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A New Year by Deborah J Ledford

Happy New Year everyone! I’m looking forward to presenting you more writing and appearance related articles the 5th of every month on the Second Wind Publishing Blog.

It’s been an honor to be one of the Second Wind Publishing authors. Last year my latest thriller in the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series SNARE was named The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist as the Best Mystery that captures the landscape of the southwest. This honor is absolutely the pinnacle of my writing career—hopefully more will follow.

As an added bonus, Malcolm’s Round Table nominated SNARE #3 on his list of Favorite Books of 2011. Thank you Malcolm R. Campbell for the exquisite review and for supporting authors of independent publishers!

My year begins as the newly elected President of Desert Sleuths Sisters in Crime (DS SinC). If you’re crime fiction writer, or merely love to read mysteries and thrillers SinC is an organization you must join. I’m a member of the International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, but Sisters in Crime  is the single writer’s organization to fully support my efforts. And with 50 chapters across the nation, there’s sure to be group you could attend.

I’m excited about appearing at the Book ’em North Carolina event February 25th at Lumberton Community College. The coordinator assures a huge crowd of book lovers. I’ll be appearing on the panel “What Makes Us Special: Southern Literature” where I will have the opportunity to speak about the North Carolina locations where STACCATO, SNARE and quite a few of my published short stories are set.

Bestselling, award-winning authors Michael Palmer and Carla Neggers are the spotlight authors being featured at this event. Also scheduled to appear at Book ’em NC is Mike Simpson, the publisher of Second Wind. Can’t wait to see him again.

Thursday, February 23rd I’ll be appearing at Barnhill’s bookstore, 811 Burke St.,Winston-Salem NC 27101 from 5-7:00 PM. Very excited to meet Thais Butner Black and her staff! Fingers crossed for loads of mystery lovers at this signing.

If you’re in Tucson, Arizona March 10-11 put the Tucson Festival of Books on your calendar. This is one of the largest book fairs in the nation and last year more than 100,000 people attended the event. I’ll be at the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths booth, so drop by and say hello.

That’s it for now. Please leave a comment to alert everyone of other events we should mark on our calendars.

Deborah J Ledford’s latest suspense thriller novel SNARE, The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist, is book two of her Deputy Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. STACCATO, book one of the serial, is also available. Both novels are published by Second Wind Publishing. To find out more about Deborah, receive a Free Download of the first chapters of her novels, and to read a few previously published short stories, she invites you to visit her website.


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My Exciting Week

I have had an incredibly exciting week. First, I got the proofs for my novel A Spark of Heavenly Fire, but that wasn’t the most exciting thing that happened.

More exciting was finding out I’m a blurb on the cover of Suzanne Francis’s book, Heart of Hythea. Seeing my name on the back cover of a book really made me feel like an author.

Even more exciting was having Michael Palmer accept an invitation to be a guest on my blog. Yep, that’s right — the Michael Palmer, author of thirteen bestselling novels, is going to be on my blog. Oddly enough for these cyber times, he’s never guested a blog before, so this is an historic occasion. Most exciting of all, he wrote the article just for me, rather than sending me one he’d already written.

I hope I’m not going against email ethics by making our conversation public, but our little discussion was interesting (to me anyway) and I wanted to share it.

My Sort-of Interview with Michael Palmer

Be sure to stop by Bertram’s Blog  and say hi to Michael.

Pat Bertram is the author of More Deaths Than One,  and A Spark of Heavenly Fire now available from Second Wind Publishing, LLC.

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