Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!
Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.
Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.
Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!
Congratulations to Jennifer J. Chow for garnering a 2021 Lefty Nomination for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. We're crossing our fingers for Jennifer!
Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.
KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!
Margaret S. Hamilton's "Dealing at the Dump" appears in Cozy Villages of Death Fall 2020.
Margaret S. Hamilton's "Black Market Baby" and Debra H. Goldstein's "Forensic Magic" appear in Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories Fall 2020.
Jennifer J. Chow's Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (interview on WWK on 11/11) released on November 10.
Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
BRINGING DOWN THE TREES
For the last few days this week, I've had two different tree services coming out to cut down some of the large spruce trees around my house, mostly those that were dead or seemed to be close to dying. Each different tree service company came with three trucks and other equipment that was incredibly
It was interesting to watch them, though. Especially watching the young men who ended up in the trees to cut the branches up high which then fell to the ground. How brave they seemed to be. Others were gathering the branches and putting them in a chopping machine on one truck and then throwing the pieces into another truck to take away.
My sister who had trees cut down last year told me that it was very dangerous for these tree guys and a lot were killed.
Part of me hated to see the trees go, but one tree in particular needed to be cut down. It was a very large spruce right behind the sun room on my house that was leaning towards my house the young man who took care of that put spikes on his shoes and then a large white long part of one of the trucks swung out with a rope holding a heavy dark ball. The young man grabbed a hold of it and was lifted up and over to the large tree a little behind my house. He started with the chain saw to cut the top off that tree and continued going down cutting off branches. and more of the top of the tree and continued going down cutting off branches and more of the top of the tree. The tree was incredibly tall and it worried me to see him up so high in the sky. He didn't seem to mind and when he came down closer to the ground I asked him not to cut the tree too low to the ground because I wanted a stump to put either a bird bath on it or a large pot of flowers to look at from my sun room windows where I sometimes eat lunch on summer days.
I loved these large trees except for one problem. Not only was my yard covered in dead pine
needles, but also hundreds and hundreds of dead pine cones which will make it difficult for me to my my yard once the grass starts growing.
Both of the tree companies (whose owners are friends) will be coming back in a few days to each
cut down one more tree but only those that look like they are dying. At the back edges of my backyard there are more spruce trees so I'm not going to be treeless by any means, and there are a few
on the south side of my house, too. Two of my sisters are coming today to help me clean up all the pine cones and then we'll go to lunch.
Have you ever had a tree service come in and cut down dead trees at your place?
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Tina Whittle writes the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver mysteries. The sixth book in this Atlanta-based series—Necessary Ends—is available now. Tina is a proud member of Sisters in Crime and has served as both a chapter officer and national board member. Visit her website to follow her on social media, sign up for her newsletter, or read additional scenes and short stories: www.tinawhittle.com.