Friday, January 10, 2014

Virginia Is for Mysteries - A SinC Anthology to Die for

Ladies and Gentleman,
I am thrilled to announce a wonderfully fun and successful book launch!

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Virginia Is for Mysteries is an anthology of short stories,
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each one taking place in a different Virginia historical site. All of the stories were written by Virginia-based Sisters in Crime members - so you know it will be good.

We were hosted by The Library of Virginia and supported by Virginia Tourism.

On our very first official day out, we found ourselves on Amazon's Top 10 List for travel books no less. If you are coming to Virginia, these deadly tales are the road best left untraveled.

It is true though, that I enjoy reading novels set in various places before I visit them. I recently did some beta reading for a crime fiction set in New Orleans. As my family and I drove through the city, I kept saying things like, "Oh this is where she was shot!"  and, "This is where they found the third body." It was a little annoying to my teens - but then again most of what I do annoys my teens (it's my job). So if you're headed Virginia way and you want a different perspective on our great state, come with book in hand.

I was thrilled to have two of my short stories included in the book.

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Caged Bird takes place at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. This church is the spot where Patrick Henry gave his rousing speech Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death. The grave yard that makes up most of the church yard contains Liza Poe's grave. Elizabeth Poe was Edgar's mom.

This story is about a man in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong smoking gun still in his hand.

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Key to a Crime - takes place outside of Henricus Historical Park. This is the site where Pocahontas and John Rolfe tobacco farmed and is now interpreted to the 1600s.

In this story, a homeschooling mom finds herself in her pale-blue mini-van driving down 288 - her child is missing, there is a dead body with its red high-heeled foot stuck up at an improbable angle behind her seat, and she sees the flashing blue lights of the state police in her rear-view mirror.

After the wonderful presentations and much laughter, the authors had the opportunity to talk to our readers. The bookstore sold out of our book early in the evening.
Stan Weidner photographs
Stan Weidner photographs

Interested? We are available in print and e-book!

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Link to Amazon
You can find us at Barnes and Noble and in Virginia, we are getting a lot of support from small
 independent bookstores. Let's support them back!

"First came Poe's mysterious and murderous tales, and then those of Cornwell and Baldacci. Now there's Virginia Is for Mysteries, a brand new collection of wonderfully-told and cleverly-crafted whodunnits."
-Lee Lofland, author of the Macavity-nominated book Police Procedure and Investigation, and founder of the Writers' Police Academy
"Creepy, diabolical, and completely delightful! Who knew these otherwise charming authors could be so cleverly sinister? One after the other, these terrific and twisty tales tantalize you, tease you, and surprise you!"
- Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author.

"These 17 tales of death bring Virginia to life with some rich characters, clever plots, and great use of setting. From the mountains to the bay, with stops at historic lighthouses, homes, and even the state capitol, this anthology shines new light on the Old Dominion."
- Barb Goffman, Macavity award-winning author

Thank you so much for stopping by. And thank you for your support. When you buy my books, you make it possible for me to continue to bring you helpful articles and keep ThrillWriting free and accessible to all.

Big thank you to Stan Weidner for his photography. Link to Stan's website. Stan is the supportive husband behind my friend and fellow writer, Heather Weidner. You can catch up with her here: link.

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