Mario here:Lots of great news. First of all, the author of our Bad Santa came forth: Ann Cohrs. What a twisted story from a twisted mind. Something we can admire.
Next, our fellow scribe over at First Offenders
, Lori Armstrong
, got this awesome mention in Publishers Lunch:Mystery/CrimeFormer firearms industry professional Lori Armstrong's RITUAL SACRIFICES, the first in a new mystery series featuring an Army sniper who has returned home to run her family's South Dakota ranch, to Trish Lande Grader at Touchstone Fireside, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group (NA).This weekend I made a workbench. After plucking the splinters from my hand, I went to the Lighthouse Writers poetry and wine party (plenty of both). Then I braved the ice and traffic for a reading at the Lab at Bel Mar, a really cool art venue built by the city of Lakewood. El Laboratorio hosted poet Sheryl Luna and story teller Angel Vigil. Angel shared a fantastic New Mexico tale of a simple farmer who fooled death and got rich. I wouldn't advise his technique.
For the armchair adverturers among you, check out fellow critiquer and nomad Sandy Maren's
wanderings to the end of the earth (she got to Socorro, NM, which is darn close).