California ‘Cali’ May’s next adventure, Magnolia Murders, is now available as an e-book on Amazon. I have promised my First Readers and Reviewers a free e-copy and am waiting for my publisher to send me copies of the mobi and PDF files. For those of you who can’t wait, however, Magnolia Murders is available on Amazon for $2.99. Should you elect to purchase the e-book and provide an Amazon review, I will be forever thankful for your support. All my readers are very dear to me, and I love you all.
Lee Child, Tasha Alexander, and Andrew Grant: Lee and Andrew are brothers, and Tasha is Andrew’s wife. All three are award winning authors.
Bouchercon 2018: An Amazing Time!
To be honest, I deliberately kept my expectations of this event on the low side. I’d been to smaller book conferences (Left Coast Crime) and found the first one quite intimidating. However, surprise! I met my first author heros, Laurie B. King and Ann Cleeves at that event three years ago. From then on, I’ve been hooked. Imagine being a voracious reader, an aspiring writer, a lover of mystery, and finding my favorite authors so accessible!
Bouchercon was spoken of in awed whispers, as if it was the ultimate reader and writer experience. I’m here to tell you, it really is. Imagine my shock (yes, shock!) at meeting Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Deborah Crombie, and so many other personal favorites. The experience was right up there with meeting a rock star (for some.) I was so afraid I’d be too shy to speak, or say something so dumb they’d remember me for my stupid remarks. But I wasn’t, and I didn’t. All of them were gracious, friendly, and interested to meet their fans. Not one of them was intimidating.
The other component of this event that was so amazing was the surprising numbers of familiar faces: Terry Bischoff, acquiring editor for Midnight Ink, Anne Cleeland, a fantastic author who helped me rehearse my first pitch in an elevator at LCC 2018 in Reno, and Mary Sawicki and Marie Gamber, two of my first fans.
And what about new friends? Being new to Florida, I hadn’t yet met any local authors, and faced my first Bouchercon without someone to eat meals with, go to panels with, or get lost in the Vinoy with. Dee Speers and Wendy Dingwall came to my rescue, along with Carla Neggers, all accomplished authors. They are now wonderful new friends who let me hang out, laugh over shared observations, and meet our idols together.