Monday, July 30, 2012

3rd Tuesdays Mystery Book Club: Come Join Us!

Ann and fellow author Camille Minichino are co-facilitating a Mystery Book Club that meets the third Tuesday of every month at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton, California. Interested? Curious? Just come on by at 7 p.m. and join the fun! You don't have to have read the book, but fair warning: the discussions include spoilers! ;-)

Here are the books scheduled through end of 2012:

Thanks to Camille's fabulous 24/7 tech support for the table...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mercury's Rise Nominated... Twice!

Mercury's Rise has been nominated for two prestigious historical mystery awards:
  • The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award (winner to be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention, Sacramento, California)
  • The Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel (winner to be announced at the Malice Domestic convention, Bethesda, Maryland)
The complete lists of nominees for each of these awards are...

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award (for best historical mystery novel covering events before 1960):
  • Rhys Bowen, Naughty in Nice (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • Rebecca Cantrell, A Game of Lies (Forge)
  • Ann Parker, Mercury's Rise (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Priscilla Royal, A Killing Season (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Jeri Westerson, Troubled Bones (Minotaur)
  • Jacqueline Winspear, A Lesson in Secrets (Harper) 
All award categories and nominees for Left Coast Crime can be found here.

Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel:
  • Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
  • Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy (Signet)
  • Mercury's Rise by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)
  • A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)
All Agatha award categories and nominees can be found here.

There's some mighty good reading in these lists. Hope you seek out the nominees and read them all!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Mercury's Rise Virtual Tour: Comment and Win a Prize!

I hit the virtual road on Halloween with a tour through the blog-o-sphere. Comment on the post-of-the-day and you'll be eligible to win a prize!

Monday, October 31, 2011
(Host: Patricia Stoltey)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011    ~~Release Day!!~~
The Silver Rush Mysteries

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
(Host: Michelle West)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011
My Word, My World, My Work
(Host: Andi Downing)

Saturday, November 5, 2011
(Host: Dani Greer)

Sunday, November 6, 2011
(Host: Donis Casey)

Monday, November 7, 2011
(Host: Jean Henry Mead)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
(Host: Diana Orgain)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Writing Strong Women
(Host: Sylvia Dickey Smith)

Thursday, November 10, 2011
(Host: Claire Johnson)

Friday, November 11, 2011
(Host: Sophie Littlefield)

Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, November 13, 2011
(Host: Sandra Parshall)

Tuesday, November 15
(Host: The PPP Posse)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Life in the Past Lane: Mini Blog Book Tour for Silver Rush Series Begins Monday

The Silver Rush mini blog book tour begins Monday, September 26!

Drop in at any (or all!) of the blogsites below the day of my posts and leave a comment. A name will be drawn for each day of the tour, and the winners can choose which of the three Silver Rush books they would like a signed copy of.

Come join us as I explore "Life in the Past Lane," Monday, September 26, through Saturday, October 1!

Monday, September 26, 2011
Blog Talk Radio (Host: Sylvia Dickey Smith)
Writing Strong Women (Host: Sylvia Dickey Smith) 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Murder Must Advertise (Host: Jeffrey Marks)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sites and Stories (Host: Kathleen Ernst)

Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Real Me (Host: Camille Minichino)

Friday, September 30, 2011
Cindy Sample (Host: Cindy Sample)

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Colorado Reflections (Host: Gayle Gresham)

On Blog Talk Radio Sept. 26: Writing Strong Women

Drop on by Blog Talk Radio where I'll be interviewed by Sylvia Dickey Smith about "Writing Strong Women" ... Of course, I'll be talking about Inez. :-)
The time: Monday, September 26, 1 p.m. Central
The address:
Listeners are also welcome to call 1.347.843.4128 and join in the conversation with questions or comments.

Hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

MERCURY'S RISE: Lovely Cover

The lovely cover of Mercury's Rise is beginning to appear here and there throughout the internet.

The cover image is from a photo from Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department. The description for the photo runs thusly: Well dressed men, women, and children pose in and near a pavilion over the spring at Ute Iron Spring in Manitou (El Paso County), Colorado. The wooden, open air pavilion has decorative wood brackets and sitting benches. Men pose on or beside high-wheel bicycles. An iron fence surrounds the spring, within the pavilion.

The timeframe given in the description is circa 1880 to 1890. Definitely not summer of 1880--the timeframe for Mercury's Rise. This photo shows Manitou as it "would become," the vision that many folks, real and fiction, had for this spa town in my story.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Historical Novel Society Conference June 17-19

Looking forward to hearing about historical fiction of all kinds at the Historical Novel Society's conference this weekend! I'm in a book-buying mood, so watch out, credit card...
I will be part of the KEEPING A SERIES FRESH panel on Saturday, June 18th, 8:30 a.m.
Don't sleep in, or you could miss all the fun!
HNS Conference