Bouchercon was held in St. Petersburg, Florida this year. More than a thousand mystery/crime authors, bloggers, publishers, bloggers, readers and others who love the genre come together to rekindle friendships, make new contacts, conduct business, teach/learn the craft and celebrate the best in crime fiction and non-fiction.
It was my very first Bouchercon, and I had a blast. This conference is overwhelmingly immersive. I was pleased to participate in an event on the first day of the conference called Coats of Many Colors where authors were tasked with sharing a name or two of other authors who deserved more attention. I listed Stefani Deoul (On a Larp); Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow) and Penny Mickelbury (The Gianna Magglione/Mimi Patterson mystery series). Later that day, I was honored to be on a panel that discussed the tropes of the private investigator genre with five experienced practitioners of the craft.
On Saturday, I paired up with a DC area writer friend, John Copenhaver, to do the Author Speed Dating event. John and I gave our two-minute spiels to nearly 80 readers moving from table-to-table, while breakfast eaters munched on pastries and listened attentively. It was exhausting and exhilarating.
The 3-day conference was filled with panels, presentations, interviews of celebrity crime writers, book signings….
The look on my face when I get my hands on my new book for the first time!
First Breath of Air
The Wail of Life
It’s A Book
By Cheryl A. Head
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.
Also 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.
Available where you buy your books on May 15, 2018
….and Dru’s Musing post Here. Thank you Dru Ann!!
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Honored that Bury Me When I’m Dead has been listed as a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Lambda Literary Awards .
Bury Me When I’m Dead is the first installment in a crime series, set in 2005 in Detroit, and featuring, African-American, private investigator, Charlene Mack.
Charlie, as she’s known, is decisive, prone towards being controlling, cunning—and she has a massive streak of empathy. The one thing that she’s not so clear about is accepting her sexual orientation.
In Bury Me When I’m Dead, Charlie is hired to find a missing person who has embezzled from her company, the search leads her to Birmingham, Alabama where she comes close to death and closer to a decision about her sexuality, with the help of a provocative, green-eyed, beauty, named Mandy Porter.
Mandy’s a decorated cop. She’s always been an out lesbian which adds further tension to her new relationship with a closeted, Charlie.
Excerpt—Bury Me When I’m Dead
The two sat in an awkward silence. Charlie looked at her watch. Her plane didn’t board for another hour. Mandy took a sip of wine and savored the taste. They stared at each other for a while. Neither flinching.
“I really, really like you Charlie.”
“The feeling is very mutual.”
Mandy reached for Charlie’s hand and their fingers intertwined for a few seconds before Charlie pulled away.
“No one cares about two women holding hands, you know,” Mandy said with irritation.
“I’m not like you. I’m self-conscious about public displays of affection.”
“Would you be if I were a man?”
“Maybe not,” Charlie admitted. “I’m going to need some help with that.”
Mandy had accepted Charlie’s admission of bisexuality. She’d known other women who described themselves as bi, but she believed it had more to do with being afraid to come out of the closet than ambiguity. She took another sip of wine. “Is it different, Charlie? To tell you the truth, that’s a surprise to me.”
“It can’t be that much of a surprise.”
“You’ve been distant lately. Not returning phone calls. I thought maybe you wanted to break things off.”
Charlie fidgeted in her chair, looked at Mandy, looked away, then held her in an earnest stare. “I’m afraid of what I’m feeling. But there’s no denying that I’ve fallen in love with you.”
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.