Warning: This post is a serious mish-mash of stuff going on in my writing life, and it’s a bit random, but hey, it’s me, so you shouldn’t really be surprised 😉
First off, I gotta say, I was STUNNED to win the 2011 Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Fiction for NO MERCY. All the people at the award ceremony said — you should’ve seen your face when they announced your book won — I was very humbled to accept the award which means more to me than I can possibly express, given the great slate of nominees, plus two of my writing idols, Sara Paretsky and Robert Crais were in attendance at the ceremony. Really, a night to remember, right up until I started knocking back all those free drinks in the hotel bar from well-meaning friends 🙂 I did manage to make it back to my hotel room with my beautiful award.
I’ve got a busy couple of weeks, plus I’m trying to write 200 books — kidding, it just seems like it, stuck in my writing cave until after the new year — so this post is an update on where I’ll be and to give you all a chance to win an ARC of WRANGLED AND TANGLED, book 3 in Lorelei James Blacktop Cowboys series, which releases Nov. 1st. (the contest is at the bottom of this post)
Next week I’ll be involved in a couple of cool events. First, Thursday night:
Women Behaving Badly
Thurs., October 6, 2011 6:30pm
Where: Dahl Arts Center
713 7th Street
Cost: $10 advance $12 at door
Award winning author Lori Armstrong is best known for her hard hitting mystery novels. However, this very talented and successful author also writes erotic fiction set in the modern West under the name Lorelei James. Both formats have won her legions of fans. Her latest Lorelei James novel “Chasin’ Eight” is a New York Times Bestseller. Lori will discuss her process, read from her latest book and do a book selling and signing after the WBB event.
Some of the West’s wildest women, The Rushmore Rollerz will be at the WBB with some video clips from their exploits as Rapid City’s own roller derby queens. They will also share some of their favorite stories of tearin’ it up on the road. Join Pinkee B. Witch, Violet Felon, the Physical Terrorist and the rest of the team for some good old fashioned girl fun.
Kisa, the woman who brought belly dance to Western South Dakota will be on hand with some of her middle-eastern dance troupe to teach us some sexy moves. This will be an easy to learn and fun to use routine. Your dance experience is guaranteed to be enhanced after a glass of wine and some chocolate!
Don’t miss this FUN- raiser for the Readiatrics Book Drive and the Dakota Instrument Drive. Women Behaving Badly is sponsored by Backroom Productions, with support from the Rapid City Arts Council, and SHE106.3.
For more information call Darla Drew Lerdal at 341-5940.
Tickets $10 advance, available at the Dahl Arts Center. Tickets will be $12 Day of Show. You may want to bring some extra cash or your plastic to purchase a WBB t-shirt or a book from Lori.
*Note: men will be allowed to the attend if accompanied by a woman who will behave badly!
Then this year I’m a featured presenter at South Dakota Festival of Books – which starts on Friday, Oct. 7th and ends Sunday Oct. 9th. The festival is in Deadwood, SD, and I’m thrilled to get to take the stage with some of my very favorite mystery authors, and talk about my beloved state and why I write mysteries set here.