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In this time of prolonged stay-cations, many people are turning to eBooks for entertainment. For a taste of a mystery series featuring a female sleuth, haunting visions, a curious cat, pan-Pacific history, Island food and multiculturalism, visit Hawaiian Mysteries & Book Club Questions under Hawaiian Mysteries on the menu above...
The Tucson Festival of Books is this weekend (March 12-13, 2022, on the campus of the University of Arizona). It's a great opportunity for readers to meet many authors! Unfortunately, due to COVID, I will not be present, but my fliers and bookmarks will be at Tucson Sisters in Crime booth (#427) and the Arizona Authors Association booth inside (#223).
If you aren't able to attend, look into book events in your area! I would love to see readers, listeners, authors, and organizations support local libraries, even those in hospitals and at facilities like the Veterans Administration...weather, fire, and war have caused many libraries to need our help...contact them to learn how you can support them!
Aloha, Jeanne Burrows-Johnson
This is short notice, but I just got the schedule for a virtual Book Fair that I’m participating in this Saturday (December 4, 2021). It’s presented by the Arizona Authors Association. Some of you may recall that the 2nd Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mystery, Murder on Mokulua Drive, won Second Place for Published Literature in the AAA’s 2018 Literary Excellence Contest.
ARIZONA AUTHORS ASSOCIATION ONLINE BOOK FAIR Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10:00 to noon, MST Free and Open to the Public To Join Zoom Meeting Click on the Link Below: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83479178476?pwd=RDNCcy9paE9kblEvV3lVWjZjdXBudz09
I believe there will be a continuing URL by which you can access this Zoom meeting for an extended period of time...I'll post it here and on my professional FaceBook page.
I just received a lovely gift for my 71st birthday...the following is a link to an interview I just completed about my writing and Murders of Conveyance!
MURDERS OF CONVEYANCE
W I N N E R in the 2019 NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
FIRST PLACE, Fiction, Adventure -Drama
Finalist for Mystery Crime and Cover Design-Fiction (6x9)
I'm excited to tell you that Murders of Conveyance, the third Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mystery is moving the series ever higher in public recognition. Like Prospect for Murder and Murder on Mokulua Drive, this book is a suspense-filled mystery with pan-Pacific history, multiculturalism, and a hint of the paranormal. It is set in the lush environs of Hawai`i and contains several elements of classic literature:
~ Prologue and Epilogue ~ Casts of characters ~ Chapter quotes ~ Folio art [a hibiscus flower] around page numbers ~ Notes and Acknowledgements ~ Brief Overview of the Hawaiian language ~ Glossary of non-English and specialized terms [historically annotated]
The First Annual Aloha Scavenger Hunt is beginning. Journalist Natalie Seachrist, private investigator Keoni Hewitt, and friends Margie and Dan O`Hara are joining in the fun. Thanks to neighbors they christened The Ladies, Natalie is not worried about their tortoise shell feline companion Miss Una, who has a way of discovering her own ad- ventures. Before departing for their Honolulu hotel, Natalie dreams of a film noire whodunit. Immersed in the action, she exits a vintage elevator, finds a man’s body lying in a hotel hall, and watches an elegant woman savagely search an adjacent room.
When a murder occurs outside their suite, Natalie advises HPD Lieutenant John Dias that the victim’s taped outline and hat leaning against the wall eerily parallel her “dream.” She then identifies the man’s photo as Chinese professor Fù Hán Zhāng. Knowing the reliability of her prescient gift, the detective asks Natalie and Keoni to watch for clues to either death while the scavenger hunt visits O`ahu locales like the Pali Lookout and an ancient heiau.
After a full-color vision, Natalie is convinced that the site of her earlier “dream” is in Chinatown, her victim is Chinese, and the perpetrator is a tall woman in a red suit. When a false scavenger hunt clue alludes to a priceless Kuan Yin figurine in rare white jade, Natalie turns to her friend Pearl Wong for help. After a Chinese New Year’s feast, the investigators tour the historic Shēn building which once held a boutique hotel where a family member disappeared in the 1950s. Is this the man Natalie envisioned dead in a narrow hotel hallway? Is his death linked to that of the professor? What of the hint of the hidden Kuan Yin? Coincidences? Or, has Natalie’s visioning revealed a murderer with long hidden secrets?
From now until Monday, July 13, 2020 you can enter a drawing for free mystery-suspense novels at AuthorsXP.com!
There’s no telling what you might win!
I’m offering softcover editions of
Murder on Mokulua Drive
2018 Arizona Literary Excellence Contest
2nd Place for Published Literature
Unfortunately, my Meet and Greet for friends and readers of the Natalie Seachrist Mysteries at the Tucson East-side Barnes & Noble Store has been cancelled for the time being. I look forward to being able to reschedule this and
other opportunities to see you!
Until this is possible, watch this page for future online specials for reading this series!
The highly anticipated TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Tucson has experienced little effect from coronavirus, But many authors cancelled and this has precluded moving forward with the event…May all be safe, and remember that although the young may be relatively safe, they can carry and spread this disease to others who may be more susceptible to the contagion.
Thank you to those who stopped by for a chat!
Such events are lovely opportunities to meet with current and potential readers who may wonder why an author in Tucson, Arizona, writes about Hawai'i. As a graduate of the University of Hawai'i who lived on O'ahu for over twenty years, I collected myriad characters and stories to share with readers throughout the world...
Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mysteries and Under Sonoran Skies: Prose & Poetry From the High Desert
After an absence of twenty years, I visited my hometown of Portland, Oregon. It was amazing to explore the many things that had changed...and those that remained the same! The City of Roses is noted for Douglas fir trees and I can report that those planted in my youth are now huge!
My plans began when I learned that there would be a fiftieth reunion of my 1968 graduating class of Woodrow Wilson High School. Once that event was in place, I worked to schedule a couple of speaking engagements. It was especially wonderful to have the assistance of my friend and editor extraordinaire, Viki Gillespie.
As may be expected, I did not recognize anyone at the reunion, but I was delighted to share stories and Hawaiian chocolate covered macadamia nut candy at the gathering. The following week, I had the opportunity to share an overview of my work as an author and give an assignment to a couple of classes of creative writing students at Wilson High. Sadly the door to the stage I had loved so much was locked, but I was delighted to see that a small performance stage had been erected in the drama room.
Each day of the week I was there, I tried to see a few friends. Most gratifying was the long overdue meeting with Viki. For several years she has been smoothing out innumerable aspects of my protagonist's adventures in murder and mayhem! It was so wonderful to have her join me in addressing both a joint meeting of American Association of University Women book clubs, as well as one of my talks with the high school students!
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2017 NEW MEXICO-ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
FINALIST, Mystery/Suspense ~ WINNER, Cover Art 6x9 Fiction
2018 ARIZONA LITERARY EXCELLENCE CONTEST
2nd PLACE, Published Fiction
2018 NEW MEXICO-ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
FINALIST, Cozy Mystery ~ WINNER, Cover Art 6x9 Fiction
2019 NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
WINNER for Fiction, Adventure -Drama
Finalist for Mystery Crime and Cover Design-Fiction (6x9)
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