16 posts categorized "Chronicle News"

August 28, 2005

What's Up In Lipstick Land

Pengirl_1 What's Up in Lipstick Land

Just a quickie update on this Sunday before Bouchercon, where two of the Book Tarts will be making an appearance on the "Homicide in High Heels" panel at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 1.  Harley and Susan are also up for Anthony Awards for Best First Mystery and Best Paperback Original, respectively, so we hope the Tart mojo is goin' in Chicago.  Needless to say, both are happy just to be nominated.  (Really, they are.)

Other developments in Lipstick Land:

  • Harley's second book, DATING IS MURDER, has been nominated for Best Mystery by the Southern California Booksellers Association.  You go, girl!
  • An interesting follow-up to Susan's "Looking for Mr. Maybe" column...she's been selected as one of the "top 20 singles in St. Louis" by glossy St. Louis Magazine!  She promises to tell all when the parties start up this November and the special issue hits the racks.
  • Sarah's gearing up for a tour for her juicy stand-alone, THE SECRET LIVES OF FORTUNATE WIVES, hitting stores after Labor Day.  Never too early to reserve a copy, we say!
  • Nancy's working on an outline for Book Six in her Blackbird Sisters series while battling a bad back.  She just recovered from a broken toe and finally got back on the treadmill, and now this.  Yeesh.  Can someone get a shaman to do a "get well" dance directed at Pittsburgh?

Hope all our readers in New Orleans are headed toward higher ground.  To our friends in Florida, are y'all okay out there?  Like Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say, "It's always something."

August 09, 2005

Minding the Store

Minding the Store

Well, I've never posted twice on the same day before, but I'm minding the store while the other Book Tarts are on vacation (Harley in the Pacific Northwest and Sarah in Ireland) or taking care of family bidness (Ms. Nancy).  So I guess I can do whatever I want.  I'm just back from a four-day trip to New York for book-related biz and to New Jersey where I spoke at Patti Biringer's wonderful Women Celebrate Writing Conference.  It was the first WCW and smallish at under 50 people, but what a great time.  The first evening, about 15 attendees read samples of their work, mostly essays and poems as opposed to novels.  But, wow, what talent is out there.  Y'all keep writing, because you have a lot to say, and I hope your words reach plenty of ears.  (BTW, I took the new Audioslave CD while I traveled, and now I'm hooked on "Doesn't Remind Me" and "Be Yourself"--what great lyrics!)

I'm putting together a cool piece with lots of help from the DotMoms, which I hope to get up tomorrow.  It's almost a marketing survey about what books women are buying, why they pick up certain titles and not others, if book club selections or best-sellers lists influence them, all sorts of good stuff.  So check back for that on Wednesday. 

In the meantime, enjoy the pieces that are up.  We like to mix the hilarious with the serious, so there's something for everyone.  And, if there's not, holler at us.

Cheers, Susan


July 03, 2005

Weekend Update

Weekend Update

BathtubJust because you're relaxing and enjoying the long weekend doesn't mean you should miss out on any of the exciting doings in the lives of the Book Tarts.  So here's a quick update:

  • Susan's sideview mirror has been fixed, and she's hired a feng shui expert to suggest alternate car wash locations with better karma than the Mobil on Olive.
  • The contact sheets from Susan's photo shoot weren't ready this past week because the guy who does them hurt his back and was in the hospital.  (Are you sensing a theme here?)
  • Nancy's husband had to spend yesterday fixing a broken toilet, while Harley's hubby worked on their septic tank.  Just an eerie plumbing coincidence?  Or a psychic connection?
  • Sarah is MIA.  No one's heard from her in 24 hours.  Should we call missing persons, or could it be that she's spending time with her family like a normal, well-adjusted human being? 

COMING SOON:  Stay tuned for a special Hot Spot series starting Tuesday featuring Laura Lippman, David Montgomery, Sarah Weinman, and Harlan Coben weighing in on the "girl ghetto" in crime fiction.  Our version of "He Said, She Said."  You won't want to miss a word!

June 12, 2005

TLC Sunday Morning

Mornin', Sunshines!  Just a few notes of interest to share with you on this lovely Sunday, and then the blogging begins anew on Monday after Sarah returns from her haunted honeymoon redux and Nancy gets back from her business/pleasure trip (hopefully, without the bad manicure).

For additional scoop on the BEA from some of our favorite people, check out Rochelle Krich's three-parter called "I'll Take Manhattan" in her News, Views and Shmooze and Tess Gerritsen's comments on doing expos now as a NYT bestseller versus "before"...fun stuff!

Tidbit in last Sunday's Wichita Eagle about Susan and THE GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER.

June 05, 2005

Chronicle News

Some Sunday morning news for those of you sitting around and sipping coffee:

There was a wonderful piece in the LA Times written by a reporter who followed Harley on her recent book tour.  Check out the interview in its entirety at:  Harley Jane Kozak

For those who missed the Boston Herald article on chick lit mysteries, which features both Harley and Susan, here's a link:  Boston Herald

Several folks wrote to Susan after her "Stupid People Tricks" column to tell the tale of a man who robbed a gun store called H&J Leather and Firearms with deadly results.  The guy had to walk around a police car to enter the store, which was filled with, yes, gun-toting customers. You must read this to believe:  Another Stupid People Trick


May 19, 2005

Welcome to The Lipstick Chronicles Blog

This is the first post to The Lipstick Chronicles.  Just testing to see how this will look on the blog.

Good Luck to All!