Finally, after months of waiting and waiting, my new Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth mystery GHOSTED is available now on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Ghosted-Senior-Sleuth-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00C0EP36A/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1364227844&sr=1-2&keywords=Ghosted
Have you heard of the new Espresso Book Machine? It's sort of like a vending machine for paperback books. Not just a few books either, that happen to reside inside a certain machine growing musty and stale with age, waiting for that guy to come around and replenish the stock. No! The new Espresso Book Machine is much better than that. It prints your book on demand while you wait. AND! You get to choose your book from a rather wide variety of choices. I know all this because I've signed up to have my books available on these machines around the country---and soon to be around the world. As of now, only my Pamela Barnes acoustic mysteries are uploaded. But, in the next few days, I hope to also make my Essie Cobb senior sleuth mysteries available to Espresso Book Machine customers too.
I was actually quite delighted with how easy it was to sign up for and upload my books to the Espresso Book Machine. I have no idea if the machine will be profitable for me, but I must admit, I love the idea of being able to press a button and have a book printed exactly for you, right in front of your eyes! Unfortunately, there aren't any of these fabulous devices anywhere near my hometown of Aurora, Illinois, at the moment, but I certainly hope there will be in the near future. Maybe there is one near you. You can go to the Espresso Book Machine website (www.ondemandbooks.com) and see their list of locations. So far, there are only a handful of spots, but I'm guessing that will change as more books are added to their catalogue and more people find about this nifty service.
I attended the LOVE IS MURDER conference in Rosemont, Illinois. This convention is designed for mystery and romance authors and is always lots of fun!
Here are some photos from my weekend.
LOVE IS MURDER! Indeed, although in this case, it's the name of a mystery and romance authors's convention that takes place in Chicago each year on the exact same weekend as the Super Bowl (easy to remember). I've been in the past and I'm going again this year for two reasons. First, my latest Pamela Barnes acoustic mystery MURDER IN THE ROUND has been nominated for a Lovey Award (the convention's own awards for best in various categories of romance and mystery genres). Second, I'm slated to be on a panel of experts discussing the importance of research to our mystery writing. I have a lot to say as I spend many years conducting research into various vocal phenomena using acoustic and human subjects while I was a professor in the Communication Department at the University of Louisiana. As some of you know, I've transferred quite a bit of that research to my heroine Pamela Barnes, who now uses my findings to solve ghastly murders (which I never did). I'm looking forward to serving on this panel and being able to discuss my research, which I haven't done in quite some time.
If any of you are in the Chicago area the first weekend of February, please stop by the LOVE IS MURDER convention at the Intercontinental Hotel near O'Hare Airport in Rosemont. My panel takes place on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Today, December 29, is my parents' wedding anniversary. They would have been married 68 years. This day is especially poignant for me this year because my mother passed away this April and this is the first year there isn't at least one of my parents here to celebrate this day. I remember my Mom always complained about this date for her wedding--following as it does so soon after Christmas, AND after her birthday on December 22. Here's their wedding photo. No fancy dress. No big church. Just a simple home ceremony as many couples had during WWII. But, I think they look wonderful. That's my aunt Chelys as Mom's matron of honor. She always called my Mom, "Dodo" (short for "Dorothy").
I have finished revising my latest Essie Cobb, senior sleuth, mystery. This one is entitled GHOSTED. It's my fourth in the Essie series. This adventure takes place around Halloween and Essie and her pals, Marjorie, Opal, and Fay, are planning on attending a field trip to a haunted house. Essie is worried as usual because she hates to be away from a bathroom for long and she refuses to wear adult diapers as do some of her fellow residents of the Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility. However, before she can even sign up for the field trip, Essie begins to experience strange things--she loses track of time, she starts to see large rodents in her bathtub, and--most frightening of all--her deceased husband John begins popping up in unexpected places, such as her daily crossword puzzle, her answering machine, and as a contestant on her favorite game show! Is she going insane? Is she becoming senile? Or is she being haunted? Essie may be ninety years old, but she's determined to find out what's going on. Not only that, she happens to tumble on to a possible terrorist living at HH and, of course, Essie being Essie, she has to spy on him. How will it all end? Hopefully, not until Essie and her buddies have caused all sorts of havoc and created a great deal of fun for all.
Now that the book is complete, I'm working on final proofing which will be done by my regular editor Erin in January. Also, Rick will again design a wonderful cover for me just as he did for my three previous Essie mysteries. So, dear readers, with any luck, we should see GHOSTED out for your enjoyment in the next two or three months!
Hi, I'm Patricia Rockwell and I write two cozy mystery series--the Pamela Barnes acoustic mysteries and the Essie Cobb senior sleuth mysteries.