Y'all know I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my readers. I used to attend a lot of writer conferences but I always made sure that I hosted a reader event in the area for my local readers.
I would rent out a cupcake shop, coffee house, library room, restaurant, bar...many places. I would send the local readers a special invitation and it was so much fun!
I was getting a lot of reader mail asking when I was coming to their area....as a mom of four boys in every sport imaginable, an amazing husband, a house to run and writing, I was spread thin.
I'll never forget it. I was sitting in my office reading some emails and then it dawned on me:
Why don't I have my own reader event that no one else does? Why not every year in a different location? And what if it was on a train? One of the mystery dinner trains?
It was like I was plotting one of my mystery novels. I was playing the what if game and it all seemed to fit like a perfect puzzle in my head. I googled mystery dinner trains and found one about four hours from my home. I figured I'd have local readers who might travel for a girl's weekend. I called the train and rented it. I called the local hotel and blocked out some rooms....I was going crazy.
I posted a little something on my private Cozy Krew Facebook page and in thirty minutes all sixty seats on the train was booked and paid for.
Then...I got scared.
OMG...60 readers looking at me? I can't do this alone....
So...I called my writing BFF, Duffy Brown!
(Last year's Two Dames on a Mystery Train event)
I told her what I'd done and asked her to join me. Of course she said yes! Little did we know how popular our little adventure was going to be.
It's turned into a Two Dames on a Mystery Train Weekend and we've gotten to meet so many amazing readers across the United States.
This year we invited a few more fun cozy mystery authors to join us in Lockport, NY at a winery!! There's a mystery train, we stop to eat and then go back to the winery for a book signing.
The train is full, but you're more than welcome to join us for the book signing at 4 p.m. You can follow the link under the photos for more details.
(Please note that Kathi Daley is unable to make the event this year.)
Have you ever been to a reader only event? Leave a comment and I'll give away a fun Southern Mystery Y'all tote to one lucky comment!!
Have you checked out all my books? Here is a list and links!
Olivia Bloom Paranormal Mystery Series
Magical Cures Mystery Series
Spies and Spells Mystery Series
GET WITCH OR DIE TRYING
Grandberry Falls Series
A Laurel London Mystery Series
A Divorced Diva Beading Mystery Series
Bluegrass Romance Series
A Ghostly Southern Mystery Series
A GHOSTLY SECRET
Kenni Lowry Mystery Series
AX TO GRIND (9/2017)
SIX FEET UNDER (4/2018)
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