Michigan Mini Book Tour-Good to be Home.

I met some amazing readers, librarians, and indie bookstore owners during my recent Book 2WMWIObook tour for Wake Me When It’s Over.  I had five events starting in Detroit; and then on to Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Wilder Branch Library of Detroit’s public library system invited me to chat with their book club. This vibrant group of women (and one man) were voracious and knowledgeable readers.  Librarian, Annette Stocks and book club Wilder Book Club

Alice Hudginscoordinator, Alice Hudgins  wSusan and RJ Foxere superb hosts.

Then it was on to Pages Bookshop in northwest Detroit. It’s a beautiful, neighborhood bookstore managed with care by owner Susan Murphy.  Susan had invited Detroit Author, RJ Fox to interview me.  RJ has a superb book called Awaiting Identification.

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At the Elmwood Park Branch Library, the book club asked specific questions about Book 1 in the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Series, Bury Me When I’m Dead, and purchased book 2. The book club members were a committed, lively, friendly group.

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In Lansing, at the Everybody Reads Books and Gift Shop (thank you Scott); I was joined by authors, David Pratt, Beth Burnett, and Marianne K. Martin.

Pratt, Burnett, Martin

In Ann Arbor, Keith (the owner of Common Language Bookshop) introduced our writers & music group-we called our event Queerly Michigan-and served wine!

reading at Common Language in Ann Arbor

My mother and my kid joined me for part of the book tour.  It was good to be home!

The Times They are A’Changing

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Wow. It has been a wild season of change which has kept me away from my blog.

I’ve been crazy busy.  Mostly dealing with life. The ups and  downs of it. The personal things that can drain your energy, and monopolize your time and attention.

Not necessarily listed in order of importance, but just as the events present themselves in my mind right now:

I’m helping my brothers and sister to find an Assisted Living Facility for my 90-year old

Mom and me in 2014

Mom and me in 2014

Mom.  She is feisty, and extroverted, and opinionated, and a force of life to be reckoned with.  It is only in the last 3 months that she has decided she doesn’t want to live independently.  We all love her, and want what’s best for her. She will stay with my sister and her family, for now.  It is a good, short-term solution.

I live in a home in Washington, DC that was built in 1850. The city Historical Homeowner’s Office wants me to rehabilitate the front facade of my Capitol Hill row house to its original look. 20170602_110138
It has been a one-year back-and-forth to apply and receive a grant to do this work which is now scheduled for this already disruptive summer.

I’ve had a change in my relationship status. That’s all I’ll say about that.

My ex-husband passed in May. He was a good man who helped everyone he could, whenever he could. He was full of jokes, laughter and fun. Our child, AJ, and I are still grieving his loss.

Book 2WMWIOI had a new book released in late May.  I have not had the time or space to be out and about with my latest Charlie Mack Motown Mystery, but she has received some positive reader reviews which I hope will continue.  I’ll be out on the first phase of a book tour starting in July at the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) annual meeting in Vegas in July. I’m also happy to announce a mini-book reading/signing tour in Michigan in late August where I will appear at two Detroit Public Library branches for book club discussions, as well as a reading at Pages Bookshop in the Detroit neighborhood where I lived twenty-five years ago. I’m so excited to be promoting my book in the city that gave me my roots.

There will be more details on the Book Tour on my Events page.  Please come out and see me if you can, and feel free to drop me a note, or comment, as the spirit moves you to do so.

Cheers

Motor City Mystery Thriller debut -May 22, 2018

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What happens when Charlie Mack and her small team of private investigators are asked to stop a terrorist plot against the largest automobile show in the world?

There is the unraveling of a complex set of motives, the identification of the primary players, the murder of a team member, the clock ticking toward the cancellation of the show, and a final cat-and-mouse chase to find, and disarm, dozens of lethal bombs.

Oh, and there’s No Time for Sleep.

Book small versiondiscounted eBook download available here (Bywater Books). Also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or wherever  you purchase your books.

Check out the book trailer.

 

 

 

 

 

Grateful to Dru’s Musings & Michigan Chronicle: Wake Me When It’s Over

Award-winning mystery web blogger Dru Ann Love, was kind enough to post my book cover reveal for Wake Me When It’s Over, the second book in the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Series.    Drus-Book-Musings-web-site2

 

 

MC logoAlso a love shout out to the Michigan Chronicle of Detroit who posted a blurb about WMWIO in the city and lifestyle section of their online newspaper.

You can find the Michigan Chronicle post  Here.  Thank you Michigan Chronicle.

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Available where you buy your books on May 15, 2018

….and Dru’s Musing post Here.  Thank you Dru Ann!!

First Installment in the Charlene Mack Mystery Series

 

 

Available now on Amazon

Available now on Amazon

My first mystery novel is Trouble in Birmingham and follows female sleuth, Charlie Mack and her team from Detroit to Birmingham, Alabama in search of a missing person.  It seems a fairly straightforward case until they run into a double murder, an FBI undercover operation and a black, southern patriarch with secrets dating back forty years.  When Charlie is cold-cocked on a neighborhood street corner in north Birmingham, the case becomes personal and lethal.