Friday, May 3, 2013


Welcome Everyone!
A flash mob reading a book aloud? What a “novel” idea! Plus, come up with a name for a novel character and win a book. And, which author is speaking to the Connecticut Gravestone Network? All that and more on the Weekly Round-Up!

JOHN DANIEL, author of “Behind the Redwood Door,” announced the theme for May is "Yes, You May," and he'll be accepting contributions until Monday, May 6. He encourages readers to send in a 99-word story with that theme!

See how the students at Mt. San Antonio College paid homage to SUNNY FRAZIER'S mystery, “Fools Rush In.”

The organizer of the Connecticut Gravestone Network asked CHRIS KULLSTROEM, author of "Deadly Roles," a collection of interactive mystery games, to write an article about the series of seminars she's giving at haunted attraction conferences this spring for their newsletter.

RICHARD MARRANCA, “Dragon Sutra.” did a reading from his novel and notes on adventure travel, Southeast Asia, creative writing and more on April 26 at Barnes and Noble, Springfield, NJ.

MARILYN MEREDITH, “Dangerous Impulses” needs suggestions for a character's name. This is the new Chief of Police for the Rocky Bluff P.D. Female, went as high as she could in her former big city department, African American, light skinned, short, light brown hair, obviously mixed heritage, intelligent, strong, made some changes, the men think she's favoring the two female cops. See what you can come up with, and the one chosen can pick a copy of one of the older RBPD mysteries.

ust learned that “Daddy’s Christmas Angel” won first place in adult novels for the Virginia Press Women’s 2013 Communications Contest. The awards were presented on Saturday at the spring conference held at Washington and Lee University. “Notes Along the Way” also won second place in personal blogs. The first place winner will advance to the National Press Women’s Communication Contest. Congratulations!

MORGAN ST. JAMES read from “Who’s Got the Money?” at Mt. San Antonio College on April 24.


JIM CALLAN, author of  “A Ton of Gold,” will be at the Quitman, Texas Library signing books on May 4.

RICHARD MARRANCA will speak about his novel, “Dragon Sutra” at the Roselle Park Library on May 14 at 6:30.  Tuesday, “Dragon Sutra.” 

BERYL REICHENBURG, author of children's books, will participate in the Mini Maker Faire on May 11 from 11-3 at Mission Plaza amphitheatre in San Luis Obispo (CA).

SALLY CARPENTER, author of “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper” blogs about the value of collectibles:

JIM CALLAN, author of “A Ton of Gold,” has a nice write up on DelSheree's The Edible Bookshelf:

Over at AusJenny, Jim did an interview:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer,” hosts Desiree Holt. She talked about EPICon 2014 coming next March in San Antonio, TX. Find out why you might consider attending.

CAROL CRIGGER author of  “Three Seconds to Thunder” and “Two Feet Below,” is guest blogging at Coffee Time Romance:

JOHN DANIEL, author of “Behind the Redwood Door,” posted Chapter Three of his book-in-progress called The Stories of Our Lives. He presents rules and tools for writing good stories.

WILLIAM DOONAN “American Caliphate” has an update on his e-book experiment over at Novel Spaces:

SUNNY FRAZIER (“Fools Rush In,” and “Where Angels Fear,”) contemplates the upcoming authors in “Generation Next” over at Buried Under Books. 

MARJA MCGRAW's book, “Old Murders Never Die” was featured in a blog about mixing genres by Shelly Frome.

Can writing and reading be therapeutic? MARJA MCGRAW invites you to stop in and read about Esmeralda, The Neighborhood Snoop which just might touch on that question.

Wild Woman of the Week is MARILYN MEREDITH. Check out her interview over at

SHARON MOORE, upcoming “Mission: Impastable,” addressed the Zodiac on her final post of the A-Z April Challenge Blog Hop. She gave SUNNY FRAZIER, author of astrology mysteries, a shout-out.

SHARON also gives tips on how to plan a virtual book launch:

Curious about why Wyatt Earp is buried in a Jewish cemetery? Did you even know he was buried  next to his (probably common-law) Jewish wife? Rabbi ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of  “Unleavened Dead” has the story on her website:
And for all of you who want to know how to make meringue cookies, you can read about ILENE'S  hints for getting them right every time over at Lois Winston's blog:

 MARY MONTAGUE SIKES also completed the April A to Z Blog Challenge, creating a Painting a Day, mostly of animals. She is thrilled to have 26 new paintings in her studio.

CHRIS SWINNEY, author of the contracted “Gray Ghost,” did a blog about the Tomb of the  Unknowns:


Gina Gao said...

These are really great books! I'll check them out.

Julie Luek said...

Active authors. Yay!

Eileen Obser said...

Great Round-Up as usual. Love to receive this each week!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

So much fun to read these!

D.R. Ransdell said...

I loved Sunny's flashmob! I spent the rest of the night trying to figure out how I could do something similar. And to think that most flashmob's just use classical music!

Thanks for another great idea, Sunny!