Thursday, July 3, 2014

Randy's Back

Randy Rawls

        Don't know if anyone noticed, but I've been AWOL a few months.  Back in December, I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer and, since then, have been involved in some really nasty treatments.  The good news, though, is the chemotherapy and radiation were completed 6 weeks ago, and I am gradually recovering from the side effects.  So, I'm back to pounding the keyboard.  But, enough about that.
        Mark your calendars for the dates February 26 through March 1, 2015.  After three years "out there," SleuthFest, sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery of America, is returning to its natural home in South Florida.  I am thrilled that once again we will be presenting SleuthFest at its best.  And to commemorate its return, the planning committee has landed James Patterson as Guest of Honor.  Yep, the same Patterson that turns out NY Times bestsellers like Toyota produces automobiles—in huge quantities.  As if Patterson isn't enough to interest any mystery/thriller writer/reader, we'll also have as the Florida Guest of Honor James W. Hall.  The top seller in the business and one who has made career of writing hits and teaching others how to do it.  Find that any other place.
        So, lock in those dates.  Registration isn't open yet, but I can tell you the DoubleTree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach, FL will host SleuthFest.  This is the same place we had SleuthFest for several years before it moved "out there."  They always roll out the red carpet for attendees. A good and educational time is guaranteed.
        I look forward to seeing you at SleuthFest 2015.


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

Sounds wonderful, Randy. Wish I didn't live 3000 miles away and no longer willing to fly long distances. I know it'll be wonderful and I'm so glad to hear you are back.

Lesa said...

I'm glad you're back, and recovering from the treatments, Randy. And, yes, South Florida should be the home of Sleuthfest. Enjoy!

Morgan Mandel said...

So sorry about your illness, Randy. Here's hoping for a full recovery and that you don't have to go through any more of those nasty treatments.

That is a major coup to line up James Patterson! Wish I could go to SleuthFest to see him and you!

P.S. I haven't noticed who is where lately online. Seems I keep forgetting my own assigned days on my blogs. When I try to get a book ready, everything else falls by the wayside. We do what we can!