Weekend Update: June 26-27, 2021

Next week at Maine Crime Writers there will be a group post on Monday and posts by Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson (Thursday) and Kate Flora (Friday). Some Wednesdays from now on will be “Win a Book Wednesday” with giveaways, drawings, and announcements of winners. Be sure to stop by at mid-week to see what’s new. This coming Wednesday, Sandra Neily will be giving away one of her books. Be sure to check it out.

In the news department, here’s what’s happening with some of us who blog regularly at Maine Crime Writers:

from Kaitlyn Dunnett: GIVEAWAY WINNER! The winner of a copy of I Kill People for a Living is Alice. Please contact me at KaitlynDunnett@gmail.com with your last name and mailing address so I can send you your book. Thanks to everyone who left a comment.

Sandra Neily news: Live near Portland, Maine? Each Wednesday in July Maine Women Fly Fishers has a practice casting clinic. I’ll be volunteering Wednesday, July 7, but also signing some books for folks who live nearby. New to the sport? Check out their FB page. Lots of welcoming things for new comers.  (The narrator of my series is a fly fisher. Here’s a bit from the novel.)

In the gorge caddis flies poured over the falls’ edge before they could hatch off the water. Insects swirled around my feet, tissue-paper wings battered and useless. I tied on a mangled fly that resembled a crippled caddis. If I had to explain fly-fishing to people who’d never waded a stream, I’d say it was three-dimensional, wet chess: moves and countermoves under the water, over the water, and on the water itself—on that thin membrane that divides fish from folks.

I cast upriver into the current. My fake fly floated loosely among the bodies of its real relatives. I jerked the rod tip to twitch my deception into life. The brook trout that swallowed my fly was as cold as a fish can get without being wrapped in the freezer.

And this from Encircle Publications: https://encirclepub.com

Some great news from Charlene D’Avanzo:

Kate Flora is thrilled to have her story, Best Served Cold chosen for the Crime Spell anthology, Bloodroot. Here’s the author line-up:

The editors at Crime Spell Books, Susan Oleksiw, Leslie Wheeler, and Ang Pompano are pleased to announce that the following stories by these amazing authors will appear in Bloodroot, Best New England Crime Stories anthology #19.

Congratulations All! Look for it in November 2021!
Christine Bagley “Valhalla”
Brenda Buchanan “Means, Motive and Opportunity”
Bruce Coffin “Murphy’s Law”
Hans Copek “The Visa”
A.L. Dawson “The Crossing”
Kat Fast “Only You”
Kate Flora “Best Served Cold”
Judith Green “Virtue Is Its Own Reward”
Jane Haertel “Where the Wild Pigs Are”
Vaughn Hardacker “Just Like Jesse James”
Zakariah Johnson “Egg on Her Face”
Frederic T. Jones “Bounty”
Chris Knopf “Rescue”
Lisa Lieberman “The Virgin’s Necklace”
Edith Maxwell “Dark Corners”
Susan Oleksiw “Chuck Zanger Exceeds His Skill Set”
Eugenia Parrish “A Death at the Crossroads”
Ang Pompano “Directions to Justice”
Stephen D. Rogers “The Baby Screamed Murder”
Clea Simon “No Cities to Love”
Sarah Smith “Jane Austen’s House”
Janet Raye Stevens “Dirty Water”
Leslie Wheeler “Watchers”

An invitation to readers of this blog: Do you have news relating to Maine, Crime, or Writing? We’d love to hear from you. Just comment below to share.


And a reminder: If your library, school, or organization is looking for a speaker, we are often available to talk about the writing process, research, where we get our ideas, and other mysteries of the business. We also do programs on Zoom. Contact Kate Flora

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