This past Monday I had the great opportunity to talk to this writers group in Tewksbury, MA. My friend, Dale Phillips (Indie author extraordinaire) invited me to come to talk to his group and it was AMAZING. Dale is always great (and taught me all I know about mysteries—-at the Cape Cod Writers Conference a few years ago).
This group had great feedback, questions, and suggestions!
In person conferences! Yes, we had Crime Bake in November, but that was a little bit smaller.
Travelled to Bethesda, MD with several hundred other mystery authors/fans. I was lucky enough to be on a panel, AND have a book signing. I got to meet new readers (shoutout to Stephanie the Royals fan), talk about my book, talk about being a geriatric millennial, and pick up a ton new books! Wore a total of three Svaha dresses all weekend (lots of compliments). You can find their super cool dresses here! www.svahausa.com (Lots of mirror selfies were taken).
Can you google a killer panel:
Since the pandemy effectively cancelled Malice Domestic for the past three years, I was still considered a “new” author. That meant I got to participate in the fantastic new author breakfast on Sunday before I left. I have never met a microphone I didn’t like, that’s for sure.
Here we are on the final day with fellow mystery author (and resident of Mechanicsburg PA) Misty Simon (who has a million books out in different series!) https://mistysimon.wordpress.com/
Of course, the good times had to end. I didn’t even get to talk to everyone I wanted to! It was a jam packed weekend. Even squeezed time in with my Dad who came for the panel on Friday. The drive home on Sunday was long, but I was so glad that I went! Next up conference wise is Bouchercon. I haven’t flown since well before the pandemic, so I’m already a little anxious about that. Plus, Malice turned into a bit of super spreader event, luckily most of us were vaxxed so it was pretty mild all the way around. I never tested positive, but know many who did. So the pandemic is not over yet!
In other book news, book two is still on track for release June 29. I’m having a public book launch party at Study Hall 101 in Kingston MA on July 19 from 12-4pm. Feel free to swing by and pick up a signed book, swag, snacks, and cupcakes! Also, if you have an e-reader, pre-order the book now! Concession Stand Crimes
Like most people, I have been watching the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in horror and empathy. I didn’t know if there was anything I could do, and felt helpless.
Enter author Amy Patricia Meade. She rallied fellow authors and created an AMAZING auction where authors could donate and ANYONE can bid. The auction is open until April 12 and as a group we are hoping for lots of money to help those suffering in the Ukraine.
I have donated a signed copy of book one, some swag, and an ARC of Concession Stand Crimes.
Authors for Ukraine Charity gives readers the opportunity to bid on SIGNED AND DEDICATED books by over 170 of their favorite authors as well as discover and support works by writers who might be new to them.
All proceeds from this auction benefit CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, which strives to reach 4 million with immediate aid and recovery, food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance — prioritizing women and girls, families, and the elderly. https://www.care.org/
Remember the before times? Events, people, concerts, etc. Well, now that the pandemic is winding down (not over!), my events calendar is starting to fill up again. Remember baseball? I hope by the time you read this an agreement will have been reached and we’ll have a season.
Book two is on track for release early this summer. So my schedule in turn is ramping up as well!
I was hoping to have some copies of my book for my first event, MALICE DOMESTIC in Bethesda in early April, but I don’t think I’ll have copies. For those that haven’t read MURDER AT FIRST PITCH, I will be signing and selling copies there as well!
May is pretty quiet (so I’m looking for events if you have any thoughts!).
June I will be attending the Natick Farmers Market with several of my MWA and SINC members. June 11 All day! June 18, I will be at Rockland Day at the vendor fair as well. So if you’re on the South Shore make sure you stop by!
I’m still working with several minor league baseball teams in the hopes of joining them in their ballparks to sell my love letter to baseball book. My plan is to attend a Harrisburg Senators game in July or early August (update, Aug 6 is now on the calendar!). I would be so nice to see the team that I used to see in MS/HS on City Island. (And of course visit some of my old haunts…Pomfret St Books in Carlisle? Cumberland Valley HS reunion?)
Sept 8-10 is Bouchercon in Minneapolis, MN. Never been there, but I went to Bouchercon way back in New Orleans and had such fun at that conference. And by then I should have tons of copies of the 2nd book for signing and selling!
Finally, I registered to be a part of the Chocolate Town Book Festival in Hershey PA on October 1. Again, a trip to my HS family. Plus, a trip to Hershey park in order too? Is Chocolate World still free? Is the song still the same? Will it smell like chocolate in town? Maybe even book a stay at the Hershey Spa while I’m there. Mmmm…chocolate.
*Phew* Hopefully my anxiety won’t creep back in and I can make all these trips! I miss seeing people/readers and introducing them to my little cozy mystery. Also, I’ll be updating the events page as things get more confirmed (and I can take a work break).
Do you have favorite types of events you like to see authors at? Email me at email@example.com!
I saw this contest on a Twitter feed a little while go. I loved everything about it! They run the contests quarterly, and there a TON of different genres to enter. My book was obviously entered in the Cozy Mystery category and WON! Woooooooo!!!
The best part of this contest?
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To all my author friends, I highly recommend this contest and organization!
Can you believe this year is almost over? It seems like just yesterday it was March 2020.
Hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy…I’m boosted and so excited to be getting back to real life. In fact, just a few weeks ago I attended the NE Crime Bake. Luckily I got to work the registration desk and it was so nice to see lots of author friends in person!
A few of us also did a mystery making event at Woodsdale Elementary here in Abington. Kids. Man. They sure are, um, excitable. It was fun and I hope we can do more in the future! It was 3rd and 4th graders, and I could definitely see some budding writers in the mix. In fact, one little guy told us he was going to be an “arthur” when he grew up. Adorbs. (If you want us to come to your school, senior center, library, etc just reach out to the Sisters in Crime NE https://sincne.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=338034&module_id=280205)
Now, on to the fun stuff.
As you know, I had a fantastic cover reveal for book two. Look at my two babies together.
I’m still in the editing process (cracking my knuckles and getting ready for my edits to come back!). I did have a note from one of our marketing people at Pandamoon about my timing being off in the book. What? Like I can’t have two Tuesdays in a row? Fine. I’ll fix it. So on Veterans Day as I waited for the Abington parade to start, I took my draft and went chapter by chapter to figure out what days I had. And, lo and behold, he was right! That’s a few edits done ahead of time!
Make sure to check my Events page….I have a BUNCH of craft fairs on the South Shore coming up. Just in time for the holidays (and new swag to give out!)
Dec 11, Rockland
Dec 12, Abington
Dec 18, Pembroke
And finally…..if you are on Twitter and/or Instagram…come join me and a million other awesome cozy mystery authors for the #12DaysofCozies with the Cozy Mystery Book Club! Find so many awesome books to add to your TBR and ask all the cozy questions you need the answers to!
It’s time to reveal the cover of book two in the Ballpark Mystery series.
Concession Stand Crimes coming soon!!!
This past weekend was the New England Crime Bake, the first in person conference that I have attended since the whole pandemy started. It was awesome! I was on the committee, and my fellow team members did an AMAZING job getting this off the ground. This week we even provided another online version of the conference for those that were wary about travel or large crowds. I’m hoping we’ll do something similar in the future.
Where you at the NE Crime Bake? Send me pictures or your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org for me to pass along to the rest of the team (and if you agree, to post on the social media pages).
I love cooler weather, leaves changing, and all that good stuff. Suprisngly, I’m not a PSL fan.
I had such a good summer selling books with my friends in NH at A Freethinker’s Corner in Dover, NH (they have several signed copies on their shevles if you’re in the area), at the Weymouth Farmer’s Market, and various craft fairs. It’s my new favorite!
I also was honored to guest host the Morning Show with Rob Hakala on 95.9 WATD on August 12. I loved it so much. All the traffic reports I could want! It was a dream!
Next up on the agenda is the Abington Music Parents Craft Fair on Sept 19 at the high school. Come down if you’re still waiting to pick up the book!
I got updates that book two is currently with my fabulous editor, and I’m hoping to get that out to you all later in the Fall….hopefully in time for the World Series (c’mon Red Sox!).
I’ve also joined Tik Tok to be like the cool kids. I don’t post a ton, but I do watch a lot of them. Come follow me @NicoleAsselin38.