Buy a Book, Stop a Crook! is the motto for Book ‘em an annual book fair sponsored by the Waynesboro Police Department.  The program, now in its fifth year, raises money to illiteracy and crime.  The event featured dozens of authors who signed their books and gave talks on writing, the publishing industry, and other topics of interest. At the event, I signed copies of I’m Watching You and Cold Case Cop and also spoke on the panel Romance, Suspense and Thrillers.  What do they have in common?  Joining me on the panel were authors Nikki Leigh and Tom Tancin.  


Signing at Book 'em.

MB signing at Book

Because I’m such an animal lover at heart, I have to say my favorite Book ‘em guest was Tomi the Cadaver dog.  Tomi is a Rhodesian German Shepard-Akita mix who traveled all the way from L.A. with his author pal Alan Krugel who writes The K-9 Chronicles.  The pair not only attended Book ‘em, but spent the week visiting area school children.   Check out Alan’s author interview at


Tomi traveled from L.A. for Book 'em.

Tomi traveled from L.A. for Book 'em.

And speaking of pups…visit Barbara Vey’s blog Beyond Her Book at She’s running a contest to match authors/editors/publishers and their animals.   I’m there and so are my “babies.”