Have we talked about Dia de los Muertos?

on October 30, 2015

I keep thinking we have, but I can’t find anything in the archives and that seems QUITE short-sighted of me. If you’re not familiar, Dia de los Muertos is the Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday in Latin America. In many places it predates the Spanish colonization of the Americas and was adapted to…

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Halloween movies for wimps–like me!

on October 27, 2015

I am Fraidy MacFraidycat, Mayoress of Fraidyville. I don’t do gore or serious horror, and slasher films leave me cold. Having said that, I ADORE Halloween. It’s seriously my favorite holiday of the year. (I’m a big fan of any holiday that lets you watch movies, gorge on candy, and let your inner demons off…

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I have thoughts on Crimson Peak

on October 22, 2015

So last weekend I went to see Crimson Peak and it was everything I hoped it would be. Oh, first the caveat–if you don’t want to read spoilers, stop reading now and come back on Tuesday. I’m serious; I’m going to spoil this like nobody’s business. I should start by saying that I’m old-fashioned. I…

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A mid-week bonus!

on October 21, 2015

Thought you might enjoy this little tidbit I was sent courtesy of my writer pal Dean James! It’s called Duel at Blood Creek…

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Changes, changes!

on October 20, 2015

So at the beginning of the month I contacted my web team about changing the name of the blog to “Journal”. That’s the name on the book in the center of the website’s landing page, and I thought it might be nice to have everything consistent. I had also been pondering changing it because I…

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So Thursday alllllmost got away from me without fresh bloggery

on October 15, 2015

It doesn’t feel like a Thursday around here, chickens. It feels like a Friday which makes no sense whatsoever because then the blog would be EXTRA overdue. But there you go. (I blame post-conference letdown.) Today my mother was baking funeral coffee cakes which are regular coffee cakes but these were destined for the family…

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Roll out the red carpet–we have a guest!

on October 13, 2015

Today I’m delighted to turn the blog over to Ashley Weaver. Her debut novel, MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL, was one of my absolute favorite books last year, and this autumn she’s back with the second book in the series, DEATH WEARS A MASK. (I’ve already gotten my greedy paws on it, and it’s GREAT fun….

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Great news!

on October 8, 2015

Right now I’m in Raleigh attending Bouchercon, but I’m delighted to let you know that A CURIOUS BEGINNING is available in audio! I’m always thrilled when the different editions come out–I’m told we have a large print version in the works, and I can’t wait for that one to drop. We also have a UK…

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A little frivolity…

on October 6, 2015

I’m a big fan of frivolity. Life is either far too short or far too long to do without humor, glamour, joy, and silliness. And somewhere in the intersection of those things is lipstick. I am a firm believer in the power of lipstick–particularly red. Red lipstick has the power to dazzle, to conjure an…

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Meeting Agatha

on October 1, 2015

One of the questions I get most–and dread most!–is “Who do you read?” I dread it because it isn’t terribly original to invoke Agatha Christie, but she has been the most influential writer for me. She is the ultimate in comfort reading, whether I’m trundling along the main road of St. Mary Mead (in Inch!)…

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