I've spent a great deal of time in Washington D.C. of late, both physically and mentally. For those of you who have never visited D.C. or have only been there in the last hundred years, here is a "stranger's guide" map to Washington City from 1892 (Courtesy of the Library of Congress). This is the city that Hattie would have known. The detail is incredible and illustrates how little and how much this iconic place has changed!
The first time I visited St. Joseph, Missouri, it was my birthday. I was looking forward to some well-earning pampering, a stay in an historic bed&breakfast and a tour of the Pony Express Museum. Little did I know that I'd stumbled on a gem of a town. More than just the birth place of the Pony Express, St. Joseph was a booming frontier town, a major starting point for the trails west, a pivotal city during the Civil War, one of the biggest commercial distribution centers in the country and the site of Jesse James' demise. And of course, it was Hattie Davish's hometown!
In doing research for my working-in-progress, A Deceptive Homecoming, I came across this list of "reasons for admission" from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. I think we all have cause to be grateful we no longer live in a society that believes "Novel Reading" is a cause for commitment to a mental institution!
Just to get ready for the upcoming release of A Sense of Entitlement, I thought I would share some photos I took while researching the book. Just keep in mind that I'm a writer and not a photographer ! : )
I'll soon return bringing you tidbits from the Gilded Age but I wanted to share a few memories from Malice Domestic. Best convention I've ever been too! If you love the traditional mystery and have never been, I highly recommend attending. Hope to see you next year!
With my agent John Talbot and some of the talented writers he represents!
At the Malice-Go-Round, with the funny, lovely writers known as Sparkle Abbey!
All the participants of the Malice-Go-Round. What fun we had!
My favorite part- meeting new writers, readers and friends! Here I'm with aspiring writer, Michele Sandiford (watch for her name in print!)
Malice Domestic Convention
Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD
May 2-4, 2014
I'm so excited to be attending the Malice Domestic Convention later this week. It will be my first year and I'm looking forward to meeting some of the wonderful readers and writers that make the traditional mystery genre great. Going to Malice too? Hope to see you there!
You are guaranteed to find me here:
Friday, May 2 10:00-11:45am
Panel: It's Alive! Mysteries That Bring History to Life
Saturday, May 3 9:00am-9:50am
Saturday, May 3 11:00-
Meet & Greet Kensington Authors (Get Free books!)
Saturday, May 3 2:00pm-
Help! I'm having a terrible case of Spring Fever. Is it the wind? The rain? The two daffodils I rescued from my garden? I don't know but I'm having a very difficult time focusing- and writing (oh no!)
If you have any suggestions, please let me know! Email me, leave a comment here or on my Facebook page, send me a message on Goodreads, any way you want.
There may be an Advanced Review Copy of A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT in it for you... ; )
I LOVE Baseball- the New York Yankees in particular. My grandmother was a huge fan who never missed a single televised Yankee game in the last few decades of her life. She even included a line about her love of the Yankees in her obituary and was buried with a Yankees cap! She introduced me to this great game at a very early age. So to me its in the blood. So in honor of Opening Day- here are a few historical tidbits about the earliest days of baseball!
1876- The National League was organized by William A. Hulbert.
1882- Hulbert throws Cincinnati out of the league for permitting games on the Sabbath and liquor in the stands. This leads to the formation of the American Association.
1883- Pitcher's were no longer allowed to deliver the ball underhand.
1884- The first post-season championships between the two leagues is held. The short-lived Union Association was formed.
1886- Stolen base statistics began.
1887- The rule that a player had the right to call for a high or a low pitch was changed.
1888- The three strike rule was adopted.
1889- Only four balls were required to get a batter to first. Before that it took anywhere between 9 (in 1879) to 5 (in 1887). The sacrifice bunt was recognized.
1890- The short-lived Players' League was formed.
1891- The American Association folds, leaving only the National League.
1893- The pitching distance rule changed lengthening the pitching distance to 60 feet- a distance still used in all professional baseball today.
1901- The American League was founded by Ban Johnson.
Okay, I've had enough- of winter that is! So in the hopes of encouraging Spring to arrive (finally), I'm giving away an autographed copy of my book, Anything But Civil as well as two hand-knitted flower bookmarks!
And there are several ways to win- LIKE me on Facebook OR leave a review of either of my books on Goodreads or Amazon.
I'm going to run it until Spring is supposed to arrive officially:
MARCH 20, 2014
Glimpses of the Gilded Age
Tidbits and trivia I've come across in my research