Monday, November 22, 2021

Book Party

Detective Scott McGregor’s second mystery, Murder Goes on Vacation, was set in Las Vegas, so what better way to celebrate the book’s publication than having a casino-themed party?

The event was held at the same location as the first McGregor book launch, Pamela’s Tea Room in Southern California, which was renamed “Pamela’s Las Vegas Casino” for the party. A fake business license made the gambling site legit for the day.

A horse racing form featured horses owned by characters in the book. Party favor packs included playing cards, poker chips, dice, and a fortune in fake money.

As always, the food was incredible. Broccoli-cheddar quiche, sausage rolls, turkey-cranberry-cream cheese sandwiches, salad, scones, and lots of tea. Dessert was a cake decorated with an icing picture of the book cover.

Detective McGregor’s third case is set in Washington state’s Puget Sound. I’m already kicking around ideas for that launch party.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Help from my Friends

Whenever you’re in need, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

I’m working on a novel in which my protagonist is beginning to realize the depth of his feelings for his girlfriend.

Lacking in the romantic dialogue category, I asked a close friend for love lines she’d heard throughout her life. She raided the local book exchange and gifted me with novels from Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts.

I’ve got some research reading to do – right after I lock the doors for the night and open a bottle of wine.