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This is the Last Time I’ll be Posting on the Third Tuesday

Am I sad? Not in the least. It will be so refreshing, not just for me, but for everyone to read thoughts from someone new. And I’ll still be here for the first Tuesday. After all, it’s good for this old gal to hang out with all these younger girls.

So what do I have to say on this last third Tuesday posting? I’ve been busy as always. I received the text blog for my next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery and spent two days searching for errors. Did I find any? Of course.

I’m also snatching bits of time to work on the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. What’s taken up most of my time is working on the blog tour I’ve organized for the RBPD. Besides asking people to host me on their blogs, I’ve written something different for each one. Fun, but a challenge.

As the new year has begun, I’m receiving invitations to give presentations. This past Saturday, I joined a writer’s group to talk about promotion. It was interesting, because the majority who came knew nothing about what they should be doing to let people know about their books. I had handouts and I certainly hoped it helped.

In March, I’ve been invited to speak to the Central Coast chapter of Sisters in Crime. I love going over there because that’s one of my favorite place in California. They’ve asked me to speak about blog tours, a perfect subject for me. I actually belong to that chapter even though it’s a three hour drive to get over there-but I’ve made so many friends there it’s definitely worth the trip.

As the year progresses, I’ll be filling my calendar with other speaking engagements, book and craft festivals.

For my fellow Stiletto Gang members, how is 2016 shaping up for you?

For the readers of this blog, what are the kind of author events you enjoy ?

Marilyn, who will see you on the first Tuesday of February.

P. S. I’d love to show you the cover of my next book, but I don’t have it yet.

Breathing a Sigh of Relief, April is Over

Most know that I just finished a month long blog tour for Murder in the Worst Degree, a most intensive and time consuming task. Was it worth it? Yes, I think so, but I’ve written about it on my own blog and on the Make Mine Mystery blog. http://makeminemystery.blogspot.com/

While all that was going on, I did a few in-person events.

First was a trip to Morro Bay–one of hubby’s and my favorite places to visit. The reason was a gathering of the Central Coast chapter of Sisters in Crime (I belong to this chapter and they are kind enough to invite me to various events) at the Coalesce Book Store and Wedding Chapel. Each author spoke for five minutes and afterwards schmoozed and signed books. Lots of fun. We also shared meals with good friends.

For National Library week, I spoke at our local Porterville library about my Rocky Bluff P.D. series. The library has always been supportive of local authors.

Another event with the CC chapter of Sisters in Crime was held for National Library week at the Santa Maria Library (and another chance to go back to the coast, and this time did a bit of sight seeing along the way.)

Morro Rock through the window of the restaurant where we ate lunch.

Here’s the CC SinC group at the Santa Maria Library. We had a panel on plotting a mystery. It was interesting how many different ways we do it.

And another good reason to go Santa Maria is a chance to stay in the Santa Maria Inn.

On the right hand side is the historic part of the Inn where all the movie stars used to stay on their way to Hearst castle. You might run into a ghost or two if you choose to stay there. On the left hand side are the more modern rooms, though that part has been there since the ’80s.

Now that all that’s done, I’m buckling down to the writing of my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery–I hope.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith