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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.

Keith Urban and Sugarland in VA

Broke away from the computer the other night and drove to Charlottesville, VA for the Keith Urban and Sugarland concert.  Had a great time!  I’m a huge Sugarland fan and even gave them a little shout out in I’M WATCHING YOU.  

 

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Back from RWA

I’ve been back from the Romance Writers of America’s 2009 Washington, D.C. convention for a week now but I’ve been so busy with my latest book I’ve not had much time to post.  All the authors are arranged in ABC order and I had great fun visiting with folks I see each year including Monica Burns, Terri Brisban and Kathryn Caskie.  

MB signs at RWA Literacy signing.

MB signs at RWA Literacy signing.

Romance in the Backseat Interview

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed last week by Terry Kate the creator of Romance In the Backseat.  The blog is Terry’s brainchild and is designed to bring authors and readers together.  As my fellow Virginia Romance Writer Natale Stenzel drove, Terry interviewed me and asked all kinds of great questions about my latest releases, Dead Ringer and Dying Scream (December 2009).  After my interview Natale and I switched seats and I drove while Terry asked Natale about her latest paranormal Between A Rock and A Heart Place.  Other writers Terry has interviewed include Sabrina Jeffries and Sheila Roberts.  My interview should be up in a couple of months.  I’ll keep you posted…

Be sure to check out Terry’s site: www.romanceinthebackseat.com. 

 

Writer/Driver Natale Stenzel and Terry Kate from Romance in the Backseat.

Writer/Driver Natale Stenzel and Terry Kate from Romance in the Backseat.