Austin S. Camacho's Blog – December 2008 Archive (23)

Happy New Year's Eve

The approach of a new year always brings a rather random collection of thoughts to mind. I remember the first time as a child that I was allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. When you reach middle age you're kind of forced to. Being an optimist I do want to stay up until midnight to see the New Year in, although I know some who stay up just to make sure the old year leaves. We all make New Year's resolutions, knowing that they just go in one year and out the other. But my favorite New… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 31, 2008 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Another Cool Review

I like to use this blog to direct you to interesting web sites, and once in a while that site is my own. I always have a featured review posted there and this week it comes from Diane Leslie.



I met Diane at the Northern Virginia Christmas Market. She took home a copy of Blood and Bone and was kind enough to write to me after she read it. Her comments were very positive. In fact, she seemed to be at a loss of words and referred to a previous appraisal from Midwest Book… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 29, 2008 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Less Gloom, More Shopping

I heard shopping was way down in retail stores this year, but I think nobody told the crowd in Springfield Mall Saturday. I had a book signing at the Borders Express and I don't remember the place being so busy. In fact, I signed more books that afternoon than on either of my last two visits there. It's nice to have a strong showing at the bookstore closest to my home.

If you missed me you can hunt for my novels at http://www.ascamacho.com

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 29, 2008 at 10:44am — No Comments

After Christmas signing in VA

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday and are prepping for the new year. My last public appearance in 2008 is tomorrow when I visit the Borders Express in Springfield Mall. While shoppers are returning all the gifts they didn't really want, I'll make sure a signed novel is among their replacement options. From noon to 4 pm I'll greet people at the bookstore nearest my home, in Springfield, VA

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 27, 2008 at 5:28am — No Comments

Winter reading

Merry Christmas everyone!! I'm not a white Christmas fan, myself. These are the days I long for more tropical climes. I can't actually go this year, but I can do the next best thing - take a fictional trip in a good mystery novel. If you feel as I do, let me recommend "Square Snapper," a fun romp in Bermuda, penned by Deborah Middleton.



In this police procedural, the Bermuda Police are beset by a veritable epidemic of… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 24, 2008 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Just Do It!

In the middle of a busy weekend I attended a great dinner party Saturday. While we were at the table, still digesting the delicious turkey and dressing (and ham and greens and yams and...) one of the guests told me that she had long wanted to write a book but didn’t know how to start. She had stories to tell, but feared that when she put them on paper they would be terrible. I tried to be encouraging but never seemed to find the right words to get her started.



After dinner our host… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 23, 2008 at 10:29pm — No Comments

the Latest

My weekend started Friday evening at Borders Books in Silver Spring, MD. It was a great event, aside from finding a couple dozen new readers. First, new pal James Grady stopped by. Jim started his writing career in 1974 with "Six Days of the Condor," which became a brilliant film starring Robert Redford. His new book is "… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 22, 2008 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Wait... Meet me in MD AND VA this weekend

I told you that today I'm at Ukazoo Books reading with other contributors to "New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers" from 2 pm to 4 pm.



Sunday I'm back to my old selfish ways, and back to my old haunts - specifically the Borders Express in Dulles Town Center Mall. It's even my usual time there: noon to 4 pm. Find me there, at 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles VA, to complete your collection of Hannibal Jones mysteries or to get hooked on the Stark and… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 21, 2008 at 12:37am — No Comments

Wait... Meet Me in MD AND VA this weekend!

I told you that today I'm at Ukazoo Books reading with other contributors to "New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers" from 2 pm to 4 pm.



Sunday I'm back to my old selfish ways, and back to my old haunts - specifically the Borders Express in Dulles Town Center Mall. It's even my usual time there: noon to 4 pm. Find me there, at 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles VA, to complete your collection of Hannibal Jones mysteries or to get hooked on the Stark and… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 21, 2008 at 12:37am — No Comments

Meet Me in MD this weekend!

I already told you that tonight I sign books at Borders at 8518 Fenton St., Silver Spring, MD from 5 pm to 9

pm.



I'll spend Saturday afternoon at Ukazoo Books and this time I won't be alone. Eight of us, contributors to "New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers" will share a reading from 2 pm to 4 pm. Ukazoo is at 730 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, MD. If you're near there, this is your chance to support Maryland's writers and their association. Others… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 20, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Meet Me in MD Tomorrow!

It's another full weekend as I try to help everyone in the area find one of my novels in their stocking. Friday evening I stop into Borders Books in Silver Spring, MD for a book signing from 5 pm to 9 pm. It's one of the larger stores I've had good luck in, so visit me there, at 8518 Fenton Street, to see why.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 18, 2008 at 10:41pm — No Comments

A different blog for readers

I often like to use this blog to point you to an interesting website. Almost always it's mystery-related, but to prove I'm an equal opportunity lover of literature, today I'll talk about a romance site. Specifically, "Virginia is for Romance Lovers."



Aside from the cool name, a play on my state motto, this site features the musings of half a dozen authors who apply the definition of… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 17, 2008 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Televangelists?

I watch a lot of TV, but that isn't where I prefer to get my religious training. Unfortunately, I have some acquaintances who feel I am missing out by not taking advantage of the inspiration available from televised preachers. I usually let that conversation go about ten minutes before I start to explain just how I worship and why. It is about that time that I am generally reminded of faith-based rule #1:



People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 16, 2008 at 10:39pm — No Comments

The latest

The weekend signing experiments were not all equally successful, but all were fun and profitable. Our choice for Waldenbooks in Manassas Mall - Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm - may not have been the most profitable time selection. Still I signed a few books and had the joy of having one fellow buy one of my novels, wander off into the mall, and return an hour later to declare aloud in the store, "This is the best book I have ever read."



Saturday was a little better at Books-A-Million in… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 16, 2008 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Get your gift novels this weekend

As I told you, today I have a book signing at Books-A-Million, 6230 N. Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA. from noon to 4 pm.



Not to abandon my Maryland friends, tomorrow's book signing is at the Borders Express in St Charles Town Ctr. Shoppers can meet me for their personalized literary gifts from 2 pm to 6 pm. The store is at 5000 Highway 301 S in Waldorf, MD.



And if you can't make either event, you can always order my books through… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 14, 2008 at 12:47am — No Comments

Meet me Tomorrow in VA

Okay, I’ll admit that when we’re coming up on Christmas I hang in bookstores as much as they let me. This weekend I’m haunting some of the smaller stores that have supported me through the year. For example, Friday I’ll visit Waldenbooks in Manassas Mall. That book signing will be from 4 pm to 8 pm to catch the early evening shoppers. Mapquest rangers will find me at 8300 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 11, 2008 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Another cool review

I often like to use this blog to point you to an interesting website, even if it is my own. Today I’d like to introduce you to Teresa Lickey.



I met Teresa at another smaller venue, the Borders Express in Dulles Town Center. She picked up a copy of Blood and Bone partially based on my rather egotistical sign: “If you like Alex Cross you’ll love Hannibal Jones.” She sent me an e-mail less than a week later with some very positive comments.



Thank you, Teresa, for your… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 10, 2008 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Deer Friends

This being the time of year we travel more, I am reminded of questions my kids used to ask when we were on the road. One of them I never could answer adequately.

How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 9, 2008 at 11:41pm — No Comments

The Latest

It's been a good few days!



Friday I greeted travelers coming into and leaving Reagan National Airport. The folks at the Borders there are always gracious to me and this was no exception. I can't wait to go back just before the inauguration - when lots of people will be flying into town to see the mixed-race hero fighting to bring justice to Washington DC. And after meeting Hannibal Jones, maybe they'll go see Obama.



Signings are always fun, but teaching can be too.… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 8, 2008 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Just In Case

If you’re flying the friendly skies out my way Friday, stop into the Borders Books in Reagan National Airport. I’ll be there signing books for weary travelers from noon to 4 pm.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on December 4, 2008 at 10:19pm — No Comments

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