What a fun time in Honolulu! Today started with my doing Author Speed Dating, and some readers knew who I was and had bought some of my books! Then I went for a swim in the ocean, which is about 81 degrees right now. Then off to some panels, a reception with the sunset in the background, dinner with my roommate to celebrate her birthday--what fun. My favorite panelists today: Catriona McPherson and Cathy Ace. From Cathy I even won a book--by sitting in the first row, fourth chair......
Tomorrow, March 11th, starts the very cool Tucson Festival of Books. It's Saturday and Sunday. If you haven't been, you should check it out! It's all about a LOVE of reading, and hence, it's a beautiful thing.
I'll be there hanging out with my mystery writer friends! Come visit me tomorrow morning 9-11 at the Sisters in Crime booth, which is 451, sort of catty-corner from the library.
And yes, I'll have a few books on hand to sell if you need one! But at any rate, don't miss this super cool event. There are about 20 author events PER 90 MINUTES!
A total of 460 people entered the Goodreads Giveaway Contest for SECRETS of a MARIACHI VIOLINIST. That's a good number! I'll be mailing out the free copies this week.
This month SECRETS OF A MARIACHI VIOLINIST is a featured book on Goodreads because I'm doing a big giveaway. Get on the website and try to win a free book! And if you already have a book, invite your friends.....
Just got a great review from O.D. Book Reviews. O.D. calls DIZZY IN DURANGO a wild ride. Yes! She also pointed out that the book is more of a thriller than the previous mysteries yet it logically follows both Andy and Rachel's relationship and Andy's trajectory as a professional musician.
O..D. Book Reviews
This week I'm the featured blogger on James Callan's site. My topic: the difficulties of writing facts rather than fiction. I'm actually more comfortable at MSU University--where your only job is to Make Stuff Up!
Click here to read the full account.
Starting on the 16th of January, SECRETS OF A MARIACHI VIOLINIST will be on sale on the Kindle version. Then every day that week, the price goes up one dollar until it reaches the original price. So wait for the 16th and save a couple of bucks!
Read more about the book and link to videos on the book page.
Saturday's launch party for SECRETS OF A MARIACHI VIOLINIST was a big success! First, I had the help of Catavinos' owner Yvonne Foucher, who let me use her sweet patio. Alan Kohler took pix and videos. The guests of honor, Cookie Johannessen and Gilbert Velez, both came and helped entertain. A solid crew of friends and readers came by to cheer me on. Thanks to all of you!
SECRETS of a MARIACHI VIOLINIST
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Cata Vinos Wine Shoppe
3063 N. Alvernon
D.R. explains how nostalgia for Mexico led her to join a band—and how she survived to laugh about it!
2:00-2:15 Relax with a glass of wine
2:15-2:45 Author’s Remarks and short reading
2:45-3:00 Q & A about choice events
Stay for a wine tasting with D.R. and friends
directly following the event. ($10)
www.dr-ransdell.com firstname.lastname@example.org catavinoswines.com
D.R's fourth Andy Veracruz Mystery, SUBSTITUTE SOLOIST, came out in April 2019.