Austin S. Camacho's Blog – February 2009 Archive (15)

Meet Me in South Carolina This Weekend

I'll spend this weekend at the South Carolina Book Festival. This free event in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center features award-winning authors discussing their work and lots of book autographing. The festival presents a diversified group of authors, poets, and scholars. The Festival offers panel discussions and presentations on a variety of popular genres and literary topics, from the latest trends in new fiction to regional favorites to… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 27, 2009 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Mom's Advice

In the last 3 weeks I’ve attended my two favorite writers’ conferences. In that time I made a slew of new friends, got valuable advice from several very successful writers, and spoke to two different agents who expressed interest in representing me.

It all goes to show that the best advice your mother ever gave you was, "Go! You might meet somebody!"

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 24, 2009 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

Mom's Advice

In the last 3 weeks I’ve attended my two favorite writers’ conferences. In that time I made a slew of new friends, got valuable advice from several very successful writers, and spoke to two different agents who expressed interest in representing me.

It all goes to show that the best advice your mother ever gave you was, "Go! You might meet somebody!"

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 24, 2009 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Best Writers Conference and ME on a Bestseller List!

It seems redundant to say that I had a great time at the Bay to Ocean writer’s conference. I do every year. My presentation was well received, I signed a good number of books, and I got to critique four promising future authors. This is a good place to officially thank all the folks involved with running that super event every year. It is a winner.



I also had a book signing at the Borders Express in Waldorf, MD. I’ll be making monthly stops there until June because this is the store… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 24, 2009 at 4:57am — No Comments

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

I'll spend tomorrow at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD having more fun than I deserve at the Bay to Ocean writer's conference - /. The conference features workshops, speeches, and panel discussions on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the craft of writing, the publishing business, and the intricacies of particular genres. This year's speakers include Thomas Sawyer, head writer for Murder, She Wrote, internet expert Leslie Walker, my own editor… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 20, 2009 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Another Cool Review

I've received a lot of comments on my books lately, so I try to share a different one here each week. Today I'd like to mention Ronald Stutler.



Ron is from Ohio and I met him at a book signing. He read Collateral Damage and wrote to me, complimenting me that I managed an urban storywithout excessive bad language or graphic sex. Then he took the extra step that many readers don't. He was kind enough to post a review on Amazon.com. I always appreciate it when readers share their… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 18, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Weekend Update

It was a fun and full weekend between Valentine's Day celebrations and my daughter flying in from Hawaii for a few days. In between all that I held two book signings in Alexandria, VA. Waldenbooks in Landmark Mall has always been a good host. Like Sunday's store, the Books-A-Million on N. Kings Hwy., it's a small store where I always get lively conversation with the managers. Both stores always give me a relaxing time.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 17, 2009 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Happy President's Day

I'm old enough to remember recognizing Both Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays being holidays. They were merged into President's Day, which has been expanded to recognie all presidents. I sometimes wonder if the two men originally hailed would be offended. Are their static monuments enough?



But then I consider that maybe those monuments aren't needed. Louis Kossuth said, "Let him who looks for a monument to Washington look around the United States. Your freedom, your independence,… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 17, 2009 at 1:45am — No Comments

Meet Me this Weekend in VA

Happy Valentine's Day! I told you that today I have a book signing at Waldenbooks in Landmark Mall, 5801 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Tomorrow I'll have a second book signing, this time at Books-A-Million in Alexandria, VA. That one is also from 1 pm to 5 pm, but I'll have discount coupons to hand out. Don't go to the wrong bookstore. There are two B-A-Ms in Alexandria. This one is at 6230 N. Kings Hwy.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 14, 2009 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Meet Me in VA Tomorrow

Before our romantic Valentine’s Day dinner I’ll be romancing the mystery fans at Waldenbooks in Landmark Mall. I’ll only sign books at the Mall at 5801 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA from 1 pm to 5 pm so I’ll be home in plenty of time to head for the mystery restaurant.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 13, 2009 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Stupid Cupid

This Saturday is the most romantic day of the year, and while this may mark me as unromantic, I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.

Besides, after a dozen years with the same lovely lady I’ve learned that love is more than romance. It’s not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 12, 2009 at 10:32pm — 1 Comment

Lots of Love - Hardly a murder

Love is Murder proved to be three days of great fun and great connections. One of my favorite mystery writers, Jeffery Deaver, delivered an hilarious keynote talk. One of my favorite thriller authors, Steve Berry, sat on the panel I moderated. And the audience agreed that I gave the most convincing solution of an invented theft on another panel.



Aside from the good time I had with 300 other crime fiction fans there was a re-enactors convention in the hotel the same weekend. Civil War… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 11, 2009 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Meet Me in Chicago this weekend

This weekend I make my annual pilgrimage to Illinois for the three-day Love Is Murder mystery convention. This mystery, thriller, romantic suspense and dark fiction conference is famous for great panels and great food. Featuring stars like Jeffery Deaver, Alex Kava, and Steve Berry, it has a lot to offer both writers and readers .



I help to kick off the con Friday at noon as part of a writers panel serving up “A Series of Helpful Hints,”… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 5, 2009 at 8:45pm — No Comments

New on my site

This week there’s lots new on my web site, including a new featured review from Pamela Bourgeois.



I’ve spoken to Pamela, but we’ve never met. Her niece was at one of my book signings, looking for a Christmas present for her aunt. Rather than try to describe my titles to Pamela on her cell phone she handed the phone to me. After some conversations she chose Damaged Goods for her gift.



It was wonderful to get an e-mail from… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 4, 2009 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Weekend Surprises

As expected, Saturday was a party at Creatures ‘n Crooks Bookshoppe in Richmond, VA. Many of my favorite local authors were there, not for a signing or reading but just to be present for the readers. We did appear to attract a crowd of customers and I saw several armloads of books leave the store. We can only hope we inspired enough business to save the store.



When I got home I found a cool surprise - the latest issue of the International Thriller Writers newsletter, The Big Thrill.… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 3, 2009 at 12:47am — No Comments

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