Monday, October 9, 2017

Bouchercon Bound for Name That Red--Can YOU Do it?


HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN:  How long have you known us? Long, right? Through think and thin, and triumph and tragedy. We have shared, all of us, our hopes and fears and challenges and, ah, food preferences. Loves and hates and choices and childhoods and dilemmas and punctuation frustrations. 
But how well do you really know us?

One of us won a big prize on Sale of the Century. 
One was propositioned by Warren Beatty. 
One is an expert at bribing people. 
One participated in a professional athletic event as research for one of her novels. She had never been so terrified but she’d do anything for the sake of story. And her husband made out best of all…  
Can you figure out who each is?

We think we can fool you--so that's why our panel at Bouchercon is NAME THAT RED. It's Saturday at 4--and we promise it'l be hilarious. And we're giving prizes!

(Julia will be there in spirit, and she's going to hang out with you all here as keynote speaker at the Red's special on-line Bouchercon.)  

Where I'll be at Bouchercon? Friday, signing at the Forge booth (free books!) 

then moderating the Librarians Tea--wth panelists including Linwood Barclay and Sara Paretsky and Diane Vallere.

Saturday morning I'm moderating the Best Novel nominees: Reed Farrell Coleman, Louise Penny, Megan Abbot, Laura Lippman and Chris Holm. You'll be there, of course, right?

And then the Name that Red panel at 4.  (One of us is a failed majorette. Can you guess? Each the Reds will try to fool you into believing it's them. Will you choose correctly?) 


How about the rest of you? Where can we find you at Bouchercon?  I KNOW there's some exciting stuff coming up in Toronto.

HALLIE EPHRON: I'll be signing books (come and get 'em!) Thursday right after opening reception (8:30 PM) in the Grand Ballroom West. And then Saturday, the Reds Panel. The SinC breakfast of course on Saturday, too. Mostly I'll be looking forward to putting faces to names... so please say HI! 

LUCY BURDETTE: Reds panel of course and wouldn't miss Sisters in Crime breakfast, even at 7:30 am! Otherwise floating through the halls hoping to chat with all of you!

RHYS BOWEN: I'm joining Debs and Louise Penny for something called Three a Friends Chat on Friday at 10 am, then the Reds panel on Saturday and signing after both.

INGRID THOFT: I’ll be at the Reds panel and signing afterwards.  I’ll also be in the bar, the coffee shop, and hopefully, the gym.  I’m working hard to get my back, back to normal.  Maybe I’ll see you by the stability balls!

JENN McKINLAY: Ditto! Reds panel and signing and wherever you can find baked goods, you'll find me sampling. And the bar, always the hotel bar, for chit chat and catching up with friends! Do come find me and I'll bore you with photos/videos of our recent kitten rescue -- King George!

DEBORAH CROMBIE: Jenn, I can't wait for in-person updates on King George!! In between, I'll be signing after the Opening Reception Thursday night along with Hallie and lots of other great folks, so come see us (and get some free books!) Then, as Rhys says, on Friday morning, she and I and Louise Penny will just be having a chat, but everyone in the audience gets to listen in. We will all have a great time. Then Saturday at 4, THE REDS PANEL!!! I'll be signing after panels, and will be in the bar, the coffee shop, and wherever friends and readers are hanging out, so please stop and say "hi."
 



JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: All of you who wish you were going to be in Toronto can hang out here with me. We'll dish on everyone at Bouchercon and they'll never know we were talking about them! (That sounds foolproof, right?) And don't forget to stay tuned to Twitter, where @junglereds will be keeping you up to date with everything going on at the big party!

HANK: Yes, do try that, darling Julia. We will not look at all. We will not even notice that you all are talking about us.

SO--who's here, and who's going to Toronto?
If you are here with Julia or across with border with us in Canada, now you can practice your skills at naming that Red.

For instance:
Which Red wanted to be a movie star, and her first teenage attempts at writing were scripts for her to star in?
Which Red learned to execute a wingover in a glider at 8000 feet?
Which Red played the Artful Dodger in Oliver? (And then flew across the stage as John Darling in Peter Pan?)
Which Red had to sneak out to meet her motorcycle-riding boyfriend by telling her parents she was going to the Young Democrats event?
Which Red  attended Richard Nixon's inaugural parade as a Young Republican?
Which Red went to  Susan Ford's prom at the White house--and why?
Which Red has three former first ladies as fans?

So-- bring it on. Give us your best guesses! 

Then come to our Bouchercon panel Saturday at 4--and see if you can figure out which Red is telling you the truth! (And you can win prizes, too. Of course.) 

PS. And hey--as you can see, we need some photos with Ingrid and Jenn! So we'll publish the ones you all take--right here on Jungle Red!

99 comments:

  1. Well, your panel sounds quite intriguing and I wish I were going to Toronto, but hanging out here with Julia sounds pretty fantastic, too . . . .

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    1. No guesses? Which read can fly a glider?

      Xxx

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    2. I am so not good at guessing games, but if you insist I shal give it a try . . .
      Jenn for executing a wingover in a glider???

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  2. Have a great time in Toronto, Reds - Julia and Joan, I'll bring the popcorn. We'll keep the home fires burning.

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    1. You all are going to have a great time! But no guesses ? which red thought she would be a movie star?

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  3. I won't be at Bouchercon but I hope everyone has a great time and I'll be envious of you all for the length of the event.

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    1. you’ll have time to here with Julia… But no guesses? Which Read went to Susan for the prom? And why?

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    2. No guesses from me, I'm really bad at those guessing games. Sadly I have to get in a headspace suitable to work with my boss in the building today and it is already taxing my brain to the point of a headache.

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    3. Hank, your dictation program or your auto correct is making "Reds" "Read". I can't possibly guess at what "Read" does. ;-)

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  4. I'll be doing my best to guess correctly at the panel. See you all at signings, at the SINC breakfast, and of course in the bar!

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    1. Good luck at the Macavity awards!

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    2. Thanks, Hank! Fingers and toes crossed.

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    3. Looking forward to meeting you. Love your books

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    4. Edith, can't wait to see you! And good luck on the Macavity!

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  5. Coming and meeting as many JRW ( bloggers and commenters) as I can and having a very good time.
    Your panel is on my list, the Three good friends too and adding the places you mention here .
    I'll mostly be around books, at panels where I'll meet authors that I love and at the coffee shop

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    1. Oh fabulous! Thank you! No guesses? Which Rebh lied about going to be at the Young Democrats?

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  6. Durn it, I chose the wrong Bouchercon to sit out, that's for sure!

    Love the questions, and the intriguing teasers. All the Reds seem to share what my husband calls my "varied, but not checkered" past. Looking forward to Saturday with Julia.

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    1. So… Any guesses? Which Red played the artful dodger?
      And we will miss you!

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  7. I'll be in rehearsal (where else?) this weekend, so I'll have to check in with Julia to keep track of what you're doing. I'm sure we'll have a great time. As to guesses . . . Debs and I discussed possible incidents she could use for this at last week's hair party but, alas, most of the colorful stuff we've done together turned out to be mostly my fault. She is a very sensible, practical woman. I can't imagine (tiny, short-haired) Ms. Crombie portraying John Darling or the Artful Dodger. Can I? No spoilers, I promise.

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  8. I'll be here with Julia and the Gang. (And I may try to research the prior lives of all the Bouchercon-bound Reds this week!)

    DebRo

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    1. Oh, no! No research..... and have fun! (You all...no parties after 10!)

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  9. Lucy, what time is your Friday signing books with Forge Books? Yes, I will be there at my first Bouchercon. Not sure if I will attend the panels, though. I do plan to attend the book signings.

    Hallie, thanks!

    Rhys, it will be great to see you again.

    Jenn, look forward to seeing photos of the little tiger, King George. I know he's a kitten, though he does look like a little tiger cub.

    Diana

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    1. I'm signing with Forge at 1230 Friday! Lucy is with Crooked Lane--Lucy--when does your book come out? ANd we'll both see you there!

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    2. Hank, thank you :-) . We met at Malice 2016. It will be great to see you.

      Diana

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    3. Looking forward to meeting you, Diana!

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  10. I wish I were going. Alas, that pesky budget. I'm sure Julia will make us feel like we aren't missing a thing. Here are my guesses (probably all wrong):

    Which Red wanted to be a movie star, and her first teenage attempts at writing were scripts for her to star in? - LUCY/ROBERTA
    Which Red learned to execute a wingover in a glider at 8000 feet? - INGRID
    Which Red played the Artful Dodger in Oliver? (And then flew across the stage as John Darling in Peter Pan?) - DEBS
    Which Red had to sneak out to meet her motorcycle-riding boyfriend by telling her parents she was going to the Young Democrats event? - HANK
    Which Red attended Richard Nixon's inaugural parade as a Young Republican? - JULIA
    Which Red went to Susan Ford's prom at the White house--and why? - This sounds like something RHYS would do, but the why baffles me.

    Mary/Liz

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    1. I love those guesses! You got..one right. :-)

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  11. I'll be there in Toronto. Julie, too. We have printed out the schedule, noted when any given Red is at any given moment on any given day. Stalker alert!

    I'm betting on Deb for the biker/Young Democrat event. It has her brand all over it.

    Hank, were you a young Republican in another life? We need to talk.

    Susan Ford's prom? Lucy/Roberta, you are about the right age and and from the right area of the country. How many closet young republicans do we have here?

    Rhys, I'm not sure why I see you as a glider pilot, but I do. If not, why not?

    Jenn, are you the marathoner? Ingrid, did you want to be a movie star? I don't know the two of you as well, but this is my guess.

    What do I win?







    Artful Dodger? I'll take Hallie for this one. Not that she's artful nor a dodger, but I suspect any little girl raised in Beverly Hills got stage experience by age four.



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    1. I am laughing and laughing. Wrong wrong totally wrong. I cannot wait for our panel!

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    2. Ann, can't wait to see you and Julie!!!!

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  12. Which Red had to sneak out to meet her motorcycle-riding boyfriend by telling her parents she was going to the Young Democrats event?

    Hank!

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    1. Good one! And I appreciate your image of me! But… No.

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  13. Wow, those are some crazy tidbits from your pasts (not that I think for a minute that they're the juiciest you could have chosen ;-). I'm totally stumped. I'll throw in one guess: Rhys as the artful dodger/john darling? We'll be at home this year and are delighted to have Julia keeping us company.

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    1. Nope, not Rhys as the Dodger! (although she would have been terrific...)

      Take good care of our Julia..xoxo

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    2. Ok. Deb was the child actress.

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  14. This is such fun! I don't even know all the answers! But I'm keeping my guesses to myself, and so looking forward to seeing everyone at Bouchercon, and to meet those of you who have so far been virtual friends!

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  15. I'm terrible at guessing games so I would be perfect if you need someone in the audience to guess wrong all the time! Alas, I'll be hanging with Julia. And so happy that she's back with the Reds :)

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    1. Okay..you all have fun! And we want a full report..

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  16. I love your "through think and thin" phrase. I'm thinking it was a typo, but it's very effective that way. Did you plan it?

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    1. Yes yes, I meant it. SO clever of me! :-) . Typo. But I'm leaving it. I like it, too.

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  17. Rhys making notes to herself: do not take that jacket. You've clearly worn it enough already!

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    1. SO funny. I always wear black..so that never happens. But I think, Rhys that was the same event. xixo

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  18. I will be hanging with Julia this weekend. Maybe someday I can make it to Bouchercon. As for who did what, I don't know. I'll make a couple of wild stabs. Rhys flying across the stage. Ingrid on a glider. Debs with former first ladies fans. Lucy riding off on a motorcycle? Why not.

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    1. Because....wrong. But I love your guesses!

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  19. Enjoy this wonderful event.
    Guessing game is fun.
    Lucy writing and movies
    Ingrid - gliding
    Hank , a Republican.
    Debs A biker.
    Julia - Prom
    Rhys - flying across the stage
    Jenn - First lady fans
    Very bad guesses.

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  20. Sounds like it will be lots of fun. But I'll be hanging out with Julia having fun at virtual Bouchercon.

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    1. Oh, Yay. You all will have a fabulous time!

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  21. My only regret is that I can only provide a virtual bar for all of us homebodies!

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    1. We can virtually bend our elbows.

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    2. That just means we can drink as much as we want and not get schnockered. =)

      Mary/Liz

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    3. Where is that recipe for Hank's Bestseller cocktail? We should all sip on one while we type.

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    4. I'll just drink seltzer so that I can be the designated "typer"! We will know how much people have been drinking by the number of typos in their posts that day!

      (I think Debs was the motorcyclist-loving Young Democrat!")

      DebRo

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    5. I will get that recipe for you!

      AndDebRo--nope. :)

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  22. OH gosh. OH joy. I'll be in Toronto with the Reds. How much fun it will be! The panel sounds like grand fun, as does everything else. So looking forward to it. Will try not to do anything to cause myself to become a spectacle captured via Julia on the blog! See you soon...

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  23. Which Red wanted to be a movie star, and her first teenage attempts at writing were scripts for her to star in? Jenn
    Which Red learned to execute a wingover in a glider at 8000 feet? Ingrid
    Which Red played the Artful Dodger in Oliver? (And then flew across the stage as John Darling in Peter Pan?) Rhys (she's daring!)
    Which Red had to sneak out to meet her motorcycle-riding boyfriend by telling her parents she was going to the Young Democrats event? Julia
    Which Red attended Richard Nixon's inaugural parade as a Young Republican? Lucy
    Which Red went to Susan Ford's prom at the White house--and why? Hank, because her dad was connected politically?
    Which Red has three former first ladies as fans? Debs

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  24. It's so interesting to see who people assigning my clue to... ah, our Checkered Pasts.

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    1. I know Hank's, Roberta's and yours, Hallie... These are pure guesses:

      Movie star: Julia
      Artful Dodger in Oliver: Deborah
      wingover in a glider: Jenn
      three former first ladies as fans: Rhys

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    2. I just realized I messed mine all up! Yours was supposed to be one of them, and now I can't remember which.

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    3. Rolling Stone story is why Hank was there.
      Hallie is the one to sneak out to meet her motorcycle-riding boyfriend.

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  25. I am loving these answers!! I think the panel is going to be a blast!

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  26. I enjoyed meeting so many of you at last year's Bouchercon in New Orleans. Unfortunately, I will not physically be there in Toronto, but I will be there in spirit. I will check this blog every day for Bouchercon updates.

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    1. We will miss you! But hold down the fort here...

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  27. I love Bouchercon! It is always a thrill a minute for me, and I am never afraid to show it. However, I won't be in Toronto this year, and I am growing sadder by the minute. My first Bouchercon was in Albany, and my biggest thrill there was the Reds' Game Show with your amazing husband in charge of enthusiasm, Julia. I got to meet all of you (all of you at that time) and have gone on to form friendships that I treasure. I was really looking forward to meeting Ingrid and Jenn this time, but it will now have to wait until St. Pete. I am thinking about going to Malice next year, too, so I might be able to get a Reds fix or two there. I will try to check in on Saturday to add to the fun that Julia will be up to.

    Guessing which Red fits the clues is hard, as you all are so talented and full of adventure. I'll try.
    Movie star -- Hallie
    Wingover -- Ingrid
    Artful Dodger -- Debs
    Motorcycle boyfriend -- Julia
    Richard Nixon's inauguration -- Hank
    Susan Ford's prom -- Lucy
    First Ladies as fans -- Rhys

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    1. Close. Ish. But why am I being seen as the Republican? Hmm. Nope. :-)

      I do love reading these! And I will post the answers later tonight. Keep 'em coming!

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    2. Hank, don't make us wait too long. Some of us need our beauty sleep:-)

      DebRo

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    3. Hank, since it said "Young Republicans," I thought you might have been so swayed in your early years. I have friends who were Young Republicans who are strong Democrats now.

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  28. Don't forget that Bouchercon is in Dallas in 2019!!!! I can't wait!!!

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  29. Yay! We can all stay with Deb!!!

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  30. I'm guessing the Warren Beatty answer is ... Hank!

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    1. Oh, yes! I agree that the Warren Beatty one is Hank!

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  31. I forgot to address the first set of clues about different Reds.
    Sale of Century prize winner -- Rhys
    Propositioned by Warren Beatty -- Hank
    Expert at bargaining -- Jenn
    Participated in athletic event -- Lucy

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    1. We will never tell! We may use those at the event :-)

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  33. Coming in late. I saw this during day but was not where I could respond. Reds panel at B'con is not to be missed! I've seen it and it was hilarious. I will be there in Toronto and very busy. SINC writing workshop on Wed, panel at 10 on Thursday moderated by Harley Jane Kozak, SINC breakfast of course on Sat and maybe filling in on a panel Sat at 2:30, moderated by Barbara Peters of Poisoned Pen (shop and publisher). Whew! Hope to see some of you there. Safe travels.

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    1. Looking forward to meeting you again

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    2. Sounds terrific, Triss! See you there!

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  34. The answers!
    Which Red learned to execute a wingover in a glider at 8000 feet? JENN
    Which Red played the Artful Dodger in Oliver? (And then flew across the stage as John Darling in Peter Pan?) INGRID
    Which Red had to sneak out to meet her motorcycle-riding boyfriend by telling her parents she was going to the Young Democrats event? HALLIE
    Which Red attended Richard Nixon's inaugural parade as a Young Republican? ROBERTA/LUCY
    Which Red went to Susan Ford's prom at the White house--and why? HANK as a reporter for Rolling Stone
    Which Red has three former first ladies as fans? DEBS

    What do you think about THAT?


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  35. Arrghh! All the best BCon panels are being held at times when I'll be otherwise tied up, because in a moment of madness I volunteered to run the Silent Auction, with a side of Noisy, and Saturday at 4 I'll be in the Book Room closing off the bidding and supervising the payents to our eminently worthy literacy charity, Frontier College. Was sooo looking forward to seeing all the REds (most of them) up close and personal.

    Well, I guess I'll just throw in a little promo then....Everyone be sure to come to the Book Room and check out the amazing arraying of Silent Auction goodies donated by a generous crowd of writers. And bid! Bid early, bid often.

    See you there.

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    1. So eager to see you, Susan! And we will be tracking you down at the silent auction room! Xxxx and you are so great to volunteer!

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    2. Susan, see you in the Book Room!

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    3. Looking forward to it, Reds.

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  36. I will be attending my eighth straight Bouchercon in Toronto, and I am so looking forward to it. Going to Niagara Falls before hand, and I am also excited to attend my first SINC breakfast. See you there!

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    1. Sounds like a great plan. See you at the breakfast!

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    2. Hurray! That'll be wonderful..cannot wait to see you. Stay dry!

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