Saturday, May 10, 2014

My Malice Weekend

I know I’m very late posting Malice things. We have family in the DC area and just drove home today (through rain and over the mountains!). On the way there, the highway was lined with blooming redbuds and dogwoods, just like last year. I checked in on Thursday and caught up with a few folks.

Saturday, I was pleased to find all of my novels in the bookstore! I was even more pleased on Sunday when I went to offer to buy back the unsold copies and Kathy Harig put her hand on my stack protectively and told me that those were hers. How nice!

Malice Go Round was the usual breathtaking speed date affair. Well, breathtaking for the authors, and for the listeners when we learned about some great new books we took note of to read.

The Guppy lunch on Friday was well attended. That afternoon was a whirlwind for me. I met my agent, Kim Lionetti in the bar and am once again impressed by her and how much she’s doing for me and how much she cares about my whole career, even beyond the contract she secured for me. Right after that was the panel I was on, for the nominees for Best Historical Novel. 

Harriet Sackler and me on Best Historical panel--Laura Oles

And right after THAT, the Guppy Steering Committee met in the bar (with boas) for an official meeting. We discussed some business in person that probably would have taken days by email. And right after that were the opening ceremonies where I was presented with my certificate for being a nominee. Then was the dinner at Ruth’s Chris given by my next publisher, Berkely Prime Crime. This made me miss the live auction, but my item, a name in a future Fat Cat book, went for a very good price.

Saturday morning started out with the Sisters in Crime breakfast. All the Guppies wore boas by prearrangement. Some people didn’t understand, but that’s OK--we did.  I wanted to attend the 9:00 panel, but missed it and didn’t want to go in late, so instead waited until time to head for my signing at 11:00. 

Signing: Amanda Flower, Christina Freeburn, and me--Dru Ann Love

In the afternoon, my agency treated us to an elegant wine and cupcake reception. (That was probably the best cupcake I’ve ever had!)

I got a big surprise at the Saturday Guppy lunch, so I’m very glad I decided to attend. KB Inglee instituted a brand new award, given by her, called the Cadaver Award. She decided to bestow it on the author whose book she had recommended the most times in 2013. It was my DEATH IN THE TIME OF ICE! And what a fun award: a handknit cadaver who has had an autopsy. I was able to stick it in my name tag badge and wear it the rest of the day.

Me and Cadaver (and Laura Oles)--James M. Jackson

The awards banquet was at 7:00. My family came and helped me cart my goody bags down. Actually, my son in law carried all 8 of them. My table was very fun, with my hubby and daughter and son in law and a bunch of friends and fans. Here’s a link to the nominees and winners. 

Some of my Malice Banquet table--Teresa Inge

The New Authors’ Breakfast came very early on Sunday, then I was actually able to attend some panels, check on my books, and pick up my extra bookmarks before the tea.

Man, was I exhausted after all that!

PS. Thanks to people who sent me some photographs--I didn't take my camera to Malice!


Terrie Farley Moran said...

Never too late. I just put up my Malice pics this morning with more coming tomorrow. Thanks, I enjoyed these.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Great post, Kaye! It was so good to spend time with you and to see you receive the Cadaver Award. A wonderful Malice! Looking forward to next year.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Looks like a fun time. Thanks for sharing.

Kaye George said...

I saw yours, Terrie. Much more complete than mine so far.

Yes, to next year, Paula!

Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn.

Grace Topping said...

Hi, Kaye --

As always, it was a pleasure spending time with you at Malice. Congratulations on all your publications over the past few years. I'm looking forward to spending time with my autographed copy of "Death in the Time of Ice."
Grace Topping

Leslie Budewitz said...

Hard to believe it's already been a week since Malice! So good to see you and to celebrate your nomination -- Guppy Love simply is the best!

Kaye George said...

Same here, Grace!

Leslie, I should have slipped in a picture of you with your teapot--and Hank with hers. What was I thinking??

Polly Iyer said...

A great time was had by all. I just redid my website yesterday and plan to put up the few pictures I took. Definitely have you and the cadaver. It'll be a while before I get to it though.

Kaye George said...

On They don't come up for me.

Polly Iyer said...

Haven't put them up yet, Kaye. I'll try to get some up now. Took me all day to transfer my website.

Kaye George said...

Ah, yes, you said you PLAN to put them up. Doh.

Polly Iyer said...

Photos are up!

Kaye George said...

Yes! Very nice--thanks.