Mystery Review: Flesh and Gold by Ann Aptaker

Flesh and Gold (Cantor Gold Crime)Flesh and Gold by Ann Aptaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the writing in this series. It’s pithy, wise-cracking, noir talk crackling with wit, intelligence and magnificent metaphors. I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba, especially the sparkling, exotic, forbidden Cuba of the 50’s and Flesh and Gold gave me more than I could have imagined. It’s all there: the pastel buildings, the formidable sun, the white-walled tires, the architecture, and the rum. And now I know about Cuba’s darkest side: sinister, sinful, and dangerous. I’ll still go to Cuba. But now I’ll avoid some of the backstreets. Great storytelling.

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Sister Crime Writers

From Cozies to Noir.  Here are a half-dozen mystery-writing friends whose work I adore.  Try them.  You’ll like them.  It would be a crime not to.

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Thanks to Alexia Gordon for the concept, and thanks to her designer, Leslie Lipps.

BookPeople’s Mystery Bookstore-within-a Bookstore in Austin, TX

 

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I appreciate Scott Butki of Mystery People for this great interview.  Thanks!

“Cheryl Head is a fresh voice whose mysteries include references to diversity and tolerance, in addition to humor and good plot twists. This is all on display in her new book, Wake Me When It’s Over, the second in her Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series..”

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OutWrite and My Queery Q & A.

It’s been a while since I posted anything to the blog.  I’ve been doing a whirlwind of interviews, planning for a book tour, and writing/editing.

I’ll be doing a reading, and a panel discussion at the OutWrite LGBTQ literary festival in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 4, 2018.  But, last week I answered the Washington Blade’s QUEERY questions.  Here’s a link to the online post.

And here’s the nice photo that accompanied the 20 Gay questions

Photo by Michael Key for the Washington Blade

Photo by Michael Key for the Washington Blade

 

OutWrite 2018 crime-mystery

 

 

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Three Exciting Writing Opportunities for Women of Color

Black Women Writing in the South   Deadline 4/30/2018

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There’s still time for Black women writers to join us. Applications accepted via through 4/30.   http://blacklesbianliterarycollective.org/retreat/


 

Sisters in Crime-Eleanor Taylor Bland Award   Deadline 6/15/2018
Bland Award

Sisters in crime are accepting applications for their 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award—an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color! Deadline is 6/15/18. More details on their site: http://www.sistersincrime.org/etb 


 

Golden Crown Literary Society-Bridge Builder Scholarship  Deadline 6/1/2018

Bridge Builder

This scholarship, offered by the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is offered to a woman writer of color who shows talent and drive in creating lesbian literature. The writer should be interested in working on a full-length novel or a collection of short stories.*

The chosen recipient will receive:

1) one, full tuition to the class of 2019 GCLS writing academy; and 

2) individual one-on-one mentoring with a well-established writer in the genre of lesbian fiction.

In return, the candidate will:

Create a brief (one page) monthly report on that month’s lessons, their own work in progress, or GCLS promotions within their community.

Attend online classes and participate in the assignments to the best of their ability.

The candidate must be willing to show how they can help promote and support lesbian literature in general, and the writing academy specifically within their own communities.

Application deadline:

The candidate will submit a ten-page sample of their best work, along with an application by June 1, 2018. Candidates will be chosen by June 30th, 2018. Classes start in September of 2018, however, there will be a summer reading list assignment.

 

 

A Mystery Writer to Know: The indefatigable VM Burns

What I do In Between Writing Deadlines or Shameless Book Promotion

I met VM at Malice Domestic, the annual mystery confab attended by mystery writers and fans of cozy mysteries.   If you like cozies, she is an author to know…and her books are ones to purchase. In this blog IThe-Plot-is-Murder-1 particularly like her appeal to readers to ask libraries to purchase our books so they will be available widely to all audiences.

Florida in March: Family Affairs

I had a whirlwind trip to Florida for writing events, and family visits.  My 90-year old mother and two brothers live in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and I can’t really travel to the Sunshine State without time to feel the warmth of family.

florida-tampa-city-view-and-cloudsThe primary purpose for my Florida long weekend was to attend, and participate in, the celebration of writing education that is the annual Association of Writer’s and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference.  This year held in Tampa.  This 5-day gathering of 12,000 writing students, teachers, lovers of books and writing, and writing luminaries is an immersive experience.

The panel I participated in: “Nothing Happens Nowhere” was a Friday afternoon discussion about setting and the Siren’s call to home in LGBTQ writing. Moderated by author/teacher: Paula Martinac (The Ada Decades) and including panelists/teachers Serkan Gorkemli, Amy Hoffman, and Carter Sickels.

It was an interesting conversation about the intersectionality of themes when LGBTQ AWP caucus logofocusing on the craft of setting in LGBTQ writing.

I also attended the LGBTQ Writers Caucus, and the room was abuzz with energy and good ideas for increasing the presence of LGBTQ-themed panels for the 2019 AWP conference.

On Sunday in St. Pete, I joined five other lesbian writers to read from our varied works at the fabulous Queen’s Head restaurant/bar.  The other authors were Stefani Deoul, Gale Massey, Elizabeth Sims, Alison Soloman, and Rachel Spangler. The event, hosted and moderated by Tiffany Razzano of Wordier Than Thou, a Florida super supporter of all thiWordier Than Thoungs book related,  was well attended by a group of attentive readers on the Queen’s Head patio and was a laugh-filled, collegial gathering of old friends and new.  Fellow Bywater Books author, Stefani Deoul worked with Tiffany to organize our time together.

The two reading events were the perfect writer’s life bookends to the dynamics of family.

Come to think of it, I’m very grateful to both my biological and writing families.