November 17, 2019

Virginia is for Mysteries--Maggie King

Virginia is for Lovers. That’s the tourism and travel slogan created by the Commonwealth of Virginia. But 14 Virginia crime writers had murder in mind when they played on the 50 year-old catchphrase with Virginia is for Mysteries, an anthology featuring stories set in the Old Dominion.

Virginia is for Mysteries is a fictional tour guide though various Virginia landmarks, each of which provides a setting for a tale of dark passions and murder.

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author, has these words of praise for Virginia is for Mysteries

“Creepy, diabolical, and completely delightful! Who knew these otherwise charming authors could be so cleverly sinister?  One after the other, these terrific and twisty tales tantalize you, tease you, and surprise you!”

As you “travel” vicariously through the state you’ll visit notable sights that include the Cape Henry Lighthouse and Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach; the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk; Henricus Historical Park in Chester; Monticello in Charlottesville, and the Kent-Valentine House, Hollywood Cemetery, Virginia General Assembly, and St. John’s Church, all in Richmond.

All contributing authors are members of the Central Virginia and Mystery by the Sea - Coastal Virginia chapters of Sisters in Crime, a national crime writers organization. I’m proud to have my story, “A Not So Genteel Murder,” set at the beautiful Kent-Valentine House, in this stellar collection. 

Joining me are Meredith Cole, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Smita Harish Jain, Vivian Lawry, May Layne, Michael McGowan, Jayne Ormerod, Fiona Quinn, Yvonne Saxon, Rosemary Shomaker, Linda Thornburg, and HeatherBaker Weidner.

Virginia is for Mysteries was published in 2014 by Koehler Books. Many of the same authors returned in Virginia is for Mysteries II, published n 2016, but there’s plenty of new writing talent.
Who knows ... you may find your next favorite author!

Virginia is for Mysteries on Facebook:

Buy links for both versions

Virginia is for Mysteries:
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Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries, including Murder at the Book Group and Murder at the Moonshine Inn. Her short stories appear in Deadly Southern Charm, Virginia is for Mysteries (Vols. 1&2), and 50 Shades of Cabernet.

Maggie is a member of Sisters in Crime, James River Writers, and International Thriller Writers. She has worked as a software developer, retail sales manager, and customer service supervisor. Maggie graduated from Elizabeth Seton College and earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has called New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California home. These days she lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Glen, and cats, Morris and Olive. She enjoys reading, walking, movies, traveling, theatre, and museums.

Amazon author page:
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November 10, 2019

An Award Winning Indie Bookstore in Vermont

The Flying Pig Bookstore opened in 1996 in a tiny square building that had once been the old post office in Charlotte, Vermont (population 3,500). In 2006, when our "towers of knowledge" (aka stacks of books on the floor) made it clear that we'd outgrown our building, we moved to Shelburne Village (population 5,000) into a space almost twice as big. Over the years, we've had an incredible bookselling staff, amazing visiting authors, and lots of creative, fun events. We've been honored with the Lucille Micheels Pannell Award for Best Children's Bookstore in the country (2008), a handselling award from Candlewick Press, two "best of" awards from Yankee Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal chose us as one of seven bookstores around the country that help serve as anchors for their wonderful towns. We feel so lucky to be part of our vibrant reading community and to play a small part in the lives of our many customers. 

Originally planned as a children's bookstore, co-founders Elizabeth Bluemle and Josie Leavitt wanted a name that was welcoming, with child appeal and whimsy. Elizabeth had always loved the name of Pennywhistle Toys in New York City, and wanted to find something equally inviting. On a drive one day, the name "Flying Pig" popped into her head, and it immediately fit. The symbol of impossible dreams come true, the flying pig is the perfect representative for a little independent bookstore flapping into the challenging headwinds of commerce and somehow staying aloft.
Visit the website here:
Or even better for the comforting Vermont feel, stop at the store: 5247 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT  802-985-3999
Not far from the bookstore is a restaurant that looks like it has some delicious food:  The Bearded Frog
Three of my favorite things to do—travel, eat, read! 
Check Vermont out this week. 
(all info downloaded from listed websites)

November 3, 2019

Independent Bookstore in Utah-Marissa’s Books and Gifts

Marissa's books sells New, Used and Vintage books at a fraction of their original listed price. All genres with thousands of titles available and new selections nearly every week. Paperbacks, Hardcover, Trade paperback, Large and Coffee Table books. Beautiful selection of Art, Film books. Large LDS section with new, out of print and vintage titles. YES, we accept book donations, which helps us keep our prices lower than anyone else.
They’ve got a great list of titles and some pretty darn cute gift ideas to get kids interested in reading. 

Visit online here:
And browse their great selection or visit their storefront here:  
5692 900 E #10, Salt Lake City, UT 84121(All info downloaded from website)

October 27, 2019

Texas-Brought to You Through the Eyes of Tally Adams and Jan Christensen

Why There's No State Like Texas-Tally Adams:

When people hear the name Texas, many different things come to mind. The truth is, Texas is such a large state, that what a person can expect to find depends on what part of Texas they're referring to. Sure, there are areas full of small towns; rodeos, festivals and the like, but there are also some of America's largest cities; Austin, Houston, Dallas, etc. So, put aside any preconceived notions regarding this proud state, and come to see what Texas has to offer.

With its rich history, diverse population, and the right to carry a gun on your hip, there's no place quite like Texas. It's listed as a conservative state, but as with any area that's home to so many different cultures, many areas in Texas are open-minded and tolerant. It's a state of opportunity and support, as well as delightful sweet tea and even sweeter people.

Since the release of my first book, Shadow Pact, I've had a wonderful opportunity to travel throughout Texas and meet a number of fascinating people, including other authors. The support system in this great state has been tremendous, though I guess I really shouldn't be surprised. After all, Texas is well known for its state pride, and supporting one another as a unified group. From cattle and horses to history and diversity, there's no place quite like Texas. 

Our Second Guest: Jan Christensen:  
Jan’s been experiencing a time these last few weeks but let’s show support for this author from Texas. 
I’ve downloaded info from Jan Christensen’s site which you can visit here:

Jan Christensen has been writing and publishing short stories, most of them mysteries for about twenty years.  As a consequence, she’s had over seventy short stories published.  All of them are listed on the “Short Fiction” page with several of them linked to the publications where they appeared.   

A small press published her first novel in 2004, Sarah’s Search, now available in ebook format.

Her latest publications include female private-eye Paula Mitchell novels.  Click over to Jan’s website to view those titles.

There’s  lots more to come, so visit the site often for updates or keep track of Jan Christensen by subscribing to her newsletter or her Amazon Author Page, Facebook page, Twitter and Pintrest-all those venues are available via her website  along with so much more.  Definitely worth the visit.   Here’s sending some good vibes to Jan this week.