Sisters In Crime: Border Crimes Chapter

01 Jenny Milchman and Nancy Pickard

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of listening to Nancy Pickard at our monthly first-Saturday meeting of the Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime at the Mysteryscape bookstore.  Nancy, whose most recent book is The Scent of Rain and Lightning, introduced Jenny Milchman to the Border Crimes members.

Jenny, who released her debut novel Cover of Snow this past January and is now on a 7-month bookstore tour with her family, told us about her friendship with Nancy, her publishing journey, and together they recounted the differences between Nancy’s start as a published author and Jenny’s.  It was a rewarding meeting and I was pleased to meet Jenny in person after making her acquaintance online.

This past week Minotaur published Every Broken Trust, the latest book from my Sisters In Crime pal, Linda Rodriguez.  Last night the Mysteryscape bookstore in Overland Park, Kansas, hosted Linda’s launch party.  I arrived late, but Linda was still on hand to sign a book for me.

Linda Rodriguez signing my copy of her newest book, Every Broken Trust

Linda Rodriguez signing my copy of her newest book, Every Broken Trust

I haven’t yet read the book, having bought it only last night, but I believe one of Linda’s favorite reviews of the book is at the blog, Criminal Element, and she offers the first chapter of the book at her own blog, Linda Rodriguez Writes.

I had a good time today with Nancy Pickard from my home Sisters in Crime group (Kansas) and about forty new friends.  Nancy taught a seminar, SinC into Great Writing, and many of us later agreed that we were happily surprised at the number of hints, tips and techniques she generously shared.

The icing on my cake was having my name drawn to win Nancy’s book, The Scent of Rain and Lightning.  She autographed it, too.

I must also thank my husband for doing my convention registration while I was listening to Nancy.  So far, I’m win-win at Bouchercon, and it doesn’t even officially begin until tomorrow.

Linda Rodriguez, a winner of the St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic writing contest with her novel Every Last Secret, shared with the blogosphere a link to various St. Martin’s writing contests.

I was glad to find another local chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Border Crimes chapter with Kansas City-area members from both Kansas and Missouri. I’d attended the Partners in Crime chapter meetings years ago (before Life interrupted), but when I last checked, the group’s blog’s last entry was about a year and a half ago. Now that I’m getting out from under the Life interruption, I’d like to get back on track.

One of the exciting aspects of the group meetings is that they’re held in the I Love A Mystery bookstore in Mission, Kansas. As a mystery reader from the days of Freddy the Detective, Nancy Drew and Beverly Gray (even perhaps Rupert, as each of his stories has a puzzling plot for the little bear to untangle), it’s a thrill to find a bookstore dedicated to my favorite genre.

Me, in 1964, reading a Judge Dee mystery: The Emperor’s Pearl.