Wonderful Wednesday: Cozy Escape Awards

I have some exciting news! Mimi Lee Gets A Clue has been nominated for a Cozy Escape Award in the Own Voices category. Background behind the award: The Cozy Escape Book Club is hosting their first ever Cozy Escape Awards on 9/15 for National Cozy Mystery Day on their Patreon Page.  There are 20 different Cozy Mystery categories with 5 great cozy mysteries nominated for each category. How you can participate for free: Vote for your favorite book in each … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Winning 3rd Place

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I’m a CLUE finalist!

"You will soon be receiving some good written news." I'm finally getting back into the groove after my Taiwan vacation. Sometimes it's nice to get away to reflect on things and not experience the doubting waiting game known as submissions. I didn't get any notifications while I was gone, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Seniors Sleuth is a CLUE finalist. The CLUE awards are run by Chanticleer Book Reviews and recognize the best thriller and suspense novels. I'm on the 2015 list for … [Read more...]

Solace through Swag (ALAAC 2014 part 1)

"If the horse dies, then you have to walk." --Chinese proverb You ride pretty high until the horse falters and you fall off. What else can you do then but walk? I went to the American Library Association Annual Conference (ALAAC) at the end of June to listen to the award announcements for Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year. The bad news: I didn't place in the top four slots in the multicultural category. The good news: I'm still a bonafide finalist! Another silver lining is that I got a … [Read more...]

ALA, Here I Come!

"Trees may prefer calm, but the wind will not subside." --Chinese proverb The wind's been blowing me here and there. In fact, this post is a little late because I had to prepare for a book talk. I interacted with teens at the local library today, talking about the process of writing and encouraging them to complete their own works over the summer. It's amazing to see their passions and their diverse interests, which can range from manga to poetry. Speaking of libraries, I'm gearing to attend … [Read more...]

Smile!

A person without a smiling face should not open a shop. -Chinese proverb My neighbor turned 100 years old! Her advice to a long life? Smiling. Actually, laughing. She says that she weathered life's ups and downs with a dose of good humor. Also, I was recently nominated for a blog award by Brittney (thanks!). The name of the award makes me smile: Sunshine Award. The rule is I have to answer eleven questions: 1.       What is your favorite vacation place? I really enjoyed visiting Italy … [Read more...]