Vacation in Maine

I had a unique vacation this year. Partly R & R and partly work.  But the location made the mixed bag enjoyable.  Maine’s southern coast is an ideal July destination. We had cooler temps than in the Northeast, and the mix of water and trees and expansive skies made waking up a wonder everyday.

I didn’t get as much writing done as I intended, but I had some good food, good visitis with new friends, and good news for the month.

Goodbye, for now to beautiful Maine. Maine background Rocks Maine low tide
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Conversation With Librarian Caroline Pak

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I had a chance to sit for a one-on-one with the librarian at the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library.  I was happy to address my personal writing practice, my first novel Long Way Home: A World War II Novel and the difficulty of research for that project.  I address the growing representation of diverse crime writers in the mystery/crime genre, and pose a challenge to mystery readers to go beyond their comfort zones.  I mention two other unpublished works that are completed, and read an excerpt from Book 6 in the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series: Warn Me When It’s Time.

This video is no longer available, but the event page is here.

Book Trailer-Warn Me When It’s Time

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Friend, writer, colleague, Suzie Carr produced this marvelous book trailer for Book 6 in the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series.  Please, give it a look!

Warn Me When It’s Time is a case that takes Charlie and her team to dangerous territory, as they try to outsmart a group of white supremacists hell bent on starting a race war.

Credit:  Sunny Bee Productions/Suzie Carr, Producer

Buy the ebook, at Bywater Books, Here

Pre-order the book, Here

From the Library Journal-Catch Me When I’m Falling

Thought to post this blurb from the Library Journal on Catch Me When I’m Falling, which was also a 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Myster yFinalist

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Head, Cheryl A. Catch Me When I’m Falling. Bywater. (Charlie Mack Motown Mystery, Bk. 3). Mar. 2019. 260p. ISBN 9781612941455. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612941462. MYS
Head’s third entry in her “Charlie Mack Motown Mystery” series ( Bury Me When I’m DeadWake Me When It’s Over) finds PI firm owner Charlene “Charlie” Mack about to buy a house with girlfriend Mandy. She is distracted from her packing, however, when her mother asks her to look into the brutal murders of several homeless people in the Detroit Corridor neighborhood. Her private investigator team are all on board, even though they know they’ll be working for free. No one wants Charlie to go undercover pretending to be a street person, but that may be the best way to find out the truth. Can she and her colleagues pull it all together in time to prevent another murder?
VERDICT Head packs a ton of drama and action into this short novel, along with important developments in Charlie’s life and those of her friends and colleagues, with Detroit as much a character as the others. This novel should appeal to readers of contemporary PI stories and those interested in varied settings and diverse characters.—Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib.