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Deep South Suspense Writers anthology is released


I am sorry. I thought about it, then got distracted by life. You know how that is. So I am late on announcing that America’s Emerging Suspense Writers: Deep South was released on Easter 2019. My story “Carry- Out Service” was one of an elite group of stories selected for the collection. Less than a dozen were chosen.

I want to thank Angela Quinton ( of Werewolves Versus) for editing this with me. I was too close to the story emotionally to be able assess it with clear eyes. It is a better story for her input.

“Carry-Out Service” was difficult to write as I had to face long buried emotions. This was my “me too” story. This is a fictional account and not reflective of the experience I had in my college years, but I tapped into that hurt and fear and long term frustration. The anxiety levels are authentic, I totally would have done the same thing if I thought HE was with me alone in the dark.

The story features a woman twice abused, first by her boyfriend and then by the legal system. I researched the legal experience of sexual abuse victims and the questions the police ask in my story are actually questions that have been asked to a victim in recorded interviews. I could not have made things like that up. I was shocked.

If you are in a bad situation – the guy will not get better, nicer, kinder, or start to appreciate you regardless of what you do, what you look like, or how little you weigh. Don’t wait. Call the traffiking hotline, call domestic abuse line, call a shelter, call whoever you need to call. But as someone who felt worthless and deserving of the bad treatment, I can tell you that in the world there is a good guy who will love you and appreciate you. But you have to get out, to have a chance to find him.

I am about to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary with Mr. Good Guy, so I know they exist out in the world.

Only you can take the first step. Find the courage, find the anger, find the strength to take that step.

You can read what happens in my fiction in “Carry-Out Service” from Z Publishing House in AMERICA’S EMERGING SUSPENSE WRITERS: THE DEEP SOUTH.

National Traffiking Hotline – 1-888-373-7888

SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”) Hours: 24 hours, daily Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more Website: humantraffickinghotline.org

Domestic Abuse – 3+ women are killed daily by their partners in the US. Women age 20-24 are at greatest risk on nofatal domestic violence – says NOW.org.

Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend- says LoveisRespect.org.

National Domestic Violence Hotline can help victims, survivors of domestic violence for free. Call 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224
https://www.thehotline.org/ Only if from a safe computer


https://www.crisistextline.org/abuse 24 hours/ 7 Days a week/ Free

Text HOME to 741741 in US
Text 686868 in Canada

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As President of the Atlanta chapter of Sisters in Crime, I have been very busy this year and had many surprises. I have been caught off guard by some of them.  I have been asked to be a  panelist and a moderator for two upcoming events. I am delighted to have this opportunity as I always feel like I learn more when I go out and share with others.  Teaching is the best way to be certain you know a subject.

I was not surprised to be asked to participate in the Atlanta Sisters in Crime panels for the Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book fair.  It is the largest independent book fair in the country and draws a crowd of over 70,000.   Saturday September 1st, I will be moderating a panel about Sisters in Crime, what it is, who we are, and what it can do for mystery lovers.  On Sunday September 2nd, I will be moderating another panel.  We can be found in a large quad booth at spot 402. https://decaturbookfestival.com/exhibitors 

DBF Poster

2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival poster by Caldecott Honoree, R. Gregory Christie.

Palmetto Sisters in Crime is hosting their first workshop called Mystery in the Midlands in Columbia, SC on Saturday, July 28th. https://palmettochaptersin.wixsite.com/mysite

Join us for a full day of author panels, writer’s craft workshops, and an author luncheon! Stick around for a signing at the end of the day. Headlined by Elaine Viets, this day-long mystery conference includes over 20 mystery writers from all over the country! Lunch included. https://tinyurl.com/MysteryinMidlands

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mystery-in-the-midlands-tickets-47275161280

I have been invited to participate in a panel on short stories with Paula Benson and others.  I am thrilled because I attended a panel led by Paula Benson several years ago which pushed me into trying  that style of fiction. Since then I have had 6 short stories published ( some under a nom de plum).

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