Sending prayers and love to my family, friends, and neighbors affected by Harvey. He’s a big jerk, and I am so proud of my former home, Houston, and its amazing residents for the courage and spirit of selflessness in helping their fellow humans and animals. My family and our Nowheresville home made it through the storm without suffering traumatic impact. Many others were not so fortunate, and my heart goes out to them. Our company donated to Houston Food Bank, but you can find many worthy causes HERE if you’re looking for a way to help.

Remember how I was a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for Best Mystery?

I won! Fighting for Anna won! 🙂

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I didn’t prepare remarks, so I bumbled like an idiot when I won. I barely remember it. If you get this via email, you might have to go to the original online post to see the video below.

Here were the amazing finalists in Mystery, all of them good reads, so check them out (and if you saw the list of great books who didn’t make the finals, you’d be stunned, like I was):


And it wasn’t over. The next morning, I delivered the conference closing keynote, which was an amazing, wonderful experience. I based the keynote on a comment made to me in the elevator on the first day, when I had on my normal garb of colorful headband and wild prints. A dour woman in all black said to me, apropos of nothing, “Well, you sure aren’t afraid to take a fashion risk, are you?”

I was gobsmacked, but inspired. And her words went on to symbolize getting over the fear of taking a risk, and showing all our colors in our writing and in pursuit of our dreams, and it seemed to resonate with the other writers.

This is the biggest recognition for any of my novels, to date, so between this and worrying about everyone in harm’s way with Hurricane Harvey, including Nowheresville, our donkeys and goats, family in Brenham, College Station, and Houston, I’ve been worthless this week.

Back to reality. Soon.


Enjoy some photos from the experience, below.

Wyoming writers and their awesome men. Just after the keynote.


Happy me in bookstore with Killer Nashville volunteer Kay Tyler.


<3 Loser!


Branding panel.


Feeling punchy in the bookstore.


Book signing


Wyoming writer Kierstin Marquet won the crime scene investigation competition!


Keynote! It went great, I think.


In happy silly shock.


In red, with white hair, in the background: that’s the delightful J.A. Jance, who won for Thriller.


Floating on air after they called MY NAME 😀


Finalists did readings on Friday night. There’s my critique partner Gay and her husband Don. Her novel finaled for Suspense.


We knew something was up when they ordered way too many books for the bookstore. Could I have won? 😉 And of course later we learned…yes!


Author who informed me he keeps a copy of Loser on his bedside table. <3


Critique partners Gay Yellen and I at awards dinner for Silver Falchion finalist. <3


With awesome volunteer Kay Tyler.

So if you haven’t read Fighting for Anna, the top reviewers in the nation for mysteries are humbly suggesting it’s worth your time. Why not give it a try?


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