KAIT CARSON Shopped till I dropped. We made our quarterly trip to the Costco yesterday. How is it that one store can have so much stuff I never knew i needed? We followed that up with a quick tour of Total Wines to round out our red wine collection. Those folks know everything worth knowing about wine. Which is good, because I know so little. Today dawned hot and sunny. The perfect day to dive into the pool and get some exercise. Then I had the pleasure of beta reading a new book. I love discovering new authors. This is the second beta I’ve done this month. Have to be in Miami this Wednesday for the day job. Then taking a long weekend next week for my birthday smile emoticon Lots to do before I leave. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
As for reading, I usually read mysteries. Since I write them, it makes sense. Right now I’m reading a wonderful book that is not a traditional mystery. It’s THE CALLING by Amber Foxx, a paranormal mystery. The protagonist, Mae Martin-Ridley is psychic. The book is about how she discovers and comes to terms with her gift. The characters jump off the page. The story satisfies on all levels. I’m also reading THE STORY GRID by Shawn Coyne. It’s a wonderful insight into what helps a book have a blockbuster plot written by an editor. Highly recommend it for all writers. Lots of food for thought there.
CYNTHIA KUHN What I did this weekend: I graded like a fiend and worked on my revisions for book one. Had a lovely visit from my sister and nephew that was a definite spirit-lifter. Was also shown a lot of short videos made by my sons, who have discovered an app that runs their movies backwards and makes them very funny indeed.
What I’m reading: THE WRONG MAN by Kate White. Very twisty and intriguing. Am a big fan of her Bailey Weggins series, which this is not a part of, so I don’t know why I just mentioned that. I have read and enjoyed all of her stand-alones, too. I guess I’m just a big fan. 🙂
MARY SUTTON What I did this weekend: I got my hair cut! After getting a phone call on Friday, the day before my appointment, to tell me my stylist retired, a friend was able to help me out. The bangs are out of my eyes. Then I spent some time on revisions for the WIP. Today was church and my critique group meeting. Good news: the ending is heading in the right direction, but it still needs some work.
I’m “comfort reading” Prisoner of Azkaban (again), in the middle of Unfinished Business by Jenna Bennett, and my friend Annette just loaned me Julia Spencer-Fleming’s In the Bleak Midwinter, so I’m sure I’ll open that soon.
DIANE VALLERE I’m not ashamed to admit that I spent a large portion of Saturday floating around in a friend’s pool! Went to a birthday party Saturday night, and a Sisters in Crime chapter meeting on Sunday. Oh, and obsessively checked the status of my Batman action figure auction on ebay. It ended Sunday, so now I can move on to something new.
As for reading…I don’t think I’m going to continue reading the book that I started. That’s always a tough decision. It’s a non-fiction book that’s been on my TBR list for awhile. It’s something of a memoir, but the voice borders on snarky and there’s a little too much complaining…not as entertaining as I’d hoped. Good news: I get to start something new!
THERESA CRATER I helped at the Egypt, Alchemy, and Ancient Mysticism workshop. We had company from Egypt and California, met a longtime Facebook friend visiting from Denmark. Made new friends and got to see old friends.
I’m reading Merlin’s Daughter by TL Ashcroft-Nowicki.
PAMELA OBERG Sunday we picked up munchkin from several days at “Camp Gramama”, only to drop her off at the local university for a week of residential engineering camp! Friday and Saturday, I ran my first 5K in 20 years (I finished!), and grabbed a great beach day with my girlfriends. I’m working hard to make more time for friends, as it’s too easy to get caught up in things and forget to maintain those friendships. Also, reading some early Ellery Adams on a new tablet. FUN!
SUE STAR My weekend started by going to the baseball game, and my team, the Rockies, won. Yay! I finished up writing a new short story and shipped it off to market. The rest of the weekend I spent judging for our local writers contest. Really enjoyed reading some fun stories! p.s.–I just started reading The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.
SARAH HENNING What I did this weekend: Wimbledon! I was a copy desk tennis editor in my former life and have a great love for the Grand Slams. Love that Serena got number 21 and her second “Serena Slam”…one more in New York and she’ll have the calendar Grand Slam! All at the ripe old age of 33! Love it!
As for what I’m reading: I am tiptoeing into “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir. I’m three scenes from finishing my WIP and my writing time is the same as my reading time, so I’m reading like a page a day because I know this one is ridiculously good and I’m afraid I’ll get so sucked in I won’t finish my WIP! It’ll be a great treat when I finish my first draft.
Okay, fellow Mysteristas: let us know what you did this weekend or what you’re currently reading (or both!) and be entered into the week 3 Summer Reading Bonanza drawing!