XIX~ January 2009

Happy New Year to all of you!

Things are blessedly quiet at the farm. I've spent the day 'breaking up Christmas,' taking down the tree and putting away all the holiday red and green. We've never been big party folks and some years it's a struggle to stay awake till midnight to welcome the New Year with champagne. This year, however. we're in luck. The Carolina basketball team plays tonight at ten, pretty much guaranteeing that at least one of us will stay awake.

It's been a joy hearing from you all of and feeling your support during 2008! Many of you who communicate with me through my (almost) Daily Blog have begun to feel like next door neighbors.

We're in scary times right now and most of the 'experts' warn that things may get worse before they get better. I wish for all of us that through the coming year, we are able to hold on to the things that matter, cheerfully wave goodbye to the things that don't, and, most importantly, learn to tell the difference.

Onward and upward to 2009!

Exciting news last month -- In a Dark Season is a Romantic Times nominee for Best Mystery and Suspense Novel of 2008 in the category of Contemporary Mystery! Here's the list ~

Contemporary Mystery

THE GENIUS - Jesse Kellerman

A Year at the Farm was what I called a little book of photos I put together as a Christmas gift for friends and family. You can leaf through it on line, if you like.

My (almost) Daily Blog hit the year mark on December 26. As an anniversary/holiday celebration, I'll do a drawing -- leave a comment on the blog before January 6, and I'll put your name in the basket to draw for a copy of the Miss Birdie book (no, I'm not sure when it will be out and if you'd rather have a copy of one of the other books, I'll be happy to oblige.)

I'll only put each person's name in once -- though you're welcome to comment all you like! And be sure to identify yourself beyond just a first name -- Jeremiah in Jamaica Plains, for example, will make sure I don't confuse you with Jeremiah in Jersey .


( or ‘you uns,' as Miss Birdie would say)

Re my Christmas memory of receiving child-size pots and pans, Sheila Connolly writes: In the mid-50s I remember receiving for Christmas a set of Revere-ware miniature pots and pans.  I swear they were as well-made as the full-size ones, and my mother kept one of the saucepans for melting butter for decades.  I doubt they make them any more.

Fleta Monaghan , the original of Daphne, writes: The other day I was was at Books a Million, and the lady ahead of me asked for the location of the Vicki Lane books! What fun! I told her I knew you and was sort of a character in Arts Blood - She said "nice to meet you Daphne"  Haha

 The other cool thing was an email I got recently from a lady who had purchased a painting from me at one of the strolls. She was going to her book club in Raleigh where they were discussing Arts Blood. She noticed my name in the dedications, and wrote to me that day.

Re Ron Rash's SERENA, Janet S. writes: Thank you so much for showing this title in the books you've read this month on the newsletter. I can't remember when I enjoyed a book more. I want to see it made into a movie. But they have to stick to the storyline! I bought the book and the other novels that he has written. It really makes me want to knuckle down and try to write something. But writing, I have found out, is a lot of work. Sometimes, it takes the fun right out of reading. I really try to see how the author did it, but before long I am just sailing along, enjoying myself immensely and forgetting to pay attention to the why and how of the wording. . . World Made Straight-read that one in 4.5 hours! Very good!

Recent Reads and Re-reads

Books I've enjoyed during the past month

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

Oh my, I am inspired ! I'll have more to say about this amazing book on my blog, once I've had time to think about it.

The Garden Alphabetized –Marta McDowell and Yolanda Fundora

An enticing combination of gorgeous photo collage and lovely writing.

The Mask of Apollo – Mary Renault

A re-read – like visiting an old friend and brushing up on history and philosophy at the same time.

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven - Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg's characters always put me in mind of my Alabama kin – a delightful comfort read.

Vicki's Schedule



Saturday, February 7~ Murder in the Magic City at the Homewood Library in Birmingham, Alabama. More info here .


Sunday, February 8 ~ Murder on the Menu, Wetumpka, Alabama. Information coming soon here


Sunday, March 1, 3 pm ~ Vicki is speaking at the Troy, NC Public Library. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Friends of the Library.

Contact: David Atkins, Manager

Montgomery County Public Libraries

215 West Main Street

Troy, NC 27371


Friday and Saturday, May 8-9 -- Blue Ridge Book and Author Showcase. Flat Rock, NC.

I'm really excited about this. Sharyn McCrumb, Kay Byer, Sheila Kay Adams, and Joan Medlicott – all of whom have befriended me and helped me on my journey – will be presenting, as well as many other noted writers – including Robert Morgan.

Billed as "a festival and convocation in celebration of authorship, creative writing and the joy of reading," organizers of the Blue Ridge Book & Author Showcase have launched an ambitious inaugural project. The venue will be the soon-to-be-completed crown jewel of the Blue Ridge Community College campus in Flat Rock, NC--the Technical Education and Development Center. The event is scheduled for May 8-9, 2009. Free and open to the public, it is expected to draw attendance from throughout the state and region.

Vicki will be speaking at 10 AM on Saturday the 9 th and will have a table in the exhibit area where she will be available throughout the day. More info

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