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.

Cozy Ink Podcast (and scavenger hunt giveway)

Oh man. Last week the quarentine finally got me. I was working from home like every other day before, but something felt different. During a call, I became so frustrated and felt so dumb that I started to tear up. In a meeting. Not my best moment.

After a walk around the block and an ice cold diet coke later, my schedule dinged with an important meeting

An interview with Leah Bailey and her Cozy Ink podcast. The day did a complete reversal and we had a great chat.

Find the interview here on Tuesday May 12:

https://leahbaileyauthor.com/?p=302

As part of the interview, I offered a giveaway for an ebook copy of MURDER AT FIRST PITCH.

Rules are as follows:

  1. Listen to the podcast and answer the question asked.
  2. On my website here, find the award that the book most recently won.
  3. And finally, join my Facebook group, Nicole’s Starting Lineup https://www.facebook.com/groups/705169159907300/?ref=share and/or my Twitter @nanazlyn.
  4. Once there, find the post with this link and leave your answers! First to complete wins!

Social Distancing and Author Promotion

So, the world is on fire now. And I know many events are getting canceled or postponed.

So what is an author to do?

Facebook Events!

This weekend I will be a guest on two pages for book lovers everywhere. Stop by and join the fun.  Also, join the “Nicole’s Starting Line-up” Group to get special Ballpark mystery information!

Saturday March 14 5:30pm:

High Society Book Club

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Sunday, March 15 (Beware the Ides of March!) 1:00pm

The Write Reviewer’s Book Club

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Both are 1/2 hour long and will include sneak peeks, Q&As, and a GIVEAWAY!!

 

On a side note, the event I was going to in New London at the end of the month has been officially canceled. Hopefully, events in April will still go on *fingers crossed*

FYI, all my Curry friends…I will be at the library on Friday, April 24, 2-4pm to discuss my publishing journey! More to come!

Happy 2020!!

I can’t believe it is 2020.  It seems like this should be the future a la the Jetsons.  But I still don’t have my flying car. Whatevs.

Even with the world falling apart (and not being helped by people in power), 2019 was a pretty good year for me.  I started a permanent job with a great group of people, my family weathered some health scares, and of course….MY BOOK WAS PUBLISHED!

So, you could say it’s been a good year.  Now, with 2020 being here, I decided to make a few resolutions.

  1.  Finish book two of the ballpark mysteries.  I’m sooooooo close.  I’m hoping it get it to my publisher by the end of the month for first edits. Here’s hoping we can get it done and published for baseball season!thumbnail_20191129_124951
  2. Try not let things that are out of my control bother me. “Water off a duck’s back.”
  3. To get over some of my travel anxiety so I can go to other places to promote my book.  Malice Domestic is very high on my list this year!  I also got tickets for my mom, aunt, and I to see Josh Groban at Radio City Music Hall on my birthday…so I really need to get there!
  4. Attend more Sisters in Crime Speakers Bureau events….whether as a panelist or audience member.

So, basically…just want to be better this year.

To close out 2019, here are some pics from my final events of the year. I attended a local author fair at the UCONN Barnes and Noble in Hartford, CT.  They had a fun set up and the music was on point!

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The next weekend I took the long drive north to Nashua, NH.  Okay, it was only an hour.  Toadstool Bookshop was so freaking cute!  And all my cousins came to visit!  My dad even joined us for the event.

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After the signing at the bookstore (seriously, the NH people were the best!), we treked over to Aunt Leona’s house for some visiting time.  For those that have read the book, part of the dedication was to my Grandpa Asselin.  Leona is his sister. And she’s awesome. Quite possibly the nicest lady in the world. We had a good visit with her before heading back to Massachusetts.

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I ended December with time at the NE Mobile Book Fair in Newton.  Unfortunately, they were closing and getting ready to hopefully move to a new location.  I haven’t heard anything from them yet, so I hope things work out!

Then, the holidays.  Unfortunately, I had to work most days. But I did get to spend Christmas day with my mom, Aunt Debbie, and Dunkin.  So that was lovely. I even gave out ornaments of my book.  Because of course, I did.

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Even little Lucy Mae Chinault got into the book fun this year!

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And, as always…if you’ve read the book, leave a review over on Amazon!  Doesn’t have to be wordy, just a rating is fine too!  Let me know if you’d like a signed book for your collection as well!

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Here is to an amazing 2020!!