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Sunday, November 29, 2020

MWA names 2021 Grand Masters

cj Sez:  Congratulations to authors Charlaine Harris and Jeffery Deaver on being named the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Masters for 2021.

   From the MWA press release: “November 23, 2020 —New York, NY—Today Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announces the recipients of its special awards. The board chose Charlaine Harris and Jeffery Deaver as the 2021 Grand Masters, and the 2020 Raven Award recipient is Malice Domestic. They will receive their awards at the 75th Annual Edgar Awards Ceremony, which will be held April 29, 2021.” 
   Read more about the event at:

   It’s into the home stretch on the last two days for the NaNoWriMo challenge.

   Keep on keeping on, Word Warriors. Ignore that panic key. You got this!

   The weather is forecast to turn cold in Mobile this coming week, as in going down into the 30s at night. Brrr temperatures for this former snowbird who has almost acclimated to the hellacious heat and humidity of the Gulf Coast.
   Any temperature below about 45 degrees is way too cold for the potted hibiscus sitting on my patio—we’ve named it “Grandpa.” Son will have to create a space to protect it from this cold snap. We’ve been babying that plant, moving it in and out of the garage or workshop, every winter since Tracy Hurley gave it to me more than ten years ago. I will keep tending to it as long as possible in memory of my friend. (Like the rest of my flowers, Grandpa has suffered through some storms, so the picture is what it looked like when I got it.)

Now some words from my sponsor:

   Spreading holiday cheer is always a good thing, and especially so when buying either of these anthologies is a two-fer—you’re actually helping out a charity, too.
   The digital versions of the first two Bienvenue Press Christmas charity anthologies have been on sale for the entire month of November, and now, fair warning, the 99 CENT SALE ENDS NOV 30.
   From paranormal to contemporary to historical, there's something in these anthologies to fill everyone with the spirit of the season.
HOMETOWN HEROES benefits Cajun Navy Relief & Rescue
FINALLY HOME helps regional animal rescue programs
   At this price, you can send one or both to as many family and friends as you want. Even better, add in the fact that delivery will be free and there’ll be no wrapping or postage costs, then buying these anthologies makes for great gifts at a great bargain. Wow! Another two-fer.
   Both are available on Amazon (free on Kindle Unlimited)
   AND…and…Bienvenue Press’s upcoming charity anthology for 2020 is currently available for the preorder price of 99 cents! Part of the proceeds from this anthology will benefit the Acadiana Writing Project.
  In “The Substitute,” my short story in the anthology, an FBI agent’s undercover assignment as a substitute special education teacher gets even more complicated when he falls in love with a first-grade grade teacher. She has a good idea what’s been happening at the school, but can she…will she…help him get the proof he needs to complete his assignment?
   Look for HOMEROOM HEROES on Amazon Saturday, December 5. (The cover shown is the first draft.)

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

P.S.  My stand-alone suspense novels are out of print on Amazon, but The Haunted Bookshop has signed copies in stock. TO ORDER my autographed books or any book of your choice on-line from a favorite, indie bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here:
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