Sleuthfest 2012

Just returned from Sleuthfest 2012 sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  This is my first time at this conference and I’m only sorry I waited so long to attend!  I had a blast.  Terry Lewis moderated the Friday panel ‘Thrill Me,’ which included me, Michael Wiley, Sara Blaedel and Reed Farrel Coleman.  Here are a few pictures of some of my highlights.



Dr. G Medical Examiner (Dr. Jan Garavaglia) spoke and answered questions on Friday afternoon.


Slipped out on Friday night to visit Downtown Disney.


More from Downtown Disney. So beautiful!


Author and Forensic Scientist Lisa Black gave a great talk, "Serial Killing as a Cleveland Pastime."


MWA Florida's Saturday auction with (L-R) Hank Phillippi Ryan, Donna Andrews and Chris Grabenstein.

BEFORE SHE DIES in the Beach Bookstore.


I won Saturday's auction. My prize: breakfast with Charlaine Harris and two of her other fans Bernadette and Rick.

Before She Dies is released

BEFORE SHE DIES my latest romantic suspense novel hits the stores January 31, 2012.  This book is one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy!


READ Center Volunteer

I joined READ Center Volunteers (l-r:  MB, Martha Pulley, Jann Malone, Harriet Scruggs, Jane Henderson, Anne Napps) to staff a book sale  for Richmond Times-Dispatch employees.  All proceeds from the event went to the READ Center, a non-profit group serving Richmond Metro area residents struggling with illiteracy.

(l-r) Mary Burton, Martha Pulley, Jann Malone, Harriet Scruggs, Jane Henderson, Anne Napps

Apple Picking

Went up to Carter’s Mountain, VA this past weekend and picked apples.  Got a little carried away and picked about twenty pounds worth but I’m looking forward to all the apple pies I’m going to make!


Picked Fugi and Pink Lady apples. So good!Picking Fugi apples at the top of the mountain.A view from the top of the mountain!It was as easy as following the signs.Twenty pounds of apples and a couple of pumpkins.

New Jersey Romance Writers 2011 Conference

I had a real blast at the New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in A Book conference held in Iselin, NJ this past weekend.  Not only did I get a chance to present my talk “Unraveling Romantic Suspense” but I was able to sign SENSELESS and MERCILESS at the book fair and attend Sunday’s booksellers luncheon.  Talks by Eloisa James, Suzanne Brockmann and Rachel Gibson were wonderful.

Eloisa James was the keynote speaker at the Published Author Retreat.

Sally MacKenzie led the 'Agents and Editors' roundtable discussion at the Published Author Retreat, which also featured wine and chocolate.

Giveaways at Saturday's breakfast included books from Brenda Novak and Suzanne Brockmann.

Here I am at Saturday's booksigning with copies of SENSELESS, MERCILESS and cover art for BEFORE SHE DIES (Feb. 2012).

I dontated a first chapter critique for a budding romantic suspense writer.

Writers Mary Burton, Shirley Hailstock and Terri Brisbin join booksellers at the NJ luncheon.

Victoria Alexander (right) and bookseller.