The Ramblin Scribe

Sylvia Nickels writes the stories her characters tell her.


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Okay, the book is out - yippeee! It's available across all outlets, online and brick and mortar, print and digital. Requiem for a Party Girl, first in my mystery series featuring sassy female PI, Cameron Locke. Check it out by clicking the blood-red cover below or here.

Next up, on May 23 I'll be participating in the venerable Plumb Alley Day in Abingdon, VA with Joe Tennis and Keith Bartlett. Even if you don't read those two could do well in the stand-up comedy routine business. It's always an interesting and fun day to sign with them. Joe is such a fount of information on all things Virginia and Keith knows where all the fish are hiding in our many lakes and rivers.

Damascus Trail Days was fun! Hazel and I sold a few books. Really enjoyed talking to the hikers, finding where they were from, where they started, if they were on a 'thru hike'. A thru hike is when a hiker sets out to walk the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail, which averages a little over six months if they keep going. My hat is off to them.

Disguise for Death, starring Royce Thorne, policeman's widow and writer, had been waiting patiently on my computer hard drive. So last year I dusted off my self-pubbing arm, A Different Drummer Publishing, and got it published. Royce has to rethink her decision to keep secret her husband's unfaithfulness more than twenty years ago to save the son he fathered. A sequel, tentatively titled Death Stalks the Wohlford is in the works.

I'll be ramping up (as much as is in my ability) my publicity opportunities and market search for all my books this year. In addition I try to keep my own websites and those of my two writing guilds updated and my columns written. The big challenge is carving out time for the actual writing of new stories and books. Maybe I can petition for more hours in the day. Or heck, more days in the week.