Bouchercon 2018: An Amazing Time!

Magnolia Murders
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.

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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.

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Bouchercon 2018

I’m thrilled to be attending my first Bouchercon, the largest mystery writer and reader book conference in the world. We recently moved from Phoenix, Arizona, to Fort Myers Beach, Florida, which is approximately two hours from the event in St. Petersburg. Because we decided I could go at the last minute (finances, schedules, dog, etc.) a flurry of activity ensued. Business cards? Need to order more, especially for my newest book Magnolia Murders. Flights? No need, I’m driving. Hotel room? The event venue has been booked solid since 2017, but found a room close by. Rain? Yes, bring the umbrella and boots. I’m hoping to meet or see many of my favorite authors, even from afar! I’m so excited!

Left Coast Crime 2019: Whale of a Crime, Vancouver, BC, Canada

I’ve also just signed up for Left Coast Crime to be held March 28 – 31, 2019. I’ve registered to serve on a panel or two, so we’ll see if they take me. There are many authors who attend LCC but not Bouchercon, and vice versa, so I expect to meet and see a different set of  favorites, and close friends. Among those I recognize will be Merrilee Robson, Cathy Ace, Simon Wood, Laurie Fagen, Margaret Morse, Laurie R. King, and Carola Dunn.

My next book: Magnolia Murders

Magnolia Murders, the next Cali May Mystery in my series will be published on Sept. 12, 2018. I’m hoping you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Click here for a summary.

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Next Book: Magnolia Murders

Coming in 2018! Magnolia Murders

Magnolia Murders Front Cover RGB SMCali May and Daniel Silvertree, newly married, drive to Sedona, AZ to stay at the Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast for their honeymoon. Hoping for a relaxing, romantic vacation in red rock country, Cali is confronted with a sobbing ghost, a missing child and sinister secrets of the innkeeper’s family, including the suspicious death of the patriarch three generations in the past. While the Tinsdale family squabble over line of succession to a sizable inheritance, including Magnolia House, Cali and Daniel begin to piece together a decades-old event that led to murder, past and present.

I’m hoping to finish this latest Cali May adventure sometime in June, but will keep you posted on my progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Still Seeking Reviews!

Receive a FREE e-copy of Black Diamond Graves to read and leave a review on Amazon!

Thank you to my wonderful First Readers for their reviews!

If there’s anyone out there whom I haven’t reached, or who has received this plea previously (I apologize!) but might reconsider, and would like to receive a FREE review e-copy and leave a review on Amazon, please let me know. Amazon works on algorithms and I am still seeking additional reviews. Thank you, thank you, thank you, in advance! Contact me here.

Cali May attends an artists’ retreat at the Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in Northern New Jersey. When she and the other attendees arrive, they find the spacious, enclosed gondolas out of order. They must ride the ordinary ski lift to the summit of the Black Diamond run to a small lodge. Cali overcomes her fear of heights with difficulty to climb aboard a chair, but is horrified to see a figure fall to earth half-way up the mountain. Is this an accident or murder? Isolated at the top of the Black Diamond run with a group of creative souls, both dead and alive, she must find a murderer before he kills again.

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Black Diamond Graves

 

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After being invited into the company of six award winning authors to write a novella for the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, I am proud to announce my contribution, Black Diamond Graves, is available for pre-order. Or, receive a free e-copy to read and review on Amazon. Check out all seven of the novellas in this series!

News Release: “In “Black Diamond Graves,” Floridian Wendy Fallon takes her main character, California “Cali” May to attend an artists’ retreat at the Tawnee Resort. Cali is horrified to see a figure fall from the Black Diamond ski lift chair in front of her as she and the other attendees ride up the mountain to a small lodge. She finds herself stranded with several creative souls both dead and alive and must uncover a murderer before she, too, becomes a target.”

Ask me for a free review copy of Black Diamond Graves here.

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My Next Book is Out!

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My next book, Black Diamond Graves, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

I was honored to be invited to contribute to a multi-author series, Tawnee Mountain Mysteries, published by Short on Time Books. I am one of seven authors who were asked to place their main character in the same location, Northern New Jersey, in the fictional Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort. (I was born and raised in a tiny little town called Pompton Plains, NJ, and consider it my home town.)

I am still seeking First Readers. If you would like to receive free e-copies of each of my books before the official publishing date, and provide a review on Amazon, please let me know at wendy.w.fallon@gmail.com. You will be helping me tremendously! The more reviews an author has, the more publicity Amazon provides. In return, you will receive occasional newsletters from me with information about future books, character naming contests, book conferences I will be attending, my inspiration, and questions to readers for which you can provide feedback. And other miscellaneous info!

I deeply appreciate everyone who has already purchased and/or provided reviews. I hope my books will continue to entertain you, and you continue to provide me with feedback. ~ Wendy

 

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My Next Book ~ Black Diamond Graves

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Coming in April 2018 – I’m honored to be invited to participate in a multi-author series, Tawnee Mountain Mysteries, to be published by Short on Time Books April 19, 2018. Each author places their main character in the same location, Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in Northern New Jersey.

In my book, Black Diamond Graves, Cali May attends an Artists’ Retreat at Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in North Jersey. She’s appalled to see a figure fall from the Black Diamond ski lift as she and the other attendees ride the lift to a small lodge on the first day. She finds herself standed at the top of the mountain with several creative souls both dead and alive, and must uncover a murderer before she too becomes a target.

I’ll let you all know when it becomes available for pre-sale! ~ Wendy

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Left Coast Crime 2018 Success!

Left Coast Crime 2018 in Reno, NV was so much fun! I met new readers and writers, spoke with a few of my own idols, ate great food, and learned a lot of new things in a variety of panels. There were opportunities for everyone! I participated in the New Authors’ Breakfast, and gave a one minute talk in front of everyone about Death Remembers. I also joined authors Laurie Fagen and Margaret Morse to host a table at the Saturday night Banquet (picture below). I know the three of us had a fabulous time, and hope our guests did too!

I hope to see everyone again next year in Vancouver, BC Canada!

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LCC 2018 Reno, NV: (Not in order) Debbie Bergthold, Marie Gamber, Mary Sawicki, Brenda Martin, Claire Booth, Barbara Holmes, Tom Williams, Laurie Fagen, Margaret Morse, Wendy Fallon (pale pink!)

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March Excitement!

Woo Hoo! 
March 12, 2018 – Today is my Publishing Date!!!! Both Death Remembers and Killing Rose are released today! 

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Cali May’s Drawings of the Southwest, (c) Wendy Fallon

Killing Rose, can you find my blunder?
Many of you have let me know that you have already purchased and ordered your own copies of Death Remembers, as well as Cali May’s second adventure, Killing Rose. Thank you so much!

I’ve also received feedback about typos. One fact in the e-copy of Killing Rose is a great blunder on my part, but has since been corrected. Have you found it yet? Please let me know and I’ll be sure you get a corrected copy!

If you’d like a free e-copy of Killing Rose to review, send me typos, maybe get your name into one of my stories down the road, let me know at wendy.w.fallon@gmail.com.

To purchase or leave a review on Amazon:
Killing Rose: https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Rose-Cali-May-Mystery/dp/1986039102

See You at Left Coast Crime 2018
I will be traveling back to Arizona to visit my kids for a couple of days, and then to Reno, NV to attend Left Coast Crime 2018: Crime on the Comstock, March 22-25, 2018. I can’t wait to visit with my children of course, but I’m equally excited about meeting old and new friends at my third LCC. Gasp! I’ll have one minute to introduce writers and readers to my first 2 fiction books over breakfast on Friday! I doubt I’ll be eating. But I”m practicing, so cross your fingers, and I’ll let you know how it goes. ~ Wendy

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Still Seeking First Readers for Second Book

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The second book in my Cali May Mysteries series is now also available on Amazon  for pre-order and free to First Readers.

Please let me know if you are interested in becoming a First Reader via email, IM or the link here

I’ll send you a free e-copy of Book 1, Death Remembers if you are new to my writing, or Book 2, Killing Rose.

Thank you! ~ Wendy

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