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The To Fetch a Thief authors are out and about promoting this wonderful book. Here's where you can find us:

February 15-16, 2019, Murder at the Library, Clover Hill Library, Chesterfield County, VA. Join Heather Weidner and Rosemary Shomaker at this exclusive Murder Mystery Theater event you won't want to miss. 

March 2, 2019, NPL Authors Fair, Slover Library, Norfolk. Co-authors Heather Weidner and Jayne Ormerod will be at the Norfolk Public Library's Author Fair, selling books, talking to fans, and maybe participate in a panel or two. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

March 9, 2019, 10-12, SHOW AND GROW YOUR PROSE at The MUSE Writing Center, 2200 Colonial Ave, #3, Norfolk. Jayne Ormerod will be critiquing submissions from Hampton Roads Writers ( Critiquing is one of the most important parts of improving your writing. And we all go to lunch afterwards! 

May 3-5, 2019, Malice Domestic, Bethesda, MD. If cozy mysteries are your cup of tea, you will want to attend this conference that brings readers and writers together for a weekend of fun, and books! 

October 1, 2019, 6-8 p.m., SHOW AND GROW YOUR PROSE at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach.   Jay Ormerodne will be critiquing submissions from Hampton Roads Writers ( Critiquing is one of the most important parts of improving your writing. We enjoy dinner at the restaurant before we get down to critiquing! Always a fun night! 

Ooops...sorry you missed us!  This is where we've been: 

December 16, 2018, BARNES AND NOBLE, Chesterfield Towne Center, Richmond. A dream come true to have a B&N in-store signing. All four authors contributing to To Fetch a Thief will be on hand to you’re your copy. You'll be out shopping for the holidays anyway, so stop by and visit!

December 1, 2018: Book Bin, Onley, Virginia. We're day-trippin'! Co-authors Teresa Inge and Jayne Ormerod will be travelling up the Eastern Shore for an open house packed with holiday treats, book signings, author panels, and more!  Be sure and join us!

Friday, November 17, 2018 Market Street Shoppes in Portsmouth. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018, Bark in the Park sponsored by Chesapeake Humane Society


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Tell us about the furry members of your family. I have a pair of Jack Russell Terriers from the same litter. The dynamic duo includes Disney, the brunette, and her brother Riley who looks a lot like Petey from the “Our Gang Comedies.” They are high energy, inquisitive little dogs. And they keep us on our toes.
How did your dog pick you to be his fur-ever mom? We had two older dogs who passed within three months of each other. Our house was so lonely without them. We went looking one day at puppies. My husband picked up Disney, and I picked up Riley. We couldn’t decide, so both of them joined our family. They are sister and brother from the same litter.
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<<This is the story of how four mystery writers met, and how the friendships  that developed led to collaboration on To Fetch a Thief.>>
     Writers seek out writers. It’s what we do. We join writing groups, not just to give us someone to hang out with on a Saturday afternoon, but because other writers get the angst of writing, the frustration when the words won’t come, the disappointment with each rejection. Perhaps most importantly, these communities give like-minded mystery writers a chance to discuss the various ways to kill people . . . in the literary sense!      One national community that supports our passion is Sisters in Crime ( and offers chapters that meet locally. Mystery by the Sea serves southeastern Virginia, and Central Virginia chapter serves the Richmond area. The two chapters collaborated on three short-mystery collections; Virginia is for Mysteries, Virginia is for Mysteries Volume 2, and 50 Shades of Cabernet.
     We hit the road, li…