Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Biking for Dollars - A Family Thing

Derek in the 2011 ride.
For several years, my nephew Tom rode in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge for Cancer, even after he was diagnosed and successfully treated for the Big C himself. Tom doesn't ride in these events anymore, but last year my other nephew, Derek, the father of two beautiful children, picked up the challenge, the cause, and the legacy of his older brother.

On June 10, 2012, Derek will once again be riding 100 miles  to raise money for Bicycles Battling Cancer. 

In Derek's words:

I ride because I can. When I get tired I remember those who can't ride. What they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted. And I ride harder for them.

I know they would do the same for me.

I ride for my brother Tom. I ride for friends who have lost loved ones. I ride for my friends who have fought the fight themselves. I ride for everyone who is fighting the fight. I ride for everyone who has lost the fight. I ride so someday I won't have to ride for this fight anymore.

Derek is just shy of his goal. If you would like to support him in this endeavor, please click through to his donation page.

Tom and Derek make their auntie so proud!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Upcoming Events

Below is my calendar - so far - for the rest of the year.  I still need to button down signings for the release of HIDE AND SNOOP, which will be out in September, so stay tuned for those dates and times.

Sunday, June 24, 2012 - All Day
ALA Convention
9:30 —11:00 am - signing at the Sisters In Crime Booth  (#2679)
12:30 —1:30 pm - signing at the Llewellyn/Midnight Ink Booth (#2375)
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Thursday, July 12, 2012  - 7:00 pm
Hawthorne Library
12700 Grevillea Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 2:00 pm
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT panel with Michael Mallory and Paul Marks
2809 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA

September 22, 2012
Chapman Univ. Book Festival
Chapman Univ. Campus
More Information coming

October 7, 2012 - 2:00 pm
Reading from Granny Apples
Sisters In Crime/LA Monthly Meeting
1115 El Centro Street
South Pasadena, CA

October 20, 2012 - 11:00 am.
AAUW - Long Beach Chapter Authors Luncheon
Old Ranch Country Club
3901 Lampson Ave.
Seal Beach, CA
(Note: this is a ticketed event)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Same Ghost, Different Venue

As I've already announced, in the future my Ghost of Granny Apples series will be published by Berkley. The 4th Granny Apples novel won't be released until early 2014, but don't fret, Granny will be busy in the meantime.  See what Granny will be up to during the next two years. I'm talking about it today over at Criminal Minds.