Monday, March 29, 2010


Hi everyone!

My book tour is up on my website, so check it out and see if I'll be dropping by your neighborhood. The only change from my prior newsletter is that my publisher decided to take off Seattle and add Mission, Kansas (outside of Kansas City). I have no control over my schedule and I would have loved to come to Seattle, but it's my publisher's charge card. Maybe next year, Seattle! (And I have no clue why they choose the cities they do).

Hope to see some of you at my signings. Come on out and hear the story behind the story of State Fair!

As for what's going on in my life...I'm still working on Spider Web (next Benni book) and that's about it! See you all soon.

Happy Trails, Earlene

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March? Already?

I'm sure I'm not the first person to look up from my work, blink and stammer--it's March? I see it was the beginning of February when I last wrote a blog. I will never be accused of excess blogging. My excuse is a good one. It's because I was writing! Seriously, I'm working hard on Spider Web, and the writing has been going good so except for the things I have to do (house, husband, dog, father, bills--not necessarily in that order), I've had my nose in my computer and my head in San Celina.

But, updates are needed on some things, so here it goes.

Yes, Tina and I did draw names for the contest. This is how my new mailing list works. It's entirely email and I don't have people's snail mail addresses or even their names. Everyone who is on my email list (that's all of you who've signed up for this newsletter) is automatically entered into the contest. When we decide to draw names, Tina has a computer program who randomly chooses the winners (I used to pull numbers out of a hat--seriously, I did--back in the 90's). So, then I email the three winners, ask permission to post their names and ask for their addresses.

Well, I emailed them three times over the course of three weeks. Finally, one answered. Barbara from Texas. She chose the State Fair cookbook and quilt book, which I've sent to her already. I finally gave up on the other two and Tina sent me two new winners...whom I will email today and inform them they've won. Once I hear from them, I'll post their names. So, you still might be a winner. I'll do another contest soon.

Other than that, not much else going on in my life. I'm going to Left Coast Crime convention this weekend in Los Angeles. Maybe I'll get to see a few of you there. My panel is on Thursday at 2:15 pm. It'll be fun staying in LA a few days. My very first job when I was seventeen years old and just graduated from high school was in downtown LA at what was then called Occidental Life Insurance. It was down by the garment district and we used to shop for deals during our lunch hour. That was back in the Stone Age--1972.

Well, that's all for now. I'll be posting my book tour schedule for State Fair soon. My publicist is putting the final touches on it (waiting to hear back from bookstores). I'll be going to Dayton, Ohio, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Scottsdale, Arizona, my regular Southern California places (plus a few new ones like Bluebird Quilts in Grand Terrace), Central California (likely Bakersfield and Fresno, though not certain yet) and, of course, the Central Coast. I'll send out a quick newsletter to let you all know when the dates are posted. The official State Fair publication date is May 4, 2010. Come out to one of my signings and hear the story behind the story of State Fair!

Happy Trails, Earlene