Nitty Gritty Dirt Band… still rocking after all these years


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A couple of weeks ago a writing friend and her husband invited us to a concert at The Schermerhorn. It was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 50 year anniversary tour. Wow! My friend's husband owns a recording studio on Music Row and is an accomplished musician himself. Lead singer Jeff Hannah and his wife, country music star Matraca Berg (who was out of town and missed the concert,) are personal friends of the couple. Jeff gave them back stage passes so after the (fabulous) show we got to "hang out" with the band. So cool. After traversing the bowels of the Schermerhorn to find them (with the aide of a security guard and someone from the band's staff), we got to their dressing room. There weren't a lot of people, so we got to…
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Killer Nashville…Yes, it was


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This post is a bit late (can we say 6 weeks?), but better late than never. "They" say a picture is worth a thousand words. I think I have a short story here!   Hobnobbing with the Stars:           Robert Randisi   Anne Perry             Kris Calvin                                    Kevin O'Brien & Janet Evanovich Clay Stafford, Kevin O'Brien,  Janet Evanovich, and Robert Randisi                                                            Hubby & me with Janet Evanovich     On a couple of panels:          …
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Killer Nashville is upon us


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It's that exciting time of year when mystery writers come to town for the fabulous conference 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…
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Sisterhood Moments


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  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…
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The books are here


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  "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. Steve Martin Link 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. 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.    I was one happy camper! ~ Kay
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Exciting news — New Anthology Release


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


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Seven years ago when Hubby had MAJOR, SERIOUS, EMERGENCY surgery and spent ten long days in this same hospital, they had to remove about 12” of colon. They sewed it back together, then waited (and waited and waited) for it to work. He walked miles around the hospital trying to force something to happen. His (now deceased) mom, a retired nurse, visited every day. She’d call before she left home to see if there was anything we needed. Her first question was always “Has he had a BM?” Huh? I was unaccustomed, thus uncomfortable, discussing bodily functions with others. When she arrived at the hospital, she would ask again. When she went home, she called as soon as she got there (about 30 minutes away) to see if “it” had happened…
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Oh no, not again!


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You know, I have a pretty good life. No, I have a great life. Wonderful husband who adores me (most of the time), super friends (some going back as far as elementary and high school and college), fun neighbors. Our kids are grown, gone and happy with the life choices they’ve made. The two that are married picked girls absolutely perfect for them who were made for our family. We have two adorable grandsons. Sadly, they live in NC and we don’t get to love on them enough. But then, would it ever be enough? We have godchildren, nieces and a nephew whom we love, as well as loving, caring siblings. All four of our parents are gone (and we miss them), which makes us the oldest in each of our…
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Be still my heart


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Hubby and I are at that age (61) where ailments are going to start catching up with us…even if we work out three times a week, like my Hubby does. (I plead the fifth.)  Thursday, after his “normal” three-hour workout at the YMCA, he called to say he was going to Costco to pick up a few things. A little while later he called back. I was expecting him to tell me he’d found something cool on his trip (he loves Costco), like the latest and greatest big-screen-TV, but instead, he said, “Kay, I’m in trouble.” Of course, as my heart dropped to my feet, my response was “What’s wrong?” Had he been hit by a car? Lost his wallet? Something worse?  Hubby: Both of my arms hurt—bad—and my chest…
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Mother’s Day Post


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