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).
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
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.
Murder at First Pitch by Nicole Asselin is a story about a woman named Madeline Boucher who loves baseball based on early memories from her grandfather. Unfortunately, Madeline loses her job and has to figure out different options. Joining in on the family business as the new social media director for their baseball business, Madeline […]