I'll be doing a signing on November 12th at 10 a.m. at The Sugar Island Bakery, Topsail Island, NC.
It's Sugar Island Bakery's annual holiday show - RETRO WORD FROM THE BIRD Holiday 2016 Show.
Read all about it - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/2016/11/upcoming-whimsey-signing.html
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Bouchercon was awesome!
I've posted blogs and pictures (lots and lots of pictures) at Meanderings and Muses. There are links to all of the posts right here - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/2016/09/bouchercon-2016-new-orleans-part-5.html
Bouchercon 2016 in New Orleans -
7/30/2016 - Read my latest post about Bouchercon; the panel and signing event I'll be participating in - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/2016/07/bouchercon-2016.html
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I'll be there and hope to see some of you there as well.
Read all about it - http://www.bouchercon2016.com/
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I'll be participating in a small press/indie author event on November 28, 2015 at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC. If you're in the neighborhood, I hope you'll drop by!
Read all about this wonderful event here. LOTS of photos! - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/2015/10/bouchercon-2015-raleigh-nc.html
FROM A & K PUBLISHING
NEW RELEASE - If you are one of the many people who check our site, you probably remember that we posted a notice that we were pleased to announce we will be publishing a new edition of Whimsey, the popular novel by Kaye Wilkinson Barley who is well known for her popular blog, Meanderings and Muses. We ended that notice by writing that, “she and A & K have another work in the oven, but we’ll wait for a later date to announce that one.”
Well this is the later date and this is the announcement: Kaye and her husband and co-photographer Don Barley will be travelling to France with an A&K contract in hand to photograph all the carousels in Paris and write a book about them.
Kaye explains, “I fell in love with Parisian carousels during my first visit and returned to the U.S. eager to learn more about them. Further research revealed that there is a conspicuous gap in readily available information. I intend to photograph all of the carousels in Paris, including those that move around the city, and those that disappear for a time only to reappear later. The book will capture the colorful motion of everyday life in the City of Light while chronicling the history and characteristics of these unique attractions.
Carousels are much more than amusement rides. They are emblematic of the fantastical and the fun, the wild and the tamed. With their varying degrees of ornamentation and craftsmanship, Parisian carousels have for more than a century signaled delight and merriment for children while igniting the still small spark of whimsy among adults.”
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Yay! Blood on the Bayou, Edited by Gred Herren, was awarded an Anthony at Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto!!! SO proud!
June 22, 2016 -
I'm thrilled with some news I recently received.
Bouchercon will be invading New Orleans for its annual world mystery convention this September where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! It is the world's premiere event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community.
In conjunction with this year's event, Down & Out Books will be publishingBLOOD ON THE BAYOU: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 edited by Greg Herren.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to edit this outstanding collection of stories," said Herren, an award-winning author of mystery and suspense novels. "It demonstrates the deep appreciation each of the contributing authors has to their craft."
"This is the third year that we have had the privilege of publishing Bouchercon's official anthology," added Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books, "and I share in Greg's enthusiasm for these stories."
Nearly 100 authors blindly submitted a story for consideration by three industry professionals, who had the incredibly difficult task of narrowing the list down to just 22 stories.
Kaye Wilkinson Barley (wheeeeee!!!), Eric Beetner, G. J. Brown, Sheila Connolly, O'Neil DeNoux, Barbara Ferrer, John Floyd, Alison Gaylin, Greg Herren, BV Lawson, R. T. Lawton, Deborah Lacy, Edith Maxwell, Liz Milliron, Terrie Moran, David Morrell, Dino Parenti, Mike Penn, Gary Phillips, Thomas Pluck, Paula Smith and Elaine Viets were chosen to have their stories included in the anthology. New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham will write the introduction.
Each of the selected authors contributed their stories to the anthology and the Bouchercon Committee and Down & Out Books have agreed that all proceeds from the sale of BLOOD ON THE BAYOUwill go to support the New Orleans Public Library system and by extension readers and writers everywhere.
October 28, 2015 -
The Short Story Fiction Edition of Southern Writers Magazine is now available either in print or on-line.
Click on the link to purchase and read my winning story - Picnics with Aunt Kathryn.
September 14, 2015 -
I have some news that makes me VERY happy!
I am thrilled to be one of the top 10 runner-ups in the 2015 Short Story Contest.
You'll be able to read all the stories in October. (and once again, I have to give my pal Earl Staggs a shout out for great editing!! Thank you, Earl!).
If you're not familiar with Southern Writers Magazine, do check it out. It's pretty wonderful and features some top notch writers (in addition to those of us nobody's ever heard of). The latest issue features Tess Gerritsen, so it's not "just" for Southern writers.
Here's their announcement - (squeeeeeeee!)
Southern Writers Magazine
Thank you to all the entrants in our 2015 Short Story Contest. There were so many excellent stories deserving to win that our judges had difficulty narrowing it down!
Southern Writers congratulates the top three winners:
Dee Dee Parker, Bob Strother, Lindsey Bracket
We also congratulate the top 10 runner-ups:
Linda Breeden, Michael Ware, Lin Nielsen Cochren, Kemala Tribe, Claire Fullerton, Christina Ryan Claypool, Leigh Ann Thomas. Kaye Wilkinson Barley and Terry Jones.
Their stories will appear in our special contest publication in October. Stay tuned for details!
September 13, 2015 -
Today's my day to play as "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Red - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/ .
And I'm interviewing my friend, the Marvelous Margaret Maron - come join us, please!
July 5, 2015 -
First Sunday of the month - Hooray!
It's my day to play "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Red.
Today I'm chatting about Harley Doodle Barley and homemade doggie cookies.
I hope you'll drop by - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/
May 3 - 2015 -
First Sunday of the Month - my day to play as "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Red. Today we're chatting about coloring books (and having a give-away). I hope you'll drop by - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/
May 1 - 2015: A Giveaway - One From Me and One From Harley
A whole bunch of people I know are at the 27th Annual Malice Domestic Convention right now.
I'm not one of them this year <sob>.
Harley is not one of them either <very sad woof woof>.
But, you know that very cool bag of books you're given when you check in?
Well, our books will not be in it.
BUT you can still snag a copy of my WHIMSEY and Harley's MY NAME IS HARLEY AND THIS IS MY STORY.
For three days. Kindle Versions Only.
May 2 thru May 4.
If you're at Malice, have fun, and add these two books (virtually) to your book bag.
If, like me, you're not at Malice, perhaps this will ease a little of the pain.
Apr. 5 - First Sunday of the month is one of my favorite days.
It's my day to play at Jungle Red, and today I'm tackling the very serious issue of fuzzy faces.
I hope you'll drop by. You just might see a fuzzy face you recognize, maybe even from the back cover of that mystery you're reading right now.
Mar 10 - I'm quite honored to be a guest at Fiona Mcvie 's Authors Interviews blog where we did a very fun interview. Please check it out -
Mar 1 - Today is my day to play as "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Red Writers' Blog - I hope you'll drop by. I'm chatting about women, the lovely and the horrid. http://www.jungleredwriters.com/2015/03/oh-kaye-chats-about-women-lovely-and.html
Feb. 1 - Today is my day to play as "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Red Writers' Blog - I hope you'll come up. I'm chatting about pop-up books - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/2015/02/oh-kaye-chats-about-pop-up-books.html