Bunny Slippers With Teeth, Thrillerfest & Michael Palmer Tribute

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I had the most comfortable feet at the after-party!

I’m just back from Thrillerfest where my bunny slippers with teeth were again a hit–and one of my fav authors was honored in a Michael Palmer Tribute (scroll down for the video). As always, feeling revitalized, energized and writer-ized (is that a word?) for the future. Kathleen Antrim calls the event “Summer camp for thriller writers” and this year, the week-long event boasted Craftfest (for aspiring writers) including a Master Craftfest and insights from FBI experts; Pitchfest (where writers could “pitch” their book to agents); and culminated in Thrillerfest with still more panels for fans and authors to meet and greet, get books signed, and more.

After getting up at 4 a.m. Thursday to catch my plane, I was delighted to pick up my registration materials and discover no less than FOUR free books in the bag as a give-away. Wow. Then I attended a great add-on session and learned more about Apple and the iBookStore. You’ll notice I’m now an Affiliate and there’s even a nifty widget on my book page listing iBooks available. Or you can just click here and go directly to the iBookstore.

Thursday evening at the opening reception is a terrific time to reconnect with friends and meet new ones, and I had a lovely time. Much of networking takes place in the bar (ahem!) even if one doesn’t indulge in beverages.

Now, I planned for this trip for a year, plotted which sessions to attend, and prepared to “stalk” (in a good way!) all my favorite writers and readers. I got to meet Aubrey Hamilton from an online readers list when we decided to share room expenses (hey, she loves cats, too!). And then all my plans went sideways–and I was sick all day Friday, able to only attend one session, URK! Oh, how frustrating! I found out later that I wasn’t the only one afflicted with this–whatever it was. I even had to bail early during a meeting with my awesome editor Jen Talty–but we did have a great conversation then and later as well, and I’m eager to get plans ramped up.

Fortunately by the end of Friday, I’d finally recovered enough to go out to dinner with my thriller-gal-pal Paula Lanier, and new friend Stefanie Stolinsky at the Beach Cafe. Seriously, this is a fantastic restaurant and owner Dave Goodside makes everyone feel so welcome.

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Thrillerfest Panel: “WHAT MAKES AN ENDING UNFORGETABLE?” L-R (back row) Tom Young, Joanna Penn, Sean Lynch, Amy Shojai (front row) Ward Larsen, Donald Bain.

Saturday morning I felt great! The 8 a.m. Debut Breakfast was inspiring, this year with 24 new authors (and that many more in the program present in spirit). Just last year it was me up there in the dais, wearing my bunny slippers, and scared to death I’d never get my second book done. Steve Berry’s “second-book-itis” talk got me over the hump–check out the new review on HIDE AND SEEK!–and now I’m working on my third thriller, whoda-thunk-it? This year, Brenda Novak was the Silver Bullet Award Winner and speaker at the breakfast.

I had to slip out early to prepare as Panel Master for my 9:30 talk, WHAT MAKES AN ENDING UNFORGETABLE? Check out the picture, above, with the best possible lineup of author speakers ever! Wow, they made the time go fast, with great discussions and comments. Incidentally, those unable to attend can purchase audios of the presentation and I have to say this is one panel you won’t want to miss. 🙂

photo 2The author signings have to be one of the highlight of the event. Literally hundreds of authors sit elbow to elbow and sign books together, with Barnes and Nobel host bookstore providing the support. The one downside is the crowds at this time but it’s worth it to actually get to speak with your fav author, meet new ones, and share the love of reading with fans. I ended up with so many purchased and donated books that I had to ship them home, to keep the plane from being too heavy.

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Thriller buddies Kevin Singer, Paula Lanier and Jon Land.

photo 4The final Saturday evening reception leads to the Awards Banquet where the Thriller Awards are presented. I was honored this year to be on a preliminary panel to help choose the best Ebook original and urge you to make a point of reading ALL these winners! What a lineup! Read the list of winners here.

And the AFTER party goes on for hours and hours–and yep, that’s where I re-introduced the bunny slippers.

But the most moving event of the weekend for me was Daniel Palmer’s funny and poignant tribute to his father, Michael Palmer–authors and readers everywhere miss him, too, and we ALL want to be like him. I missed getting the first few seconds of the song, but here’s the rest of the tribute.

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Monday Mentions: Aging Pets, Sorkinisms & Indie CrowdFunding

BlogPaws.com is a community of bloggers with a special interest in pets–and August has been named Senior Pet Month. Isn’t that a PAW-some infographic? Those who read this blog know that my Seren-Kitty is a senior citizen at 16-years-young, and Magical-Dawg on the cusp at age 7. Do you have a senior pet? I’ll confess, I don’t know what age is considered “senior” for other critters–ferrets and suchlike–although when I was a kid my most ancient hamster lived to about age 3.

For those needing additional help for your aging dogs and cats, I hope you’ll check out one of my books. I spent lots of time updating them, and they’re available in print, Ebook and audio now. Here’s the amazon links for Complete Care for Your Aging Dog  and Complete Care for Your Aging Cat.

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the SQUEEE! cute pet-astic videos at the bottom, too. It’s fascinating to think how dolphins communicate–and compare it to they parakeet chatter. I’ve also included another Thrillerfest video from the past–and a fun video that may get authors re-thinking the latest catch-phrases. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

Internet Techno-Crats Helping Print Media? what do you think?

Crowd-Sourcing to Fund Indie Bookstores

27 Reasons Books Make No $$$

WattPad Launches Crowdfunding for Authors

Using Google+ in Book Promos

How Back-Of-Book-Covers Promote Ebooks, Too

 5 GoodReads Must-Do’s for Authors

Eureka Springs “Writing From The Soul” Workshop September 7 with the awesome Linda Apple

 A Dozen+ Reasons Books Are Rejected

Innovations in Publishing Conference Sept 13-14 in Amarillo

PET-CENTRIC SCHTUFF

 Field Sport for the Family Dog seminar with CEUs schedule Sept 14 & 15

Pet Health Insurance Survey (you don’t have to have a policy to offer your insight)

Cat DNA Catches Criminals (I’ll be using this in the next thriller!)

Amazon Parrot Blog awesome photos and fun videos

Could Your Cat Be A Therapy Cat?  Seren couldn’t…she doesn’t like handling or strangers, but YOURS could be a wonder-cat!

Join Pup-Scouts, Earn Badges a fun feature from Fidose of Reality (you HAVE to at lease see the cute uniforms!)

From the 2012 Thrillerfest Panels

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered–post in the comments. Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Monday Mentions: Dolphins, Parakeets, Thrillers & Bears

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Fancy writing footgear: unicorns, flamingos, bunnies-with-pointy-teeth, Freudian slippers, zombies and angry bird.

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More of the same…plus BEAR slippers (very appropriate after this past week!).

I’ve just returned from a week-long writer retreat in the mountains. Oh, the hummingbirds, the squirrels, the deer–the bear! and just the view proved inspiring. I managed to get more fictioning done over the past week than in the entire previous month, woot! I may have to write bear-able prose into the book after one midnight marauder tore off half the garage door. And then, the night before we left, he got inside my friend’s CAR! Luckily he butt-honked the horn before more than a box of cereal was victimized, and the car escaped any damage. Who knew bears could open car doors? I’ll share more pictures and maybe even video soon.

My friends and I have made this an annual trip for the past 20 years. Not all of us can go every year, but we’re all there in spirit.This year in honor of the bunny-slippers-with-teeth, I wanted to share the fun and so got each of my writer friends an appropriate pair of writerly foot-gear. You’ll have to check out both pictures, since somehow I missed getting ALL the slippers into a single image.

We dream about this trip all year long, and once we arrive, the time speeds by. Much of our time is spent out on the deck with a view of the mountains and within earshot of rushing streams. The fresh air, sublime food (picnic beside a rushing stream!), and even better company cast away the every day stresses. It’s sort of an emotional re-boot.

Do you and your family or group of friends have a similar go-to spot? How does that help you in your life? Do tell!

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the SQUEEE! cute pet-astic videos at the bottom, too. It’s fascinating to think how dolphins communicate–and compare it to they parakeet chatter. I’ve also included another Thrillerfest video from the awesome MEDICAL THRILLER panel. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

Could Chocolate Save Bookstores?

CJ Lyons, Does Free Still Work?

5 Ways to Fix Publishing from The Daily Beast, a long but good article

How to Write Historical Novels

Publisher Stealing Series?  oh my goodness…actually I once submitted a proposal my editor declined and then later saw that same book written by someone else published by the same house. Ulterior motive? or great minds thinking alike?

What’s In Store for Penguin Random House the new guy in charge speaks

Stephen King on First Sentences

Misery Molecule neat info for possible plot point?

B&N Can Thrive…IF! a great piece on how to resurrect this great store

Spy Stuff–CIA Museum

PET-CENTRIC SCHTUFF

Interview with New AVMA President the first woman in this position!

How to Give Nebulizer Treatment to Asthmatic Cat

Cat Exhibit in Brooklyn Museum

CreditCare Called Into Question is the interest too high?

Wigglebutt 2014 Fundraiser fun stuff! on the furry heels of the Wigglebutt Wedding, this is the next incarnation.

20-Year-Old Dog Schoep Passed Away

Fostering Love of Animals a quick tip article from BecomeANanny, do you agree with the advice?


 


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I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Monday Mentions: Thrillerfest Debuts, Videos & Pet-astic Links!

2013 Debut Authors by Alan Jacobson

Here’s the Thrillerfest Debut Authors after the breakfast–Image copr. Alan Jacobson

I’m head-down in the midst of writer-icity, working on the sequel to my thriller, HIDE AND SEEK so this will be a brief check in. I’ll catch y’all on Facebook and Twitter throughout this week but plan to be scarce everywhere but inside my head, LOL!

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the awesome videos from Thrillerfest at the bottom, too. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

Thriller Awards! Here are the winners

More Thriller-icity from August McLaughlin

Exploitation via Penguin Random House Merger a well researched blog by the savvy David Gaughran

Tips from Bob Mayer for Authors

Rowling Undercover so what do you think? Was pub’ing as an “unknown” her idea (“it was liberating!”) or a nifty marketing ploy?

 Sleuthfest 2014 Feb 27-Mar 4

How To Get Reviewed DO and DON’T tips from a reviewer

10 Tips for Great Critique Partnerships from the always awesome Jenny Hansen

Building Mail Lists One Reader At A Time

PET-CENTRIC SCHTUFF

Morris Animal Foundation Cat Heart Disease Study

Bear Cam! Live video feed of bears and salmon fishing and here’s one of Mom-Bear protecting 3 cute cubs!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Monday Mentions: Thrillerfest & Bunny Slippers with Teeth

Tfest 054I’m just home from Thrillerfest. What an amazing experience! This wasn’t my first attendance but was special and a stand-out in so many ways. That’s me at the Debut Author table on Saturday morning with 26 others in our class who were able to attend the July 13 breakfast. There were 60 in the whole class this year–wow! Here’s a Library Journal article.

Each of us had 60-seconds to say anything we wanted. Many talked briefly about themselves, their book, and their journey to reach that wonderful goal, and I was so honored to be among these talented writers, and inspired by their dedication and effort. And yes, a little teary that I’d managed to climb that thrilling mountain, too. Six years ago, I sat in the audience and felt lost…and truly didn’t believe I’d ever have that opportunity. But I went home, put on my bunny slippers and wrote the thriller I’d always wanted to read. LOST AND FOUND was born at Thrillerfest and because of ITW, today my bunny slippers have TEETH and I write Thrillers With Bite!

Tfest 056And yes, I wore my bunny slippers with pointy teeth to the breakfast–you’ll notice the ears also have bling. Enjoy a few of the pictures from the weekend (below) and then you can click on the Thrillerfest 2013 Set for more pictures. Be sure to scroll down to catch the short video from the banquet–I will have some more fun video from the weekend soon, too!

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My roomies–Carol Shenold and Paula Lanier. Thursday evening dinner outside at a terrific restaurant owned by Paula’s friend David.

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The always classy Steve Berry graciously allows a photo op.

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Lee Child at the Friday evening “Fan Fest” (one of my many fan-girl moments!)

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Again at the FanFest event, that’s me with the gorgeous thriller gals–August McLaughlin, Carol Shenold, Paula Lanier

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More famous authors! August, Doug Lyle, Carol, moi and the gorgeous Twist Phelan. (Can you tell Doug is in heaven?)

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We were guests at FanFest courtesy of the WONDERFUL Diane Capri (far right). We even color coordinated…great minds. *s*

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Me with the WANA-Mama Kristen Lamb!

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Paula, John Land and me…our “annual photo shoot.”

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the Simon’s Cats pet-astic videos at the bottom, too. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.

 WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

 Russian Ebook Market Growing

B&N CEO Resigns

Ways to Boost Books After Awards Wins

Reading/Writing Boosts Cognition well…duh!

5 Book Marketing MYTHS

Marketing Maze–A Guide Through the Jungle?

 Kristin Nador’s Blog with some important videos for keeping your writing hands healthy

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Outsmarting Cats by my colleague and terrific writer/artist Wendy Christensen, is an update of her 2004 terrific Outwitting Cats. You won’t want to miss her terrific illustrations (and great info!).

Doggy Anxiety Tips

Iran Bans Dogs in Public Places

Planet Dog Foundation Gives $1 Million! I love this company, they donate a portion of every sale to service dog organizations…and they make GREAT products! (Magical-Dawg luvs their schtuff)

Dr. Sophia Yin’s Guide to Low-Stress Handling hey y’all, it’s FREE for a limited time!

TV Channel for Dogs

 

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!