NEW WORKS IN THE WORKS!

Hello Friends and Followers,                                                                                 I am on a roll again, and about half-way through the first draft of a sequel to the Gwen Harris detective series. The first book is called       A Sleuth in Sausalito; this second book is A Sleuth in San Rafael. I’m excited because this book is not just a who-done-it, but why. It’s a pyschological thriller, in the manner of my Mother Lode. More to come; I’ll keep you posted!
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ON THE ROAD

 

In addition to writing novels, I write plays. In fact I’ve been writing plays since I was in

We can't agree on anything.

We can’t agree on anything.

grade school. A couple of them have had professional productions on the East Coast.

In the last few weeks my cast and I toured Marin and Sonoma County retirement homes with “On with the Wind”, a short comedy that takes place in a retirement home, while seniors try to watch an old version of “Gone with the Wind” .  The tape breaks, personality issues erupt. There’s a love triangle. Lots of fun with a stellar cast.

I can't handle any liquor.

I can’t handle any liquor.

 

It takes a village . . .

It takes a village . . .

New Sweethearts

New Sweethearts

 

 

 

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET

 

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Like a lot of writers, I want to write and spend a minimal amount of time on marketing. But at some point, if we want to be visible beyond our comfort zone, we have to do something with the big M. So I am starting a well-reputed program which should give me a lot of  emails which in turn, should lead to sales. At least that’s the theory. So I’m pretty excited about this. I’ll let you know how it turns out in future blogs. . .

Readings have always been a good bet for me. I’m comfortable speaking before an audience, and readings have led to book sales for me. So that’s another way of marketing. Any writers out there who’ve made a killing with Social Media? It’s not been anything I do often, but you could change my mind.

Reading for "Driven to Rage" in San Francisco.

Reading for “Driven to Rage” in San Francisco.

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Merry Christmas to All!

Christmas Party last week

Christmas Party last week

Happy Holidays, everyone.

I hope everyone will find something meaningful in the days to come. I will be traveling to the Midwest to visit my brother and sister. I will fly in to Detroit on December 23rd, and then drive with my brother to my sister’s in Cleveland. I am looking forward to this reunion with my siblings. If possible, we’ll catch up with my grandson in Columbus. Then back to Michigan where I will spend a few days with old friends. Many of you know I lived in lower Michigan most of my life. Part of my heart still lives there.

Remember, books make great holiday gifts!

Carol

 

 

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THREE BOOK READINGS NEXT WEEK FOR A SLEUTH IN SAUSALITO

Carol at a recent book reading in San FranciscoBook readings/signings are the backbone of sales for authors like myself who do little to promote themselves on social media. Tomorrow, Saturday, I will be doing a reading for the Novato Chapter of AAUW. It is open to the public. As is Sunday’s event at Unity in Marin at 1:00–also in Novato. Wednesday, December 10th is very public, as part of the Speakers’ Series at the Sausalito Library at 7:00. I hope you local people will be able to attend if you missed the reading at Book Passage.

And remember, books make great holiday gifts! If you can’t make any of the readings, all of my books are available on Amazon, and A SLEUTH IN SAUSALITO is also available at Book Passage.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

Carol

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SAUSALITO–A WONDROUS PLACE TO LIVE

Hello Friends,

Living on the Bay in Sausalito. I see all sorts of water vessels from paddling boards to huge container ships. Within sight is San Francisco, with all the culture you’d expect in a modern city.

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To the north beyond Marin County (of which Sausalito is a part) lie the wine counties of Sonoma and Napa.

Castello di Amorosa 2014-08-13 16.55.35On a recent visit to Napa, only an hour away, I visited the wonderful castle, Castello di Amorosa. Every brick and stone was imported from Europe to make this fantastic replica. Many musical events and banquets are held here.

Sausalito itself is remarkable for a small town. It has quite a history, from the native Americans to the first Caucasian residents, one of whom supplied fresh water, beef and other staples to the ships that plowed the waters of the Bay and the Pacific. During World War II, the waterfront became a ship building center, where many battleships were built to help the war effort. Remains of that era can still be seen. And now it attracts many tourists as well as residents, with its colorful shops and beautiful waterfront.

Our Famous Seal

Our Famous Seal

There’s lots more history, of course, some of which is incorporated in my book                     A SLEUTH IN SAUSALITO. Read the first chapter free, right here on my blog.

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OUTDOOR ART OF SAUSALITO

I’d like you to see some of the works of art in my town—some present, some hidden and some recently destroyed.

concrete and ceramic sculpture lost in the weeds of the old houseboat community

concrete and ceramic sculpture lost in the weeds of the old houseboat community

Last year it was sad to me that a beautiful serpentine sculpture embedded with colored tiles was hidden among weeds and parked cars when I first saw itI was hoping that it would be moved to a public park where it could be seen and appreciated by many. I’m sorry I didn’t speak up. Recently, this property, (near Gate 6, if you’re familiar with our town,) was re-purposed. The lovely sculpture, about 12 feet long, was broken up and plowed underground, as the land was flattened. I understand it’s to be fashioned into a park. What irony!

Local mermaid, hidden behind a Shell sign.

Local mermaid, hidden behind a Shell sign.

The lovely sculpture of a mermaid is  virtually hidden behind a Shell gas station on Bridgeway, with a sign that states it is looking for a home. The powers that be noted some years ago that mermaids don’t wear bras, and therefore decreed it was not fit to be displayed in any of our parks. What happened to individual expression, imagination, creativity, and the ingenuity of the artist? Sadly, this sculpture remains in view of few, while little artwork adorns our parks.

Our Famous Seal

Our Famous Seal

The famous seal is visible, but not if you’re driving. To see it, you must be walking on the water side of Bridgeway, shortly before it ends on the street turns abruptly inland. There it is, a lovely work, adorning the shore of our city.

The Sails of Sausalito

The Sails of Sausalito

Perhaps the most visible piece of outdoor art is the set of abstract sails on the junction of Bridgeway and Caledonia. Even this has been missed by some local residents!

I’m glad that I’ve been able to observe these works of art. I share the images—past and present with you– before, (perhaps,) more disappear from our horizon. We have a lovely city. It is usually a challenge to slalom one’s way down Bridgeway through the many bicyclists on the road , and the tourists who are so many that they overflow the sidewalk onto the street. But this just testifies to the charm of  Sausalito.

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