rabbit hole

I’ve been stuck in a research rabbit hole this week, which is only one of the reasons this post is late. But I have had a few other distractions that kept me from my blog.

I turned in my outline for book five! The title alone is a bit of a spoiler, so I’m keeping that to myself for a little while longer. My outlines are basically a series of plot points and they allow me to work through plot holes before I’ve invested ten to twelve weeks writing a first draft. They can be tricky so I’m always relieved to complete one successfully. Now fingers crossed that my editor approves it!

Earlier this week I learned I’d be doing a virtual event with The Poisoned Pen! Since in-person events aren’t possible right now, I’m very excited to sit down and chat virtually with John Charles from the ‘Pen’ and author Jennifer Ashley. We’re scheduled for 4:00 pm (EDT) on August 15th. I’ll post a link to the event as it gets closer. And if you haven’t tuned in for any of the Poisoned Pen events, here’s a link to their archive on You Tube and Facebook.

I poked my head out of the research hole again, this time to celebrate, when I learned A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder has been nominated for a Macavity Award—the Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery! The books are chosen by the members of Mystery Readers International, and I cannot imagine a greater honor than being nominated for an award by readers! Even better, some of my favorite authors are my fellow nominees! Here’s the full list of Macavity nominees:

That very book, A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder, is on sale right now and throughDianne book this weekend for $1.99—ebook! So, if you haven’t had a chance to read it, now’s the time! You can find buy links here

And don’t forget, A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder releases on the 28th, just over a week! You can preorder here!

It’s been very busy around here and while I have a little time, I’m heading back to do a little more research. It’s about late 19th century photography and it’s fascinating! When I understand it better, I’ll happily share, but for now, I’m just hoping I will understand it better!

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2 Responses to News!

  1. QNPoohBear says:

    My brother is familiar with late 19th-century photography. He had a glass plate camera and was really into the process of making manipulated photos. He looked up spiritualist photos and how they were made. If you have questions, want sources, I can try to track him down for you.

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    • Wow, thank you so much for the offer! Would you mind if I asked if I can get back with you on this? I’m writing and researching, but I want to wait until my editor has approved the story before I ask anyone else for their time. Thank you again!


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