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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Is your favorite author among the Macavity award nominees?

cj Sez:  Nominations are in for the upcoming Macavity Awards. Is one of your favorite authors among them?

   Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate their favorite mysteries in five categories from the previous year for the Macavity Awards. The Macavity Awards are a literary award for mystery writers. Nominated and voted upon annually by the members of the Mystery Readers International, the award is named for the "mystery cat" of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.  The winners of this coveted award will be announced at the end of October, 2019, at the Bouchercon convention in Dallas, Texas.
Best Novel:
Lou Berney: November Road
Alison Gaylin: If I Die Tonight
Jane Harper: The Lost Man
Jennifer Hillier: Jar of Hearts
Naomi Hirahara: Hiroshima Boy
Lisa Unger: Under My Skin
Best First Novel:
Oyinkan Braithwaite: My Sister, the Serial Killer
John Copenhaver: Dodging and Burning
Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing
Catherine Steadman: Something in the Water
C.J. Tudor: The Chalk Man
Best Nonfiction:
Laird R. Blackwell: The Metaphysical Mysteries of G.K. Chesterton: A Critical Study of the Father Brown Stories and Other Detective Fiction
Margalit Fox: Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer
Leslie S. Klinger: Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s
Michelle McNamara: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Laura Thompson: Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life
Sarah Weinman: The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World
Best Short Story: (Click on titles in blue for links to the stories)
Craig Faustus Buck: “Race to Judgment” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov/Dec 2018)
Leslie Budewitz: “All God’s Sparrows” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May/Jun 2018)
Barb Goffman: “Bug App├ętit” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov/Dec 2018)
Barry Lancet: “Three-Star Sushi” (Down & Out: The Magazine, Vol.1, No. 3)
Gigi Pandian: “The Cambodian Curse” (The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories)
Art Taylor: “English 398: Fiction Workshop” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Jul/Aug 2018)
Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery:
Dianne Freeman: A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder
Elsa Hart: City of Ink
Laurie R. King: Island of the Mad
Sujata Massey: The Widows of Malabar Hill
Ann Parker: A Dying Note
Charles Todd: A Forgotten Place
   Special congratulations to fellow Mobile Writers Guild member and author Candice Marley Conner. Her illustrated text chapter book, “Secretly Poppy, the Finder of Lost Things,” was awarded FIRST PLACE by the Southern Breeze chapter of SCBWI in their 2019 writing contest. Southern Breeze reported a record number of entries and tough competition for the winners.  (Yay, Candice!)
   NaNoWriMo Helpful hint to avoid saggy middles:
cj’s helpful hints for your Holiday Gift Giving List: 
FINALLY HOME Christmas anthology launch is December 10, 2019

   Also still available (you can never have too many feel-good Christmas stories anytime of the year): the  HOMETOWN HEROES Christmas anthology is free on Kindle Unlimited.

And you’ll be getting another two-fer!

   Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Cajun Navy, those hometown heroes who trailer their personal boats to hurricane flood-devastated areas to help those in need. And they do their incredible volunteerism on their own nickel. 

   By buying this book, you will help contribute to a wonderful cause and be able to read some lovely stories at the same time.

   Discover the role this fox plays in my story, “Hobbes House Noel,” one of the five romance stories in the Hometown Heroes anthology. (Well, actually not THIS fox. This photo was taken in my back yard.)

   By the by, as the masthead of Lyrical Pens says, if you have a book you want to promote (new or one you want to re-energize the marketing for), let me know. We can arrange a blog date…the only caveat is that this site is PG 13.

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


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  1. I don't even KNOW some of them! I do know a lot, though. It's a good list.

    1. cj Sez: Me, too. I do appreciate seeing the links so I can read those short stories. Thanks for stopping by!


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