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Sunday, January 26, 2020

And the nominees are . . .

cj Sez: So many books to read, so little time.

   “The Agatha Awards, named in honor of Agatha Christie, are nominated and voted on by Malice Domestic fans. The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery—books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence; and usually (but not limited to) featuring an amateur detective, a confined setting, and characters who know one another. Agatha Awards are awarded in five categories for works first published in the United States by a living author during a calendar year. The winners for 2019 publications will be announced at the Agatha Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 2 in Bethesda, Maryland during Malice Domestic 32.”
   The Malice Domestic Agatha Award Nominees can be found here:

   From the Mystery Writers of America press release on their website on January 22:
“Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 211th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2019. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 74th Gala Banquet, April 30, 2020, in New York City.”

   Find out if your favorite author is a nominee here:

   Mark your calendar! There’s a book signing coming up, and some of the authors whose stories are in these anthologies will be there to sign your copies. For sure, I'll be there, looking forward to meeting you!

   Plan to stop by The Mobile Bookseller on Friday, February 7th from 3 to 6 p.m.

   The Mobile Bookseller is located at 3990 Government Blvd., Mobile, AL, in the Skyland Shopping Center, at the intersection of Hwy. 90 and Azalea Road.
On the personal front…

   I have new and exciting covers and titles ready to re-issue my novels. I can hardly wait to reveal them, but I have to revise the front matter and tweak the stories before I’m ready to publish. Hopefully, that won’t take too long.

   I finished a short story Saturday afternoon (thanks, I’m sure, to your wishes for good luck), and it is now with a copy editor. The deadline for submission is looming, and I’m hoping for a fairly clean manuscript diagnosis so I don’t have to do a crash and burn to incorporate all the necessary edits in time to submit.

   I’ve also started an extensive revision of another short story to see if I can get it ready for submission to an anthology in two weeks.

   My granddaughter, Maggie Rose Johnston, made her debut on Friday as the "Good  Godly Woman" (which she really is in her daily life) in a country music YouTube video. Like author reviews, the more the video is seen and commented on, the better….so I’ve been sharing this information all over Facebook and thought you might enjoy it as well.

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

Autographed print copies of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, and THE POSSE are still available at the Haunted Bookshop. TO ORDER (and support an indie bookstore) contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and an award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice. If you’re in Mobile area, do stop in at the book store; it’s a neat place to browse. These friendly people make a point to shelve the books of local authors, and VALENTINE’S DAY PIECES anthology will be available there soon. If they don’t happen to have any copies of any book you want, they’ll order it for you.

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