Showing posts from July, 2008


One of my favorite things to do is go to the movies. When I was a kid, many, many, years ago, our family went to the movies every Friday night. (This was during World War II) It didn’t matter what was playing, we went. It was always a double feature. The first movie was always a big name movies with famous starts, then an intermission with a game called Keno where prizes were given like a set of dishes. (The only prize I can remember.)Then there was a cartoon followed by news–we saw all the war news this way–scary stuff for little kids–and last, a B movie. We saw a lot of really bad and gory movies about gangsters.

I suspect there were also previews, I just don’t remember. Previews are my favorite today, so I suspect I liked them back then too.

Things haven’t changed much, I still love to go to the movies–or watch them on DVD. When we go to the theater we always go early. Sometimes we’re the only ones there for that showing. Today we went at 10 a.m. to see the new Batman flick, The Dar…
If you’d like to watch a video taken when I was at the Hanford Library talking about my books, here it is: . I had an extremely runny nose that evening.

Despite that, the talk went well and the people were receptive. Saturday, we drove to Oakhurst where I gave a talk on Self-Editing to a writer's group in the Willow Bridge Bookstore. Again, the group was extremely receptive, listened attentively, and asked lots of good questions and made valid comments. I enjoyed myself and I hope they did too.

Though most of the people were new to me, there were two familiar faces which also makes it nice.

I thoroughly enjoy giving talks about my books and the craft of writing.

Right now I'm busily preparing for the launching of my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Kindred Spirits, which will be coming in September from Mundania Press.


Me on You Tube

A friend sent me this URL which is a video of me at the Hanford Library talking about my books. I didn't remember, but it's obvious I had a runny nose that evening. I loved being there, the patrons were receptive, laughed at all my funny stories, and purchased books. Libraries are wonderful places.


One Night in a Haunted Room

Because this is the most interesting thing I've done of late, I'm cross posting to other of my blogs.

Hubby and I stayed in Room 17 of the Bella Maggiore Bed and Breakfast in Ventura CA because the room is supposed to be haunted. We did not have a ghostly visitor. My daughter looked up the ghost and said it was because the ghost, a prostitute in her former life, only visited men who stayed in the room by themselves. Guess I ruined it.

However, we did have a rather intimate romantic encounter with a real live young man. Room 17 opens on a balcony shared with another larger room. There are no windows in these rooms, only doors that open to the balcony with no screen door and a transom. We were sitting in our room with the door open, when this darling young man popped in to inform us he was having a surprise party for his girlfriend’s birthday at 10 p.m. on our shared balcony complete with music, a Spanish harp and guitar along with a singer. We were invited.

Both of us were tired,…

West Coast Author's Premiere/Bank of Books

On Saturday, July 12, I'll be at the West Coast Author's Premiere at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the beach in Ventura from 10 to 3. At 10:30 a.m., I'm going to give a presentation on electronic publishing.

At 4, I'll be at the Bank of Books in downtown Ventura speaking about How to Write a Mystery. I'll have handouts for both presentations.

And as an aside, on Friday night before the event, hubby and I are spending the night in a haunted room at the Bella Maggoire Bed and Breakfast in downtown Ventura. How much fun is that?

Anyone in the vicinity, please do stop by.