Killer Nashville is upon us

It’s that exciting time of year when mystery writers come to town for the fabulous conference

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Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford has outdone himself this year with the lineup of talent.

The Guests of Honor are Janet Evanovich and Kevin O’Brien (seriously).

Some of the other well-known authors for this year’s three-day conference include Anne Perry, William Kent Krueger, Charles Todd, John Seigenthaler.

There will be 60 educational sessions in addition to 9 breakout sessions. I will sit on two panels: Fiction as an instrument for social change on Saturday (should be some good discussion here!) and Find your angle (point of view) Sunday morning. If you’re attending KN, I’d love to see you at one or both of these sessions.

Eight agents and editors will be looking for new talent among the attendees. Sign up for a “roundtable” or chat with them in the halls, over lunch or hanging around…(but not in the restrooms, please.)

Lots (and lots) of awards will be given, critiques are available, there’ll be a ‘Shine & Wine tasting’ and a Mock Crime Scene just waits to be solved. These are just some of the events and activities that make Killer Nashville the unique and wonderful conference it is.

Last, but not least, Parnassus Books will set up shop to sell books and host book signings. And, yes, I’ll be there with The New Frontier. My “official” book signing will be Sunday at 1.

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Hope to see you at Killer Nashville August 19-21, 2016!

~ Kay

 

 

 

Sisterhood Moments

 

I joined Alpha Omicron Pi in college and have never looked back. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t have some kind of sister contact. The past week has been extra special.

I’ve been in a writing frenzy lately. I did take a sanity break for a standing weekly lunch date with a special AOII sister, but didn’t think I could spare the time away from work to join Hubby, his sister, niece and a favorite cousin for lunch when his cousin was in town last Friday. I’ve only met his cousin a few times, but each time I adored her. As soon as lunch was over, Hubby called to report he’d learned his cousin is an AOII. He assured me when the fact was discovered, he did the appropriate squeal on my behalf. Gotta love this man!

Later in the day a long time friend checked into what she lovingly calls the “Elam B&B” for a couple of nights. As we prepared for a workshop we were to conduct on Monday (more on that later), I took a break from writing and began a relaxing weekend.

Saturday we went to an event of the Nashville Area Alumnae Chapter: a pool party hosted by one of our alumna and her husband at their beautiful home. Their outdoor space was amazing–perfect for a party.

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We came home from the party and retreated to our own back porch. More cozy than where we’d spent the afternoon, but we relaxed and shared laughs with our out of town guest and another AOII sister–a neighbor I met only weeks ago but who I already know will be a great friend. Of course she will…she’s an AOII!

Then Monday came and I had the privilege of joining my weekend guest and another long-time friend from Kentucky in conducting a workshop on the rituals and traditions of AOII for the fourteen recent college graduates who will spend the next school year visiting our 200+ chapters.

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If this wasn’t exciting enough, one of the young ladies who will be representing AOII is from my collegiate chapter at Huntingdon College. If I’m not mistaken, she’s the first (in its 40 year history) to ever travel from Sigma Delta Chapter. I’m so proud of her!

In addition, my two RT&J (Rituals, Traditions & Jewelry) Committee colleagues and I slipped out for a special treat. We went to the vault at headquarters where we got to see, touch and read the very first Book of Rituals. It even contained some handwritten notes. The book was numbered #1. So cool! Major head rush! DSC06106

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 AOII is a HUGE part of my life. The past week or so it’s really come to the surface as I interacted with quite a few sisters I don’t normally see. It reminded me we can be different ages, from different collegiate chapters, live in different cities and have different lifestyles. It doesn’t matter. We all have the common bond of our sisterhood…and that lasts a lifetime.

~ Kay

The books are here

 

“The phone book’s here; the phone book’s here…I’m somebody now…I’m in print…Things are going to start happening to me now!” said Steve Martin’s character in one of the funniest movies of all time: The Jerk.

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I loved the excitement he portrayed in this scene, and I totally get it.

When I got my shipment of The New Frontier, the anthology that includes my short story “Good Friday,” I had that box cutter out before the UPS guy could get back to his truck.

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If it hadn’t been raining, I  might have reenacted the above scene in my neighborhood. But, it was storming so I had to settle for unpacking the books in my living room and stacking them in different formations.

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 I was one happy camper!

~ Kay

Exciting news — New Anthology Release

I am excited to announce the release of the anthology The New Frontier: Short Fiction and Poems From An Old and New World.

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My short story, Good Friday, is one of the dozen or so selections in this book, edited by Jennifer Steen and published by Inkception Books. It has been a joy working with the people at Inkception Books.

The publicity team at InkceptionBooks will be setting up some book readings/signings which I will post as soon as I have the dates.

I do know the book will be available at Killer Nashville August 19-21 and at the Southern Book Festival October 14-16. Both events are in Nashville. Books may be purchased for $12.99 plus tax.

Print copies may also be ordered now from CreateSpace and in the coming weeks from Amazon and Goodbooks. The publisher is working with a distributor to make it available soon in bookstores.

We’re expecting Kindle and Mobi e-book versions in a few weeks.

If you purchase a copy, please leave a review at each site that sells it as reviews generate sales.

If you’d like to host a signing event any of the authors in your neck of the woods would be happy to read and sign, I’m sure. Just let me know, and I’ll work with the publisher on the details.

Also exciting is an Inkceptions Books Halloween anthology scheduled for release in the fall. More about that soon.

Happy reading.

~ Kay