot.

Last week, my husband had back surgery. I found myself doing a lot of waiting at the hospital - a lot of waiting: in the Family Lounge where we all tried to avoid each other’s eyes; in the Quiet Lounge where I managed, just barely, to restrain myself from killing a man who insisted on taking a phone call; in the hospital cafeteria; at my husband’s bedside, as he rested between visits from RNs, PAs, physical therapists, and residents.

I tried to distract myself with television and Facebook, but all they did was keep me tethered to the present, to reality, to, as Ephron said, the “all too real.” I needed something to truly, in the way of the old Calgon commercial, take me away.

My friend Dianne Freeman had sent me an ARC of her Downton-esque debut, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder. As my husband dozed and medical equipment beeped, I sank into the tale of Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, who must simultaneously solve the mystery of her philandering husband’s death, get to the bottom of burglaries plaguing London’s elite, and find a suitable suitor for her sister, Lily. It was light and witty -  a great escape. I was glad when it was time for Bill to come home, but sad to leave behind 1899 London.

Now that Bill’s home and back on his feet, I can put my feet up and sink back into Lady Frances’ world. Thanks, Dianne!

Is there a book that helped you escape when you really needed it? Please share in the comments.

Shari Randall is the author of the Lobster Shack Mystery series from St. Martin's Press. Book Two, Against the Claw, is available for preorder now.


Jim Jackson said...

I’m forever with my nose in a book to prevent the real world from intruding. My latest fine read was fellow WWK member Tina Whittle’s Necessary Ends.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My current book stack includes Charles Todd's The Gate Keeper, Burke's The Wife, and Donna Leon's The Temptation of Forgiveness. I'm reading them all at once.

And I'm prepping for my book club discussion of Lehane's Mystic River.

Shari Randall said...

Jim, so many WWK books I want to get to - including yours and Tina's!

Margaret - I'll be interested to hear what you and your book club think of Mystic River. I think it's a great book. I always think books are superior to their movie versions, but in this case,I think the movie was equal to the source material.

Barb Goffman said...

Louise Penny. After my dad died and I could hardly concentrate on anything, I found I could lose myself in Three Pines and the world of Armand Gamache. I will always be grateful to Louise for that.

And now I'm off to look up Dianne Freeman's book. Thanks for the tip, Shari.

Dianne Freeman said...

There's nothing like losing yourself in a book! I'm so glad A Lady's Guide was able to provide an escape for you, Shari. And I'm really happy your husband is back on his feet! Must be your expert nursing!

Warren Bull said...

When recovering from bone marrow transplants book were my bridges back into the world. I started with short stories since I could not concentrate long enough to read a book, then to children's books before novels.

E. B. Davis said...

I got the flu one time and had to stay in bed. I started reading The Cat Who series. I was hooked. They took me out of my misery. So much so, I went to the library and checked out the rest of the series, came home, went back to bed and read the rest. I probably could have gotten back to work prior to those last few days, but instead of forced sickness--it became vacation time. Yahoo!

Shari Randall said...

Hi Barb, Louise's books are just wonderful to sink into - how I wish I could live in Three Pines!

Hi Dianne, he's better - despite my nursing ;)

Hi Warren - books are also bridges - yes. And how interesting that children's books were in the mix for you. I think they have special powers not found in other books.

Hi EB - I know what you mean about the Cat Who - I love them!

KM Rockwood said...

My go-to book is Rafe by Weldon Hill.

The main protagonist is Rafe, an adolescent boy who can never quite live up to the expectations of his disabled father, especially when compared to his older brother. It's full of well-intentioned, troubled people (with only one unlikable character) who create problems for themselves and others due to circumstances and poor decisions. It always ends the same way--a very satisfying happily-ever-after solution.

Shari Randall said...

KM, that sounds good!

Carol Potenza said...

Haha! I recognize the storyteller doll photo! I had such fun with the 'Out in the Wild' assignment, I won't stop! And I really enjoyed your book, Shari. Hope we get to meet someday.