- Priscilla Royal's THE SANCTITY OF HATE is reviewed in this Sunday's The New York Times Book Review! Here's the link (scroll down), and if you don't feel like clicking and scrolling, here's the review itself: "Aside from the castle of your father, the king, the safest place for a woman in the Middle Ages was a well-run religious institution like the one that figures in Priscilla Royal’s enthralling medieval mysteries. Tyndal Priory has long thrived under the progressive policies of the aristocratic Eleanor, so there’s no accounting for the murder and mayhem that seem to plague this holy retreat — except for the opportunity they offer for Royal’s insights into the upheavals of the period. The vividly drawn characters in THE SANCTITY OF HATE (Poisoned Pen, cloth, $24.95; paper, $14.95) enlighten us on many details of monastic life. But it’s the harrowing scene of a Jewish woman suffering the agonies of a difficult childbirth while a howling mob threatens violence that sums up Royal’s two dark themes: the lowly status and cruel treatment of women, and the persecution of England’s Jewish population."
- Publisher's Marketplace announced Terry Shames's KILLING AT COTTON HILL and THE LAST DEATH OF JACK HARBIN, a debut mystery series featuring the only decent lawman the town of Jarrett Creek, Texas, has ever had, to Dan Mayer at Seventh Street, in a nice deal, by Gail Fortune at Talbot Fortune Agency (World).
- Rita Lakin has two Ebooks up and live this coming week on amazon: THE FOUR COINS OF THE KABBALLAH and A SUMMER WITHOUT BOYS.
- Camille Minichino (aka Ada Madison) has a launch party at Towne Center Books, Pleasanton, California, SUNDAY JANUARY 6 2 PM, for A FUNCTION OF MURDER, #3 Sophie series. -- games! prizes! food!
At the first of the year, we have changes a-coming at The LadyKillers...
- Camille Minichino will be moving on, but you can still find her posting at her own The Real Me and monthly at the Perseverance Press authors blog. We will miss her dearly and hope she comes back to guest-post often. Her last official LadyKillers' gig is this coming Wednesday... please stop by and leave her a bazillion comments!
- Stepping up to the open Wednesday position is author Terry Shames, whose debut book THE LAST DEATH OF JACK HARBIN, comes out in 2013. More about Terry below.
- Debut author Carole Price will also be joining our jolly group, sharing the "other Wednesday" spot with Penny Warner. More about Carole below.
Now, a little about Terry and Carole...
Terry Shames grew up in Texas, but couldn't take the heat, so now makes Northern California her home where she lives with her husband, two terriers and a long-suffering cat. In August 2012, she received a two-book contract from Seventh Street Books/Prometheus for her series set in the fictional town of Jarrett Creek, Texas, featuring ex-Chief of Police Samuel Craddock. A KILLING AT COTTON HILL, will be released in July 2013. Terry's website is http://terryshames.com/
Carole Price is a Buckeye! Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she attended The Ohio State University, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. After retiring from a national laboratory, she wrote her first mystery, went through the Citizens Police Academy, and is a police volunteer.
Following hard on the heels of last week's topic of Best Holiday Gifts, we have HOPE. Here is a YouTube of "surpise gifts" to give you hope and make you smile along with your favorite cuppa this morning. (Watch out for the screams of joy! ;-) )