Evolution of an Art Thief and the Law Game Blog Hop

Hey! I’m Jessie Chandler, and welcome to the fourth installment of The Law Game Blog Hop. Previously you heard from Gill McKnight and her novella, the Daughter of Baal. If you didn’t catch her installment on The Law Game Blog Hop, go here!

So maybe a year and a half ago, Jove Belle approached me about being part of a crime novella collection with her and some awesomely delightful folk. I thought, hey, why not?  Could be fun, and the company was terrific! Sharing space with Lee Winter, Jove herself, Gill McKnight, and Andi Marquette? Hell, yeah I was in.

I’d been chewing on a series idea for quite some time, and by quite some time I mean yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaars. The idea involved a woman with a tragic past who was out for justice and revenge. Along the way, for reasons not immediately revealed, she would hunt looted or stolen art and return it to the rightful owners. For a fair price, of course. I came to think of this as my Art Thief series. After a long brainstorming session with the inimitable Lori L. Lake, I roughed out basic ideas for six or seven books.

After I agreed to hop on The Law Game coaster, I stewed about what on earth I was going to write. Natch, I thought about the Art Thief. But how would I work that into a novella? Well, how’s about a prequel? Something that would set the stage, tell a little of the backstory that set Mikala Flynn on her life’s path? Yeah, that just might work. Thus, Evolution of an Art Thief was born.

I admit it was refreshing to write about characters I’d never met, in a location (New York City) that I’d never visited in my fiction. I hadn’t really written teenagers before and that was an adventure. I’m really excited to buckle down and start outlining the first novel in the series, which brings Flynn into present day. Soon. Very, very soon!

You can check out The Law Game here, and Evolution of an Art Thief here. Next up on The Law Game Blog Hop: on August 31st, the amazing Andi Marquette will talk about her novella If Looks Could Kill, which I think will be on Andi’s The Situation Room blog. You can hop hop hop to here!

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Clones, Identicals, and Sestra!

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Holy crap! It’s that time again…the second Monday of the month means it’s my turn to blog on W&W! Sometimes I feel like I just posted something and then WHAM! It’s already the next month. How does that happen? Yup, this month caught me flat-footed and pretty much tapped of entertaining material. So I thought maybe I’d desperately peruse AfterEllen for some kind of fodder to use for this. And hot damn, you’ll be very happy to know I found something! What is it, you ask? ORPHAN BLACK is back! Season 4 of the freaking amazing Canadian show starts April 14th and I cannot wait!

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Never seen it? Check out the deets here! You want strong female characters? Check. You want an amazing actor to portray at least twelve different clones—genetic identicals? Check. You really have to see it to believe Tatiana Maslany is capable of intensely different incarnations…

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Rosie the Riveter and a New Perspective

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I was recently in San Francisco with my pals Angel, Monte, and their two kids. Oh yeah, my wife Betty was there too🙂

Angel has a thing for National Parks, and for the last few spring vacations we’ve taken with them, we’ve been dragged to twelve or fifteen different ones. On this trip alone we hit four. One of them was the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. That name’s a mouthful, but it was a-freaking-mazing! And not for the reasons you might think.

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I thought it would be cool to learn about the women behind Rosie—actually an Agnes—who, as of 2013 I think, was still kicking at 95. Of course, the visitor’s center had awesome displays and interesting videos and information boards galore. When we first arrived, sopping wet from the monsoon-like downpour outside, we were met by an awesome young Ranger who took the time to explain…

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A Little Bit of Cake

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Cake1600x2560During the past month or so, I’ve talked about Cake, my latest release, pretty much non-stop. So much so, in fact, that I came thisclose to not blogging about it here at Women and Words. But then I decided it was fair to do a recap post of sorts to let you know what’s up with it.

The Facts

  • It’s available from Ylva Publishing and a bunch of other booksellers,  including Amazon. Since it’s a novella, it’s available for $2.99. I Love that price!
  • Ten percent of the royalties will be donated to the United Nations World Food Programme.
  • It’s getting kick-ass reviews.

Fun Promo Stuff

  • Marion Dries interviewed me for her Voices of Lesbian Literature series. 
  • The fabulous folks over at Cocktail Hour hosted me for a Conversation at the Bar. You can check that out HERE.
  • I did a blog tour of sorts (that means I asked a bunch…

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Isn’t that Romantic?

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This year for Valentine’s Day, we here at Women and Words invited some of our friends to tell us about a romantic moment in their lives. And, just for fun, we answered the question as well.

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Like my character Royal Duval in Whiskey Sunrise, I’m catastrophically optimistic. Even still, I don’t think I really believed in love at first sight until it happened to me.

It was at a museum event where I first met Evelyn. The encounter was very brief and we only exchanged a few words, but when we shook hands, I had this flash forward moment where I sensed we would be together. I dismissed the feeling as wishful thinking, but then a few weeks later we did meet again. We had the longest first date in history that, among other things, included a drive out to the Pacific coast. I remember standing at…

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YIKES! Today is here already!! Challenging the glass ceiling…after I master the challenge of getting out of bed!

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Well, well, well. Hello second Monday of the month! How did you arrive without me noticing? Better late than later, right?

So I’ve had a whirlwind weekend, with a two day, one night trip to Chicago for Printers Row! If you’ve never heard of it, check it out: HERE! It’s one of the, if not the largest literary festival in the nation. I was lucky enough to be on a panel, and the room was packed!

Mystery: Breaking the Deadly Glass Ceiling: Libby Fischer Hellmann, Jessie Chandler, Susanna Calkins, Raymond Benson moderated by Jeffrey Marks

  • Saturday 2:15 pm — 3:00 pm
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Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of “Nobody’s Child”, Jessie Chandler, author of “Operation Stop Hate”, Susanna Calkins, author of “The Masque of a Murderer”, Raymond Benson, author of “The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings”, moderated by Jeffrey Marks, author of “The Afterlife Interviews”.

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Book Blitzin’ with Lesbians on the Loose!

Lesbians on the Loose and Blitzin’ the book!

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Lesbians on the loose book blitz

Hey, peeps! So I have a longish short story published in the BRAND NEW ANTHOLOGY Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam. My story is called “The Falcone Maltese,” and it’s the first YA piece I’ve published. In the story, our intrepid high school sleuth Nattie Brew sets out to solve a dog-napping of a prize Maltese show dog from the Falcone household. It helps, of course, that Jo Falcone is a classmate of Nattie’s. And Nattie’s current crush. Join Nattie as she tries to solve the dastardly deed and maybe catch Jo’s eye in the process. See below for an excerpt.

So go have a look at the goodies!

Book Blitz

51pxSz1jhZLBook Title: Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam
Editors: Lori L. Lake and Jessie Chandler
Genre: Lesbian Mystery Anthology
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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These tales of murder, mayhem, and suspense will keep you…

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Panels at GCLS

K’Anne, great post and you’ll be terrific!

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Conversation-Pic-2-NO-HAIRThis year I’m proud to announce that I will be on a panel called:  “Living and Laughing Ain’t a Crime:  Balancing Romance and Humor with Crime”

With the following authors:
Ali Vali
Carsen Tate
Connie Ward
Carol Rosenfield

Jessie Chandler will be moderating this panel!

This looks to be an exciting and fun time and I’m on with authors I highly respect (and I’ll admit, intimidate me a little)…so it should be a good time!

So if you happen to be in the New Orleans area or you want to come to the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) event, please stop in and we will be happy to take your questions and probably give you some humorous answers!

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Printers Row Lit Fest and the Mystery Writers Association

This is going to be a great Festival! Check it out!

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Upcoming Lesbian Book List

Great reads and what a great list! Plan your book spending now!

Upcoming Lesbian Book List

Last Edited: May 8, 2015

Late April 2015

Depths of Blue (On Deception’s Edge Trilogy Book 1) by Lise MacTague (Bella Books) eBook April 16, 2015 

Full Circle by Dillon Watson (Bella Books) eBook April 16, 2015 

The Kookaburra Gambit (Kylie Kendall Mystery Series Book 2) by Claire McNab (Paperback originally published by Alyson Publications 2005; Bella Books) eBook April 16, 2015

The Mystic Marriage (The Alpennia Series Book 2) by Heather Rose Jones [Sequel to Daughter of Mystery] (Bella Books) eBook April 16, 2015

The Song In My Heart by Tracey Richardson (Bella Books) eBook April 16, 2015 

RUN by Pat Adams Wright (Raven Press LLC) eBook April 17, 2015

The Vampire Next Door by Natalie Vivien & Bridgett Essex (Rose and Star Press) eBook April 17, 2015

London Harmony: Feel the Beat by Erik Schubach eBook April 17, 2015

Oceans of Aggar: Amazons of Aggar Book 4 by Chris…

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