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Dying Scream Released Today

I’m thrilled to say my latest release, DYING SCREAM, hits bookshelves today!  DYING SCREAM is the third in my suspense series which began with I’M WATCHING YOU and DEAD RINGER.

DYING SCREAM arrives in book stores.

DYING SCREAM arrives in book stores.

A Giveaway Basket for Virginia Romance Writers

Tomorrow I’ll be at the Virginia Romance Writer’s November meeting, which features speaker Kathryn Lively, the publisher of Phaze Books.  Each month VRW raffles off a basket with proceeds going to the chapter’s special service fund.  In honor of my upcoming release, DYING SCREAM, I’ve donated the November basket, which celebrates NaNoWrMo, National Novel Writing Month.  Many of my chapter members are participating and it seemed only fitting to celebrate their successes.

If you are in the Richmond area, consider stopping by the VRW meeting to hear Kathryn speak and maybe buy a chance at winning my basket.  BTW, the basket includes NaNoWrMo shirts and mugs and several of my favorite writing books:  WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL, by Donald Maass, BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamont and ON WRITING by Stephen King.  And of course no writer’s basket would be complete without the most important implement in a writer’s toolkit:  Chocolate!  

For more information on Virginia Romance Writers, visit the link athttp://www.virginiaromancewriters.com.

My giveaway basket for the November VRW meeting.

My giveaway basket for the November VRW meeting.

Sisters in Crime Visit Congressional Cemetery

 

Yesterday I drove up to Washington, D.C. to tour the Congressional Cemetery with fellow members of the Sisters in Crime Chesapeake Chapter.  Established in 1790, the Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place for congressman, justices, military leaders and hundreds of colorful and fascinating individuals.  According to our tour guide,  55,000 folks rest in the Congressional Cemetery.  If you are ever in D.C. this historic gold mine is a must see.

Famed Civil War photographer Matthew Brady rests here.

Famed Civil War photographer Matthew Brady rests here.

 

The Public Vault was built by Congress to in response to the demand for public burials.

The Public Vault was built by Congress in response to the demand for public burials.

 

 

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) lead the Marine Band for 15 years.

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) lead the Marine Band for 15 years.

 

The burial chapel has hosted thousands of funerals.

The burial chapel has hosted thousands of funerals.

 

A glimpse side the public vault.

A glimpse side the public vault.

A little rain didn't dampen the tour.

A little rain didn't dampen the tour.

 

Banned Books Week Panel

I gathered with fellow Virginia authors Meg Medina, Natale Stenzel and Kit Wilkinson at the Gayton Library on Tuesday night. We each read from our favorite Banned Books including Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes (Meg), A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Natale), The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Kit) and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (me).  It was not only a great cause but great fun!

 

Meg Medina, Mary Burton, Kit Wilkinson and Natale Stenzel celebrate Banned Books Week.

Meg Medina, Mary Burton, Kit Wilkinson and Natale Stenzel celebrate Banned Books Week.