May 3 Reading in Ithaca

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I and members of my local critique group, Strictly Genre: Ithaca Fiction Critique Group, will be doing a group reading Sunday, May 3, 3-4:30pm at Community School of Music and Arts in Ithaca as part of Ithaca Spring Writes Literary Festival 2015:

3:00 to 4:30pm
Reading: Ithaca Fiction Critique Group
Doreen Alsen, Eric Griffith, Lisa Hill, Gigi Vernon and other members read from published fiction and works in progress. ithacafictioncritique.net/
Doreen Alsen is the author of five contemporary romantic comedies from The Wild Rose Press. Her At The End Zone series is critically acclaimed by The Romantic Times Book Club, Book Siren Reviews, Fresh Fiction Reviews, among others. www.doreenalsen.com. Eric Griffith (KALI: The Ghosting of Sepulchre Bay) is a tech editor/writer for PCMag.com by day, and writes scifi and fantasy books at night. His next book will be about a homeless guy with super-powers. egriffith.info. From Rochester, Lisa Asenato writes both fiction and non fiction. Her novel, Pirate by Night will be released by Pelican Book Group in July 2015. www.lisaasenato.com. Gigi Vernon’s crime short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and elsewhere. Her “Show Stopper” in Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War is nominated by International Thriller Writers. www.gigivernon.com
Location: Community School of Music and Arts

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“Show Stopper” Nominated by International Thriller Writers!

Imagine my surprise when I saw a tweet congratulating me on my nomination!

“Whut?”

It *was* April Fool’s Eve.  Was it a cruel prank or honest mistake?

But it turned out to be true. True! My short story “Show Stopper” (about killer Soviet fashion) which appeared in Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War was nominated by International Thriller Writers for best short story:  http://thrillerwriters.org/programs/2015-thriller-awards/

Let me repeat—a nomination!!!  Unreal! And by a favorite writing organization–International Thriller Writers.

I’ve been pinching myself ever since. And I can’t wait to celebrate with fellow nominees at the gala awards ceremony at Thrillerfest in July in New York.

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“Show Stopper” optioned

2014 was a very good year for my short story “Show Stopper.”

The story is about killer Soviet fashion during the Cold War and is set during the 1959 Soviet Exhibition in New York City. Think Mad Men but with an all female cast and suspense.

First, it was selected for publication in Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War, edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson.

Then, film rights were acquired by Kamala Films (Publishers Lunch announcement, sorry registration required).

Thanks Kamala Films, Steve Fisher of APA, and Helen Heller (my agent) of The Helen Heller Agency for everything.

Crazy exciting!

I leave you with a brief small screen documentary from 1959. Can’t wait to see how the characters, setting, and plot are interpreted and re-imagined for the modern big screen.

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