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June Interviews













6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer


Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron


WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now

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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!


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, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!


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."


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.


Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.


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


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!

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Monday, May 11, 2020

A Moment of Calm

by Shari Randall

My local evening news has fallen into a pattern: Open with coronavirus statistics and news for the state; slot in one or two stories of national importance, then sports and weather; and end with an uplifting salute to those on the front lines. Just before the last segment, the station plays a video feature called Sixty Seconds of Calm, video of a brook, or sunlight on the ocean, or some similarly peaceful nature scene.

I've started looking forward to similarly peaceful moments in my day. I've discovered that I'm surrounded by them and it's just a matter of noticing and stopping to appreciate them. I found this little painted rock garden on the corner of a nearby street. I wish I could thank the family that hid it there for the neighborhood to discover. Since I first found it, I've seen others walkers do a double take and stop to enjoy it.

Thank you!


10 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I seek calmness every day when we're on our hour-long dog walk. And I'm grubbing in the garden every day too, though have to wait to plant until overnight temps rise above the mid-thirties.Take care.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Margaret, gardening is one of the most calming activities there is (unless you're fighting an insect invasion!) I hope your temps climb into more plant friendly territory soon.

carla said...

I love the rock garden! How wonderful.

KM Rockwood said...

We do have to take time to recognize the calm moments (Smell the roses?)

I've delighted in watching the progress of spring blooms, even though the mild winter seems to have upset the schedule a bit.

We have an extra delight this spring. The dogwood around here have contracted a disease, and we thought most of the ones scattered throughout the woods had succumbed. However, this year, right on the heels of the redbud, we have a good scattering of dogwood in bloom.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Whatever helps to soothe our nerves and spirits is of value, including the jokes, films of animal antics and beautiful vistas that fill our e-mailboxes every day.

Kaye George said...

The rocks are lovely! Thanks for giving them to us, too.
Stay safe.

Warren Bull said...

I see a lot more strolling along than I did when I walked with a goal and a timeline in mind.

Grace Topping said...

Thanks, Shari. We all need uplifting words these days--wherever we can find them. The news can be overwhelming, so I avoid it. I know what is going on--I don't need the details. But I do enjoy the stories of people who are doing good things. It reminds me of what Mr. Rogers said about looking for the helpers.

Kait said...

You provided a moment of calm in a very stressful day. Thank you!

What a wonderful (if unknown) neighbor you have, and what a fabulous news station. I may have to move to your state!

Jennifer J. Chow said...

How nice to find that rock garden! A few years back, I remember doing a fun activity with friends to write inspiring words or messages on stones.