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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trouble is on the move, 2017 Awards

cj Sez: Trouble is on the move, and it all began with author Carolyn Haines … I’m talking about Trouble, the black cat shamus star of her Familiar Legacy mystery series. 

A number of books are scheduled for the series, and three have launched: Familiar Trouble, Trouble in Dixie, and Trouble in Tallahassee. The fourth book, Trouble at Summer Valley Ranch, will launch October 9. The first book in the series, Familiar Trouble written by Carolyn Haines, is currently available free on Amazon Kindle.

Blurb:  BLOOD IS THICKER... Sometimes a unique talent is inherited—and such is the case for Trouble, son of Familiar the black cat detective. Trouble’s rather indolent life in the sleepy town of Wetumpka, Alabama is upended when a serial killer arrives on the scene. Trouble begins to apply the skills he learned from his dad and his hero, Sherlock Holmes.

A 5 out of 5-stars review: “Cats can get into plenty of trouble. Trouble the cat is just the opposite - he works hard to keep his "biped" OUT of trouble. Witty, amusing and tense, Familiar Trouble is a fun and engaging read.”

cj Sez:  You get ’em, Trouble.

I’m happy to share the good news of recent award-wining authors. Maybe someone you read? If not, maybe someone you should read?

The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) announced its Carol Awards winners for the best in Christian fiction published in the previous calendar year (2016). The winners were announced September 23 during the annual conference awards dinner. 

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart

Historical Romance
The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Romantic Suspense
Always Watching (Elite Guardians) by Lynette Eason

You’re the Cream in my Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo

The Private Eye Writers Association announced its Shamus Awards for 2017. The Shamus Awards were given to private eye titles published in 2016.  The winners announced in the PWA newsletter. For more details, go to:

Best Private Eye Novel
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman

Best First Private Eye Novel
IQ by Joe Ide

Best Original Private Eye Paperback
The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan  

Best Private Eye Short Story
“A Battlefield Reunion” by Brendan DuBois  in AHMM, June


Tell me about your good news, and I’ll be happy to share that also.

Got my royalty check recently and decided I better not quit my day job. Oh wait… I did that already. Sigh.

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

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