Monday 23 November 2015

On the Road with Book Week Scotland

I have a busy few days ahead of me with events for Book Week Scotland, the week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place each November.

First up is my 'Crime and Cupcakes' appearance on Monday 23rd November at 15:00 at Elgin Library.

Then on Tuesday 24th November at 19:30 I have a 'Special Read' appearance at St Ninians Community Library in Stirling.

Finally I am appearing as part of the range of excellent East Lothian events for Book Week Scotland 2015 at Tranent Library at 19:00 on Wednesday 25th November.

I love meeting readers (and librarians!) so it will be a great chance to discuss and take questions on The Special Dead and on my other books.

Rhona MacLeod Book 10:-
The Special Dead #UK
The Special Dead #US ►
The Special Dead #CA ►
The Special Dead #AU ► 

Thursday 19 November 2015

Characters in Action : Screen Academy Scotland 10th Anniversary Showcase tonight

I'm excited about the chance this evening to see my story River Child again in the cinema, at the Screen Academy Scotland 10th Anniversary Showcase showings at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

Creating the story, writing the screenplay, and then seeing my characters come alive through the work of the director (Damian Wood), the actors, and the whole team involved in the collaborative process of making a film was a wonderful experience.

Friday 13 November 2015

This whodunit will snare readers from the opening page (Publishers Weekly review)

Publishers Weekly review: The Case of the Missing Madonna, Anderson, Lin (Author), 185 p. Severn, hardcover, (9780727885456).

Those who like their mysteries shaken not stirred will enjoy British author Anderson’s action-packed second Patrick de Courvoisier adventure (after 2014’s The Case of the Black Pearl). A summons to London uproots Patrick, an Englishman whose tastes in food and drink would meet James Bond’s approval, from his houseboat in Cannes, where he performs jobs as a fixer. In London, one of Patrick’s former bosses, Charles Carruthers, asks him to investigate a theft that involves the royal family, but he declines. Back in Cannes, Patrick agrees to look for a painting, Fragonard’s Madonna, which has gone missing from a monastery on the island of St. Honorat. Of course, the case isn’t what it seems, and Patrick uncovers a labyrinth of secrets dating back to WWII. He’s soon dodging bullets and an arch nemesis, though he finds that he and his enemy must work together for the common good. Full of fascinating history and lush descriptions of the French Riviera, this whodunit will snare readers from the opening page.

The Case the Missing Madonna #UK
The Case the Missing Madonna #US ►
The Case the Missing Madonna #CA ►

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Keep Calm and Vote for Me (and your Library)

Crime Fans everywhere can nominate their favourite authors online for this Crime Writers Association Dagger award.

The ten authors with the most votes from fans will make up the longlist.

Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for an author’s entire body of work, and is one of six highly prized CWA Dagger Awards awarded to crime writers since 1955.

This year’s shortlist and winner will decided by a panel of judges.

When you nominate your favourite author you will be automatically entered into the CWA's special giveaway to win a £200 book token.

The CWA are also asking you to give the name of the library you visit most often, as the winning library (the one with the most mentions) will receive a special prize after the voting deadline.

So please take a few moments to vote (link here)!

Thursday 5 November 2015

Deadlier Than The Male - Female Fireworks at the Crime Club

I am looking forward to my appearance this 'fireworks day' evening at the Sunday Times Crime Club 'Deadlier than the Male' event in London.

It will be great to meet up again with the the other three 'killer' women Louise Millar, Ann Cleeves, and M J McGrath, all of whom featured at the Bloody Scotland crimewriting festival this year at Stirling in September.

It should be a fascinating and entertaining evening, and we will all get the chance to talk and be questioned about our current books (mine is The Special Dead) and about writing crime as women.

Rhona MacLeod Book 10:-
The Special Dead #UK
The Special Dead #US ►
The Special Dead #CA ►
The Special Dead #AU ► 

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Bloody Scotland at No.13 in The List hot 100 !!!
Team captains and authors Ian Rankin and Simon Kernick
ahead of the Bloody Scotland football match
credit: Eoin Carey

It is wonderful to see the hard work and enthusiasm of all involved over the years being recognised with the Bloody Scotland crimewriting festival being listed at No. 13 in The List Hot 100 for Scotland.

Here's what the list had to say about Bloody Scotland:-

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work
Roseanna Cunningham and Lin Anderson
(Representing Bloody Scotland) at Living Wage Week
reception in Edinburgh 3rd November 2015

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Scottish Living Wage Success Celebration

I am delighted to be able to represent Bloody Scotland, the international crimewriting festival, at this evening's Scottish Government reception in Edinburgh to celebrate the success of the Scottish Living Wage accreditation scheme.

Bloody Scotland are a Scottish Living Wage employer, and are one of the ever growing number of employers who recognise the benefits that the Living Wage can bring to both their staff and to their organisation.

There are now 350 accredited Scottish Living Wage employers, which is well on the way towards the Scottish Government's target of 500 by March next year.