Puzzling Ink, the first in my new Crossword Mysteries launches on November 3rd and I’m wiggly with excitement. Wiggly, I tell you! All the launch deets and how you can get your hands on a print copy (and win even MORE prizes) are here. I hope everyone has joined the Facebook groups Becky’s Book Buddies and Cozy Mystery Crew because that is where all the … Continue reading Crossword Conundrums
Sorry about the delay, friends! Sometimes… stuff happens. Anyhoo, we’re happy to welcome Anne Louise Bannon, author and president of the Sisters in Crime Los Angeles chapter, to her first visit with the Chicks, where she shares her very unique-for-L.A.-situation. I’M CARLESS IN L.A. My husband and I don’t own a car. We do live in the greater Los Angeles area, which is all about … Continue reading Guest Chick: Anne Louise Bannon
My law professor father used to like to say, “There are only two times I’m miserable—when I’m writing and when I’m not writing.” And I have to agree. Because when you’re in the middle of a book, you’re nervous about getting it right and angsting that you should be working on it whenever you’re not. But when you’re not in the middle of a book, … Continue reading Starting From Scratch
Please help us wish wonderful, fabulous Kellye the happiest of birthdays! Much love and many hugs!! Hope you celebrate all week long! 🎉❤️ Continue reading Happy birthday, Kellye!
🎉 Please help us wish a happiest birthday to our fab fellow Chick, Jennifer! Hope you have a wonderful day with lots of cake, flowers, and fun–we are all sending you hugs and love. 💖 Continue reading Happy Birthday, Jennifer!
The Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, which is online this year, is happening this weekend–hope to see you there! We’ll be appearing on the following panels: Not So Secret Lives of Authors: Simon Wood (M), William Kent Krueger, Ellen Byron, Gary Phillips, Catriona McPherson Authors are forged by the things they’ve done… and the things they shouldn’t have done. Drop by the “Not So Secret Lives … Continue reading Bouchercon 2020
Ellen here, so happy to welcome my friend, Micki, aka M.E. Browning. Micki’s a fantastic writer and I’m super excited about her new procedural suspense mystery, SHADOW RIDGE. I loved reading about the unique collection of books that populate her bookshelf, and you will too. Welcome, Micki/M.E.! In Defense of the Incredibility Bookcase I came to social media kicking and screaming. During my twenty-two years … Continue reading Guest Chick: M.E. Browning
Ever since I began writing the Cajun Country Mysteries, a highlight of publication has been my annual panel appearance at the Louisiana Book Festival, which takes place in Baton Rouge either the last Saturday in October or first in November. I always combine the trip with a visit to New Orleans, especially now that our daughter has followed my path and is attending college there. … Continue reading A New Orleans Halloween
Here’s a snippet of a conversation between me and my best friend at a Jazzercise class some time ago: Me: Did you read about the body found floating in the Pacific? Bestie: Murdered by the scientist, right? Me (tying my shoes): Then decapitated. Bestie (lunging into a calf stretch): I think they only found the torso. Me: Oh, I hadn’t heard that. It was at … Continue reading Why Being a Mystery Author is Murder on my Social Life
The Chicks are thrilled to announce a new website feature: an Events page. We have lots of virtual appearances coming up and decided to share them all in one location. Check out the page to find out what panels we’ll be on at Virtual Bouchercon 2020, what bookstores we’ll be “e-ppearing” at, and more. We’ll include in-person events too, as soon as they begin again. … Continue reading News Flash: A New Chicks on the Case Feature
Lisa here, chirping in to announce that Kaitlyn Dunnett, a/k/a Kathy Emerson, is visiting us here on Chicks today—and offering a giveaway of A FATAL FICTION, the latest title in her Deadly Edits series. Take it away, Kaitlyn! Senior Advantage In my “Deadly Edits” series, my amateur sleuth starts out as a woman in her late sixties, and she’s seventy in the most recent entry, … Continue reading Guest Chick: Kaitlyn Dunnett
The virtual version of Bouchercon, which was originally set to be held in Sacramento, California, happens online the middle of October. I’m truly glad they’re going ahead with a virtual event, in light of the Covid-19 crisis. But, seeing the posts this week about the upcoming convention has got me feeling a bit blue about missing the in-person connections of conferences, and has me reminiscing … Continue reading Our Missing Links