Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cool Stuff for Mystery Lovers

But before I get to that cool stuff, I want to announce that tomorrow's even cooler guest author/blogger, Dean K. Miller, will have a special Valentine's Day post and giveaway of the Chicken Soup for the Soul edition containing one of his personal essays.

A very cool anthology idea for a wonderful cause from crime fiction blogger and mystery author, Margot Kinberg

Here's the scoop:


If you’re an author, please consider contributing a story for this collection. ... 

The stories will all focus on crime in the world of editing, publishing, writing and/or reviewing. Feel free to explore that theme in your own way.

Stories about fiction writing, non-fiction writing, research or academic writing are all fair game.

Please, no stories with excessive gore or violence against children or animals.

I’m hoping that the anthology would be ready by the end of this year for e-publication. So if you’re interested I’d ask that you’d be prepared to contribute your story by the first week of August.

If you already have a story that hasn’t been published elsewhere, feel free to contribute that.

Margot is producing this anthology as a tribute to Maxine Clark who loved to read crime fiction and was very supportive of crime writers. Any proceeds from this collection will be donated to the Princess Alice Hospice, which was so supportive of Maxine and her family during her last days and weeks.

For more information, hop on over to Margot's blog post at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

A casting call for Whodunnit?, a mystery reality competition for the ABC Network

Have you ever wanted to be be on a reality show but were afraid you'd make a total fool of yourself?

Here's a new opportunity, and it (hopefully) doesn't involve living on an island with a group of unbathed humans or eating slop for a week if you lose a challenge.

Just a hint from ABC of what it's about:

We are currently scouring the nation for armchair detectives, perceptive problem solvers or anyone who believes they have the mental acuity to go up against other like-minded sleuths for $250,000.
If you want to know more, head over to the ABC casting page and click on Whodunnit? Who knows, maybe we'll soon be watching you on television and cheering you on as you try to win a quarter of a million dollars.

And finally, I've been assigned to a second panel for Left Coast Crime 2013, this time to moderate.

Yay! I love moderating panels. With an excellent lineup of panel members and a classic topic, I expect we'll have an entertaining and lively discussion. LCC 2013 in Colorado Springs...can't wait.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Congratulations on being on another LCC panel! You're a terrific choice! And thank you - so much - for helping pass the word about the anthology. That means a lot to me.
As for the TV show?? The camera always adds to many pounds to me ;-)

Anonymous said...

I have passed Margot's call on to a writing colleague who has contact with other crime-writers. Best to you Margot with this collection.

Emily R. King said...

Have fun on the panel! What a cool competition.

Yolanda Renee said...

Being asked to be on a panel, one of my dreams. Have fun and report all!

I love the idea for the reality show whodunnit, but I could not put myself in front of a camera.

Love the idea for the anthology, looking into that!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Fantasy Writer Guy said...

BLOG CHALLENGE from Fantasy Writer Guy!

Hi Patricia,
Too many young people are packing up their instruments because they perceive that musical pursuits are in conflict with more legitimate career pursuits, or otherwise losing sight of their musical dreams. Too many beautiful songs will not get written! Please help me try to change that:

Please blog about the most meaningful musical experience you’ve had in your life; an event, song, album, band or concert perhaps. Maybe it was music of your own creation. Anything in the realm of music which changed you or inspired you or was very special in some way: Your own proof that music is a positive and vital part of the human experience.

Please include the following links in your post so that your readers may also have the opportunity to participate!
or email:

Thank you for considering this challenge!

j.a. kazimer said...

I want you to be on the reality show! You would mop the floor with the others.

lizy-expat-writer said...

Congratulations on being chosen for the panel - it shows how much you are valued. Reality shows? Nah! You can keep those!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks for all the fun comments...and just so you know, I can't even identify the killer during one of those fun murder mystery/dinner events. If it's an elimination show, I'm sure I'd be the first one kicked off.

Dean K Miller said...

Pat: You'd be great. I be willing to be your Watson for your Holmes.

Looking forward to tomorrow's post...can't imagine why?

Patricia Stoltey said...

I can't imagine, Dean.

Dean K Miller said...

Pat: I answered the email cattle call. If I get selected, I'll have you a speed dial to help me out!