Newsflash: Chicks Hit it Big in Reno!

We might not have cleaned up in the casino–but the Chicks were well represented at Left Coast Crime this weekend in the Biggest Little City in the World: Reeeeeeno!!! And guess what? Our very own Kellye Garrett won the Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel with Hollywood Homicide–and Ellen Byron brought home the trophy for A Cajun Christmas Killing in the Best Humorous category! (Don’t ask about the Cindy Lou Who feelers.)

We haven’t completely processed all the highlights of the conference yet, so please tune in for the recap on Wednesday presented by Cynthia Kuhn. And speaking of presentations, Cynthia was awarded a plaque for her Best Humorous nomination for The Art of Vanishing–and so was Marla Cooper, in recognition of  her novel Dying on the Vine. Whew–that’s a lot of mantel bling, you guys!


We have so much more to tell you about Left Coast Crime on Friday, too, in our group post (we might even throw in a few blooper highlights!). But before we even have a chance to catch our collective breath (Lisa is hardly breathing at all, because she got home at 5 am this morning), we’ll be celebrating Vickie Fee’s highly-anticipated launch tomorrow of Til Death Do Us Party. It’s set in Vegas, and the Chicks are ready to pack their bags again.

Oh, and because the party clearly never ends, we’ll ALSO be attending Vickie’s Facebook launch party, hosted by Marie McNary at A Cozy Experience, on Thursday. (Sign up here)

Congrats, Chicks, and stay tuned, readers, for this week’s next exciting installments on Chicks at the Case!

(Thank you. Thank you very much.)


27 thoughts on “Newsflash: Chicks Hit it Big in Reno!

  1. Congrats to all!

    And there’s only 57 minutes to go (according to our countdown clock as I write this) until Vickie’s official book birthday–woohoo!

    I know we’re all exhausted from the wonderful conference and the (maybe not-so-wonderful) trips back home…but I’m so happy there’s a post today because I was having major Chicks withdrawal. Miss you all!

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  2. What a great time at LCC and I must say there were two highlights involving the chicks. First, thank you so much for the wonderful cocktail party Friday night and second, seeing Ellen and Kellye win their awards at the banquet. Also very happy to see Cynthia and Marla receive their nomination plaques. Love all of you and will continue to be your biggest Chicks on the Case fan.

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    1. We’ll have cocktail pix this week, too, Fran! Thanks muchly for attending. It was so great to meet you in person.


  3. Dang, girl, I can’t believe how fast you got this post up; I’m still catching my breath from the whirlwind weekend!

    It was so much fun getting to hang out with all the Chicks at LCC, and I am so very happy to count you all as friends and fellow mystery writers. Can’t wait for the next one!

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! Now I feel better about the lateness of the hour (I’m still on West Coast Time…or maybe somewhere further west). And we love hanging out with you, too. Miss you!


  4. How exciting! Have to admit, I was checking the website all day till I went to bed, waiting to see the post.
    And congrats to the Chicka for the nominations and wins! Can’t wait to hear and see more.

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    1. Oh no, Hestia! So sorry again, it’s totally on me. I’m afraid all the excitement (and 5 am arrival and Day Job and time change and picking up my dog) really threw me way off. But it’s so cool that you were checking–thank you!!! More to come…


  5. Congrats Kellye and Ellen! And congrats on the nominations Marla and Cynthia!

    Can’t wait to read your recap. It would have been fun to be there. Alas, I’m still not independently wealthy.

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  6. Congrats Kellye and Ellen on your awards and congrats to Cynthia and Marla on your nominations. I’ve loved looking at the pics from Reno — it looks like it was a great time. I especially liked the hair ornament Ellen wore when she got her award (I thought it was part of the award!) ~

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