Pat Simmons leads discussion about caregivers

Pat Simmons recently led a book discussion about her latest book, My Rock, at the Florissant Valley Branch Library in St. Louis, MO. She asked how many in the audience had been or were currently caregivers. To her surprise, many raised their hands. Some shared their highs and lows of caring for a loved one, and thanked Pat for writing about their experiences.

According to Pat: “Former first lady Rosalynn Carter said it best when it comes to describing my newest release, My Rock, book 1 in the Caregivers series. There are four kinds of people in the world:  Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers.  And those who will need caregivers.”

Peggy Ehrhart gives talk on Mysterious New Jersey



Peggy Ehrhart, author of the Knit & Nibble mystery series (Kensington), spoke to the Renaissance Group at Temple Shalom in Succasunna, NJ on April 22. The topic was “Mysterious New Jersey” and the talk covered the many mystery series set in New Jersey, including her own. The talk was followed by a lively discussion on mysteries and mystery writing.

Nancy J. Cohen to appear at Orlando Book Festival


Nancy J. Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day mysteries, will appear at the Orlando Book Festival, which will take place at the Orlando Public Library on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From 11:00 to 11:50 a.m., at Tech Central—2nd Floor, Nancy will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Keeping the Mystery Alive” with fellow authors David Hagberg, Amy Christine Parker, Lori Roy, and Jennifer Morris as moderator.

From 3:00 to 4:30 Nancy will participate in a book signing with all other attending authors.

Peggy Ehrhart meets fans at Author-palooza


Peggy Ehrhart, author of the Knit & Nibble mystery series (Kensington), was part of the Kensington-sponsored Author-palooza organized by Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME. Held at the Rising Tide Brewery on April 10, the event featured ten Kensington cozy-mystery authors reading from their work and meeting and greeting fans.

10 weeks on B&N list for Carlene O’Connor’s Murder at an Irish Wedding


Colleen O’Connor’s Murder at an Irish Wedding (Kensington) has hit the Barnes & Noble mass-market bestseller list ten weeks in a row, first at #45, then at #26, #18, #20, #19, #18, #12, #15, #23 and #35.

It has also appeared on Barnes & Noble’s mass-market mystery bestseller list, jumping from #3 to #1.

Peggy Ehrhart attends Left Coast Crime


Peggy Ehrhart, author of the Knit & Nibble mystery series (Kensington), attended the Left Coast Crime mystery conference, Crime on the Comstock, in Reno, NV, March 22 to 25. She was a panelist on the “Wooden Heart: Craft Mysteries” panel, pitched Murder, She Knit as part of the “Speed Dating” event (authors move from table to table giving the same two-minute talk to successive batches of listeners), read a five-minute selection from Murder, She Knit, and gave a knitting lesson!

Eileen Watkins wins Cat Writers’ Association Certificate of Excellence


Eileen Watkins has won a Certificate of Excellence award from the Cat Writers’ Association for The Persian Always Meows Twice (Kensington). She is now a finalist for the top prize of the MUSE Medallion, which will be announced June 9 at the organization’s conference in Texas.