Showing posts from February, 2013

The End of February and What's Coming in March

Can you believe that this is the last day of February?  Last month was busy as most months are. Some of it wasn't easy but there were many highlights. Best, of course, was getting to see my son in the brain trauma center and seeing that he is finally getting the treatment that he needs. It's been a long haul since he was injured the Sunday a.m. before Christmas. It took an angel (nurse) from the insurance company to turn things around.

My latest book came out, Dangerous Impulses, and I got to see it for the first time at the San Gabriel Valley Lit Fest.
Also visited my family down in the Wildomar area--way southern California--and was able to see the new home of my eldest daughter and her hubby--spent time with their kids and grandkids. Fun stuff!

I've spent some time planning promotion for Dangerous Impulses, worked on my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery--but not enough on the next Rocky Bluff P.D. series. I have to keep writing in order to have two books a year.


WRITING THE NOVEL by Dianne Harman


Murder at the Blue Plate Cafe, Judy Alter


Oak Tree Authors at the San Gabriel Valley Litfest

Last weekend was so full I'm still recovering.

On Sunday, we (miiddle daughter who did all the driving) left Wildomar and headed for West Covina and the San Gabriel Vally Litfest. As usual, it took awhile to figure out exactly where we ought to be, upstairs in City Hall in an open space that turned out to be very windy and cold. And at times too noisy to talk thanks to musicians playing and singing close by. That wasn't good because in order to get people interested in your books you need to be able to talk to them and they have to hear you.

 Sunny Frazier, Aquisitions Editor for OTP, Marja McGraw, Me, John Brantingham the brains behind the SGV Litfest, Marta Chausee, Lorna Collins, Morgan St. James.

As you may notice, I now am wearing a shawl, the wind was really cold sailing through that open space.

I understand that on Friday and Saturday far more people came by--that was not the case on Sunday.
We had our readings in the evening and they were not well-attended, perhaps Sun…

Most Clever Birthday Party

This past weekend one of the exciting things I did was to attend great-grandaughter Peyton's 11th birthday party.  My granddaughter, Peyton's mom, did a super job planning at putting it on.

The girls in two teams went on a scavenger hunt and here they are checking to see who got the most items. (It was a tie.)

It was an outdoor movie, they had heaters around and everyone got a blanket. So much fun. There was a table with popcorn and all sorts of candy and everyone could help themselves.

The movie was "Here Comes the Boom." Great movie. I'd seen it in the theater, but this was more fun, the girls all cheered in the appropriate places.

Earlier in the day we went to Garrett's basketball game. I smiled through the whole game. 2nd grader boys are a kick! One kid skipped instead of running from one end of the court to the other. I didn't see any future basketball stars though they sure all tried hard. I'd like to see how they play in 3rd grade.

Bad News for a Ghost by Jim Guigli