Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day - February 28, 2014

This is Rare Disease Week, culminating in the official Rare Disease Day on Friday. 

You can read more about it here and here and here

I'm participating in events in D.C. this week, to help raise awareness of the challenges for both medical researchers and the patients with rare disease.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

All that Jazz

Jazz is really good at photobombing when I'm trying to photograph quilts, but she's always out of focus, because she never sits still.

I finally caught her settling down for a nap in a pile of manuscript boxes. The one she's actually lying inside contains a draft of A Four-Patch of Trouble, the one underneath that is A Stinkin' Plot, and the one on the bottom is a Stinkin' Stuff Farm sequel, Plowed Under. The other stack contains some of my more experimental work: (bottom to top) a post-apocalyptic cozy mystery featuring a cat therapist, a probate cozy (sort of a cross between a legal thriller and a cozy mystery), and finally Victoria and the Vapors, an homage to Sherlock Holmes.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

It's official!

I have an author's page at Gemma Halliday Publishing now:

Author Page

(If the link doesn't work, try taking out the "www.")

The lack of a picture is my fault, not the publisher's. I'm getting the picture taken this coming weekend, and will forward it to the publisher next week. It should be up soon.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I love beta readers

They make me feel so smart.

A beta reader recently commented on how deftly I'd turned a cozy convention -- the cast of quirky friends -- a few degrees off-kilter by making the friends belong to someone other than my protagonist.

Of course, it wasn't intentional, but we won't tell her that, right? She thinks I did something brilliant, and I'm not going to tell her otherwise!