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.
Even though the ‘rona has not fully left us yet, more events are starting back up and I’m trying to get out there. Masked, of course, and fully vaxxed.
Two weeks ago was a lovely craft fair where I sold out of books! I mean, how cool is that! So I ordered a whole bunch more (I will never run out again *shakes fist*). And hopefully I’ll be able to sell more when book two comes out….any time now. My cover should be next in the pipeline, so make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter to get a first look!
This past weekend was the Malice Domestic virtual More than Malice conference. I participated in an Author Speed Dating panel which was so darn fun. I added some books to my shopping list, and will be following a lot of these authors.
Here is a taste:
August is shaping up to be a busy one too. August 10 I will be at a Freethinkers Corner in Dover, NH for their 3 year anniversary. I hope to see my friends/family from the north at that event too! August 12 I will be co-hosting the morning show with Rob Hakala on WATD 95.9. I was a guest a while ago, so I thought I would attempt a little longer discussion. Plus, he’s a fellow Curry College grad, so it should be fun. Stay tuned!
So, it’s for book one. BUT, it was fun to attempt and get ready for another one for book two. Coming soon!
And, you can now order signed books through the link above. If you already bought a copy, but don’t have it signed, email me/reach out with your address and what you’d like it to say and I can send out a special baseball themed book plate!
I love doing interviews. I love talking about my book.
So, one day I saw a fellow author on Facebook post about the show “Good Day PA” and a segment they did. Well, as a former resident of Mechanicsburg, PA, I knew I had to get in on that show! I spoke with Amy Kehm last week, and today the segment aired.
The best part?
The first segment of the show was about the potato donuts from the Farm Show in Harrisburg. For those that grew up in that area, the Farm Show is big doings in central PA. I would go for the donuts, and the delicious milkshakes. Oh, and the butter sculpture. Like I said, big doings.
It was a short (but fun) interview. I wish I could’ve spoken about my love of the Harrisburg Senators on City Island. That was the place to hang out back in my day. Not only did it have minor league baseball, they had a little marketplace, little train, and mini golf. I think I even went on a romantic date at City Island during high school. Oh the memories.
Last year was my 20th HS reunion. Unfortunately, due to the ‘rona, we weren’t able to get together. I hadn’t been able to make any of the reunions before, and last year was the big one! Plus, I was going to try and hit up some of the bookshops in PA while around. Hopefully, once that vaccine roll-out happens I can head down there for a weekend (hit the Hershey spa), see some old HS buddies, and promote my second book as well!
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!