Happy 1-year Book-aversary to me!

Can you believe it? It’s been a full year since my book was introduced to the world. There are still times I can’t believe that I have an actual published book in the world. Its been a bit different since the pandemic hit in February, but before we got shut down for our health, my book took me to some amazing places. Here are some great memories of the past year.

From my first event at the Abington Public Library in October, to the Toadstool Bookshop in Nashua, NH…I have had the best experience with this book. I’m hoping 2021 will provide me with more opportunities to travel with my book babies including down to Mechanicsburg PA (my old stomping grounds).

Book two, Concession Stand Crimes is scheduled for release early next year *fingers crossed*. So, if you have any great bookstores you would like to me reach out to and visit (or even virtual visit) in the next year, let me know!

As always….you can order book one from the ‘zon, but if you would like to support your local Indie bookstore, go through bookshop.org to order! (Or take a social distanced, masked visit to your local indie and ask them to order!)

If you have bought/read/borrowed the book this past year, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I don’t know if people tell this to readers that often, but you have literally made my dreams come true. I would not be writing this blog, writing more books, or having such a great time without you. You the real MVPs!

WELCOME POST: Murder at First Pitch

Hi, y’all! I’m Belle, and I’m the organizer for this blog tour. I’m so excited to be introducing you to Murder at First Pitch by Nicole Asselin, and I hope y’all are just as excited. This book is a cozy mystery that will enrapture you from the first pages, and it’ll definitely be one to remember. I had a great time interviewing Nicole, and I hope you enjoy seeing all of her answers to my questions.

Make sure you follow all of our amazing and wonderful tour hosts and don’t miss out on a tour stop! The schedule is available below, for those interested in checking it out.

Pastel Vintage Bike Facebook Cover51mXK1Z784L4Murder at First Pitch
(Ballpark Mysteries #1)
by Nicole Asselin
Published by Pandamoon Publishing
Released on September 4th, 2019
ADULT FICTION—Mystery > Cozy Mystery

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32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s Grandfather instilled a love in the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age…

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TOUR SCHEDULE: Murder at First Pitch

Check me out on tour this week!

51mXK1Z784L4Murder at First Pitch
by Nicole Asselin
Published by Pandamoon Publishing
Released on September 4th, 2019
ADULT FICTION—Mystery

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32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s Grandfather instilled a love in the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age and increased that love by purchasing a local Independent League Baseball team, the Abington Armadillos.

After losing her corporate job in Boston, Madeline realizes her best option is to join the family baseball business. As the new “Social Media Director” for the team, Madeline attends her first business function and witnesses an argument between her brother Ben, and a strange man.

A few days later when walking the ballpark during her early morning hours, she finds the body of a man beaten to death with a baseball bat in the Visitor’s Dugout. It was the man her brother was arguing with at the party. Madeline is concerned that her brother would be considered a…

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Monday Night Talk on WATD 95.9

I taped an interview with local, South Shore radio station 95.9 WATD last week. The interview ran last night. For those that missed it, find it below! Kevin Tocci was a great interviewer, and I have another interview with him coming soon for the Whitman Public Access channel.

Any excuse for me to talk. It might take a few minutes to load, videos are hard ya’ll!

Promoting in a Pandemic

It’s been hard. I’m not going to lie. I miss bookstores, library events, and craft fairs. But I get it. Time to stay safe.

In our new world, authors had to adjust on the fly and learn new ways to promote their books. Zoom has been a god send, and I have done several interviews since we have been in semi-lockdown. I did a super fun event with the Langley-Adams library a few weeks ago, and loved hearing from people who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet ask questions!

Thankfully, my publisher has been AMAZING at promoting their authors. For the summer, they have offered discounts on the books, free promotions, and launched an “author of the week” program. I did a reading and a great interview with Elgon Williams.

This past week I sent out a bunch of emails to local cable access stations to see if they had any time for interviews. The Whitman station got back to me quickly, and the producer was actually someone I had met when filming with the Abington High School. We had a fantastic interview, which I will post when it’s available. Also, he works at 95.9 WATD which is the local South Shore radio station. We taped another interview that will air on Monday Aug 3 at 730pm (Don’t worry, there is no Red Sox game that night).

I will hopefully be scheduling time with the Holbrook and Milton stations as well. And you know me, I love to chitty chat about my book as much as possible.

Another fun event is the Cozy Ink Summer Conference scheduled for tomorrow. Leah Bailey has compiled a bunch of cozy authors and their tips and tricks for writing mysteries. If you want to register, go to cozyink.com for the link! Did I mention it was FREE? Cause it’s free.

As always, stay safe, stay masked, and virtual hugs to you all!

Zoom Book Club July 13 630pm

Yay! An event in 2020!

Last year, I attended the NELA conference in Connecticut with the Sisters in Crime NE and met so many great local librarians!

One connection was Sue Nakanishi who is one of the librarians up in Groveland, MA. She used one of my books as door prizes for her mystery book group, and has been so awesome as a resource!

Groveland is North of Boston, and at the beginning of this year, we had discussed trying to schedule some sort of event at the library. And then….BAM. Pandemic! (Wear your mask people!).

All events are now remote/zoom/facebook rooms/skype/etc. This is perfect for me who now can do all of her book talks from the comfort of their home. Sue reached out to me again with the option of doing a zoom book chat next week.

Of course! This is my jam!

So, I have a new event for 2020!

To join, make sure to register at the following link so you get the zoom information. It’s FREE! (And you’ll get a sneak peak of book two).

https://langleyadamslib.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/murder-at-first-pitch-author-nicole-asselin/

Deep Thoughts

Okay, maybe they aren’t deep thoughts, just things on my mind.

First of all, just know I support #BLM. I support the protesters. I also acknowledge I don’t know how it feels to be profiled or attacked in society, but I am always here to listen and learn.

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

So, now on to lighter things. Book Two in the Ballpark Mysteries is currently with the publisher for editing. I cannot wait to get it back and dig back in! I’m in the very early stages of plotting book three, which will find Madeline leaving the confines of Abington to another ballpark. Should be fun!

But before that, she encounters another murder at the ballpark. As one does.

During one of my early events at the Abington library, a gentleman mentioned how Abington might have had a baseball team in the 40s or 50s that he remembered watching down at the local school. So on a whim I decided to email the local historical society, the Dyer Library in Abington.

I received a lovely email from the archivist, Merlyn. Here is a snippet of what she found:

“Abington, Rockland, and Whitman had several baseball teams between the
1890s-1930s. They were mostly company teams associated with shoe
factories. There may have been an independent Abington team associated
with a league during that era but that will take some time for us to
research. The American Legion started their baseball team post-WW II.
Abington did not have a team in the Cranberry League but Rockland did.
The Cranberry League was founded in the 1960s.”

Shoes and baseball? I’m here for it. I’m hoping to be able to put some of this info into future books!

Speaking of libraries…..I love that my library in Abington is working on a curbside pickup option. So many good books I’ve gotten to read now they they re-opened!

Just some of the books I’ve read during the pandemic (my pile keeps getting bigger even as I try to put a dent in it):

Deathless Divide – Justina Ireland (book two….zombies in the wild west)

Ruin of Kings & The Name of All Things – Jenn Lyons

Realm of Ash – Tasha Suri

The Alloy of Law – Brandon Sanderson

The Woman in the Mirror – Rebecca James

Once & Future – Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

The Ancestor – Danielle Trussoni

Journey of the Pharaohs – Clive Cussler

Check out more recommendations in my bookshop!

https://bookshop.org/shop/nicoleasselin

I hope everyone stays safe out there! Sending all sorts of good vibes to everyone.