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


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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Thursday, January 10, 2019

After Christmas by Gloria Alden


I know it’s time for my Christmas tree to go, but I enjoy seeing it lit up with colored lights. The Scotch pine needles are starting to fall off.
Just like my sisters I wanted a real Christmas tree. So I had Jacob, my grandson, take me to the Christmas tree farm where I’ve been getting my trees the last few years. He has a pickup truck so it is easy to bring it to my house. He brought it in and put it in the tree container. Last year Jacob and his sister helped me decorate the tree, but this year he had somewhere else to go so I decorated it myself. I also put up a small fake tree in the library, too, in front of the large window in there.
There’s always so much that’s needed to be done before Christmas. Shopping for gifts and wrapping them. Wrapping up grab bag gifts and preparing a Christmas meal.
This year my California daughter, Mary, came home and spent most of her time cleaning my house and getting it ready for company.
On Christmas Eve my sister Suzanne always has her sisters and brother and their kids at her house. I always take simple gifts for the nieces and nephews, bags with socks and gloves in them and if they have young children which most of them do, I put little toys in the bag, too. That evening we exchange gifts with each other. This year my daughter Susan went with me instead of Mary. She was too tired from cleaning.
My son who lives next door, if you count my barn and pony pasture between us, and his children and grandchildren came to my house on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when my brother Phil and sister Suzanne visited. We exchanged some gifts because my daughter Susan and her husband Mike came over with their two children Jacob and Emilie.
I’m not the only one who wraps up grab bag gifts for Christmas Day. After the large bag with mixed grab bag gifts has been passed around and everyone opened gifts, we start to trade off what we don’t want for something else. It’s nothing very expensive and usually what we find in our junk drawers. There are some nice things, too. The grab bag gifts dates back to when we were children and my father, who was a purchasing agent, received one. So we started creating our own grab bag gifts.
Before Christmas I went to a concert that featured a fantastic singer named Andy Cooney. He has the most beautiful tenor voice and encouraged us to sing along with him. I bought four of his CDs. One was of the Christmas songs so I played that a lot before Christmas. According to his bio that we received he has won all sorts of awards. He is an Irish Tenor and sings mostly Irish songs. His grandfather was from Ireland and he visits Ireland a lot. 
Now that Mary flew back to California, Susan comes over to help me with things like putting my checkbook information online now. Of course, I still write checks and mail them out to pay my bills.  Mostly I sit in my nesting chair reading the newspaper or reading a book and looking at my tree that I know will have to go soon.
How was your Christmas? What did you enjoy most about it?

4 comments:

Grace Topping said...

Glad you had an enjoyable holiday, Gloria. Your name is so appropriate for the Christmas season.

My husband and I have been taking the Christmas decorations down and boxing them up. Every year I say I am going to put up less, but so much of it has sentimental value, so it is hard eliminating some of it. Now that it's down, the house looks so bare. It sure would help perk up overcast winter days if we had at least some of the decorations up longer. Oh, well. Back to normal.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Grace, I have two fake amaryllis plants on the mantel which I leave up till Valentine's day. In addition to a large pot of paperwhite narcissus on the kitchen counter, I buy small pots of forced bulbs to take the curse off the winter bare inside and the view through the windows.

Gloria, glad you had a great Christmas!

Warren Bull said...

We had family together at Christmas, which is the highlight of the season for me,

Kait said...

We didn't do a tree this year, and probably won't until we leave Florida. The heat and the humidity are unkind to the trees.

That said, our tradition was to leave trees up until January 6th. The Feast of the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. Having a French background we also got presents on that day, usually fruit left in a sock on the end of our bed and a small remembrance from our parents. We'd have a pastry breakfast, go to Church and then take down the tree. Since I was in a parochial school with French traditions, we usually had the day off.