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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Did you know?

cj Sez:  From the department of “did you know” comes these tidbits...

   January 1, 2019 was “Public Domain Day” in the United States. And what does that mean for writers? Well, here’s what a guest on Jane Friedman’s blog said: “It is kind of a big deal that on January 1, 2019, the copyrights of many works originally ‘copyrighted’ in 1923 entered the public domain—meaning that the copyright owners’ ability to enforce their Section 106 exclusive rights has expired.”

   Some of the works now in the public domain include Agatha Christie’s “The Murder on the Links” and Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers.” You can quote from them pretty much without fear of being sued for copyright infringement, and the change doesn’t apply just to novels. Read more about how this came to be on Jane Friedman’s blog here:
   The Agatha Award nominees for 2018 publications have been announced.

Best Contemporary Novel
Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
Beyond the Truth by Bruce Robert Coffin (Witness Impulse)
Cry Wolf by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best Historical Novel  
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
The Gold Pawn by LA Chandlar (Kensington)
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Turning the Tide by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson (Berkley)

Best First Novel
A Ladies Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
Little Comfort by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix (Midnight Ink)
Deadly Solution by Keenan Powell (Level Best Books)
Curses Boiled Again by Shari Randall (St. Martin's)

Best Short Story
"All God's Sparrows" by Leslie Budewitz (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
"A Postcard for the Dead" by Susanna Calkins in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)
"Bug Appetit" by Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
"The Case of the Vanishing Professor" by Tara Laskowski (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
"English 398: Fiction Workshop" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Best Young Adult Mystery
Potion Problems (Just Add Magic) by Cindy Callaghan (Aladdin)
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson (Henry Holt)
A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi (Carolrhoda Books)

Best Nonfiction
Mastering Plot Twists by Jane Cleland (Writer's Digest Books)
Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J Cohen (Orange Grove Press)
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox (Random House)
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (Pegasus Books)
Wicked Women of Ohio by Jane Ann Turzillo (History Press)

The Agatha Awards will be presented on May 4, 2019 during Malice Domestic 31.   
Congratulations to all of the nominees!
The Familiar Legacy Series launched book 8 in the series of 9. . .

  When heartbroken Annabel Wilder seeks an unlikely diversion in treasure hunting and becomes the owner of abandoned storage unit, she discovers she’s made a down payment on danger.       Protecting her becomes a job for Sheriff Ethan Ferris and the Sherlockian skills of a mysterious black cat.

   The ingenuous cat sleuth with the British accent is also the subject of an anthology THE TROUBLE WITH CUPID.
  Currently free on Kindle Unlimited, it’s purrfect for Valentine’s Day…and a year-round fun read. 
   All proceeds from the sale of THE TROUBLE WITH CUPID are donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  

That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


PS:  Happy birthday to my first-born, Mark.

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