What is the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend?

Imagine 40-plus authors and 100-plus readers/bookgroup members in one room. Now visualize them in hot pink, leopard print, and tiaras – all talking about books, reading, their favorite characters, their latest discoveries, and how those all those stories got writ, and...

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Rock ‘n’ remembrance: The Rockerzine interview

"Before Clea Simon became known as a world-class mystery writer, she was a music journalist in Boston. During the ‘80s she was writing regularly for Boston Rock, the Herald and a few national publications, and has the battle scars—and a closet full of vintage vinyl...

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Where’s my tiara?

It's almost time! I'm packing now for my first ever visit to the Pulpwood Queens Book Club Girlfriend Weekend! That means fun clothes and costumes –  dinner Friday night will be a special hippie-themed event and Saturday is the Great Big Hair Ball – as well as...

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Happy new year!

Happy new books! I hope your holidays brought lots of good reads! (I'm finally getting around to George Saunders' "Lincoln in the Bardo," with an ARC of James Lee Burke's "Robicheau" up next – and all four of Ursula K.LeGuin's sweet and whimsical "Cat Wings" books for...

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The alphabet ends at Y

The wonderful, warm, witty Sue Grafton has passed away. Because she never wanted a ghost writer to continue her works, the alphabet now ends with Y, thanks to her "Y is for Yesterday," out in August. Her daughter Jamie posted the following on Facebook: Hello Dear...

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Presenting CROSS MY PATH

Here it is - the cover of my third Blackie & Care mystery, to be published by Severn House. (Yes, you can pre-order it here.) The reappearance of an old enemy from the past spells trouble for young private investigator, Care, and her feline companion, Blackie. Care’s...

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Happy Jolabokaflod!

Did you know that Iceland has a tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve? Called Jolabokaflod – literally "Christmas book flood" - this tradition dates back to World War II, and results in cozy nights, when families and friends gather for peaceful evenings by the...

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Happy merry!

It's nearly dark, on the Friday before Christmas, and I have inserted the final "to do" notes on my WIP – the first "witch cats of Cambridge" book. And with that, I have what is pretty much a full first draft, or, at least, a book-size pile of words! I say "pretty...

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